Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

“Collateral Beauty” star Jacob Latimore (pictured above) will team up with “The Get Down” actress Yolonda Ross for the new Showtime drama, “The Chi.” The one-hour series is created and executive produced by Lena Waithe and is described as “a coming-of-age story that follows a half dozen interrelated characters in the South Side of Chicago.” Ross will play a single parent whose son (played by Latimore) is also raising a child on his own. “The Chi” also stars Jason Mitchell and is executive produced by Common. [DEADLINE]

Lee Daniels‘ “STAR” is adding more famous faces to its first season. Hip hop music icon Missy Elliott and comedian and reality star Rickey Smiley will be appearing in separate episodes of the new Fox series. Elliott will star as a controversial recording from Carlotta’s past (Queen Latifah) and Smiley will play an MC who will announce the winner of the Atlanta NexFest competition. This is the big show the girls are preparing to win throughout this first season. Can’t wait to see them both in these dramatic roles. [DEADLINE]

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