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About

True First Series

Legends of African Descent and Their Untold Stories.

A people’s history that leaves no person of African descent behind.

History is the weaving of stories into the fabric of who we are as a people and a nation. We like to mark our journey with books, monuments, awards and commemorative plaques, setting in stone and ink the list of our collective achievements. Yet history is also written in the spaces between the mortar, the gaps that are left by those who decide how to structure the past. Until very recently, the gatekeepers who chose what to memorialize were almost exclusively men. And they were invariably white.

The True First project is a rescue effort. It is a passionate attempt to resurrect the men and women of African descent who were swept aside by the broad brush of history. These are the innovators, visionaries and creative minds that came before the people now credited with their accomplishments. They are also the leaders who were the first to break through the color barrier or reach milestones that had always been the exclusive domain of white privilege. The first African-American to be hired by the postal service, the mother of rock ‘n roll, the first Black man to run for President of the United States, the first Black Deputy Marshall. True leaders. True firsts.

This docudrama series sets the record straight. We’ve looked at what everyone else has taken for granted and turned it on it’s head. We’re finding people of African descent who have been erased from the historic record and what we’ve uncovered is genuinely fascinating.

True First is itself a true first. Each episode explores the life of a forgotten trailblazer of African descent who made an early and significant contribution to their craft or profession. Athletes, entertainers, pioneers and politicians all feature in a historical saga that spans from the birth of nations to the firsts of the new millennium. From the Wild West to Washington, their untold stories are at times heartbreaking, often astonishing, and always inspirational.

Mission

The True First series brings the achievements of men and women of African descent into the mainstream of our historical narrative. Its mission is to inspire, motivate and engage viewers in the untold stories of Black lives that changed the course of history. By setting the record straight, True First restores a more inclusive chronicle of the women and men who built our social, political and cultural institutions.

Vision

True First envisions a comprehensive accounting of the contribution that pioneers of African descent have made to the panoply of human achievement. Former slaves, political leaders, philanthropists and musicians are showcased in stories as varied as the lives they recount. By reviving these often-forgotten True Firsts, we can imagine a world where all innovators can claim their rightful place among the dreamers, artists and singular minds who have made us who we are – regardless of race, ancestry, gender or creed.

Food for thought...

In a world filled with hate, we must still dare to hope. In a world filled with anger, we must still dare to comfort. In a world filled with despair, we must still dare to dream. And in a world filled with distrust, we must still dare to believe.

Michael Jackson

A few of our episodes...

Wole Soyinka
Wole Soyinka

Wole Soyinka Wole Soyinka was born in Nigeria in 1934 when the country was still a British dominion. He was raised in an Anglican household...READ MORE

Season Five
Michaëlle Jean
Michaëlle Jean

Michaëlle Jean Canada’s first Governor General of African descent arrived in the country as a Haitian refugee in 1968. She was raised in Quebec and...READ MORE

Season Five
Shirley Chisholm
Shirley Chisholm

Shirley Chisholm Although born in Brooklyn New York, the woman who was to become the first black candidate to run for a major party’s presidential...READ MORE

Season One
John Richard Archer
John Richard Archer

John Richard Archer With his election to the office of Mayor of Battersea in 1913, Richard Archer became the first mayor of African descent in...READ MORE

Season Five
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Crew

Meet the creative minds behind the scenes of True First

Barbara Rude
Art Director & Actress
Lenny McAllister
Production Consultant
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Talent

Meet the faces that tell the stories of True First

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