Friday, November 1, 2013
Have you heard about this doc - AMERICAN PROMISE ?
It's an emotional tale about race, class and the exclusive struggles that black boys in America must endure when attempting to achieve academically. The film intimately chronicles the lives of Idris Brewster and Seun Summers, a pair of middle-class African-American male students trying to navigate one of the nation’s most prestigious schools from kindergarten to graduation. Storytellers (parents) Joe Brewster and Michele Stephenson, both first generation college graduates, have been traveling the country speaking about the labor of love that won the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award in 2013 at the Sundance Film Festival.
“We both have come to understand that parenting, like filmmaking, is not a point in time, but a culminating effect,” explains Brewster, who admittedly is enamored with film, divulging that when he was 12-years-old he wrote Walt Disney and begged him to do a story with a black lead. Never getting a response from Walt Disney, it’s clear that making this film, for Brewster at least, is his way of making the black man the star... READ MORE By Christopher “Flood the Drummer”® Norris article in Philly Focus "12 Years A Star, Black Boys Achieved"!
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