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This Couple Spent 60 Years Creating Animated Content For Black Children All Over The World

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This Couple Spent 60 Years Creating Animated Content For Black Children All Over The World

Meet Leo and Ethelyn O. Stewart Sullivan, iconic Hollywood producers, directors, and animators who have been working together for 60 years to inspire and teach Black families through animated interactive material. Afrokids® is their brand, and it encompasses a number of digital properties, including AfroKids.com and AfroKids.TV. They were recently honored with a “Legacy Award” by Rev. Jesse Jackson’s “Operation Push” for their remarkable lifetime achievements.

Early on, the pair realized that in today’s fast-paced world, families require a venue that is both instructive and engaging, with good images and role models that allow Black children to perceive themselves positively. “Our message is as timely today as it was in the 1960s,” Leo says.

The pair created the Afrokids® brand to spread their message, with the goal of increasing Black children’s self-esteem and cultural knowledge so that they can better learn from life lessons, respect others and themselves, and take responsibility for their own actions.

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Leo and Ethelyn used their experience producing educational and entertaining films to create the interactive website Afrokids.tv, create a streaming channel, Afrokids® TV Channel (available on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and Android TV), and publish an app (Afrokids.tv) in the Apple App Store and Google Play.

This dynamic pair is starting on exciting new endeavors to increase their reach and continue to develop fascinating and distinctive media and learning aids after a combined career spanning over a century. They are also forming alliances and partnerships with organizations and individuals who have the same mission.

Leo D. Sullivan’s bio:

With 60 years in the animation industry (Hey, Hey, Hey It’s Fat Albert, the first Soul Train, Scooby Doo, and many others), he is a legendary producer, director, and animator. Leo has produced and directed a number of educational videos for children ages 5 to 17, which have been delivered to schools and libraries across the country. Leo has also supervised animation studios in China and the Philippines, as well as establishing the Leo Sullivan Multimedia Foundation, a tax-exempt 501(c)3 dedicated to introducing and teaching young people about animation and video game development, as well as numerous STEM seminars.

Ethelyn O. Stewart Sullivan’s bio:

Ethelyn (Lyn) Sullivan, a retired Deputy Chief of Budget for the United States Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center in El Segundo, CA, initially joined her husband at Vignette Films Inc., then Leo Sullivan Multimedia, Inc. Ethelyn has worked as the webmistress for AfroKids.com and AfroKids.tv, and as a colorist and editor for animation projects and films. Ethelyn presently works for Leo Sullivan Multimedia, Inc. as the Chief Financial Officer.

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Learn more about their brand at AfroKids.TV, AfroKids.com, TheAfroKidsFamily.com, and LeoSullivanMultimediaInc.com

For press inquiries, contact Leo D. Sullivan at (323) 698-5245 or leo@afrokids.com

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