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Racine Family YMCA hosts Screening of “Man-Up: The Documentary”

RACINE, WI, September 9, 2011- On Thursday, October 13th at 6:00pm, the Racine Family YMCA will host a screening of the powerful documentary, “Man-Up: The Exploration of a Fatherless Nation,” produced and directed by award winning producer/director Tonia Grady. This special screening will take place at the Gateway Technical College auditorium, 1001 S. Main St. Racine WI. VIP sponsors will attend a 5:30pm reception followed by the 6:30pm public screening. Tonia Grady will be present to introduce the film and answer questions. The screening will be followed by and in depth discussion on fatherlessness in SE Wisconsin’s.

The Man-Up documentary fully explores the many facets of fatherlessness including the magnitude of this social epidemic. Man-Up takes an uncompromising look at the lives that hang in the balance. Attendees will hear personal testimonies of men’s triumph and devastation as they navigate their way through their experiences of growing up without a father and the effects thereof. Man-Up’s mission is to give a face to the faceless and a voice to the voiceless children who are now suffering and asking themselves the unanswerable question "why me?

You will hear from the MEN who left their children behind; those who stayed and the fathers who are battling the court system for the right to see their children. You will also hear from the women who are raising these children alone and experience the pain and hurt they feel inside.

“We want people who work with fathers and families, also those affected by fatherlessness, to attend this very important event because all voices need to be heard”, said Zakee Darr of the Racine Family YMCA.

The Racine Family YMCA under its Focus on Fathers Initiative annually helps more than 300 fathers develop a stronger commitment to fatherhood, by improving their parenting and relationship skills. Custodial and non custodial fathers learn to assume greater responsibility for the lives of their children.

Man-Up is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Zakee Darr at 262-634-1994 ext. 258, or contact Tonia Grady at 718.415.8574 or

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,687 Ys engage 21 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change

October 13th, 2011 Man-Up closes its 10-city tour with Milwaukee, WI * for More information see flyer on home page. Click here to view an ddownload latest press release.

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Ms. Grady was recently featured on the “Life-Conversations” radio program hosted by Ade Anifowose. You can listen to the show at

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September 5th, 2009 - Man-Up: The Documentary will be featured in the 13th Annual Gay Pride Celebration in Atlanta, September 2nd – 7th, 2009. Please visit website for more information at

March 9, 2009 – The Man Up documentary was featured in the Women in Film and Television International Short Film Showcase. Tonia Grady received a certificate for her film from WITFA.

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In celebration of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month

20 CITIES. FIVE COUNTRIES. ONE IMPORTANT CAUSE. Women in Film Chapters from all over the globe join forces to showcase the unique voice of women storytellers. Celebrate shorts made by or about women by attending the 4th Annual Short Film Showcase and share in WIFTA's commitment to bringing women's vision to the big screen.

Featuring films from 12 talented filmmakers:

Chloe Lipp, Deatra Harris, Tracy Martin, Catherine Armbruster, Ken Feinberg, Tonia Grady, Elisabeth Andre, Crystle 'Clear' Roberson, Latisha Fortune, Kathleen Maher, Eva Jane Bunkley and Jillian Fratkin.