Documentary Inspired By Charles Blow’s Bestseller ‘The Devil You Know’ Coming From HBO Documentary Films And This Machine

EXCLUSIVE: Production is underway on a feature documentary from HBO Documentary Films and This Machine inspired by New York Times columnist Charles Blow’s book The Devil You Know: A Black Power Manifesto.

Oscar-nominated filmmaker Sam Pollard and Llewellyn Smith are directing the as-yet-untitled documentary. Blow’s book, published last year, “calls for a reverse ‘great migration’ of African Americans from the North back to the South to reclaim the land, political representation, and culture that they left behind,” according to a release from HBO, “and in so doing, forever transform the power structure in America.”

Between 1916 and 1970 roughly six million African Americans migrated from the rural South to other parts of the country, to seek better economic opportunities and to escape Jim Crow segregation. Blow writes in his book, “Black people fled the horrors of the racist South for so-called liberal cities of the North and West, trading the devil they knew for the devil they didn’t, only to come to the painful realization that the devil is the devil.”

If racism exists everywhere in the U.S., Blow argues, that eliminates one rationale for African Americans to live outside the South. Not only that, he says the South of today is thriving economically, offering Black people a better standard of living in general than they enjoy in Northern, Midwestern and Western cities. He also writes that African Americans can create greater social change by living in the South: “The mission begins with the states, which are the true centers of power in this country, and as such control the lion’s share of the issues that bedevil Black lives: criminal justice, judicial processes, education, health care, economic opportunity and assistance.”

In a statement accompanying the announcement of the documentary production, Blow said, “It’s rare — and enlightening — for an essayist to have an opportunity to test a proposition after it has been pushed out into the world. With this film, I have that opportunity. And, it’s making me more resolute in my beliefs rather than weakening them.”

Director Sam Pollard
Director Sam Pollard HBO Documentary Films

Pollard’s credits include 4 Little Girls, MLK/FBI, Citizen Ashe, and Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me. Commenting on the Charles Blow documentary project, he said, “I didn’t realize how complicated an undertaking this filmic journey would be until we began shooting with Charles in Georgia, Mississippi, and Louisiana, and interacting with his family, friends, and more. This will give audiences the opportunity to ride with Charles as he takes on challenges that we all must face, not just as African Americans, but as a nation if we are ever going to have substantive racial and economic change.”

Smith is a duPont Award winner; his extensive credits include directing Herskovits at the Heart of Blackness.

Director Llewellyn Smith
Director Llewellyn Smith HBO Documentary Films

“Filming with Charles as he explores his reverse migration thesis with teachers, politicians, grassroots organizers, business folk and others has been eye-opening,” Smith said in a statement. “He poses a host of unsettling questions — was the Civil Rights Movement an unacknowledged failure? What is the legacy of the Great Migration? Can Black northerners look beyond their stereotypes and fantasies about the South? His fascination with politics and history takes the film into some challenging places.”

The untitled documentary is directed by Pollard and Smith and produced by Pollard, R.J. Cutler of This Machine, Elise Pearlstein, and Kelly Thomson. Executive producers are Charles Blow, David Kuhn, Todd Shuster, and Trevor Smith. Blow is represented by WME and Aevitas Creative Management. This Machine, a division of Sony Pictures Television, is represented by WME, Jeanne Newman at HJTH, and 42West.

African-American man speaks with mother-in-law in Malayalam. Watch

The viral video of the African-American man speaking with his mother-in-law in Malayalam was posted on Instagram.

An African-American man is receiving lots of love on the Internet after a video of him conversing with his mother-in-law in Malayalam was posted online. Since being shared, the video has gone viral and won people’s hearts. Posted on Instagram, the video shows them having a conversation about a traditional dish from Kerala.

Jenova Juliann Pryor posted the video on her Instagram page which shows her husband and her mother. “My hubby @loansigningzel [Denzel A Pryor] is learning Malayalam so well. He’s getting even better than me. LOL. Need to up my game asap. Lol,” she wrote while sharing the video.

The clip opens to show a text that reads, “When my Indian mother speaks Malayalam to my African-American husband and he understands.” The video then shows the elderly woman saying to his son-in-law that his food is ready if he wants to eat it. At first, he takes a bit of time to understand what she is saying but soon he gets it and the video ends with him sporting a huge smile.

Take a look at the video:

The video was posted a few days ago and since being shared, it has gone viral. Till now, the clip has accumulated over 3.6 million views and the numbers are quickly increasing. The video has also prompted people to share various comments.

