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Leo Sullivan Multimedia Foundation Sends 100 Local Children To See Marvel's “Black Panther

Los Angeles, March 2, 2018 - The Leo Sullivan Multimedia Foundation today revealed that it has sent 100 South Central Los Angeles students to a special viewing of the blockbuster, Marvel movie “Black Panther.”.

“The delight, the smiles; and, the positive role models this experience generates are obvious in the 100 or so kids we’ve accommodated,” continued Sullivan. “Representation is important, and this is a rare opportunity for children to see themselves in positive, superhero roles. That’s priceless.”

The Leo Sullivan Multimedia Foundation made arrangements to pick up the children at central locations in the communities from which they come, and transported them by bus to a special viewing of “Black Panther” at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood. At the conclusion of the screening, they were transported back to the central locations where they were picked-up and returned to the care of their parents.

“It is necessary for our children to have positive role models,” continued Sullivan, a former Marvel animator himself. “That is why children from our black community need to see the ‘Black Panther.’ This groundbreaking film expands black film narrative, showing our children that that we can be leaders and superheroes.”

Research available to the Foundation shows that kids with positive role models are more motivated in school; and get better grades while raising their chances of college attendance, which, in turn, leads not only to a strong self image, but broader opportunity.

The Leo Sullivan Multimedia Foundation understands the transformative potential of technology. By making access to, and an understanding of technology as an integral part of their lives, we increase your children's learning and future earning potential. The Foundation’s focused goal is to bring that transformative technology to African American families, both parents and children, by introducing science, technology, engineering, art and math to underserved youth through the new media technology. Programs established and sponsored through partnership by the Foundation have the power to benefit children in a myriad of ways: From our outreach programs, such as Hack-a-thon’s that expose children to programming and our Animation/Game Workshops, to the wider distribution of our “Tuskegee Redtails® Graphic Novel,” the Foundation works to increase the interactive content & parental guidance models featured on Afrokids.com and Afrokids.tv.

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Featured across Chicago: Floyd Norman and Leo Sullivan with the 16mm camera purchased from Disney that they used to filmed the 1960’s Watts riots

Chicago, Sep. 15, 2017

In the early part of the 1960’s, Leo Sullivan and Floyd Norman were looking to acquire a 16 mm camera. At the time Floyd was still working at Disney and he placed a note on the studio bulletin board letting everyone know that they wanted a 16mm camera. Roy Disney responded to their request with an offer to sell them a camera employed on wild life shoots for Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color. These nature and animal programs required a camera more portable than the Mitchell 35 mm “Standard A” motion picture cameras that Disney commonly used.

Leo Sullivan and Floyd Norman were working with this camera when the Watts Riots, sometimes referred to as the Watts Rebellion, took place in Los Angeles for five days in August, 1965. Together they filmed the Watts riots with this camera, documenting this important part of American history. The local and national TV news outlets were looking for close up footage of the Watt riots for their news broadcast and turned to independent agents known as stringers. Leo and Floyd had exactly what these TV news outlets were looking for and purchased their footage.

You can now view this historical footage shot by Leo Sullivan and Floyd Norman. It has been included in the Bonus Features of the documentary on Floyd, "Floyd Norman: An Animated Life" (An intimate journey through the life and career of Floyd Norman, the first African-American animator at Disney Studios.)  

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Disney legend Floyd Norman, first African-American Animator at Walt Disney Animation, addressed attendees in very special keynote session during SIGGRAPH 2017.

Los Angeles, April 28, 2017

SIGGRAPH is the world’s largest, most influential annual conference and exhibition in computer graphics and interactive techniques: Five days of research results, demos, educational sessions, art, screenings, and hands-on interactivity featuring the community’s latest technical achievements, and three days of commercial exhibits displaying the industry's current hardware, software, and services. This year’s SIGGRAPH 2017 will be held in Los Angeles from July 30th to August 3rd at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Floyd Norman is the writer/illustrator of the Tuskegee Redtails Graphic Novel. Better known as an animator and storyman for the Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, Floyd Norman is no stranger to the comics or graphic novel format. Floyd began his career in the comic book medium while still a kid in Santa Barbara High School. While a student, Norman began his career as an apprentice to famous Archie Comics creator, Bill Woggon. Woggon was the creator of the popular Katy Keene comic series back in the fifties and this gave Floyd the opportunity to explore a professional career as a story teller.

Having worked on dozens of Walt Disney feature films and two notable movies for Pixar, Floyd Norman now lends his storytelling skills to the amazing story of the Tuskegee Airmen. Story of the Tuskegee Redtails is about the men and women who rose to the occasion to defend their country in World War II. “Real life often affords the greatest opportunity for storytelling,” says Norman. “It was a pleasure to partner with producer and publisher, Leo D. Sullivan to bring the amazing story of the Tuskegee Redtails to life. This brief graphic novel only sets the stage because there are more fascinating stories to be told.”

Leo Sullivan ( IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0838214/ ) is President/CEO of Leo Sullivan Multimedia, Inc., a California S-Corporation. Leo has produced and directed educational films, training films, public service films for various educational film companies with national distribution. Leo Sullivan and Ethelyn Sullivan published websites www.afrokids.com & www.afrokids.tv that help build children’s self-esteem, cultural heritage, and future through visual media.

Afrokids.com & Afrokids.tv are offering Parental Guidance primers and videos that will provide guidance for parents and teach children those life lessons about family values, respect, and responsibility. These websites provide families with parenting insights through Parental Guidance primers and present positive images and life lessons, through engaging videos, in which our children can not only discover their African American culture and heritage, but with which they can truly interact and learn.

Leo Sullivan & Floyd Norman have also worked together to establish a foundation that will introduce science, technology, engineering, art, math to underserved youth through the new media technology with emphasis on animation and games: http://www.lsmfoundation.org

View Floyd Norman’s special keynote session during SIGGRAPH 2017 (keynote session begins at 45:04 min. into video): https://youtu.be/TkURMfQUF14 

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