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Next Generation Awareness Foundation, Inc. (501©(3)) (NGAF) is pleased to announce Newark's Essex County Community College as the location for its Picking Up The Pieces Series, the second tour-stop for this year's highly-anticipated 3rd Annual National Black History Month Film & Discussion Series, also marketed as the Urban Film Series Tour. The program will take place on February 25th from 12:00 noon till 9:00pm. Complimentary tickets are currently available for senior citizens, students and area churches. The month-long fundraising event is part of NGAF's Coordinated Awareness Believing In Achievement Through Skills Development and Uplift philosophy (the "Can-I-Ask-U" program). Partial proceeds to benefit the Jersey Urban Debate League.




The Newark production, named Picking Up the Pieces, will be a very special program. Not only will audiences witness award-winning documentaries and shorts, such as Say Amen Somebody, The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till, The Last Colored Caddy, Standing on Our Sister's Shoulders, and Special Day, but they will also have intimate conversations with filmmakers, actors, actresses, historians and authors.


In addition to providing a culturally rich presentation, the program takes different approaches to covering a great wealth of urban issues. Films such as Driving While Black: An Instructional Video , The Adventures of Super N*****: Episode I, The Final Chapter, Latter Rain, and Golddigger Killer, will take on many tough topics with a light, comedic and horrific approach.


The Newark production, named Picking Up The Pieces, is a homecoming of sorts. Newark is the hometown of NGAF's Founder and Executive Director, Corey Jennings. "This year, I am particularly proud to bring the Series back to my hometown of Newark, New Jersey, a place where the social revitalization of many families has lagged behind the recent economic improvements following the 1967 riots," says Jennings. NGAF is currently awaiting word from John Amos, Jr. (Good Times) and Bill Bellamy as to whether they will join him and U.S. Congressman Donald M. Payne (D-NJ) for the program.


Brent Ferrand, director of the Jersey Urban Debate League has made it possible for participants to witness a debate between Jersey's top high school debate teams over a choice of racial profiling and Limiting the 'sneek and peek' powers permitted under the Patriot Act, this year's Urban Debate League topics and "hot" topics for urban America.


Filmmakers, actors, actresses, authors and artists from New Jersey and New York City metropolitan area will be on hand. Attendees will enjoy an all-day Bazaar, featuring an Author's Row and vendors. For more information, the complete schedule and to see prior press coverage of the program, visit www.UrbanFilmSeries.com.



Who: Next Generation Awareness Foundation, Inc.


What: 3rd Annual National Black History Month Film & Discussion Series, a/k/a, the Urban Film Series Tour


Where/When: Newark, New Jersey – "Picking Up The Pieces" Series

February 25th, 12pm –9pm @ Essex County Community College


Ticketing: Students: $5/session or $10/all-day pass; Adults: $10 per session or $20 all-day pass; Complimentary tickets are available for Seniors, Churches and Students - Email our marketing team at VIP@InsiderEntertainment.com. Partial proceeds to benefit the Jersey Urban Debate League.



Visit www.UrbanFilmSeries.com or www.InsiderEntertainment.com for more and to learn about the cities, films, themes and participants selected for this year's tour.


Press/Media: Members of the press should contact us at press@urbanfilmseries.com or (202) 409-7240. Please forward us your media credentials (media source, circulation/viewership, affiliation, title, and complete contact information) and state your request(s) as exact as possible (interview, article, pictures, attendance).


Vendors or Authors: Vendors and authors wishing to participate in this year's Vendors or Authors Row, please contact us at info@ngaf.org.


Sponsors: Sponsorship, signage and other marketing opportunities are available. Name sponsor opportunities are still available. Contact us at info@ngaf.org.




About the Series


NGAF has been fortunate to have participation from some of America's most meaningful actors, actresses, filmmakers and legends, including Vanessa Williams, TC Carson, Mark Brown, Yvette Freeman, Andrea Kalin, Russell Williams, Ed Shockley, Tim Greene, members of the cast of HBO's The Wire, Negro League Baseball Players, Association of African-American Vintners, Tuskegee Airmen, Great Blacks on Wax Museum, American Civil War Memorial Museum, Buffalo Soldiers, and many others. NGAF continues to produce the Series for underserved communities that can benefit most from the program. In 2004, the Series focused on legacies and legends and was produced weekly throughout February in Washington DC. In 2005, the first significant expansion year, the Series expanded to Richmond, Virginia and Baltimore, Maryland and focused on modern films and personalities. NGAF included an Authors Row, Vendors Row and Poetry Expo.


The 2006 Series will emphasize meaningful presentations and discussions about modern urban problems and solutions in the U.S. and Africa. The inclusion of Africa represents the many quality submissions that demonstrate that exposure to the black experience in Africa, America and other countries could benefit the general public in attendance. Viewers can expect the same high-powered, high-quality discussions and participants that they have now grown accustomed to with the Series. Hear firsthand from witnesses to tragedies and triumphs. Listen to the families that sacrificed as well as the filmmakers with cast and crew to discuss their experiences, their work and the motion picture industry.

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