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Janelle Monáe To Play Dorothy Pitman Hughes In Biopic About Gloria Steinem

Janelle Monáe To Play Dorothy Pitman Hughes In Biopic About Gloria Steinem

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After bringing NASA's first Black woman engineer Mary Jackson to life in Oscar nominated "Hidden Figures", Janelle Monáe is preparing to play another significant Black woman in history -women's and civil rights activist Dorothy Pitman Hughes. 

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As reported by The Hollywood Reporter on Monday, the 33-year-old artist-activist will be playing Hughes in Gloria Steinem's upcoming biopic,"The Glorias: A Life On The Road." The film will "follow Steinem’s journey to become a crusader for equal rights and her groundbreaking work as a journalist and campaigner," reports Deadline.  

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Together Hughes and Steinem co-founded feminist magazine "Ms." and have spent the past five decades advocating for gender equality. In addition to this, Hughes also organized the first shelter for battered women in New York City and raised bail money for civil rights protesters. 

Monáe will join actresses Julianne Moore and Alicia Vikander in the upcoming biographical film. The release date of the film has not yet been announced.