January 9, 2020 – (Beverly Hills, CA) – “PUSHOUT: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools” Documentary was recently nominated for a 51st NAACP Image Award in the “Outstanding News/Information (Series or Special)” category. Voting is now open to the public to determine the winners of the 51st NAACP Image Awards by visiting www.naacpimageawards.net. The winners will be revealed during a 2-hour live special on BET Networks on Saturday, February 22, 2020 8pm (EST).
“The film, alongside other efforts to interrupt cycles of violence in the lives of Black girls, is a labor of love and justice. This nomination will further demonstrate for our girls that we hear them and will heed their call to action,” Dr. Monique W. Morris, executive producer and co-writer of PUSHOUT said.
PUSHOUT is feature-length documentary that exposes the educational and judicial disparities African-American girls face in the United States. The film includes heart-wrenching stories from girls (from ages 7 to 19), across the country (Miami, FL; Portland, OR; Oakland, CA; Sacramento, CA; Columbus, OH) as they narrate the challenges they have encountered in their learning environments and beyond. PUSHOUT also features insight from experts across the country who have worked in social justice, gender equality and educational equity.
“PUSHOUT lifts up the voices of millions of Black girls around the country and we are honored the Image Awards recognizes their rallying cry for justice”, says executive producer, Denise Pines.
PUSHOUT is a film by Jacoba Atlas and Dr. Monique W. Morris and produced by Women in the Room Productions, owned by executive producer Denise Pines and director Jacoba Atlas.
“PUSHOUT amplifies the voices of Black girls and celebrates their resiliency. Proud to be a part of telling this narrative and grateful for the NAACP Image Award nomination.” Jacoba Atlas, director, and co-writer said.
Funding is provided by NoVo Foundation, Meadow Fund, Ford Foundation, Ms. Foundation, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, Stuart Foundation and Films With A Purpose.
Currently, the film is being screened by more than 100 community leaders across the country. For additional information, visit www.pushoutfilm.com.
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