We're familiar with the success of movies, such as "Us," "Black Panther" and "BlackKKlansman," and their impact in making Hollywood more inclusive.
But something more transformative is happening, and it's centered right here on New York stages.
Actress Sheria Irving and Actor Thomas Sadoski star in the four-person play "White Noise," by Pulitzer Prize-winning Playwright, Suzan Lori Parks. The fierce new drama runs in partnership with the Public Theater.
Sadoski believes that telling these stories boldly without sugar-coating the topic is essential. "It is not my job to soften that edge," Sadoski said. No spoilers, but the collar their co-star Daveed Diggs holds hints at the intensity of the work.
The Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis, who leads one of the most ethnically diverse congregations in the country at Middle Collegiate Church, told PIX11 about the importance of stories being told by people of color.
"When black people are producing black art, we're going to see a different type of interpretation, and a different kind of explosion of more truth," Lewis said.