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278 - Juneteenth/Pride Month/Father's Day Special - Author And Actor Chris Haley

This and all other episodes of the MAKE IT podcast are brought to you in partnership with Women in Film and Television as part of the Voice of the Filmmaker Program. Please help us keep the conversation going.

MAKE IT Podcast, Chris Haley

In this special Juneteenth, Pride Month, and Father’s Day episode, we have a conversation with Author & Actor Chris Haley. We talk about his #1 Amazon Best-Selling book of poetry, ‘Fists & Rainbows: With One Fist In The Air and Holla!’, the current state of American society and fairness, how he defends his uncle Alex Haley’s legacy, reparations, how he manages his anxiety, tips on how to audition and remember lines, and how self-sabotage and self-doubt cost him work with Wayne Brady.

About Chris Haley

As Director of both the Study of the Legacy of Slavery in Maryland at the Maryland State Archives Research Department and the Utopia Film Festival in Greenbelt, Maryland, Mr. Haley has served on many prestigious boards in the world of African American genealogy as well as in the Arts. They include the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation, Historic London Town Foundation, Jake Savage Foundation, Annapolis Arts Alliance Foundation and the Annapolis Film Festival among others.

​Chris is well respected as a speaker at numerous venues throughout the United States where he has spoken on themes such as African American history, self-empowerment and genealogy.

​He earned his B.A in English, and Drama minor at The University of Maryland - College Park, and resides in Landover, Maryland.


Fists and Rainbows is art and revolution responding to a moment in our culture that demands we hear the call of Toni Morrison that we use this moment to create and inspire; Fists and Rainbows does both!


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