Executive producers are Dalton Delan, Cappy Mc Garr, Robert Santelli, Valerie Ervin, Rickey Minor, Bob Kaminsky, Peter Kaminsky and Mark Krantz. Geovanni Brewer is producer for Black and White TV. Air travel is generously provided by American Airlines.“In Performance at the White House” has been produced by WETA since 1978 and spans every administration since President Carter’s.The series was created to showcase the rich fabric of American culture in the setting of the nation’s most famous home.I found black people attractive, but I didn’t feel I had much in common with them.And the people in my white hipster bubble I thought I had so much in common with? But as hurt as I felt, I would eventually look back at this as the start of a journey that would change the way I saw myself.I walked down the cereal aisle in the grocery store, determined to finish my shopping list.As I skimmed my eyes across the rows of boxes, I landed on what I was looking for: a jumbo box of Rice Krispies. I turned around and saw a handsome black man waiting patiently, with a cart full of groceries and a warm smile that briefly invigorated my tired spirit after a long day of work. This encounter was nothing unusual; I frequently have similar encounters with strangers at the grocery store.The television program “Smithsonian Salutes Ray Charles: In Performance at the White House” is a production of WETA Washington, D. The “In Performance at the White House” series was created by WETA Washington, D. Funding for this program is provided by Pepsi Co; the Kovler Foundation; Tracy Richelle High and Roman Johnson; Mrs.C.; The Grammy Museum; TV One; Co Media; Mark Krantz Productions; Cappy Productions; and Black and White TV Inc. Robert Santelli is executive director of the GRAMMY Museum®. Oluwatoyin Ojora Saraki, The Wellbeing Foundation Africa; Karen and Sam Seymour; and by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Obama at the White House in honor of the legacy of iconic singer, songwriter, composer and musician Ray Charles.The evening includes performances by Yolanda Adams, Leon Bridges, Andra Day, Anthony Hamilton, Brittany Howard, Demi Lovato, Sam Moore, Jussie Smollett, The Band Perry and Usher with Rickey Minor as executive music director.The hour-long program, part of the Emmy Award-nominated “In Performance at the White House” series, is the 56th production in the series’ thirty-eight-year history.But sometimes, like when I encounter a well-dressed family man with a mutual love for certain breakfast cereals, I wonder if I am failing my people.After all, 50 years ago in many states it was still illegal for us to marry anyone who was not also black. Although race relations are still far from perfect, I acknowledge the steps toward inclusion that we’ve made.