July 6, 2012 //
Provocative, irreverent, and engaging, Black Folk Don’t asks uncomfortable questions and stirs dialogue about common assumptions of the behavior of black people. The entire series is available online at blackfolkdont.com and BlackPublicMedia.org.
In some cases, “Black folks don’t” is a statistical fact — black folk don’t go to the doctor in the numbers they should. In other cases, “Black folk don’t” is an anecdotal idea and concept that is based on a negative stereotype. Season 2 is made up of audience suggestions, episodes covering things “black folk don’t do” like swim, go camping, have eating disorders, get married, do atheism, and commit suicide.
Black Folk Don’t is the brainchild of director-producer Angela Tucker, whose career has been marked with creative, bold and varied social issue based projects, including feature length films, documentary and fiction shorts, web series, advocacy videos, and PSAs. Set in New Orleans, interviewees include MSNBC host Melissa Harris Perry, noted cultural critic Touré, and numerous local residents of varying socioeconomic backgrounds, balanced gender representation, and ages ranging 14-80.
“I’ve always done things that is said black people typically don’t do. I wanted to turn the stereotypes on their heads, and it was important to me to get a wide range of perspectives from everyday folks,” Tucker said. “Black Folk Don’t will make you laugh, make you pause, and I expect it will enrich the general perspective of how everyday people live their lives.”
Currently there are close to 40 million black residents in the United States, representing 12.6% of the total population of over 300 million people. New Orleans has a majority black population with 60% black residents, 33% white residents, and 7% other race/ethnicities.
“We’re thrilled to see the success of Black Folk Don’t and excited to take the second season to New Orleans,” said Nonso Christian Ugbode, Black Public Media Director of Digital Media. “We’ve been really invested in reaching new audiences through web interactive projects, and connecting those audiences with public media as a whole. Black Folk Don’t has helped us do just that thanks to Angela’s unique ability to take even tough topics and give them an inviting and casual tone.”
Online video watching has increasing exponentially, with great success for shorter videos that are humorous and spark discussion. “Before there was Sh*t White Girls Say or Sh*t Black Girls Say, or Sh*t Gay Guys say or Sh*t White Girls Say to Black Gay Girls or whatever it’s morphed into (I lost track) – there was Black Folk Don’t,” wrote Film Independent’s Erikka Yancy in an interview with Tucker.
Featured in Time Magazine’s “10 Ideas That Are Changing Your Life,” Black Folk Don’t has also been featured in NPR, The Root, Huffington Post, PBS’ Online Film Festival. The second season premiered at the 2012 National Association for Black Journalists conference and is to be screened by the New Orleans Film Society and Brooklyn Historical Society.
The first season of Black Folk Don’t was set in New York City, included interviews with author/comedian Baratunde Thurston, actress Yolonda Ross and other local residents, and covered subjects such as “black folk don’t” tip, go to therapy, travel, do winter sports, go to the doctor, and do yoga.
Black Folk Don’t Season 1 is available online, and Season 2 will air online every Tuesday in six minute episodes beginning on June 26. There will be seven episodes this season. The series is shown on BlackPublicMedia.org, Vimeo, BlipTV, PBS.org as well as at blackfolkdont.com.
For general press inquiries or to interview Black Folk Don’t director Angela Tucker, contact [email protected].
ABOUT BLACK FOLK DON’T Black Folk Don’t is a satirical documentary web series in its second season that challenges common stereotypes through interviews with black people of varying ages and backgrounds on a variety of topics. Directed and produced by Angela Tucker, Black Folk Don’t is a project of TuckerGurl Productions, with funding provided by the National Black Programming Consortium at BlackPublicMedia.org, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. For more information and to watch online visit blackfolkdont.com and BlackPublicMedia.org.
ABOUT ANGELA TUCKER Angela Tucker is a writer, director, and producer whose career has included feature length films, documentary and fiction shorts, web series, advocacy videos, and PSAs. 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 on The New Black, the Series Producer for PBS documentary series AfroPop. Tucker is based in Brooklyn, NY and can be followed on Twitter @tuckergurl. For more information visit tuckergurl.tumblr.com/.
BlackPublicMedia.org is the official website of the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC) founded in 1979 and dedicated to developing black digital authorship and distributing unique stories of the black experience in the new media age. Since 1991 NBPC has invested more than $7 million dollars in iconic documentary productions for public television; trained, mentored and supported a diverse array of producers who create content about contemporary black experiences; and emerged as a leader in the evolving next-media landscape. NBPC distributes engaging content online at BlackPublicMedia.org, and via broadcast through its AfroPoP: The Utimate Cultural Exchange documentary series; and facilitates the community engagement project Public Media Corps (PMC).