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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.
Samuel J. Battle
Samuel J. Battle

Samuel J. Battle Born in North Carolina in 1883, “Big Sam” became the first African American to serve as a police officer in New York...READ MORE

Season Six
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
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
Lord Learie Constantine
Lord Learie Constantine

Lord Learie Constantine Born in Trinidad, Learie Constantine first gained prominence as an outstanding West Indian cricketer. He toured England with the West Indies team...READ MORE

Season Seven
Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey While neither forgotten nor ignored, Oprah Winfrey broke more barriers than any other figure in 20th century American history. She rose from an...READ MORE

Season Four
Winifred Atwell
Winifred Atwell

Winifred Atwell Born in Trinidad and Tobago, Winifred Atwell moved to London after the Second World War and studied piano at the Royal Academy of...READ MORE

Season Five
George Crum
George Crum

George Crum French fries became a popular dish in American restaurants after Thomas Jefferson ordered that they be served at the White House in 1802....READ MORE

Season Three
Robert L. Johnson
Robert L. Johnson

Robert L. Johnson Born in Mississippi in 1946, this farmer’s son would go on to become the first black billionaire in the United States. Johnson...READ MORE

Season Four

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

Recent Blog Posts

Explore the political, social and economic backdrop to the stories of True First.

Featured Team Members

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

Lenny McAllister
Production Consultant
Kweku Hayford
Executive Producer
Kenneth Lee
Assistant Director & Line Producer
Barbara Rude
Art Director & Actress

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