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Tracee Ellis Ross Will Reimagine ‘The Golden Ladies’ With A Black Forged Over Zoom

A reimagined tackle “The Golden Ladies” is hitting the (digital) airwaves this week.

Tracee Ellis Ross introduced plans over the weekend to star in an all-Black model of the beloved sitcom over Zoom. The “Black-ish” star confirmed the information on Instagram with a unusual picture that steered she’ll be enjoying Rose, the character made well-known by Betty White.

Actors Regina King, Sanaa Lathan and Alfre Woodard seem like taking over Dorothy, Blanche and Sophia, respectively.

The episode will stream dwell on Tuesday and might be hosted by Lena Waithe. It’s being produced in assist of Shade of Change, billed because the nation’s largest on-line racial justice group. 

“Be a part of us for a night that takes a glance again to the sitcoms of yesteryear earlier than you possibly can pause your screens or binge watch,” the occasion’s web site reads. “We deliver to you our rendition of ‘Golden Ladies,’ reimagined with an all-Black forged of your favourite actresses.” 

Whether or not the efficiency might be based mostly on an current “Golden Ladies” episode or incorporate a brand new script stays to be seen. However given the legions of followers who’ve stored the sequence a related and enduring favourite, it appears to be like sure to be a success. 

The reimagining comes months after the Emmy-winning sequence, which initially aired from 1985 to 1992, was the topic of a stunning controversy.

In June, Hulu eliminated a 1988 episode titled “Combined Blessings,” which follows Dorothy (performed by Bea Arthur) as she grapples together with her son Michael’s engagement to an older Black lady, Lorraine. It includes a scene wherein Blanche (Rue McClanahan) and Rose allude to blackface whereas giving themselves at-home facials.

Hulu, which is owned by Disney, by no means commented publicly on the information. Its choice got here as different traditional reveals, together with “30 Rock” and “Scrubs,” took related steps to drop episodes with blackface from streaming companies.

Black media personalities, nonetheless, criticized the “Golden Ladies” removing. Many identified that the scene entails mud masks moderately than precise blackface, and that the episode concludes with the Black and white characters resolving their battle.

“Eradicating this episode is bizarre, counterproductive and silly,” creator Roxane Homosexual tweeted. “It diminishes the hassle to really finish racism. It’s simply so dumb.”