J. Cole is taking his talents to PBS.
The multi-faceted rapper is one of the co-producers of “Raising Bertie,” a new docuseries about three men from Bertie County, North Carolina.
A moving trailer for the documentary features stunning video footage, soundtracked by a 2009 speech by President Barack Obama. Emotional moments follow, as viewers meet “Raising Bertie’s” protagonists and their loved ones.
According to director Margaret Byrne, the docuseries was meant to do several things. “In editing this story, there were competing pressures: to fight against stereotypes, to tell an exciting story, to tell a story of unexpected success, and to prove that a filmmaker can communicate an honest story about a culture that is not her own,” she said.
But more than anything, the film is meant to reveal these important stories. “The truth is, I made a film about three kids I met and cared about,” added Byrne. “I knew their story needed telling. The individuals in this story are representative of their community and they matter.”
J. Cole is no stranger to this type of project. In the past, he’s also worked on the 4 Your Eyez Only documentary and the “Forest Hills Drive: Homecoming” special on HBO.
“Raising Bertie” is set to air Aug. 28 on PBS.