Korey Green and Peter Johnson’s vision for “The Blackness Project” was to provide a glimpse of American’s history of race in hope to encourage communities to rewrite America’s racial narrative.
Although inspired from conversations about the “The Whiteness Project”, a documentary in which participants discuss race and the perceived loss of white privilege by white Americans, “The Blackness Project” mission is to educate, elevate, and engage Americans to bridge the racial divide in our country by creating a meaningful dialogue on race that hopefully lead to community solutions.
“We were shocked and a little confused by the comments of participants who voiced their opinions about the perceived loss of white privilege in the documentary, “The Whiteness Project”.
However, instead of exhibiting anger, we understood that more information and conversations were needed,” stated Korey Green, writer, and director of “The Blackness Project”.
Peter Johnson, Co Producer of “The Blackness Project” adds, “The pain is real. People need to be heard so we all can move forward. Almost every day I awake to watch the news and hear more terrifying stories of
African American men being brutalized in this country. As an African American father of two young boys, I dread the day that I am going to have the life changing conversation with them in which they realize that their skin color can be considered a threat to some people.”
Both Green and Johnson as fathers and film produc- ers feel that they need to do more to help create a solution.
During the filming of “The Blackness Project” our entire team learned a great deal about the hidden racism many people of color lived with every day. During this time in history we believe that the stories that were not included in the film should be shared,” stated Green.
Last Friday, June 19, the team introduced a new film series entitled Black Fridays that includes the release of unedited interviews that can be viewed for free every Friday on “The Blackness Project”Facebook page.
The goal is to encourage continued conversations that can lead to a commitment to create community solutions to help bridge racial disparities.
The first clip shared were the original unedited interview of Buffalo’s Mayor, Byron Brown, as he shared his racial experiences on being the first African American Mayor of the City of Buffalo in an in-depth interview on race.
Only a portion of his interview made it in the film. This was his entire in-depth interview on race.