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Gabourey Sidibe Draws Inspiration From Nina Simone’s ‘Four Women’ For Powerful Film

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Gabourey Sidibe emerged into the Hollywood with her Oscar nominated role in Precious, where she played the title character. Now, a certified starlet with a recurring role on Fox’s ‘Empire’ and a top selling memoir “This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare” Sidibe continues to use her talents to tell important stories.  Her new film The Tale Of Four. 

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Recognizing the importance of portraying narratives that typically do not get the spotlight they deserve, Sidibe amplifies voices of margianlized people. The Tale Of Four shares the complex stories of four black women resisting America’s brutal realities, fighting against colorism, domestic violence,  police brutality, mass incarceration and more. The film debuted at the Nantucket Film Festival and hosts the talent of r&b singer Ledisi, Aisha Hinds and Empire co-star Jussie Smollet and more.

“Four Women” a prolific song written by the legendary Nina Simone tells the story of four black women archetypes represantative of stereotypes placed on black women. Though decades old, the harsh realities vocalized in “Four Women” still echo today. The stories of Saffronia, Sarah, Peaches and Sweet Thing remain relevant in the current social and political climate.

As black women continue to battle sexual assualt, objectification, mistreatment and more,  we remain on the frontlines in the war for justice and equality while bearing the scars of centuries of racism, sexism and misogyny.

“It’s so important for people like me to get behind the camera…I know that we’re called minorities but there’s no f*ng way there are less of us than there are of them. We’re called minorities because we matter minorly. The way we matter is minor to the way they matter… Atlanta and Insecure, those are my favorite shows. We out here winning all the Emmys. Don’t say we don’t exist. We’re not a fad. We’re not going anywhere and we are snatching the gold right out of your hand.” says Sidibe in an interview with Refinery29.

Produced by Shatterbox Anthology powered by Refinery29, The Tale Of Four makes up a small segment of a larger goal. In total, 12 short films were created by various directors, writers and creatives who are all women.

Watch The Tale Of Four below:

 

 

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