You may recall that, last month, I profiled the IndeGoGo fundraising campaign for the web series 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 triumph.”
Among the persons who were profiled in the first season
of the series were, Tony Award-winning playwright/actress/author Staceyann Chin; Emil Wilbekin, Editor-at-Large for Essence magazine; former New York Times editor Linda Villarosa; Mia McKenzie, Creator of Black
Girl Dangerous; and Phill Wilson, Executive Director of the
Black AIDS Institute.
Ms. Parker, who is the executive producer of Truth, along
with Carol Ann Shine and Jennifer
MacArthur, says that the show’s “basic
premise 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.”
A new IndieGoGo campaign for a second
series, ending on June 17th, has been launched with the plan being to use Vimeo
on Demand as the initial point of distribution.
An official start date will be announced sometime
this summer, along with timelines for distribution on iTunes, Hulu Plus and Netflix.
The contribute to the IndieGoGo fundraising campaing, click HERE.
Below is a preview of the series: