2 FWISD Educators Part of New Film Project Amplifying the Voices of Black Men in Fort Worth

Posted by Fort Worth ISD on 4/11/2021

Editor's Note: The following content is from Amphibian Stage and have been modified for clarity.

Amphibian Stage's Artistic Director, Kathleen Culebro, and I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA educator and podcaster Dev'n Goodman have collaborated to create a video project amplifying the voices of Black men using personal storytelling, poetry and music in a new film titled THIS IS MY STORY.” Among the storytellers in the film is Dr. Carlos Walker, a FWISD Family Action Center director.

Filmed and edited by Fort Worth-based production company Shiny Box Pictures, “THIS IS MY STORY” explores the ways many Black men feel the need to self-censor.

Beginning today, April 11, the program is available at no cost for streaming on Vimeo via the Amphibian Stage website. “THIS IS MY STORY” premieres virtually at 3 p.m. Central Standard Time.


“When have you been silenced?” We asked this question of Black men living and working in Fort Worth and received deeply personal responses. “THIS IS MY STORY” presents three stories from an educator, an event planner and a Veteran Peer Service Coordinator, each of whom have learned to be silent as a means of self-preservation – but at what cost?

With poetry from Calvin Walker and George Njomo, and a music performance from Amphibian Stage favorite, Tha Band, “THIS IS MY STORY,” a video project inspired by LaJohn McDonald Jr. and conceived by Ms. Goodman, challenges viewers to look deeper, shed assumptions and envision what is possible when we approach one another with understanding and compassion.

Click here for additional details about the film. View the trailer here.