This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. One man's journey from the Civil Rights movement in 1960s Harlem, to prison, to a highly respected position in society. Along the way, he meets many individuals whose messages are very different from what he expects.
Jamal Joseph is a U.S. writer, director, producer, poet, activist, and educator. One of the Panther 21, while incarcerated for his active participation in the Black Panther Party, Joseph earned two college degrees and wrote five plays and two volumes of poetry.
He is a full professor and former chair of Columbia University’s Graduate Film Division and the artistic director of the New Heritage Theater in Harlem.
He is also the founder and artistic director of IMPACT, a Harlem-based youth theatre company, and executive director of New Heritage Films, a not-for-profit organization that provides training and opportunities for minority filmmakers.
He has been featured on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, BET’s American Gangster and on Tupac Shakur’s “The Rose That Grew From Concrete” Volumes 1 & 2. He is the author of the interactive biography on Tupac Shakur, Tupac Shakur Legacy.
Joseph was nominated for a 2008 Academy Award in the Best Song category for his contributions to the song “Raise It Up”, performed by IMPACT Repertory Theatre and Jamia Nash in the 2007 film August Rush.
Jamal Joseph has written and directed for Black Starz, HBO, Fox TV, New Line Cinema, Warner Bros., and A&E. His produced screenplays include Ali: An American Hero Fox, New York Undercover Fox, Knights of the South Bronx A&E, and The Many Trials of Tammy B. Nickelodeon.
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I believe his autobiography along with Assata's are greatest true depictions ever written from a perspective of a panther and black liberation fighter. 24/02/2016
This talk was truly inspired!17/10/2014
A life well lived, a talk well talked!26/09/2014