Caught on video: Guerrilla community-building!

In New Orleans, Andre Perry and barbershop owner Wilbert “Chill” Wilson created an innovative rite of passage for teenage males. Close Ties, a documentary directed by filmmaker Gemal Woods, examines the impact of this new tradition and reveals how tying a necktie — an act associated with men who embody professionalism and prestige — can inspire high school boys to commit to a life of achievement and success.

 

Meanwhile, on the West Coast, Street Poets build community three powerful ways: through poetry, indigenous rituals, and recording young artists’ work: