A Successful Mentoring
Ciara “Cc” Allen is a filmmaker that loves to tell stories. Graduating Cum Laude from Howard University with a B.A. in film production in 2012, she creates plot driven films to showcase the beauty of characters and their evolution in given situations. Ciara has created a number of short films, PSAs and promotional videos, each with an effort to prick the social conscience of her audience. She also indulges in editing, another form of storytelling.
Ciara’s first short film, “Black and Blue”, is a dramatic period piece that tells the story of Diana, a college bound girl whose life is altered when her brother is drafted into service during the Vietnam War. As the family’s new breadwinner, Diane endures the effect of poverty, war and the volatile effect it has on her small town.
Black and Blue is currently enjoying success and exposure on the festival circuit, having been an official selection of the following festivals:
- Black Star Film Festival (Philadelphia, PA) – “Winner-Audience Award-Best Short”
- HollyShorts Film Festival (Los Angeles, CA)
- Cleveland Urban Film Festival (Cleveland, OH)
- International Black Film Festival (Nashville, TN) – “Winner-Best Short & Best of the Fest”
- Crystal Palace International Film Festival (London, England) – Notified that Black & Blue is a finalist for “Best Short”
Recognizing Local Heroes
Drake Phifer is a multimedia production-company entrepreneur with an affinity for community and cultural advocacy. He has made a profound impact locally and nationally on the music industry specifically and the arts and cultural community in general. In 2001, Phifer founded Urban Organic Lifestyle Marketing (UO) LLC, a concert event-production company.
Rev. Eric Burr is the Pastor of the Second New Hope Baptist Church in Royal Oak Township. His ministry can be found trying to meet the needs of the people, to help elevate them to a better understanding and relationship with God and His purpose for their lives. Rev. Burr is also the founder of the ODDIS Group (The Onward Directives for the Development of Independent Strategies) to help those at risk, realize their potential.
Sonia Jackson Myles is the founder & author of The Sister Accord, The Promise That Will Transform Your Life!™ which has become a global movement centered on the power of loving, trusting and loyal relationships in transforming every aspect of the lives of girls and women. Sonia recently launched her Leadership Development consulting practice with the “Great Leaders Have Great Relationships Series©” and her “Dreamwalking©” seminars designed to assist people with bringing their dreams to life in an effective and efficient manner.
Hugh Mahler is the quintessential community volunteer, who is passionate about education and the alleviation of poverty, and he is the founding partner of Starting With One Scholarship that provides scholarships for less fortunate young men with good learning skills the chance to excel and attend Brother Rice High School.
Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence serves as a Senior Whip and is a ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, where she also serves on the Interior Subcommittee, as well as the House Committee on Small Business, where she also serves on the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy, and Trade and the Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce.