TEACHED VOL. II
TEACHED Vol. II continues Vol. I's exploration of race, education and equality issues, but goes more deeply into the particular experiences of black male youth in today's America, including the challenges of racial profiling and stereotyping that make it harder for African American boys to reach their full potential.
This film examines Oakland's evolution through the eyes of social entrepreneurs determined that youth of color not be left on the sidelines as Silicon Valley spreads into the home of the second largest black community in California. Kalimah Priforce, whose first activism was a hunger strike at age eight, and Kimberly Bryant, a successful engineer turned founder of Black Girls Code, are organizing large-scale hackathons preparing youth to redesign the future through the power of coding. Joined on the national stage by #YesWeCode founder Van Jones, their work represents the cusp of a movement to change both the face and future of technology in America. But is Silicon Valley ready to be hacked? (21 min.)
THINK OF CALVIN
On a Friday night after a long week at work, Calvin Davis joined his family in Southwest Washington, DC for an informal gathering. Still wearing scrubs from his job at Children’s National Medical Center, Calvin caught up with an old friend while his two boys rode bikes around the block. When police followed his fifteen year-old home, pulling on gloves as they approached the teenager, Calvin intervened to ask “Why? What did he do?” How these questions escalated into a night in jail for a father with no prior record will make you “Think of Calvin” next time you question racial profiling or how America has become the world’s most prolific jailer. (20 min.)
As a black boy growing up in urban America, Tyzjae has encountered more than his share of obstacles in his quest to obtain a high-quality education. His mother tries year after year to ensure Tyzjae is enrolled in a school where he will be taught to the level of his intellectual ability, but sometimes it seems that the only way Tyzjae might achieve his dream of attending college is through football. He is a naturally gifted quarterback, but will an injury freshman year destroy his college dream before he even graduates? Is too much pressure placed on African American boys to be great athletes at the expense of nurturing their academic and other talents? (18 min.). COMING SOON.