A production of NEWorks Productions presented by the Executive Office of the Mayor of the District of Columbia | Produced & Directed by Nolan Williams, Jr. | Release date: Friday, April 16, 2021
This one-hour documentary chronicles the long and complicated journey towards Washington, District of Columbia becoming our 51st state, Douglass Commonwealth. To date, "Becoming Douglass Commonwealth' has aired in five CBS markets and on DCTV.
**Winner of 2022 Telly Awards Gold Prize for Best Television Documentary
*Winner of 2022 Telly Awards Silver Prizes for Best Television News Feature, Direction, Writing, Editing, Political/Commentary, and Government Relations
Produced, directed and written by Nolan Williams, Jr.
Hosted by Andrea Roane and Bruce Johnson
Narrated by Ralph Wesley
· José Andrés, Chef/Restauranteur
· Chris Myers Asch, Visiting Instructor, History, Colby College; Co-Author of Chocolate City
· Denise Rolark Barnes, Publisher, The Washington Informer
· The Honorable Muriel Bowser, Mayor of Washington, D.C. (2015 to present)
· Rep. James Clyburn, D-SC 6th District
· Robert J. Contee, III, Acting Chief, Metropolitan Police Department
· Linda Cropp, Former Chairwoman, Council of the District of Columbia
· John J. DeGioia, President, Georgetown University
· C.R. Gibbs, Historian
· The Honorable Vincent Gray, Mayor of Washington, D.C. (2011-2015)
· The Honorable Eric Holder, Jr., Former Attorney General of the United States
· Jamal Holtz, Co-founder, Statehood 51 for 51
· Harry Holzer, John LaFarge Professor of Public Policy, Georgetown University and Nonresident Senior Fellow-Economic Studies, Brookings Institution
· Rep. Steny Hoyer, House Majority Leader, D-MD 5th District
· Ted Leonsis, founder, Chairman, and CEO of Monumental Sports & Entertainment
· Jane Levey, Historian, DC History Center
· Ezra Levin, Co-founder, Indivisible
· William P. Lightfoot, Former Member, Council of the District of Columbia
· Abbe Lowell, D.C. statehood advocate
· Gregory McCarthy, Trustee, Federal City Council; SVP, Washington Nationals Baseball Club
· Phil Mendelson, Chairman, Council of the District of Columbia
· George Derek Musgrove, Professor of History, University of Maryland, Baltimore; Co-Author of Chocolate City
· Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton D-DC
· Philip Pannell, DC statehood advocate
· Robert Patterson, Professor of African American Studies, Georgetown University
· Beverly Perry, Senior Advisor to the Mayor
· The Honorable Sharon Pratt, Mayor of Washington, DC. (1991-1995)
· Rep. Jaime Raskin, D-MD 8th District
· Paul Strauss, U.S. Shadow Senator, D.C. (1997 to present)
· George Vradenburg, Vice President, AOL and AOL Time Warner (retired)
· The Honorable Anthony A. Williams, Mayor of Washington, D.C. (1999-2007)
A Star-studded Voting Rights Anthem by Nolan Williams, Jr. | 2021 Telly Awards Bronze Prize Winner for Best Social Impact Video | Over 1.3 million views
This 38-minute documentary is a brief introduction to the music, themes and history of GRACE, centered around a gathering of friends convened by Sheila C. Johnson, Chef Carla Hall and Nolan Williams, Jr.
Produced & Directed by Nolan Williams, Jr.
Produced by Dale A. Mott/Edgewood
Music Produced by NEWorks Productions
Asst. Directed by Kadesh DuBose
Edited by Kadesh DuBose and Michael D. DuBose
Filmed by Insite Media Network, Cheryl Montalvo, Myles David and Malila Smith
Photography by Marvin Joseph
Co-Hosted by Sheila C. Johnson and Chef Carla Hall
Co-Hosted & Narrated by Nolan Williams, Jr.
Appearances by Sheila C. Johnson, Michelle Maxwell, Joyce Moorehead, Lucia Riddle, Chef Michael Twitty and Dr. Tony Whitehead
Additional Appearances by Lawrence Cummings, Angie Goff, Bernard Holcomb, David Hughey, Lacretta, Jenny Mollet, Dale A. Mott, Jacqui Poole, Giardy Ritz and Virginia Woodruff
Nolan leads the cast of his new musical, GRACE, in a performance of the finale song, "When Gran'Me Cooked." The music video, with a special introduction by Celebrity Chef and GRACE culinary ambassador Carla Hall, has garnered over 100K views!
With over 1.3 million views, this two-part video series, conceived and directed by Nolan and featuring American theatre performer Kevin McAllister and inspirational artist Monique Steele Griffiths, honors the American tradition of #PeacefulTransition. Click here for more information.
Check out Nolan's first national commercial gig, appearing alongside celebrity chef Carla Hall.
Nolan is featured in the Kennedy Center series, "If These Halls Could Talk: Celebrating the Kennedy Center at 50." Check out his reflections on his more than 20 years of history producing and contributing to rich programming at the nation's performing arts center.