J. Cole Will Co-Produce New PBS Docuseries 'Raising Bertie'
J. Cole unveiled his 4 Your Eyez Only documentary earlier this year, giving viewers a glimpse into his upbringing in Fayetteville, North Carolina, all while giving a voice to individuals from his hometown who had powerful, emotional stories to share with the world. Stepping away from the spotlight to give a voice to the voiceless, Cole is set to executive produce the new PBS docuseries Raising Bertie, (set to air Aug. 28) which captures the lives of three men living in Bertie County, North Carolina.
"I know a lot of you have challenges in your lives right now that can make it hard to focus on your schoolwork," Barack Obama's 2009 back-to-school speech begins at the outset of the trailer, where a young man is riding his bicycle on an empty road. "But at the end of the day, where you come from, how much money you have, there is no excuse for not trying." As the trailer unfolds, we're introduced to the documentary's three leading men, whose lives are documented over a six-year period, revealing a bevy of hardships they each had to endure.
"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," Raising Bertie director Margaret Byrne said in a statement. "The truth is, I made a film about three kids I met and cared about. I knew their story needed telling. The individuals in this story are representative of their community and they matter."
Raising Bertie will air on PBS August 28. Watch the full trailer for Raising Bertie below.