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February 16, 2017

“The Talk – Race In America” Screening Welcomes Young, Diverse Crowd of Influencers

Last night’s exclusive reception/preview screening of The Talk – Race in America, hosted by WNET and Tumblr at Tumblr’s headquarters in Manhattan, welcomed more than 150 guests, a young and diverse crowd of influencers from social media and the social justice space.

The Talk, a new 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, airs nationally Monday, February 20 from 9-11 p.m. ET on PBS.

Julie Anderson, Producer/Executive producer of The Talk, opened the evening with welcoming remarks, acknowledging other Talk producers/editors in attendance, and thanking Tumblr and the WNET team who produced the event.

A one-hour excerpt from the film was screened, followed by an engaging panel discussion about the themes presented in The Talk. Moderated by Gregory Walker, Executive Creative Director, The Brothers’ Network, panelists included:

  • Erik Parker: Producer with One9, The Talk Segment Producer on pieces about Tamir Rice and Oscar Ramirez.
  • Dr. Darrin Porcher: criminal justice expert, Professor at Pace University and a retired NYPD Lieutenant with 20 years of service.
  • Shanelle Gibson: Urban Word Program Director who has been a youth advocate and educator for more than 12 years in schools, suspension sites, programs for court-involved youth, and more.
  • Tanzina Vega: CNN National Reporter on race & inequality. Prior to CNN, Vega was a staff reporter for The New York Times where she created and covered a beat on race and ethnicity for the national desk.
  • Phillip Atiba Goff: Professor of policing equity at John Jay College.
  • Bayete Ross Smith: Multimedia artist whose work has been shown at the San Francisco Arts Commission, Brooklyn Museum, and Oakland Museum of California.

WNET hopes this well attended event is the first of many “influencer” events with Tumblr

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