"ILLUMINATING THE INVISIBLE MAN" Eliminating the Prostate Cancer Disparity

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"ILLUMINATING THE INVISIBLE MAN" Eliminating the Prostate Cancer Disparity

Addressing the African American prostate cancer disparity with a panel discussion and screening of the award-winning film THE BLACK WALNUT.

By TerraVizion Entertainment Network

When and where

Date and time

Starts on Saturday, June 24 · 10am EDT


The Commodore Theatre 421 High Street Portsmouth, VA 23704

About this event

  • 4 hours
  • Mobile eTicket

In observance of National Men's Health Month, the Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center, Greater Norfolk Medical Society of South Hampton Roads, Portsmouth Health Department, Norfolk State University Center for Health Disparities, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Urology of Virginia, and The New Journal and Guide present ILLUMINATING THE INVISBLE MAN, a special event exploring the impact of the African American prostate cancer disparity. The event will take place at The Commodore Theatre, 421 High Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704, on Saturday morning, June 24, 2023, at 10:00 a.m., and will feature the Portsmouth premiere screening of the multi-award-winning docudrama THE BLACK WALNUT. Admission is FREE and the first 50 men, age 40 and over, who register will receive a $35 gas card!

The event will also feature a panel discussion following screening of the film, which will include discussion on the incidence of the disparity, health equity, diversity and inclusion, and the importance of African American participation in clinical trials. The panelists include Terrance Afer-Anderson, Writer-Producer-Director, THE BLACK WALNUT; Lloyd A. Shabazz, MD, FACP, Oncologist; and Mekbib Gemeda, Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion, Eastern Virginia Medical School. The panel will be moderated by former WAVY-TV News 10 Anchor Don Roberts.

A novel docudrama, THE BLACK WALNUT won the Grand Jury Prize Gold Award in 3 different categories of the Los Angeles Motion Picture Festival, an Award of Merit in the United Kingdom's Docs Without Borders Film Festival, a Bronze Telly Award, and was an Official Selection of the Orlando International Film Festival and the Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival. The film is being edited and updated for this very special presentation.

About the organizer

The TerraVizion Entertainment Network is a minority-owned and operated stage, film, television and video production company focused on equity, diversity and inclusion by chronicling the experience of people of color through dramatic, documentary and educational presentations. Our work includes feature-length and short-format films and documentaries, public service announcements and commercials, educational and historical productions, and a host of theatrical stage productions. The most recent award-winning product was the Telly Award winning docu-drama "THE BLACK WALNUT," highlighting the African-American prostate cancer disparity.