“Damn give this mhan an award,” posted an Instagram user. “Respect to your husband,” commented another. “Nailed it,” expressed a third. “Bro understood the assignment,” wrote a fourth.


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Prevalence of undiagnosed diabetes falls during 3-decade period

August 10, 2022

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Disclosures: Selvin reports receiving payments from Wolters Kluwer for chapters and laboratory monographs in UpToDate on measurements of glycemic control and screening tests for type 2 diabetes, and is an associate editor for Diabetes Care and recused herself from consideration of this study. Please see the study for all other authors’ relevant financial disclosures.

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From 1988 to 2020, cases of undiagnosed diabetes declined markedly, which suggested major improvements in diabetes screening and detection, according to researchers.

“Commonly used definitions of undiagnosed diabetes overstate the prevalence. When confirmatory definitions are used, the prevalence of undiagnosed diabetes is lower,” Elizabeth Selvin, PhD, MPH, professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, told Healio. “Confirmatory definitions require two elevated blood tests instead of just one, consistent with how diabetes is diagnosed in clinical practice.”

Elizabeth Selvin, PhD, MPH
Selvin is a professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Selvin and colleagues aimed to update undiagnosed diabetes trends with definitions consistent with clinical practice. The study included data from 30,492 adults (aged 20 years) from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 1988 to 2020.

In the cohort without diagnosed diabetes, researchers defined confirmed undiagnosed diabetes as both elevated fasting plasma glucose ( 126 mg/dL) and elevated HbA1c ( 6.5%); persistent undiagnosed diabetes was defined as either elevated HbA1c or FPG.

From 1988-1994 to 2017-2020, the total diabetes prevalence rose from 6.8% to 14.2%, which was driven, according to researchers, by increasing cases of diagnosed diabetes.

Meanwhile, during that same time range, the prevalence of persistent undiagnosed diabetes was stable — 2.23% to 2.53% — as was confirmed undiagnosed diabetes — 1.1% to 1.23%. As a result, undiagnosed cases fell from 32.8% to 17.8% for persistent undiagnosed diabetes and from 19.3% to 9.5% for confirmed undiagnosed diabetes.

Furthermore, populations of patients with more prevalent undiagnosed diabetes were older adults, adults with obesity, racial/ethnic minorities and those without health care access. Among those with diabetes, researchers observed the highest proportion of undiagnosed cases among Asian American adults and those without health care access.

“Our study suggests that most cases of diabetes — up to 90% — are diagnosed,” Selvin said. “The good news is physicians are doing an excellent job with screening and diagnosis of diabetes in the U.S.”

However, Selvin said, there are pockets of the population in which a better job of screening for diabetes is needed.

“There remains a high prevalence of undiagnosed diabetes in young adults — especially those who are overweight or obese, persons who lack health insurance, and racial and ethnic minority populations, including Mexican Americans, African Americans and Asian Americans,” she said.

Restoring the home – and the legacy – of Nettie Asberry

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World as Collage: Arts Calendar August 11-17

arts calendar los angelesFantasy video collage, esoteric world building, the unrealness of reality, intentional futures, avant-garde feminist and history-minded community film festivals, visualized sound-based sculptures, an arts party in Crenshaw, a gallery’s unconventional materials challenge, photography benefiting sex workers, comedy benefiting reproductive justice, dance about war and modern folklore, yoga in community, photography elevating the daily commute.

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Steven Arnold at Fahey/Klein

Thursday, August 11

Steven Arnold: Theophanies at Fahey/Klein Gallery. Arnold’s work engages themes of spirituality and sexuality, often with great humor, while referencing traditional world religious iconographies and philosophies. Through his tableau photographs, films, sculptures, and drawings, Arnold explored myth and mystery, androgyny and beauty, humor and artifice, life and mortality through intricate black and white photographs depicting reimagined gods, goddesses, spirit guides and archetypes. 148 N. La Brea; Hollywood; Opening reception: Thursday, 7-9pm; On view through September 24; free;

Jimmy Edgar at Vellum LA

Jimmy Edgar: Oxygen at Vellum LA. In a continuation of the artist’s exploration into metaphysical (and literal) phases of matter, while playing with immateriality in the digital domain, Oxygen comprises 13 new works exploring the portrayal of ideas as evaporated forms of physical creations, and how they might materialize into reality. Through a metaphysical process that Jimmy coins “digital condensation,” the imagination solidifies as literal objects, addressing the inner workings of the creative mind and how ideas move organically from abstract to tangible. 7673 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood; Opening reception: Thursday, August 11, 7-9pm; On view through September 11; free;

