Stokes has a slate of original projects in development – all tied to his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee – his latest being the docuseries, Memphis and the mountain top, which features the intersection of iconic civil rights, sports and music leaders during the city’s struggle in the late ’60s as the epicenter of the social justice movement. Stokes is teaming up on the project with 10-time Emmy-winning producer-director Daniel H. Forer, music and film producer Vassal Benford and his brother, Isaiah Stokes, a former Memphis Tigers basketball star. .
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Also in the works of Stokes is the hour-long political drama series, where it counts, which follows a DC councilwoman and a BLM leader on opposite sides of social justice as they navigate the minefield of Washington politics and a mysterious group plotting to start a civil war. Civil and human rights organization Hip Hop Caucus is executive producing the project, along with Moe Vela, a former political adviser to Vice President Joe Biden and Al Gore. Shannan E. Johnson co-authored with Stokes.
The producer’s previously announced projects include the coming-of-age basketball drama series, Break the cycleand the dramatic thriller, Rocky Top College. Stokes also recently announced its partnership with former The Simpsons EP Jay Fukuto on an anime adaptation of his children’s book, wings to fly. He is the one who produced the films Killers, Dig and Helen is dead under his Stoked Film Group banner, also serving as an EP on titles such as Robert Rippberger Those who walk awayby Matthew Greene-DeLange Skelly and Vassal Benford BB King: the king of the blues.
Stokes previously played for the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, Sioux Falls Skyforce and Denver Nuggets. He currently plays for the Chinese Basketball Association‘s Xinjiang Flying Tigers and continues to be represented by Babette Perry at Innovative Artists.
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