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Roots and Tony-winning actress Anika Noni Rose has signed up for a groundbreaking role–African-American politician Shirley Chisholm. She will not star in the film, but serve as one of its producers.

According to Shadow and ActChisholm will “[embody] the keen sense of justice and community, embracing her fold like a warrior. Always meticulously dressed, pearls in place, watched adjusted to the second, Congresswoman Chisholm metamorphosed to do America’s business. With a colorful team of cohorts by her side, Chisholm personifies the bold educated Brooklynite with her roots firmly planted in her Caribbean heritage, hurdling humongous odds in a system structured for whites and males only.’”

While Hillary Clinton became the first woman to win a US Presidential nominee this week, she wasn’t the first to run. Back in 1972, Chisholm became the first major-party black candidate for President of the United States, and, of even more significance in this case, the first woman ever to run for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, Shadow and Act noted. 

Here is the trailer for the 2004 documentary on Chisholm:

Viola Davis was once attached to this project back in 2010, but clearly has stepped away from the film.

Chisholm is currently in development. It’s unknown when it will hit the theaters. Either way, we are sure this will be a must-see.


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