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Thursday, August 6 • 6:00pm - 7:00pm
"Genius - Aretha" (Clips & Conversation)

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“Genius” is an Emmy-winning anthology series that dramatizes the fascinating stories of the world’s most brilliant innovators, exploring their extraordinary achievements along with their volatile, passionate and complex personal relationships. The third season will explore Aretha Franklin’s musical genius, incomparable career and the immeasurable impact and lasting influence she has had on music and culture around the world.

Franklin was a gospel sensation, outspoken civil rights champion and one of the most gifted singers of her generation. She will be portrayed by Oscar-nominated Cynthia Erivo (“Harriet,” “The Color Purple”) and Emmy-winning Courtney B. Vance will play Aretha’s father, C.L. Franklin.

Our acclaimed panelists will explore the craft and care that goes into honoring her legacy and bringing her story to life. And in these days of social unrest, how do they, as creatives, amplify this in their own storytelling?

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Gia Peppers

Gia Peppers is a multi-talented entertainment journalist and on-air talent from Washington, DC. At 26, the budding media phenom has worked on-camera and behind the scenes with BET, the NBA, Essence Magazine, Billboard, Complex, Hot 97 and more – usually at the very same time. When... Read More →

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Suzan-Lori Parks

Executive Producer/Showrunner, “Genius: Aretha"
Tony Award-winning Parks is the first African American woman to receive a Pulitzer Prize in Drama, for the 2001 play “Topdog/Underdog.” The distinguished author was named among Time magazine’s “100 Innovators for the Next Wave” and is a MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient... Read More →
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Anthony Hemingway

Executive Producer/Producing Director, “Genius: Aretha”
Prolific producer and director Anthony Hemingway will serve as an executive producer and producing director of the upcoming season of GENIUS: ARETHA. Hemingway directed and executive produced “Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G.,” “The People v. O.J. Simpson... Read More →
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Jennifer Bryan

Costume Designer, "Genius: Aretha"
Jennifer Bryan has been bringing her talents to the film and television arts.Growing up in Jamaica, she was drawn to the history of clothing, style, fashion and design. Her passions brought her to New York’s FIT and Pratt Institute, in Brooklyn, where she earned her degree in fashion... Read More →
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Dondracio Johnson

Creative Director, Choreographer, Actor and Dancer, “Genius: Aretha”
Dondraico Johnson has inspired and collaborated with many of the entertainment industry’s top influential performing artists. Being no stranger to performing in front of the camera, he set his sights to choreography and creative direction. His expertise has afforded him the opportunity... Read More →
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Tim Galvin

Production Designer, "Genius: Aretha"
Tim trained as a stage designer and worked in New York theatre before moving into film. He has served as the Production Designer, Art Director or Set Designer for more than forty feature films or television shows.Tim’s film production designs include David Mamet’s mystery “The... Read More →


Thursday August 6, 2020 6:00pm - 7:00pm EDT
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