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Leo Sullivan Multimedia Foundation


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.
 

About Leo D. Sullivan
 

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0838214/

Leo Sullivan worked in the animation industry for more than 50 years as an animator, layout and storyboard artist, director, and producer for various companies which included Hanna-Barbera, Warner Brothers, Spunbuggy Works, Campbell/Silver and others.

 

He began his career running errands for legendary Beany and Cecil producer Bob Clampett. Throughout the years, he c;reated animations for such studios such as Hanna-Barbera, Filmation, DePatie-Freleng Enterprises, DIC Entertainment, and, Marvel Productions. He’s completed animation work on The Flintstones, Scooby-Doo, Super Friends, The Transformers, The Incredible Hulk and Warner Bros’ Tiny Toons. Sullivan is known for his work on BraveStarr (1987), Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids (1972) and My Little Pony ‘n Friends (1986). He also created the original open animation/graphics for Soul Train.

"Building our children's self esteem & reconnecting them to their cultural heritage teaching life lessons, family values, respect and responsibility." Leo D. Sullivan
 

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For more information, contact:
Leo  D. Sullivan
E-Mail: leo@afrokids.com

Afrokids.com and Afrokids.tv websites are designed for the needs of children and parents.

Los Angeles, Oct. 2, 2017 
 

In this fast paced, hi-tech world, parents don't often have the time or energy to provide the guidance that children need when they are developing their self-image. The role models they tend to choose are sports figures and rappers they see on TV and the Internet. We have developed websites where kids can not only find positive roles and guidance, but discover their peers who are building games, learning to fly planes, working in their communities, learning to program computers, thus providing them role models for Black children beyond sports and music, beyond basketball players and rappers. We understand the dilemma that parents and guardians are facing and Afrokids is here to help.
 

Afrokids.com and Afrokids.tv was especially designed for the needs of children and parents, bringing a premium service that provides a stellar experience for the whole Black family.  Our contemporary state-of-the-art multimedia websites offer significant value to children by building self-esteem and reconnecting them to their cultural heritage teaching life lessons, family values, respect and responsibility. For parents, Afrokids.com offers those “view,” “listen,” and “discover” resources that provide insights and support to meet the challenges of parenting. Your whole family will get full-featured websites that are elegantly intuitive and easy to use. As we expand the scope of Afrokids.com and Afrokids.tv, we want to hear from parents so we can maximize the value they and their family receive.

Afrokids.com and Afrokids.tv offers access to media that addresses the special needs of the Black family with positive images provided as role models for children and parenting resources giving children and parents access to the type of websites Black families cannot get anywhere else. However, it is up to the parents and guardians to expose their children to these positive websites we have created.


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For more information, contact:
Leo Sullivan
afrokids.afrokids@gmail.com

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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For more information, contact:
Leo Sullivan
afrokids.afrokids@gmail.com

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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For more information, contact:
Leo Sullivan
afrokids.afrokids@gmail.com

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