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Sanaa Lathan as federal investigator Ashe Akino and Stephen James as federal prosecutor Preston Terry on Fox's Shots Fired.
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Fox picked up Shots Fired, a 10-episode event series examining racially charged shootings in a Southern town, in December 2015, well before the deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, Terence Crutcher, Keith Lamont Scott, and Alfred Olango became national headlines.
The series opens with a black police officer shooting a white child in North Carolina, which then launches a national investigation that federal prosecutor Preston Terry (Stephen James) and federal investigator Ashe Akino (Sanaa Lathan) are assigned to.
When a trailer was released in May, it raised many eyebrows. But co-creator Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love and Basketball, Beyond The Lights) made clear: "It is not that simple. There is much, much more to the story."
DeWanda Wise, Stephan James, Aisha Hinds, Kylen Davis, Prince-Bythewood, Tristan Wilds, Jill Hennessy, Rock Bythewood, Steven Greene, and Josh Chris at the Urbanworld Film Festival on Sept. 24.
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At a screening of the pilot at the Urban Film Festival in New York this past weekend, there certainly was. Shots Fired is the first television project from acclaimed Prince-Bythewood and her producer husband Reggie Rock Bythewood and it's scheduled to debut in the spring of 2017.
The Bythewoods were not initially planning on doing a television series, but Prince-Bythewood said at a Q&A following the screening that Fox gave them the opportunity to tell the story they wanted to tell. "We were working on features, and Fox came to us and said, 'Do you want to do a project in this realm?' It was something we couldn’t turn down," she said. "Reggie was already working on something similar to that, and the fact that they wanted to do that and gave us carte-blanche… It was what we wanted to do."
The premise, Prince-Bythewood noted, was especially important to the couple, who have two sons. "Our sons’ reactions to the Trayvon Martin trial, and Mike Brown… Trying to explain to them what was going on… This was a way for us to speak to all that," she explained.
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At the Q&A, Rock Bythewood also defended the race-flipped storyline that sets the plot of Shots Fired into motion. “We firmly believe that you’ve gotta enter somebody’s world before you lead them out. And that’s really where we’re coming from," he said. "We understand that it’s uncomfortable. And sometimes uncomfortable can lead to meaningful dialogue, meaningful change. We think within the 10 hours we’ve given some potential solutions that might help this horrible situation. ... We really give a damn about this issue, and we felt bringing our art and activism together is the way that we wanted to address it."
Wise on Shots Fired.
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While the inciting incident is the death of a young white man, Shots Fired does not avoid exploring police brutality towards the black community. In the pilot, Terry and Akino are lead to a black woman named Shameeka Campbell (DeWanda Wise), whose son was recently killed under mysterious circumstances involving police.
“Wanda Johnson, the mother of Oscar Grant, throws her son a birthday party every year," Wise said, noting she attended the party in preparation for her role. "All the mothers attend, and they always qualify it as a club that no one wants to belong to.”
For the Bythewoods, Shots Fired is an idealistic look at future. “This is our mantra: Anyone can portray reality, but an artist portrays what reality should be," she said. "And that absolutely dictates what we do.”
Reporting by Alanna Bennett.
The Racial Politics of Abortion
'Often our stories, the stories of Black women, are too often lost or overlooked'
In partnership with ESSENCE and TIME, acclaimed filmmaker Dawn Porter (Gideon’s Army, Trapped) reports on the often-overlooked Black women who seek out reproductive services in America. This two-part docu-series gives a snapshot into the lives of Black healthcare providers, mothers and pro-choice and pro-life activists and shows how laws that restrict abortion access impact Black women and their families.
Below, Porter writes about her inspiration for the film.
When ESSENCE and TIME asked me to make this short two-part film about the racial politics of abortion, I discovered that I have a very personal connection to the subject. Despite the fact that I had already made a documentary called Trapped about abortion, I didn’t fully understand how it had affected my own family history, how it had even triggered an incident with the KKK and one of my relatives.
Making a film about abortion can unsettle you for many reasons. Hearing women tell you they would love to have another child if only they could feed the ones they already have will break your heart. I heard these stories over and over while making my documentary, and I know every woman I met faced tremendous internal conflict over choosing to terminate a pregnancy. But this choice might be even more complicated for Black women.
Race still plays a role in abortion politics. At abortion clinics across the South, White protestors hold pictures of Black babies as they shout at women entering the clinics. And it’s not just White protesters. Even though polls show that most African-Americans describe themselves as pro-choice, there are scores of Black anti-abortion activists who also use race in their anti-choice rhetoric. The truth is, most women who receive abortions are White, but Black women are five times more likely than White women to get an abortion. But this statistic doesn’t tell the full story. It doesn’t tell you that the overwhelming reason the women I met gave for having an abortion was that they simply could not afford another child. And it doesn’t tell you the heartache behind these decisions.
Often our stories, the stories of Black women, are too often lost or overlooked, but I hope this film will give new voice to the hard choices that so many women face.
Dawn Porter is an award-winning filmmaker whose 2013 documentary GIDEON’S ARMY won the Sundance Film Festival Editing Award and the Tribeca All Access Creative Promise Award, along with an Emmy nomination. Her 2016 film, “TRAPPED,” which centers on abortion rights in America, won the Special Jury Award for Social Impact Filmmaking at the Sundance Film Festival.