NEW YORK — The strictly online show Black Folk Don’t is filming for a third season and already has two episodes available for viewing. The satirical documentary web series challenges common stereotypes of African-Americans.
The third season, which is filmed in California, features interviews of celebrities like 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 brainchild of director-producer Angela Tucker, Black Folk Don’t is designed to inspire dialogue around a number of controversial issues.
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) or join the NRA (Jan. 6). A special episode, which aired Thursday, Dec. 12, shows 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 Black Public Media Director of Digital Media Nonso Christian Ugbode.
The series is shown on BlackPublicMedia.org, the official website of NBPC, YouTube, and PBS.org, as well as at blackfolkdont.com