By Sharee Silerio
We’re all aware of social media’s power and influence. It’s news. It’s commentary. It’s social change. It’s comedy. It’s movement-building. It’s error-correcting. It can be anything we want it to be.
Last month, #BlackTwitter demonstrated its power to make things happen with two tweets.
Twitter user @blaquepink shared this bomb photo of Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o from 2014, which went viral.
— ash (@blaquepink) April 18, 2017
A few minutes later, @1800SADGAL replied to the tweet with the film concept of the century! This also went viral and sparked a flurry of retweets, mentions and memes detailing the heist movie’s plot, potential actors, scenes and more!
Rihanna looks like she scams rich white men and lupita is the computer smart best friend that helps plan the scans https://t.co/PhWs1xd3nj
— WHOOPHERASSKOURTNI (@1800SADGAL) April 18, 2017
Enthusiasts on the social media site made sure Rihanna and Lupita were in on the hype, and they even commissioned Ava DuVernay and Issa Rae to make the film happen.
According to Huffington Post Black Voices and Entertainment Weekly, the two entertainment game-changers are officially bringing the film featuring the Oscar-winning actress and Grammy-winning singer to life, through a deal with Netflix.
DuVernay will direct the heist movie, and Rae is writing the screenplay. The project might begin production in 2018, so hopefully it will be released at the end of next year at the latest!
“I really think it shows the power of people wanting to see stories that are women-centered, women of color-centered that are made by women of color,” DuVernay told TIME last month. “I think it was really interesting that after Rihanna and Lupita were in the picture and the story went viral, it wasn’t about who’s the male lead or who’s the sidekick, it was about who’s going to write it? Who’s going to direct it?”
User @1800SADGAL makes it known that she wants the idea for the film to be credited to @elizabitchtaylor as well, since she also published a Tumblr note about the photo with a similar plot a couple of years ago, which also went viral.
Roxy can have all the credits. I apologize for having a similar idea and making it seem like I took all the credit lol. I’ve given credit
— WHOOPHERASSKOURTNI (@1800SADGAL) May 22, 2017
Both admit that they came up with similar ideas and have squashed claims that the idea was stolen.
I’m 18, almost a high school graduate. Working to get into my dream college & start my career you really think I’m worried bout clout?
— WHOOPHERASSKOURTNI (@1800SADGAL) April 22, 2017
Rae’s team told Vanity Fair that the original Twitter users who shared their concept for the film will be credited and/or involved in the process.
DuVernay tweeted the news yesterday, saying “We deserve nice things.” And we do.
Now we see that all we have to do is ask for the things we want, even if it’s from people who seem to be beyond our reach.
It definitely takes “ask and you shall receive” to a whole new level, and if we can learn anything from this process, it is that anything is possible with collective action.
What do you think about these two starring in a film?