Zwelethu Machepha in Art Genesis

Friday, August 12

Art LeadHer presents Art Genesis: The Beginning of Legacy. Original works from 11 global artists committed to advancing Black culture. These emerging artists hail from countries such as Canada, Congo, Ghana, Jamaica, Nigeria, and the U.S. For this installation, Art LeadHer’s founder and curator Mashonda Tifrere not only sought to bring together a diverse group of emerging artists, but those employed their various mediums in innovative ways to express their personal beliefs, needs, and visions. 3118 W. Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake; Opening day: Friday, August 12, noon-6pm; On view through August 19; free;

Street Art Alive at the Lume

Creative Dating Singles Mixer in Street Art Alive at The Lume. Dating apps are terrible and bars are sketchy but folks crave attention, affection, flirtation, companionship, conversation. One of the more offbeat events in the series of activations at the dazzling bright lights, big colors immersive show Street Art Alive (they’ve done poetry, dance, and music) this time they’re hosting a singles night — a rather genius idea actually, where potential matches are pre-self-selected as being art lovers and there’s no shortage of ice breaker material in the form of the vivid environment itself. 1933 S. Broadway, downtown; Friday, August 12, 5-7:30pm; Tickets: $35;

Les Femmes Underground Film Festival

Saturday, August 13

Les Femmes Underground International Film Festival at the Aero Theater. Centered on the subversive, unique, and innovative, LEFUFF showcases artists redefining how womxn are represented in mainstream cinema​ via the underground world of feminist inter-sectional art, music, and celluloid fantasies. Featuring films from over 30 different countries ranging in genres from documentary to experimental, narrative, horror, female sexuality, and psychotropic, the programing digs into the esoteric realms, of witchcraft and feminism as a way to impart equality, independence, and empowerment. 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica; Saturday, August 13, 1-6pm; $15;

Acoustic sculpture by Michael Brewster

Within Sound: The Acoustic Sculptures of Michael Brewster at Mt. Wilson Observatory. An immersive auditory experience conceived by the late Southern California-based artist, Michael Brewster who designed and manipulated sound waves in architectural spaces to engage listeners within auditory fields. Brewster’s works — as much about science as they are about art — have been expertly adapted for the space inside the site’s famous 100-inch Dome. There are two ways to experience this art — a performance of the works along with a lecture and reception, or a performance combined with observing through the historic 100-inch telescope. Mt. Wilson Rd., Angeles National Forest; Saturday-Sunday, August 13-14, 3pm, 6pm, 7:30pm (Saturday only); $50-$100;

Jerry Peña at Le Maximum

Jerry Peña: You Ain’t Gotta Lie to Kick It at Le Maximum. Peña creates artworks that are grounded in the visual and material realities of life in Los Angeles. The objects he assembles — a worn pair of checkered Vans, a work glove, crushed beer cans, broken hubcaps, smashed car windshields — invoke habits of making, scavenging, breaking, and fixing common to the working class Mexican American neighborhoods of Southeast Los Angeles where he was raised, summoned as distinctive sources of grit and beauty. 2525 Lincoln Blvd., Venice: Opening reception: Saturday, August 13, 6-10pm; On view through September 18; free;

Venice Heritage Museum Film Festival (Outdoor). The VHM team has curated a selection of short films celebrating the city’s historic, artistic, and cultural legacy in partnership with Venice Arts, UCLA Film & Television Archive, Venice Institute of Contemporary Art, and Herman Paramount Pathe News. Select clips from the recently launched VHM Oral History Project, featuring Joan Huff (a descendent of one of the first African-American families of Venice) and Boardwalk icon Harry Perry, will be screened in partnership with Why Not Coco? Productions. The evening is a celebration of Venice history and culture told through short form film, plus food and local vendors, to benefit the museum’s projects. Vice Media, 589 Venice Blvd., Venice; Saturday, August 13, 7-10pm; $20;

Getty 25 Community Arts Festival: Crenshaw (Outdoor). The Getty’s series of free, outdoor community art festivals across Los Angeles this summer in celebration of the Getty Center’s 25th anniversary continues, with a weekend in the Crenshaw district. Immerse yourself in the rich culture, art, and history of L.A.’s Black arts district at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza with Crenshaw Creative. Hear stories of elders, participate in hands-on workshops, and discover a rapidly growing community of artists, artisans, educators, and performers. Plus, enjoy food vendors, photo booths, giveaways, and an immersive digital experience of Getty collections. Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza; 3650 W. Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.; Crenshaw; Saturday-Sunday, August 13-14, 11am-6pm; free;

Carol Milne at bG Gallery

Outside The Box 3 – Artworks with unusual mediums, at bG Gallery. A whimsical and unique group exhibition showcasing unconventional and unexpected approaches to materials and techniques, including glass, thread, metal, text, toys, candy, concrete, sound, light, shadow, wood, paper, paint, found objects, and more. Curated by artist Joella March and featuring work by Stephen Anderson, Michelle Kingdom, Olga Skorokhod, Carol Milne, Dan Levin, Steven Roberts, Cindy Chinn, March herself, Danny Kaplan, Alexandra Dillon, Carol Powell, Gary Raymond, YaYa Chou, Meghan Willis, Suzanne Walsh, and Tm Gratkowski. Bergamot Station Art Center, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica; Opening reception: Saturday, August 13, 6-9pm; On view through September 5; free;

Elizabeth Waterman: Moneygame at Art Bar LA

Sunday, August 14

Elizabeth Waterman: Moneygame: The Show at ArtBarLA. Over a period of five years, Los Angeles-based fine-art photographer Elizabeth Waterman spent her Saturday nights in clubs in five U.S. cities, photographing and building a rapport with the strippers and exotic dancers who make their livelihood there. Waterman celebrates her subjects’ humanity and commitment to mastering their art in service of larger life goals; and for the closing reception of her exhibition of prints from the book, a dance performance and Q&A about the stripper strike in NoHo, which is now in its fourth month (and to which cause a portion of exhibition sales has been donated). 12017 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista; Closing reception: Sunday, August 14, 2-4pm; free;

Heidi Duckler Dance

Truth or Consequences: Second Nature at Heidi Duckler Dance. A unification of film, dance, music, and conversation that delves into the significance of Slavic cultural stories and experiences, the salon will include a full screening of HDD’s newest dance film series, “Counterintelligence: The Story of Sister Alyonushka and Brother Ivanushka,” a contemporary reimagining of the Russian folktale told in a cheeky telenovela style. The characters are brought to life through a live dance performance of the story’s epilogue, and Artistic Director Heidi Duckler will speak on an expert panel about topics relating to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Bendix Building, 1206 Maple; downtown; Sunday, August 14, 7-9pm; $15-$40;

Teen Daze

Monday, August 15

NeueHouse x Hello Mcflyy Open featuring Teen Daze at NeueHouse Hollywood. A night of mindful practice and music with artist Teen Daze and Open teacher, neuroscientist Tara Zinnamon, as they co-create a journey through the senses to immerse and ground you in the present moment to elevate your state. After the practice, connect with community over food, drinks, and a DJ set by Martina Mcflyy, the curator of this evening of nightlife with intention. 6121 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood; Monday, August 15, 7pm; $35;

Tuesday, August 16

Sister Groundling: My Comedy, My Choice at The Groundlings. Sister Groundings believe a person should have the right to choose when it comes to reproductive health care and everything else too. For this special one night only “aiding and abetting” fundraising show, the fired-up women of improv comedy donate 100% of proceeds to Planned Parenthood. Stay for a post show party with drinks, food, and solidarity. 7307 Melrose Ave., WeHo; Tuesday, August 16, 8pm; $50;

traci kato-kiriyama

Wednesday, August 17

ONE Archives Foundation and Queer Biennial present Hand in Hand featuring traci kato-kiriyama and Imani Tolliver (Virtual). Hand in Hand will feature readings from new works by kato-kiriyama and Tolliver, followed by an exchange between the two authors exploring themes such as intimacy, solidarity, and resonance over their creative practices, bringing together two award-winning artists, poets, and friends. Wednesday, August 17, 5pm; free;

Casey Kauffmann & John de Leon Martin at Human Resources, installation view (Photo by Shana Nys Dambrot)


