The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is a nonfiction book written by Rebecca Skloot, that covers the life of Henrietta Lacks, a poor black tobacco farmer, whose cells were taken without her consent. Known only as HeLa, Henrietta’s cells became a game-changer in medicine, helping to develop the polio vaccine, gene mapping, in vitro fertilization, cloning, and more. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is set to be an HBO film starring Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne.

“The HeLa Project” gives Henrietta a voice, representing the woman behind the cells. Featuring artist Kadir Nelson, poet Saul Williams, and recording artist Jazmine Sullivan, “The HeLa Project” opened with a 3-day curated exhibition in SoHo from April 7-9.

 

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L to R: Derrick Adams, Kadir Nelson, Jazmine Sullivan, Doreen Garner and Lewis Long

The HBO film debuts on Saturday, April 22.

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