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Michael B. Jordan to produce ‘Fashionably Black’ for HBO Max

Michael B. Jordan continues to strive as one of the top names in the movies and TV world both in front of the cameras and behind them. The ‘Black Panther’ and ‘Creed’ star is developing a comedy called ‘Fashionably Black’ with Alana Mayo through Outlier Society, their production company with HBO Max.

The show is set to premiere in the second part of 2020, a couple of months after HBO Max is launched in Spring 2020.

Christa Gatewood and Robin Thede (A Black Lady Sketch Show) will write the film and serve as executive producers alongside Jordan, Mayo, and Khaliah Neal.

The synopsis reads as follows, “Set in the world of haute couture, the comedy explores what happens when you actually put a black woman at the top spot in fashion. The film will follow viral sensation Zoe Bankole who, after becoming the industry’s first and only black woman creative director for a French haute couture house, must contend with short deadlines, petty rivals and attempts at whitewashing her style in order to create the collection of her dreams.”

As there’s been a re-exploration of the long history of appropriation and racism of some fashion companies, the film seems to come at a perfect time to check on the relations between race and fashion. For example, Dior was widely criticized for using Native American imagery for their perfume ‘Sauvage,’ while Gucci was blasted for a blackface turtle neck. The companies are addressing the issue, as Ava DuVernay was hired by Prada as the head of their Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council, while Gucci did the same with Dapper Dan.

This is not the first feature film to come from Jordan’s Outlier Society, as ‘Just Mercy’ premiered at the TIFF, and is set for a commercial release on December 25. The movie follows the story of Bryan Stevenson, the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative Bryan Stevenson, and is already making award buzz.

Jordan’s company will be busy for some time. They acquired fantasy trilogy ‘Kingdom of Souls’ and are working on ‘Without Remorse,’ based on the Tom Clancy series, an adaptation of ‘Black Leopard, Red Wolf’, a WW2 drama called ‘The Liberators,’ and many more.

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  1. Unfortunately whenever outsiders of the industry of fashion produce a film or TV project re: fashion, it has always faltered. It never hits the nail on its head. Hope this comes close to making sense.
    To make a correction on this article, it would be more accurate to say Gucci’s “alleged” black face sweater or what appeared to be blackface. Secondly, Dapper Dan was not placed in position at Gucci equal to Ava DuVernay at Prada. DD had/has a design partnership with Gucci prior to the alleged blackface sweater incident.
    This is what I mean. Written editorial inaccuracies. Imagine what the series will entail ? I fear equally so, to make good TV. So I am prepared to take offense, unfortunately. But hoping for a better results.
    Bethann Hardison

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