Viola Davis is set up to have a busy year. She is currently working on an ABC comedy with Larry Wilmore, producing an adaptation of Rachel Lloyd’s acclaimed novel Girl’s Like Us and starring in Universal’s adaptation of the Terry McMillan novel I Almost Forgot About You. She is also executive producing and narrating a four-part docuseries titled Two Sides that will explore some of the most disturbing cases of officer-related deaths in the Black community from the years 2014-2015.
Each hour-long episode will be about a different fatal police encounter and will attempt to showcase different perspectives. The episodes will focus on the cases of Eric Garner (New York), Ezell Ford (California), John Crawford (Ohio), and Sandra Bland (Texas). Their unjust deaths sparked social justice movements such as Black Lives Matter, grassroots activism and even inspired protests by high-profile individuals.
D’Angela Proctor, TV One Head of Original Programming and Production, had this to say about the series:
“Two Sides continues TV One’s mission to represent the issues and concerns of the importance to the Black community. Inspired by courageous acts such as NBA Champions LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers who donned ‘I Can’t Breathe’ shirts in honor of Garner during pregame warm-ups, and the NFL’s Colin Kaepernick who kneeled during the anthem prior to games for an entire season to raise awareness of police brutality, we wanted to utilize our platform to shine a light on this pressing issue. We’re honored to work with Viola and Julius who have been active voices in the fight for equality to explore both sides of this dynamic equation, which continues to dominate social and political discourse in America”
The docuseries will air on TV One on January 22nd at 10:00pm E.T.
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Source: Shadow and Act