James McBride is an author, musician, and screenwriter. He received the National Book Award for his novel The Good Lord Bird, and is the bestselling author of the modern classic The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to his White Mother, and has most recently published Deacon King Kong. During his presidency, Barack Obama awarded James the 2015 National Humanities Medal for “humanizing the complexities of discussing race in America.” Learn more about James on his website at https://www.jamesmcbride.com/.