Black.White., Season 1
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Two families - one white and one black - come together under one roof in Los Angeles as they prepare to go out in the world as the other race. The Wurgels (Bruno, Carmen, and daughter Rose) are a white liberal family from California, and the Sparks (Brian, Renee, and son Nick) are a middle class black family from Georgia. After testing their makeup and finding out they pass in the real world, they are ready to begin their six-week journey. The two fathers quickly clash over racial issues while white teenager Rose jumps into the project head first as she joins an all-black slam poetry class. By the end of the season, both families share the profound impact the project has had on their lives and begin to reconcile their differences.
|1||Closed CaptioningVideoHour 1||Two families - one white and one black - trade races.||48:13||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|2||Closed CaptioningVideoHour 2||Renee and Carmen have a bitter argument.||46:17||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|3||Closed CaptioningVideoHour 3||The families fight over language and behavior.||46:19||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|4||Closed CaptioningVideoHour 4||Carmen becomes disheartened with Bruno's obstinate views.||45:15||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|5||Closed CaptioningVideoHour 5||The families struggle to find common ground.||42:27||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|6||Closed CaptioningVideoHour 6||The families discuss the impact the of the project.||45:40||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|7||VideoRace.Card||The music video for the series' main title song, "Race Card" by Ice Cube.||3:16||Free||View In iTunes|
|8||VideoCasting Session||Meet the stars of Black.White. and learn how producers found a cast willing to swap races in this Fox Movie Channel original series.||8:51||Free||View In iTunes|
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OK, but not a fair portrayal nor was it convincing...
So this show got me talking about race again, but I found this show extremely bias (not surprisingly, since it was produced by Ice Cube). I saw the White family in black makeup in black and white situations, and I saw them without makeup on in white situations, which is a fair portrayal. In no where did I see the Black family in white makeup in a black neighborhood, where they mostly would've been heckled like the White family encountered when they were in South-central LA. I would've like to see the black family experience racism from the black community as well when they're in white makeup, which would've been a beneficial experience for the black family as well. All we saw in the six weeks was the black family telling the white family how ignorant they were (which they were in many instances), and how the black family (especially the mom and dad) always had a chip on their shoulders, in which they saw normal situations as "racist." Anyways, just because you receive bad service doesn't mean the salesperson or bartender is racist (I receive bad service sometimes too!). Over all a good show, but definitely bias.
Add the very beginning, I really liked how the transformations were going on and how everyone looked...it was pretty cool and funny. I'd even want to try it for a few days. However, onced they switched homes and started talking, I was like *jaw drop*. Some of the comments, i agree, were just bias. I am an African/Black person and I truly believe this show is overrated...It's like the black older guy was just looking for anything remotely offending from a white person. I was like "what is wrong with you?! The whole white world ain't against you, you...." Maybe my opinion will change. I've only seen Hour 1...I'll watch the last one and see...but for now, two thumbs down.
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This show is ground-breaking. It may be less than perfect in many ways, but it is an excellent way to begin a dialogue around some important issues. We viewed these episodes as they came out, with a diverse groups of friends. There was lots of pausing and discussing, pausing and yelling, pausing and groaning. Yes, there are some "characters" on this show that feel extreme and ridiculous at times. However, it creates an opportunity to ask yourself questions like, "Do I relate to that at all?," "Do I know anyone like that?," etc. It's even better to hear what your friends have to say about it. The best part of "Black. White" is not what we learned about the people on the show; it's what we learned about each other as we watched it together!