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New Hollywood: Art As Activism: Amber Riley, Natasha Rothwell & ‘Good Trouble’ Director Dawn Porter Talk Using Their Platform To Fight Injustice Against The Black Community

By Dino-Ray Ramos, Amanda N'Duka

New Hollywood: Director Dawn Porter, Amber

Dawn Porter’s documentary John Lewis: Good Trouble is about to add to the change the Black community and underrepresented voices want to see in the country. The docu, which debuts July 3, follows the titular iconic civil rights activist and chronicles his 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health-care reform and immigration. As the marginalized communities — specifically the Black community — continue to forge ahead in the fight against injustice, the film will definitely amplify voices who stir up “good trouble” and this includes actresses Amber Riley (Glee, West End production of Dreamgirls) and Natasha Rothwell (Insecure, Wonder Woman 1984).

The trio joined us for a special video edition of the New Hollywood Podcast which we want to call “Art as Activism”, an open conversation with those in film, TV and culture who are using their platforms to create change. Porter, Riley and Rothwell spoke candidly about their own experiences and how the current landscape is impacting them. We dive deep into the cultural shift happening in our country, how to keep the momentum going and how they are using their voices to amplify the message of equality. On top of all that, we discuss why it is not necessarily the responsibility of people of color and those in the margins to educate the dominant culture about race and cultures they are not familiar with.

Watch the conversation above.

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