said before, we get quite a number of requests from filmmakers and producers
about various crowdfunding campaigns for their various projects; but now and then, something comes along that’s intriguing and unique, and worthy of a highlight.
this project sounded definitely intriguing and unique to me.
campaign for a just launched series titled Truth.
Be. Told., a 30 minute docu-web series that seeks, according to its
filmmaker and activist creator Katina
Parker, to “reclaim the birthright of Queer Black visionaries within Black families
and communities by providing a platform for out, Black LGBTQ people to tell
their personal stories of challenge, radical self-inquiry, transformation, and
She also added that: “The basic premise of (the show) is that in
order to become all of whom
we were sent to be, as Queer Black people, we have been pushed to question
everything about our multiple layers of identity, race, gender, sexuality,
class, vocation and then reconcile who we know ourselves to be with the
identities our families and society at large have constructed for us. By virtue
of being Queer, we do this work in spite of the risks, in order to live more fully.”
episode will consist of a conversation
with a person in the media, the arts, education, activism, etc, as they “discuss
their lives, loves, and passions, as well as the experiences, realities, and
identities that fuel them.”
far Ms. Parker has been very hard at work, and, to date, has some 50
people who have committed to being
interviewed for the show, including Emil
Wilbekin, Editor at Large for Essence
magazine; Patrik Ian Polk,
Creator of Logo TV’s Noah’s Arc (pictured above); and Linda
Villarosa, former New York Times
is quoted as saying that he felt he had to be involved with the series since: “It’s
so important that we tell our stories. We must have examples, role models, and
collective experiences to understand who we are. We must know that we are free
and not feel shame about who we are. I want to continue to make a difference in
this world no matter how uncomfortable it may be.“
with executive producers Carol Ann Shine,
and Jennifer MacArthur, Parker, who
produces and directs Truth. Be. Told., are currently trying to raise $10,000 by Wednesday, April 17th to edit a pilot
episode of Truth. Be. Told. through IndieGoGo, with donations starting at just $5.
check out Truth.Be.Told’s IndieGoGo page and make a donation, go HERE, or click in the widget below.
First, telow is brief clip with another participant, Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Co-Creator of
the Mobile Homecoming Project: