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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.
Tegla Loroupe
Tegla Loroupe

Tegla Loroupe When this Kenyan marathoner was seven years old, she had to run 10 kilometres in bare feet to get to school every morning....READ MORE

Season Six
Olaudah Equiano
Olaudah Equiano

Olaudah Equiano This former slave was sold to European slave-traders when he was 11 years old and shipped to Barbados before ending up on a...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
Cato Alexander
Cato Alexander

Cato Alexander Mixology may sound to the layman like a fancy word for making cocktails, but its practitioners are deadly serious about their craft. What...READ MORE

Season Three
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
Guion Bluford
Guion Bluford

Guion Bluford The first African-American in space was born in Philadelphia and spent much of his career in the U.S. Air Force as both a...READ MORE

Season Four
Wendell Scott
Wendell Scott

Wendell Scott NASCAR has been around since 1948, born from the enthusiasm of drivers who moved bootleg whiskey through the country in the years of...READ MORE

Season Two
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

a word from the team

Food for thought...

We need to reject any politics that targets people because of race or religion. This isn't a matter of political correctness. It's a matter of understanding what makes us strong. The world respects us not just for our arsenal; it respects us for our diversity and our openness and the way we respect every faith.

Barack Obama

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