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KOFI SIRIBOE DIRECTS A SHORT FILM TO HEIGHTEN MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS IN BLACK COMMUNITIES

Staunch Mental Health Advocate, Actor & Director Kofi Siriboe, debuts his second independent project, an insightful short film chronicling a black man experiencing emotional distress.

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 9, 2018 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Kofi Siriboe, well known for his roles in last summer's box office hit GIRLS TRIP and OWN's critically acclaimed television series "Queen Sugar," has released his second independent project under his new media platform and production company, VIAKOFI. "JUMP'" follows Ziggy (Siriboe), a haunted man, meandering through life after the tragic passing of a loved one.  The introspective piece was written, directed and produced by 24-year old Siriboe following the suicide of a mentor and big brother figure close to him.

Earlier this year via Huffington Post Black Voices, Siriboe released 'WTF is Mental Health?', a short-form documentary exploring mental health among black millennials and Gen Z'ers. The non-fiction film served as a prelude to JUMP's unveiling and provides the perfect context to Siriboe's mystic lens of grief and detachment.  Siriboe will use storytelling as a means to ignite conversation and help destigmatize the topic of mental health in African American communities. A gentle depiction of apathy without condemnation and emotional crisis without solution, "JUMP'" allots young Black people an honest space to see themselves reflected without judgment. "If we don't admit what's going on to ourselves, we're gonna keep hurting in silence, which is killing us twice as much as our Caucasian counterparts, Siriobe said." No one is gonna talk about it because it's taboo."  "That's what I wanna end," Siriboe continues.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office Minority Mental Health reported that Black adults over 18 years old are "10% more likely to report having serious psychological distress than Non-Hispanic whites." Black children ages 5 to 12 commit suicide at a rate twice that of their white counterparts. On top of these disparities, Black people face dismal access to mental and behavioral health care. They are undermined, undocumented and without the resources to get help and receive treatment. Siriboe wrote on Instagram, "Therapy should be free for students, gang members, broken families and everybody. Schools should establish the realities of being born into a society designed to disconnect us from our simple, so very, delicate, truths; particularly, us, Black people. It's critical that our elders share archetypes and resources assisting younger generations, galvanized, navigating the vast and temporal terrains of the information age."

Created with a predominantly young Black team of creatives, both projects are available to watch on the official VIAKOFI YOUTUBE.

ABOUT VIAKOFI:

VIAKOFI provides kinetic opportunity facilitated by innovation. We leverage art to design experiences that explore youth, Blackness, and the wonders, tragedies, and peculiarities of both. The platform will serve as a hub for artistic and conscience driven content.

 

Media Contact: Erica Tucker, Ascend Public Relations Group, 9194496441, [email protected]

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