Cartoon Network commemorates Black History Month beginning Saturday, February 1 with the launch of “Drawn To,” a digital interview series honoring Black excellence both past and present. The four-part series hosted by “Craig of the Creek’s” Philip Solomon (voice of Craig), will highlight Black kid history makers Elijah Precciely, Grace Callwood, Jahkil Jackson and Justin Wilson and what this month means to them.
Each will tell the story of how prominent and outspoken historical African American figures such as Barack Obama and Marian Wright Edelman have drawn them to make a difference in their communities through civic engagement, the arts and music. The month-long campaign will go into rotation with weekly episodes on the Cartoon Network App and social.
“Craig of the Creek” is one of CN’s breakout original series, co-created by three-time Emmy-nominated “Steven Universe” writers Matt Burnett and Ben Levin. It follows a precocious animated character named Craig, as he leads his best friends J.P. and Kelsey on comical journeys at their neighborhood creek, transforming everyday afternoons into thrilling expeditions through imaginative play. The series taps into an emotional sense of nostalgia for audiences and connects with viewers through its relatable characters and universal storylines.
Meet The History Makers:
Elijah Precciely, age 12, is a child prodigy, author, entrepreneur, motivational speaker, talk show host, media personality, inventor and full-time college sophomore student at Southern University and Agricultural & Mechanical College an HBCU (Historically Black College and University) in Baton Rouge, LA. He is studying physics and mechanical engineering at Southern’s honors college.
Grace E.G. Callwood
Grace E.G. Callwood, age 15, is a cancer survivor and founder and chairwoman of We Cancerve Movement, Inc., a nonprofit organization she founded, at age 7, in 2012. She started the organization with an all-youth board of advisors to bring happiness to homeless, sick and foster youth.
Jahkil Jackson, age 12, is the founder of Project I Am, a program that builds awareness around homelessness. He assists those in need all over the world by giving away “Blessing Bags,” filled with food, clothes, hygiene items and more.
Justin "L.J." Wilson
Justin “L.J.” Wilson, age 5, is a musical prodigy and social media viral sensation. He’s been playing the drums since he was 18 months old and was a special guest on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”
About Cartoon Network
Cartoon Network is a division of WarnerMedia and the #1 global animated series network, offering the best in original content for kids and families with such hits as “Ben 10,” “Craig of the Creek,” “Steven Universe,” “The Amazing World of Gumball,” “The Powerpuff Girls” and “We Bare Bears.” Seen in 187 countries, over 450 million homes and in 33 languages, Cartoon Network inspires the next generation of creators and innovators by engaging its audience at the intersection of creativity and technology. Its award-winning pro-social initiatives, “Stop Bullying: Speak Up” and CN Buddy Network are acknowledged and often used resources for kids and adults looking for tools that can assist in dealing with the ongoing issue of bullying.
WarnerMedia is a leading media and entertainment company that creates and distributes premium and popular content from a diverse array of talented storytellers and journalists to global audiences through its consumer brands including: HBO, HBO Now, HBO Max, Warner Bros., TNT, TBS, truTV, CNN, DC, New Line, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Turner Classic Movies and others. Warner Media is part of AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T).
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