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|Fri, August 06, 2010 at 10:28 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Taraji P. Henson
Taraji P. Henson is playing from the white tees.
In "From the Rough," the Oscar-nominated "Curious Case of Benjamin Button" actor will take on a role inspired by Dr. Catana Starks, the first female head coach of an NCAA Division 1 men's team. Gyre Entertainment is producing the sports drama, which begins filming in New Orleans in early October.
Henson will play a fictionalized version of Starks named Cassandra Turner, who parlays a successful stint as coach of the women's swim team at a historically black college into a shot at building the men's golf team. With available black players scarce, Turner scours Europe, Australia and Asia for hidden talents and constructs a uniquely multi-racial team. (In real life, Starks was the golf coach at Tennessee State University.)
"This extraordinary film explores one's ability to transform life's rough circumstances into distinct advantages," said director-producer Pierre Bagley. "It confronts issues of race, gender, class and cultural barriers in ways that are provocative, and sometimes hilarious.
Michael A. Critelli wrote the screenplay and will be an executive producer along with Kevin E. Hooks.
|Thurs, August 05, 2010 at 6:58 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Rick Ross performs at The 3rd Annual Rick Ross Be Out Day
Rick Ross and Trina hand out backpacks
The Maybach Music Group Family, Trina, Waka Flocka Flame, City of North Miami Mayor Andre Pierre, City Clerk Alix Desulme and more joined Rick Ross at the 3rd Annual Rick Ross Be Out Day.
The 3rd Annual Rick Ross Be Out Day once again served the South Florida Community be providing a day of fun, games and entertainment. The students received complimentary back packs, school supplies, haircuts and education advocacy from their favorite recording artists and local leaders all while enjoying a fun day at the park. After receiving their school supplies and participating in fun and games, the children enjoyed performances by Rick Ross, Trina, Waka Flocka, Triple C's, Magazeen, Ace Hood and a host of others. The City of North Miami Mayor Andre Pierre presented Rick Ross with an official "Rick Ross Day" Proclamation. Rick Ross, while honored by the City of North Miami's recognition wanted everyone to understand that Be Out Day is about supporting and preparing the children for school. The 3rd Annual Rick Ross Be Out Day was sponsored in part by The Children's Trust, The Jason Taylor Foundation, The Urban League, the City of North Miami Office of the City Clerk, Chef Creole Restaurant, Powerade and more.
The 3rd Annual Rick Ross Be Out Day was held Wed, Aug 4 from 1pm - 5pm at the North Miami Athletic Stadium.
Photo Credit: NLPG Images