Say It Loud is a youth film that explores the importance of education for African-American boys. When Jordan Coleman was 10 years old he became a voice over actor on Nickelodeon’s Nick, Jr.  show The Backyardigans;  he’s the voice of Tyrone the Moose.  Jordan’s parents challenged him to use some of his earnings to make a positive contribution to his community.  He hired a film crew and began interviewing African-American boys and men for “Say It Loud”.Now 12, in Jordan’s words:  “I made a film called Say It Loud and it encourages African-American boys, like me, to do well in school and study hard. It’s whack when our parents tell us this stuff —- blah, blah, blah, so I got a film crew and started taping what celebrities had to say about education. My mom is a reporter so she helped me get interviews with celebrities that boys our age like and my dad was very supportive too. I interviewed Kobe Bryant, Ludacris, Busta, Michael Strahan, Terrence J, Vince Carter, Ben Wallace, Yung Joc, Hurricane Chris, Jadakiss, Swizz Beatz and Winky Wright.  I also interviewed Rev. Al Sharpton, Bronx District Attorney Mr. Robert Johnson and Newark Mayor Cory Booker, teachers, attorneys, police officers, businessmen, a bunch of boys my age, including my friends, and a few men who wished they would have studied harder when they were our age.”

The website contains a trailer of the film as well as The Schott Foundation’s Report on African-American boys and public education

http://www.sayitloudfilm.com

http://blackboysreport.org