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Unbought & Unbossed! Uzo Aduba NAILS Shirley Chisholm In First Look At FX’s 'Mrs. America'

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Uzo Aduba NAILS it as Shirley Chisholm in the first look at the upcoming FX series, "Mrs. America." Get into this #BlackGirlMagic inside...


Nailed it!

FX has released the first images from their upcoming limited television series, “Mrs. America.” The network was spot on with the casting, as they have chosen the talented Emmy-award winning Uzo Aduba to play Shirley Chisholm, and the photo is everything!

Scheduled for a 2020 release, the nine-episode series is told through the eyes of Academy Award winning actress, Cate Blanchett, as Phyllis Schlafly, a conservative woman, along with second-wave feminists Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan, Shirley Chisholm, Bella Abzug and Jill Ruckelshaus. Late last year, pre-production information was released, getting us all excited for this historic girl-power project.

Deadline reports:

Mrs. America tells the true story of the movement to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, and the unexpected backlash led by a conservative woman named Phyllis Schlafly, played by Blanchett. Through the eyes of the women of that era — both Schlafly and second-wave feminists Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan, Shirley Chisholm, Bella Abzug and Jill Ruckelshaus — the series explores how one of the toughest battlegrounds in the culture wars of the ’70s helped give rise to the Moral Majority and forever shifted our political landscape.



According to Black Film, the “Orange Is The New Black” star was one of the 11 new additions added to the cast since the initial announcement. Surely Uzo is excited to play this iconic woman. Shirley Chisholm marked her name in history when she became the first African-American congresswoman, as well as the first African-American Presidential candidate to receive the nomination of a major party in 1972.

Known for her brazen campaign slogan, “Unbought and Unbossed,” Chisholm repped the Democratic Party and scoffed in the face of racism during a time when tensions were still high coming off of the Civil Rights Movement.

Rose Byrne (“Damages”) as women’s rights leader Gloria Steinem, Margo Martindale (“The Americans”) as congresswoman Bella Abzug, James Marsden (“Westworld”) as conservative congressman Phil Crane, and Tracey Ullman (“The Tracey Ullman Show”) as active ERA member and mother of the women’s movement Betty Friedan are amongst those that round out the cast of characters that have chosen to take on the roles of changemakers who have impacted our country.



There’s no doubt this series has some relevancy to our political climate today, as the issue of women’s rights is a never-ending topic. We are so hyped to see what Uzo does with the strong character, which is the total opposite of the mentally inept, yet articulate and lovable Suzanne she played for seven seasons on “OITNB.”

Photo: lev radin / Shutterstock.com


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