9:26 PM, Thursday, May 2nd, 2013:
It looks like it's gonna be a good year. From the first step of schemin' with Gary to now the first step to a pilot on television with Mr. Morris Will O'Kelly, 2013 is moving right along.
I first worked with MO'Kelly when he was producing Tavis Smiley's show in 2008-2010. I basically recorded the guest's portion of an interview on-location that they then edited together to sound as if the guest was in-studio. Also did some video work for the show on their 5 year anniversary. It was at that moment that Mo said something very cool to me. He was running ragged trying to get drops from the celebs at the anniversary (I ended up doing it for him) and he stopped, turned around and said: 
"Adam, you're very professional and I appreciate that. You come on time, you do whatever you can to help, thank you."
That one moment knocked me back. To say it was unnecessary for him to do that is to say the least, he was literally running from place to place. I also wasn't doing anything special, when you're hired to do some thing - you just help. Team effort - just gooooooooo. But so many people managing situations don't stop to say that. He did, and I always remembered it. We maintained a Facebook friendship after he and Tavis parted ways and he even helped me get so much publicity for "You're a Mean One Newt Gingrich" at the end of 2011.
In the spring of 2012 he got his own talk show and I couldn't have been happier for him. He was in the shadow of Tavis for so long and I just kinda rooted for him. It was some time last year when I was reading one of his facebook thread (dude gets into some serious shit on FB - sound familiar?) and I noticed how similar we operated. Fact based, blunt and clear. There was one major difference: race. Not just perspective, Mo's entire environment here in LA is different. And even though (strangely now that I think of it) all of my video reel clients are black or hispanic, I'm a home-body. Mo is part of a community day-in and day-out. His worldview is from a place I will never know and the only thing we have in common is that we're old enough to know the foundations of political correctness as it applies to race. Black/White relations were the entirety of our childhood. Just isn't true in the same way anymore. However, while he is on the side of fighting for equality and a post-racial America I found a sliver of disagreement where we could passionately argue...
...what if we're there? So many people think post-racial or post-gender means everyone has an easier road but what if it simply means being a straight-white male sucks too? What if this is as good as it gets. What if all the things we saw as bad stereotypes 30 years ago are now so watered down with good examples that they don't even register? I can argue that a teenager today simply doesn't see race the way Mo and I did 30 years ago... because media has splintered and our image of black and white america has been splintered. And by splintered - I mean there's SOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH MEDIA now that nothing resonates as it did. You see a bad black stereotype of a "Thug" and 2 seconds later you see the president and 2 seconds later you see a boring character on a tv show where race isn't even considered - he's just hot. Or she's just pretty. So many things now hit our brain that race just isn't what it used to be...
...unless you're of a certain age where you're so conditioned to see it - you point it out now almost like some post-traumatic stress disorder. This, I believe, is the basis for a TV show. Discussing these topics and shaping a post-racial America. There comes a point when advocacy for equality is almost TEACHING racism to a generation that it didn't even occur to. I don't mean it's wrong to teach history, but we run the risk of becoming dinosaurs (much like Jesse Jackson was to Barack Obama in 2008) if we don't try and understand how the youth sees things.
So I set up a meeting with Mo for today and I came by a little early to sit in having no idea he'd actually have me on. And wouldn't you know I had to put my theory to the test before I ever even really explained it to him. And could there be a worse example? The most racist ad ever made, yet was made by a black kid born in 1991? Being the only white dude, I had to and make this work...
...wheeeeeeeeeeeeew. What an impossible, exhausting thing to argue - but exactly what the show would be about. There's a myriad of stories in the news that have a black/white twinge to them and I still contend that we're old. We were taught forms of racism that allow us to SEE potential instinces of it, but it doesn't mean they are.
So we went out after the show and talked for another hour or so and he's definitely on board. So all we really need is an event in the news that has that component and we'll simply do a two camera shoot of a couple segments in-studio and I'll piece it together as a pilot presentation as if it's "our show". I have no intention of interfering with his actual radio show, he's a badass and worked hard for that shit. I just think we have something special I can pitch to Friedman at MSNBC.
Alright - here's to career stuff. ;-) Thank you Mo! This is gonna be fun.