WGA Event Discusses Race and Media

Brief overview of a recent event by Sharon Liggins:

On Wednesday, Jan. 22, the WGAW Committee of Black Writers presented a salon with NPR’s new TV/Culture critic Eric Deggans and writers Ayanna Floyd (NBC’s “Hannibal,” and VH-1’s “Hit the Floor”) and Abdul Williams (“Lottery Ticket”), moderated by journalist, author (Swirling: How to Date, Mate, and Relate Mixing Race, Culture and Creed) Janice Littlejohn.

Deggans led a discussion on the theme of his recent book, Race-Baiter: How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide a Nation, a look at the media’s reluctant and uncomfortable relationship with prejudice, race and sexism. Writers Ayanna Floyd, who served as writer/producer on Shonda Rhimes’ series “Private Practice” for four years and currently serves as co-EP on the psychological thriller series “Hannibal,” and Abdul Williams, writer of the feature film “Lottery Ticket,” shared their experiences on how they navigate issues related to race and gender in their careers.