In honor of “Black History Month”, the beautiful and talented cast of “All American; Homecoming” did an amazing shoot with Shadow & Act!!
The cast talked about what Black history means to them, making history as the first original series to air on The CW to have a cast comprised of all-Black series regulars, what they hope the show’s legacy is and more.
Lead Star Geffri talked about how the shoot came about in the start of the interview:
“This was an idea that we were circulating just last year. I came to everyone with the idea of just like, you know, at the end of the day, in terms of celebrating Black culture and celebrating ourselves, no one is going to be at the forefront more than those who understand, those who experience and those who literally are in a position to say, “I’m taking control over my story, my narrative or what have you. Whether it’s a photo shoot, whether it’s a script, whether it’s a visual, no one is gonna do it better than the ones who are living it. We wanted to just kind of come together and kind of create something that, one, we could do together to kind of like build our relationships with one another, to support one another artistically and support each other’s visions that they see for themselves, while also celebrating how important of a show this show is, not just for the network, but the scope of Black and brown people of color of any gender — just people who exist and who see themselves and what it is that we’re doing. But [this is] especially for Black kids that are watching this show going, ‘I would love to see myself on a platform like this. I would love to be a part of a series like this.’ Truthfully, the best way to go about it, in my opinion, is through art, because we’re all able to support one another, from how we looked to how we wanted to view ourselves to how we wanted to be celebrated. We just thought it was a great moment to connect and encourage each other as Black artists in this industry. It was just a fun idea: just pitch something to our network, and they supported us fully for doing something like this, but it was from [our] scope.”
Read the full interview here: https://shadowandact.com/all-american-homecoming-black-history-month-interview-photoshoot-exclusive?item=2
All American: Homecoming stars Geffri Maya, Peyton Alex Smith, Kelly Jenrette, Cory Hardrict, Sylvester Powell, Camille Hyde, Mitchell Edwards, Netta Walker, and Rhoyle Ivy King. Set against the backdrop of the highly competitive HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) experience at Bringston University, the story revolves around a group of talented athletes and students. This semester, Simone (Maya) finally has a spot in the top six on the tennis team, but proving she belongs there causes her to seek out a new kind of sisterhood. Damon found his birth parents, but the truth about why he was given up leads him to make a rash decision that threatens the baseball team and opens the door for a new adversary. Amara (Jenrette) has found a new role in serving as president of Bringston. Marcus (Hardrict) is determined to make things right with his team, and himself. JR (Powell) tries to repair his relationship with his dad. Thea (Hyde) struggles to find her way back to the court after her injury. Keisha (Walker) finds her footing in the dance program, and her relationship with Cam (Edwards), who has to find a way to pay for school after losing his scholarship. Nate (King) revisits old patterns but her outcomes may prove different, with the help of her friends. The pressure is on for these students to take Black excellence to new heights all while still navigating the highs, lows, and sexiness of unsupervised early adulthood.
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