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Gabrielle Union to host all-black Friends reading

Roisin O'Connor
·2 mins read
Gabrielle Union is leading a reading of Friends with an all-black cast (Rex Features)
Gabrielle Union is leading a reading of Friends with an all-black cast (Rex Features)

Gabrielle Union will host an all-black cast reading of Friends, following a similar revamp of the sitcom Golden Girls.

The event, hosted by Salli Richardson Whitfield, will also star Sterling K Brown, Ryan Bathe, Uzo Adbua, Aisha Hinds, Kendrick Sampson and Jeremy Pope.

It will take place on Tuesday 22 September from 11pm – midnight GMT, and spotlight the non-partisan voter registration organisation, When We All Vote.

The description on the event page reads: “Join us for another night of TV unlike you've ever seen. This time, we bring to you our rendition of Friends, reimagined with an all-black cast.”

It adds: “To tune-in and enjoy this evening, signup to receive messages about how you can make a change during this election.”

The Golden Girls reading involved star appearances from Tracee Ellis Ross (as Rose), Regina King (as Dorothy), Alfre Woodard (as Sophia), and Sanaa Lathan (as Blanche).

Gina Prince-Bythewood directed, while the event was narrated by Lena Waithe.

Fans must RSVP to view the reading on Zoom, via mobilze.us.

The news comes after Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow and Courteney Cox took part in a mini Friends reunion during the Emmy Awards.

Aniston, who was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for The Morning Show appeared on video during one clip where she was joined by former co-star Cox, with Kimmel asking: “Courteney’s there?”

“Of course I’m here,” Cox replied, joking: “We live together.”

Aniston added: “Yeah, we’ve been roommates since 1994, Jimmy.”

See the full list of Emmy Award-winners here.

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