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Daveed Diggs + Rafael Casal star in ‘Blindspotting’ (Video + Photos)

Real life besties—Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal—are confronting gentrification, racism, police brutality and classism in the new film Blindspotting. It opens in theaters nationwide this summer on July 27.


Blindspotting follows Collin (Diggs), who must make it through his final three days of probation for a chance at a new beginning.  He and his troublemaking childhood best friend, Miles (Casal), work as movers, and when Collin witnesses a police shooting, the two men’s friendship is tested as they grapple with identity and their changed realities in the rapidly gentrifying neighborhood they grew up in.


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Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal

I got a chance to preview the film recently during the Atlanta Film Festival (AFF) where Diggs revealed that it took them nearly 10 years to complete the project. He also discussed how much of the “isms” presented in the storyline are issues we’re still dealing with today.


“I think it’s even more relevant now but the sad thing about it is that it was relevant then. That’s the greatest tragedy of the tragedies in this film. We say all the time, ‘we wish this film was nostalgic’ and ‘we wish this felt like a period piece from 10 years ago’ but it’s not,” said Diggs during my red carpet interview for my radio show, UPFRONT.


Blindspotting also features Jasmine Cephas Jones, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Ethan Embry, Kevin Carroll, Nyambi Nyambi, Wayne Knight, John Chaffin, Utkarsh Ambudkar and Janina Gavankar.


In addition to the special advanced screening, Diggs was also the recipient of the AFF’s inaugural ATLFF Innovator Award, a newly created award to recognize visionaries and those forging their own path within the film industry.

Click here to see more red carpet photos and watch the trailer below:

Ray Cornelius is one of Atlanta’s newest entertainment writers and media personalities. His arts and entertainment website, www.raycornelius.com spotlights the latest in “positive” African-American celebrity news and was established in 2012. Since that time Cornelius has covered a myriad of red carpet premieres, award shows and Atlanta-based films including Tyler Perry’s Temptation, The BronzeLens Film Festival, The Trumpet Awards, and The Steve Harvey’s Neighborhood Awards just to name a few. He has also interviewed a who’s who list of today’s top singers, actors and reality stars. With nearly 20 years of media experience, Cornelius has also worked as an associate producer for the Emmy-winning public affairs program, ATL Insider and with such award shows as The Soul Train Awards, The Trumpet Awards and BET Hip-Hop Awards.