Last Sunday evening, I visited the Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum, at the south gate of Oak Ridge Cemetery, on Monument Avenue.
There I heard a speaker named Brian Grimm. About ten years ago, he, a white man living in North Carolina, began to wonder about his lack of acquaintance with African Americans. His self-questioning about the ironies of race have led him to make a film, “Racial Taboo,” which was viewed by numerous Springfield residents last October at the Convention Center.
Backlash from both the recent shootings of black men by police and the shootings of police by a black man has been swift and strong, and a Springfield group wants to keep up the attack on racism through dialogue.
In a resignation speech that came after weeks of escalating student protests, University of Missouri system president Tom Wolfe gave a deceivingly simple reason for why racial tension at the Midwestern university had come to a boil. People had stopped listening to each other…
Aired on NPR. Eddie McCoy took his passion for local history and a scavenged cassette recorder from a trash can and began taping his town, from the oldest citizen on down—hidden stories of slavery times, sharecropping, the civil rights era and more in Oxford, North Carolina. Eddie is also featured in Racial Taboo.
PADUCAH – The documentary Racial Taboo premiered today at the Maiden Alley Cinema. Local 6’s Blake Stevens was there for the first of 4 showings. After the 53 minute documentary, both white and black people gathered in groups to discuss the film and both sides of race.
The film’s director, Brian Grimm, says “it’s important for people to…
PADUCAH, Ky. – A documentary about race is heading to a theatre near you, and the goal is to get people talking about the taboo. It’s a sensitive topic, but race relations have been dominating headlines. Conflict, confusion and fear are all part of the conversation, but a local group wants to focus on…
The late Connie Donley’s family and friends in Paducah continue her passionate interest in race unity with a roll-out of many events in coming weeks, all intended to get black and white people talking about race together. They found a project for a perfect opener. Brian Grimm, director of the film Racial Taboo, visits Paducah, dines with the Race Unity Group tonight, speaks with the Paducah Sun and helps with the first four showings of his creation set for this weekend at Maiden Alley Cinema. Kate Lochte speaks with Grimm on Sounds Good.
On Saturday Sept. 27, the Elizabeth City-Pasquotank County Community Relations Commission and the Hope Group co-sponsored a screening of the film, “Racial Taboo.” A diverse group of approximately 200 individuals attended and participated. In fact, the crowd was standing-room-only…
Deborah Holt Noel produced a show about Racial Taboo that aired on Sunday May 4th and 5th . Ms. Noel interviewed Rev. Terence Williams, Rev. Eric Porterfied and myself. This program is now available online.
February 20, 2014 – Reggie Ponder – Chowan Herald – Elizabeth City, North Carolina
September 25, 2013 – Ben Steelman – Wilmington Star News – Wilmington, North Carolina
September 24, 2013 – Rachel Lewis Hilburn – WHQR Public Radio – Wilmington, North Carolina
September 24, 2013 – Christian Podgaysky – ENCORE Magazine – Wilmington, North Carolina
August 12, 2013 – Amanda Greene – Wilmington Faith and Values – Wilmington, North Carolina
July, 12, 2013 – Black Christian News Network One