Twenty years after the acquittal of O.J. Simpson, BET presents what the network calls an unapologetic and unfiltered look at the O.J. Simpson story from the perspective of a diverse array of African Americans – including many who cheered Simpson’s acquittal in 1995.
In a new original documentary titled “Who Got the Juice?! The O.J. Simpson Trial 20 Years Later,” the one-hour program, which is part of BET News’ “Truth” series, will not only examine the epic 252-day trial, one of the longest ever held in California, but also will emphasize the uncomfortable truths about race, class and justice through Simpson’s Shakespearean rise and fall in the eyes and hearts of black and white Americans across the country.
Premiering Wednesday, October 7 at 10 PM ET/PT, “Who Got the Juice?!” will breakdown “the broad range of perspectives African Americans have surrounding the O.J. Simpson trial. Our on-camera subjects were very honest about their feelings; the sentiments expressed in the doc are the sentiments that are often thought, but rarely articulated in a public forum,” said Juice’s director, Sacha Jenkins (“Fresh Dressed”).
The special weaves together animation, compelling interviews with Star Jones, Reverend Al Sharpton, Professor Michael Eric Dyson, Ed Gordon, Professor Marc Lamont Hill and Simpson Attorney Carl Douglas and archival footage including Simpson’s first landmark exclusive live interview with former BET News anchor Ed Gordon, broadcast shortly after his acquittal.
The documentary is executive produced by Misha Louy for Mass Appeal and directed by Sacha Jenkins.
Watch a promo below: