Premiere of the show “Blindspotting”, representation of the stars on television
At the premiere of “Blindspotting” at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Sunday, actor Candace Nicholas-Lippman emphasized the importance of television programming on communities of color.
“I want young girls, black and brunette girls, biracial, I want them to be able to see themselves when they look at us on the screen, to know that someone who looks like Janelle, you look like her, you can do that too, ”said Nicholas-Lippman, who plays Janelle, Variety.
Starz’s new series is based on the 2018 film of the same name, written by Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal. The TV show rotates to focus on Ashley, played by Jasmine Cephas Jones, who is struggling with the sudden incarceration of her longtime boyfriend, Miles (Casal). She and their son (Atticus woodward) move in with Rainey, Miles’ free-spirited mother (Hélène Chasse) and half-sister Trish (Jaylen barron).
“When we were making the movie, we felt this great void of all these other characters who shaped our lives,” Casal said. “The notion of potentially having a show around Ashley gave us access to so many other characters that we could introduce and develop.”
According to the National Institute of Corrections, parents of one in 50 children in the United States are in prison, with more than half of those parents serving time for non-violent offenses. As described by Jones, “Blindspotting” expands this experience through comedy and a “theatrical” mode of televised storytelling.
“She’s fighting for her family,” Jones said of Ashley. “There are a lot of women who are like that, who are superheroes who don’t wear capes.”
Before the start of the screening, the audience was treated to a dance performance by a group including performance choreographers Jon boogz and Little Buck. Dressed in various prison uniforms, they contorted and bent in a steady rhythm with a narration that explained the United States had the highest rate of incarceration in the world. “The opposite of poverty is not wealth, the opposite of poverty is justice,” the narrator said.
“Blindspotting” airs Sundays on Starz.