The Emerge Project Documentaries: Black Led Projects
All around the world, Black people tend to be seen as needy, troublesome, incapable of generating solutions without outside direction. Our project aims to show that, in fact, the opposite is true: Black people–ordinary, everyday people–are constantly building and rebuilding foundations, using their ingenuity and limited resources to change the world around them.
We use short films, photo essays, articles and blogs to show the real people and the real movements that are driving change at the grassroots level, with an initial focus on Johannesburg, South Africa and Salvador, Brazil.
In response to the xenophobic attacks that keep popping up around the country, we publish here a series of articles written by young people, both South African and foreign nationals, sharing their thoughts, impressions and reactions to these events. By Solomon Motsiri...read more
In response to the xenophobic attacks that keep popping up around the country, we publish here a series of articles written by young people, both South African and foreign nationals, sharing their thoughts, impressions and reactions to these events. By Mpho Adora...read more
Selebogo Molefe was not what I expected. I first heard of him and The Hookup Dinner (THUD) while filming Marcia Simelane, one of The Emerge Project’s featured leaders; she spoke highly of him and THUD. She had won Pitch of the Night a couple of years back at THUD,...read more
Deep in heart of Alexandra Township is a group of young people being groomed to take on the world. They are problem-solvers in the making. Already active in their homes, communities and schools, learning the ins and outs of business and service on a micro level. They...read more
Every generation has its own battles to fight. It was on 16 June, 42 years ago that the youth of Soweto took to the streets to march against the use of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction in education. Four decades later, on 16 June 2018, the youth of Alexandra, in...read more
Ralton Sergey has become a known second-hand book seller by Gautrain commuters at the Johannesburg Park Station Rally, who is originally from Durban, said he didn’t know that one day he would be a well known roadside book seller. His books are very catching to the eye...read more
Come help us elevate the voices of grassroots Black visionaries and leaders in South Africa and Brazil! The Emerge Project is on a growth track for 2018! We've got a vision and goals for this year; will you help us realize them? We are looking for a team of volunteers...read more
The other day I was chatting with a South African colleague whom I had recently met. She expressed her fear and discomfort with the current state of the country, with the political instability and deepening racial tensions, among other factors. I could feel her sense...read more
By this point in time and history, we all are well-versed in Africa’s problems. We can all, in every corner of the globe, recite a litany of challenges and wrongs plaguing the continent. But do we have any idea of what’s working? Can we stand up and point out all the...read more
Black child rise, Rise from the dust of your clay, Rise from the earth of your forefathers, Rise from the negativity imposed upon you, By those who fear your majestic nature, Rise from the pressure that’s meant to keep you down, From rising above them, Rise from the...read more