RISE ABOVE is the story of an uneducated black kid, Carl Jackson, who was from an impoverished family in the deep south of 1940s & 50s Georgia- who rose above class distinctions, socio economic barriers, educational disruptions, political marginalization and untold obstacles to become one of the most respected participants in the world of professional golf. With dignity, gentleness and strength, he triumphed over the unspoken expectations of what someone in his circumstances was expected to achieve. He became a champion in his field. By defeating all odds, he became an inspiration and beacon of hope and reconciliation and love for many.
RAP THIS! is a television series highlighting the birth of rap music and how in the half century since its inception, in the early 70's, it changed the face of politics, fashion, music and race relations. Rap as an art form, new musical technique, using the spoken word against musical beats, was not only music but was the vehicle with which to tell a story, create a call to action, or represent (through rap & hip hop) the lives of those whose stories were never told about or previously heard in song/music. These riveting and absorbing stories of influence, confluence, struggle and power will be told through the lens of some of the greatest hip hop/rap artists of all time.