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That’s the dance. Parenting is an act of vulnerability. Sign up to our newsletter to get other stories like this delivered straight to your inbox. Q: Growing up in the Bronx, can you remember a time when you first became aware of racial profiling, or your parents talked to you about the police? Time passes and tension mounts in a Florida police station as an estranged interracial couple awaits news of their missing teenage son. And I was like, "Wow, there are people in the world who have that experience? I can't stand it; it's terrifying to me. What questions are popping up as you watch or after you watch? Instead, in the success of Scandal, we had Empire and How To Get Away [With Murder] and Quantico and Station 19. I was approaching her in parallel paths, from a kind of intimate psychological perspective where I was mining my own fear and anxiety as black woman and as a mom. Street names?"). To participate, students must watch the selected movie prior to the discussion. But at the same time that I was working very personally, I was also working in this much more historical, sociological, anthropological track because there has always been in this country a history of state violence against black children. Educational and engagement materials such as “Raising American Son: A Discussion Guide” will be provided in venue and online for all audiences. Roley’s work is widely taught in classrooms across the U.S. and elsewhere. American Son is a novel that was written by American author Brian Ascalon Roley and published by W. W. Norton & Company Publishing in paperback format in May 2001. 's newsletter, you acknowledge that you have read and accepted's privacy policy, the cookies policy, and the website terms of use, and that you consent to using your data according to the established laws. As audience members, we are forced to come face to face with our unconscious bias, and no one is immune. On how she approached the character of Kendra. On how she relates to her character who, like Washington, is mother to a black son. And you do everything you can to protect them and to try to create a safe world for them. By registering to HELLO! Q: Speaking of partnerships, you and Reese Witherspoon are producing and starring in Hulu limited series "Little Fires Everywhere" (due next year). Obviously, I was aware of it before college, but I remember my roommate (at George Washington University) was from Vermont, and she was talking about the role of the police in her community. And that's being Kerry Washington – chances are he or she watched "Scandal," and if something happened, I could afford a really good lawyer. Washington, 42, chats with USA TODAY about Netflix's "American Son," which was filmed on a Brooklyn sound stage earlier this year, and how her own experiences informed the character. I had a wall in my dressing room (where) I used to put up images of either state-sanctioned violence against black bodies or violence that had been excused, celebrated or not held accountable toward black bodies. Q: Do you think you could've played Kendra if you weren't a parent yourself? "It really bugs Kendra that he's already decided the kind of kid that her son is, just based on the fact that he has a black mom," Washington said in an interview with NPR's Weekend Edition. Kerry Washington has made a major revelation about her must-seen film American Son following the Black Lives Matter protests, Cameron Diaz shares glimpse inside cosy home she's raising baby Raddix in, Beyoncé gives rare interview about being a mum to twins Rumi and Sir and daughter Blue Ivy. If I am driving today in my car and there are police behind me, I'm going to pull over because I cannot stand the anxiety of driving with a police officer behind me. And the rest is history. Question: "American Son" tackles themes we've seen many times before on stage and screen, including marriage, parenting, racism and police brutality. Had the two of you talked about collaborating for a while? Taking to Instagram to share the news, Kerry posted a picture of the movie's cover photo, which read: "Live tweet American Son. and all the different worlds that I belong to. But obviously other parts of her are unique to motherhood, and I was grateful to be able to bring that to the work. hide caption. ", VIDEO: Meghan Markle shares powerful video supporting Black Lives Matter, Kerry Washington will be taking part in a live Q&A with American Son. I think (author) Celeste Ng is such a talent and a force. We had all of these shows with black women at the helm because what was considered a "risk" before we aired, suddenly became commonplace. If you begin with slavery, to Emmett Till to Philando Castile, it is a history of the vulnerability of being the parent of a black person. Watch American Son on Netflix and tweet along with the cast. alerts and find out about everything before anyone else. 2019 TV-MA 1h 30m Social Issue Dramas. I really love that. There was a lot of talk when Scandal