Global video streaming platform YouTube has bolstered its programming with a slate of new and returning non-fiction projects, dedicated to amplifying Black voices.
The titles include projects greenlit as a direct result of the recently announced #YouTubeBlack Voices Fund, which is granting US$100 million to feature the voices of Black creators on its platform by developing talent and funding content.
“YouTube is committed to spotlighting community-driven storytelling and the important issues that people of color and other marginalized communities face everyday,” said Susanne Daniels, global head of original content for YouTube Originals, in a statement. “Now more than ever, it’s essential that we develop, support, and elevate content that is created by and for the Black community.”
The global fund will be used over the next three years to acquire and produce YouTube Originals programming, while also directly supporting Black creators and artists to help them thrive on YouTube.
Among the non-fiction YouTube Originals stemming from the fund is the 12-part docuseries Resist, which follows the grassroots work of the organizations fighting the Los Angeles county’s US$3.5 billion jail expansion plan in 2018.
The project, from Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors, will additionally examine the issues of cash bail, unlawful arrest, over-policing of Black and brown neighborhoods, and mass incarceration.
Resist is produced by Blackpills and Pulse Films and is slated to premiere later this month. Executive producers are Patrisse Cullors, dream hampton, Mervyn Marcano, Thomas Benski, Marisa Clifford, Robin Frank, Tani Ikeda, Kai Bowe, Davey Spens, Clara Levy and Philipe Haim.
Garrett Hubbard’s one-off documentary Trapped: Cash Bail in America will explore the ways in which activists are working to reform America’s criminal justice system and its inherent economic and racial inequalities. Chris L. Jenkins produces.
Trapped: Cash Bail in America premieres Oct. 12.
Elsewhere, The Outsiders is a four-part series that will explore the Black visionaries who have been succeeded despite being excluded and marginalized by society because of their race. The series will feature writers, artists, performers, athletes, scientists, politicians, entrepreneurs and business leaders. Directed by Simon Frederick (Black is the New Black, They Gotta Have Us) and produced by Atelier Frederick’s AFL Films, The Outsiders is slated to premiere in February 2021.
Finally, the tentatively titled one-off film Barbershop Medicine, slated for 2021, will look to examine the impact that race and socioeconomic status have on healthcare. Set in a barbershop, the special will bring together renowned physicians, musicians, creators and community leaders to discuss health concerns and raise awareness on such topics as vaccines, diabetes, cancer and mental health. Produced by Macro Television Studios, the special is executive produced by Charles D. King, Marta Fernandez, Jelani Johnson and Alisha Corpas Wynn.
“Race has never been an easy issue to confront but the events over the last few months have opened up doors of dialogue and action that had once seemed closed,” added Malik Ducard, YouTube’s VP of content partnerships. “Across YouTube, we have a tremendous opportunity and responsibility to contribute to these conversations about racial justice in a meaningful way. Through our $100 million content fund and other initiatives, we are continuing the important work of amplifying Black voices, making YouTube a better place for Black creators, educating people on the diversity of the Black experience, and centering Black people as the messengers of their own stories.”
Radhika Apte reveals real reason why she got married
Radhika Apte needs no introduction to Kollywood fans after her appearance as Superstar Rajinikanth’s wife in ‘Kabali’ directed by Pa Ranjith. The intense actress impressed with her performance of a meek girl to a mother of a grown-up and especially her reunion scene with Rajini took the audience on an emotional ride.
Radhika is happily married to her British boyfriend Benedict Taylor who is a singer and she shuttles between Mumbai and London to balance her personal and professional life.
Radhika Apte in her most recent interaction with Vikranth Massey on social media from London has admitted that she does not believe in the institution of marriage. When asked why she got married the talented performer replied that it is easier for married people to get a British visa and that’s why she and her man opted for it in 2012.
Radhika is currently chilling with Taylor in their London home during the lockdown and will soon start filming her next English film ‘Noor Inayat Khan’ in which she plays a spy based on a true story.
Jacqueline Fernandez shares picture of her being in ‘happy place’
Actor Jacqueline Fernandez is working on a secret project where she found herself in a ‘happy place’. Taking it to Instagram on Sunday, the 35-year-old actor shared a picture dressed up like a traffic police officer as she is seen laughing her heart out.
“How was everyone’s Sunday?? Fun project coming up soon! #myhappyplace,” wrote Fernandez along with a picture where she is also seen holding a coffee mug. The ‘Kick’ actor also shared a few Instagram stories of her getting ready for the upcoming project.
Recently, the actor extended gratitude to her fans after the number of Instagram followers hit the 46 million mark.
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