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    Monday, December 12, 2005

    Black.White

    Alternet's Laura Barcella on a new TV experience:

    A new, six-part reality show called "Black.White" will debut on FX in March.

    The show -- created by talented rapper/actor Ice Cube, with acclaimed producer RJ Cutler (of cable's "Freshman Diaries" and "American High," as well as the much ballyhooed '93 Clinton doc "The War Room") -- is still two months from airing, but it's already attracting attention for its premise.

    What is the premise? Take a hint from its name. The show puts a new, mildly bizarre spin on a tried-and-true ratings-lovin' formula: members of two very different families "trade places" for two months (see the creepily-named "Wife Swap" and "Trading Spouses").

    But in the case of "Black.White," two families -- one Caucasian, one African-American -- will live in a house together, and an acclaimed Hollywood makeup artist will "transform" the black family's skin to white, and vice versa. Then cameras will follow the fams through their daily lives, as well as in their shared home sweet home.


    Like any show of this type, the premise is convoluted enough that the results can't be completely trusted. Also, it equates "race" with "skin color", which is painfully simplistic (it could very well end up looking like a house full of biracial folks rather than white people and black people, but whatev). All that considered, I'm still interested in seeing it.

    1 Comments:

    Blogger thefayth said...

    Hey there, yeah when Black. White. comes out there should be tons to talk on. I think it has a great shot at provoking an open dialogue between blacks and whites..I have to wait until the first show airs before I can give everyone the DL on how I saw it go down...but just you wait, it was one hell of an experience to be part of!

    4:02 PM  

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