Listen: “Zola” Turned A Viral Twitter Thread Into A Movie--But Hollywood Almost Cut Out The Black Woman Who Wrote It
“The director stepped in and gave “Zola” her worth, monetarily. She was really tapped into all of the key moments. Because at the end of the day, it’s all her words.”
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1. Zola has all the makings of a major motion picture. The story of a Detroit waitress seduced into a weekend of stripping in Florida, the movie depicts a whirlwind adventure involving a friend, her pimp, and her boyfriend.
What makes this story unique isn’t necessarily the plot, but rather, how it started — from a viral tweet thread from 2015.
Back then, A'ziah “Zola” King unleashed a 148-tweet storm onto the world, creating one of Twitter’s first-ever viral threads. But the woman at the center of this epic tale was almost left out of Hollywood’s retelling entirely. Luckily, the film’s director, Janicza Bravo, knew “Zola” needed to help tell this story. It was her own to tell, after all.
Pop culture journalist Bianca Gracie recently wrote the piece “'Zola' gives the Black author of the viral tweet thread the respect she and her story deserve” and breaks down King’s crucial role in bringing this story to life.
2. Sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson has been disqualified from the 100-meter race at the Olympics after testing positive for cannabis.