Beyonce Knowles Should Not Portray Angela Davis sign now

We, the undersigned, are opposed to the idea of R&B singer/actress Beyonce Knowles playing the role of Angela Davis in any biographical film portraying Dr. Davis' life. On February 5 2009, the online version of Hollywood Reporter (an esteemed print publication that follows the film business) quoted French/Angolan producer/director Rachid Bouchareb as considering Beyonce Knowles for the lead role in his planned Angela Davis biographical film. We believe this is a mistake that Rachid Bouchareb must reconsider and avoid. Dr. Davis is an iconic figure in the struggle for equality for all and against the forces of oppression that would exploit divisiveness for profit and control. We would like a serious actress with significant training in the art of acting to portray this powerful role and we feel Beyonce lacks the gravitas to successfully portray Dr. Davis. Further, we feel the music of Ms. Knowles is in large part not in line with the feminist tradition of Dr. Davis' life and work (with due acknowledgement of elements of Ms. Knowles' work that arguably attempt to empower women and challenge patriarchy, where some may debate that such themes are present).

Of equal importance, we feel there are many talented but "undiscovered" black actresses who would do a wonderful job in this role who deserve an opportunity to showcase their talent in such a historic film, should we all be blessed to see this story brought to the screen.

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  • 18 December 2015300. Eugenia S
    This role deserves an actress that can deliver immense depth.
  • 11 December 2015299. Cortney W
    beyonce would not do a good job. her acting abilities have not matured enough for a role this serious. From a marketing standpoint, it would be a bad idea. There are a lot of people who are "tired" of ms. knowles, there are a lot of people that would not
  • 09 December 2015298. Curt F
    I support this petition
  • 26 November 2015297. Anne Stein
    I support this petition
  • 06 November 2015296. Katrina M
    I support this petition
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    I support this petition
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    I support this petition
  • 19 October 2015292. Jerry Barnesj
    I support this petition
  • 12 October 2015291. Artesia B
    Let's have more respect for Ms Angela Davis and get a real actor
  • 06 October 2015290. Sr Hickman
    I support this petition
  • 30 September 2015289. Dona Jensen
    at the very least Angela Davis needs to be portrayed by someone who is respectful of the craft as Ms Davis is to the passion of her voice and mission , let alone her sacrifice!
  • 25 September 2015288. Sofiya Curry
    I support this petition
  • 15 September 2015287. Tonia J
    No way this can happen, she is not strong enough to play this role. Beyonce' is white america's sweetheart while Angela davis was their nightmare. She can't convice me in the roles she plays now. If you give her this role it will be like watching Gold mem
  • 13 September 2015286. Allison E
    I support this petition
  • 05 September 2015285. Jamilah L
    The mere suggestion of letting Beyonce play sister Angela is horrifying.
  • 01 September 2015284. Tiffany P
    I support this petition
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    I support this petition
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    I support this petition
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  • 02 July 2015279. Sandra H
    beyonce knowles playing angela davis is blatantly disrespectful to Dr. Davis, her legacy and black feminism
  • 01 July 2015278. Crystal Weiss
    I support this petition
  • 30 June 2015277. Nadya R
    I support this petition
  • 26 June 2015276. Ornella Bennett
    I support this petition
  • 13 June 2015275. J G
    I wouldn't mind looking at Beyonce on the screen...but not in a biopic of Angela Davis. Do better. To the creators of this film: Think Bigger. Your product would suffer by not casting a strong actress in this role. Do Dr. Davis justice or don't do the fil
  • 12 June 2015274. Daniel M

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Rachid Bouchareb


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