Waterloo Native teams up with Oprah for a new documentary series

A Waterloo native is behind a new documentary series that’s getting a lot of attention.

A new Hulu documentary is based on a long-running New York Times Magazine journalism project that began in 2019. It marked the 400th anniversary of what most historians consider the beginning of slavery in America.

In August 1619, a ship carrying 20 enslaved Africans arrived in Virginia. This is basically where the project begins. Nikole Hannah-Jones, a Waterloo native and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, is behind this project.

Hannah Jones is an award-winning investigative journalist who worked at ProPublica in New York. She currently covers civil rights and racial injustice for The New York Times Magazine.

She has won multiple NAACP Image Awards and a Peabody Award.

It started as a series of essays and has since turned into a podcast and a book. All these different mediums tackle the same difficult subject; how slavery impacted America.

“It aims to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative.”

Now, that project is a full-fledged Hulu documentary series. This six-part series is a collaboration between the streaming giant and Lions Gate with Hannah-Jones, originally from Waterloo, at its helm.

Oprah Winfrey is also an executive producer for The 1619 Project.

The first two episodes premiering on Thursday, January 26, the next two will be released on February 2, and the final episodes will be released on February 9. It is currently streaming on Hulu.

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