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It is a headline that reads as if it were ripped from a Saturday Night Live skit: Julia Roberts was once the favourite to play the legendary African American 19th-century abolitionist Harriet Tubman. The revelation came from Gregory Allen Howard, the screenwriter and producer of the recently released film Harriet, in a Q&A earlier this month.

"I was told how one studio head said in a meeting: `This script is fantastic. Let's get Julia Roberts to play Harriet Tubman,'" Howard said. "When someone pointed out that Roberts couldn't be Harriet, the executive responded: "It was so long ago. No one is going to know the difference."

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Nov 20th, 2019 at 06:44:28 PM EST
They could just leave her out in the sun a bit. Who would notice?

Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won't be nothing, nothing you can measure anymore
L. Cohen
by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Wed Nov 20th, 2019 at 09:23:14 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Nov 21st, 2019 at 12:09:38 AM EST
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the wrong sort of black. British born Nigerian doesn't count as black enough.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sat Nov 23rd, 2019 at 07:01:30 PM EST
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Indeed Cynthia Erivo is a professional actor, a performing artist, incapable of uttering, "No. This I will not do," except if  offered a Nollywood leading role

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Nov 28th, 2019 at 06:43:43 PM EST
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