Simmons Lathan Media Group Brings the Vision and Determination of the Most Inspiring Contemporary African Americans to DVD February 2005

Simmons Lathan Media Group (SLMG), a leading producer and distributor of urban themed media content, today announced it will bring the vision and determination of the most inspiring contemporary African Americans to DVD in February 2005 by releasing the Russell Simmons Higher Self DVD Series: The HistoryMakers on Faith, The HistoryMakers on Courage, The HistoryMakers on Success. This compelling new DVD documentary series was developed in collaboration with The HistoryMakers, the largest national non-profit organization dedicated to recording and preserving the personal histories of well-known African Americans. Written, directed, and co-produced by new Def Filmmaker Nancy Oey, The HistoryMakers DVD Series is the most comprehensive collection of first hand accounts and archival footage of contemporary African American high achievers ever produced, and offers a groundbreaking look at triumph over prejudice, illness, self-doubt, and poverty.

“The Russell Simmons Higher Self Series is dedicated to featuring the best in independent filmmaking and The HistoryMakers stories represents the kind of strength and perseverance that audiences will find inspiring,” said Will Griffin, president of SLMG.

In the new DVD series, HistoryMaker multi-Grammy winning Isaac Hayes discusses what inspired him to pursue a music career; best-selling author Terry McMillan speaks candidly about the obstacles she overcame to get her best-selling books on store shelves; and compelling interviews with contemporary African Americans like Gordon Parks, Sonia Sanchez, Maxine Waters, Harry Belafonte, BB King, and Vernon Jordon among others offer powerful insights into courage, faith, and success.

Release And Distribution Details
The Russell Simmons Higher Self DVD Series — The HistoryMakers on Faith, The HistoryMakers on Courage, The HistoryMakers on Success — is being distributed by Image Entertainment, and will be released February 15, 2005. Each title in the three part DVD series will retail separately for $14.99.

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