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Thandie Newton Says She's Working On Adaptation Of Novel Set During 1960s Civil Rights Struggle

by Tambay A. Obenson
June 1, 2012 11:12 AM
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About halfway throughnthe below 28-minute video interview with Thandie Newton, on The Ayo Show, uploaded to YouTube about a week ago, Newton is asked whether she'd like to be on the other side of the camera, as a director. 

And here's what she said in response:

"I'm writing now... I'm adapting a book that I love... set in Oakland and Brooklyn in the 1960s USA... so it's the Black Panthers, Civil Rights..."

Of course my antennae shut up... always looking for a scoop!

Unfortunately, she doesn't give anymore than that (I kept hoping she'd reveal the book title, but she doesn't); so, of course, I had to run through the library in my mind, trying to figure out what book this might be. And, well, the clues she's given are far too broad to come up with a short list - set in 1960s USA (Oakland & Brooklyn specifically), and centered around the Black Panthers and movement towards Civil Rights. 

How many books fit that description?

I suppose we could assume that she may be adapting the book for herself to star in, and if so, then we can further narrow down the list to books (fiction and non-fiction) set in that time period as the story's backdrop, with a black woman at the center of the narrative. Assuming of course...

Still... even though I certainly haven't read every book, I don't think I'm going out on a limb when I say that the list is long. 

I'll let you guys come up with your own guesses.

You can watch the full interview below; she talks about her background, acting, personal non-film related projects, and more. The part where the above quote was lifted starts around the 13-minute mark.

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  • Sepia830 | June 11, 2012 10:28 PMReply

    Thandie always gives a great interview. Love her. Not so crazy about the interviewer though. She really should learn to ask a question and then let the subject speak without constant interruption. Very annoying.

  • Xi | June 2, 2012 8:31 AMReply

    This was great! I'm an even bigger fan after seeing this.

  • LeonRaymond | June 1, 2012 7:54 PMReply

    Here Tambay, I truly want to know your thoughts on this cause I do so agree!!!!

  • BluTopaz | June 1, 2012 7:29 PMReply

    I would say Elaine Brown's a Taste of Power, but I don't recall any of the locations being in Brooklyn. Plus I hope it's not; I'm NOT a Thandie fan and this is one of my fave autobiographies.

  • Kia | June 1, 2012 3:10 PMReply

    Love Thandie. She's very straight forward in interviews. Appreciated that she acknowledged her own cast typing as not what she wants to do because I was beginning to wonder what was up with her current choices. Thanks for sharing.

  • peaceseeker | June 1, 2012 1:21 PMReply

    This interview is so inspiring. I've listened to it twice already -- her poinant messages for people who've been hurt in terrible ways have really hit home for me. Its wonderful she's continuing her work with Human Rights -- an organization that's quite flawed and could definitely learn from her vocal presence and strong compassion.

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