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Movie, Till, Featuring Whoopie Goldberg and Danielle Deadwyler, will Shake Your World

Movie, Till, Featuring Whoopie Goldberg and Danielle Deadwyler, will Shake Your World

More and more stories of African-American heroes and activists which have been circulating the last few years. It is no secret that what used to be and often still is taught in school history classes leaves out a good chunk of people you should know. Maybe you’ve heard of her, Mamie Till-Mobley, a woman on a mission to make a change in the country after tragedy struck her household is now a movie coming to theaters October 28th.


A tragic story of 14 year old Emmett Till, Mamie’s son, assisted in sparking the Civil Rights Movement after he was brutally murdered while visiting the South in 1955.  His death became a rallying point for the civil rights movement, but few know that it was his mother who was the catalyst for bringing his name to the forefront of history. This movie Till is a tell-all of the history of the fight for justice. 


Till features actress Danielle Deadwyler who plays Mamie, Jalyn Hall as Emmett, and Whoopie Goldberg as Alma Carthan, along with actors Frankie Faison and Haley Bennett are also in it. Written by Keith Beauchamp and Michael Reilly, and writer and director Chinonye Chukwu created this film with the heart-wrenching truth to bring to light true history. 


In an interview on Till with Chinonye Chukwu, Whoopie Goldberg, and Danielle Deadwyler, they explain in depth the impact and respect of the movie for the audience, and acknowledging the mother-son relationship. More importantly why it is important to see this movie because it is different than many Black historical films. 

Whoopie says in an interview, “What you needed to see was the relationship. You knew what was happening, you didn’t need to see us do it but you needed to see what was done and why Mrs. Mobley made the choice that she did… Our hope was always that we would find somebody who understood the small things that this movie this needed to have, the respect it needed to pay to the audience, the respect the actors needed to pay to each other.” 


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“The question wasn’t whether or not to show the body, it was really how to do it. My decision to show the body on screen was an extension of Mamie’s decision that she made in 1955,” says Director Chukwu. She continues “So in order to honor her and the decision she made was so critical to us, the Civil Rights Movement, and her story, we had to.”


The anticipated impact of this movie is strong and educational. Learn more here:


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