Akeelah and the Bee

Akeelah and the Bee Brief Information

Akeelah and the Bee is a 2006 American drama film written and directed by Doug Atchison. It tells the story of Akeelah Anderson, portrayed by Keke Palmer, an 11-year-old girl who participates in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, her mother, portrayed by Angela Bassett, schoolmates, and also her coach, Dr. Joshua Larabee, portrayed by Laurence Fishburne. It also explores issues of education in an African American community of low socioeconomic status.

The film was developed over a period of 10 years by Doug Atchison, the germ of the idea having started after his watching the Scripps National Spelling Bee of 1994 and combined with his experiences spent tutoring disadvantaged students in the area around the University of Southern California, where he attended film school. After four years of trying to secure funding for the film, the documentary film Spellbound came out in 2002 and perhaps, according to one producer, Sid Ganis, facilitated funding. Spellbound features a black girl, Ashley White, from Washington, D.C., in rough parallel to the independent idea developed in Akeelah and the Bee. This film, together with the 2005 Bee Season, also touched off a brief national interest in spelling bees"?2006 Scripps National Spelling Bee was broadcast live on television.

Akeelah and the Bee News

• Lee Thompson Young dead from apparent suicide at age 29
• Keke Palmer's new 'True Jackson' Nickelodeon show debuting Nov. 8
• Lawrence Fishburne and actress Gina Torres expecting first child
• 'Akeelah and the Bee' actress Keke Palmer getting TV series

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