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Georgia Fort set to launch weekly show on the CW

Georgia Fort is an Emmy-nominated journalist whose reporting has been featured on CNN, ABC, NBC, Fox and CBS affiliates. She has more followers than any other Twin Cities newscaster or TV host. She was one of only two journalists allowed in the courtroom for Derek Chauvin’s sentencing.

And yet no local Twin Cities TV station will let Georgia Fort to do what she does best: tell stories that change the narrative of marginalized communities by amplifying truth, citing diverse sources and contextualizing social justice issues.

Why? What are they afraid of?

Georgia has done more than enough to earn a seat at the local media table, but they continue to deny her the chance. So she’s taking matters into her own hands.

Georgia is launching her own show, a weekly half-hour TV show designed to bring her award-winning reporting to an even larger audience.

The show will feature stories that correct the negative images of Black people on screen that have been perpetuated for decades. Decades of typecasting, blackface and mugshots can’t be undone overnight, but Changing the Narrative will be a vital and groundbreaking first step.

And that’s where YOU come in.

We’re raising money to place Georgia’s TV Show on broadcast TV as a paid program starting in February 2023.

Funds will cover season one production costs, airtime, and a media campaign to promote and build awareness for the show. Our hope is that others will then take notice of Georgia’s unique voice and give her the prime time slot it deserves.

If you’re looking for a direct way to support diversity, equity, inclusion, accuracy, social justice and African American stories and voices in Minnesota, this is it. Please help change the narrative in the Twin Cities by getting Georgia Fort on the air.

“Since the inception of American media, the image of Black people on screen has been exploited and misrepresented. Media has at large served as a tool to dehumanize Black people. So, for those reasons — and for my children and the future of our nation — it is my duty to change the narrative.”

– Georgia Fort

Meet the team

Producer

Rebecca Gilbuena-Johnson

Producer

Josh Cobb

Lead Cinematographer

Ron Johnson

The creatives behind the show

Cinematographer

Brian Few

Cinematographer

Matt Wales

Editor

TBD

Josh Cobb is an award winning multi-disciplinary producer and writer with a demonstrated history in news and creative storytelling. Cobb blends his detail oriented lens into celebrating and amplifying often overlooked cultures and characters. His unwavering commitment has been showcased through his work at YouthLens360, KMSP-TV, KSTP-TV, Insight News, and the Black News Channel. 

Having always harbored a talent for storytelling, Cobb discovered his own passion for news, video production, and filmmaking as a college undergraduate at St. Cloud State University. During his studies, Cobb began producing 30 minute news programs, shooting with his classmates, screenwriting, and was an on camera personality for several culture and sports programming. 

Now, Cobb is ecstatic to bring his passion and skill set to BLCK Press, an independent newsroom dedicated to telling transformational and authentic stories through the racial narrative that is often underreported in traditional media.

Producer Josh Cobb

Lead Cinematographer

Ron Johnson

Ron has been pointing a camera at people and trying to tell stories with it since he was in 6th grade. 

 

The images he’s captured include: Kids laughing. Hairless cats. A year in the life of brilliant high-school debaters. Sunrises and sunsets. The heartbreak of a chosen family of skydivers. Too many waving pieces of crime scene tape in too many neighborhoods in too many cities. The meeting of an organ recipient and the mother of the donor who saved his life. A story about an adopted donkey being loved.

 

He loves connecting one person to another through stories.

Producer Rebecca Gilbuena-Johnson

More about the team

Rebecca (Becca) is a news producer with 10 years media experience. Becca left mainstream media in 2015. She has since served as Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office public information officer, employee communication manager for both a global financial company and a Minnesota-based technology retailer. Most recently, Becca worked for a company full of brilliant scientists a global communications strategist and public relations manager.

 

Becca is from Barnesville, MN. She graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead in 2008 with a degree in broadcast journalism.

 

Becca is grateful to be on a team of people focused on listening, telling the truth, and amplifying the experiences of Black and brown Minnesotans.