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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.
Sidney Poitier
Sidney Poitier

Sidney Poitier While many Americans claim the handsome film star as their own, Sidney Poitier grew up in the Bahamas and retained dual citizenship while...READ MORE

Season Five
John H. Johnson
John H. Johnson

John H. Johnson The founder of the Johnson Publishing Company was the first African-American to appear on the Forbes 400 list of the wealthiest people...READ MORE

Season Two
Ornette Coleman
Ornette Coleman

Ornette Coleman When Ornette Coleman first caught the attention of jazz enthusiasts in the late 1950s, they weren’t too sure what to think. He played...READ MORE

Season Three
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
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
Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela Nelson Mandela was much more than South Africa’s first black head of state. He has become a world-wide symbol for peace, tolerance, social...READ MORE

Season Five
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Sister Rosetta Tharpe This musical legend’s first professional partnership was with her mother, a Baptist singer and evangelical preacher in rural Arkansas. By the age...READ MORE

Season One
Constance Baker Motley
Constance Baker Motley

Constance Baker Motley Before becoming the first African American woman to be named a federal judge in 1966, Constance Baker Motley served in the New...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

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.

Darryl Tookes
Composer & Music Director
Brian Cook
Videographer
Jeff Wiltse
Interviewee & Author
Rudy Massamba
Interviewee & Author

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