John Singleton and Cuba Gooding Jr. at Texas Southern University

Actor Cuba Gooding, Jr. and director John Singleton talked to a packed auditorium of Texas Southern University students, staff and faculty recently. Their campus presentation was about about the Fox special series: American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson.

In confirming the appearance on February 29, Fox executive Nicole A. Bernard wrote: “The series depicts how the combustible issues of racism, sexism, police corruption, and celebrity obsession led to the verdict and how the ‘trial of the century’ changed American culture- from the advent of the 24-hour-news cycle to the start of reality television. Over 20 years later, the issues of that time parallel those that America must face today and that reality will lend for a critical and dynamic discussion….This is a wonderful and important opportunity to kick off the relationship between the Fox|HBCU Media Alliance and Texas Southern University and we look forward to working together and building greater opportunities for the members of our respective communities in the future.”

Vonn Butler, a graduate student and adjunct instructor in the School of Communication learned of the  Fox program to reach out to historically black universities and took the initiative to bring it to campus.