The Wright PSAs

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By. Keona Cyrus, Student at Richard Wright PCS for Journalism and Media Arts

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Once again the Richard Wright Public Charter School staff and students have decided to do another meaningful public service announcement that will inform many. RWPCS students and teachers will collaborate on a new project, which will be incorporated into the 4th Annual Richard Wright Black Tie Gala Film Festival.

The most current PSA is “Save Our Sons.” It explores the dangers of the African American male community and how people who are trusted to protect them, police officers, are killing young men over senseless matters.

“Richard Wright students have been using PSAs as a way of having a voice. They take relevant topics that are meaningful to them and create a mini public service announcement to inform teens and adults and keep them cognizant about what’s going on in the world and how it effects us,” said Oscar Jamaal, Film teacher at RWPCS.

The Richard Wright media team has come a long way. Last year the RWPCS media team produced an informative PSA on sexual assault entitled “5.” The PSA covered important data concerning sexual assault and African American girls, what viewers could do to help themselves or someone they know to survive the battle of sexual assault.

Filming started in February; the location of filming will be done on campus. One of the anticipated PSAs this year is about teenage dating. It will focus on the conflicts that can arise from being in a relationship while being a student. The purpose of this PSA is to create awareness about different issues that can go on in adolescent partnerships.

RWPCS Film teacher Oscar Jamaal was asked, how can Public Service Announcements influence the Richard Wright Community? He said, “PSAs can influence the Richard Wright Community by bringing awareness about certain issues that teens are not aware of that attend Richard Wright. Incorporating PSAs into schools it brings awareness through relatable scenarios.”

The RWPCS media team has been working around the clock and the finished product will be showcased at the upcoming 2015 Gala at the Warner Theatre, June 13th.

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