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Netflix is partnering with author and antiracist scholar Dr. Ibram X. Kendi to produce three new projects based on his bestselling books: “Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America,” “Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You,” and “Antiracist Baby.”
“Stamped from the Beginning”,described as a hybrid documentary/scripted feature based on Dr. Kendi’s “Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas,” will be directed and produced by Roger Ross Williams (“The Innocence Files”, “The Apollo”) through his production company One Story Up and executive produced by Mara Brock Akil (“Girlfriends”, “The Game”, “Being Mary Jane”). Dr. Kendi will also serve as executive producer.
“Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You”, a companion documentary to “Stamped from the Beginning” aimed at younger viewers, is based on the #1 New York Times bestseller for young adults of the same name by Dr. Kendi and Jason Reynolds, and will be directed and produced by Roger Ross Williams and executive produced by Dr. Kendi.
“Antiracist Baby”, a series of animated vignettes set to music for preschoolers based on Dr. Kendi’s children’s book of the same name, will be executive produced by Chris Nee (“Doc McStuffins”) and Dr. Kendi.
Said Dr. Ibram X. Kendi: “I’m elated these projects landed at Netflix. What a wonderful partner. I’m elated to work with Roger Ross Williams, Mara Brock Akil, and Chris Nee. They are such ambitious, innovative, and passionate creators who are committed to racial justice. But I’m really elated for the viewers, for the adults and children who will be captivated, informed, and transformed by these projects.”