DEMAN Weekend-ish featuring. "black-ish" & "grown-ish" Writers

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Speaker(s): Ritza Bloom ’13, Writer, grown-ish, Robb Chavis ’98, Co-Executive Producer, black-ish, Vanessa McGee (Dukie), Executive Story Editor, grown-ish and host Mark Anthony Neal, James B. Duke Distinguished Professor and Chair of African & African American Studies (AAAS) Department

Join us for a special DEMAN Weekend-ish event, featuring Duke alumni writers from the award-winning comedy shows “black-ish” and “grown-ish”! We are thrilled to host this event the night of the Season 7 premiere of ‘black-ish”. Meet the Duke alumni writers who will take us behind the scenes of the creative process, explore cultural themes and share their career paths, as well as answer your questions. Moderated by Mark Anthony Neal, the James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of African and African American Studies. Introduction by John Brown, Vice Provost for the Arts.

ABC's Emmy® and Golden Globe®-nominated comedy series "black-ish" takes a fun yet bold look at one man's determination to establish a sense of cultural identity for his family (Season 7 premieres Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 9:30pm EST). A spinoff from “black-ish” creator, Kenya Barris, “grown-ish” follows the Johnsons' eldest daughter, Zoey, as she heads off to college and quickly discovers that not everything goes her way once she leaves the nest. It's a contemporary take on the issues facing students and administrators in the world of higher education (Season 4 premieres 2021).

Joining us via Zoom:
- Ritza Bloom ’13, Writer, grown-ish
- Robb Chavis ’98, Co-Executive Producer, black-ish (Duke English Alum)
- Vanessa McGee (Dukie), Executive Story Editor, grown-ish
- Mark Anthony Neal, James B. Duke Distinguished Professor and Chair of African & African American Studies (AAAS) Department

This episode will be recorded and accessible on the DEMAN Lounge: arts.duke.edu/deman-live

Co-Sponsors:
DEMAN (Duke Entertainment, Media & Arts Network) builds connections between Dukies interested in creative industries through helpful humans, internships, job opportunities, and essential resources. Watch Season 1 of DukeCreate & DEMAN Live here. DEMAN is a program of Duke Arts and the Duke Alumni Association.

DukeCreate is a series of free, hands-on arts workshops designed to help Duke students, staff, and faculty develop a variety of creative skills. DukeCreate is a program of Duke Arts.

Duke Black Alumni (DBA) is an organization dedicated to maximizing the success of the University’s current and future Black alumni. DBA’s membership is multicultural, global and comprises alumni across all undergraduate, graduate and professional schools. We consist of 11 chapters throughout the U.S and are expanding. Our recent series of lectures "Black in 2020" can be viewed here.

The Department of African & African American Studies at Duke (AAAS) is Duke’s center for interdisciplinary teaching and scholarship on Africa and people of African descent around the world, in particular the Black Atlantic. We host anthropologists, humanists, political scientists, historians, sociologists, geneticists, scholars of the performing arts and literature whose work engages questions of race, class, gender, sexuality, politics and the law to study the conditions and experiences of Africans and communities of the African diaspora.

RECESS is the arts + culture section of The Chronicle at Duke. Pitch Story Lab is the student-run creative agency at Duke. Founded in 2017 as a way to help fund The Chronicle, Pitch Story Lab is a band of student creatives and full-time marketing professionals who help clients transform their vision into a story fit for Gen Z audiences.

Duke University Career Center engages graduate and undergraduate students and alumni in discovering and determining what is meaningful and valuable in their lives and applying this to careers. We provide guidance throughout this ongoing, intentional process and encourage opportunities for exploring the intersection of our students' education, values, goals, skills, and reflection on experiences to identify and realize their aspirations, both at Duke and after. 

Duke Global Education Office (GEO) offers international and U.S.-based study away opportunities (i.e. Duke in NY: Arts & Media and Duke in L.A.) granting academic credit towards graduation for students from any major. GEO manages a portfolio of 43 Duke-administered semester and summer study away programs directly involving Duke faculty, and liaises with universities and providers for over 130 external programs approved for transfer credit. 

Thanks for joining us and be well!

Sponsor

DEMAN (Duke Entertainment, Media & Arts Network)

Co-Sponsor(s)

DukeCreate; The Department of African & African American Studies at Duke (AAAS); RECESS is the arts + culture section of The Chronicle at Duke; Duke University Career Center; Duke Global Education Office (GEO)

Duke Global Education Office (GEO)