Former Blood & Crip Gang Members Pursue Their Dreams In New Docu-Soap 'Jersey Strong'
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Former Blood & Crip Gang Members Pursue Their Dreams In New Docu-Soap 'Jersey Strong'


You have love the various euphemisms being used for “reality TV series.” Docu-series, docu-soap, docu-drama… etc

I guess the label has become something of a *dirty* word now, with its negative connotations, and it’s not exactly one that networks necessarily want their programming associated with. 

But what’s that saying about looking like and walking like a duck…

Via press release, Participant Media unveiled a new slate of programming for its new cable TV network called Pivot, which will launch this August with 40+ million subscribers, and more than 300 hours of original programming targeted at so-called millennials – essentially 15-to-34-year-olds.

Scanning that new slate of programming, I came across this: a docu-soap (as it’s being called) series titled Jersey Strong, from the team behind the Brick City.

This Newark-based docu-soap chronicles the lives of two families from parallel universes — the street and the executive suite. Former Blood (Jayda) and Crip (Creep) gang members are raising two kids while pursuing their careers and following their dreams. Jayda is working to build mentorship programs for young women in Newark, while Creep balances a day job in sanitation with his dream of launching a comedy career. Brooke is a trial attorney balancing the stress of high stakes litigation with the real life drama of raising two college-aged kids with her partner in life and business – Maggie. “Jersey Strong” will explore Newark’s warm center and tough exterior through the eyes of two unconventional families striving to achieve the American Dream.

It’s the only Diaspora-interest series on Participant’s Pivot slate.

Produced by Mark Benjamin and Marc Levin, a season of 10 episodes (each 30 minutes long) of Jersey Strong are scheduled.

There was mention that Participant had partnered up with Univision and Latin World Entertainment to produce and market 10 hour-long documentaries ripped from the headlines, and produced in both Spanish and English – both Univision and Latin World Entertainment being the leading media, management and marketing companies serving Latin America.

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