Can you imagine, Queen Latifah, Jill Scott and Phylicia Rashad on the big screen together?
Well guess what it is happening! Sony Pictures has signed our thickettes on for the “Steel Magnolias” Remake.
Produced by Sony Pictures Television, Steel Magnolias chronicles the lives and friendship of six women in Louisiana: M’Lynn (Queen Latifah), Ouiser (Woodard), Clairee (Phylicia Rashad), Truvy (Scott), Annelle (Oduye) and Shelby (Condola Rashad). Supporting each other through their triumphs and tragedies, they congregate at Truvy’s beauty shop to ponder the mysteries of life and death, husbands and children — and hair and nails — all the important topics that bring women together. In the 1989 movie, the roles were played by Sally Field (M’Lynn), Dolly Parton (Truvy), Shirley MacLaine (Ouiser), Darryl Hannah (Annelle), Olympia Dukakis (Clairee), and Julia Roberts (Shelby). The remake, which is slated to begin production next month in Atlanta for a debut later this year, will be executive produced by Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, Latifah, her producing partner Shakim Compere and Shelby Stone. (Source)
I am so excited! I know this is going to be a great movie!
For those who do not remember the original movie check this out
As a thick woman, I must say it is refreshing to see more plus size women receiving respect and recognition in the film, music and the modeling industries. When I was growing up, I only had Nell Carter and Janet Jackson to watch on television, and by the end of the 80’s, Janet had a six pack, and Nell was half her size. While I understand that the reasons behind their weight loss had something to do with maintaining their health, both Carter and Jackson openly admitted the pressures of being skinny in Hollywood.
So here it is the year 2010, and now so many plus size celebrities – Mo’Nique, Gabby Sidibe, Nikki Blonsky and Queen Latifah are getting respect for their talents; but are they getting admiration for their size?
Thick women have always been around and wanted lead roles in movies and modeling contracts, but for years we were shut out and seen as a joke. Therefore, I’ve found myself wondering why Hollywood is so accepting of the plus size world after years of rejection and ridicule.
I’ll tell you why. The fact is the average woman in the United States is a size 14, and while society recognizes this verity, they tend to ignore it and continue to go for what they consider more appealing. Due to this prejudice, it forced the plus size community to take charge by creating our own enterprises, and as a result, our community has been very lucrative, thus making those who treated us as an outcast for years take notice.
When most people think of the entertainment industry, they think of glamour, fashion and luxury. Yet, Hollywood will always be seen first and foremost as a business. We are receiving more attention compared to previous years merely because we currently dominate the market. We are seen as a business, not human beings who are admired for our talent, beauty and glamour like skinny Hollywood. Look at any major magazine, TV show or film, we are still not represented consistently. We are excluded to a “plus-size issue” and maybe one plus size girl who is in the cast of a show or film as if we are filling a quota. Even the movie “Precious” did not receive national recognition until the likes of Oprah and Tyler Perry endorsed the film, and while the acting was phenomenal, the plot of the movie focuses on a plus size teenager who is being abused and scorned for being overweight by her plus size mother.
While I am grateful for our rise in the industry, it is simply just the beginning. Now that we are seen as profitable and trendy, I am waiting for the day that we can be seen as practical and long-lasting. We are not even close to getting our just due. When is Queen Latifah going to get the same respect as Beyonce? I am waiting for the day that Nikki Blonsky is seen on Maxim’s Hot 100 Sexiest Women List and Mo’Nique gets the same roles as Halle Berry. We need thick women behind the scene writing, producing and directing our stories and more plus size models walking the runway in Paris and New York. Can men stop hiding the fact that they love women who are a size 14 and up and not be afraid to flaunt us in videos and on the red carpet?
There are so many applauding Mo’Nique, Queen Latifah, Nikki Blonsky and Gabby Sidibe, but they are only a small percentage of the images of Hollywood. The majority of the plus size community is still only being allowed to get a peek through a window when Hollywood and society need to remove all discrimination and simply welcome us through the door.
Queen Latifah will sing “America the Beautiful” at the Super Bowl.
Queen Latifah is set to sing “America the Beautiful” and Carrie Underwood will be singing the National Anthem as part of Super Bowl XLIV pregame festivities at Sun Life Stadium in South Florida on Sunday, Feb. 7. in South Florida on Sunday, Feb. 7, the NFL and CBS announced today. The performance will be televised live on CBS Sports prior to kickoff. (Source: Ok Magazine)
Queen is the first thickette to sing “America the Beautiful”. Thicksational claps to Queen Latifah I know you are going to kill it!
Queen Latifah joined CoverGirl’s Clean Makeup for Clean Water Campaign.
Thickettes would you like to go to Africa?
Queen Latifah explains how you can go.
“Log on to covergirl.com and submit a video entry telling us how you give back to make the world a better place and why this makes you beautiful, inside and out,”
“The winner of the contest will get to be part of the next CoverGirl Clean Makeup for Clean Water mission trip to Africa later this year where we will help deliver clean water to people who desperately need it.”
Good luck and let me know if you enter the contest.