Casey Kauffmann & John de Leon Martin at Human Resources. A two person show of painting, drawing, video, and sculpture by artists who each in their way — one extremely analog and the other obsessively screen-based — pursue a maximalist fascination with pleasure and suffering. Both Martin and Kauffmann take on the dual roles of critic and fan, investigating media consumption as an interpersonal act. While Kauffmann’s digital video collages utilize images from reality television and other limitless online resources to examine culture’s relationship with the feminine, Martin’s paintings and drawings, largely inspired by his love of Dungeons and Dragons, employ fantasy tropes to create sites of queer possibility and pain. In his work for this show Martin utilizes fairies, preternatural beings which are a part of nature but mysterious to society at large, as a metonym for being gay. Kauffmann’s drawing practice functions as an inquiry into the representation of femme emotion and hysteria in both art history and popular culture. The landscapes of California, both emotional and actual, also loom large in both artists’ work; but perhaps the greatest commonality between Martin and Kauffmann is that they are both collagists, constantly mining from the media and experiences they love. 410 Cottage Home St., Chinatown: On view through August 20; free;

Dennis Keeley at Palos Verdes Art Center


Dennis Keeley: A Survey of the Quotidian Landscape at Palos Verdes Art Center. A new exhibition of photographs by Keeley explores what is perhaps the most universal experience in greater Los Angeles — driving on the freeway — but speaking to a counterintuitive sense of meditative curiosity and poetic appreciation that is not at all how most people feel when they’re in traffic. Captured through car windows, at a standstill and at speed, these frames chronicle the repetition of a commuter’s route, celebrating its daily variations of weather, mood, fellow vehicles, their fleeting passengers, and the artist’s own state of mind. Each of the atmospheric urban views is paired with a snippet of prose that expresses in myriad ways the old adage — the journey is the destination. 5504 Crestridge Rd., Palos Verdes; On view through August 27, closing reception 2-4pm; free;

Dennis Keeley at Palos Verdes Art Center

Dennis Keeley at Palos Verdes Art Center

Dennis Keeley at Palos Verdes Art Center

Dennis Keeley at Palos Verdes Art Center

Dennis Keeley at Palos Verdes Art Center

Dennis Keeley at Palos Verdes Art Center

Dennis Keeley at Palos Verdes Art Center

Dennis Keeley at Palos Verdes Art Center

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Artist Talk: LaToya Hobbs, August 18

Thursday, August 18, 6:30 p.m.

Figge Art Museum, 225 West Second Street, Davenport IA

A Baltimore-based talent renowned for her large-scale portraits of Black women will be the showcased guest in an August 18 Artist Talk at Davenport’s Figge Art Museum, with LaToya Hobbs discussing her works including The Everyday, a portrait acquired for the venue’s permanent collection earlier this year.

An artist, wife, and mother of two from Little Rock, Arkansas, Hobbs received her BA in Painting from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and MFA in Printmaking from Purdue University. Her work deals with figurative imagery that addresses the ideas of beauty, cultural identity, and womanhood as they relate to women of the African Diaspora, and Hobbs creates fluid and symbiotic relationships between her printmaking and painting practice, producing works that are marked by texture, color and bold patterns. Her exhibition record includes several national and international exhibits in locations such as the National Art Gallery of Namibia in Windhoek; the Prizm Art Fair in Miami, Florida; the Community Folk Arts Center in Syracuse, New York; the Woman Made Gallery in Chicago; and the Sophia Wananmaker Galleries in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Hobbs’ work has been featured in Transition: An International Review, a publication of the W.E.B. Dubois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University, and is also housed in private and public collections such as the Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African American Art, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, the National Art Gallery of Namibia, the Getty Research Institute, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Other notable accomplishments include a 2019 Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council; a 2019 Artist Travel Grant awarded by the Municipal Art Society of Baltimore; a 2020 Artist in Residence award at the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans; and receiving the 2020 Jane and Walter Sondhiem Artscape Prize. Additionally, Hobbs devotes her time to teaching and inspiring young artists as a professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and she is a founding member of Black Women of Print, a collective whose vision is to make visible the narratives and works of Black women printmakers past, present, and future.

In her Web site’s artist statement at, she says, “As a painter and printmaker, I use figurative imagery to facilitate an ongoing dialogue about the Black female body in the hope of showcasing a more balanced perception of our womanhood, one that dismantles prevailing stereotypes. Through portraiture I explore the themes of beauty, spirituality, motherhood and sisterhood. My practice incorporates the production of mixed-media works that seamlessly marry traditional painting and relief printmaking techniques on a single surface. Through these explorations the print matrix functions as an art object rather than mere production tool. These hybrid works employ the use of pattern, color, and texture to provide a visceral experience that is both universal and specific.”

The Artist Talk with LaToya Hobbs will take place in the Quad City Bank & Trust Grand Lobby on August 18, admission to the 6:30 p.m. event is free, and more information is available by calling (563)326-7804 and visiting

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