Updates

Jan. 20

One’s never too young to get woke about race

Jan. 20 2017

Raquel Cepeda is a podcaster, filmmaker and author of Bird of Paradise: How I Became Latina, currently writing her next book, East of Broadway, and lives in her native New York City with her husband, filmmaker Sacha Jenkins, and their two children. Follow her @raquelcepeda on Twitter. Because talking to our children about race is inherently experiential, I’ll begin this conversation by locating myself in the mix. I am a Dominiyorker, that is, a New Yorker born of Dominican parentage, and came of age in the 1980s. It was a time many people today, both in the gentrifying and gentrified classes, characterize as the “bad old ... READ MORE

Jan. 18

The Talk at TCA

Jan. 18 2017

Director and supervising producer Sam Pollard and producer and executive producer Julie Anderson took the stage at last July’s Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour in Los Angeles, CA to discuss PBS’ upcoming documentary, The Talk. The Talk – Race in America is a two-hour documentary about the increasingly common conversation taking place in homes and communities across the country between parents of color and their children, especially sons, about how to behave if they are ever stopped by the police. “It’s about the talk that mothers and fathers have had to tell their children, ‘Answer, ‘yes sir’ and no sir’, don’t ... READ MORE

Jan. 10

Film Bio: Kenya Barris

Jan. 10 2017

Kenya Barris was born in Inglewood, Calif. After his father had a chemical accident at General Motors and a significant law suit settlement, he and his then-divorced mother moved from the 'Hood and landed in Hancock Park. Kenya attended several high schools in Los Angeles and upon graduation attended UCLA for his freshman year. Obsessed with becoming the next Spike Lee and tiring of life in the city, Kenya left Los Angeles for Atlanta, Ga., where he attended Clark Atlanta University and Morehouse College, studying under the tutelage of Spike Lee's mentor, Dr. Henry Eichelberger. While in Atlanta, Kenya wrote and ... READ MORE

Jan. 8

Film Bio: John Singleton

Jan. 8 2017

While Singleton was attending the Film Writing Program at USC, he won three writing awards from the university, which led to a contract with Creative Artists Agency during his sophomore year. He was also a recipient of the Jack Nicholson Award in 1989 and 1990 and the Robert Riskin Award in 1989. USC School of Cinema-Television invited him to speak at the 2006 Commencement, and he received the Mary Pickford Alumni Award in May 2006. Singleton exploded onto the scene with his first film, “Boyz N the Hood” (1991), a tough, intelligent, plain-speaking look at friends in gang-ridden South Central L.A. ... READ MORE

Jan. 6

Film Bio: Nas

Jan. 6 2017

"So much to write and say/Yo, I don't know where to start/So I'll begin with the basics and flow from the heart" – Nas, "Loco-Motive" Hip-hop is a fickle, ephemeral beast; a genre filled with trend-hopping "artists," corporate hucksters and walking gimmicks desperate to achieve their 15 minutes of shine. Look back at the hip-hop charts 20 years ago—hell, look back 10—and see how many names you're still reading about today. Ever since a 17-year-old Nasir Bin Olu Dara Jones appeared on Main Source's 1991 classic "Live at the Barbeque," hip-hop would be irrevocably changed. Nas. Gifted poet. Confessor. Agitator. Metaphor master. ... READ MORE

Jan. 5

About the Film

Jan. 5 2017

THIRTEEN’s The Talk – Race in America  Tackles the Issue of Young People of Color and Their Uneasy Encounters With Law Enforcement The all-too-familiar conversation that black and Latino parents have with their children reveals the current state of race relations in America The Talk – Race in America is a two-hour documentary about the increasingly common conversation taking place in homes and communities across the country between parents of color and their children, especially sons, about how to behave if they are ever stopped by the police. In many homes, “the talk,” as it is called, usually contains phrases like this: If you are stopped ... READ MORE