Brian Schodorf is a producer, director, and writer with 12 Emmy- Nominations, and an Emmy Award in 2012 for his feature documentary “The Wayman Tisdale Story”. In 2013 Schodorf was named the Media Professional of the Year in his home state of Kansas by the Topeka Capital Journal. Schodorf has developed a trademark style of tackling social issues and revealing the interconnectedness of politics, social systems, and the human heart. Schodorf is currently producing and directing his 4th independent documentary and working with clients in various industry verticals across the country. He resides in Chicago, IL and is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago with a Bachelors Degree in Television Production and a Masters Degree in Media Management.
Afrika Porter is a producer and civil rights activist in Chicago, IL. Porter was a producer on VICELAND, that focused on social issues and violence in Chicago. She is the daughter of civil right leader Dr. John Porter, who served as the regional chapter president for Rev Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. She has sat on the boards and worked with dozens of organizations in the Chicagoland area such as the Black Star Project, The DuSable Museum of African American History, The National Rainbow PUSH Coalitiion, Ronald McDonald Charities, and many others. She has studied Communications, Journalism, Education, Psychology and Film Studies at various Institutions including Bennett College for Women In Greensboro N.C., Rust College in Holly Springs Mississippi, and the University of Chicago.
Malik Yusef, the WordSmyth, is an avant-garde spoken word poet—with timely lyrics that address and bring attention to national and global issues. Born and raised in Chicago’s south side amongst a humble and sometimes troubled beginning, Malik rose out of those surroundings to become a 24x Grammy award-nominee, 6x Grammy award-winner, and 7x ASCAP award-winner for both pop and R&B. Other credits include Emmy, Peabody, and Tony awards. Some of Malik’s early influences include Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, William Shakespeare, Haki Madhubuti, Malcolm X, and Phillis Wheatley.