first aired, that it was the first show in 38 years to have a black woman as the lead of a network drama. I had to sort of piece together the dynamic, but it was all around me for sure. Emma Bowman produced the Web story. American Son, a new film on Netflix, unfolds at a Miami police station, during the middle of the night, where a worried mother frets about her missing son, who is black. It continued: "Followed by a discussion with Kerry Washington and Kimberle Crenshaw on Instagram Live." Washington, 42, chats with USA TODAY about Netflix's "American Son," which was filmed on a Brooklyn sound stage earlier this year, and how her own experiences informed the character. Like this story? American Son (2001), a novel by Brian Ascalon Roley, follows two Filipino brothers who try to make a life in California but end up caught in gang life. An estranged couple reunite in a Florida police station to help find their missing teenage son. But there is this other way I worked on accessing her that was equally important, which was more about the historical context of her pain; the trauma that's embedded in the DNA of black parenthood,and has been for hundreds of years. NEW YORK – Kerry Washington wants to get people talking with her new Netflix film "American Son.". Before Time's Up, so many of us were in our siloed corners where we were told, "Oh, that one's crazy and that one's difficult." With Kerry Washington, Steven Pasquale, Jeremy Jordan, Eugene Lee. Set entirely inside a police station, the story unfolds late one night as frantic mom Kendra Ellis-Connor (Washington) and her estranged white husband, Scott (Pasquale), search for answers about the mysterious disappearance of their teenage son. David Lee/Netflix And with that came a lot of pressure. In Netflix's American Son, Kerry Washington plays Kendra Ellis-Connor, a black mother of a black son who's gone missing. Q: Have you and your husband (former NFL player Nnamdi Asomugha) discussed how to start some of these conversations with your own kids? American Son is a film based on the Broadway play of the same name. New on Netflix for November 2019: 'The King,' 'The Crown' and 'The Irishman', Apple TV+ series reviewed, from 'Morning Show' to 'See' to 'Dickinson', Your California Privacy Rights/Privacy Policy. We were really elbow to elbow as founding members of Time's Up, and when she got the book (on which it's based), she sent it to me and said, "I think I found something for us." My dream for this film was to spark conversations that would lead to change. The actress wrote: "It makes me so happy that people are watching American Son on @netflix to deepen their compassion and understanding. Washington said immersing oneself in this film can help inspire the viewer's empathy for the black parent's experience. Q: You've been politically and socially active throughout your career, including as a founding member of the Time's Up movement. She's certain that Officer Paul Larkin, a father to two young daughters, played by Jeremy Jordan, can't relate. Once that little person is here in the world, every day is a practice in letting go. If you walk with us for these 90 minutes, if you let yourself be in this nightmare, you cannot say that communities that are disenfranchised and that are in hostile relationship with police that we are overreacting. Washington: Yes. But Kendra Ellis-Connor, played by Scandal star Kerry Washington, dismisses his grasp at empathy. Watch Now on Netflix . On the pressure to succeed as a black woman. MORE: Cameron Diaz shares glimpse inside cosy home she's raising baby Raddix in, Kerry stars alongside American son with Steven Pascquale, Kerry recently opened up about American Son on Instagram, as she reflected on the many viewers who have taken time to watch it and educate themselves on racial injustice. Reading the script for the first time, "I thought it was so probing and provocative and explosive and moving," says Washington, also an executive producer of both versions of the project. And yet, I'm still going to pull over. The film tells the story of an estranged couple who reunites in a Florida Police station to find their son who has gone missing after an encounter with the police. Activate HELLO! NPR's Ed McNulty and Hanna Bolaños produced and edited this interview for broadcast. I love the book, it's so beautiful. How has your activism influenced your work? Starring: Kerry Washington, Steven Pasquale, Jeremy Jordan. Unfortunately, my business is not meritocracy. The topical drama (now streaming) is adapted from Christopher Demos-Brown's play, which the "Scandal" actress performed on Broadway last winter with Steven Pasquale (FX's "Rescue Me"). I realized that a big part of what drew me to the material was also my deep understanding of Jamal. To her, the threats that fuel her fears for her son's safety manifest in the officer's questions that suggest racial profiling: ("Does he have any ... scars, tattoos, gold teeth, that kind of stuff?


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