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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 Duke Arts Create

Duke Arts Create is a series of free, hands-on arts workshops designed to help all Duke students, including graduate and professional students (including Duke Health), as well as Duke faculty and staff develop a variety of creative skills in the visual arts, dance and movement, creative writing and more. Workshops are open to all skill levels and backgrounds. Most workshops are held in the Duke Arts Annex, the Rubenstein Arts Center or the Duke Arts Office 2101 and are typically held weeknights from 6-8 p.m.

Registration for the following week’s workshops go live on Friday mornings at 9 a.m. – sign up in advance to guarantee your spot. Didn’t get a spot? No problem! We always reserve space for walk-ins. Email if you have any questions. Sign up for the monthly newsletter here, which includes the full list of classes offered during the following month.

Duke Arts Create is sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts (Duke Arts).