Despite our nation’s progress, inequality remains a huge issue in America. Currently, the wealth of the top one-percent is equal to that of the remaining 99-percent, and things just keep getting worse.

To explore these issues, producer and writer Shonda Rhimes, rapper Common, and TV vet Norman Lear have teamed up to produce a new documentary series called “America Divided” for Epix.

From the press release:

“America Divided” will feature high-profile correspondents exploring aspects of inequality related to their own biographies. Common returns to his hometown of Chicago – ground zero for disparities in the criminal justice system. America Ferrera travels to Texas to witness battles around access to the ballot and healthcare for poor women. Zach Galifianakis investigates the political landscape in his home state of North Carolina and considers how it’s emblematic of the country’s deepening political divide during the 2016 campaign. Norman Lear reports on the housing crisis in New York – from people who have no homes, to luxury apartments purposely kept vacant. Amy Poehler witnesses the complex challenges faced by domestic workers who maintain an intimate relationship with the families that employ them while also struggling for better conditions. Peter Sarsgaard explores the addiction crisis ravaging a heartland beset by unemployment and the shuttering of America’s factories. And Jesse Williams goes back to the classroom and becomes immersed in the battle to fix inequality in education.

Rhimes said the show will explore how the American dream has been tarnished.

“The promise of the American dream was a united country where everyone is treated equal,” she said. “That promise has clearly been broken; all you have to do is look around to see that our reality has been built on the back of inequality. It’s my hope that this series will inspire audiences to be part of a change that leads us into a stronger, more equal future.”

“America Divided” will premiere this fall, right in time for the presidential election.

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  • Very interesting.

    The documentary has diverse people and it will spur debate and discussion. The global charity Oxfam has shown that social inequality has soared last year. Oxfam wrote, “In 2015, just 62 individuals had the same wealth as 3.6 billion people – the bottom half of humanity. This figure is down from 388 individuals as recently as 2010.” Income inequality is one of he most important issues of the 21st century. It not just involves income or economics. It involves workers, the criminal injustice system, education, and other parameters of human existence which are issues included in this documentary. We are a divided nation in more ways than one. Workers deserve living wages. Health care should be expanded in an universal fashion and racial oppression must end. Housing issues should be addressed in New York City (as gentrification and high rents on homes have exacerbated the housing crisis) and in other places of America too. Neoliberalism, capitalist exploitation, and Wall Street criminality are evils that must be confronted. There should be a radical redistribution of economic and political power.

  • Mimie Jean

    That looks very promising,I’ll definitely be watching.

  • Natasha Peacock

    Will be keeping an eye out for this.