While Janet Jackson’s tour is on hold, other areas of her professional life are blossoming.
The 49-year-old pop star will executive produce the story of 1920’s New York City mobster, Queenie – the first and only woman gangster during the prohibition, set against the backdrop of The Cotton Club.
The news was shared this week at Lifetime’s Upfronts. See more details via the network’s release,
Born Stephanie St. Clair (1886–1969), Queenie (photo above) was a mob boss who ran numerous criminal enterprises in Harlem, NYC in the early part of the 20th century. She even bumped heads with the then Italian mafia, and managed to stay entirely independent. In Bill Duke’s gangland crime drama “Hoodlum” (1997) she was played by Cicely Tyson, as some of you might recall. Kenny Leon is attached to direct the film.
Meanwhile, Serena Williams has also landed an executive producer gig with Lifetime. The 34-year-old tennis champ will executive produce an original movie tentatively titled “Sister Dance”, which tells a story that’s inspired by the annual dance-off competition which she hosts with her sister, Venus Williams. In the movie, two sisters become rivals once they pit themselves against each other and their respective dance teams in an epic dance battle.