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Disrupt & Dismantle

Disrupt & Dismantle

  • Premiered: 
    February 21, 2021
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  • Network: BET
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Followup series to Black in America 
  • Subject Matter: Current Events
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Plot Synopsis

DISRUPT & DISMANTLE is a one-hour docuseries that follows journalist Soledad O'Brien as she tackles injustices across America affecting the Black community. From police brutality to redlining to school to prison pipeline to the infant mortality crisis fueled by systemic racism, this series takes an active and hard-edged approach to chopping away at the roots of racism, focusing on real people with real problems, looking for real action. Through reportage, verite moments, first-person interviews, and rarely seen archival photos and footage, DISRUPT & DISMANTLE offers invaluable insights as viewers tag along on O'Brien's journey. In each 60-minute episode, O'Brien identifies an issue within a particular community, then she goes out into the field and investigates. She immerses herself in the community, identifies the problems and the problematic people, then speaks truth to power. And, she continues to stir the pot until she not only gets the critical answers but also finds action items that the audience can look to put into motion in their own communities. In addition to extensive on the field interviews with O'Brien, the program features insights from activists, journalists, politicians and thought leaders.

In the series opener, "Shingle Mountain," viewers travel to Dallas, Texas where O'Brien meets a grandmother who's fighting to get a mountain of toxic shingles removed from the lot behind her house. In the process, she uncovers a widespread yet rarely-talked-about problem in Dallas, Texas: environmental racism. O'Brien investigates the city's "Southern Sector," where redlining and discriminatory zoning has segregated black and brown people and negligently subjected them to be poisoned by heavy industry. What's the fight about? Getting the city to finally remove Shingle Mountain and re-zone the lot so the industry never returns. Interviews include Former Dallas Morning News Investigative Reporter Robert Wilonsky, who broke the Shingle Mountain story, Particulate Matter Scientist Dr. Tate Barrett, President of Inclusive Communities Project Demetria McCain, Former Joppa Representative Council Kevin Felder, Executive Director of Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Jerry Hawkins Dr. Reverend Frederick Douglass Haynes III, Councilman Tennell Atkins, Environmental Activist Temeckia Derrough, Temeckia's son Roderick Randolph, Temeckia's son Leo Derrough, Former Blue Star Recycling Owner Chris Ganter, Downwinder's At Risk Evelyn Mayo, Marsha Jackson, Marsha's Daughter LaKeisha Jackson and Marsha's Granddaughter Kourtnie Holmes.

After its second episode debuted on March 28, DISRUPT & DISMANTLE moved from Sundays at 9pm ET/PT to Wednesdays at 11pm ET/PT, beginning March 3.
On Wednesday, March 21, 2021 at 11pm ET/PT, BET premiered "The Cost of Black Motherhood in Mississippi," the season finale of DISRUPT & DISMANTLE. Soledad travels to crawfish country to meet a man spending his life behind bars due to one of the most unknown and heinous miscarriages of justices: a non-unanimous jury.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Soledad O'Brien Productions