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Portrayal and Perception: African American Men & Boys

Portrayal and Perception: African American Men & Boys

The multiple-part series explores how the media portrays African American males and how society views them as a result. The episodes also report on people and organizations working to spotlight positive rather than negative images.

Episode 1: Pitch Perfect
Air Date: February 28, 2012
In this episode, Minette Seate profiles leaders and members of Pittsburgh's Afro American Music Institute, which goes beyond teaching music to foster a culture of pride and community responsibility. Watch Now

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Episode 2: Owning It
Air Date: March 19, 2012
In this episode, Michael Bartley shows how local African American entrepreneurs, often overlooked by commercial media, are not only experiencing financial success, they are inspiring future business leaders. Watch Now

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Episode 3: Game Changers
Air Date: April 17, 2012
In this episode, Chris Moore reveals how One Hood Media combats negative images by urging young men to define themselves using available media, rather than allowing others to do it for them. Watch Now

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Episode 4: Teaching Success
Air Date: October 25, 2012
How do you teach an African American boy to become a leader? In "Teaching Success," we'll take three different on ramps to the road to success: a program for young entrepreneurs and one of its star pupils; the commitment of African American educators at Pittsburgh's Manchester K-8 school on the North Side; and, the Black Male Leadership Development Institute, a seven-day leadership training collaboration between Robert Morris University and the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh. Watch Now

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Episode 5: Portrayal & Perception
A Town Hall Meeting

Air Date: October 25, 2012
WQED's Chris Moore hosts this gathering of citizens, community leaders and the media for a one-hour live discussion. Guests are: Heath Bailey, Principal of Sto-Rox High School, Dr. Rex Crawley, Robert Morris Black Male Leadership Development initiative, Kevin Carter, CEO Adonai Center for Black Males, Esther Bush, Pres. & CEO of the Urban League, Dr. Darius D. Prier, Duquesne University School of Education; Educational Foundations & Leadership. Watch Now


Episode 6: Media Men
Air Date: February 25, 2013
This episode continues a series that reports on African American men and boys in positive and mentoring roles. “Media Men” focuses on communications careers. Featured profiles include Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist Tony Norman, WQED/PCNC/KDKA Radio host Chris Moore, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review photographer Sidney Davis, and social media networker Alex Simmons. Watch Now

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Episode 7: Journey to Medicine
Air Date: March 18, 2013
This episode continues a series that reports on African American men and boys in positive and mentoring roles. "Journey to Medicine" follows middle school students, medical school students and seasoned professional physicians as they pursue careers in medicine. Watch Now

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Episode 8: The New Trailblazers
Air Date: May 13, 2013
After the turbulent 1960s and 1970s, the torch has been passed to a new generation of leadership in the African American community in Pittsburgh. You could call them "The New Trailblazers." Reporter Harold Hayes explores the careers of attorney Blaine Jones and PA Rep. Ed Gainey. The program shows how they are making their mark in law and politics, while offering perspective from those who once walked in their shoes. Watch Now

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Episode 9: Getting Schooled
Air Date: November 14, 2013
The eighth installment in WQEDs Portrayal & Perception documentary series focuses on efforts to attract more African American men into the teaching community, including non-traditional teachers who use methods outside the classroom to produce better social behavior among African American males. Watch Now

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Episode 10: Portrayal & Perception: African American Men & Boys Town Hall Meeting
Air Date: November 14, 2013
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Episode 11: Fine Arts and Artists
Air Date: April 17, 2014
The next episode of Portrayal and Perception: African American Men and Boys, looks at men who have made a career in the fine arts. The program profiles a classical musician, painter, playwright, ballet dancer, poet and arts educator -- and explores some of the obstacles and accomplishments of each in his chosen field. Watch Now

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Episode 12: Already Doing It
Airing This Fall
Young African American men - as a whole - score below their counterparts in other racial and ethnic groups when it comes to graduation rates, literacy rates and college preparedness. Yet sometimes it is the success story that inspires other young people, and encourages community leaders to keep working for change. The tenth documentary in the "Portrayal & Perception" series showcasing positive role models among African American males focuses on teenagers excelling in school, volunteering as mentors and working hard to make a difference among their peers.

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Journey to Medicine - March 18, 2013

 

Funding for Portrayal & Perception
is made possible by the Heinz Endowments



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featured specials

  • Portraits for the Homefront: The Story of Elizabeth Black
    The poignant story unfolds as we explore Black’s lost art career, seek out elderly veterans who encountered Miss Black on the battlefield, and present to amazed and appreciative families portraits that never arrived.
  • Classical Crossroads
    Where classical music crosses paths with rock and roll, world music, folk music and jazz. Listen to interviews with people who make good music here.

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