Gina Prince-Bythewood: Having Athletic Success Still Influences Who I Am

Meet Gina Prince-Bythewood, the writer and producer of Shots Fired.

Credentials: Well-known director Gina Prince-Bythewood wrote and helmed Love & Basketball, Beyond the Lights and The Secret Life of Bees. On March 22 she heads to television with the ten-part Fox series Shots Fired, which, according to Essence magazine, she created with her husband, Reggie Rock Bythewood. “Shots Fired focuses on corruption that’s uncovered after two teens are shot in North Carolina.she says. “Sadly, the epidemic of police shootings continues to be relevant. It’s the civil rights issue of our time.”

A good sport: “I was a shy kid, but playing sports broke me out of my shell. Having athletic success still influences who I am.”

The highest high: “After Love & Basketball screened at Sundance, there was dead silence…then applause and a stand­ing ovation. It was beautiful.”

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