Alicia Keys will certainly do her part in paying homage to legendary Black women entertainers that came prior to her in a future PBS documentary.
The 15-time Grammy Award winning vocalist as well as actress has been touched to executive-produce “& ldquo; American Masters: Exactly How It Feels to Be Free” & rdquo; for PBS
. Based upon chronicler Ruth Feldstein’& rsquo; s 2013 publication & ldquo; Exactly how It Feels To Be Free: Black Female Entertainers and also the Civil Rights Activity,” & rdquo; the movie will certainly chronicle the tales of Lena Horne, Abbey Lincoln, Nina Simone, Diahann Carroll, Cicely Tyson and Pam Grier with a focus on just how they combated against racist stereotypes, while additionally changing the enjoyment landscape.
Directed by Yoruba Richen, the feature-length docudrama attributes interviews and historical efficiencies with all 6 ladies, in addition to original discussions with artists influenced by them, including Halle Berry, Lena Waithe, Meagan Good, along with family members, including Horne’& rsquo; s child Gail Lumet Buckley.
“& ldquo; I am honored to be a component of such a purposeful, vital job,” & rdquo; Keys, who starred in the films “& ldquo; The Secret Life of ,” “& rdquo; & ldquo; The Nanny Diaries & rdquo; and also & ldquo
“; Smokin & rsquo; Aces & rdquo; stated. & ldquo; Art is the most effective tool on earth, and I remain to be influenced by as well as learn from these effective, take on and also stereotype-shattering women that leveraged their success as musicians to fearlessly withstand bigotry, sexism, exclusion as well as harassment,” & rdquo; she continued. & ldquo; I recognize their guts by celebrating their stories as well as proceeding the work they began.”
& rdquo; Announced as component of PBS’& rsquo; s Virtual Press Trip on Tuesday, “& ldquo; Just how It Really feels To Be Free” & rdquo; will certainly air in the winter months of 2021 on PBS and the Docudrama Channel in Canada.
Richen, whose credit scores include “& ldquo; The Environment-friendly Book: Overview to Flexibility,” & rdquo; included: & ldquo; At this unmatched time of racial reckoning and also as Hollywood is reassessing its function in continuing racist stereotypes, now is the perfect moment to tell the tales of these path-breaking women who have inspired generations of Black women super stars & hellip; who remain to press limits and reshape how African American ladies are seen onscreen.”