Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

The life and legacy of Hattie McDaniel, the first African-American entertainer to be nominated and win an Academy Award, is coming to the big screen.

According to S&A, Alyisa Allen has purchased the rights to McDaniel story and is teaming up with Aaron Magnani for the project. The film will focus McDaniel’s trailblazing career as an actress, comedian and singer/songwriter and is based on the book, Hattie McDaniel: Black Ambition, White Hollywood by Jill Watts.

McDaniel is best known for her role as “Mammy” in the American film classic “Gone with the Wind.” She also appeared in over 300 films and was the first Black woman to sing on American radio. She died of breast cancer at the age of 57.

Allen is the founder of the hugely popular Mocha Girls Read.

Check out McDaniel’s historic Oscar win below:

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