*Before you engage with our coverage of the red carpet for “Shots Fired,” know that the BHERC/Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center is encouraging you to WATCH the show, then talk about it, tweet about it and immediately vote your reaction after the show. A Call to Action, if you will. Scroll down for MORE info.

“Shots Fired” is a 10-part event mystery, examining the dangerous aftermath of two racially charged shootings by law enforcement in a small southern town. The series premieres March 22 at 8/7c on FOX. EUR correspondent Fahnia Thomas was at the L.A. premiere to talk to the cast.

EUR: What did you learn from playing this character?

Mack Wilds: As a man, I grew. I’m a better version of myself. Before I’d have preconceived notions based on what somebody does, where they are or where they’re from, now I’m in a place where I try to find someone’s humanity before I make a snap judgment.

Aisha Hinds at the L.A. Premiere of 'Shots Fired' [photo: Nate Brown]

Aisha Hinds at the L.A. Premiere of ‘Shots Fired’ [photo: Nate Brown]

EUR: How would you describe “Shots Fired?”

Edwina Findley Dickerson: This is an appointment television! There is a certain type of television you DVR, and there is another type of television called, ‘appointment television.’ This means you’re going to sit yourself in front of the television because you want to know what’s going to happen.

Aisha Hinds: “Shots Fired” gives a voice to the conversations happening all over the world. It shows the homes of some of these mothers. We see them on television but rarely do we get to go in to their homes and see the fallout or how the young children are affected.

EUR: How is this character different from other characters you have played?

Mack Wilds: Deputy Joshua Beck is more adult. He’s a father, an officer and
the mentality of this character is different. He is trying to deal with everything coming against him all at once.

Edwina Findley Dickerson at the L.A. Premiere of 'Shots Fired' [photo: Nate Brown]

Edwina Findley Dickerson at the L.A. Premiere of ‘Shots Fired’ [photo: Nate Brown]

EUR: How did you prepare for this role? What kind of research did you do?

Edwina Findley Dickerson: I did a lot of research because this is my first time playing a journalist. There are so many famous cases were Black teens were killed by White police officers, so I was able to look at the role of media and learned how the media was able to uncovered different aspects of the cases, that the police never shared with the public.


Reggie Rock Bythewood and Gina Prince-Bythewood are the writers and creators of  Fox’s “Shots Fired.”  They, along with  Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo, serve as Executive Producers.  The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC) has cited the series for powerful directing, powerful writing, powerful acting and powerful producing.  As such, the BHERC has issued a nationwide Call To Action to tune in for the Series Premiere on Wednesday, March 22nd at 8 pm on Fox.

“It’s an important piece for an important time” says BHERC regarding the show.  Viewers are asked to talk about it, tweet about it and immediately vote their reactions after the show:  Facebook: Shots Fired Twitter:  @ShotsFiredFOX /   @GPBmadeit@RocktheFilm, @JustSanaa     Instagram: @ShotsFiredFOX  – #ShotsFired

“Shots Fired” is presented by 20th Century Fox Television, Imagine Television and Undisputed Cinema.