‘Drunk History: Black Stories’ will give you something to toast
A brand-new digital series entitled “Drunk History: Black Stories” is being given the world by Funny Central International.
The series will inform stories from throughout the African Diaspora, consisting of obscure tales from the continent of Africa, the Caribbean and the United States.
Hosted by British rapper/actor and manufacturer Rapman, numerous stars inform the dramatized stories while imbibing.
The creation of Gwendolyn Elliott from ViacomCBS, executive manufacturers Collins Harris, Rebecca Hewett and their group looked for tales that would provide themselves to an enjoyable, and amusing format.
“We really wanted to take the platform, which is popular, it’s a recognized platform and use it as a model to celebrate these histories,” Harris informed CNN. “You know we’re really raising a glass to folks who deserve to be acknowledged.”
The program is UK-based with global stars such as Scorcher, Zeze Millz, Leticia Hector, Lola Jagun, and Femi Oyeniran as re-enactors for stories told by the similarity Amma Asante, Jamali Maddix, Kevin ‘KG’ Garry & Travis Jay. However Harris has no issues about the United States audience being in on the joke.
“I think one of the great things about comedy is that folks come for one thing, which is to laugh, but if comedy is done well, they’ll leave with something else,” Harris said. “We really wanted to do that with this project.”
The show shines a spotlight on historical figures like Len Johnson, a UK boxer denied the chance to compete for a championship in Great Britain because of the color bar; the “Sons of Africa,” an 18th century abolitionist group in Britain that campaigned to end the African slave trade; and Sister Rosetta Tharpe, who is considered by many to be the “Godmother of Rock N’ Roll” in the United States.
Director Femi Oyeniran got to be involved both behind the camera and as a reenactor.
He told CNN it brought together Black creators and a mostly Black crew, which doesn’t often happen in the UK.
Oyeniran takes pride in being able to share Black British history with audiences around the world.
“I feel like, you know, part of the reason that African-Americans have struggled with the fact that Black British people exist with the same similar struggles as them is because we’ve never really portrayed what it means to be British globally,” he stated. “To the average American, what it means to be British is the royal family, tea and crumpets, period dramas. It’s all of those things, but a lot of Black British people have never been parts of those journeys.”
“Drunk History: Black Stories” will program the world the kinship of those descended from Africans worldwide, he stated.
“We’re united in struggles, but also we’re also united in excellence,” Oyeniran stated. “That’s what this project is.”
“Drunk History: Black Stories” will be readily available globally on Funny Central UK’s YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram platforms on Thursdays at 1:30pm EST/6:30pm GMT, starting April 15.
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.