The Harlem Renaissance started with a riot in the 1920s and ended with a riot in 1934. In the pilot are the embers of WWI that relight the fire for post-war black America. It’s the red summer of 1919 and we’re invited into the worlds of both 18-year old Josephine Scott in Birmingham, Alabama and her 30-year old uncle Chester in Harlem, New York. Lynching is rampant across the Southern states while violence is boiling over in cities like Chicago, DC, and New York. Josephine tries to plot her escape to Harlem to live with Chester who encourages her restlessness with his letters of the promised land brewing on Jungle Alley. Meanwhile Chester wrestles with the reality of the struggle of living in the city while trying to survive on his musical talent with his band throwing rent parties. And an underground gang of teenage boys appear to start trouble in the neighborhood but plant the seeds of a restless movement of hope. As Prohibition starts to close in, the developing artistic community of Jungle Alley plot their means of keeping the liquor flowing and the music alive.
Directed by Ebony Patrice Jones (USA)