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Don Cheadle Project about Wall Street's First Black Millionaire

This story was retweeted over on Twitter, but not posted on the blog. It's from April but still awesomely exciting for me.


Don Cheadle is developing a movie about Jeremiah G. Hamilton, Wall Street's First Black Millionaire. Before reading about this news, I knew absolutely nothing about Jeremiah G. Hamilton. I really enjoyed the article about him over at Shadow and Act. It's a great read, that I highly suggest.


I am interested to see how the various aspects of his life will be shown. He was very ambitious and apparently was not always nice. I personally, don't have a problem with period stories about Blacks characters that are not exactly "good" or bad". I believe there is more than enough room for a film that shows Hamilton as a antihero. The ways in which he earned his money were also less than stellar. Apparently, after the 1835 Great New York fire he received about $5 million (in 2013 dollars) by "taking pitiless advantage of several of the fire…

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