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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.
Debi Thomas
Debi Thomas

Debi Thomas In an event dominated by white athletes, it took until 1988 for a black participant to medal at the Winter Olympic Games. In...READ MORE

Season Seven
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
Toni Morrison
Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison In 1993, Toni Morrison became the first woman of African descent to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. The achievement was a fitting...READ MORE

Season Seven
Viv Anderson
Viv Anderson

Viv Anderson This native of Nottingham became the first black football player to represent England in a full international match. He made his senior debut...READ MORE

Season Seven
Matthew Henson
Matthew Henson

Matthew Henson Robert Peary is widely recognised as the first man to reach the north pole (a claim later disputed) but at his side was...READ MORE

Season Four
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
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
Baroness Amos
Baroness Amos

Baroness Amos Valerie Ann Amos was born in British Guiana (now Guyana) and moved to England as a child. A member of the Labour Party,...READ MORE

Season Seven

a word from the team

Food for thought...

If we accept and acquiesce in the face of discrimination, we accept the responsibility ourselves and allow those responsible to salve their conscience by believing that they have our acceptance and concurrence. We should, therefore, protest openly everything...that smacks of discrimination or slander.

Mary McLeod Bethune

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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.

Kenneth Lee
Assistant Director & Line Producer
Eric J. Arnold
Director of Photography
Darryl Tookes
Composer & Music Director

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