All American Homecoming Season 2 Bosses on Poignant Bomb Threat Episode
All American Homecoming Season 2: In the most recent episode of All American Homecoming Season 2, chaos reigned at Bringston University due to a severe issue.
In the office of Amara Patterson (Kelly Jenrette), Cam Watkins (Mitchell Edwards) answers the phone to a person who claims to have bombs and wants to blow up the school. After receiving the call, authorities immediately placed the campus on lockdown and began their investigation.
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While Damon Sims (Peyton Alex Smith) and Jessie Raymond, Jr. (Sylvester Powell) deal with their tough family situation, Simone Hicks (Geffri Maya) and others at the tennis court enjoy both goofy fun and difficult chats.
Cam is shaken up by the authorities interrogation, but Simone forms a bond with another athlete Orlando “Lando” Johnson (Martin Bobb-Semple). Finally, a suspect has apprehended with a second bomb mere blocks from Bringston, and an explosive device is discovered on the campus of another HBCU. Even though the crisis has been resolved, folks on campus and their loved ones are still feeling the effects.
We talked to Nkechi Okoro Carroll and Marqui Jackson, the showrunners of All American Homecoming Season 2, about their goals for the episode, Simone’s blossoming romance, and what’s to come.
Nkechi Okoro Carroll said, Our HBCU community has been receiving a considerable amount of bomb threats, and I, personally, was extremely frustrated with how little attention and reporting it was getting, so this is something Marqui and I have talked about since season 1. Even amongst community members, there was a level of ignorance of the situation’s persistence.
We take great pride in the fact that All American Homecoming Season 2 provides an authentic portrayal through the lens of our Black community, and as such, we felt we were in a special position to tackle a story like this in order to spark a conversation about something that is actually happening and hopefully provide a blueprint—albeit not the only blueprint—for how our youth can go through their own processes and take positive steps forward.
The episode has a lot going on. Black students talk of resilience, depiction of distrust in law enforcement, and release of pent-up energy in a joyful game of dodgeball. Using the characters, what did you hope to convey about the bomb threat?
According to Marqui Jackson, it’s so natural that it’s scary. When you think about All American Homecoming Season 2, it lends itself to certain conversations. For some time now, historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have been the target of bomb threats, but people of colour have been experiencing trauma for centuries.
In light of how frequently such events occur in our communities, we felt it was important to have this conversation. When we take a step back and examine the world around us, I believe we get numb to the many wrongs that affect us. We were hoping to get a sense of what it’s like to be there. We aimed to maintain the integrity of their voices while drawing from and merging our own experiences as people of colour in the United States.
To what extent did you discuss the episode with the actors who appeared in it? How was the experience of filming it?
N.O.C. said, May God bless the actors. They had thought of everything and were fully aware of the gravity of the task at hand. They were just as dedicated as we were to getting it right and accurately portraying the struggles of the HBCU community.
As soon as I saw Kelly Jenrette, I felt like crying. Their acting was superb, especially Mitchell Edwards’ in these two episodes. He has been fantastic all season long, but especially in the last two episodes. Many times we simply sat in silence, in amazement at the work that was being done.
MJ: I informed Mitchell that Cam is really important and a central figure in these two episodes. The success of Episode 5 depends on the quality of Episode 4. I let him know that Cam’s account to the FBI agent of what transpired on the phone is a tamer version of the truth. In reality, he is exposed to considerably more vicious language. There will still be a trace of the unique viewpoint that only Cam possesses and will continue to carry into the fifth episode. Because he believes Bringston to be his oasis, Cam travels here.
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Amara is burdened by the weight of duty to her charges. What does this mean for her larger narrative as the new president of Bringston University?
NOC: Amara fought so hard in the first season for what she believed was right for the soul of Bringston, but she’s learning that being a leader means answering to trustees and taking into account the needs of every student.
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