Why ‘Soul’ Writer Kemp Powers Was ‘The Right Person at the Right Time’ to Create Pixar’s 1st Black Lead

A version of this story about Kemp Powers first appeared in the Actors/Directors/Screenwriters issue of TheWrap’s awards magazine Kemp Powers faced a very personal challenge when writing the screenplay for his critically acclaimed 2020 film “Soul.” Pixar’s first movie with a Black protagonist tells the story of Joe Gardner, a Brooklyn music teacher who dreams…