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‘Moonlight’ Film Director Now Working With Barack Obama’s ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ Project

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BY: NISHA THOMAS

A24 has now announced that, in celebration of Black History Month, Mr. Barry Jenkins’ Oscar-nominated film Moonlight is now proudly partnering up with the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, which is a mentoring program that was first initiated by president Barack Obama’s Administrative staff.

This organization, which was first designed for the empowerment of young African American men, gives the proper resources and support that they’ll need in order to achieve goals at their fullest potential, regardless of any circumstances that may come in their direction.

This series first kicked off just this past Monday night with a screening of the popular and widely-discussed film in Los Angeles. There were dozens of young black men in attendance from local schools in the area. Following this screening, Mike Muse of the My Brother’s Keeper program moderated an open conversation with the students, as well as stars from Moonlight, Mahershala Ali and Naomie Harris, and writer Tarell Alvin McCraney.

There is another planned screening next week in New York City.

This program feels that it is important to empower the underprivileged youth of the Black Community and the film shows examples of that in many ways.

“I’m getting messages from people back home in Miami now, people living in the world you see depicted in this film,” Jenkins said on a recent episode of Variety‘s “Playback” podcast. “I think when you watch this movie, you don’t assume that Chiron is going to grow up and be nominated for two Academy Awards, and I think people look at me and they see that happen, and their idea of what they are capable of is shifting. That’s amazing. What’s possible is shifting and it’s a beautiful thing.”

Moonlight found itself being nominated for eight Academy Awards, which include the best picture, best director, best supporting actor, best supporting actress, best adapted screenplay, best cinematography, best film editing and best original score.

We are happy to know that they are opening the door for more conversations on the topic of homosexuality in the Black Community. Though it may seem uncomfortable, it’s definitely something that needs to be discussed.

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