John Ridley on TV’s Role Amid Protests Over Racial Inequality: ‘We Have to Be Part of the Solution’ (Video)


TheWrap Emmy magazine: ”It’s almost 30 years since I started, and there still are not enough showrunners of color or directors of color,“ says the writer, director and producer

A version of this interview with John Ridley first appeared in the Limited Series & Movies issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine.

John Ridley has been a leading voice in television for decades, earning two nominations in 2015 (and another the following year) for his ABC limited series “American Crime.” When the cultural and political landscape began to change in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer last month, we figured it was time to check back in with Ridley, whose other work includes his Oscar-winning screenplay for “12 Years a Slave,” the series “Guerrilla,” the documentary “Let It Fall” and an annual Social Justice Summit at No Studios, his arts production and studio complex in his hometown of Milwakuee.

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Steve Pond

Awards Editor • • Twitter: @stevepond