‘Native Son’ director Rashid Johnson and star Sanaa Lathan: It’s ‘sad’ how little has changed for black men in America [Exclusive Video Interview]

‘Native Son’ director Rashid Johnson and star Sanaa Lathan: It’s ‘sad’ how little has changed for black men in America [Exclusive Video Interview]
“It was exciting to have the opportunity to take a story that so many people have read, that was written in 1939, and to think about how it lives in our current state and in our current time,” says “Native Son” director Rashid Johnson about the HBO telefilm that premiered on April 6. It’s a modern update of the novel by Richard Wright, who explored the black experience 80 years ago in ways that are still relevant today. Watch our exclusive video interview with Johnson and co-star Sanaa Lathan above.

Native Son” is the story of Bigger Thomas (Ashton Sanders), a young black man living in Chicago whose world turns upside down after he’s hired as a driver for a wealthy white family. The script was written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, and her updating the text to the present day was “an opportunity to say what are the things that are the same,
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