By Sharee Silerio
This past weekend, 15-year-old Jordan Edwards was added to the list of black, unarmed women, children and men killed by police. Over the last several years, countless hashtags memorializing them have dominated social media discussions, blog posts, opinion pieces and social justice campaigns.
In the limited television series Two Sides of the Truth, Oscar-winning actress Viola Davis hopes to shed light on four high-profile police shooting cases. Executive produced by Davis and Julius Tennon of JuVee Productions and Lemuel Plummer of L. Plummer Media, the show will air on the TV One network.
According to TV One, the purpose of the show is to “get people to look twice; to question what they’re sure they know; to entertain the idea that while they might be right, that doesn’t mean the other perspective isn’t also right.”
Davis, who will also narrate the series, indicates that the cases deserve more than sensationalist headlines.
“Every other week we hear about these horrific incidences and many of them go unsolved and unresolved. We hope that this show can take those headlines and humanize them,” she said in a press release.
Tennon hopes that the show offers an opportunity for viewers to examine the details of the incidents from both sides and draw their own balanced opinions.
“We want to give an unbiased approach to digging into what really happened on those fateful days and in doing so, hopefully shed some light and bring some awareness to such an important issue,” he said.
TV One adds that the series will “take viewers on a can’t-look-away, thought-provoking, and emotional journey that will resonate with them the next time they see an unjust shooting. Because of Two Sides of the Truth, viewers across the country may think twice before drawing conclusions.”
It looks like a series worth watching, since sadly, new cases are being added to the list. As America is busy analyzing new cases, hopefully the show will offer a paradigm for viewing old cases and interpreting new ones.
True crime enthusiasts will have to wait and see, since a premiere date hasn’t been released yet. Stay tuned to TV One for more details about the show.
What are your thoughts on this show idea? Will Davis make a good narrator?
Sharee Silerio is a St. Louis-based freelance writer, Film and TV writer-producer, and blogger. When she isn’t creating content for The Root or The St. Louis American, she enjoys watching drama/sci-fi/comedy movies and TV shows, writing faith and self-love posts for SincerelySharee.com, relaxing with a cup of chai tea, crafting chic DIY event décor, and traveling. Review her freelance portfolio at ShareeSilerio.com then connect with her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.