Post-Oscars, President Obama Makes a Pertinent Point About Kids of Color in This PSA

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By Alexandra Jardine. Published on Apr 12, 2016

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This PSA from President Obama's My Brother's Keeper program starts with an Academy Awards-style announcement. It's actually a prediction of a far-off future -- best actor in a leading role in 2024 -- but it's particularly pertinent following the outcry about the lack of black Oscar nominees in 2016.

The film, which aired on Sunday night during the MTV Movie Awards, shows a montage of images of young boys of color, set to a voiceover announcing them not just as Oscar winners, but as Fullbright scholars, valedictorians, poets, Nobel prizewinners and more. It ends with a message from President Obama saying: "If we believe in their futures, they will believe in them too."

My Brother's Keeper is a program that exists to make opportunities available to young boys of color that would not be otherwise there -- and the point of the PSA is that young boys of color need to see more reaffirming messages that make them believe that they can succeed. That's a message, it implies, that even an entertainment organization like the Academy Awards ought to take seriously.

The film was created by Matter Unlimited, produced by Mass Appeal and directed by Marcus Clarke at Decon.

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Apr 12, 2016
Matter Unlimited
Chief Executive Offier:
Robert Holzer
My Brother's Keeper Alliance
Director, Production:
Ashley Jamieson
Creative Director:
Jake Kahana
Mass Appeal
Executive Producer:
Alma Geddy-Romero
Account Director:
Jon Colclough
Production Company:
Executive Producer:
Misha Louy
Head of Production:
Brian Turner
Izabela Frank
Marcus Clarke
Nick Briggs
Will Katt
Mark Turrigiano
Sticky Audio NYC
Sticky Audio NYC
Subtractive Santa Monica
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