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Marcus Garvey Biopic In Development (Don Cheadle Producing, Kevin Navayne Starring)

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act April 2, 2012 at 10:15AM

File this one under "things that make you go hmm..."
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Kevin Navayne

File this one under "things that make you go hmm..."

I'm hearing through several sources that a Marcus Garvey biopic is indeed in development (all pending negotiations as one source says) that will be produced by Don Cheadle's Crescendo Productions, directed by George Tillman Jr. (Notorious, Barber Shop), written by Sonni Kojo the child of the late John Henrik Clarke, and starring Kevin Navayne (above photo) as the lead.

Relative newcomer Kevin Navayne's resume comprises of mostly TV work; in fact, he was scheduled to co-star in Spike Lee's Da Brick, which HBO passed on. His most recent stint prior to that was a stint on One Life To Live.

He's also spent a good number of years as a fashion model.

I should note that Mr Navayne is originally from Jamaica, as was the character he just might eventually play on film - Marcus Garvey - was.

I'm not at all familiar with Sonni Kojo's scriptwriting/story-telling abilities; a Google search returned nothing, other than the fact that he's Dr Henrik Clarke's son. But given his lineage -  son of a celebrated writer, historian, professor, pioneer - I'm curious.

Born Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jr. on  August 17th1887, in St. Ann's BayJamaicaa biopic on the life of the controversial entrepreneur, Black Nationalist, Pan-Africanist, and powerful orator, is one that we've considered on S&A in previous posts, although nothing's materialized... until now it appears.

There was a 2 1/2 hour PBS documentary on Garvey, titled Marcus Garvey: Look For Me In The Whirlwind, directed by Stanley Nelson, which aired in 2000, and is currently on DVD. You could probably find it someone online as well.

Let's see whether this Cheadle/Kojo/Navayne project actually happens; when I have more info, I'll share...


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