Participants Rahsaan, Becky and Jennifer are filmed during the 2001 documentary project.

Twenty Years Later

Participants of groundbreaking “Experiment in Black and White” reflect on project’s lasting impact


December 2021

BY MARK SAXENMEYER

When the subject is race, people shut up. Most don’t want to talk about it, especially in mixed company. Few seem willing to speak openly or candidly, for fear of being called a bigot or a racist. And as a result, questions and answers, issues and problems, simply don’t get discussed thoroughly and honestly in America today.

Instead, ignorance festers, fear grows, stereotypes persist, segregation increases.

Experiment in Black and White is a documentary project designed to help change all that—and today The Reporters Inc. is celebrating the 20th anniversary of this national Emmy and Edward R. Murrow award-winning documentary.

The Reporters Inc. managed to round up eight of the ten participants for an in-depth, written Q&A. See below for their fascinating reflections, two decades after they agreed to open up their lives, and their minds, for this groundbreaking Experiment. In addition, the entire documentary and two reunions with the participants have been combined into a streaming video and made available, for free, to the public for the very first time.

TO WATCH THE TRAILER FOR EXPERIMENT IN BLACK AND WHITE, CLICK HERE.

 

TO WATCH THE ENTIRE DOCUMENTARY, AS WELL AS TWO REUNIONS WITH THE PARTICIPANTS OF EXPERIMENT IN BLACK AND WHITE, CLICK HERE.

 

But first, some background:

Experiment in Black and White brings five Black and five White Chicago-area residents (all strangers to one another) together for one week, sequestering them inside a home. They live, eat, sleep, socialize, and debate race-related issues with one another. (more…)

The author of “The Transchick Chronicles,” Stephanie Haskins, is also a member of The Reporters Inc.’s Board of Directors. You can read more about her on our Team page.

My Current To-Do List:

Fixing Family, Changing Name, Finding Friends, Fighting Transphobic ‘Allies’


December 2021

Editor’s Note: This is the seventh installment of “The Transchick Chronicles,” an on-going series of essays written by newly-out transgender journalist Stephanie Haskins, as she chronicles her transition. Parts one and two can be found here. Parts three and four can be found here. Click here for part five, and here for part six.

 

PART SEVEN

 

BY STEPHANIE HASKINS

First, dear readers, some really good news: I’m not going to say one more goddamned thing about my facial feminization surgery.

Cue applause.

It’s done, and over, and healing, and enough about it.

So, as I hear you muttering, “shut the fuck up about it, already,” I say yes, I hear you. I promise.

(Stephanie makes motion of zipping her lips. Plumped, enhanced, and sensuous that they may be. So ready for kissing. Anyone. Anything. Mostly any mirror right now, though. Any volunteers?)

 

 

So, onward.

The past few weeks have been almost chaotic for this transchick.

So many images, so many feelings. All a blur. (more…)

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