Please refer to the calendar for performance details.
ARTISTS AND ACTIVISM
The conference is shaped by the legacy as seen, felt and demonstrated by those who worked on this seminal production. For those involved with its creation, (particularly its writers and actors), the experience of The Wire was transformative, inspiring dedicated community service in the form of educational programs, advocacy platforms and the formation of creative outlets like Moving Mountains, founded by renown actor Jamie Hector. This Brooklyn based youth theater company will close out the conference with a performance of West Side Story, a production they've expended countless hours perfecting.
This panel presents an opportunity for Mr. Pierce to share revelations and motivations for his own activism as exemplified in his advocacy and tireless work on behalf of his New Orleans neighbors by establishing Pontchartrain Park Community Development Corporation, building new affordable solar and geothermal homes in the area for families displaced by Hurricane Katrina and Sterling Farms, a chain of grocery stores in the Ninth Ward.
Throughout the two day conference, we've coordinated eight panel discussions ranging from Immersive Journalism featuring Sudhir Venkatesh, author of Gang Leader for a Day (Penguin Press) and Leon Dash, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Rosa Lee: A Mother and Her Family in Urban America, to our "Public Square," organized by Sheri Parks (University of Maryland), on Baltimore as a site for examining the interplay of race, racism, and the roles of the police, city officials and black youth, to Religion, Race and Politics in the Inner City, Mass Incarceration and the School to Prison Pipeline.
LION KING PERFORMANCE
WEST SIDE STORY PERFORMANCE
A few weeks ago MM took a trip to LION KING on Broadway. It was an amazing event full of inspirational performance with loads of talent and fun! The youth of MM were so appreciative of having this opportunity and can't wait to go on more! MM is made up of artists that support the arts!
Last month, MM rang in the Awesome African American History month with excellent performances dedicated to African American pride and modern day African American Progression through the arts!
TAKING CHANCE will screen on Sunday November 8th, 2015 at the Teaneck International Film Festival in Teaneck NJ. The screening will be followed by a Q & A moderated by film and stage producer Dedra Tate. TAKING CHANCE tells the story of Chance a 16 year old aspiring rap artist who writes songs that speak of love and unity. However Chance has been under pressure by his brother and peers to face a bully in school who enjoys humiliating Chance at school and on social media. Chance feels he can ignore this bully until he gives up but with the state of social media following your every move and the reality of weapons being a constant threat he never feels safe.
TAKING CHANCE tells a story thats very common for teens today. Moving Mountains hopes to have as many conversations as possible about this growing issue and hopes to use the film to pro-actively make a change in how young people deal with violence and bullies.
Directed by Jerry LaMothe and Executive Produced by Jamie Hector, Taking Chance stars Moving Mountains Professional Performing Team Dajour Chuck, Corey Knight, De'on Ragin, Nathanyah Alexander, Domonique Pittway, Jahkaih Ross and Daphnee Dallemond. Tickets are available on the TIFF website and at the Teaneck Cinema. The screening is at the Temple Emeth 1666 Windsor Road, Teaneck, NJ 07666
Purchase tickets here, tickets are 6$:
Chance, a young aspiring artist from Brooklyn, wants nothing more but to achieve his dreams of making it big. He looks forward to creating music that speaks to a loving and peaceful world. However, in today's' society, such ambitions can prove difficult especially in a community where the mantra 'do or die' still has a strong hold on those around him. With the state of social media and a culture that follows your every move, Chance faces overwhelming pressure from his alpha brother and peers alike, to face a bully he would rather reason with or ignore. If only someone else was on his side...
MOVING MOUNTAINS auditions will be held October 9th, 2015 at Medgar Evers, 1150 Carroll Street, in Brooklyn. MMInc. offers classes in drama, dance, vocal and film, as well as, personal and profession development and community service projects for talented youth from 10 to 21 years of age. If you missed the first round of auditions contact the organization for an audition appointment within the month of October. We anticipate the classes will fill quickly. The organization plans three seperate stage productions this year and one short film.