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.