Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Say It Loud: The Importance of African American Boys and Education

Jordan Coleman is an actor and young filmmaker based in New Jersey, who was challenged by his mother to use his earnings from Nickelodeon's 'Backyardigans' to do something positive for his community. He created the film Say It Loud, to remind youth, particularly African American boys, that education is important. He enlisted the help of celebrities and athletes, asking them for advice and words of encouragement. The film features appearances from Kobe Bryant, Ludacris, Rev. Al Sharpton, Newark mayor Cory Booker, Master P, Michael Strahan, and rapper Hurricane Chris:

For more information on Say It Loud, visit the website at www.sayitloudfilm.com and read article about Jordan here.

Men To Boys: In related news, check out the site Men II Boys to view a snippet of their documentary, that discusses the lack of father-to- son relationships, primarily in the African-American community, and how that absence affects a boy's ascent into manhood.

Making appearances in the documentary are Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), Baltimore Raven Daniel Wilcox and University of Maryland Baltimore president Freeman A. Hrabowski III. The men share their own experiences with their fathers and how having a father around impacted their lives. Source: The JHU Gazette

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