She isn’t Claire Huxtable anymore, but longtime Mount Vernon resident Phylicia Rashad is set to play another strong female role on television.
The former ‘Cosby Show’ star has been cast in CBS’s new drama “For Justice,” playing a gay woman who is a “savvy Washington player” working in the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, Variety reports. Her character Georgina Howe faces discrimination for her race and sexual orientation.
“For Justice” will be directed by ‘Selma’ director Ava DuVernay , who will also executive-produce along with Robert De Niro and James Patterson. The series is based on Patterson’s novel “The Thomas Berryman Number.”
2015 has been off to a good start for Rashad, who was recently honored with the BET Honors Theatrical Arts Award. The iconic actress’s biggest cheerleader has been her daughter (and fellow actress) Condola Rashad. “Go, mom go!” the Mount Vernon native tweeted Friday.