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Phylicia Rashad Takes Message of 'Raisin' to TV

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Phylicia Rashad Takes Message of 'Raisin' to TV

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Phylicia Rashad Takes Message of 'Raisin' to TV

Phylicia Rashad Takes Message of 'Raisin' to TV

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A Raisin in the Sun producer Neil Meron (far left) and director Kenny Leon (third from right) stand with actors Sanaa Lathan (from left), Sean Combs, Phylicia Rashad, Audra McDonald and John Stamos. Getty Images hide caption

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A Raisin in the Sun producer Neil Meron (far left) and director Kenny Leon (third from right) stand with actors Sanaa Lathan (from left), Sean Combs, Phylicia Rashad, Audra McDonald and John Stamos.

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More About 'Raisin'

In 1959, Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun debuted as the first Broadway play written by an African-American woman. On Feb. 25, the film makes its world television premiere on ABC.

A Raisin in the Sun tells the story of the Youngers, a black family on the south side of Chicago. The Youngers struggle to hold onto their dreams amid bitter disappointment and self doubt.

Lena Younger is the God-fearing matriarch of the Younger family. The character is brought to life on television by actress Phylicia Rashad, who won a Tony Award for the revived role on Broadway. Also starring in the made-for-television production are Sean "Diddy" Combs — reprising an early Sidney Poitier role as Walter Lee Younger — Sanaa Lathan, Audra McDonald and John Stamos.

Rashad talks about her role in the production and what she hopes younger generations can learn from the film.

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