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Seasons:
1
Release Date:
8 March 2006 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A white family and a black family find out what it's like to switch lives.
Awards:
Won Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
21st Century Minstrel Show? See more (28 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast [10])
Rose Bloomfield ... Herself (5 episodes, 2006)

Bruno Marcotulli ... Himself (5 episodes, 2006)
Poetri ... Himself (5 episodes, 2006)
Brian Sparks ... Himself (5 episodes, 2006)
Nicholas Sparks ... Himself (5 episodes, 2006)
Renee Sparks ... Herself (5 episodes, 2006)
Carmen Wurgel ... Herself (5 episodes, 2006)
Faith Cheltenham ... Slam Poet (4 episodes, 2006)

Bree Elise ... Slam Poet / ... (4 episodes, 2006)

Chapter Jackson ... Poet (4 episodes, 2006)

Series Directed by
R.J. Cutler (6 episodes, 2006)
 
Series Produced by
Ice Cube .... executive producer (6 episodes, 2006)
R.J. Cutler .... executive producer (6 episodes, 2006)
Autumn Humphreys .... associate producer (5 episodes, 2006)
Alexandra Reed .... producer (5 episodes, 2006)

Nisa Ahmad .... associate producer (unknown episodes)
Jason Cornwell .... casting producer (unknown episodes)
Sarah N. Crouthamel .... associate producer (unknown episodes)
Todd Lubin .... producer (unknown episodes)
Eric Mofford .... coordinating producer (unknown episodes)
Keith VanderLaan .... producer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Original Music by
Leigh Roberts (6 episodes, 2006)
 
Series Cinematography by
Andrei Cranach (unknown episodes)
 
Series Film Editing by
Andy Robertson (1 episode, 2006)

Maris Berzins (unknown episodes)
Poppy Das (unknown episodes)
Greg Finton (unknown episodes)
Yaffa Lerea (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting by
Nisa Ahmad (unknown episodes)
Charisse Reneau (unknown episodes)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Nya Patrinos (5 episodes, 2006)
 
Series Makeup Department
Mary Kim .... special makeup effects producer (6 episodes, 2006)
Mark Nieman .... special makeup effects artist (6 episodes, 2006)
Alexei O'Brien .... makeup artist (6 episodes, 2006)
Will Huff .... key makeup artist (5 episodes, 2006)
Mark Jacyszyn .... prosthetics supervisor (5 episodes, 2006)
Harvey Lowry .... director of operations: Captive Audience Productions (5 episodes, 2006)

Jim Knell .... production photographer: Captive Audience Productions (unknown episodes)
Brian Sipe .... special makeup designer (unknown episodes)
Keith VanderLaan .... makeup effects creator: Captive Audience Productions (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Management
Rita Doumar .... unit production manager (5 episodes, 2006)

Nathan Rotmensz .... post-production supervisor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Eddie J. Correa .... post-production sound (6 episodes, 2006)
Keith A. Garcia .... supervising sound mixer (6 episodes, 2006)

Mike Draghi .... sound re-recording mixer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Terence Pratt .... camera operator (2 episodes, 2006)

Derth Adams .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting Department
Lamont Pete .... casting associate (6 episodes, 2006)
 
Series Editorial Department
Julie Antepli .... colorist (6 episodes, 2006)
Rob Ashe Jr. .... editor: electronic press kit (6 episodes, 2006)

Ove Langevei .... post-production coordinator (unknown episodes)
Kathy Messer .... associate editor (unknown episodes)
Sara Mineo .... assistant editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Music Department
Ice Cube .... composer: theme music / rap (6 episodes, 2006)
Warren G. .... music (6 episodes, 2006)
Wayne Jones .... composer: additional music (6 episodes, 2006)

Margaret Yen .... music supervisor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Other crew
Tom Chung .... key production accountant (6 episodes, 2006)
Dickson Thirima .... post production assistant (6 episodes, 2006)
Thomas Carmichael .... production associate (5 episodes, 2006)
Rebecca Lock .... story associate (5 episodes, 2006)

Edwin Avedissian .... location manager (unknown episodes)
Joel Goldes .... dialect coach (unknown episodes)
Patrick Roche-Sowa .... associate story editor / production assistant (unknown episodes)
Tom Todoroff .... acting consultant (unknown episodes)
 

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
21st Century Minstrel Show?, 21 February 2007
Author: DeanNYC (thedeanofnyc@yahoo.com) from New York, NY

FX's "Black. White." was a curious concept. This was a limited run series (6 episodes) that promised some kind of earth-shattering revelations about the state of race in America today.

The premise: Two families, lined up as a Mother, a Father figure and teen, are there to learn about what sort of racism exists in what could otherwise be called "mainstream" America. The Caucasian Tribe are The Wurgel family (Carmen, Bruno and Rose). The African-Americans are The Sparks family (Rene, Brian and Nick). They trade places and take on the race of the other group, through the magic of makeup.

Now, I don't want to say this isn't an original idea, but Eddie Murphy did exactly this as a filmed segment on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" some 20 years before. It never claimed to give any "real" insights about people, but, it actually did suggest some thoughts about the differences in how whites get treated better than the darker skinned individuals in our society. Of course, the SNL segment was completely controlled, using actors in the parts of the people Murphy's straight-laced "White Guy" interacted with, and played strictly for laughs. Brilliantly.

In "Black. White." we're told we have a great experiment going on here, a real sociological examination of culture clash. Will people who cross the paths of these cosmetically enhanced performers be able to know that they are talking to people who are not what they appear to be?

At any rate, the two families lived under the same roof of a large house in a Los Angeles suburb, where they observed one another, shared information about their "different camps" and used what they learned in their guises to understand more about what it is to be the other.

The only one of the six participants who is *completely* convincing as their opposite is Rose, the white daughter turned black poetess. Her look, style and mannerisms seemed most true and she had a clear vision of the program's intentions, or really, what she hoped to gain from this project. Rose is also the only one who seemed to be "learning" anything about racism, culture, class, and ultimately, herself.

Conversely, the "adults" were all concerned with proving their pre-conceived notions about what racism is and what people had to say to them about it. And Rose's teen counterpart, Nick, admitted that he was only doing this for the fun of it. With that sort of attitude, "Black. White." really dissolves into a 21st Century Minstrel Show, with people getting made up and acting in the "stereotypical" manner to "fit in" with societal norms and provide entertainment for the viewing audience. There's not a lot of substantive learning going on here.

Also, the program was heavily edited, the stars spent hours in their makeup chairs and were subsequently placed in situations that were, at times, laughably unrealistic, and occasionally seemed more an exercise in tricking people, a la Ashton Kutcher's "Punk'd" than anything.

To the good, Rose is the saving grace of the program. Her sense of this being an opportunity to understand these issues, the trust and the truth that she has for her interactions and the honesty of her heart in wanting to grasp what's going on shines brightly. She is the only reason to watch.

The rest of it, we can all do without. The name calling, the misunderstandings turned into arguments, the tunnel vision, the wanting to use certain epithets, and the lack of intention and interest that the other participants had, brought the show way down.

Famed rapper Ice Cube is one of the executive producers of the program, and he performs the show's theme song ("Race Card") as well.

There are some worthwhile moments, so I don't want to knock this completely. It is an interesting idea, but it fails in the execution. If all six people involved had the same open-mindedness and same attitude about the concept as Rose clearly did, this could have been what it claims to be. Then again, were the participants all "open minded," they wouldn't have needed to have this experience.

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