In the Wake of Garner and Brown, Here's a New Kind of Parent-Child Lesson

Saatchi N.Y. Makes Moving PSA About 'The Talk' Black American Families Have to Have

Published on Dec 11, 2014

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Three parents give their sons "The Talk" in this poignant public service announcement for New York-based youth development organization Brother/Sister Sol. Not that talk, though. This is the one African-American parents have had with their teenage boys for generations -- the one about how to act during the police interactions they're statistically more likely to have. The safety guidelines, including "always be extra respectful, even if they're not," may not be intuitive, but these mothers and fathers still feel compelled to remind their kids to "get home safe." Sadly, for some, the police may be an obstacle in doing so.

The situation of the African-American families proves particularly distressing in the spot when followed by the scene of a Caucasian father-son conversation, in which dad reminds his boy to reach out to the police if he ever feels unsafe.

The message proves especially timely as Americans protest the deaths of Ferguson, Mo. native Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by a policeman, and Staten Islander Eric Garner, who died by asphyxiation at the hands of officers.

Brother/Sister Sol initially commissioned this work, out of Saatchi and Saatchi New York, as a part of its efforts to reform the New York Police Department's "Stop & Frisk" policy, which allows officers to stop and search anyone they deem suspicious of possession of something illegal.

The campaign continues on a website as well as on social media where the hashtag #TalkAboutTheTalk can be used to raise awareness and continue the conversation.

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Dec 11, 2014
Saatchi & Saatchi New York
Chief Creative Officer:
Jay Benjamin
The Brother/Sister Sol
Executive Creative Director/Director:
Peter Moore Smith
Creative Director:
Johnnie Ingram
Thalia Forbes
Chief Production Officer:
Tanya LeSieur
Director of Content:
John Doris
Director of Integrated Production:
Kedma Brown
Executive Producer:
Sheldon Levy
Interactive Designer:
Jennifer Shepard
Interactive Designer:
Chris Kline
Associated Integrated Producer:
Jeong Park
Lead Creative Technologist:
Steve Nowicki
Information Architect:
Robert Moon
Management Director:
Emily Wilcox
Aero Film
Peter Moore Smith
Executive Producer:
Lance O'Connor
Executive Producer:
Sara Eolin
Head of Production:
Marla Whittaker
Sarah Farrand
Dave Gare
1st AD:
Brad Abrams
2nd AD:
Beathanne Schebece
Production Supervisor:
Matthew Snetzko
Production Coordinator:
Albert Dobyns
Editing House:
Kyle Edit
Nate Taylor
Assistant Editor:
Jake Pippin
Executive Producer:
Eyton Gutman
Visual Effects:
Nice Shoes
Lez Rudge
Sonic Union
Audio Engineer:
Mike Marinelli

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