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Social Justice Filmmakers Discuss Podcast ‘Reparations: The Big Payback’

Social justice filmmakers Erika Alexander and Whitney Dow join "Closer Look" to discuss their new podcast "Reparations: The Big Payback.” The podcast explores the arguments for and against reparations for Black Americans.
Social justice filmmakers Erika Alexander and Whitney Dow join "Closer Look" to discuss their new podcast "Reparations: The Big Payback.” The podcast explores the arguments for and against reparations for Black Americans.
Credit Reparations: The Big Payback

While reflecting on the recent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, the police killing of George Floyd and several other unarmed Black men and women, the passing of civil rights leaders, social justice filmmaker and activist Erika Alexander says America has work to do.

“I think that right now America is not in a good place, but it has always been in that place, but now it’s just very plain,” said Alexander, best known for her role as Maxine in the ’90s sitcom “Living Single.”

Alexander and Whitney Dow, a documentary filmmaker who has produced and directed several films that focus on race and identity including “Two Towns of Jasper, I Sit Where I Want: The Legacy of Brown v. Board of Education,” were guests on Wednesday’s edition of “Closer Look.”

The veteran filmmakers talked with show host Rose Scott about several race-related topics and what they think America should do to move forward and combat racial divisions.

They shared details about their new podcast “Reparations: The Big Payback,” which explores the arguments for and against reparations for Black Americans.

To listen to the full conversation, click the audio player above.