Creative Side


John “Shaheed” Jackson - Creator, Writer, Director, Producer of "The Amaze Stu"


He was told, "If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it." John "Shaheed" Jackson is living proof of that very statement. Born in Milwaukee Wisconsin in 1970, Shaheed has accomplished many of his goals he set in front of himself. He began his career in the entertainment field as a party disc jockey at the age of 12. By the age of 16 he was a DJ, DJ Blade, for a young up and coming rap group, The Def Kali. A year later he decided he wanted to rap for a living signing to VU Records/Metroplex Records out of Detroit with Speech of Arrested Development, he quickly became the hottest rapper on the newly formed label. He toured in the northern states with several big named rappers from the late 1980’s.

 

In 1990, he moved to Atlanta, Georgia and attended Morris Brown College, majoring in commercial arts. With the music and entertainment bug still stinging, Shaheed entered a new self-appointed challenge of producing music tracks for many local artists. He eventually founded Black Party Control Production Company under which he produced many successful projects stemming from rock 'n' roll to neo-soul. By the age of 25, he decided to leave the music production behind to start a family. The birth of his second child opened a new territory for Shaheed. As he filmed his family, he discovered a passion that led to video production and writing.

  

Shaheed formed Madd Cam-Fusion Entertainment Group LLC, a video production company. He has written several screenplays, produced and directed music videos, concerts, and athletic events for local artists. In 2008, he wrote, produced, and directed two television pilots.


Currently, Rising Nile Productions, a Cannes film festival participant, commissioned Shaheed to write and direct a psychological thriller set for production in 2011 entitled "Ponders of Recrimination."  He continues to write and develop for film and television. Shaheed is a multi-talented, self-motivated artist. His 100 percent focus and love for film and television writing/production has fueled a fire full of passion driven by the yearning for bringing his talents to a place that will be appreciated by all. The future is going to be an exceptional one for the young man from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The challenge is in front of him, so stand back!

 

YUSUF MUHAMMAD: - Yusef Muhammad Producer

 

Written In The Stars...And Signed By Destiny…

 

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, if so then the picture that is the reflection of the life of television/production guru to the stars Yusuf Muhammad is priceless.

 

Yusuf’s “let’s make it happen” approach earned him the respect of his contemporaries, moving him to music videos, commercials, T.V., Feature Films, and documentaries.  Traveling between New York, Atlanta, and all over the world, Yusuf produced projects for Bank of America, Keri Hilson, MTV, Kanye West, Mary J. Blige, Ryan Leslie and Ciara, Outkast, NAS, T.I., United Arab Emirates, Elle Varner, Usher and Akon, whose video “Locked Up”, was nominated for an MTV Music Video Award in 2005... The man behind many great works we love is currently producing an array of film projects including The Long Road Back and Rock with the Hot 8…

 

But how did this amazing picture come to be?

 

Mr. Muhammad has taken every negative in his life and developed them into beautiful reflections of creativity and prosperity.  The portrait that was painted for a young child growing up in Roxboro, NC was one that reflected divorce and was one that would take the young child from his native roots, to find himself in the unfamiliar settings of Brooklyn. Yusuf, being the prodigal talent that he was, took all that he knew and would create an environment for himself that would allow him to be a people magnet wherever he took root, having a better energy than most around him; young yuuf was a standout wherever he was. As he matured, Yusuf would find himself in Senegal, where he would study abroad and gain newfound wisdom, become familiar with new cultures/religions and an experience that would take his talents and creativity to extraordinary heights

 

 Since entering the film industry, Producer Yusuf Muhammad has been on the top of every major media network that’s he’s had the opportunity to engage.  Yusuf’s career jumpstarted in production while pursing a degree at Westville State College in Massachusetts.  Recognizing his people skills, Yusuf would write and produce numerous On Campus Radio Shows until his sophomore year. Yusuf rapidly transitioned into producing short films, and at the age 23 AND would gain hands on experience hands working as 3rd grip for many credible projects AND would work as a On Set Production Assistant on Studio Feature Films. (Boycott, Selma Lord Selma, Tyler Perry “Madea’s family reunion”, A.T.L) Also Worked as a On Set Production Assistant on Episodic T.V (Law & Order, ED, T.V).The work of Yusuf Muhammad is extraordinary and can be seen on many sites. Yusuf Muhammad…A DREAM FULFILLED…


CRE8TIVE ENT - Graphic designs, CG animation


CRE8TIVE ENT is a true entertainment company. Our Company produces Films, Animation, Computer Generated Special effects, All genres of Music, and Interactive Web Designs.  The name says it all!!!!!!!!!



The Advisory Board


Director/Producer Michael Schultz - Advisor 


As one of the first African American directors hired by the major studios, Schultz opened doors for directors of color. Starting in the 1970s with such features as Cooley High, Car Wash, Greased Lightning, Which Way is Up?and Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, his career spanned more than four decades, during which he also directed movies for television, children’s programming and episodes of many of television’s most popular and iconic series including The Rockford FilesL.A. LawAlly McBeal, The Practice and Picket Fences, Arrow, Deception, Hart of Dixie, Make it or Break It, Chuck, Drop Dead Diva, Hawthorne, In Plain Sight, Cold Case, Everwood.    


DGA Tribute to Director Michael Schultz                  IMDB                      Wikipedia



Dana Edell - Advisor - SPARK


Phd. Executive Director, Spark. Dana is an activist-scholar-artist and has been the executive director of SPARK since May 2011. From 2002-2012, she was co-founder/executive director of viBe Theater Experience.  Since 1998, Dana has produced and co-directed more than 60 plays, 7 CDs of original music, 8 music videos and 3 radio episodes all written and performed by girls. She has over 15 years of experience as a teacher and leader in arts and advocacy programs with teenage girls. Before moving to New York City, she co-founded and directed Inside/Out Performing Arts, a theater-making program for girls affected by the juvenile justice system in San Francisco and worked for three years as a theater artist-in-residence in NYC public elementary and middle schools.She has spoken as an expert on girls’ issues on ABC’s 20/20, Al Jazeera, Fox News, Fox & Friends, BBC and NPR. Dana teaches education, qualitative research methods, and theater and social change courses at New York University and the City University of New York. She has a BA with honors in Classics/Ancient Greek from Brown University, an MFA in Theater Directing from Columbia University and a PhD in Educational Theater from NYU.


Dr. Imani Ma'at - Advisor

 

 CEO, Author, Motivational Speaker, and Trainer

Ed.D, M.Ed.,MCP is a Health Educator and Behavioral Scientist who worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for 22 years specializing in community and international health, HIV/AIDS, and chronic diseases. She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Master of Public Health Program of Morehouse School of Medicine. Most of her research and program interventions have been aimed at reducing the impact of health disparities on communities of color.

 

Due to her passion for working with youth, she co-founded a non-profit teen theater/health education group entitled Youth Educational Services (Y.E.S.) 4 Health, Inc. in 2002. In 2006, with a desire to reach more youth, she launched a poetry workshop series for youth entitled Healthy Haiku for Youth - which has been systematically evaluated with a Fellowship from Morehouse School of Medicine, Tuskegee University and University of Alabama documenting the effectiveness of this unique strategy. Dr. Ma'at received a competitive award for her research from the sponsors of the Fellowship.

Dr. Ma'at published her first book based on the workshop entitled: Promoting Healthy Knowledge, Attitudes and Behaviors Among Youth Using Haiku and Creative Expression: A Training Manual for Mentors (2008) which provides information on health issues such as delaying sex, HIV, violence, self-esteem, diet and exercise (and much more) and provides examples of Haiku and other poetry written about the issues. The second book is entitled Healthy Haiku Poetry: Using Creative Expression To Transform Youth (2010).

 

Currently she is developing radio segments for the Healthy Haiku series on DNA Digital Media Internet Radio.

http://dnadigitalmediagroup.com/HealthyHaiku.html

She has the help of a professional team of dedicated health educators, dramatic artists and parents.

Dr. Ma'at has earned degrees from Mount Holyoke (Bachelor of Arts), M.I.T. (Master of City Planning), Harvard (Master of Education) and Columbia University (Educational Doctorate).


  

 Robert Andrew - Advisor


Founded in 1982, Robert Baunchi Andrew began Quality Time Educational Entertainment Media, learning system in a period of intense national concern for youth and their education, self-esteem, ability to build positive character within themselves, leadership and prevention skills. Quality Time demonstrated clearly that youth whether rich or poor, minority or majority are ready, willing and able to learn when provided with engaging learning and training opportunities to do so. We are an interactive multimedia training system that focuses on character building, leadership, reading, communication and prevention through media, performing arts and public speaking.

In 1988, Quality Time Educational Entertainment Media was certified by Georgia Department of Human Resources of Regulatory Services, in accordance with section: 290-2-2.05 (3) Rules and Regulations for continual training for providers, teachers and workers that work with children.

 

Quality Time Learning System is suitable for community agencies, courts and/or correctional systems, schools, learning centers, religious and clinical settings that service youth.

 

Non-Profit & Profit Entities We’ve Served

 

Atlanta Bureau of Culture Affairs

Atlanta Housing Authority (AHA )

Atlanta Humane Society

Atlanta Prevention Connection

Atlanta Public Schools

Atlanta School Health Services

Atlanta Urban Gardening Program

Boys & Girls Club of America

Boys Scouts of America

Buffalo, New York Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA)

Childtime Learning Centers

Cincinnati Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA)

Clark Atlanta University

Data Graphic Corporation

Decatur YMCA Prime Time Program

DeKalb County Housing Authority

DeKalb County Juvenile Court

DeKalb County Schools Drugs Free Schools

DeKalb County Schools System

DeKalb Neighborhood Leadership Alumni Association

DeKalb Prevention Alliance

DeKalb Responds

Discovery Point Child Development Centers

Emory University

Fulton County Health Department

Fulton County Sheriff's Department

Georgia Department of Children & Youth Services

Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice

Georgia Pacific

Georgia Power Company

Georgia State University

Gladiators Inc.

Gresham Elementary School

Gwinnett YMCA Prime Time Program

Hands On Atlanta

Health Resource Management Inc.

Jack & Jill of America

Just Say No

Kids "R" Kids Learning Centers

Kinder Care Learning Centers

La Petite Learning Centers

Macro International Inc.

Metro Atlanta YMCA Prime Time Program

Metro Atlanta Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA)

Morehouse School of Medicine

Primrose Schools

Private Industry Council of Tennessee

Public Broadcasting of Atlanta

SCLC Wings Of Hope Community Mission

South DeKalb YMCA Prime Time Program

The Atlanta Project

The Coca Cola Bottling Company

The World of Coca Cola

U.S. Center of Disease Control

U.S. Center of Substance Abuse Prevention

U.S. Head Start Program

U.S. Justice Department DEA

Zoo Atlanta

 

Plus, many more Organizations, Companies, Agencies and Schools…