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.
Disco King Mario
Disco King Mario

Disco King Mario In the early years of hip hop DJs reigned supreme, the masters of ceremonies who were the stars in a distinctive street...READ MORE

Season One
Stage Coach Mary Fields
Stage Coach Mary Fields

Stage Coach Mary Fields The Montana law forbidding women to enter a saloon was never applied to Mary Fields. That’s because this gun-toting bad-ass was...READ MORE

Season One
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
Wangari Maathai
Wangari Maathai

Wangari Maathai The Nobel Peace Prize has only once been awarded to a recipient for their work in environmental protection, and that honour goes to...READ MORE

Season Five
Shirley Ann Jackson
Shirley Ann Jackson

Shirley Ann Jackson Shirley Ann Jackson was the first African-American woman to be awarded the National Medal of Science, an achievement that is but one...READ MORE

Season Three
Moses Fleetwood Walker
Moses Fleetwood Walker

Moses Fleetwood Walker Almost 70 years before Jackie Robinson is credited with breaking the color barrier in baseball, there was Moses Walker. Walker played for...READ MORE

Season One
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
Hattie McDaniel
Hattie McDaniel

Hattie McDaniel The woman who would go on to be the first African American to win an Academy Award was born in Wichita, Kansas in...READ MORE

Season Six

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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