J. Cole is producing an upcoming PBS documentary, Raising Berte.
The docu-series is described as an intimate glimpse into the lives three black boys as they come age in rural Bertie County, North Carolina, facing a dwindling economy and declining high school graduation and population rates.
“This powerful vérité film weaves the young men’s narratives together as they work to define their identities and grow into adulthood while navigating complex relationships, institutional racism, violence, poverty, and educational inequity,” PBS’ site reads.
The project was initially conceived as a survey an alternative school in Bertie County called the Hive House but eventually was turned into a feature length film.
“I didn’t want to focus on stories the exceptional,” said director Margaret Byrne her decision to film the three boys that star in the film, Junior, Bud and Dada. “The truth is, I made a film about three kids I met and I cared about. The individuals in this story are representative their community and they matter.”
As for J. Cole, this isn’t the first time that he’s delved into film. The Fayetville, North Carolina native also starred in the well-received HBO documentary, 4 Your Eyez Only late last year.
Raising Bertie airs on PBS on Aug. 28. Watch the trailer here.