The third season of “Black Folk Don’t,” the satirical documentary web series challenging common stereotypes of African-Americans, premiered on Monday, Dec. 2. Alternately provocative, irreverent, comical and profound, the series heads to California for its third season, with engaging interviews of celebrities such as John Norwood Fisher of the punk band Fishbone, director Ava DuVernay, actress Lisa Gay Hamilton and renowned feminist Sikivu Hutchinson, as well as everyday black folk.
The series, a project of TuckerGurl LLC, is funded by National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC) and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and runs weekly on Mondays for six weeks through Jan. 6. NBPC serves as executive producer.
The brainchild of director-producer Angela Tucker, who specializes in creative, bold and varied social issue, film-based projects from public service announcements to features, “Black Folk Don’t” is designed to inspire dialogue around several controversial issues. Featured in Time magazine’s “10 Ideas That Are Changing Your Life,” on NPR, TheRoot.com, Huffington Post and in PBS’s Online Film Festival, the series this season questions whether black people go green (Dec. 2), live to the end of a horror film (Dec. 9), do plastic surgery (Dec. 16), do feminism (Dec. 23), adopt (Dec. 30) and join the NRA (Jan. 6). A special episode on Thursday, Dec. 12, will be a behind-the-scenes mini-episode about California.
“As only about 6.6 percent of the population, black people are far from the majority in California and that intrigued me. And I found that people in Oakland, Los Angeles and San Francisco had such diverse views of the world, leading to a real clash of ideas this season among the interviewees, more so than in past seasons,” said Tucker.
“Season three of ‘Black Folk Don’t’ is going to spark conversations in homes and offices around the country as well as online, as people take sides and even question the audacity of the assertions that are raised in the show,” said Nonso Christian Ugbode, Black Public Media director of Digital Media.
ABOUT ANGELA TUCKER
Angela Tucker is a Brooklyn-based writer, director and producer. Her directorial work includes (A)sexual, a feature-length documentary about people who experience no sexual attraction, and “Black Folk Don’t,” a satirical documentary web series that challenges common stereotypes. She is a co-producer of “The New Black,” a feature-length documentary about the complicated histories of the African-American and LGBT civil rights movements, currently in theatrical release. She is the series producer for the public television documentary series “AfroPop: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange.” Tucker can be followed on Twitter @tuckergurl. For more information, visit tuckergurl.tumblr.com/.
ABOUT NATIONAL BLACK PROGRAMMING CONSORTIUM (NBPC)
The National Black Programming Consortium is a national, nonprofit media arts organization founded in 1979 that is the leading provider of black programming on public television and the greatest resource for the training of black media professionals within the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). Dedicated to developing black digital authorship and distributing unique stories of the black experience in the new media age, NBPC distributes engaging content online at BlackPublicMedia.org. NBPC also facilitates the community engagement project Public Media Corps (PMC). For more on NBPC and its initiatives, visit blackpublicmedia.org.