The Big Payback Documentary

A rookie alderwoman in Evanston, Illinois passes the first tax funded reparations bill for Black Americans and stirs up a debate about the debt owed by a dysfunctional and unapologetic nation.

Rookie Alderwoman Robin Rue Simmons, in Evanston, Illinois, does the impossible and passes the first tax funded reparations bill in history for Black Americans. What follows is grief and debate as she and her community struggle with the burden of instituting repair and restitution for its citizens, while a national racial and social crisis engulfs the country. Meanwhile, US Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee faces a thirty-year, uphill battle to pass HR40, a national bill to study reparations and make recommendations. Both women are met with racism and historical resistance, as well as assistance from allies and abolitionists within. Together they must work to force a government to deliver monetary justice and appropriate remedies to Black Americans harmed by centuries of chattle slavery, state sponsored terrorism, systemic injustice and corporate exploitation. Can the long overdue debt ever be addressed, or is it too late for a reparations movement to finally get the big payback?

Reparations: The Big Payback

The Big Payback

This is an immersive, narrative podcast, hosted by Whitney Dow and myself. The dynamic of me being a Black woman and Whitney a white man adds to the unique storytelling skills and experiences we draw from to explore the argument for and against reparations for Black Americans.

Audible Original: Finding Tamika

Black girls and women disappear every day, but not without a trace. Follow along with this neo-noir, true crime drama as I search for Tamika Huston, a 24-year-old Black woman from Spartanburg, SC who went missing in 2004.

Concrete Park

Concrete Park is an epic sci-fi story of young human exiles on a distant, desert planet. They live, love, fight and die in a sprawling town they call Scare City. It is a city in conflict, divided by rival factions whose bangers rule the streets. TheConcrete Park Bangers™ NFT Collection is the first licensed generative art NFT project to be based on this award-winning graphic novel series.

John Lewis: Good Trouble

An intimate account of legendary U.S. Representative John Lewis’ life, legacy and more than 60 years of extraordinary activism — from the bold teenager on the front lines of the Civil Rights movement to the legislative powerhouse he was throughout his career. After Lewis petitioned Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to help integrate a segregated school in his hometown of Troy, Alabama, King sent “the boy from Troy” a round trip bus ticket to meet with him. From that meeting onward, Lewis became one of King’s closest allies. He organized Freedom Rides that left him bloodied or jailed, and stood at the front lines in the historic marches on Washington and Selma. He never lost the spirit of the “boy from Troy” and called on his fellow Americans to get into “good trouble” until his passing on July 17, 2020.