‘Moonlight’ Teams With Barack Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Alliance

Barry Jenkins
Eric Charbonneau

A24 has announced that, in celebration of Black History Month, Barry Jenkins’ Oscar-nominated film “Moonlight” is partnering with My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, a mentoring program initiated by President Barack Obama’s Administration. The organization focuses on empowering young men of color with the resources and support they need in order to achieve their full potential, regardless of circumstance.

The series kicked off Monday night with a screening in Los Angeles, attended by dozens of young men from local schools. Following the screening, Mike Muse of My Brother’s Keeper moderated a talk-back session with the students and the film’s Oscar-nominated talent: Jenkins, stars Mahershala Ali and Naomie Harris, and writer Tarell Alvin McCraney. Another screening is set for New York next week.


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Empowering the underprivileged has also been a byproduct of the film’s Oscar success in many ways. “I’m getting messages from people back home in Miami now, people living in the world you see depicted in this film,” Jenkins said on a recent episode of Variety‘s “Playback” podcast. “I think when you watch this movie, you don’t assume that Chiron is going to grow up and be nominated for two Academy Awards, and I think people look at me and they see that happen, and their idea of what they are capable of is shifting. That’s amazing. What’s possible is shifting and it’s a beautiful thing.”

“Moonlight” was nominated for eight Academy Awards including best picture, best director, best supporting actor, best supporting actress, best adapted screenplay, best cinematography, best film editing and best original score.

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  1. Brudder S. Keeper says:

    The whole article bypasses the GAY thing, which is the major undercurrent rip tide in this story of poverty, drug addiction, and human connections.

    I liked the movie, but didn’t love it, and I notice people go out of their way not to mention anything about the homosexuality found in this movie. Not the movie poster & not this Variety article.

    Would love to hear a statement from Obama’s MBK Alliance as primer for the uninitiated.

  2. Lex says:

    I think Barrack was under some delusion that his skin color was relevant. He grew up in Hawaii and felt insecure about it. Maybe I’m wrong, but a president shouldn’t be involved with something that is purely about skin color. I never care about how ‘cool’ he was supposed to be. I just didn’t think he was a very good president.

  3. Bill Williams says:

    Pffffft. That greedy, lazy, corrupt regime is gone and soon to be forgotten, like Peanut Boy Carter.

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