Living Legends

Tim Reid

Tim Reid

Photography by Trevon Facey


Tim Reid has been a well-known figure on the television sets of American families for generations. From the influential TV sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati to OWN’s Greenleaf, Tim Reid continues to make his presence felt. Tim is one of the most influential voices in the push for less stereotypical portrayals of African Americans on screen. Unhappy with the narrative being pushed, Tim decided to produce his own film, Once Upon a Time…When We Were Colored. The film centers around an African-American community in the middle of the segregated Deep South. The film emphasized the social bonds in communities—family, friends, and religion. Because of these themes, the film received universal appeal from audiences of all backgrounds. Film critic, the late Roger Ebert, rated the film a perfect 4/4 stars.


Photography by Trevon Facey

Photography by Trevon Facey


Tim continues to be a positive force in the community. His non-profit, Legacy Media Institute, works with an international group of students and rising filmmakers in creating “media that reflects a diverse and global society.” Tim isn’t stopping there. Tim Reid Productions launched a new Media Center and Creative Incubator in the booming Manchester neighborhood in Richmond, VA. After his numerous Honorary Degrees and induction into the National Black College Hall of Fame, Tim Reid has higher ambitions of connecting the African Diaspora. In his quote, Tim highlights the need for representing the African Diaspora in all its diversity and beauty.