issa rae (aka awkward black girl) will play nina simone in upcoming lorraine hansberry biopic

June 4, 2013

Congrats to Issa Rae (aka Awkward Black Girl) who will play Nina Simone in the upcoming Lorraine Hansberry biopic. Shadow and Act reports: “What will be an unconventional biopic based on the life of playwright, author, activist Lorraine Hansberry (A Raisin in the Sun), is in development (…)
Issa Rae is set to play Nina Simone, who was a close friend of Lorraine until her death. (…)
Production is slated to begin in early fall, with the project now heading into the pre-production stage.
Living quite an involved life, Hansberry was the first black playwright and the youngest American to win a New York Critics’ Circle award. She’s likely most-known for her seminal play about a struggling black family in Chicago, A Raisin in the Sun (a line taken from a Langston Hughes poem).”