Black Lysistrata and Amazon’s first full length feature

Amazon has been trying to edge into Netflix’s territory for a while now, and has finally plucked up the balls to make their own feature film, AND AND AND they got Spike Lee to direct it.

Chi-raq is the name of the film and it’s a retelling of the story of Lysistra, but set in Chcago’s south side. It follows a woman who goes on a sex strike to protest black on black violence. And the cast is big, it includes; Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes, Jennifer Hudson, Teyonah Parris, D.B. Sweeney, Harry Lennix, Steve Harris, Angela Bassett, John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson.

Amazon is planning on producing 12 films a year, but no other films have been announced. Chi-raq is set to debut in December.

Also, just in case you aren’t hip to the hop in urban dictionary chiraq is a word that is used to describe Chicago because of its violent history and crime rate. (Look at Babble…. gettin’ everyone’s LEARN on! BOOM!)

You know what I said to myself when I read this. I just nodded my head and pursed my lips and said, “Huh.” That was it.

NOTE: Thanks To Gary C. for spotting the EPIC misspell. It is INDEED Lysistrata and not Lysistra. “Bang on good sir!”

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2 responses to “Black Lysistrata and Amazon’s first full length feature

  1. Great post, and I’m looking forward to seeing this. Seems like a perfect idea for a Spike Lee Joint. But isn’t it Lysistrata?

    • GC You are some kind of WONDERFUL, y’know that? “You are bang on my good sir!” It is INDEED Lysistrata and not Lysistra-thanks for looking out man. And more importantly, thanks for actually scrolling down!

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