The Talk – Race in America

Air date: 02/20/2017

THIRTEEN’s The Talk – Race in America Tackles the Issue of Young People of Color and Their Uneasy Encounters With Law Enforcement Monday, February 20, 9 p.m. on PBS

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 by the police:

Always answer “yes sir, no sir”; never talk back; don’t make any sudden movements; don’t put your hands in your pockets; obey all commands; if you think you are falsely accused, save it for the police station. I would rather pick you up at the station than the morgue…

The Talk – Race in America, a multiplatform media initiative, airs Monday, February 20 at 9 p.m. on PBS. (Check local listings). The film will present six personal stories to illustrate the issue from multiple points of view: parent, child, the police and the community. Filmed across the country, in communities including Long Beach, California; Oakland, California; St. Louis, Missouri; Richland County, South Carolina; Memphis, Tennessee; and Cleveland, Ohio, the stories will include interviews with academics, police force members, community activists and family members.

Among those profiled are activist and founder of The Ethics Project, Dr. Christi Griffin, who, after living through the traumatic events of Ferguson, created “Parent 2 Parent,” a series of conversations with black parents talking with white parents about “the talk” with their black sons; Samaria Rice, mother of Tamir Rice, who was a 12-year-old boy killed by the Cleveland police while playing with a toy gun in a local park; Reverend Catherine Brown, who was assaulted by Chicago Police in front of her children in her own car; Trevena Garel, retired sergeant, New York City Police Department (NYPD), who has investigated allegations of misconduct involving both uniformed and/or civilian members of the NYPD; Eric Adams, Brooklyn Borough President and retired officer, New York City Police Department (NYPD); the Ramirez family, whose 28-year-old son, Oscar, was shot and killed by a Los Angeles County sheriff in Paramount, California, a community southeast of Los Angeles; and members of the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy, who share the protocols for using lethal force and describe the danger from a police officer’s point of view.

In addition, sharing their own stories are Kenya Barris, creator/executive producer of Peabody Award-winning ABC series black-ish; Nas, musician/activist (Illmatic, Life Is Good, Untitled); Rosie Perez, actor/director, activist (Do the Right Thing, White Men Can’t Jump, Fearless, Pineapple Express); John Singleton, director/screenwriter/producer (Boyz N the Hood, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Baby Boy, Poetic Justice, Hustle and Flow); and Charles Blow, New York Times columnist.

Each story is produced by a different filmmaker to ensure that diverse perspectives are presented. The project’s director and supervising producer, filmmaker Sam Pollard, an Academy Award nominee and multiple Emmy Award winner, and Academy Award nominee Julie Anderson, closely oversaw the producers and managed the overall creative look, storytelling and structure.

Geeta Gandbhir, Shola Lynch, One9, Erik Parker, Llewellyn M. Smith and Jennifer Maytorena Taylor are the segment producers. Sandie Pedlow is executive producer for Latino Public Broadcasting. Sam Pollard is the director and supervising producer. Julie Anderson is the producer and executive producer. Stephen Segaller is the executive-in-charge.

The Talk – Race in America is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and produced by THIRTEEN Productions LLC for WNET, in association with Latino Public Broadcasting.

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Tamir, Rice, who was a 12-year-old boy killed by the Cleveland police while playing with a toy gun in a local park. Credit: Courtesy of Samaria Rice

Deputy Trainee Carey Roberts (right) receives certificate from Deputy Director Michael Lanier (left) during graduation at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy. Credit: © 2016 THIRTEEN Productions LLC

Reverend Catherine Brown sits with daughter Treasure Brown. Credit: © 2016 THIRTEEN Productions LLC

Florence McCants, major of special operations, South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy. Credit: Courtesy of Florence McCants

John Singleton, Oscar-nominated director and screenwriter Credit: Courtesy of John Singleton

Julie Anderson, producer and executive producer, The Talk – Race in America Credit: Joseph Sinnott © 2102 WNET

Leticia Moreno Gomez comforts her daughter Marissa Ramirez. Credit: © 2016 THIRTEEN Productions LLC

Reverend Catherine Brown, Georgia Brown, Pastor Kevin Jones, Treasure Brown Credit: © 2016 THIRTEEN Productions LLC

Samaria Rice, mother of Tamir Rice, who was a 12-year-old boy killed by the Cleveland police while playing with a toy gun in a local park. Credit: © 2016 THIRTEEN Productions LLC

Samaria Rice, mother of Tamir Rice, who was a 12-year-old boy killed by the Cleveland police while playing with a toy gun in a local park. Credit: © 2016 THIRTEEN Productions LLC

Sam Pollard, director and supervising producer, The Talk – Race in America Credit: © LaMont Hamilton Photographic Imaging

Samaria Rice, mother of 12-year-old Tamir Rice Credit: © THIRTEEN Productions LLC

Shotgun training at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy Credit: © 2016 THIRTEEN Productions LLC

Reverend Catherine Brown at Community Unity Town Hall Credit: © 2016 THIRTEEN Productions LLC

Reverend Catherine Brown at Community Unity Town Hall Credit: © 2016 THIRTEEN Productions LLC

Trevena Garel, retired sergeant, New York City Police Department (NYPD) Credit: © 2016 THIRTEEN Productions LLC

Trevena Garel, retired sergeant, New York City Police Department (NYPD) with her son. Garel has investigated allegations of misconduct involving both uninformed and/or civilian members of the NYPD. Credit: Courtesy of Trevena Garel

Kenya Barris, creator/executive producer of Peabody Award-winning ABC series black-ish

Nas, musician/activist

Rosie Perez, actor/director, activist Photo credit: Rob Northway

Charles Blow, New York Times columnist. Credit: The New York Times