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Black in Mayberry Screening

The documentary makes its public debut.

El Segundo for Black Lives (ESBL) and ESMoA are collaborating on a program series that includes a live, socially distanced film screening on May 11 and a remote panel discussion on May 12.

The May 11 premiere of Black in Mayberry, a 1-hour-long film featuring some of El Segundo’s Black residents, professionals, students, and visitors, will take place at 7:30pm at Brewport in El Segundo. Black in Mayberry was born from the protests held in El Segundo by ESBL following the murder of George Floyd. The film’s producer, Tanya Taylor, was the events and community education coordinator for ESBL. The film’s director, Mark Knight, documented these protests through photography and video. As the two began to collaborate on the documentation of the protests in El Segundo, a dialog opened up about what’s not usually said between Black and white people, Tanya says. Starting with that conversation, Tanya and Mark approached ESMoA for an artistic partnership, and the 13-part Black in Mayberry short-film series was born.

In Black in Mayberry, Black people in El Segundo have made themselves vulnerable in order to share their truths. “We believe that this film that addresses topics rarely discussed publicly will create a brave and unfiltered opportunity to learn more about what it is to be Black in El Segundo and America in 2021,” wrote Producer Tanya in a press release.

Following state and local reopening guidelines, a limited number of premiere tickets are available for free through Eventbrite. A Q&A with the filmmakers will take place immediately after the screening.

Following the premiere, Black in Mayberry will be available to view on ESMoA’s website from 7:30pm on Wednesday, May 12 until 7:30pm on Saturday, May 15, 2021.

A panel discussion will take place on Zoom on Wednesday, May 12 from 4:30 to 5:35pm as part of the Black in Mayberry program series. This discussion will cover such topics as how racism contributes to generational wealth loss and how South Bay communities are addressing harmful and systemic racialized violence, finding joy in resistance, and harnessing the power of art to address anxiety and other harms of racism. Panelists include Kavon Ward, a representative of the Bruce family of Bruce’s Beach; Avery Smith, member of the City of El Segundo’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee; the Black in Mayberry filmmakers, and others.

More information is available at Black in Mayberry's website.

This community brief appears in the May 2021 issue of The El Segundo Scene.

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