WINNER: Film Independent Spirit Award, Gracie Award, African American Film Critics Association Award (AAFCA), 15th Television Academy Honors
The four-part documentary series, by multiple Emmy® winner Geeta Gandbhir and award-winning documentarian, journalist, author and activist Soledad O’Brien, follows sisters-in-law and Black and Missing Foundation founders Derrica and Natalie Wilson as they fight an uphill battle to bring awareness to the Black missing persons cases that are marginalized by law enforcement and national media.
Haunted by these stories of vanished loved ones and driven by the need for attention and assistance for these forgotten women, former law enforcement officer Derrica and public relations expert Natalie operate a grassroots organization that raises awareness in communities, alerts media outlets to the plight of thousands of women and children and urges police departments to allocate more resources to this scourge. Cases of missing Black people remain unresolved four times longer than those of white people. Black And Missing pulls back the curtain to explore how systemic behaviors and attitudes stem from centuries of deeply rooted racism. The series also exposes the stark disparity in the media coverage of white and black missing persons.
We still need your help finding some of the missing persons featured in the documentary, including the following:
Akia Shawnta Eggleston was last seen on May 3, 2017, in the Inner Harbor area of Baltimore City, Maryland. She was eight months pregnant when she disappeared and was reported missing on May 7, 2017, when she did not show up for her baby shower. Akia has not been seen or heard from since that time.
On September 26, 2016, Keeshae Jacobs, then 21, visited a friend’s house near Chimborazo Park on Church Hill. She wrote to her mother saying that she made it safely and that she would see her tomorrow.
Relisha Rudd was just 8 years old when she disappeared from the D.C. homeless shelter where she lived with her family. She was last seen March 1, 2014 at a Northeast D.C. motel with Khalil Tatum, a janitor at the shelter. Police found Tatum’s body on March 31, 2014 in a shed, dead of apparent suicide.
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