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AfroSolo Arts Festival 21
Project Empowerment: The Audacity To Succeed
Saturday, September 27, 2014 Noon - 6 pm
African American Art & Culture Complex (762 Fulton Street, SF)  map
Free Register in Advance (info@afrosolo.org with name, age and contact info)
For more information email Thomas at: thomas@afrosolo.org or call 415/771-2376

AfroSolo Arts Festival proudly joins President Obama's My Brothers Keeper Initiative by inaugurating Project Empowerment: The Audacity To Succeed. The purpose of this initiative is to help young Black men and boys successfully transcend youth to adulthood.

AfroSolo was inspired to action by a by-chance encounter with a report stating that on July 31, 2013, that more than sixty percent of the youths locked up in San Francisco's juvenile detention were African American. Of that, about fifty-seven percent were boys. These are startling statistics since African Americans make up less than six percent of the city's population. Upon further research, we found this to be close to the norm locally, state wide and nationally. Unfortunately, these stats are inline with todays figures.

With three different approaches, Project Empowerment's goals are to provide information, inspiration and tools to help young Black men and boys live happy, healthy and productive lives.

Using the arts as a conduit, we will convene an Audacity To Succeed Conference, publish an anthology of letters from established Black men to young Black men and boys and host extraordinary performances featuring our target population. The Conference and the performance extravaganza will take place on September 27, 2014.

Project Empowerment - Part 1
(Saturday, September 27, 2014)
The Audacity to Succeed! Young Black Men and Boys Soaring Into The Future: Project Empowerment!

Project Empowerment: The Audacity to Succeed: Young Black Men and Boys Soaring Into The Future will include workshops, seminars, teach-ins, etc., to help inspire the youth toward success. We will invite men from diverse sections of our community representing academia, the arts, community activists, different professions, the formerly incarcerated, the spiritual community, a wide range of ages, different sexual orientations, etc., to speak and engage the youth. We will also have a number of the men, who contributed to Lighting up the Future: Letters From Black Men to Young Black Men and Boys (see below), attend and expound on the information they presented in their letters.

In addition, we will create an Empowerment Village that will include tables and booths with information on apprenticeships, internships, jobs, educational opportunities and scholarships.

Project Empowerment - Part 2 (Saturday, September 27, 2014)
Empowerment Talent Extravaganza

Using the arts to empower, uplift and inform, we will host a multi-disciplined talent show, featuring the vast pool of young artists living in the San Francisco Bay Area. The event will take place at the African American Art and Culture Complex in San Francisco. Patterned after past youth events, this event will represent a diversity of artistic mediums, these will include theatre, dance, spoken word, poetry, mixed media and live painting at these events.

Project Empowerment - Part 3 (Saturday, September 27, 2014)
Lighting up the Future: Letters From Black Men to Young Black Men and Boys. To provide our youths with a long term source for support and inspiration, we will publish a groundbreaking anthology of letters, Lighting up the Future: Letters From Black Men to Young Black Men and Boys. The letters will be from a diverse group of Black men (politicians, academics, businessmen, entertainers, clergy, formerly incarcerated, etc.) addressed to young Black men and boys. The mission of the book is to help guide and inspire our youth in advancing successfully from adolescent into adulthood.

Lighting up the Future will be distributed free to juvenile halls, schools, libraries and community organizations. Our initial goal is to distribute 500 books. Although each letter will be different, they will share the same goal: to inspire, motivate, give hope, and uplift. The anthology is scheduled to be published in late 2014.

If you would like to contribute a letter, contact Thomas at: thomas@afrosolo.org.

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