Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq trailer has been breaking the internet, which proves just how much people have been waiting on a star-studded Spike Lee joint to come out. This might sound like I’m damning the other films simply because they’re smaller. I’m not doing that, since there’s always something thought-provoking about most Spike Lee films. But you have to admit that it’s been a while since Spike Lee has made a feature film that was this chock full of stars–Teyonah Parris, Samuel L. Jackson, Angela Bassett, Nick Cannon, La La Anthony, Jennifer Hudson, Dave Chappelle, and plenty more recognizable faces. Just take a look at the trailer right here:
The Angela Bassett-directed lifetime biopic Whitney, about Whitney Houston’s rise to fame and the pitfall that come with it, is coming Jan. 17, and I haven’t been writing anything about it. Until now.
This woman should have been Storm.
I saw Angela Bassett in What’s Love Got to Do with It? and, like almost everyone who’s seen that film, I became a fan. I then re-watched Waiting to Exhale and became an even bigger fan. In any film or show she’s in, she’s amazing. She is often seen playing powerful women (one of the reasons she should have been Storm and not Halle Berry–sorry Halle), and this quote from a 2001 interview in The Guardian backs it up:
You always seem to play strong women. Is that what you like?
Yes. That’s the image that I like to put out there, and those are the parts I’m attracted to. But not iron-fist kind of strong, just self-assured. I’m nice too.
What do you love about Angela Bassett? Talk about it in the comments section below! You’ll be able to see Bassett in the upcoming American Horror Story: Freak Show airing on FX Oct. 8 at 10/9c. And if you’ve got your own WOC Wednesday nominee, email me at email@example.com and I’ll write a post!
Angela Bassett in Black Nativity. Credit: Fox Searchlight