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Between The World And Me

First published in 2015, Between The World And Me was written as a letter to Coates’ teenage son, and recounts the author’s experiences growing up in Baltimore’s inner city and his growing fear of daily violence against the Black community. The narrative explores Coates’ bold notion that American society structurally supports white supremacy.

Based on the 2018 adaptation and staging of the book at the Apollo Theater, the HBO Special combines elements of the Apollo’s production, including powerful readings from Coates’ book, and incorporates documentary footage from the actors’ home life, archival footage, and animation.

Between The World And Me is directed by award-winning director and Apollo Theater Executive Producer Kamilah Forbes, who also serves as an executive producer alongside Coates and Susan Kelechi Watson. Roger Ross Williams and his production company One Story Up will produce.

The Black Narrative of Between The World And Me

“This is what I’ve been trying to do say, but did not have the language.” Hear cast and crew discuss the significance of the special and its words.

Behind The Scenes4:32
Relevance + Reflections

“This point of view is very real, and this experience is very real.” Phylicia Rashad, Oprah Winfrey, Joe Morton, and more members of the cast and crew share their thoughts on the special.

It Started With a Book

The creators, crew and more discuss adapting Between The World And Me for the stage and the screen.

The Craft

Ta-Nehisi Coates

Executive producer of the special, and author of the same-titled book, Coates delves into the experiences that inspired Between The World And Me.

Susan Kelechi Watson

The executive producer and actor discusses how she helped bring the special to life.

Behind The Scenes2:35
Kamilah Forbes

Director Forbes details the process of reimagining Between The World And Me and what she hopes the special accomplishes along the way.


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