Netflix teams up with a renowned and sometimes controversial professor dr Ibram X. Kendi is producing two documentaries titled Stamped based on his two bestsellers named Shaped from the start and Stamped: racism, anti-racism and you.
Both projects are led by the Emmy Award winner Roger Ross Williams (The Innocence Files, The Apollo, life, animated, Music by Prudence) through his production company One Story Up. They will be presented by NAACP Image Award winner Mara Brock Akil (girlfriends, The game, to be Mary Jane). dr Kendi will also serve as executive producer.
dr Kendi commented in a statement:
“I am delighted that these projects have ended up on Netflix. What a wonderful partner. I am very excited to be working with Roger Ross Williams, Mara Brock Akil and Chris Nee. They are such ambitious, innovative and passionate creators who champion racial justice. But I am very happy for the viewers, for the adults and children who are engaged, informed and transformed by these projects.”
Director Roger Ross Williams added:
“DR. Ibram X. Kendi’s Stamped from the Beginning and Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You are powerful and essential pieces of literature that illustrate just how entrenched racist ideas are in the United States. I hope these films illustrate Dr. Kendi’s message that “the only thing wrong with black people is that they think there’s something wrong with black people” and encourage everyone to fight for a more just society I’m very excited to be partnering with Netflix to bring Dr. Kendi’s incredible work and critical insights to a wider audience.”
The two projects were announced alongside an animated series aimed at young children Anti Racist Babybut Netflix canceled it along with many other animated projects as part of their content re-evaluation specifically in their animation division.
who is dr Ibram X. Kendi
dr Ibram X. Kendi is one of America’s leading historians and leading anti-racist scholars. He is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Humanities at Boston University and founding director of the BU Center for Antiracist Research. He is a contributing writer at The Atlantic and a contributor to CBS News on racial justice. dr Kendi is also the 2020-2021 Frances B. Cashin Fellow at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.
dr Kendi is the author of many books including Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction, becoming the youngest recipient of that award. “Shaped from the Beginning” was a New York Times Best Seller, National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist, and NAACP Image Award Nominee.
Around Shaped from the start
Netflix Shaped from the start is A documentary-screenplay hybrid based on Dr. Kendi’s National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas is directed and produced by Academy Award and Emmy Award winner Roger Ross Williams (The Innocence Files, The Apollo, life, animated, Music by Prudence) through his production company One Story Up and executive producer of NAACP Image Award winner Mara Brock Akil (girlfriends, The game, to be Mary Jane). dr Kendi will also serve as executive producer.
Here is the official synopsis for Shaped from the start:
“Some Americans desperately cling to the myth that we live in a post-racist society, that electing the first black president spelled the downfall of racism. In fact, racist thinking is alive and well in America – more sophisticated and insidious than ever. And as the award-winning historian Dr. As Ibram X. Kendi argues in Stamped from the Beginning, if we can have any hope of confronting this stark reality, we must first understand how racist ideas were developed, disseminated, and ingrained in American society.”
What’s on Netflix has learned that part of the documentary will start filming in June 2022 in New York City, USA. The script elements are to be directed by Roger Ross Williams.
Around Stamped: racism, anti-racism and you
Netflix Stamped: racism, anti-racism and you will be an accompanying documentary Shaped from the start aimed at younger viewers, based on #1 New York Times Young adult bestseller of the same name by Dr. Kendi and Jason Reynolds and is directed and produced by Roger Ross Williams, Dr. Kendi as Executive Producer.
Here is the official synopsis for Stamped: racism, anti-racism and you:
“The race construct has always been used to gain and retain power, to create dynamics that divide and silence. An accompanying documentation too Shaped from the startthis film unveils the history of racist ideas in America and inspires hope for an anti-racist future. Stamped: racism, anti-racism and you aims to take young viewers on a racing journey and explore how we got here, why we feel how we feel and why the poison of racism lingers.”
What is the release date for the Stamped projects?
Netflix hasn’t confirmed a release date for any of these projects, but we assume they could arrive sometime in 2023.