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Filmmaker André Robert Lee gets shaped up at New York City barber shop, Well Connected.
Photo credit: Manolo Salas
André Robert Lee and his sister grew up in the ghettos of Philadelphia. Their mother struggled to support them by putting strings in the waistbands of track pants and swimsuits in a local factory. When André was 14 years old, he received what his family believed to be a golden ticket – a full scholarship to attend one of the most prestigious prep schools in the country. Elite education was André’s way up and out, but at what price? In his documentary film, The Prep School Negro, André explores his past and present to find out.
Learning Matters producer Jessica Windt, who had worked with Mr. Lee on the film, catches up with the film director for a “shape up” and to talk about the impact the film has been making, including this recent New York Times article about three other film projects about the very same subject.
For more information about Mr. Lee and The Prep School Negro visit: http://www.theprepschoolnegro.org
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