This week we’re joined by journalist and “urbanist” King Williams. Born and raised in Atlanta, Williams has spent the better part of the last decade reporting and producing content about gentrification in his hometown. This spring he has two documentaries dropping. First, he is credited as an associate producer on the Ken Burns/PBS documentary East Lake Meadows: A Public Housing Story that is premiering on March 24. Then he is dropping his own documentary The Atlanta Way on all social media platforms at the beginning of May. A lot of social and political game in this one, listen closely!
3:30 – King breaks down how he landed the internship of a lifetime with film director Spike Lee…from Twitter. He also talks how Spike’s work style and “network” set him for success later.
9:50 – King explains the difference between gentrification, development and revitalization. He also reveals how revitalization can definitely work without gentrifying neighborhoods.
11:30 – King’s documentary The Atlanta Way, that chronicles the city’s gentrification, has been in the works for a longtime. Here he shares some of the event what inspired him to start it.
15:00 – King gives the definition of “urbanism” and he also addresses how the idea of walking instead of driving is accepted in Atlanta and how he feels walking is actually better for cities economics and general health.
20:30 – Why aren’t presidential candidates talking about gentrification? King reveals that it may be as simple as them not remembering or being reminded to talk about it by their staffers. He also talks about how more candidates need to talk about homelessness.
26:20 – King is an associate producer on the upcoming PBS documentary East Lake Meadows: A Public Housing Story. He talks about working on his The Atlanta Way documentary led to this opportunity.
33:00 – King shares his thoughts about the 2020 Presidential candidates and who he thinks is the best candidate and the best candidate for African-Americans to rally behind.
42:00 – King tries his hand at some Hip-Hop Trivia. Listen to see how he does.
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