Jesse Williams Wants Folks To 'Stay Woke' In New Black Lives Matter Doc
Actor and activist Jesse Williams is looking to paint an accurate portrait of the Black Lives Matter movement with a special documentary to air on BET this month.
In an interview with Huffington Post, Williams went into detail about the forthcoming doc Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement, that highlights the growth of the movement and the many obstacles it's faced in the eyes of critics. Executive produced by The Grey's Anatomy star and directed by Laurens Grant, the film takes a look into the movement as a steady timeline and not a passing fad.
"It’s an ongoing movement, so we wanted to be sure that as we catalog its origin story and machination, we also wanted to be sure we do not treat it as a fixed, finite, closed circle,” Williams said. “We want to look back without being conclusive. That was really important to us.”
Williams has championed for the rights of black youth and marched for fair treatment of African-Americans following the death of Micheal Brown in Ferguson, MO. He's also used social media as a tool to shift the narration of activism and of course, "staying woke."
BLM Co-founders Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi will be featured in the film with other leaders of the movement like Deray McKesson, Johnetta Elzie, Michaela Angela Davis and Darnell Moore. Williams said the film will also share the thoughts of the pioneers from the Civil Rights Movement who have stood for and against BLM.
"Blackness is not a monolith. We are not homogenous people, we are not all the same,” Williams said. “It is not a failure to disagree, it is not a failure to experience bumps or turbulence, that’s part of the process. We’re just doing it in public and we’re just doing it being black, which draws a magnifying glass to our flaws and to our triumphs.”
The documentary will air on BET May 26 at 9 p.m. EST.