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Change is Reel is a program for Black and Brown girls between 13 and 18 years old who live in Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park. Change is Reel is a joyful and healing opportunity for Black and Brown girls to stay connected, learn about resources, and teach them how to thrive during this powerful moment in history. Spaces are limited.


We are using the graphic novel adaption of Octavia Butler's book Parable of the Sower. Participants will examine the similarities between the challenges Laura Oya faced and their experiences during this important moment in history. The girls will share their vision of a better world for themselves and their communities through movement building and revolutionary practices of self-care and growing self-love. 

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Our Change is Reel program will host live stream sessions to connect with Black and Brown middle school and high school students in Detroit, Highland Park, and Hamtramck. Participants will have exclusive access to independent films by or about Black and Brown girls and women, watch parties, film masterclasses, obtain free self-love sessions, and more.



Keeping Your Heart and Mind Open

 Adela Nieves Martinez

Healer - Doula - Mama

Let's come together to learn practices for stress, anxiety and self-care. Join Adela Nieves Martinez in learning simple tools that you can use in your daily life, and can be shared with your friends, family and communities.  

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Virtual Workout with Imari Alaji

 Imari Alaji

Personal Fitness Trainer

She is passionate about helping people transform their lives. She is providing a custom workout session for Change is Reel participants to help build healthy habits. She is a virtual trainer. The best part of working out from home is obtaining the same wonderful results as if you were at the gym!

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Meditation with Toni Blackman

Toni Blackman

Artist - Educator - Cultural Ambassador

Toni's Mindfulness Music and Hip Hop Meditation grew out of her contemplative practices, visualization exercises, and a commitment to her own emotional well-being. A powerful presenter and performer, Toni has coached and mentored hundreds of artists, social entrepreneurs, and creative professionals to greatness.

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Our Change is Reel program will host live stream sessions and exclusive access to independent films by or about Black and Brown girls and women, watch parties, masterclasses on filmmaking, and using digital storytelling to envision a better future.

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Hair Love | Oscar®-Winning Short Film (Full) | Sony Pictures Animation

Hair Love | Oscar®-Winning Short Film (Full) | Sony Pictures Animation

Hair Love, an Oscar®-winning animated short film from Matthew A. Cherry, tells the heartfelt story of an African American father learning to do his daughter’s hair for the first time. You can watch #YoungLove, the animated series based on Oscar®-winning short film Hair Love from creator Matthew A. Cherry, Fall 2023. #StreamOnMax September 21. Directors: Matthew A. Cherry (Executive Producer, “BlacKkKlansman”) Everett Downing Jr. (Animator, "Up") Bruce W. Smith (Creator, “The Proud Family,” Animator, “The Princess and the Frog”) Producers: Karen Rupert Toliver Stacey Newton Monica A. Young Matthew A. Cherry David Steward II Carl Reed Executive Producers: Peter Ramsey (“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”) Frank Abney (Animator, “Toy Story 4”) Features: Issa Rae (“Insecure”) as Zuri's mother Co-Executive Producers: Jordan Peele Andrew Hawkins Harrison Barnes Yara and Keri Shahidi Associate Producers: N’Dambi Gillespie Gabrielle Union-Wade Dwayne Wade Jr. Gabourey Sidibe Stephanie Fredric Claude Kelly Music Composers: Paul Mounsey Daniel D. Crawford Additional Composer: Taylor Graves Production Partners: Lion Forge Animation Chasing Miles Matthew A. Cherry Entertainment The project is a collaboration with Sony Pictures Animation that was launched as a Kickstarter campaign in 2017 with a fundraising goal of $75,000. Strong support led to the campaign amassing nearly $300,000, making it the most highly-funded short film campaign in Kickstarter history. Facebook - Twitter - Instagram - The picture book “Hair Love” was released by Kokila Books/Penguin Random House on May 14, 2019, and became a New York Times Bestseller.
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