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Malcolm-Jamal Warner was at the forefront of the black family that changed the way people viewed African Americans when he starred as Theo Huxtable on The Cosby Show. Now, years later, the 49-year-old actor continues to use his voice to help fight against racial injustice with his new documentary, Word Warriors III, out June 19.
“Word Warriors is a film that follows a couple of different poets and chronicles life as a black man,” Warner tells ET’s Kevin Frazier. The doc also explores the concept of using one’s words as a weapon of peace versus guns and violence.

Written by Takia “Tizzi” Green and Lyah Beth LeFlore and directed by Green and Jamal Joseph, Word Warriors III also features Amiri Baraka, Daniel Beaty, Abiodun Oyewole, Ise Lyfe and Amina Baraka, among many others .  (Click Here For More)

 

Word Warriors III” tackles the use of words as a weapon to fight injustice. The writer, direct and producer Takia “Tizzi” Green shares more.

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Today we’d like to introduce you to Takia “Tizzi” Green.
Takia, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
In the entertainment industry, everyone knows me as Tizzi. I grew up in South Central Los Angeles in the heart of the ghetto where the odds were set against me to fail. But that was not God’s plan for my life. I remember being a little girl going on a field trip to Universal Studios Hollywood with my school. It was there where I got a chance to get a behind the scenes look at how a film was made. In that moment, I knew that I wanted to make movies and work in Hollywood. I’ve always loved to read books, write poetry and songs. I can remember watching a lot of television growing up because I was always intrigued with the way that it was all put together. To me, the stories were like the books that I read, where I could visually escape into the writer’s world and connect with the characters that reflected some part of me. It was always a dream of mine to be able to make television shows and films. I one day wanted to tell my own stories through my lens. (Click Here For More)
How do you feel Word Warriors III will empower black writers in a time crisis and during times of writer’s block?
In any time of crisis we must always self -reflect. Word Warriors III is a film that calls for us as all to self reflect. As a writer I know that digging deep within and self reflecting on our individual and collective pain in an attempt to heal always helps me to purge on paper.
What inspired the selection of talent for this film?
What inspired me to choose the selection of talent in this film was my personal history with the poets and their work. These are poets that I respect, admire, and am a fan of. These poets had poems already written that spoke to the vision of the film that I wanted to capture.
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The police beat me up, but in my rhymes I can fire back at the police,” says Tupac Shakur at the start of the trailer for the new  documentary film, WORD WARRIORS III. Socially relevant and radical, “WORD WARRIORS III” is now available on Dish, In Demand, Vubiquity (Verizon Fios), Hoopla (Libraries), Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, XBOX, Google Play, and YouTube Movies through Freestyle Digital Media.
Bringing attention to the injustice and racism faced by the Black community, WORD WARRIORS III takes viewers through decades of powerful social commentary that explores the mistreatment of Black men for over 60 years. How does the Black community achieve justice? WORD WARRIORS III suggests that “using our words as a weapon” versus guns and violence is the ultimate power. The documentary examines the perspectives of young Black poets such as Malcolm-Jamal Warner, community activists, and educators — from those who have been instrumental figures in the Civil Rights Movement to modern-day thought-leaders affected by the injustice still seen today. WORD WARRIORS III sounds the alarm calling for an end to the cyclical epidemic of destruction that has continuously attacked Black men.

 

