Black, White, Republican, Democrat,

NAACP, City Mayor and District Attorney


On the Same Day, on the Same Panel,

Watching a Movie Together and Talking About Race

WILMINGTON, North Carolina – September 19, 2013 – Wave Communications Films is pleased to announce a distinguished panel that will follow the premiere of Racial Taboo at City Stage Theater on September 27th at 7:00 PM. This film explores why Americans find it difficult to talk about race. Pastor Henry A. Gregory, III will start the event by introducing stand-up comedians Kyle Grooms and Dustin Chafin, followed by the film premiere of Racial Taboo and conclude with a panel of local dignitaries responding to audience questions.

Following the panel discussion the audience, members of the cast, and the panel will move to the 5th floor terrace to continue the conversation.

Panel discussion participants for September 27th include:

  • The Honorable Bill Saffo, Mayor of Wilmington, N.C.
  • Ben David, District Attorney for New Hanover and Pender Counties
  • Frankie Roberts, Executive Director, LINC Inc.
  • Deborah Dicks Maxwell, President of the New Hanover County NAACP
  • Samuel Ibrahim, New Hanover County Republican Party Chairman
  • Eddie McCoy, Racial Taboo Cast, Granville County NAACP Past-President, Oxford City Council
  • Richard Poole, New Hanover County Democratic Party Chairman

The panels will be moderated by Kimberly McLaughlin-Smith, UNCW’s Institutional Diversity and Inclusion Specialist. “The diverse participants of this panel illustrates how a community can come together to learn from each other to work on challenges,” said Brian Grimm, Director of Racial Taboo.

The panel on the 28th will include cast members, the comedians and the film’s Director.

Racial Taboo is intended to be watched at the same time by people of different races. The goal of this film and this event are to provide people with a common experience that enables meaningful conversations about race. The film’s trailer can be viewed at

Additional Information

City Stage Theater – 7:00 PM – Information and advance tickets:  $13.65 at:


Media Contact 

Wave Communications Films

Brian Grimm