Thursday, November 29, 2012

Black Girl in Paris Coming to the Big Screen

Shay Youngblood's novel Black Girl in Paris (2000, Riverhead Books) is coming to the big screen.

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The book presents the story of Eden Daniel, a young woman who journeys to Paris as part of her voyage to find herself.  Here's a description from the Reading Guide on Youngblood's Web site:

Black Girl in Paris wends its way around the mythology of Paris as a city that called out to African-American artists. Like James Baldwin, Langston Hughes, and Josephine Baker before her, Youngblood’s heroine leaves the American South nurturing a dream of finding artistic emancipation in the City of Light. She experiments freely, inhabiting different incarnations—artist’s model, poet’s helper, au pair, teacher, thief, and lover—to keep body and soul together, to stay afloat, heal the wounds of her broken heart, discover her sexual self, and, finally,to wrestle her dreams of becoming a writer into reality.

Twelve years later, the tale is being filmed in the streets of Paris.  Tracey Heggins of Medicine for Melancholy plays the role of Eden.  To view still shots of various movie sets, click here.  

The projected release date for the film is 2013.

Shay Youngblood is a novelist, short-story writer, playwright, artist, and professor.

Shay Youngblood and Patricia Laplante-Collins


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