They’ve taught more than half a million Black families over the years.
A veteran Hollywood husband-wife duo continues their six-decade legacy of educating Black children with Afro Kids TV, AfroTech reports.
Leo Sullivan, a veteran Hollywood animator, producer, and director, has been working with his wife Ethelyn O. Stewart to educate Black families for the last sixty years. The two have been creating interactive content, servicing over 500,000 Black families through Leo Sullivan Multimedia.
Recently, they were awarded for their contributions in the media, being honored with the Rev. Jesse Jackson Legacy Award. Now, they are continuing their commitment, working with Leo Sullivan’s sister company AfroKids.TV, utilizing the visual arts to create new offerings for children in need of a solution for their social and academic challenges.
“Afrokids is about every child having the opportunity to reach their potential. Sorry to say, the African American child is born into the world with many systemic obstacles already in place to stifle their path to achieving their potential. Afrokids offer a pathway into areas rarely acknowledged in their growth. By the age of five, every child can see the environment that forms their opinions, self-esteem, and who they are as a person. The African American child has even more challenges. That’s why the Afrokids brand with its myriad of media content was developed,” a statement via the company’s website reads.
Leo Sullivan Multimedia’s sister companies include AfroKids.TV, AfroKids.com, and TheAfroKidsFamily.com. Both Sullivan and Stewart felt it was essential to create the platform to expose Black children to more positive imagery and role models that will help them form a sense of identity and self-perception in edifying ways. The platform is kid-centric and helps children navigate life and the world through a culturally aware lens. Something the owners feel is needed today, just as it was more than sixty years ago.
“Our message is just as relevant today as it was in the ’60s,” Sullivan said.
The media company hopes to plant seeds for future generations and partner with other organizations with similar missions to create more informative content and learning aids that help with user retention.
You can stream the Afrokids TV channel on Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Android TV, and the Apple App Store and Google Play at Afrokids.tv.
Thank you for your service, Leo and Ethelyn!
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