Phylicia Rashad & Raven Symone To Tackle Gay Roles For Primetime Shows

Published: Thursday 26th Feb 2015 by Rashad
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After taking film by storm with her Academy Award-nominated film ‘Selma,’ director Ava Duvernay, as reported here is taking her talents to the small screen for a new legal drama for CBS.

Titled ‘For Justice,’ reports have now confirmed legendary Emmy-nominated actress Phylicia Rashad is on board for the pilot and is set to portray a “savvy FBI agent who has faced discrimination for her race and sexual orientation.”

The news surfaces just a day after reports that her former TV granddaughter, Raven Symone, is set to appear in ABC’s hit comedy ‘Black-ish.’  See more below:

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Via Variety:

Rashad’s character is described as a savvy Washington player who has faced discrimination for her race and sexual orientation, and fights to protect the independence and integrity of her high profile Civil Rights Division.

The project, based on James Patterson’s novel “The Thomas Berryman Number,” follows a female FBI agent (Rashad) working in the Criminal Section of the Department of Civil Rights Division who finds herself caught between her radical real family and her professional family.


After guest-starring on FOX’s ‘Empire,’ Raven is flying the coop to visit ABC’s ‘Black-ish’ (source):

The actress/singer will play Rhonda, Dre’s (Anthony Anderson) gay sister, who is just as uncomfortable talking about her sexuality as Dre is. The two have a playful rivalry in which they jockey for position in their mother’s (recurring guest star Jenifer Lewis) rankings that are released every December. Yet, despite her closeness to Dre, she just won’t be the first one to bridge the sexuality gap between them. She’s happy to follow her older brother’s lead.  

The openly gay [actress]….will appear in an episode aptly titled “Please Don’t Ask, Please Don’t Tell,” which will air later this season.

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  1. Solange February 26, 2015

    I love that Raven is finally getting back to work after going through her phase of rest (art school, philanthropic works). She’s an outstanding actress in the field of comedy. Natural talent.

    • Lake Erie February 26, 2015

      I agree.

  2. FutureCIARA February 27, 2015

    Umm Its about time Raven star in her OWN show again!!

    Thats So Raven >>>>>>>>>

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