Actor Joe Morton, known for roles like Eli Pope, Olivia Pope’s father, in ABC’s Scandal, has joined forces with celebrity acting coach and producer Tracey Moore for Crackle TV’s brand new series, Inside the Black Box. The two serve as co-hosts of the 10-episode series, which premiered exclusively on Crackle on Feb. 17.
Here’s an official description of the series:
A new spin on an interactive interview show, Inside the Black Box spotlights the world’s greatest artists of color, from actors to producers to directors, writers, and musicians, and reflects on how one’s complexion impacted their journey to success in the entertainment industry. Hosted by Moore and Morton, each 60-minute episode is filled with an audience of young artists clamoring to learn as much as they can from incredible A-list guests. The episodes are filled with life lessons, history, exciting performance exercises, and honest discussions about the role race plays in the entertainment industry.
Talent interviewed on 'Inside the Black Box' include:
Actress Phylicia Rashad (This Is Us, Soul, Creed), actress Raven-Symoné (That’s So Raven, Raven’s Home), actor Marc John Jefferies (Blue Bloods, City on a Hill, The Haunted Mansion), actor Da’Vinchi (All American, BMF, Thoughts of a Colored Man), actor Dyllón Burnside (Pose, American Horror Stories, Thoughts of a Colored Man), actor Norm Lewis (Da 5 Bloods, Scandal), actor Omar J. Dorsey (Queen Sugar, Halloween), actress Tonya Pinkins (Red Pill, All My Children), actor Tobias Truvillion (Empire), actress Chyna Layne (She’s Gotta Have It, TheFirst Purge), Justiin A. Davis (Boardwalk Empire, The Politician), actor and executive producer Markuann Smith (Godfather of Harlem), director Darnell Martin (I Like It Like That, Cadillac Records, Outer Banks), director Salli Richardson-Whitfield (Dear White People, The Gilded Age), VP, Casting at Disney Television Studios Kim Williams (Traces, The Boondocks), and casting director and producer Leah Daniels Butler (Coming 2 America, Precious, Our Kind Of People).
Joe Morton and Tracey Moore are excited to be part of the series
In a statement, Morton said, “Inside The Black Box is a space that reigns with pride; a safe haven where artists of color can learn from their ancestry, exchange ideas, celebrate their history, and grow, within the here and now.”
Moore added, “Inside the Black Box is a platform for an honest conversation of the Black experience in Hollywood and to let these stories unfold in a manner never seen before in the mainstream media world. As a Celebrity Acting Coach, I am excited to showcase the talent of a variety of actors that shine. In understanding the challenges and the obstacles that continued to occur in the industry, I want us to focus on better solutions and opportunities.”
Inside the Black Box joins The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, Mama Flora’s Family, and Having Our Say: The Delaney Sisters First 100 Years in Crackle’s The Black Entertainment Channel.
Watch the the first episode below, as well as a clip featuring Da'Vinchi and Dyllón Burnside. The full series is streaming on Crackle