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Shonda Rhimes Adapting Luvvie Ajayi’s Best-Selling I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual For Cable
In today’s edition of “Go Black girl go” news, the latest Black woman to land a television series is author and social commentator Luvvie Ajayi. She’s teaming up with Shonda Rhimes to bring her New York Times best-selling book, I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual, to the small screen.
Yoruba. Nigerian. African. American. Black. Afropolitan. Global citizen. Immigrant. ? @chuckolualabi. Sweatshirt: @llulo
A photo posted by Awesomely Luvvie (@luvvie) on Jan 31, 2017 at 11:13am PST
Rhimes is the perfect person for Ajayi to collaborate with. Her hilarious recaps of Scandal caught the attention of the showrunner years ago and they’ve been staunch supporters of one another’s work ever since. “I lovingly refer to her as my Fairy Baemother,” Ajayi said on her site, Awesomely Luvvie, “because since she tweeted me a few years ago, and we connected in person, I’ve felt like I have this mentor in my head.”
Rhimes and Betsy Beers’ Shondaland, alongside ABC Signature Studios, have acquired the rights to her book and are looking to develop it into a comedy for cable. According to Deadline, Rhimes is looking to get into comedy after creating five different drama series for ABC. Ajayi is the perfect person to help her lighten things up.
As for Ajayi’s thoughts on this major development, she’s over the moon with excitement. It’s another huge opportunity for the former marketing and branding maven who at one point, blogged as a hobby while trying to work full time.
Dreams come true. I don’t even have the words to express how geeked I am. #ImJudgingYou. From book to TV, with my Fairy BaeMother, Shonda. ???????
A photo posted by Awesomely Luvvie (@luvvie) on Feb 7, 2017 at 9:38am PST
This project will be part of Shondaland’s overall deal at ABC Studios and the cable division of ABC Signature.
Congratulations to Ajayi and kudos to Rhimes for continuing to share the talents of women of color.
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