On December 7, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., the Cooper-Mercer Institute, TerraVizion Entertainment Network, GB Studios and the Greater Norfolk Medical Society of South Hampton Roads, in association with The New Journal and Guide newspaper, invite you to two very special sneak previews of THE BLACK WALNUT, a powerful and compelling film about the African-American prostate cancer disparity, featuring 9 prostate cancer survivor-warriors, a urologist and a medical oncologist in dramatic roles. The CDC reports that African-American men are diagnosed with prostate cancer at a rate more than 1.7 times of any other ethnic group and die from the disease at a rate more than 2 times that of non-Hispanic white men.
These are two fundraising events, to be held at the ODU University Theater, 4601 Hampton Boulevard, Norfolk, VA 23508. General admission for the 2:00 p.m. showing is only $15. Tickets can be purchased online via Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-black-walnut-film-fundraising-event-12-07-2019-2-pm-screening-tickets-79983872917. The 6:00 p.m. screening is a special Red Carpet, Black Tie affair, beginning at 6:00 p.m. with a performance by Martin Blockson and The Connection jazz band, featuring two-time Grammy-nominated musician-composer Bill McGee, who portrays himself in the film. His music is featured as well. There will also be a Cash Bar and a “Meet the Cast” session. The film will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the 6:00 p.m. event are $30 and can also be purchased online at Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-black-walnut-red-carpet-fundraising-event-12-07-2019-600-pm-tickets-79985423555. For further ticket information, call 757-839-7963 or email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
At present, THE BLACK WALNUT is 95% complete. But it has also been presented in sneak previews in Washington, DC, as part of the first alumni gathering of the first cohort of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Leaders program; the A. Philip Randolph Institute's National Education Conference (Minneapolis, MN) and the University of Alabama/Birmingham O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center's Community Outreach and Engagement Institute (Bay St. Louis, MS). Following is just a sampling of the comments garnered from evaluations collected at the last event.
"The movie was very informative. Very well portrayed. Please do finish it. The black community needs it."
"I am going to talk to my step brother and my son to get checked as they are around forty. I am so glad you did this film. Thank you."
"Wonderful detail within the story. Love how survivors used their established network to spread the word."
"The film was very educational. It showed cooperation, determination, love and hope."
"Amazing! Informative, Riveting and Powerful. It showed a number of ways to encourage Prostate Screening... Terrific film!"