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Producer: Jerald Harkness | Executive Producer: Kweku Hayford

TRUE FIRST

LEGENDS OF AFRICAN DESCENT AND THEIR UNTOLD STORIES

a docu-drama series that celebrates forgotten trailblazers and pioneers

Before the Legend Came the True First.

In all of human achievement someone strode ahead, forging the path so that others might follow. The acclaim, however, was often bestowed upon another. History has all but forgotten those of African descent who were swept aside in the tally of leaders. These are their stories.
Wendell Scott
Wendell Scott

Wendell Scott NASCAR has been around since 1948, born from the enthusiasm of drivers who moved bootleg whiskey through the country in the years of...READ MORE

Season Two
Cato Alexander
Cato Alexander

Cato Alexander Mixology may sound to the layman like a fancy word for making cocktails, but its practitioners are deadly serious about their craft. What...READ MORE

Season Three
Bass Reeves
Bass Reeves

Bass Reeves This legendary figure of the Wild West was the first black deputy U.S. Marshall to serve west of the Mississippi River. He was...READ MORE

Season One
Simone Manuel
Simone Manuel

Simone Manuel Within days of her twentieth birthday, Simone Manuel became the first woman of African descent to win an Olympic gold medal in an...READ MORE

Season One
George Coleman Poage
George Coleman Poage

George Coleman Poage While black athletes now dominate many Olympic events, few participated at the time George Coleman became the first African American to stand...READ MORE

Season Six
Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin Like many African American performers, the Queen of Soul began her singing career in church where her father was a Baptist minister. Over...READ MORE

Season Six
Ernest Everett Just
Ernest Everett Just

Ernest Everett Just Despite winning almost every academic award in his graduating year, Ernest Everett Just was passed over as the commencement speaker. It just...READ MORE

Season Three
Bessie Coleman
Bessie Coleman

Bessie Coleman As the child of Texas sharecroppers, Bessie Coleman had to walk four miles to her segregated school every day, never dreaming of the...READ MORE

Season Two

a word from the team

Food for thought...

Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.

Booker T. Washington

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