One Hood Challenges the Media Portrayal of Black Youth


The above documentary, “Game Changers” was written and produced by Chris Moore for WQED TV. According to Mr. Moore, “Jasiri X and Paradise Gray of One Hood Media are Game Changers who are teaching young black men how to play the media game and control their own images. In this day of the Internet they don’t need anyone’s permission to blog or shoot their own videos, they control the vertical and the horizontal, and thus they realize the power that they have to change the way they are perceived in popular culture. It is a transformative moment when these students finally get in the game, they become Game Changers.”

One Hood Media Academy, established by Jasiri X and Paradise “The Arkitech” Gray, in conjunction with August Wilson Center for African American Culture and a generous donation provided by the Heinz Endowments, is the tool to help African American young men critically analyze media messages, broaden their experience of media, and develop the creative skills needed in producing their own media. The mission is to improve self-image, dispel stereotypes, and provide a positive forum of self-expression.  The program is offered to 25 young African-American men, ages 13-19.  The course will include, though not limited to, the art of blogging, video production, and social media. Applications for entry are now being accepted until February 1, 2013. The Academy will be held at the Elite Studios, 901 Western Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA.

David Banner

David Banner

One Hood Media Academy’s opening ceremony will be held at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture on January 25, 2013 at 7 p.m. with special guest, Grammy award winning, multi-platinum artist David Banner.  A Conversation with David Banner will include an in depth discussion with David Banner regarding the Black male image in Hip Hop, his career and current activities, as well as current state of Hip Hop.  The ceremony will also feature a performance by One Hood Media Academy graduates Jordan Montgomery and Cameron Layne.

Why March Madness is Awesome

When you think March Madness versus the Superbowl or the World Series the NCAA Championship basketball seems to stand out above the rest. But why do fans bet on March madness over the others? It’s one of the most unpredictable sporting events that is ever changing throughout the competition. Many believe that the Madness of the game is the box office draw, because college teams battle it out to attain the victor over a series of games. Not only is it an unpredictable sporting event it is also has no continuity from year to year.

The faces change every year as many players move up to the NBA while it’s the end of the road for others. However, the ever changing teams are like pieces of a huge puzzle that one feels connected to though Alumni status or hometown college team. When you think of March Madness your body gets that itch, that intrigue and that undeniable urge that you have to watch, even though the game seems unfair.

In addition, March madness has so many great aspects surrounding it that one cannot turn away. The crazy month long battle is like an addiction for most men and women who love basketball in general. The games are intense, fast paced and some of the best basketball games to watch live or on your TV. Moreover, one can admit that adding a wager on the game or joining a Madness pool is probably one of the most gratifying feelings especially if your predictions are accurate and you walk away the winner.

In closing and after all the criticism of the tournament one may say that it is unfair and a terrible way to crown a champion, but that is what makes March Madness so awesome!