Lois Thompson, Producer, Comedian & Host, The Brown Girl Comedy Show
L. Michelle, Comedian, Actress, and Writer
1. Brown Girl Comedy: Every month the Brown Girl Comedy Show goes down in front of a packed house, so clearly there is an appetite for women of color comedians. But what are the struggles of brown girls trying to get play on stage? And how has Brooklyn been supportive of sisters trying to get a few laughs?
2. The 20th Anniversary of Crooklyn: This May marks 20 years since Crooklyn was released, and Bed-Stuy is in some ways unrecognizable. Could the things that happened in Crooklyn happen in Bed-Stuy today? How would the movie be different if filmed this year?
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Mychal Denzel Smith: Writer, Knobler Fellow at The Nation Institute
Marlon Peterson: Writer, Director of Community Relations, Fortune Society
1. Cycle of Gentrification: A recent Spike Lee rant has once again shaped the discussion around gentrification as the displacement (or replacement) of low income people of color with white, middle to upper income residents. But what role have Spike and other people of color played in the cycle of gentrification in Central Brooklyn?
Inspiration: "The gentrification of Spike Lee" by Errol Louis
2. Traumatized People, Traumatize People: What is the price of gentrification? We always complain about high rents and overpriced restaurants, but what are the mental and emotional costs to long-term residents?
Inspiration: "Coming from where I'm from- Gun Violence, Prison, Trauma... and Gentrification" by Marlon Peterson
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