J.Cole wants to give a voice to Bertie County
RocNation artist and Fayetteville N.C. emcee J.Cole will be a part of another documentary this summer titled Raising Bertie. J.Cole is familiar with documentaries because earlier this year he released his 4 Your Eyez Only that aired on HBO. 4 Eyez Only gave his fans an inside look on how life was in his hometown of Fayetteville, N.C. and people in his hometown shared their emotional stories. Cole believed with this documentary he was able to give a voice to the voiceless.
The docuseries Raising Bertie, which will air on PBS on August 28th will be executive produced by J.Cole. Raising Bertie will follow the lives of three young men living Bertie County, North Carolina. The Raising Bertie trailer begins with a back-to-school speech in 2009 from former President Barack Obama “I know a lot of you have challenges in your lives right now that can make it hard to focus on your schoolwork,” and the visual shows a young man riding a bike on an open road.”But at the end of the day, where you come from, how much money you have, there is no excuse for not trying.”
The trailer then reveals the three young men going through hardships living in rural America over a six-year time span.”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.”
Watch the Raising Bertie trailer below and will air on Aug.28th on PBS