Bet You Didn’t Know: Secrets Behind The Making Of “BeBe’s Kids”

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I’m not the only one who thinks white audiences might not have identified this movie because they didn’t understand it, an animator, Lennie Grave, said: “In my opinion, everybody in the black community knows everything about everyone else. The young know about the old, men know about women, and vice versa. Frankness is very common. But it’s a difficult world for whites to empathize with. In this film we broke a lot of barriers. We tried to create a climate of empathy instead of a climate of opinion.”

While I wouldn’t argue that all black people understand each other, I would say there’s a closeness that we share that can’t be denied; and perhaps that lack of understanding from white audiences made them virtually unable to relate to the movie.

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