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Louis Gossett Jr. on Race, and Stories Hollywood Hasn’t Told Yet

Oscar and Emmy-award winning actor Louis Gossett, Jr. was in town last week to participate in Houston in Concert Against Hate. He considered the appearance a natural fit for him. He’s always had an eye toward race relations in the role’s he’s chosen to play on screen, including his Emmy-winning role in the landmark TV […]

Oscar and Emmy-award winning actor Louis Gossett, Jr. was in town last week to participate in Houston in Concert Against Hate. He considered the appearance a natural fit for him. He’s always had an eye toward race relations in the role’s he’s chosen to play on screen, including his Emmy-winning role in the landmark TV miniseries Roots, and his Academy Award-winning turn in An Officer and a Gentleman.

That approach continues to inform his thinking about projects he’s producing and directing. (He’s expected to direct a film to be shot here in Texas called Cottonwood, about dust bowl era families brought together amid racial injustice). He’s also the founder and President of The Eracism Foundation.

Craig Cohen talks with Gossett about his foundation’s work, his views on race, and some of the stories he says Hollywood hasn’t gotten around to telling yet.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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