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TV families to 'swap' skin colour
Ice Cube
Former rapper Ice Cube is now a successful actor and director
Black and white families will get the chance to sample life with each other's skin colour in a US television series.

Two families will live together and be transformed with make-up as part of the series Black White, to be shown in the US next March.

Hip-hop star Ice Cube and film-maker RJ Cutler say they created the series to explore the racial divide in the US.

"It will force people to challenge themselves and really examine where we stand in terms of race," said Ice Cube.

'Loud message'

The Sparks, a black family from Atlanta, Georgia, and the Wurgels, a white family from Santa Monica, California, will share a home for the purposes of the programme.

We can come together if we're willing to talk about our differences
Film-maker RJ Cutler

With make-up, the Sparks will live as white people and the Wurgels will "become" black people.

Cutler, who won an Emmy for American High, said: "The loud message of the show is that we are a divided nation."

"But we can come together if we're willing to talk about our differences and work to see the world through the eyes of other people."

Ice Cube and Cutler believe the switch changes the families' core values in ways they could not have imagined.

The show is scheduled for broadcast on the FX cable network in March.

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