A year-long immersion into one of Chicago's most progressive and diverse public schools, located in suburban Oak Park. Both intimate and epic, exploring America's charged state of race, culture and education today with unprecedented depth and scope.
A true achievement, as a statement on where we are with race and how critical it is to improve on every level.
The school year begins at OPRF for Grant, Tiara, Charles, Terrence and Ke'Shawn. Controversy over a Black Lives Matter assembly still reverberates as the school confronts years of racial inequities.
Stranger in a Room
Teacher Jess Stovall intervenes in Ke'Shawn's academic struggles. His mother shares her own troubled history at OPRF. Senior Kendale and junior Chanti grapple with identity. Homecoming Dance is very special for Grant.
There is No Pain That Compares to the Struggle
Kendale wrestles to become a starter, while Chanti wresles with emotional trauma. Jess takes on the principal, and senior Jada takes on a teacher. OPRF's football team has a big game and a score to settle.
There's Nothing Funny About Race!
Jada's conflict with a teacher grows more intense. Ke'Shawn's run-in threatens his grade. Grant pursues love. Terrence loves Halloween much more than school. Charles and Chanti audition for the poetry slam team.
I Don't Have To Think About Being White
White students Caroline and Brendan join the story. Jada's film draws mixed reviews. Terrence's grade hangs in the balance. Christmas lights up Kendale's home, while Ke'Shaen's family may lose theirs.
Listen to the Poem!
Jada clashes with junior Diane over her new film. Brendan recalls a racially charged basketball past. Tiara and the cheerleading squad go for the gold. Charles' poetry slam team faces an epic challenge.
Tsunami of Privilege
Jess Stovall gives her all to engage Ke'Shawn, whose situation has turned dire. Kendale fights to advance in the playoffs, while star teammate Gabe faces unexpected challenges. Terrence rebounds with his mother's help.
Nobody Can Hold You Down
Chanti discovers a devastating truth about her grandparents. Brendan's parents make him an offer he can't refuse. Caroline's anxiety exacts a heavy toll. Kendale and his team pursue their dream for the ultimate victory.
The Invisible T-Shirt
Kendale goes on a college visit, while Terrence goes to court. Tiara and her mother fall out over grades. Jess pushes the administration to adopt her teacher support program. Prom arrives and Kendale's mother loves it.
America Will Be...
It’s now or never for Tiara in chemistry. Terrence looks to the future. Caroline wrestles with perfection, while OPRF grapples with imperfect leadership. Kendale, Jada and Gabe celebrate graduation.