By Rikkaya Wilson
With tensions being at an all-time high over the last few years with police killings, injustices against people of color, and economic turmoil (no matter how many times they tell you the recession is over), and though it may be painful, it has to be talked about. While many of these problems existed under the Obama years, it seems that conditions will worsen under Trump’s administration. In a new docu-series Jay-Z is teaming with National Geographic to speak on race in Trump’s America.
The six-part docuseries will explore everything from incarceration, to the role of social media, activism, and wealth inequality. People of different races and walks of life will share their experiences and give an inside look on what it means to be a minority in a country that’s going through such rapid and severe socioeconomic and political. Jay-Z has partnered with The Weinstein Company whose co-chairman, Harvey Weinstein described the project by stating:
“National Geographic and Jay-Z are the world’s foremost storytellers in their own right, and we’re thrilled to be working with them on such an evocative and meaningful project. By using highly cinematic storytelling techniques along with Jay-Z’s singular point of view, the series will tell a dramatic, thought-provoking story on race in America.”
This project is one of a few racially charged projects that Jay-Z has recently been involved in. The first was a documentary centered around the death of a teen unjustly incarcerated at Riker’s Island called “Time: The Kalief Browder Story”. After “Race”, Jay-Z will also be working on a project about the 2012 fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin.
It’s easy to accuse black celebrities of “selling out” or being “out of touch”; however, they are putting their money where their mouth is by starting foundations, donating to the family of the victims, and bringing light to the situations in their own way. Whether it be Beyoncé channeling the Black Panthers in her music videos and singing about how proud she is of her black traits or Jay Z continuing to make these groundbreaking documentaries, the black 1% continues to show how in touch with reality they are. We can look forward to more projects in the near future.
Will you be tuning in to “Race”?