Wilmington, NC (BlackNews.com) — Wave Communications is pleased to announce the upcoming release of the feature-length documentary Racial Taboo. This film was produced with the express purpose of providing people with a common experience that enables conversations about race. The entire film will be available in several formats including streaming for stationary and mobile devices, Blu-ray Disk(TM) and DVD disks. Racial Taboo will be available to the public on Sept. 5. The film’s trailer can be viewed at www.RacialTaboo.com.

Racial Taboo is a film that is intended to be watched at the same time by people of different races. Numerous test screenings have shown it to be very effective at breaking down barriers to conversations about race. It looks at such concepts as: White privilege, the biological basis of fear, and how the media perpetuates race-based fear and distrust.

It also looks at how the current generation of youth is affected by not knowing its history and how our history still affects us today. Ultimately, the film encourages us to explore our own prejudices and broaden our minds and our relationships.

“This is a very personal film,” said Brian Grimm, the film’s director. “I am certainly no expert on racial issues, but as a White middle-aged conservative male, I wanted to understand why I was so fearful about having racial conversations with Black people.” Grimm continued, “There are very few subjects that are as sensitive as the subject of race. I encourage everyone to have an open mind and take this fifty-three minute journey.”

You can view the Racial Taboo trailer at www.RacialTaboo.com. If you find the trailer informative please Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter at @RacialTaboo #RacialTaboo

Janet Langhart Cohen Invites Reflections On Racism To Honor Trayvon Martin and Emmett Till

Washington, DC (BlackNews.com) — At no time has the memory of Emmett Till been so relevant, on the heels of the Trayvon Martin murder trial. Emmett Till, a 14 year old Black boy, was brutally murdered in Money, Miss. in 1955 for whistling at a White woman. His murder galvanized the modern Civil Rights Movement. Had he lived, Emmett Till would be 72 on July 25. 

Janet Langhart Cohen, playwright of “Anne and Emmett,” an imaginary conversation between Anne Frank and Emmett Till, would like people to join her in remembering them both by sharing your message of reflection on their deaths, the state of Civil Rights and how the movement has changed or progressed in the last 50 years. Janet’s message is “Emmett Till is not forgotten; the struggle continues with memories of Trayvon Martin.”

“Little has changed in over half a century,” said Cohen, “Sadly, many people cannot see beyond the color of a person’s skin and judgment is passed accordingly. All we can hope for is peaceful and galvanizing change using words instead of hands or weapons. I hope that the Martin case is a lesson, not a reason for people to be destructive or take up arms.”

The Facebook Opportunity to Share Tributes is simple. Create a message reflecting your thoughts and post on Janet’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/langhartcohen or Tweet to Janet at www.twitter.com/langhartcohen or @LanghartCohen using the hashtag #NeverForgetEmmett.

For more information about the tribute and Emmett Till, please visit www.anneandemmett.com



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