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October 21, 2020 7:30–9:00 pm
DEMAN Live Conversation

DEMAN Weekend-ish Featuring Black-ish & Grown-ish

Partnership with DukeCreate & DEMAN Live

Taught by Ritza Bloom ’13, Robb Chavis ’98, Vanessa McGee, & Mark Anthony Neal

About the Workshop


Join us for a special DEMAN Weekend-ish event, featuring Duke alumni writers from the award-winning comedy shows “black-ish” and “grown-ish”! We are thrilled to host this event the night of the Season 7 premiere of ‘black-ish”. Meet the Duke alumni writers who will take us behind the scenes of the creative process, explore cultural themes and share their career paths, as well as answer your questions. Moderated by Mark Anthony Neal, the James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of African and African American Studies. Introduction by John Brown, Vice Provost for the Arts.

ABC’s Emmy® and Golden Globe®-nominated comedy series “black-ish” takes a fun yet bold look at one man’s determination to establish a sense of cultural identity for his family (Season 7 premieres tonight, Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 9:30pm EST). A spinoff from “black-ish” creator, Kenya Barris, “grown-ish” follows the Johnsons’ eldest daughter, Zoey, as she heads off to college and quickly discovers that not everything goes her way once she leaves the nest. It’s a contemporary take on the issues facing students and administrators in the world of higher education (Season 4 premieres 2021).

Instead of traveling to Durham for the 11th Annual DEMAN Weekend, this year we’re bringing a stellar, live panel of incredibly talented, creative Dukies to you via Zoom.

As part of DEMAN Weekend-ish, you are also invited to watch any of our previous signature industry sessions. No registration required for these hour-long virtual episodes featuring exceptional DEMAN alumni from across the country, including NBC’s “Good Girls”, Beats by Dre and MISS JUNETEENTH. See the link below!

About the Panel

Our virtual panel will feature:

Ritza Bloom ’13, Writer, “grown-ish”
Robb Chavis ’98, Co-Executive Producer, “black-ish”
Vanessa McGee (Dukie), Executive Story Editor, “grown-ish”
Mark Anthony Neal, James B. Duke Distinguished Professor and Chair of African & African American Studies (AAAS) Department

Presented by Duke Arts, DukeCreate, Duke Black Alumni, The Department of African & African American Studies at Duke, Dukie Alumni, Duke Career Center, The Chronicle’s RECESS/Pitch Story Lab & Duke Global Education Office.

About the Location

This workshop will meet online via Zoom. You’ll need a special link to join the workshop—follow the registration link at the top of page to get it.

About DukeCreate

DukeCreate is a series of free, hands-on arts workshops designed to help Duke students, staff, and faculty develop a variety of creative skills. Workshops are open to all skill levels and backgrounds. Most take place in the Duke Arts Annex or the Rubenstein Arts Center and are typically held weeknights 6-8pm.

Workshops are free to all Duke students and staff, with priority given to students. Class size is limited. Students must sign up in advance. Registration for the following week’s DukeCreate workshops goes live on Friday mornings – sign up in advance to guarantee your spot!  Online enrollment for Duke staff opens on the day of the workshop. Staff can also show up 10 minutes prior to a workshop in case a slot becomes available. Walk-ins will be accommodated on a space-available basis.

DukeCreate is sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts (DukeArts) and University Center Activities and Events (UCAE).