John Legend and Gillian Laub Team Up for an HBO Documentary

The Grammy and Academy award-winning singer and the award-winning photographer join forces in the film "Southern Rites."
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Grammy and academy award-winning singer John legend has joined forces with a photographer. The HBO documentary southern rights. It explores racism and justice. Following a black man's murder by a white man. Take a look. An January 29, 2011, my2-year-old son was taken from me. It's changed my life forever. The pain seems to be growing more and more inside me is unbearable at times. This man will never know what he has done to my family. Very powerful. Joining us is first-time film maker Jillian Laub and John legend. I have to say watching this so powerful. What drew you to this? What made you have to tell these stories? I felt like I needed to tell these stories. Justin wiz killed. And -- no one knew about it. Outside of the town. And I felt like I needed to tell this story. So you've got three stories. The segregated prom. You also have the murder of a black man by an older white man. And your third story was really tough. Yeah, well, we watched the sheriff try to -- a police officer try to become the first black man to be a sheriff of the county. You see him in the election process. He gets death threats. All these things are happening to him as he's trying the achieve this milestone. And yet, we watch through your lens what happens. Yeah. I mean, on one hand, I was trying to tell the hopeful story, because years ago, he couldn't even run. He was too scared. He got death threats. The fact that he was running with such hope and such support from the community showed we were making progress. John, how did you hear about the project and why did you know you needed to be part of it? We feel so privileged to be a part of it. I have a film company called the get lifted film company. Gillian presented this to us. It was interesting to hear that we had segregated proms in America in the 21st century. Shocking. This is truly a relic of the '50s and '60s. It couldn't possibly be happening now. That was the original hook piquing my interest. What did you walk away from this experience with? The legacy of separating us by racial difference is really strong. Really difficult for us to overcome. But I think it's something we can overcome. It's bittersweet. On one hand, this town, there was change. There is hope. But, you know, somebody in the film says, we take one step forward and two steps back. We have come a long way. There's a lot of work to be done. John legend, thank you 37 Gillian Laub. List

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