El Segundo locals tell the story of what it’s like being ‘Black in Mayberry’ in new film

These are the voices of El Segundo.

The city’s residents are sharing their experiences with racism in “Black in Mayberry,” a new film inspired by Black Lives Matter protests in El Segundo. The film aims to tell the stories that may not always be discussed between people of different races.

One young woman talks about how she always dresses in bright athletic gear when she’s jogging to make it clear that she is exercising and not running from something.

Another talks about the pressure of being the “token Black friend” and sometimes feeling like she’s being used as an accessory so some of her friends can say they’re not racist.

A 13-year-old girl talks about how she and her mom were pulled over by the police on the way to school after the death of George Floyd and thinking that she would die at the hands of law enforcement.

“We thought we would create a series of short conversations where we had our Black residents, students and professionals here in El Segundo just speak on one topic, one element that they probably wouldn’t usually divulge to their White neighbors,” said Tanya Taylor, the film’s producer and one of the co-founders of the organization El Segundo for Black Lives, which has teamed up with the El Segundo-based art laboratory  ESMoA for a live screening of the film on Tuesday, May 11, at Brewport Tap House.

Following the screening, “Black in Mayberry” will be available to view online via ESMoA’s website May 12-15.

Tanya Taylor, with El Segundo for Black Lives, speaks during a vigil at the Manhattan Beach pier in honor of Breonna Taylor on Sunday, October 4, 2020. Taylor is the producer of a new documentary film “Black in Mayberry,” which aims to tell the stories that may not always be discussed between people of different races.
(File photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)

Tanya Taylor leads an El Segundo for Black Lives humming event at Library Park in El Segundo on Saturday, September 5, 2020. Taylor is the producer of a new documentary film “Black in Mayberry,” which aims to tell the stories that may not always be discussed between people of different races.
(File photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)

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Members of El Segundo for Black Lives, South Bay Cares and Sheba march and hold a vigil at the Manhattan Beach pier in honor of Breonna Taylor on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. Tanya Taylor, co-founder of the organization El Segundo for Black Lives is the producer of a new documentary film “Black in Mayberry,” which intertwines pictures taken during protests with stories about being Black in El Segundo.
(File photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)

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“The message is for everyone who’s open to listening. The people who are speaking are people who live here. They are students; they are mothers; they are professionals here. The message is really for everyone because at the end of the day it’s a human issue,” Taylor said.

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Source:: Los Angeles Daily News

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