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Fruitvale Station, Trayvon and Beyond: Black Male Storytelling, Movies and Media

How does a community move beyond outrage?

GriotWorks partnered with ReelBlack and Scribe Video Center for a panel discussion featuring storytellers and artists who use various forms of media to explore complex, layered stories about Black men. These artists deconstruct stereotypes by constructing images and ideas that challenge the status quo.

We discussed the film Fruitvale Station and the director, Ryan Coogler’s approach to storytelling, the impact of the Trayvon Martin/Zimmerman verdict and the progressive projects our panelists are producing to counter negative imaging in the media.

Saturday August 17, 2013 4-6pm
Scribe Video Center
4212 Chestnut Street, 3rd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104
$5, includes refreshments

Reserve your spot: https://fruitvaletalk.eventbrite.com/

Panelists Included:

Akintola Hanif,  the founder of HYCIDE magazine which explores the roles we create for ourselves and those created for us, challenging the status quo while bearing witness to the feared, neglected and misunderstood. His work is heavily rooted in cross-cultural photojournalism; fine art photography; media coverage and documentation of quality of life, education and class issues.

Greg “Just Greg” Corbin, an international poet, teacher, writer, motivational speaker, mentor and Philadelphia community leader for over 10 years. He is a recipient of the 2012 Black Male Engagement Leadership Award, the 2011 Focus on Prevention Award from Drexel University, is featured in Philadelphia’s citywide “UnLitter Us” campaign, and serves on the Philadelphia Poet Laureate Governing Committee. A Philadelphia native, Corbin is a dedicated community leader in Philadelphia and beyond, working to ensure the holistic growth of young people everyday.

Muthi Reed, founder of phillyhomegrown.net, was born in Detroit, Michigan, and raised in Philadelphia, PA during the 1980s & 90s, inspiring a lifelong interest in the architecture and stories of industrial ruin. Educated primarily as a sociologist Reed has worked largely as a community-based media maker as well as visual artist. Her current work focuses on recycle, reclaim and reuse aesthetics in art & culture, investigating how both material matter and people’s embodiment of space inscribes narrative and performance codes.

Stacey Muhammad, an award winning independent filmmaker and music video director who has written, directed and produced a series of award winning short films of both the narrative and documentary genres. As co-founder of Intelligent Seedz with activist / artist, Wise Intelligent, Stacey is committed to teaching youth the art of filmmaking and equipping them with the necessary tools to tell their stories. Her latest project, For Colored Boys, REDEMPTION, an original dramatic series, starring Julito McCullum (The Wire) and Rob Morgan (Pariah) with Tim Reid (WKRP / Sister, Sister) and Jacinto Taras Riddick (Law and Order) is currently on the festival circuit and will be released online this summer.