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.
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
Township entrepreneurship is growing in South Africa. With unemployment levels climbing through the roof, township residents have to find other ways to make ends meet. Many turn to entrepreneurship in one form or another. Some might set up a shoe-shining stall at the...read more
The other day I was doing some research on Alexandra Township in Johannesburg, and came across a TripAdvisor review site. Some of the comments read: “There is no reason to go to Alex. You can drive through it on London Road…” “I do not even know why this would show on...read more
What’s hair got to do with it? You can’t talk about the growth and development of the black population in Brazil, about social and economic solutions, about inclusive strategies and empowerment initiatives, without recognizing the important role hair plays in all of...read more
I stumbled on Mão Dupla restaurant during my first visit to Brazil in 2014. Tucked deep inside the maze of crisscrossing cobblestone streets in the Pelourinho, Salvador’s historic district, I found myself drawn there one day as I wandered around, wide-eyed, hungry,...read more
The number of people who perform entrepreneurial activity in Brazil has surpassed 20 million, according to SEBRAE (Brazil’s agency for small and micro-business support). Of this total, 51 percent, or the equivalent of about 11 million, are Afro-Brazilian. According...read more