In response to the historical significance of 2020 defined by COVID-19 and social protest, the black album. mixtape., a project by Regina Taylor and SMU invited students, professionals and the community in the arts, technology, science and activism to submit original content. To keep the discussion going, Ms. Taylor sat down with thought leaders, actors, activists, and artists to talk the issues of the day.
To recognize and celebrate the talent and work of collaborators, the black album. mixtape. and Ms. Taylor will offer eight awards in the amount of $500 each at a virtual block party on May 11, 2021.
Scene from Interview Film and TV Writer/Producer Kevin Arkadie
From Arkadie’s biography: “I’m originally from Washington, D.C., the Nation’s Capital, affectionately known as “Chocolate City.” My mother worked for the Federal Government, of course. We moved to Maryland, then Dallas, Texas where I graduated from Lake Highlands High School and enrolled at Southern Methodist University’s Film school. After my first year, I transferred to the Theatre Department and received my BFA in Acting, although I always thought I’d be a short story writer or novelist.”
Scene from the Interview with Nigerian-American Entrepreneur Edward Okpa
Edward Ejike Okpa Jnr. also referred to as Ejike Okpa II, is a Nigerian-American Entrepreneur, commercial real estate Broker, economic development.
Scene from the Interview with Dallas District Attorney John Creuzot
John Creuzot is a retired Judge and an award-winning lawyer with more than three decades of experience in the criminal justice system, including more than 21 years as a Felony District Court Judge. His background also includes seven years of service as a Dallas County Assistant District Attorney and Chief Felony Prosecutor as well as a criminal defense lawyer while in private practice.