Executive Producer Terence V. Steele is proud to announce production of Onward and Upward: A Documentary Film.
The story behind Onward and Upward
For over one hundred years the 9 historically black fraternities and sororities of the National Pan-Hellenic Council have worked tirelessly to improve the lot of African-Americans, striving for equality, education, and full participation in American life. Those organizations include Alpha Phi Alpha, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Omega Psi Phi, Delta Sigma Theta, Kappa Alpha Psi, Sigma Gamma Rho, Phi Beta Sigma, Zeta Phi Beta, and Iota Phi Theta; together, these organizations have helped mold some of the most relevant and dynamic African-American leaders of our times. Onward and Upward is the story of the divine 9’s leadership and service.
What Motivated Me To Produce Onward and Upward
I was attracted because it is a positive look on the involvement of black fraternities and sororities in the Civil Rights Movement and in our communities, as well as a change from the current negative spin and norm on black Greek letter organizations.
Why Is Documenting The Roles Of Sororities And Fraternities So Important In Today’s Current Climate?
I think it’s important today because lately black fraternities and sororities have been getting a lot of bad press because of hazing stories dominating the headlines. Also, the backlash from VH1’s reality series “Sorority Girls” didn’t help. These organizations have a rich history and have contributed to that black community since they were founded. I think it’s important to remind people and preserve that history.
I think the best thing for fraternities and sororities to do today to further civil rights is to continue to develop outstanding leaders in various sectors of our community. Also, they should continue their community service. Two areas I think we could do better are financial independence (black owned credit unions, etc.) and organizing (boycotts, etc) when it comes to civil rights activism.
More About Terence:
After working with other filmmakers, Steele ventured out on his own and started his own film production company: Steele Media Group. Under Steele Media Group, he has produced the romantic comedy “Atlanta To New York”, as well as the documentary “The Spirit of ’69” highlighting the legacy of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. at the University of Georgia.
Yasmin Shiraz is a Screenwriter and TV producer who has worked for Lifetime, A&E, Bravo and PBS. She’s a best selling author of more than 11 titles and the founder of Black TV Film Crew. She is the CEO of Still Eye Rise Media.