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Gabrielle Union & Octavia Spencer: Novel ‘Coffee Will Make You Black’

PhenomenalMAG Staff  |  Entertainment

How do you like your coffee? In a movie based on April Sinclair’s novel, Coffee Will Make You Black, Gabrielle Union and Octavia Spencer are hitting the big screen together.

‘Being Mary Jane’ actress Union and Oscar-winning Spencer will star in the film, and they will also team up with Wyolah Films’ Tate Taylor (“The Help”, “Girls on the Train” and “Get on Up”) and John Norris to produce the film.

‘Coffee Will Make You Black’ follows a young Black teenager named Jean “Stevie” Steveson as she comes of age. In doing so, she finds her voice as she treads the waters of conflicting relationships with her mother, friends, racism, sexism and colorism in 1960s Chicago.


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“There are so many unheard stories and voices in the African American community that speak to universal themes and the humanity in all of us. I wanted to use my platform to create more opportunities for directors and writers of color to tell these stories. This project has women of color in lead roles in front of and behind the camera,” says Spencer.

“A smart, funny, poignant coming-of-age film with a young black female protagonist is important to see. And it is equally important to see the complicated relationship between a black mother and her daughter as they try to succeed and assimilate in a change-resistant America,” says Union.

Deborah Riley Draper (“Versailles ’73″ and “Olympic Pride", "American Prejudice") will direct the film.

Union starred in last year's hit film Breaking In, and she has a new TV series, the Bad Boys spinoff L.A.'s Finest. No release date has been announced for when the film will hit theaters.

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