|LeToya Luckett, Bre-Z, and Hosea Chanchez|
By Mwabi Kaira
TV One recently announced production of the original film, ‘Down for Whatever,’ the network’s first film in the action-thriller genre. Written by Tim Folsome, the film is a 2017 American Black Film Festival (ABFF) winning screenplay, that will star fan favorite and newly married LeToya Luckett as Tracy, a young successful doctor and her detective husband Mike will be played by Hosea Chanchez of ‘The Game’ fame. Production will take place in Atlanta, Georgia.
The couple are happily married but a sense of family has always been missing in their relationship. Tracy grew up in foster care and longs for the traditional family environment that she never had. When Mike suddenly loses his partner in a senseless cop-killing, Tracy is there to support him. That is, until she receives an unexpected visit from a social worker who informs her that the ruthless killers suspected in the murder are her biological sisters, Denise, played by Bre-Z of Empire fame and Sonya played by Imani Hakim of Everybody Hates Chris fame. Tracy is overwhelmed and in disbelief by the news, but before telling her husband, she decides to track her sisters down herself. Will she make it to them before the cops do?
|Taraji P. Henson as ‘Proud Mary|
It’s already been the year of black women taking names and snatching edges (Queen Maxine Waters and cousin Angela Rye) and TV One continuing it on into 2018 with us kicking butt on the screen is everything we need. 2018 will start it off with Taraji Henson in the movie Proud Mary and the trailer already has us yelling “Yes gurl!” at the screen. We already feel like superheros with all the saving we did in 2017 (Alabama Senate race anyone?), so yes please TV One, make us feel it more with ‘Down For Whatever.’
Remember how not too long ago, the only roles we saw black women in were as the best friend? Look at all our options now – comedy with Tracee Ellis Ross, Jenifer Lewis, and Issa Rae, drama with Kerry Washington, Rutina Wesley and Lynn Whitfield, talk shows like ‘The Real,’ ‘Sister Circle,’ and ‘The Rundown With Robin Thede,’ and now action. It feels so good to have options.