National Geographic is known for its iconic Genius series, which brings forth the stories of the brightest and most revolutionary figures in history. For the first time in the series, we are getting not one but two geniuses, with the lives, stories, and careers of both Malcolm X (Aaron Pierre, The Underground Railroad) & Martin Luther King Jr. (Kelvin Harrison Jr., Chevalier) told in tandem.

Nerdophiles sat down with Executive Producers Gina Prince-Bythewood (The Woman King) & Reggie Bythewood (Swagger) on bringing the origins and humanity of these Black giants front and center, why Dr. Betty Shabazz (Jayme Lawson, The First Lady) & Coretta Scott King (Weruche Opia, I May Destroy You) are equally as crucial as their husbands in the work, legacy and fight for equality, and what this show means to their already rich legacy in Hollywood. Check out our interview below:


With such richly divine performances that dive into these profound figures’ emotional heartbeats and layers, Genius: MLK/X is one of the most incredible series this year. So, be sure to tell everyone you know to watch! 

New episodes of GENIUS: MLK/X drop on Thursdays on National Geographic!

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