Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Hip-hop diva Azealia Banks will make her acting debut in RZA’s upcoming drama, “Coco.” In the film, Banks will portray “an aspiring twenty-something rapper who wants a career in hip hop, but is torn by her parents’ dreams that she finish college. She gives in. While in the classroom, she experiences the true calling of the power of the spoken word, which helps her goals as a hip hop artist.” “Coco” also stars Jill Scott, Lorraine Toussaint, Hana Mae Lee, Lucien Laviscount and Common. The film is a Lionsgate/Codeblack production. [INDIEWIRE]

“Vampire Diaries” actress Kat Graham has been cast as Tammi Terrell in an upcoming biopic about the life of the fallen music star. The film, which will begin shooting next year, will follow Terrell’s career as a background singer turned Motown star. She along with her singing partner, Marvin Gaye, performed on such classic hit records as “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “Your Precious Love” and “Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing.” Sadly, Terrell was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 1967 and died shortly there after in 1970 at the age of 24. The film will also coincide with Graham’s debut album that is being produced by Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds. [DEADLINE]

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