INTERVIEW ON THE PRICE OF BUSINESS SHOW, MEDIA PARTNER OF THIS SITE.
Recently Kevin Price, Host of the nationally syndicated Price of Business Show, interviewed filmmaker Warren D. Robinson (image below).
The death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II elicited sympathy and grief from around the world. While most people joined the British and commonwealth nations in fondly remembering their sovereign, a small but vocal minority, have viciously attacked the life and legacy of the Queen; holding her personally responsible for the vicious crimes, racism and plunder undertaken by her ancestors and culminating with a Carnegie Mellon professor wishing the monarch an excruciating death. “It is disgusting to attack someone who just died,” says entertainment executive and producer Warren D. Robinson, “especially someone known for engendering such goodwill across the globe, I find it shameful.” Robinson acknowledges that there are some important conversations that need to take place around the effects of colonization but strongly believes now is not the time. “These issues have been lingering for hundreds of years. The Queen was a mother, grandmother, aunt who represented so much to so many. This is a time to allow folks to mourn. If you don’t want to, that’s fine but let others. We can have these conversations in a few months or later next year.” Ultimately, Robinson blames the mainstream media for legitimizing what he calls an absurd way of thinking. “Holding someone responsible for the crimes of their ancestors, committed mostly before they were even born is ridiculous; doing so in the immediate aftermath of their death, when they have dedicated their life to public service, is downright cruel. You expect to see this type of insensitivity on social media,” says Robinson, “but when you have mainstream outlets like Yahoo News, The New York Times, CNN and MSNBC giving airtime and thus credence to this type of ridiculous thought pattern, it’s truly disgraceful.”
According to a statement, “Entertainment executive and producer, Warren D. Robinson believes that when organizations are willing to have open and honest conversations about race and their own bias they can commit to meaningful change. We have seen this recently in the form of Hollywood award shows, particularly, the Grammys and the Academy Awards (Oscars). The Recording Academy and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have both taken concrete steps to diversify their ranks and address inherit biases in their voting processes. As a result we have the most diverse crop of award winners/nominees, respectively, we’ve ever seen. Contrast that with the scandal and production shutdown currently at CBS’s The Talk, which resulted because a co-host was unable to properly engage in a conversation about race, address her own bias and commit to doing better. ‘The key part to every conversation’ Warren says, ‘starts with listening. Listening and hearing are different and if you are unable to listen then you are unable to have a conversation.’
“Warren D. Robinson, is an avid and accomplished entertainment executive, motivational speaker, host, life coach and award winning producer who created the wildly popular series, Buried by the Bernards, which is currently streaming on Netflix.
“Warren has served as an entertainment consultant, manager and producer, facilitating, appearing and negotiating high powered deals on behalf of his clients in front of such companies as: Warner Brothers, BET, CNN, Freemantle, Best Buy, TV ONE, Netflix, Lifetime, Fox News, WE TV, E!, NBC Universal, Viacom and more. In addition, Warren’s entertainment prowess includes coordinating, partnering and/or producing events for: legendary actress Pam Grier, Taraji P Henson, Gabrielle Union, Vivica A Fox, Soul singer Eddie Levert (of the O’Jays), Comedian Mike Epps, Angie Stone, Flavor Flav, the Indianapolis Colts, Donna Joyner-Richardson, Stephanie Mills, Erykah Badu and Tom Joyner among others. Warren graduated from Indiana University (B.A.-Political Science) and Howard University School Of Law (J.D.).”
Learn more about Warren D. Robinson and his work here.
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