Preserving The Malcom X Legacy!! #WeLoveToSeeIt
Iconic human rights activist and religious leader Malcolm X noted for being an influential figure during the civil rights movement died February 21, 1965 (aged 39) following an assassination by rival Black Muslims while addressing his Organization of Afro-American Unity at the Audubon Ballroom in Washington Heights.
He left behind a great legacy which deserves to live on forever and in efforts to bring it to fruition Sony Pictures Television’s TriStar is teaming up with the activist’s daughter Ilyasah Shabazz to bring his life to screen once again, this time through a television series.
The series will be based on the novels “X: A Novel” and “The Awakening of Malcolm X,” both of which were co-written by Malcolm’s daughter, Ilyasah Shabazz. “X: A Novel” was also co-written by Kekla Magoon while “The Awakening of Malcolm X” was also co-written by Tiffany D. Jackson, Variety reports.
“X: A Novel” follows Malcolm’s life from his childhood — including his father being lynched and his mother being institutionalized against her will — up to his imprisonment at age twenty. “The Awakening of Malcolm X” picks up during his time in prison when he decided to join the Nation of Islam, ultimately emerging from incarceration as Malcolm X.
Recall this would be the third time the life of Malcom X is being portrayed on screens after 1992 Spike Lee film “Malcolm X,” played by Denzel Washington and Kingsley Ben-Adir who played him in the Oscar nominated film “One Night in Miami.”
Shabazz teaming up with State Street Pictures’ Bob Tietel and George Tillman as well as 3 Arts Entertainment’s Jermaine Johnson and Molly Madden will executive producee, Jay Marcus with State Street Pictures will serve as co-executive producer with Ron Baldwin producing.
Ilyasah Shabazz is the third daughter of Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz. She is an author, most notably of a memoir, Growing Up X, community organizer, social activist, and motivational speaker. The 59 year old in addition to writing the two books that will serve as the basis for the series has also written the books “Growing Up X,” the children’s book “Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X,” and “Betty Before X.” She is co-chair of The Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center located at the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem, New York, site of her father’s assassination in 1965.