The important work of Trinity graduate Natalie Wilson ’03, who co-founded, with her sister-in-law, a nonprofit, Black and Missing Foundation, is the focus of a new four-part documentary on HBO: “Black and Missing.”
The 4-part documentary was first broadcast on November 23 and 24 and is now streaming on HBO Max. Natalie Wilson earned her master of arts in communication from Trinity in 2003. In addition to her successful career in public relations, she applies her communication skills every day to her work with the Black and Missing Foundation, “which brings awareness to missing persons of color, provides vital resources and tools to missing person’s families and friends, and educates the minority community on personal safety.” You can read more about Natalie Wilson here.
Watch the HBO trailer here and read this review: “Black and Missing’ Review: HBO Series Can’t Make Up for the Media’s Failure, but It’s a Start. It arrives perfectly timed as the country reflects on how the media constructs problematic narratives around the missing, prompted by Gabby Petito’s disappearance.”
: “Black and Missing is a 4-part HBO documentary series by Emmy winner Geeta Gandbhir and award-winning documentarian, journalist, author and activist Soledad O’Brien. The series follows sisters-in-law and Black and Missing Foundation founders Derrica and Natalie Wilson as they fight an uphill battle to bring awareness to the Black missing person cases that are marginalized by law enforcement and national media.
Haunted by these stories of vanished loved ones and driven by the need for attention and assistance for these forgotten women, former law enforcement officer Derrica and public relations expert Natalie operate a grassroots organization that raises awareness in communities, alerts media outlets to the plight of thousands of women and children, and urges police departments to allocate more resources to this scourge. Black and Missing pulls back the curtain to explore how systemic behaviors and attitudes stem from centuries of deeply rooted racism. This intimate look at Derrica and Natalie’s personal crusade to locate missing Black people also highlights stories of hope and closure as the Black and Missing Foundation contributes to the resolution of several high-profile missing person cases.”
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