Sunday, January 7, 2007

Common and the Freedom Writers

Common Has a new video for the movie Freedom Writers and it is absolutely amazing. I saw the movie the day it came out and found myself to be a pool of inspiration immediately after. Below is some information I received in regards to promoting the movie. I hope that you enjoy it and find it useful. Please feel free to post your comments. I will return with an write up of the movie shortly.

'A Dream'

In honor of Paramount Pictures’ upcoming film, “Freedom Writers” a YouTube group has been created that allows users to view and create their own videos related to a number of subjects including, peer pressure, personal inspiration, motivation, ethics, oppression, morals, tolerance, racism, youth, anti-violence and more. There are also a number of discussions going on within this group around these topics.

'Be Heard' YouTube Link

Check out a few of Mario's 'Be Heard' entries below:

Be Heard: Mario on Getting Into His Character

Be Heard: Mario on Emotions During Filming

About Freedom Writers
Erin Gruwell's passion to become a teacher is soon challenged by a group of Black, Latino, and Asian gangbangers who hate her even more than each other. When Erin (Hillary Swank) begins to listen to them in a way no adult has ever done, she begins to understand that for these kids, getting through the day alive is enough; they are not delinquents but teenagers fighting a war of the streets that began long before they were born. Erin gives them something they never had from a teacher before: respect.

ERIN GRUWELL, the Freedom Writers, and her nonprofit organization, The Freedom Writers Foundation, have received many awards, including the prestigious Spirit of Anne Frank Award, and have appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Primetime, Good Morning America, and The View, to name a few. All 150 Freedom Writers went on to graduate from high school. Erin Gruwell is also a charismatic motivational speaker who spreads her dynamic message to students, teachers, and business people around the world. She lives in southern California.

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