FOX has a script order out for a drama series based on the book Our Kind of People: Inside America’s Black Upper Class.
The book, written by Lawrence Otis Graham, consisted of him interviewing members of “prominent black families” in America.
According to Variety, who broke the news, “The series is described as a multi-generational family drama uncovering the lives of America’s black upper class by chronicling a dazzling Chicago dynasty with a dark secret threatening to rip it apart.”
Here’s the book’s description on Amazon:
Debutante cotillions. Million-dollar homes. Summers in Martha’s Vineyard. Membership in the Links, Jack & Jill, Deltas, Boule, and AKAs. An obsession with the right schools, families, social clubs, and skin complexion. This is the world of the black upper class and the focus of the first book written about the black elite by a member of this hard-to-penetrate group.
Author and TV commentator Lawrence Otis Graham, one of the nation’s most prominent spokesmen on race and class, spent six years interviewing the wealthiest black families in America. He includes historical photos of a people that made their first millions in the 1870s. Graham tells who’s in and who’s not in the group today with separate chapters on the elite in New York, Los Angeles, Washington, Chicago, Detroit, Memphis, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Nashville, and New Orleans. A new Introduction explains the controversy that the book elicited from both the black and white communities.
Wendy Calhoun, a former co-executive producer on Empire, is writing the script and will executive produce. Ben Silverman and Montrel McKay are also executive producers. Silverman’s EP credits include The Offie, Ugly Betty and Jane The Virgin and is an EP on the upcoming In the Country We Love, based on the book of the same name by Orange is the New Black star Diane Guerrero.