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Just in time for Black History Month, THEY’VE GOTTA HAVE US is a timely look at the impact of art, activism and race on Black Cinema featuring in-depth interviews with some of Hollywood’s most iconic voices, including Harry Belafonte, Diahann Carroll, John Singleton, Robert Townsend, David Oyelowo, John Boyega, Kasi Lemmons, Barry Jenkins, and many more! In the wake of the recent Oscar nominations and the resurrection of #OscarsSoWhite, THEY’VE GOTTA HAVE US is more relevant now more than ever. 

Portrait Picture of John Singleton (2018) taken by Simon Frederick

THEY’VE GOTTA HAVE US was conceived, produced and directed by Simon Frederick, a UK-based self-taught artist, photographer, filmmaker and broadcaster. THEY’VE GOTTA HAVE US was acquired by Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY Releasing as the company’s first series acquisition.  ARRAY will premiere the docu-series on Netflix on February 5, 2020. ARRAY President Tilane Jones said in a statement, “As a company whose mission is to amplify voices of people of color, They’ve Gotta Have Us speaks directly to our highest ideas of inclusion, cultural context, and community. Not only are we introducing an exciting artist like Simon Frederick to a new audience, but his project shares the stories of Black Cinema’s most influential filmmakers and actors.”

Self Portrait of filmmaker Simon Frederick

Culturally Obsessed and MUSE TV sat down with Simon to discuss his new docu-series at the Array headquarters. Watch the interview below:


The rise of black actors as they have gone from being the backdrop to calling the shots. This is the inside story of the turning points of black life on both sides of the lens, from Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte, to the present day.


Founded in 2010 by Ava DuVernay, ARRAY is a film collective dedicated to the amplification of images by people of color and women directors. Now in its tenth year, ARRAY Releasing focuses on grass-roots distribution of feature narrative and documentary work by varied voices. For more information, visit



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