by Carmen Van Kerckhove
…the series follows a group of musically inclined kids at Atlanta’s Westley School of Performing Arts who find a mentor in Sunny Bridges, a Westley alumnus-turned-superstar who leaves the limelight to give back to his old school.
Though one of the kids, Lil D, is loosely based on Dre’s childhood, the emcee lands his voice to Bridges. According to Dre, who created the show with co-executive producer Tom Lynch, the tandem took two years to build the series, fine tuning details from the show’s music to the character’s ethnic diversity.
“I come from the projects and [I used to] go all the way across town to school, which is in Buckhead, a prominent part of Atlanta,” said Dre at the event. “And I went to school with mayor’s kids and commissioner’s kids, so it was a mash up then. One of my best friends, he was French. Another best friend was Indian.
“So when we created the show, we didn’t want it to be just all black characters or all white characters,” he added. “We just created a world and it kind of mirrors what’s going on right now. Everybody hang out with everybody. It’s not like you just stay in your own little clique. There’s a huge Crayola box going on.”
Have any of you seen it? If so, what do you think?
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