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DENNIS ANYONE? with Dennis Hensley

Welcome to Dennis Anyone, a podcast about making things up and making things happen. I love to talk to creative types about what they do and how they do it. Hope you enjoy my conversations as much as I do. - Dennis H.

Jun 29, 2017

Dennis visits the West Hollywood apartment of Diarra Kilpatrick and Miles Orion Feldsett about their new webseries on "American Koko," about a Law & Order-esque team of bad-asses who solve racial problems big and small. They talk about the various roles they played in the production--acting, writing, producing, props--and how the series came to be executive produced Viola Davis and her husband Julius Tennon's production company. Diarra recalls the joy of shooting the "Angry Black Women" support group scenes that occur throughout the series and the theme that trauma can be passed down through generations. They share stories from the set about love scenes, profanity, "slavery flashes" and what it's like to conceive a show in the Obama era and shoot it in the Trump era. They talk about being one of the first interracial couples to be featured on and the avalanche of comments that followed. Other topics include: how they met, Diarra's Amazon pilot "The Climb," shooting in Detroit, finally getting health insurance, getting inspired by "All in the Family," magic mushrooms, horrible jobs, disaster dating and of course, Oprah.