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Scene Stealers: Queen Latifah, Toni Braxton + More

Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq is jogging memories of his career as a provocative filmmaker, and even though it isn’t sitting well with some, his creative groove is still flowing. Next on his project list is a new documentary on the “King of Pop”, Michael Jackson.

Holding the title Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to ‘Off The Wall’, the movie explores the entertainer’s success and rise to fame, stemming from the release of his seminal album.

Furthering the intrigue, Spike weaves in archival performances and interviews from those who endured the experience. He also reflects on the continued impact his music and legacy has left on a wide range of people.

No trailer has been released, but you can catch the docu-film when it premieres at the Sundance Film Festival in January.

Screen grab from Shadow & Act

Screen grab from Shadow & Act

Those heading to Sundance are in for another treat as the first feature-length motion picture chronicling the life of Maya Angelou will also be making its debut!

From the creative minds of Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack, Maya Angelou And Still I Rise focuses its lens on the prolific poet, activist and writer and some of the most profound moments of American History that intersected her words and voice.

Shot documentary style, the production is sure to be an introspective look at the mind and motive behind the woman and her thoughts.

Maya Angelou, 1982

From the festival scene to the small screen, Queen Latifah has landed a lead role in Lee Daniels’ upcoming show.

The director is curating another music-based drama, only this time the stomping ground is Atlanta. The untitled project features Latifah as Carlotta, a beauty salon owner, and centers on three other young women who form a girl group with ambition to dominate the industry.

It has yet to be ordered to series, but it is striking a modern resemblance to Dreamgirls...maybe?

"Bessie" New York City Sreening - Arrivals

Welp, Lifetime is giving their made-for-TV biopics another go with the upcoming premiere of Toni Braxton’s Unbreak My Heart.

Starring emerging actress Lex Scott Davis, the true story follows the singer’s career from discovery to stardom. But the story isn’t all glitz as her battle with Lupus and her divorce from musician Kerry Lewis will be shared.

The dramatic two-hour flick, executive produced by Toni, airs on Lifetime Jan. 23 at 8pm ET/PT.