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Pat Gilliard Song or ‘Sister Pat’ tells Coleman Domingo in the episode “Savannah”: “You’re a storyteller…when you’re about 60 or so, you’re going to be a truther!” However, it’s precisely Domingo’s honesty that makes each episode so compelling. The first episode opens with him saying “Every time I find myself [in the South] I’m counting the minutes until I leave It’s an unconventional way to kick off a show that’s going to highlight and celebrate a city in Georgia! It’s not a comedy show like Apple TV Reluctant traveler or of Jack Whitehall Travels with my father. you are here It’s a serious show, and by establishing Domingo’s complex view of the South early in the episode, we’re able to travel with him as he navigates the deep and complex history of black people in Savannah. Each piece has been perfectly curated to peel back the layers of the residents After a quick interview with Kim Dickens, we meet local Teddy Adams, who participated in the first black-jazz school music program, and his songwriter and talented jazz singer Huxie Scott. These interview segments with locals (which can feel overly forced and manufactured on other reality shows) feel comfortable, natural and highlight human connection.
Coleman Domingo’s experience as a playwright shines through in the craft of each episode.
Once we’ve eased into conversation about jazz and music-making, it’s time to meet Dr. Amir Jamal Tour where the topic quickly shifts from city planning to lynchings and the transatlantic slave trade. you are here Lets the audience engage with the heavy stuff because, like a good play, the seeds of where we’re going are planted early. Domingo’s vocal uneasiness about spending so much time in Georgia serves as a pre-cursor to investigate his deeply challenging history. Then, before spending too much time on the brutality of slavery, we get caught up in a paranormal séance. Instead of the stereotypical mysticism of Creole voodoo in New Orleans, this séance is run by white hipsters. Even more surprising is that they appear to be legitimate, as Domingo receives messages from his mother who passed in 2006.
The first episode visits Wormslow Historic Site, a former plantation. We are of Gullah Geechee descent, run by sister Pat. Despite each interview lasting about three minutes, it feels like we get the most time here as Domingo works through his own feelings with her. as a shooting location for Fear the Walking Dead, Wormsloe is not a new place for Domingo, but shown to him by a local expert, he is able to confront his own fears and process them in real time. It gives life to its closing statement: “For me to exist, someone has to keep fighting, laughing and loving.” – A far cry from his feelings at the beginning of the episode.
‘You are here’ highlights places
In the episode about Philadelphia, viewers are treated to the house where Coleman Domingo grew up, a thrift store, a bowling rink, an unnamed cheese steak diner, and Domingo’s brother’s house. But unlike conventional travel shows where restaurants and boutiques are showcased and their features discussed, Locations you are here Serve as a place of discourse rather than the main attraction. Domingo never mentions the name Raxx or Rolling Thunder out loud, and we as the audience are tasked with clocking the logos as they pan. Sometimes styles are transferred out of necessity. As a viewer, we become travelers in his life, and it’s the interactions with his close friends and family (all of whom are Philly natives) that convey the spirit of the city that might seem sterile in other travel shows.
To be specific, you are here becomes public. At 53, Domingo reconnects with friends from his hometown and reflects on his life’s important decisions: from studying journalism at Temple University; Moving to New York; Coming out, and moving to California. The conversation is simple and free and resonates with anyone who no longer lives in their hometown and visits their friends after returning for Thanksgiving. This feeling is deepened immediately after the family reunion. There are surprising family members and close siblings who reminisce about Domingo’s path from home life to fame, reinforcing the idea that community is everything.
you are here Not only entertaining, but encouraging viewers to engage with their own preconceived notions and gain new insights. Domingo’s honesty and warmth shine through, providing opportunities for meaningful human connection. you are here It is a travel show that goes beyond surface-level exploration and immerses viewers in the rich tapestry of human experience found in each city. Part-documentary, part-biography and part travel show, you are here Subtle yet engaging, beautifully and intimately shot creates its own genre and captures the true spirit of each individual city it visits.
Its last two episodes you are here June 30, which will focus on New York and Chicago.