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HBO series to explore issue of missing Black women and children

HBO will premiere the four-part documentary series, Black and Missing, later this month, aimed at bringing awareness to Black missing persons cases that are marginalized by law enforcement and the ...
November 11, 2021

HBO will premiere the four-part documentary series, Black and Missing, later this month, aimed at bringing awareness to Black missing persons cases that are marginalized by law enforcement and the media.

The series will premiere on November 23 at 8 p.m. ET/PT with back-to-back episodes, with the final two episodes airing the following night, November 24, at the same time. All four episodes will also be available to stream at HBO Max.

Black and Missing comes from Emmy-winner Geeta Gandbhir and award-winning documentarian, journalist, author and activist Soledad O’Brien. It follows sisters-in-law and Black and Missing Foundation founders Derrica and Natalie Wilson, a former law enforcement office and PR expert respectively, as they run the grassroots organization to raise awareness in communities and alert media outlets to the plight of thousands of women and children while urging police departments to put more resources towards the issue.

According to studies, cases of missing Black people stay unsolved four times longer than those of white people. Black and Missing explores how systemic behaviors and attitudes stem from centuries of deeply-rooted racism, while also looking at the disparity in media coverage between white and Black missing persons.

Black and Missing is an SO’B Production presented by HBO Documentary Films. Episodes are directed by Geeta Gandbhir, Nadia Hallgren, Samantha Knowles and Yoruba Richen. Julie Anderson is supervising producer, with O’Brien, Gandbhir, Jo Honig and Patrick Conway serving as executive producers. Nancy Abraham, Lisa Heller and Sara Rodriguez are all executive producers for HBO.

The Black and Missing series is the first of four crime-focused documentaries that HBO will be rolling out on Tuesdays starting on November 23. The anthology also includes the films Life of Crime: 1984-2020, premiering on November 30 and directed by Jon Alpert, tracing three New Jersey friends for 36 years as they struggle with drug addiction and crime; The Slow Hustle (December 7), directed by Sonja Sohn and examining corruption in the Baltimore police department; and The Murders at Starved Rock (December 14 and 15), a three-part documentary series from director Jody McVeigh-Schultz exploring the 1960 murders of three women in Starved Rock State Park in Illinois and the man convicted of them, who is seeking to clear his name after 60 years in prison.

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