Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
'Key & Peele' Will End After Its Current Season 'Key & Peele' Will End After Its Current Season MSNBC Decides: Touré Is Out, Rev. Al Stays (For Now) MSNBC Decides: Touré Is Out, Rev. Al Stays (For Now) Disney Channel & Disney XD Casting Directors Holding Online Casting Call for Diverse Actors, Age 10-17 Disney Channel & Disney XD Casting Directors Holding Online Casting Call for Diverse Actors, Age 10-17 Revisiting Spike Lee's Perplexing 'She Hate Me' on Its 11th Anniversary Revisiting Spike Lee's Perplexing 'She Hate Me' on Its 11th Anniversary Oprah Winfrey Presents Landmark 7-Night Event Series 'Belief' Premiering October 18 (Trailer) Oprah Winfrey Presents Landmark 7-Night Event Series 'Belief' Premiering October 18 (Trailer) Watch 5 Clips From TV One Original Movie 'Runaway Island' - Premieres This Saturday, July 25 Watch 5 Clips From TV One Original Movie 'Runaway Island' - Premieres This Saturday, July 25 Samira Wiley to Co-Star in Film Based on Kitty Genovese 1964 Murder Samira Wiley to Co-Star in Film Based on Kitty Genovese 1964 Murder MTV Has Made Its 'White People' Documentary Available Online - Watch It Here MTV Has Made Its 'White People' Documentary Available Online - Watch It Here MSNBC Is Caught Between a Rock and a Hard Place with Rev. Al (Demote Him or Let Him Go?) MSNBC Is Caught Between a Rock and a Hard Place with Rev. Al (Demote Him or Let Him Go?) LeBron James Inks "Unprecedented Agreement" with Warner Bros. Spanning Film, TV, Digital LeBron James Inks "Unprecedented Agreement" with Warner Bros. Spanning Film, TV, Digital "New Money, New Power" in 'Empire' Season 2 First Look Video Promo "New Money, New Power" in 'Empire' Season 2 First Look Video Promo Don Cheadle's 'Miles Ahead' Will World Premiere as the Closing Night Film at the 53rd New York Film Festival Don Cheadle's 'Miles Ahead' Will World Premiere as the Closing Night Film at the 53rd New York Film Festival What TV Critics Are Saying about MTV's 'White People' Documentary + Watch 3 Clips What TV Critics Are Saying about MTV's 'White People' Documentary + Watch 3 Clips Check Out the Official Theatrical Trailer for Stanley Nelson’s 'The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution' Check Out the Official Theatrical Trailer for Stanley Nelson’s 'The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution' Starz Announces Return Date for Original Series 'Power' + New Key Art + Trailer Starz Announces Return Date for Original Series 'Power' + New Key Art + Trailer Why Was Janet Hubert (Aunt Viv) Really Replaced on 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'? Buzzfeed Investigates Why Was Janet Hubert (Aunt Viv) Really Replaced on 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'? Buzzfeed Investigates Third 'Best Man' Movie Gets a Title, an Official 2016 Release Date & A Most Unexpected Wedding Third 'Best Man' Movie Gets a Title, an Official 2016 Release Date & A Most Unexpected Wedding Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie... Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie...

Listen Now – Shadow & Act Black Screen/TV Writers Roundtable

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act February 27, 2014 at 2:28PM

Listen Now – Shadow & Act Black Screen/TV Writers Roundtable
4
BlogTalkRadio

I often receive emails from long-time readers, asking if/when the Shadow & Act Livecast/Podcast will return. It's been a couple of years since the last episode was taped. In short, we had to push it aside in what was supposed to be a temporary hiatus, which then became an extended hiatus, and then an indefinite hiatus. 

But it's something that I plan to reboot soon, and your emails are certainly encouraging. 

In anticipation of that return, I'll be revisiting some of our greatest podcast hits over the years, as I'm sure the majority of you who read the site today, aren't even aware that there was once an S&A podcast, given how much the site's readership has grown since it was created in 2009. And while the site was launched in 2009, I had been podcasting for at least a year or two before that, when I was running my own personal blog called The Obenson Report. In fact, I interviewed Sergio waaaaay back then, before he and I started writing here on S&A. 

So the podcasts I'm going to be revisiting are a few years old. However, I'm selecting those that were not only the most popular, but are also still very relevant today, I think, like this first one - a screenwriters roundtable, recorded in 2009, almost 5 years ago, featuring writers who were working in the industry at the time, and are still very much doing so. Some of their names have, in fact, come up on this site in the last few months, because they've set up new projects at various networks. And when you see the names, I'm sure you'll recognize them.

The one-hour discussion included the following guests:

  • Courtney Lilly. At the time of the podcast, in 2009, his resumé included writing for Chris Rock’s Everybody Hates ChrisArrested Development, and was working on what was then the upcoming Family Guy spin-off, which we all now know as The Cleveland Show. Since the podcast, Courtney has added Guys with Kids and My Boys to his resume, while still writing for The Cleveland Show.
  • Kriss Turner. Kriss wrote the screenplay for Something New, the 2006 feature film which starred Sanaa Lathan. She also previously wrote for The Bernie mac ShowLiving Single, and, at the time of the podcast, was working on Sherri Shepherd’s sitcom for Lifetime, titled Sherri. Since the podcast, Kriss has written for and exec produced The First Family.
  • Kenya Barris. At the time of the podcast, Kenya’s writing credits included Soul Food (the TV series), Girlfriends, and The Game, and America’s Next Top Model. Since the podcast, he's added Are We There Yet? (the TV series) to his resume, while still writing for The Game. And most recently, as in this year, ABC ordered a pilot, called Black-ish (working title), created and written by Barris, based on his own real life, with Tracee Ellis RossAnthony Anderson and Laurence Fishburne starring.
  • And lastly, Bashir Salahuddin who, at the time of the podcast, was writing for the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon show, and previously for David Alan Grier’s Chocolate News on Comedy Central. And since the podcast, also happening this year, HBO ordered a pilot of a half-hour comedy from Salahuddin and writing/producing partner Diallo Riddle, which will star both gentlemen as two young reporters, trying to make it big in Atlanta. The potentially new HBO series will be executive produced by Lorne Michaels, along with Riddle and Salahuddin, with Dave Flebotte serving as showrunner.


So, those were the guests for what I thought was an insightful hour-long conversation with these writers who are on the "front lines" and had experience and wisdom to share, which I think still very much applies to writers (specifically writers of color) today.

So, set aside about an hour, and listen to the entire conversation below. You can also download it to play on you mobile device. You can download it from the source or look for it on iTunes. Just search for Shadow And Act.

This article is related to: podcast


Shadow & ActNewsletter