Recounting the stories of the black men and women who were the first to reach a significant milestone in their field or profession, True First is “a people’s history that leaves no person of African descent behind”.
The project is a collaborative effort of Nimble Sage and Studio Auteur, Produced by Jerald Harkness with Kweku Hayford taking on the role of Executive Producer. Partnering with the two production studios is RLJ Entertainment and its subsidiary, the Urban Movie Network.
The docudrama series has begun its first season of production, telling the stories of eight “True Firsts” of African descent. They include the first black woman to be elected to Congress, the father of Hip Hop, the mother of Rock ‘n Roll, and the first black man to play in major league baseball. No, it wasn’t Jackie Robinson.
The True First project is an impassioned attempt to resurrect the stories of the black trailblazers who are often forgotten or diminished in our historical narrative. The athletes, entertainers, pioneers and politicians of African descent who were the first to succeed, achieve and accomplish. Its mission is to restore a more inclusive chronicle of the women and men who built our social, political and cultural institutions.
The recent acquisition of majority shares in RLJ Entertainment by AMC will help to extend the reach of True First, which will make its debut on the Urban Movie Channel. UMC was launched by Robert Johnson, founder of Black Entertainment Television, in 2014. Targeting African American and urban viewers, the network will provide True First with an audience eager for programming that highlights black heroes and achievements.
The first season is tentatively scheduled to complete production in mid-July. The search for investors to fund subsequent episodes of True First is ongoing.