Black actresses have been making historic strides in film and television this year and Sanaa Lathan is now the latest woman of color to land a starring role on a primetime television network.
Just as reports began to circulate that Sanaa was recently cast as the lead in an upcoming yet-to-be-titled Fox drama series, she confirmed the news via social media on Tuesday evening with a single Tweet:
— Sanaa Lathan (@justsanaa) October 6, 2015
The show is being spearheaded by famed Love & Basketball director Gina Prince-Bythewood and will revolve around the aftermath of events following the shooting death of a white teen at the hands of a Black police officer. According to THR, Sanaa will play a witty investigator who has been assigned to the case by the Department of Justice and accompanies her partner to the town where the shooting took place in hopes of uncovering the truth. Together, the duo will have to handle the effects excessive media coverage and public outrage in the wake of the killing as they pursue justice in the face of a brewing race war within the community.
Given the unresolved racial tensions between law enforcement and the Black community as the police war on Black lives continues to run rampant, the reversal of race roles in the storyline for this series will most certainly provoke raw commentary once it begins airing. Paired with the one-sided Fox News agenda that’s seemingly intent upon vilifying the “Black Lives Matter” movement at all costs, it’s sure to be one explosive fall season.
Nevertheless, Gina Prince-Bythewood is certainly no amateur, with films like Beyond The Lights, The Secret Life Of Bees and Love & Basketball under her belt, so we definitely look forward to seeing what type of thought-provoking, timely elements she adds to the narrative for this sure-to-be-controversial series.
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