Netflix has released a trailer for Roger Guenveur Smith’s one-man show RODNEY KING, which was directed by Spike Lee. If for some reason you’ve never seen the Rodney King video, you’ve probably heard the story… just never quite like this.
The film will premiere on Netflix on April 28, one day before the 25th anniversary of the acquittals of the four LAPD officers who were caught on camera beating King following a routine traffic stop. That verdict was too tough a pill to swallow for the black community, and it wasn’t long before riots broke out across the city.
Rodney King is quite timely, as our society has practically grown desensitized to videos of police brutality that have become commonplace these days thanks to camera-equipped mobile devices. King’s case was really the first time that type of violence was exposed to the media, and Lee’s film offers a fresh perspective on the incident courtesy of Guenveur Smith, who has been performing this monologue for several years, earning no shortage of critical acclaim.
This looks like a powerful piece of work from two important artists of color, so don’t miss it when it debuts on the streaming service later this month.
Jeff Sneider | Editor in Chief