Flint has not been forgotten about and these stars are making sure that they never will be!
Last year, the hazardous conditions of Flint Michigan’s water supply was a national topic of discussion, leaving us all shocked and outraged but few realize that this has been a dilemma nearly three years in the making.
Back in 2014, city leaders of Flint, Michigan decided that they would no longer purchase their water from Lake Huron, which supplies water for the state’s capital (Detroit), and instead save money by using the water from the Flint River. However, because the river water had not been treated for anti-corrosion it eventually broke down the pipes it was being flown through, resulting in unsafe drinking water containing lead and other harmful toxins.
Well, according to an article on Deadline.com, Queen Latifah and Jill Scott are hitting the small screen alongside fellow actresses Marin Ireland and Betsy Brandt to star in a made for TV movie about the tragic water crisis to further shed light on the on-going struggle of Flint residents. These ladies are taking on the story of three Flint women seeking justice in the face of political adversity after learning that their city’s water has been contaminated, sparking national awareness of the tragic conditions and a encouraging a full on movement.
The movie is based on a story featured in Time Magazine titled “The Toxic Tap” by Josh Sanburn and will premiere on the Lifetime network. Queen Latifah is on double duty, serving as a the film’s executive producer along with other notable names like Craig Zadan, Neil Meron and Katie Couric. Production is set to start within the next few weeks in Toronto, CA.
We are so here for this!!
According to online reports, Flint water has just recently returned back to “acceptable levels” earlier this year but the lead pipes have yet to be fully replaced. Flint residents have been instructed to continue using bottled/filtered water until all new pipes have been installed which is expected to be completed “no sooner than 2020”
Even after three years, the crisis has yet to be fully resolved, which is unfathomable and downright disappointing. But we are firm believers in the quotable phrase “out of sight, out of mind,” and since mainstream media isn’t providing much coverage on the current state of Flint, this movie a couldn’t have come at a better time– It is crucial that we continue to talk about these issues and put a face to these stories so that we can expedite a solution and make sure something this awful happens ever again.
Not to mention, with Queen Latifah behind the wheel as EP, we are sure this film will be a must-see! Hopefully we can look forward to more Lifetime movies like this and a little less the typical cringe-worthy classics. ( a la ‘Britney Ever After‘ and ‘Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B’ biopic)
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