Hello Friends and Backers.
Here are some announcements since our last update:
Same URL, New Website: We're excited to announce that the Black Tea website has a fresh, new look, thanks to the design team of artist Elizabeth Schuppe and composer Alex Weinstein (who also provides the music for our trailers and update clips). We know you'll agree that they brought a more clean and focused mood to the Black Tea website. Thanks, Liz and Alex!
Katy, Kevin, and columnist Frank Rich: Last Thursday, we had the honor and pleasure of interviewing writer-at-large for New York Magazine, Frank Rich. Mr. Rich has written scores of articles and commentaries on American politics, and his pieces on the Tea Party lodged him in our minds as an authority. We traveled to Baltimore, MD to meet him on the set of HBO's hit comedy VEEP where he is executive producer. It was a most informative and fascinating hour-long conversation, and in the coming days we'll share a clip of it with you.
Four Chapters Done; None To Go! Black Tea is documentary in four chapters, and since our last update, we've completed production on all of them. Now comes the work of cutting, adding b-roll footage, and selecting stills, adding graphics and music, and --well, you get the picture. We've come a long way, and still have miles to go before we sleep. But with the milestone of having all chapters laid out, we can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Completion: We're estimating early Spring, in time for Fall film festival submission --and the 2014 Midterm Elections. But you will know much in advance of the rest of the planet when the film is completed, as we'll be calling out to you to populate pre-release screening audiences.
Gifts: Kevin will be contacting you via Kickstarter Survey to verify mailing information and finalize gift preferences. Please be on the lookout.
And Thank You once again, for Kick-starting Black Tea through late-production and into post-production. We could not have done it without you.
Fifty years ago today, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led the historic March on Washington at the height of the Civil Rights Movement. That march culminated at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial where Dr. King delivered his vision of American equality in his famous "I Have a Dream" speech before thousands of civil rights activists. Both the march and the speech were influential in the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Dr. King's niece, the Rev. Dr. Alveda King, stood on the same location on August 28th, 2010, but with the activist group the Tea Party, led by Glenn Beck. Here, Dr. Alveda King weighs in on her uncle's historic speech, and on her own dreams as a Tea Party advocate.
Two Kings, same dream?
Black Tea: The New Civil Right asks: Do the dreams of the two Kings align? Can the "King family legacy" translate across decades and across two social movements that are often seen as disparate by the Left, but very much connected on the Right? And, who now speaks for the Black community --Black leaders who agree that attention to social justice is still a necessity, or those who believe that social justice waters down our Democracy?
Thank you for your continued support. Black Tea: The New Civil Right -- Coming Soon
Happy August, Friends.
It's been a busy summer for Katy and me. In July, I flew to Dallas and Atlanta to follow up with Katrina Pierson and Dr. Alveda King, whose voices and perspectives are central to the story of Black Tea. We've been storyboarding, cutting and editing chapters, working out audio and video kinks, applying for grants, and setting up our last round of interviews. All while keeping up with the news.
Last night on The Colbert Report, Rep. John Lewis, who marched with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and stood with him during Dr. King's momentous "I Have A Dream speech, gave answer to the questions Black Tea asks, "Are we there yet?" Are we "post-racial?" Have we achieved Dr. King's Dream of racial harmony? The answer Congressman Lewis gave was "No."
Watch the clip from that amazing show: http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/428562/august-13-2013/john-lewis-pt--2
And then, see what two of the people we've interviewed for the documentary had to say on such a matter: http://vimeo.com/71264604
Black Tea is still brewing. Ready to pour soon.
A continued thank you for your support and interest in this documentary film.
June 25, 2013 - Today the United States Supreme Court struck down the section of the 1965 Voting Rights Act that required states to get Justice Department approval for all changes to state voting laws. This section ensured federal oversight to protect Black voters' ability to vote, by preventing states from the creating arbitrary and racist state voting laws that would otherwise prevent Blacks from voting.
”Congress — if it is to divide the States — must identify those jurisdictions to be singled out on a basis that makes sense in light of current conditions. It cannot rely simply on the past.” So wrote Chief Justice John Roberts. “Our country has changed, and while any racial discrimination in voting is too much, Congress must ensure that the legislation it passes to remedy that problem speaks to current conditions.”
But how changed are we, when there are Emmet Till-remniscent incidences like the shooting of Trayvon Martin? or stereotype-laden attitudes spoken on the national stage by political leaders, like Jeb Bush's with regard to immigrants?
And then there's Paula Deen, fired from her cooking show for use of the N-word, and whose Support Paula Deen Facebook site has become popular, ripe, and colorful with commentary --and use of the N-word.
So, what's going on?
See what Tufts University professor, author and historian Dr. Peniel Joseph had to say about the persistence of what he calls "19th Century Southern Segregationist" memory, from our interview with him in Boston last week.
Be sure to watch Dr. Joseph tonight on The Colbert Report.
And keep supporting Black Tea.