John Legend has gained much respect over the years for his artistry. The award winning singer/song writer never disappoints when it comes to his music. Recently, Legend has used his platform to speak out against police brutality, and has been very vocal about racial tensions in America. Now, stepping in to an Executive Producer role, Johnny boy is taking things a step further with a new film that will be airing on HBO on May 18th.
The documentary directed by Gillian Laub, will take a closer look at segregated proms in the South. “Southern Rites” highlights the culture of a small town in Georgia called Montgomery County. In this town, school proms had remained segregated even in 2009, when Laub first uncovered the story. Some may be surprised to learn that proms in Montgomery County did not become integrated until 2014. The film debuts the week of the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision 61 years ago.
According to Indiewire.com, Laub says this story is extremely important, and she is thankful to be a part of it.
“This is a story that needs to be told,” said Director Gillian Laub. “This film is about giving a voice to the people of Montgomery and Toombs counties. This is their narrative. I’m grateful to HBO for their support and the opportunity.”
Like Laub, I think this documentary is coming right on time. This is something that everyone needs to know about. I can’t believe I didn’t know about it sooner!
Naturally, John Legend expressed shock when he found out that this kind of thing was still going on in 2015. Here’s what he told the NY Daily News
“I was shocked like everyone else,” Legend said, about learning of such blatant modern bigotry. “I knew racism is real, but I didn’t know people we so blatant about it.”
I’m excited for the premiere. Will you be tuning in?