Michael Brown

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Three years ago, Ferguson, Missouri, exploded into national headlines when an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, was shot and killed by the police. Protests erupted in many cities, including Atlanta. Now, Charlottesville is the latest example of the nation’s heightened racial tensions and growing white supremacy groups. We talked with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Wesley Lowery, who covers race and justice for The Washington Post.

The social media movement, #OscarsSoWhite, opened up many people’s eyes to the lack of diversity in the film industry. In order to address this issue from a state level, Georgia recently passed HB 1577, an initiative geared towards creating more diversity in the entertainment industry. Actress and director Terri Vaughn helped spearhead this legislation in conjunction with her production company, Nina Holliday Entertainment. She joins us to talk about the importance of this issue and to discuss her upcoming directorial debut, “#DigitalLivesMatter.”