RI­HANNA & LUPITA & AVA & ISSA

Bitch: A Feminist Response to Pop Culture - - BITCH LIST - —EVETTE DIONNE

Twit­ter is never just Twit­ter. The so­cial­me­dia plat­form is a cat­a­lyst for change, whether it’s rais­ing aware­ness about po­lice bru­tal­ity, crowd­fund­ing money to pay off lunch ac­counts for poor chil­dren, or bring­ing us the buddy com­edy we’ve waited for our en­tire lives. In April, Twit­ter user @Art­thekid retweeted a photo of Lupita Nyong’o and Ri­hanna sit­ting be­side each other with the cap­tion, “Ri­hanna looks like she scams rich white men and Lupita is the com­puter-smart best friend that helps plan the scams.” When the tweet went vi­ral, Nyong’o and Ri­hanna both agreed to star in the movie, Ava Duver­nay agreed to di­rect it, and Issa Rae con­firmed that she would write the script. Duver­nay later sold the idea to Net­flix at the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val be­cause “we all de­serve nice things.” Yes, we do, and a movie full of Black girl magic is sure to bring us joy.

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