Face Forward by Julian C.R. Okwu
Young African American Men in a Critical Age

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Defying the statistics, destroying the stereotypes, this inspiring collection of portraits trumpets the achievements of thirty-nine young black men. This handsome volume combines luminous photographs with intimate interviews of young men leading exemplary lives. Photographer Julian Okwu traveled across the country interviewing teachers and entrepreneurs, lobbyists and poets, ministers and politicians. He found a diverse range of voices, experiences, and attitudes, but all of the men he met shared a concern for the African American male and a hope that future generations would benefit from their work. In a world of negative images, skewed statistics, and racial division, these young men embody an alternative reality and an eloquent argument for optimism. A powerful, timely social document.

About Julian C.R. Okwu

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Julian C.R. Okwu (pronounced Oh-koo) was born in London, England, to Nigerian parents and raised in Connecticut. His work has appeared on the covers of several books and publications and in numerous magazines. The 1994 recipient of the Revels M. Cayton Awa
Published March 1, 1997 by Chronicle Books. 160 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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A British-born black man of Nigerian heritage who moved to the U.S. in 1970, the 30-year-old Okwu finds media images of young black men irredeemably tilted toward sports, rap and crime. In this galler

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Okwu has also found rarer types, for example, Ikolo Griffin, a ballet dancer of multiracial heritage who cherishes the story of his African great-great-grandfather yet sees dance as transcending the merely national, and clothes designer Anthony Mark Hankins, who steers between current white preju...

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