Memoir of Elaine Brown, the only woman to lead the Black Panther Party, set to be adapted for film
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Memoir of Elaine Brown, the only woman to lead the Black Panther Party, set to be adapted for film

The Firm has acquired the rights to A Taste of Power: A Black Woman’s Story, the memoir of former Black Panther Leader, Elaine Brown. She is the first and only woman leader of the group.

Brown was the chairperson of the party from 1974-1977 while Huey Newton was in exile in Cuba, appointed by Newton himself. She most notably expanded the BPP’s objectives to include matters of importance to black women.

Her words, from the book: “A woman in the Black Power movement was considered, at best, irrelevant. A woman asserting herself was a pariah. If a black woman assumed a role of leadership, she was said to be eroding black manhood, to be hindering the progress of the black race. She was an enemy of the black people…. I knew I had to muster something mighty to manage the Black Panther Party.”

To this day, at age 74, she is still heavily involved in community and political activism, running for president as a Green Party candidate in 2008.


According to Deadline, who first reported the news, The Firm is in negotations with writers to adapt her book for a script, after which it would be produced by Robbie Brenner and The Firm’s Jeff Kwatinetz and Kevin McKeon.

Brown currently lives in Oakland, and will be an executive producer on this project.

“Elaine is a true revolutionary. We are so thrilled to work with such an extraordinary woman and, after getting to know Elaine personally, I am deeply humbled to have the opportunity to bring her inspirational story to the big screen,” said Brenner.

The Firm has been busy of recent, selling The Tribes of Palos Verdes starring Jennifer Garner to IFC, and they are in post-production with race drama Burden, starring Forest Whitaker, Garrett Hedlund, Tom Wilkinson, Andrea Riseborough and Usher — which centers around the true story of black congregation who took in a former KKK member who left the organization.


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