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Promises Kept:Raising Black Boys to Succeed in School and Life (1945 hits)

The film is the centerpiece of a campaign to assist parents and educators in helping Black boys to close the educational achievement gap. I have written the film's companion book, Promises Kept: Raising Black Boys to Succeed in School and in Life. The film will be shown on on PBS February 3 at 10pm and February 4 at 6pm if you are available to watch it. (check your local station for air time)

American Promise is an educational coming-of-age tale of two African-American boys that earlier this year won Special Jury Prize for Excellence for a Documentary at Sundance. The filmmakers, Joe Brewster and Michele Stephenson, filmed the triumphs and challenges of their oldest son, Idris, and his best friend, Seun, from kindergarten through 12th grade in a prep school and an Afrocentric charter school. The film provides a never-before-seen look at many of the social, emotional and academic challenges that middle-class Black males must overcome to obtain a quality education. Roger Ebert has given American Promise a 4-star review.

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Posted By: Stephen Jones
Friday, January 24th 2014 at 9:02AM
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Wow! That good stuff and Thanks for posting this information; it's really encouraging. I'll google search to check when it's airing in my area.

Friday, January 24th 2014 at 5:38PM
Jen Fad
Thanks Stephen, I want to see this.
Friday, January 24th 2014 at 8:05PM
Dorothy Johnson

Congratulations Dr. Jones...........
Friday, January 24th 2014 at 10:47PM
powell robert
Hello Mr. Jones and All,

Of course, I will watch the documentary because I am interest in the direction of our thought pattern.
Nevertheless, what I know is that since Black Americans are a new race of people racially different from White America I know that White America can not educate Black Americans to succeed in life. Black Americans must educate Black Americans. Chinese educates Chinese! Japanese educates Japanese! Whites educate Whites.
Why is it different for us that White America educates Black America? Why is the trend not the same for us Black Americans?

Why are you all so proud to think that our success greatly depends on White Americans? Should not our success depend on God and our prophet?

If we can see life as the Whites sees life it would be a great to us moving from inferior thinking to independent thinking.

You all need a complete make over!

The day is not far off when we Black Americans will be educating ourselves. Once we are in the position to do research then we able to educate our own. The position we need to be in is sovereignty in a country of our own for us to educate our own. That’s how it works!

Saturday, January 25th 2014 at 5:37AM
Harry Watley
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