Aunjanue Ellis Nabs Lead Role in ‘Quantico’ Pilot

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Actress Aunjanue Ellis, who was recently seen in the BET mini-series “The Book of Negroes,” has landed the lead female role on the upcoming ABC drama Quantico.

The show revolves around a group of FBI recruits who battle their way through training at the Quantico base in Virginia. Ellis will play the character of Miranda, the base’s director, who oversees the training of all new enlistees.
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Yaya DaCosta Deserves Better than “Chicago Med”

Another Network Show Promotes Black Female Lead But Doesn’t Follow Through

YAYA DACOSTA DESERVES BETTER THAN CHICAGO MEDWhile I haven’t had a lot of time to watch television lately, I have made it a point to try and keep up with a few new fall shows. High on my list was Chicago Med, which co-stars former America’s Next Top Model contestant Yaya DaCosta.

Hospital and procedural type shows usually aren’t my thing, but because DaCosta was being promoted as the show’s female lead, I decided to tune in to show my support. I did the same thing a few years ago with Sleepy Hollow, and was pleasantly surprised at how much I actually like the show.
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What Happened to all the Black Female Leads?

Black Actresses May Not Be Making Strides in Hollywood After All

JILL MARIE JONES - WHERE DID ALL THE LEADS GORemember earlier this year when we were inundated on an almost daily basis with news of black actress after black actress being picked to lead or co-lead new shows this fall season? Well, now that promo for many of those shows have kicked off, I am starting to see a disturbing trend.

Back in May networks held their Upfront events where they attempt to convince advertisers to support their shows. It was then we got our first look at Quantico, a new police drama from ABC. The Hollywood Reporter, and many other sites, reported Aunjanue Ellis as having landed the Female Lead. However, one look at Quantico’s trailer shows that to be absolutely false.
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Aja Naomi King Joins Nat Turner Film

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“How to Get Away with Murder” actress Aja Naomi King has been added to the cast of the upcoming Nat Turner film, which so far features Gabrielle Union, Aunjanue Ellis, Roger Guenveur and actor Nate Parker, who not only takes on the lead role, but writing and directing duties as well.

“The Birth of a Nation,” which really should seek a name change before distribution, tells the story of Nat Turner, a slave, who with the help of about fifty other slaves, staged a rebellion that ended in the death of a bunch of slave owning and avowing bigots.
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Jaime Lee Kirchner Nabs Lead Role in CW Pilot

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Actress Jaime Lee Kirchner is the latest Brown Sista to secure a lead role during this very busy pilot season. According to published reports, Jaime will join Andrew J. West in the upcoming CW drama “Dead People,” which is the brainchild of writer/producer J.J. Abrams.

The show centers on West, a man whose brush with death yields unusual side effects, including the ability to now communicate with dead people, including his deceased wife.
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Anika Noni Rose Lands Lead Role in New CBS Pilot

ANIKA NONI ROSE FOR JUSTICE ON CBS

“Dreamgirls” actress, Anika Noni Rose, is the latest Brown Sista to secure an acting gig during this busy pilot season.

According to online reports, Anika will helm the new CBS civil rights drama “For Justice,” which is based on James Patterson’s debut crime novel “The Thomas Berryman Number.” The pilot is being written by “Law & Order” alum Rene Belcher and lensed by Selma director Ava DuVernay.
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