YouTube Unveils Project Slate Devoted to Black Storytelling

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A number of the documentary and scripted series were backed by the platform's $100 million #YouTubeBlack Voices Fund.

YouTube has unveiled some of the projects financed by the platform's $100 million #YouTubeBlack Voices Fund, announced in June.

Youtube Originals' new content slate devoted to Black storytelling, announced Wednesday, includes several titles backed by the fund, which aims to support Black creators working on the platform. Those titles include Resist, a 12-part documentary series centered on organizers fighting L.A. County's 2018 proposed jail expansion plan from executive producers including Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors and filmmaker dream hampton and HBCU Homecoming 2020: Meet Me On The Yard, a livestreamed celebration of Homecoming at HBCUs, where in-person events were canceled due to coronavirus, that will benefit the United Negro College Fund and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. 

Also financed by the $100 million fund are a second "Bear Witness, Take Action" special, executive produced by Reginald Hudlin, which will feature YouTube creators and other Black public figures speaking about their experiences with racial injustice and offering viewers a platform to donate to social justice causes; the family-oriented series Onyx Family Dinner, which will address news in a form suitable for multiple age groups; and Barbershop Medicine, executive produced by Charles D. King and others, which will provide a forum for medical experts, musicians and others to discuss contemporary health topics.

YouTube also announced racial justice-oriented shows developed before the creation of the Black Content Fund on Wednesday. Those titles include the four-part documentary series Together We Rise, the documentary Trapped: Cash Bail in America, a special October episode of Booktube, the four-part series The Outsiders, a second season of Glad You Asked and six new episodes of the children's series Lockdown.

“YouTube is committed to spotlighting community-driven storytelling and the important issues that people of color and other marginalized communities face everyday,” global head of original content for YouTube Originals Susanne Daniels said in a statement about the content slate. “Now more than ever, it's essential that we develop, support, and elevate content that is created by and for the Black community."