R&B Superstar Rihanna To Make Film Acting Debut In ‘Mama Black Widow’
by Wilson Morales
R&B Superstar Rihanna, who’s made plenty of appearances on videos and films as herself, including ‘Bring It On: All or Nothing’, where she hosts the cheerleading competition at the end of the movie, will be making her acting debut in ‘Mama Black Widow’.
The Caribbean singer will be star alongside Mos Def, Macy Gray, Anthony Anderson and Kerry Washington.
‘Mama Black Widow’ is adapted from the novel written by Iceberg Slim, who was one of America’s most famous and bestselling African-American authors. It is the portrait of a black family’s migration from the Mississippi fields of the segregated south to the supposedly more open-minded underground of Chicago in the 1930s.
The story follows Otis Tilson’s struggle to keep his family together as they navigate through a city (Chicago) rife with alcoholism, pimping, sexual deviancy and racial degradation. Told in stark and uncompromising language, this tale of a family’s journey is a harsh testament of lives lived on the margins of a racist and predatory urban world. Darren Grant, who directed Tyler Perry’s Diary of a Mad Black Woman, will helm this film.
Otis Tilson will be played Brian J. White (“Stomp The Yard’) – who struggles to maintain his family in the underworld of Chicago; wading through alcoholism, pimping, sexual deviation and racial degradation. Rihanna will play Carol, Tilson’s sister.