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Youngster becomes ‘Loud’ voice for education

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by Jason Whitlock
Kansas City Star

When the checks totaling more than $50,000 arrived in his mailbox, 11-year-old Jordan Coleman dreamed of fresh sneakers, new video games and a fly wardrobe.

His mother, Chrisena Coleman, fantasized about a different reward. She wanted her son to take a hefty portion of his paycheck from being the voice of Tyrone the Moose on Nickelodeon’s “The Backyardigans” to inspire other African-American boys to excel in school.

“It’s unconscionable for a child to make that kind of money and not help people,” said Chrisena, a reporter for the New York Daily News.

After some initial shock, Jordan agreed with his mother.

“I thought it was OK,” he said.

Things got better when Jordan and his mother decided to use the money to make a movie, “Say It Loud.” The film is a documentary featuring celebrity athletes and entertainers talking about the importance of education. Interspersed between the celeb interviews is the fictional story line of Jordan studying for a science test while his best friends/classmates party and socialize like rock stars.

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