A film by Mary I. Stevens
Amid racial tensions in communities such as Ferguson, Missouri, and following the deaths of young black men like Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin, two slam poets confront what it means to be black men in America and in their communities. Theo Wilson, once a victim of police brutality, delves into his internal struggle of dealing with the past encounter, remembering how powerless he felt in the face of his oppressor, and his ensuing resolve to change the rules of the game. Beneath the smoldering anger and aftermath of police violence is a growing disquietude toward the future of race relations. Jovan Mays, the poet laureate of Aurora, Colorado, uses his spoken word to express the turmoil of emotions and experiences inherently attached to growing up a black boy in America.
The Perry children live in a world of pretend cupcakes and Barbie dolls. They also live in one of food insecurity. Their mother Latisha Perry isn't always sure where their next meal will come from, but she bears the burden for her five children.
Video by Mary Stevens.
Published May 2014
Special thanks to the Raleigh, N.C., BackPack Buddies program.
Three years after Rick Perry's infamous "Oops" debate moment, the Texas Governor sits down with John Harwood at Austin's Bert's Bar-B-Q to relive it, talk about lessons learned, and look forward to a potential Presidential run in 2016.
Martha Loats, 90, is a senior who loves adventure. For her 90th birthday, she went skydiving, and since then she’s been zip lining and went up in a hot air balloon. Martha went scuba diving with nurse sharks, sting rays, fish and Pacific green sea turtles in the Denver Downtown Aquarium on July 17, 2014.
Video by Mary I. Stevens for the Denver Post
Published July 2014
The World of Cosplay: Professionals by day, superheroes by night
Becka Noel and Dhareza Maramis seem cut from the same cloth as your typical working professionals: Noel is an assistant at a private equity firm in Midtown Manhattan, Maramis the creative director at an ad agency.
But these two New Yorkers lead a double life—of the Peter Parker variety.
Mr. Rick’s Ballerz means family, commitment and knowing someone has your back. Using basketball as a vessel, Coach Rick Phillips brings together young men to avoid life's traps and to succeed in the game.
This video was produced by Mary Stevens and Kelly Creedon for the project Fault Lines: Race, Class and Education in Durham, North Carolina in the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communication — faultlinesnc.com.
Published May 2014