Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black is opening up about getting the chance to debut his limited series When We Rise on ABC.
“It was an opportunity to get these stories of diversity out to a different audience,” the 42-year-old director and producer expressed while attending his SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Conversations panel for When We Rise at the SAG-AFTRA Foundation Screening Room held on Wednesday (April 12) in Los Angeles.
“If we can change minds, we can change the world. As we’re learning today, the hardest part of resistance is persistence,” Dustin added. “History is not nostalgia. History is power.”
Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black has written every episode of the upcoming event series When We Rise in hopes of saving some lives!
“I think this is one of the first times a major, public network is pushing out stories the way it ought to get pushed out there,” the 42-year-old director and producer expressed while attending a special screening for When We Rise at the Castro Theatre on Monday (February 20) in San Francisco, Calif.
“It is brave and bold and life-saving because there are a lot of young people who feel alone tonight and two weeks from now, they won’t,” Dustin added (via ABC News).
When We Rise chronicles the personal and political struggles, set-backs and triumphs of a diverse family of LGBT men and women who helped pioneer one of the last legs of the U.S. Civil Rights movement from its turbulent infancy in the 20th century to the once unfathomable successes of today. The period piece tells the history of the gay rights movement, starting with the Stonewall Riots in 1969 – Watch the trailer below!
On the last day of the year, mild-mannered high school English teacher Andy Campbell (Day) is trying his best to keep it together amidst senior pranks, a dysfunctional administration and budget cuts that put jobs on the line. But things go from bad to worse when he accidentally crosses his much tougher and deeply feared colleague, Ron Strickland (Cube), who challenges Campbell to an old-fashioned throw down after school. News of the fight spreads like wildfire and ends up becoming the very thing this school, and Campbell, needed.
Last night (February 13), Cube and Charlie were joined by their spouses Kimberly Woodruff and Mary Elizabeth Ellis at the premiere of Fist Fight held at the Regency Village Theatre in Westwood, Calif.
Nina Dobrev speaks on stage at the 2016 GLSEN Respect Awards held at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on Friday night (October 21) in Beverly Hills, Calif.
The 27-year-old actress dolled up for the event to honor YouTube star and activist Connor Franta.
“Connor Franta has carried the message of respect to millions of young people online, and his authentic self-expression is the type that we envision for all of the youth we serve,” GLSEN executive director Eliza Byard said in a statement.