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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.
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Sister Rosetta Tharpe This musical legend’s first professional partnership was with her mother, a Baptist singer and evangelical preacher in rural Arkansas. By the age...READ MORE

Season One
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
Samuel B. Fuller
Samuel B. Fuller

Samuel B. Fuller Samuel Fuller moved to Chicago in 1928 after an impoverished childhood in rural Louisiana. He held a variety of menial jobs before...READ MORE

Season Two
Ornette Coleman
Ornette Coleman

Ornette Coleman When Ornette Coleman first caught the attention of jazz enthusiasts in the late 1950s, they weren’t too sure what to think. He played...READ MORE

Season Three
Barack Obama
Barack Obama

Barack Obama Barack Obama’s political career unfolded beneath the gaze of a watchful nation that found itself able to embrace its first President of African...READ MORE

Season Two
Doris Miller
Doris Miller

Doris Miller On December 7, 1941, hundreds of fighter planes descended on Pearl Harbour, a naval base near the Hawaiian capital of Honolulu. Killing over...READ MORE

Season Four
Fredrick McKinley Jones
Fredrick McKinley Jones

Fredrick McKinley Jones Before Frederick McKinley Jones turned his mind to the problem, food transportation relied on getting to your destination before the ice in...READ MORE

Season One
Sir William Arthur Lewis
Sir William Arthur Lewis

Sir William Arthur Lewis This prominent economist was born in Saint Lucia when it was still part of what were known as the British Windward...READ MORE

Season Seven

a word from the team

Food for thought...

I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.

Rosa Parks

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Featured Team Members

These are some of the folk who have made True First a labor of discovery, celebration and love.

Jerald Harkness
Producer, Writer & Director
Ben Thompson
Interviewee & Author
Brian Cook
Videographer
Lenny McAllister
Production Consultant
Julie Arnold
Field Director

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