BRING YOUR “A” GAME, produced by one of our grantees, Twenty-First Century Foundation, in partnership with actor-director Mario Van Peebles and producer Karen Williams, will have its BET debut this weekend. Per the Twenty-First Century Foundation’s website, the documentary aims to catalyze ” a national conversation on the plight affecting Black men and boys…Using a cinematic style influenced by popular culture and employing innovative technologies, the film details strategies that have improved the lives of Black men and boys. It underscores how essential educational achievement and high school graduation are to survival and success in today’s world.”
Interviewees include such Black male icons as Dr. Cornel West, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Richard “Dick” Parsons, Chris Rock, Spike Lee, Lupe Fiasco, Ice Cube, Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker, Kevin Liles, Lou Gossett Jr., Hill Harper, Damon Dash, Kevin Powell, Melvin Van Peebles, Geoffrey Canada, Bruce Gordon and former NBA star Alan Houston, and others.
We previewed a clip of the documentary at our recent Black Boys College Bound Initiative celebration of high school graduates. If you or someone you know has kids in high school who need to hear this important message, please let them know that the documentary will be showing on BET this Saturday, September 12, at 9:00 p.m. and Sunday, September 13, at 12:30 p.m. in the afternoon. BRING YOUR “A” GAME will be followed, on both days, by a showing of “Heart of the City”, which examines the impact of education issues on our communities.
Hope you’ll check it out!!