Episode 103: Michael Kenneth Williams & Joy Press
Michael Kenneth Williams is best known for his roles on The Wire, Boardwalk Empire, and The Night Of. He recently took a very personal journey with the new documentary Raised in the System, for which he was both Executive Producer and correspondent. Williams shares his recent projects, what is was like to make the documentary, and much more. Mr Williams is a jury member at the inaugural Cannes Series TV festival.
Host Christina Jeurling Birro is also joined by journalist Joy Press whose recent book “Stealing the Show” shines a light on the women who are revolutionizing television, for which she interviewed the top showrunners, writers and creators such as Shonda Rhimes and Amy Sherman-Palladino. They share the challenges and successes of bringing radical new representations of women to television.
Michael Kenneth Williams an actor, dancer, and reporter. He played Omar Little on the HBO drama series The Wire and Albert "Chalky" White on the HBO series Boardwalk Empire. He was also acclaimed for his role as Jack Gee, husband of Bessie Smith, in the HBO telefilm biopic Bessie. He has acted in supporting roles in a number of films and television series, including The Road, Inherent Vice, The Night Of, Gone Baby Gone, and 12 Years a Slave.
Joy Press is a writer, author and editor. Press is now culture editor for Salon.com. She has contributed to the Village Voice, New York Times, and Slate.com. Her books include "The Sex Revolts: Gender, Rebellion and Rock'N'Roll", "War of the Words: 20 Years of Writing on Contemporary Literature in the VLS", and most recently "Stealing the Show".