The objective for the web series is the same as the book’s objective: to start honest dialogue about race.
The majority of the topics have either happened to me or family and friends. Sometimes I’ve even used exact dialogue of certain situations. It’s funny because those cases have been the situations in the show where people have commented they are too exaggerated or can’t happen in “real” life.
The character, Racey is based on myself so Racey’s reactions are my reactions.
I only write and produce the series, but to write is easy because they’re my experiences that I live daily so for me it’s just me telling my truth.
Absolutely. But we have a great cast who really get the material so there has never been any issues or objections.
Again, there’s little direction with reactions because every cast member get the show, which speaks to the talent of the cast, especially the white co-workers. They are not their characters but they’re willing to expose realities that have constantly been ignored and denied.
The most difficult to write was “The Whack Girl”. I hesitated because it was really putting Black people’s dirty laundry out, which is normally something we just don’t do. But I joke that “the Unwritten Rules” is an equal opportunity truth exposer. I feel that when you’re encouraging people to start honest dialogue, you have to be 100% honest with your material.
Yes, and everyone gives suggestions about situations we should cover or certain dialogue because like me, they are willing to expose truth. It’s really a team effort.
10) Is there ever tension on the set? If so how do you handle that
No, never. Again, our cast is amazing. They show up because of the love and passion for the project so there are no egos or judgement… everyone shows up because we’re all passionate about what we’re doing with the show.