Black, Women-Owned Content Marketing Company Reveals Story of Richmond’s First Black Newspaper

By BlackPressUSA

Tilt, a Richmond-based, Black and women-owned full-service content marketing company, has developed its first original documentary film, “Birth of a Planet,” to tell the untold story of the first black newspaper. of Richmond,”The planet Richmond.”

Birth of a Planet premiered June 10 at the Richmond International Film Festival (RIFF), one of the largest international competitive film festivals in the Mid-Atlantic.

The film tells the story of a group of 13 formerly enslaved men in Richmond, Virginia who used a printing press, ink and courage to combat the horrific southern realities of Jim Crow – demanding to make their voices heard, whatever the cost. In an era marked by lynchings, segregation and voter suppression, the Richmond Planet and its fearless editor John Mitchell, Jr. exposed stories of brutality, racism and injustice – issues that remain eerily all as relevant 140 years later.

“Working on the Birth of a Planet documentary has been a journey of exploration for me and the city I love,” said director Sylvester R. Tucker. “The Richmond Planet was a microphone for black voices in a city that sought to silence them, and I couldn’t be more grateful to everyone involved in this project who continued the work of black storytelling that John Mitchell dreamed of, Jr.. This project has been a constant reminder that black lives still matter and black voices still need to be heard. »

The project is the first of its kind for Tilt, which brought the documentary to life entirely in-house – from idea to research, script, filming, music and animation.

“Richmond and Virginia are rich in black history, but many stories remain untold,” said Tilt CEO and Founder Ron Carey. “We started looking for a story that would help us tell our own: that representation in the media matters in news, culture and advertising. It’s part of our fabric as a Richmond-based, black, women-owned business. When we came across The Richmond Planet and John Mitchell, Jr.’s story, we knew it was exactly what we were looking for.

Carey added that “The Planet project started as a small idea with a lot of passion behind it.”

“We hope the documentary will transcend film festivals to become an educational tool in schools, museums and other thought-provoking places,” he said. “We want viewers of all ages and backgrounds to pause, reflect and hopefully learn.”

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