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Judging by the trailer for Hulu’s forthcoming comedy Woke, we’re in for a trippy but potent watch. The present, which drops on Sept. 9, facilities on Black cartoonist Keef Knight (Lamorne Morris), the San Franciscan behind a well-liked cartoon titled Toast -N- Butter. Regardless of some interpretations of his creations, Keef insists that his work is not a commentary on race and chooses to “preserve it gentle.” Nonetheless, Keef positive factors a brand new outlook after a traumatizing encounter with the police – and by “new outlook,” we imply he is in a position to talk with inanimate objects that give him a actuality verify on race. As Keef begins to see the world via an altered perspective – a “woke” lens, if you’ll – he makes use of his cartoons to switch his message.
Though the speaking objects are method past the realm of chance, the premise of Woke is definitely primarily based on a real story from real-life cartoonist Keith Knight, who serves as a cocreator, cowriter, and producer on the present. In keeping with Knight, Keef’s confrontation with the police parallels an expertise he had 20 years in the past, which speaks on how incessant racial profiling is within the US. “Racism is evergreen on this nation; police brutality is evergreen,” the North Carolina-based artist informed native newspaper Indy Week. “It could be related at any time.”
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Knight – who was born and raised in Massachusetts earlier than residing in San Francisco for a lot of his early profession – drew his method into prominence within the 1990s when he launched The Okay Chronicles. The autobiographical weekly cartoon paperwork his private experiences whereas exploring themes of race, class, and politics. It is earned him a handful of awards, together with the Harvey Kurtzman Award for greatest syndicated cartoon and the Glyph Comics Award for greatest cartoon or webcomic. Knight additionally tackles present occasions and social points in his socio-political cartoon titled (Th)ink, in addition to his now-concluded strip, The Knight Life. His works have appeared in publications corresponding to The Washington Submit, San Francisco Chronicle, Ebony, and L.A. Weekly. The cartoonist’s experience even extends into the world of music as he was a member of the hip-hop collective The Marginal Prophets within the ’90s and early 2000s.
Knight is now married to German-born illustrator Kerstin Konietzka-Knight with whom he shares two younger youngsters. He maintains a agency sense of privateness in the case of his household, however they’ve appeared as characters in The Okay Chronicles and The Knight Life. Knight has additionally beforehand referred to his eldest as “The Insufferable Cuteness of Being.”