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Written Off

17 EpisodesProduced by Lemonada MediaWebsite

Walter Thompson-Hernández speaks with formerly incarcerated young writers whose work will be read over the course of the season by creatives like John Legend, Issa Rae, Yvonne Orji, Karamo Brown, Jay Ellis, Keke Palmer, Julio Torres, and Jesse Williams. Vulnerable poems and honest stories play out a… read more

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February 22nd, 2024


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Learn More: Providing Access to Housing After Incarceration

October 3rd, 2023


​​Incarceration in the U.S. has profound flaws and consequences, but there are many people doing life-changing work to lessen its harm. In this special episode, Lemonada co-founder Stephanie Wittels Wachs sits down with …

Introducing: Life Jolt

November 3rd, 2021


Life Jolt - prison slang for a life sentence - examines the lives of women navigating Canada’s correctional system. The team gained unprecedented …

Collect Call. Kyle Murphy x Jesse Williams

September 29th, 2021


“Wash It Off.” Written by Kyle Murphy. Performed by Jesse Williams. Kyle chats with his friend (and series executive producer) Aaron Bergman a few …

Ultimate Freedom. Ramon Escobar x Angelique Cabral

September 22nd, 2021


“My People.” Written by Ramon Escobar. Performed by Angelique Cabral. Ramon is quick to thank InsideOUT Writers for helping him make the transition …

Inhaling Memories. Frank Jimenez x Danny Ramirez

September 15th, 2021


“2nd.” Written by Frank Jimenez. Performed by Danny Ramirez. Frank is putting his mentor’s sage advice to good use by prioritizing his and his family’s happiness and working towards leaving his own unique mark on …

Ghetto Royalty. Daniel Bisuano x Julio Torres

September 8th, 2021


“Second Chances.” Written by Daniel Bisuano. Performed by Julio Torres. Daniel is determined to leave his turbulent past behind by living …

Real Leo. Taylor Lytle x Issa Rae

September 1st, 2021


“Everybody Knows That Time Will Pass You By.” Written by Taylor Lytle. Performed by Issa Rae. Taylor is all smiles as she owns her pronounced …

Jiggy Stuff. Lionel Tate x LaRoyce Hawkins

August 25th, 2021


“I’m Still Trying to Find Out.” Written by Lionel Tate. Performed by LaRoyce Hawkins. Lionel embodies healthy living both personally and professionally by honoring his truth on paper and devoting himself to his …

The Unfit. Olivia Carrasco x Dascha Polanco

August 18th, 2021


“The Unfit.” Written by Olivia Carrasco. Performed by Dascha Polanco. Olivia is getting reaccustomed to her life “on the outs” and finding her voice …

Borrowed Time. John Rodriguez x Karamo Brown

August 11th, 2021


“Time.” Written by John Rodriguez. Performed by Karamo Brown. John is heavily conflicted by the freedom afforded him with an early commutation, leaving him stuck between missing his “family” on the inside and …

Good Wolf. Dee Davis x Jay Ellis

August 4th, 2021


“Untitled.” Written by Dee Davis. Performed by Jay Ellis. After losing loved ones to COVID this past year, Dee is now living in Vegas and finding meaning in teaching other writers of similarly troubled backgrounds.


Woman Anew. Yahniie Bridges x Yvonne Orji

July 28th, 2021


“Untitled.” Written by Yahniie Bridges. Performed by Yvonne Orji. Even though Yahniie has temporarily left writing and performance behind, she still understands how they’ve each been a saving grace for her, especially …

El Artista. Jimmy Valdez x John Legend

July 21st, 2021


“I Am Great.” Written by Jimmy Valdez. Performed by John Legend. Jimmy is finding his true artistic voice through various creative mediums, from acting and modeling, to launching his Mexican corrido music career under …

Silent Love. Candice Price x Keke Palmer

July 14th, 2021


"Silent Love." Written by Candice Price. Performed by Keke Palmer. After years of dwelling in the silence of her survivorship, Candice is spirited …

15 Years. Jimmy Wu x Randall Park

July 14th, 2021


“Untitled.” Written by Jimmy Wu. Performed by Randall Park. Jimmy runs the organization that saved his life years ago when he was a youth who felt lost in the system: InsideOUT Writers. Today, he’s confronting the pain …

Introducing: Written Off

June 28th, 2021


A 13-part series that shines a light on young writers who found their voice inside the U.S. prison system. Hosted by Walter Thompson-Hernández (California Love, The New York Times) and featuring notable creatives like …

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