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Issa Rae Has Been Tapped To Produce the Film Adaptation of Tayari Jones' Novel 'Silver Sparrow'

Issa Rae is adding to her growing list of exciting projects that are in the works.

We'll soon be seeing another one of Tayari Jones' novels be developed for the big screen—this time to be led by Issa Rae.

According to Shadow and Act, Rae optioned and has been tapped to produce the film adaptation of Jones' 2011 novel, Silver Sparrow. The author's latest, An American Marriage, is currently in development by Oprah Winfrey.


"Set in the Georgian city of Atlanta during the 1980s, Silver Sparrow revolves around a pair of young girls who form a friendship," Shadow and Act explains of the novel. "However, only one of them is aware that they are sisters and knows that their father, James Witherspoon, is a covert bigamist."

This is the latest to be added to Rae's growing list of projects that are in the works. Back in December 2018, her production company ColorCreative landed a multi-picture production deal with Columbia Pictures to back projects from emerging and diverse screenwriters. At the top of this year it was announced that she will be developing A Black Lady Sketch Show—a comedy show featuring all black women—with Robin Thede.

In front of the screen, Rae recently wrapped shooting romantic drama The Photograph with co-star LaKeith Stanfield.

Here's to Issa Rae making more power moves this year.

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#EndSARS: Security Forces Open Deadly Fire on Protesting Nigerians

Nigerian security forces have reportedly opened fire on protesters at Lekki Toll Gate amid continued demonstrations against police brutality. This comes after the Nigerian government recently enforced an abrupt curfew in Lagos.

It has been reported that security forces in Nigeria have opened fire on protestors at Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos. Several reports from various media outlets have confirmed this incident after numerous images and videos emerged on social media. The footage reveals protesters running away from security forces as they fire live rounds into the crowds while others have been shown to be injured. No fatalities have as yet been officially confirmed by mainstream media. Protesters have continued mass demonstrations against the infamous Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) which has been now been "rebranded" by the Nigerian government to a new unit termed the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT).

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How Davido's 'FEM' Became the Unlikely #EndSARS Protest Anthem

When Nigerian youth shout the line "Why everybody come dey para, para, para, para for me" at protests, it is an act of collective rebellion and rage, giving flight to our anger against the police officers that profile young people, the bureaucracy that enables them, and a government that appears lethargic.