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Tag Archives: Lorraine Hansberry

Final Fundraising Push For First Full-Length Lorraine Hansberry Documentary

The world almost lost Lorraine Hansberry's most famous work, A Raisin in the Sun, before it ripened.  In a moment of frustration, Hansberry threw the script in the trash. Luckily for us, her husband retrieved it from the wastebasket in their New York City apartment and set it aside for her to complete. She did.  Two years later, on March 11, 1959, it debuted on Broadway, earning Hansberry the distinction of being the youngest dramatist and the first African-American to win the Best Play award from the New York Drama Critics Circle. The story focuses on the Younger clan, a hard-working Black family in Chicago dreaming of moving up in the world after their patriarch's passing.  After several revivals, the play continues to speak to the nation’s racial turmoil and inequality. The... Read More →

Lorraine Hansberry Biopic In Development

Films on Princess Diana, Steve Jobs, and Jimi Hendrix should make 2013 a rich year for biopics. An intriguing new one just has been announced: a movie on the life of Lorriane Hansberry, playwright, author, and activist. The big question is who will play Lorraine? According to Shadow and Act, Taye Hansberry, Lorraine's grand niece, has been cast. She will also help write the screenplay. Jaleel White (from Family Matters) will play James Baldwin, one of Lorraine's close friends. Production begins in the fall.  Lorraine (left) and her grand niece, Taye Hansberry Lorraine's most-known work, A Raisin in the Sun, was inspired by her family's attempts to integrate a Chicago neighborhood. Unmarred by violent attacks against them and a court order to move, her family stood its ground. Their... Read More →
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