Question Bridge: A Dialogue Amongst Black Men
Question Bridge: Black Males is a platform for black men of all ages and backgrounds to ask and candidly respond to questions that are rarely discussed in public. Question Bridge: A Dialogue Amongst Men aims to represent and redefine the black male’s identity in America. We invite established and emerging black males in the community to discuss concepts of Understanding Black Masculinity, Marginalization, Provide & Protect: The role of Black Men in today’s World, and the Powers of Communication. This is a challenge to dismantle communication boundaries between the generations while exploring the identity and socio-economic issues as a model for understanding the complexity of being a Man.
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Moderator: Kendall D. Moore has extensive background and first-hand experience with community organizing from the administrative, as well as, grass-root level. He has been working in the field for the past fifteen years with a specific interest in correctional health care, continuity of care and community reintegration. Mr. Moore is a weekly radio host who show’s content includes national and local politics, community mobilization, arts and entertainments.
Guest Lecture Dr. T. Hasan Johnson: Assistant Professor at Fresno State. Ph.D. in Cultural Studies Department. M.A. degree in African –American Studies. B.A. degrees in Philosophy and Africana Studies. Dr. Johnson’s general research focuses on African resistance groups intersect religiosity, sexuality, and patriarchy while negotiating white supremacy, oppressive capitalism, and new forms of media. He specializes in Africana responses to cultural. Political and intellectual aggression from internal and external sources.
Guest Lecture Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu: Has been a guest speaker at most universities throughout the U.S., and has been a consultant to most urban school districts. He has authored 36 books including national best sellers, Black Students: Middle Class Teachers; Keeping Black Boys Out of Special Education; An African Centered Response to Ruby Payne’s Poverty Theory; Raising Black Boys and Understanding Black Male Learning Styles.
Guest Panelists also include:
Professor George Bailey: A faculty member in the English Department of Columbia College Chicago. He teaches Writing and Rhetoric I and II, and American Literature in that department as well. He has develop’ed courses titles such as “The Slave Narrative as Documentary,” “Blues as literature,” and Postmodern Black Culture,” “Graphic Narrative: Words, Image, and Visual Culture.
Ja’Mal Green: is a young entrepreneur from the south side of Chicago. He is an entertainer, singer, rapper, and owner of a record label, co-founder of a youth organization, author, playwright, director, actor, and producer.
Jedidiah Brown: National President Young Leaders Alliance is a coalition of leaders, accepting the challenge of changing our communities by assuming the role of leadership, addressing the issues and ills facing our generation. YLA seeks balance as we bridge the gaps between the people and power. We are leading the charge through love; hope, being above average, giving visible form to what we believe, being unapologetically intentional, and always pressing towards the mark.
Ronald “Kwesi” Harris: Is widely known for his dedication to engage, embrace, educate, enlighten, empower, and encourage African Males to succeed against the odds. As Director of the African American Male Resource Center of Chicago State University (CSU), his skilled approach has resulted in one of the highest African American male student retention rates in University history.
Runako Jaji: Artistic Director of eta Creative Arts Foundation, Theater Director, Playwright, Performer, Acting Coach and Poet.
The QUESTION BRIDGE: Black Males Exhibition and Programming is sponsored by Allstate.
Question Bridge was conceived by Chris Johnson. Question Bridge: Black Males was created by Chris Johnson and Hank Willis Thomas, in collaboration with Bayeté Ross Smith and Kamal Sinclair. The Executive Producers are Delroy Lindo, Deborah Willis and Jesse Williams. The Question Bridge curriculum was designed by Kamal Sinclair in collaboration with Bayeté Ross Smith and Chris Johnson, in consultation with Jinan Sumler, Dr. Joy Angela DeGruy and Dr. Deborah Willis. The Question Bridge website concept was conceived by Kamal Sinclair. Post-Production Producer, Will Sylvester. Supervising Story Producer, Rosa White.
Question Bridge: Black Males was produced by Songha and Company. Co-Produced by Innovent and farWord Inc. Underwritten by Open Society Institute’s Campaign for Black Male Achievement and Tribeca Film Institute. Supported by Bay Area Video Coalition, Sundance Institute’s New Frontier Story Lab, UPM and DualStar Digital.