Stories of Blacks in History – with TV Director, Jerald Harkness

Stories of Blacks in History – with TV Director, Jerald Harkness

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August 14, 2020 by Bill Myers Inspires

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The stories of blacks in America who made significant contributions to its history is largely not included in American History books and educational curriculum. This deliberate racial biasing towards white achievements in America’s history has a devastating affect on how whites see blacks, and over time, on how blacks see themselves.  

JERALD HARKNESS – Studio Auteur is a content creation company specializing in documentaries. CEO Jerald Harkness has over 25 years of documentary production experience and has produced and directed for Paramount TV, UMC, ESPN, VH1, A&E, PBS and the NCAA. Notable awards include a national Emmy, Best Documentary for the International Academy of Web TV, a Webby nomination and various Festival selections and awards.
Recent work includes a documentary short called “Wesley” for the multiple award winning “Election Effect” series for Paramount TV and distributed by Facebook in 2018. In 2018, Studio Auteur produced the docu-drama series “True First” which celebrates forgotten and overlooked African American trailblazers and pioneers for Urban Movie Channel.
Harkness has been the producer of a number of independent and broadcast documentaries including a national Emmy for his work on ESPN’s SportsCentury series. His first documentary “Steppin’” in 1992 won the National Educational Gold Apple Award, making it eligible for an Academy Award nomination. Steppin’ also won the 1994 Pan African People’s Choice Award. His second documentary “Facing the Façade” won the Indiana Film Festival’s Best Documentary and People’s Choice award. Jerald produced “The Game of Change” which was selected for the 2008 Heartland Film Festival.
Harkness’ national broadcast credits include: “Game of Change” and the Al Unser story for the Emmy Award Winning “Sports Century” series for ESPN Classics, “7 Days Left with Queen Latifah” for VH1, and the Andy Gibb story for A&E Biography.
Other broadcast documentary projects that aired in Indiana are: Living as a Legend: The Damon Bailey Story, The Men of Montford Point: The First Black Marines, and Eyewitness to a Century: The Indianapolis Recorder Newspaper.


~ More About Bill Myers Inspires ~ 

Emmy Award-winning actor Bill Myers is an accomplished actor, jazz musician, filmmaker, writer, educator, and speaker. As a bi-racial man who is both black and white, Bill leverages his background, talents, and voice through creativity, compassion, and connection as activism for social justice to focus on uniting the divide and compelling change.

In a civic leadership capacity, he has served as President of the African American Jazz Caucus in NYC, member of the Indianapolis Cultural Development Committee, and served as President of the Indianapolis Downtown Optimist Club. In addition to his Emmy Award, Bill has received many awards and notable commissions for his work including being commissioned by the Indianapolis Museum of Art to create an original work for Dr. Martin Luther King Day entitled “The Music, Martin & Me.”

Bill Myers seeks to encourage, enlighten, and empower others through the power of entertainment to affect social justice.

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