According to Queen Quet, the chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation, television has done a poor job of accurately portraying the stories of the Gullah/Geechee community. So, she came up with a solution: start a news show which would present the community as it today and as it was before — Gullah/Geechee Gwine On-Nayshun Nyews.
“Many of them tend to focus on the history of enslavement and not the history of empowerment and self-determination,” Quet says,
The web-based Gullah/Geechee Gwine On-Nayshun Nyewsis the first show from Gullah/Geechee TV. On July 2, Queen Quet and Gullah/Geechee TV debuted the first episode of the internet show. GGTV released the second episode last week. The focus? Autonomy in the local African-American community. The episode also features John’s Island native and activist, William Saunders.
New episodes of Gullah/Geechee Gwine On-Nayshun Nyews are scheduled to debut every Wednesday at www.gullahgeechee.net. Just click on the link at the bottom of the page, the one labeled “Visit Us.” Episodes are also available on YouTube, Facebook, and MySpace.
“I host the program and do on-location interviews with natives of the Gullah/Geechee Nation in different parts of the world, as well as here at home. This allows people to learn about history, arts, festivals, educational programs, rallies, etc. that are taking place in the Gullah/Geechee Nation or are directly connected to the culture,” Quet says. “Some episodes pull from the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition’s archive of footage that has been documented for 14 years and will provide historic context for many issues that are happening globally and provide answers to many questions that people have about the continuing traditions of Gullah/Geechees.”
This is not the first time that Quet has launched a Gullah/Geechee-centric show. Previously, she hosted the Gullah Cunneckshun TV show on Brooklyn Community Access Television. According to Quet, it was the first TV show dedicated to educating people about the stories of Gullah/Geechees presented by Gullah/Geechees.
But cable access is one thing. The net is something else entirely. Quet says, “Given how technology has made the world an even smaller place since then, I am truly enjoying being able to produce and use my computer science degree … to further enlighten people about my culture and to empower my own people!”