ALL ARTS, the New York Emmy-winning multimedia streaming platform dedicated to the arts, has announced Generational Anxiety.
A new talk show pairing creatives, artists and activists from different generations for compelling discussions about art, culture and society. The four-episode series, created and hosted by cultural commentator Bianca Vivion, will premiere weekly on Tuesdays beginning November 8 at 8 p.m. ET on ALL ARTS TV, the free ALL ARTS app and AllArts.org/GenerationalAnxiety.
“I created Generational Anxiety as a love letter to my generation. By bringing together iconic artists with the voices of the future, I believe we can begin to find clarity on some long debated social issues and heal some of the divisiveness that has plagued public discourse over the last few years,” said creator and host Bianca Vivion. “This is a show that invites viewers of all ages and backgrounds into a kind of social living room and says, ‘You are seen. You are heard. You are welcome here.’”
The debut episode of Generational Anxietyfeatures award-winning poet and activist Nikki Giovanni in a conversation examining the concept of love with The New Yorker television and culture critic Doreen St. Félix. Additional guest pairings include American documentary photographer Joseph Rodriguez in dialogue with Nigerian-Canadian creative director Josef Adamu about the representation of masculinity and identity in America; the distinguished Trinidadian-American novelist Elizabeth Nunez and Trinidadian-British writer and filmmaker Che Applewhaite on portraying a desire for home through language and film; and Grammy-winning musician esperanza spalding speaking with jazz drummer Savannah Harris on the regenerative power of music. All episodes will have closed captioning (CC) available.
Vivion drew inspiration for “Generational Anxiety” from James Baldwin and Nikki Giovanni’s two-hour dialogue for The WNET Group’s variety-talk show “SOUL!” The interview was first broadcast in 1971 and has since been published in book form as “A Dialogue.” To mark the series launch, ALL ARTS will present the historic two-part SOUL! special on broadcast on November 8 at 8:30 p.m. ET on ALL ARTS TV and streaming nationwide on the free ALL ARTS app and AllArts.org/GenerationalAnxiety.
“We are excited to bring Bianca’s vision to ALL ARTS and to offer audiences thought-provoking dialogue in this rapidly evolving media landscape,” said James King, Senior Artistic Director of ALL ARTS. “By bringing together different generations of intellectual voices, we hope to create space for conversations that inspire change and broaden perspectives.”
“As a voice for her own generation, Bianca has pinpointed a desire for critical reflection and thoughtful debate,” said Kristy Geslain, Executive Producer at ALL ARTS.
Generational Anxiety: Love in the Digital Era
Premieres Tuesday, November 8 at 8 p.m. ET on ALL ARTS
Access: CC available
Host Bianca Vivion joins celebrated American poet Nikki Giovanni and The New Yorkercritic Doreen St. Félix to discuss how the social media age has transformed the way we think about love, romance and self-worth.
Generational Anxiety: Portraits of Manhood
Premieres Tuesday, November 15 at 8 p.m. ET on ALL ARTS
Access: CC available
Legendary documentary photographer Joseph Rodriguez and famed Nigerian-Canadian creative director Josef Adamu sit down with host Bianca Vivion to discuss how the ways in which photographers capture manhood has evolved from the ‘80s to now.
Generational Anxiety: Writing Home
Premieres Tuesday, November 22 at 8 p.m. ET on ALL ARTS
Access: CC available
Host Bianca Vivion joins critically acclaimed Trinidadian-American novelist Elizabeth Nunez and Trinidadian-British documentary director Che Applewhaite to speak about society’s collective desire for home and how artists portray that desire through language and film.
Generational Anxiety: On Healing
Premieres Tuesday, November 29 at 8 p.m. ET on ALL ARTS
Access: CC available
Grammy award-winning jazz artist esperanza spalding and up-and-coming drummer Savannah Harris converse about the regenerative power of music with host Bianca Vivion.
Generational Anxiety is a production of ALL ARTS. The series was directed by Ann Benjamin and edited by Darren Peister with Eric Krugley as Coordinating Producer. Kristy Geslain and Joe Harrellare Executive Producers. James King is Senior Artistic Director. Diane Masciale and Neal Shapiroare Executives in Charge.
Leadership support for ALL ARTS is generously provided by Jody and John Arnhold and the Arnhold Foundation, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim, III, the Kate W. Cassidy Foundation, The Jerome L. Greene Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Anderson Family Charitable Fund, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and the Estate of Roland Karlen.
Bianca Vivion Brooks is a writer, artist, and producer from East Atlanta, Georgia. Born in Los Angeles and later raised between Atlanta and Oakland, Brooks was marked early on as an imaginative storyteller and formidable thinker. At age 14, Brooks became the youngest National Public Radio correspondent, writing weekly commentaries for All Things Considered. At 16, she was chosen to head NPR’s youth news desk at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. At 17, she became the youngest journalist nominated for the California Journalism Award for excellence in radio reporting. At 18, Brooks became the youngest opinion writer for The New York Times. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University in economics and international human rights, and served as a New York Times and CNN commentator on the 2020 Democratic presidential debates.
Brooks now works full-time as a creative director, producer, and consultant at her company VIVION CO., a full-service media strategy and design firm. She works under the moniker ‘Bianca Vivion’ (her first and middle name) as an ode to her 3 grandmothers Vivion, Vivienne, and Vivian whose lives embody and inspire a great deal of her writing on woman and girlhood. Although her primary medium is the personal essay, Brooks creates across an array of media, from poetry to painting. She also hosts the advice and culture podcast “ASK VIV,” where she discusses our collective search for truth, love, and meaning. She is currently working on a memoir featuring a collection of essays entitled “Swimming Backwards: Stories of a Girl Who Read the Fine Print.” Brooks lives in Harlem, New York.
About ALL ARTS
ALL ARTS is breaking new ground as the premier destination for inspiration, creativity and art of all forms. This New York Emmy-winning arts and culture hub is created by The WNET Group, the community-supported home of New York’s PBS stations. With the aim of being accessible to viewers everywhere, ALL ARTS’ Webby-nominated programming – from digital shorts to feature films – is available online nationwide through AllArts.org, the free ALL ARTS app on all major streaming platforms and @AllArtsTV on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and TikTok. New York area TV viewers can also watch the 24/7 broadcast channel. For all the ways to watch, visit AllArts.org/Everywhere.
Photo credit: All Arts.