NPT’s Art/Activism/East Lake Meadows

May 13, 2020
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Nashville Public Television will host an online discussion about the role of the artist and activist in the African American community, using East Lake Meadows: A Public Housing Story as a starting point.

East Lake Meadows filmmaker David McMahon will join a trio of Nashvillians: musician/poet Rashad Rayford; muralist and educator doughjoe; and local housing advocate Odessa Kelly, executive director of Stand Up Nashville for a discussion about Nashville’s own history and artistic responses to issues of housing today.

Participants will be able to share comments and ask questions during the screening.

Ken Burns Presents EAST LAKE MEADOWS: A Public Housing Story is a production of

Florentine Films and WETA Washington, D. C. Executive Producer is Ken Burns. Producers and directors are Sarah Burns and David McMahon.

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Video Descriptions

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NPT start screener


ELM OVEE intro art and acitivism



Panelist introductions.

East Lake Meadows WETA Clips Reel - Unlisted

ELM Art and Act Panel

East Lake Meadows panelist about art and activism in Nashville.

ELM AA Thanks and Closer

80 minutes


  • Rosemary

    Community Engagement Manager Nashville Public Television


  • David McMahon

    David McMahon has been making award-winning documentary films for more than a decade. In 2010, along with Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, he wrote and produced The Tenth Inning, a two-part, four-hour update to their Emmy Award-winning series, Baseball. With Ken Burns and Sarah Burns, he wrote, produced and directed The Central Park Five, a two-hour film about the five teenagers who were wrongly convicted in the Central Park Jogger case of 1989, which won a Peabody Award and Best Non-Fiction Film of 2012 from The New York Film Critics Circle. In 2016 he teamed with Ken Burns and Sarah Burns again to produce and direct Jackie Robinson, a two-part, four-hour biography of the baseball and civil rights icon, for which he and Sarah Burns received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Writing for a Nonfiction Program and won a WGA Award for Documentary Script. He recently completed East Lake Meadows: A Public Housing Story, a two-hour film about a housing project in Atlanta, and is currently at work on a series on the life of Muhammad Ali.

  • Odessa Kelly

    Odessa is a native of Nashville, she works diligently to bring positive and equitable change to the Nashville community by serving as Executive Director of Stand Up Nashville, a coalition of community-based organizations and labor unions that represent the working people of Nashville who have seen our city transformed by development, but have not shared in the benefits of that growth. She also served as Nashville Organized for action and Hope (NOAH), Economic Equity & Jobs Task Force chair. She believes that Nashville has the potential to achieve a progressive paradigm shift. A cultural shift in how a traditional southern city becomes a leader in the progressive movement across the country. Odessa built most of her career in the public sector being a civil servant for Parks & Recreation for 14 years, leading at Napier Community Center. Odessa attended Stratford High School and upon graduation in 2000 she went to Tennessee State University where she received her degree in Business Administration. Odessa also holds a Masters degree in Public Service from Columbia University.

  • doughjoe

    doughjoe is a founding member of Norf Art Collective a team of creative artists working to impact the North Nashville community as well as Metropolitan Nashville through the arts. Through mural projects, art exhibitions, and social events, Norf members address social issues as well as the unique and historical aspects of various neighborhoods. As an advocate for the North Nashville community, doughjoe is a member of a team that organized the Jefferson Street Community Health Fair and the monthly Jefferson Street Art Crawl. doughjoe has also engaged students of all ages in understanding the cultural relevance of Nashville’s historically black neighborhoods. In addition to his communal work, doughjoe also channels his creative energy into his studio practice where he explores multiple mediums and ideas.

  • Rashad Rayford

    Rashad thaPoet Rayford has been hailed as one of the most consistent artist in Nashville. He has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, NPR, The Huffington Post, The Tennessean and the Nashville Scene among others. Rashad's company Elevate Your Vibe,LLC is a non traditional speaking company that blends spoken word poetry, inspirational speaking and business talk to help companies tell more concise stories. Rashad has taken that same drive and attention to detail that he used as a poet and become one of the most sought after speakers in the market. He has the innate ability to transform any crowd in any industry and Elevate their vibe through his wordplay and high energy talks. His goal is to leave people more inspired and more in tune with their own stories and their own authentic voice. His new book Elevate Your Vibe: Ten Ways To Grow You is a self development book that gives the reader ten practical ways to Elevate to their highest self. Rashad is The MOTH story hour Nashville GRANDslam champion.

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