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TV's Black Renaissance: Reggie Yates in Hollywood

Reggie Yates travels to LA to meet leading African-American actors, such as Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali and Caleb Mclaughlin, and writers and showrunners from Lena Waithe to Justin Simien.

Revolutionary change is shaking up the TV industry in Hollywood. A wave of hit shows like Atlanta, Dear White People and Insecure, all with majority African-American casts, are pioneering a new frankness about race and identity.

This film follows Reggie Yates to LA and into this ferociously creative and hugely aspirational new world as he meets leading African-American actors such as Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali (Moonlight, True Detective) and Stranger Things star Caleb Mclaughlin, and writers and showrunners from Lena Waithe (Master of None and The Chi) to Justin Simien (Dear White People).

Through entertaining encounters with some of the most exciting talent working in the entertainment industry, Reggie tackles the big questions in Trump’s America that the work coming out of this black renaissance addresses, and he explores his own experiences of working in front of, and behind, the camera.

59 minutes

Last on

Tue 6 Oct 2020 22:30

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    Kanye West

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    Raleigh Ritchie



Role Contributor
Presenter Reggie Yates
Interviewed Guest Mahershala Ali
Interviewed Guest Tre'vell Anderson
Interviewed Guest Terry Crews
Interviewed Guest Alexa Fogel
Interviewed Guest Travon Free
Interviewed Guest Caleb Mclaughlin
Interviewed Guest Justin Simien
Interviewed Guest Lena Waithe
Production Company Swan Films


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