A Time Before Kale explores the history of black neighborhoods and their struggle to attain economic self sufficiency, determine their cultural identity and preserve their sense of community in the midst of gentrification. The pilot episode dives into my point of view and personal journey of “re-discovering” my neighborhood of Bed-Stuy and other neighborhoods in Brooklyn through historical records that share a glimpse of communities created by freed, escaped and emancipated slaves. A Time Before Kale utilizes studio interviews, polaroid pictures, archival footage and home movie VHS tapes to create an intimate viewing experience.

A Time Before Kale Concept Trailer (2020)


5 minutes 34 seconds


Born prematurely, at one pound and two ounces, Asha Boston knows a thing or two about fighting for the things you want in life– including life itself. Asha currently serves as the founder of the non-profit The Dinner Table Documentary and CEO of Passion Fruit Vineyard Productions LLC; a multimedia production company that creates branded content and program development for various non-profit and commercial entities.

In June of 2016, Asha was honored by the Obama Administration’s White House Council for Women and Girls as a “Nominated Change Maker” at the United State of Women Summit. In January of 2019 Asha began a year-long fellowship at the IFP/Made in NY Fellowship for her debut film series, A Time Before Kale. Asha most recently worked with Nike’s NikeByYou and Cultivator to design a limited edition Nike Air Max React 270 inspired by the A Time Before Kale film.

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