According to recent data by the state Department of Education, about 17% of California students drop out of high school. But, if you're African American and live in Alameda County, that number shoots up to about 35%, likely higher if you're a Black male.
The Twenty-First Century Foundation's Black Men and Boys Initiative and Actor-Director Mario Van Peebles invite you to participate in a free public screening and discussion about new ideas to improve educational outcomes for African American boys in Oakland.
BRING YOUR "A" GAME is a new documentary film that, in Van Peebles' words, "sheds light on the resilience and influence of Black males." The film will be used as a springboard for discussion and more importantly, action.
The film is hosted by Van Peebles and includes innovative special effects and interviews with prominent Black men such as Ice Cube, Lupe Fiasco, Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, Cornell West, Spike Lee, and others. Its message, one that President Obama has spoken about, is clear: a high school diploma is not enough.
We must bring our "A" Game!
Oakland Musuem - James Moore Theatre
1000 Oak Street
Oakland, California 94607
Saturday, September 19, 2009
9:00AM-5:00PM for YOUTH
9:00AM-12NOON for ADULT STAKEHOLDERS
Open to African-American males between 9th and 12th grade. Lunch (for youth only) will be served.
Space is limited.
Mario Van Peeples
How are Oakland Youth
Bringing their 'A' Game?