Black History month starts in February and Hip-Hop mogul Russell
Simmons will release a new DVD series that focuses on various African-American
The DVD’s, titled “The History Makers: Faith,” “The
History Makers: Courage” and “The History Makers: Success,” detail
inspiring success stories of African American luminaries who refused the lot
handed out by an oppressive society, and pursued something greater.
Developed in collaboration with The History Makers, the largest
national non-profit organization dedicated to recording and preserving the personal
histories of influential African Americans, Simmons Lathan Media Group (SLMG)
teamed with new Def Filmmaker Nancy Oey to write, direct and co-produce the
The series is a comprehensive collection of first hand accounts
and archival footage of contemporary African American dignitaries.
Offering a groundbreaking look at triumph over prejudice, illness,
self-doubt, and poverty, it is an inspirational testament to the possibilities
inherent in keeping dreams alive on the way to overcoming obstacles.
Delivering a positive message are all of who share a belief
in themselves, their community, and the betterment of humanity. Living legends
such as Isaac Hayes, Gordon Parks and Harry Belafonte illustrate the power of
unshakeable faith and courage in a world full of harsh realities.
Pacesetters Maxine Waters, Terry McMillan and Vernon Jordon
speak candidly about the stumbling blocks they overcame, and give compelling
interviews that create an insightful, compassionate, and sympathetic perspective
on surrounding issues that still exist.
Highlighting the courage it took to make the dreams of these
artists and visionaries come true, audiences should experience the importance
of standing up for one’s beliefs, and fighting for a voice in the face of any
Simmons continues to emphasize the importance of education,
perseverance, and hard work in the face of the adversity and racial barriers
in the United States with this compelling new DVD series.
“The History Makers” DVD series hits stores in February.