Word Warriors III is directed and produced by Takia “ Tizzi “ Green, the movie focuses on the power of words about violence against black men over the past 60 years.  Malcolm Jamal Warner is one of the voices in the movie who will be using his words on this injustice that is happening. Takia has sat down with Luxe Kurves to elaborate more on why words are a powerful tool. (Click Here For More)
We have the pleasure of speaking with Takia “Tizzi” Green, the director of the new documentary series Word Warriors III, starring Malcolm Jamal Warner, which was released on Juneteenth (June 19th). Word Warriors III explores the circumstances of young African-African men who are poets, activists, and educators, as they explore the concept of using one’s words a weapon instead of guns and violence.
A number of the men featured in the film spoke wisdom from a historical point of view, as they played a role in the Civil Rights Movement and have long-standing experience with fighting racial injustice by using their words as weapons. Word Warriors III is not your ordinary documentary; it is a call for action to end the cyclical epidemic of self-destruction that has been used against people of color and black men in particular. (Click Here For More)
WORD WARRIORS III, acquired by Freestyle Digital Media, the digital film distribution division of Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios, is a powerful social commentary that explores the circumstances of young African American men in today’s society and the concept of using one’s words as a weapon of peace versus guns and violence.
This film examines the importance of using words from the perspectives of young Black men who are poets, community activists, educators, and noted elder poets – aka THE WORD WARRIOR GRIOTS. 
These men speak wisdom from a historical point of view as they have been instrumental figures in the Civil Rights Movement and in shaking the halls of injustice with their weapons of words. WORD WARRIORS III sounds the alarm calling for an end to the cyclical epidemic of self- destruction that has attacked our black boys and young black men.
Written by Takia “Tizzi” Green & Lyah Beth LeFlore, WORD WARRIORS III was directed by Jamal Joseph & Takia “Tizzi” Green and produced by Takia “Tizzi” Green, Lyah Beth LeFlore, Walter Thurmond III, Jamal Joseph, and Kevin J. Nelson.  (Click Here For More)
As the social climate has reached its boiling point, we’ve seen a beautiful awakening sweep across the country and the world. Artists have taken it upon themselves to reflect the world within their work and challenge the status quo that has been upheld for far too long by oppressors. It is in this climate that the Spoken Word documentary WORD WARRIORS III has arrived to us. Black poets such as Malcolm-Jamal Warner bring attention to the injustice and racism faced by the Black community, using their words as weapons. “WORD WARRIORS III is the antidote,” Says Director and Producer Takia “Tizzi” Green. “It is a part of the solution that gives us the guidance and direction on how to heal as a global community.”  (Click Here For More)
Socially-Relevant Documentary Featuring Malcom-Jamal Warner
Debuts on DVD and North American VOD Platforms on June 19th
Los Angeles, CA – May 26, 2020 – Freestyle Digital Media, the digital film distribution division of Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios, has acquired U.S. rights to the socially-relevant documentary, WORD WARRIORS III. WORD WARRIORS III will be available to rent and own on DVD and North American digital HD internet, cable, and satellite platforms through Freestyle Digital Media on June 19, 2020.
WORD WARRIORS III A powerful social commentary that explores the circumstances of young African American men in today’s society, and explores the concept of using one’s words as a weapon of peace versus guns and violence. We examine the power of the mighty power of the WORD from the perspectives of a group of young Black men who are poets, as well as community activists, educators, and noted elder poets – aka THE WORD WARRIOR GRIOTS – who speak wisdom from a historical point of view and who have been instrumental figures in the Civil Rights Movement and in shaking the halls of injustice with their weapons of words. WORD WARRIORS III sounds the alarm calling for an end to the cyclical epidemic of self- destruction that has attacked our black boys and young black men.
Written by Takia “Tizzi” Green & Lyah Beth LeFlore, WORD WARRIORS III was directed by Jamal Joseph & Takia “Tizzi” Green and produced by Takia “Tizzi” Green, Lyah Beth LeFlore, Walter Thurmond III, Jamal Joseph, and Kevin J. Nelson.
Ideal for educational platforms such as high schools, colleges, youth programs and prisons,
WORD WARRIORS III boasts an impressive roster of talent featuring Malcolm Jamal Warner, Amiri Baraka, Daniel Beaty, Abiodun Oyewole, Ise Lyfe, Amina Baraka, Shirley Bradley LeFlore, Gregory Bell, Matthew Sutton, Eugene Redmond, and Treasure Redmond.
I am so honored for my company Majestic 9 Films partnering up with KO Creative and Freestyle Digital Media to bring WORD WARRIORS III to digital platforms,” said filmmaker Takia “Tizzi” Green. “I am grateful for the opportunity to share this powerful film and its instructive and healing message with viewers everywhere.”
Freestyle Digital Media’s Director of Acquisitions, Caleb Ward, negotiated the deal to acquire WORD WARRIORS III with Kristi Kilday of KO Creative.
WORD WARRIORS III official website: www.imdb.com/title/tt5521824/
WORD WARRIORS III official trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxFd0zewdqU
WORD WARRIORS III music video of theme “Wake Up” www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTAHM00cJxI
About Freestyle Digital Media
The digital distribution unit of Entertainment Studios, Freestyle Digital Media, is a premiere multi-platform distributor with direct partnerships across all major cable, digital and streaming platforms. Capitalizing on a robust infrastructure, proven track record and a veteran sales team, Freestyle Digital Media is a true home for independent films. Recent releases include THE WEDDING YEAR starring Sarah Hyland and Anna Camp, THE LAST PHOTOGRAPH starring Danny Houston, BERSERK starring Nick Cannon, UNTOGETHER starring Jamie Dornan, Jemima Kirke, Ben Mendelsohn, Alice Eve and Billy Crystal. Other Freestyle titles include the action-comedy BETTER START RUNNING starring Academy Award-winner Jeremy Irons and Maria Bello, THE BACHELORS starring Academy Award-winner J.K. Simmons, Julie Delpy and Odeya Rush, the award winning documentary HONDROS produced by Jamie Lee Curtis and Jake Gyllenhaal, horror documentary DEMON HOUSE starring Zak Bagans, host of Travel Channel’s highest rated show Ghost Adventures, sci-fi thriller THE RECALL starring Wesley Snipes, MILES starring Molly Shannon and Paul Reiser, the animated feature HELL & BACK starring Nick Swardson, Mila Kunis and Bob Odenkirk, and THE GIRL IN THE BOOK with Emily VanCamp and Michael Nyqvist.
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Education Is A Powerful Tool
February 3, 2017
The power and influence of education proved to be essential themes throughout DBFF, both in respect to the acknowledgement of history and the educational system itself. Word Warriors III, a documentary focused on the violence, crime, and poverty that many younger black men face, addressed the power of education in teaching those young men to use their words to deal with their adversities rather than falling into the systemic cycle of violence they often find themselves faced with.

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January 2016

Awesome night with the premiere of Word Warriors III, written, produced and directed by Wooten Center alumnus Takia Tizzi Green. The documentary focuses on the use of words as the weapon of choice over violence. It features a cast of poets including Amiri Baraka in his last interview, Malcolm Jamal Warner of The Cosby Show fame in a way most have never seen and Wooten alums Gregory Bell and Matthew Sutton, among others. Look for the documentary soon as several distributors were there to check it out.

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