I believe it’s wonderful how there are so many production companies being created with the sole purpose of bringing BIPOC works to TV, movies and streaming services. Most recently, the production company Higher Ground, owned and operated by the fabulous Barack and Michelle Obama, are bringing Blackout to Netflix. Published by Quill Tree Books, an imprint of Harper Collins, to quote on their book page:
“Six critically acclaimed, bestselling, and award-winning authors bring the glowing warmth and electricity of Black teen love to this interlinked novel of charming, hilarious, and heartwarming stories that shine a bright light through the dark.
A summer heatwave blankets New York City in darkness. But as the city is thrown into confusion, a different kind of electricity sparks… A first meeting. Long-time friends. Bitter exes. And maybe the beginning of something new.
When the lights go out, people reveal hidden truths. Love blossoms, friendship transforms, and new possibilities take flight.
Beloved authors—Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, and Nicola Yoon—celebrate the beauty of six couples and the unforgettable magic that can be found on a sweltering starry night in the city.“
Romance is a big thing, of course, but so is fantasy. Or at least it is to me. Most authors who provided stories for the anthology are contemporary, although one, Dhonielle Clayton, writes fantasy. Ava DuVernay did A Wrinkle in Time and now Octavia Butler’s Dawn, although this is more science-fiction.Tomi Adeyemi’s Children of Blood and Bone is also going to be made into a movie. Back in 2019, there is a report of Kay Oyegun (This Is Us) writing the script.
There is a lot going on, but we could do much more! There are so many good fantasy novels written by black authors. Which would you like to see made into a movie? List your choices in the comments!