Friday, February 10, 2012

MAN UP, Real Men Talking Reach out to V.I. Youth

Actors, from left Roderick Slocum, Josef Mitchell, Anthony Heard, Mark Simmons and Kamal Bostic Smith presented the multi-media stage play Real Men Talking for four different audiences at Man Up male empowerment conferences held at UVI on St. Croix and St. Thomas this week.
For the second consecutive year thousands of grade school and high school age youg men converged on UVI's campuses for MAN UP male empowerment conferences held on Feb. 7, on St. Croix, and Feb. 9, on St. Thomas. An addition to this year's youth-oriented programs, evening conferences were held in both locations for adult men and community members.

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MAN UP St. Croix
The main attraction for MAN UP 2012 was the multi-media stage play Real Men Talking, featuring a cast of professional actors - five African American men spending an evening talking and arguing and sometimes celebrating the challenges, fears and struggles they face on the path to becoming real men. The show was directed by Flemuel Brown III, who co-wrote the production with executive producer Marlon Smith.

MAN UP St. Croix
The conferences were followed, on Feb. 8 and 10, with "Living With Purpose" professional development training sessions for community leaders, parents, mentors and others working directly with young people in the community.
MAN UP St. Thomas