In today's ever-evolving conflicted and tormented world, so much of what we see and hear is downright fake: fake news, photos that are airbrushed and retouched; women who metamorphosize themselves into plastic and frozen beings (from fake boob implants and enhanced butt implants, to surgerized faces that scream-out "fake face". Even newspaper and magazine articles - both print and online - have been heavily edited before we have had the opportunity to read the original articles.
As human beings, we have been bubblized into a society that is becoming increasingly fake and artificial, a reality that leads to the obvious question: What's real anymore, and what's not?
When Harlem producer/director Greg Holtz e-mailed me the below iphone-recorded interview, I certainly could have gone in and quickly sliced it to a smoother, tighter .mp3. I could have eliminated/deleted Greg's pauses and stumbles (when he was thinking-out his responses), as he frequently speaks in measured words. For sure, I could have altered the authenticity of his thought process, along with the pacing of his phrasing.
I COULD have; but I did not. The absolute necessity to retain the real-life quality of Greg's message was all-important to me, at times an underlying message for understanding and tolerance that was difficult for him to deliver.
Trust me, what you are about to listen to is an absolutely fascinating, raw, unedited 30-minute interview with Greg Holtz discussing race in America - Blacks & Colorism - from his perspective as an African American male born in 1955. Do take the time to listen to his words - ALL his words - words that are always well-thought out. Greg does not hold back: the truth of what Greg has to say about growing up Black in America will give you the chills. It is my sincere hope that everyone in America - from Blacks to Whites and those in between - obtain the opportunity to listen to this interview to gain insight about the reality of Black life in the United States.