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Black Pop

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Celebrating Black Culture

We are honored at C&I Studios to be entrusted by NBC with the task of capturing the essence of African American excellence in pop culture, sports, media, music, and film through Black Pop, an interview-style production for their E! channel.

 

With our expertise in visual storytelling and a deep understanding of the impact of black culture on American society, we aimed to create a television production that would celebrate the profound and enduring influence of black culture on the fabric of our nation.

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Black culture. It starts a trend and everybody else thinks it's cool. Shows, movies, music, sports... It is our time. Black culture is not just about the final product. It's about our journey. After everything we've been through as a Black culture, we're still here, still standing, still strong. That's a lot to be joyful for. Shaft was basically the first Black superhero. This was a big budget film and it was like, OK, now they get a chance to see what we can do. Motown. You saw how influential Black music could be. Those songs were anthems for a movement. Yes, I too was a soul train dancer. Think of a sport where there are no Black people. Add some Black people. Does it not get more exciting? "I am the greatest" and I want to be special like Muhammad Ali. I love to see these girls finally getting folks to sit in the stands and to support them. When you talk about people flocking to tennis, it's because of them. Candace Parker. She went back home and she won a chip. Are we talking about it as much as Lebron? That made him the goat. I said it! Prince did whatever he wanted to do. He touched all on himself while he was dancing, but we loved him because his soul came out in his music. MTV Spring Break was doing s*** that only Black people did at Freaknik. Oh, y'all went to Freaknik? Freaky ass. You think John Singleton didn't understand the power of Ice Cube. You can be raised in the hood but you don't have to be hood. I'm a product of that. In Living Color gave us a different kind of cultural identity. J Lo was discovered by Black people. I mean Flo Jo was the s***. It was a look but she backed it up on the track. If we work together, shine together, we'll only amplify our culture. We have an impact. It's unavoidable to watch anything without seeing it. We are the blueprint. Give us our flowers and that's that on that. It's a good time to be Black.

“I love stand up and it keeps me grounded, to say the stuff I have been thinking without anyone changing it.”

CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER

“I love stand up and it keeps me grounded, to say the stuff I have been thinking without anyone changing it.”

– CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER

Black Pop Cedric The Entertainer Headshot Sitting On A White Couch Smiling Wearing A Black Hat And Gray Shirt
Black Pop Cedric The Entertainer Headshot Sitting On A White Couch Smiling Wearing A Black Hat And Gray Shirt

“I’ve always believed that success for anyone is all about drive, dedication, and desire, but for me, it’s also been about confidence and faith.”

STEPH CURRY

“I’ve always believed that success for anyone is all about drive, dedication, and desire, but for me, it’s also been about confidence and faith.”

-STEPH CURRY

Black Pop Steph Curry Side Profile Headshot
Black Pop Steph Curry Side Profile Headshot
Black Pop Steph Curry Side Profile Headshot

“As long as you’re happy with yourself, you won’t worry about what others have to say. You should matter first.”

DA BRAT

“As long as you’re happy with yourself, you won’t worry about what others have to say. You should matter first.”

-DA BRAT

Black Pop Da Brat Closeup Headshot
Black Pop Da Brat Headshot Of Her Posing For The Camera

A-List Production

Our experienced team worked closely with NBC executives and the talent, ensuring open lines of communication and mutual respect throughout the process. From the initial planning stages to the final delivery, we meticulously coordinated every aspect to ensure a smooth and seamless production that exceeded industry standards.

 

By carefully managing production schedules, locations, and logistics, we created an environment where the celebrities felt comfortable and supported, allowing their true stories and experiences to shine.

Black Pop Laila Ali headshot with her talking to the camera sitting in a beige chair
Black Pop Stephen A Smith headshot wearing a light blue suit talking to the camera looking off to the side
Black Pop HER headshot with her smiling
Black Pop Blair Underwood headshot of him smiling looking off to the side with a white piano behind him
Black Pop Coco Jones headshot of her smiling wearing a light green jean jacket and jean shorts
Black Pop Aloe Blacc headshot of him posing for the camera wearing a blue leather jacket, beige pants and a black hat

A-List Production

Our experienced team worked closely with NBC executives and the talent, ensuring open lines of communication and mutual respect throughout the process. From the initial planning stages to the final delivery, we meticulously coordinated every aspect to ensure a smooth and seamless production that exceeded industry standards.

 

By carefully managing production schedules, locations, and logistics, we created an environment where the celebrities felt comfortable and supported, allowing their true stories and experiences to shine.

Black Pop Laila Ali headshot with her talking to the camera sitting in a beige chair
Black Pop Stephen A Smith headshot wearing a light blue suit talking to the camera looking off to the side
Black Pop HER headshot with her smiling
Black Pop Blair Underwood headshot of him smiling looking off to the side with a white piano behind him
Black Pop Coco Jones headshot of her smiling wearing a light green jean jacket and jean shorts
Black Pop Aloe Blacc headshot of him posing for the camera wearing a blue leather jacket, beige pants and a black hat
Black Pop Loretta Devine headshot of her talking
Black Pop Tank headshot of him smiling
Black Pop Erika Campbell headshot of her talking
BlackPop Sugar Ray Leonard CIS headshot of him talking
Black Pop Pam Oliver closeup headshot of her talking sitting in a green velvet like chair
Black Pop Boris Kodjoe headshot
Black Production Power

As a Black-owned production company, we couldn’t be more honored to have played a role in bringing this significant project to life, and we eagerly anticipate the positive reception and lasting legacy it will create.

 

We are thrilled to witness the culmination of our efforts as this groundbreaking show reaches audiences worldwide, inspiring and enlightening viewers with its authentic storytelling and celebration of Black excellence.

Black Production Power

As a Black-owned production company, we couldn’t be more honored to have played a role in bringing this significant project to life, and we eagerly anticipate the positive reception and lasting legacy it will create.

 

We are thrilled to witness the culmination of our efforts as this groundbreaking show reaches audiences worldwide, inspiring and enlightening viewers with its authentic storytelling and celebration of Black excellence.

Black Pop Loretta Devine headshot of her talking
Black Pop Tank headshot of him smiling
Black Pop Erika Campbell headshot of her talking
BlackPop Sugar Ray Leonard CIS headshot of him talking
Black Pop Pam Oliver closeup headshot of her talking sitting in a green velvet like chair
Black Pop Boris Kodjoe headshot

Behind The Scenes

Black Pop – NBC Universal

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