How long it has been since we were sitting in a grade school or high school history class listening to the teachers read from text books that somehow made no sense to some of us? Those of us from diverse cultural roots had who have grown up hearing very different stories from our Grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins, or even the crazy old guy in the neighborhood of our youth would sit and wonder.
Listening to stories that somehow didn't quite ring true to our ears. Well thanks to the Unsung Heroes such as Mr. Erich Hicks, some of those stories are being told with some truths.
Uncovering discrepancies and following the clues to tell us all a very different story than that of the text book authors versions they want us to learn. But rather the telling of the Truths!
Historically, Erich is the first African-American/Black to receive a
Special Effects Pyrotechnic Operators’ 1st class Masters License in the
Motion Picture Industry. Thus, he is expertly qualified to produce and
direct action sequences, stunts and explosions to achieve a realistic
scene. An apprentice to the legendary Special Effects Coordinator
Richard “Dick” Albain, whose credits include; (The Three Stooges;
Assault on Precinct 13; Bewitched (TV series); and many more), Hicks’
work has included the small and large screens including, Scary Movie: 2;
Diagnosis Murder; Married with Children; Captivity; and The Victoria
Secret’s Fashion Show. Most recently, he completed work on the CBS
summer series, Swingtown, and on the film Life is Hot in Cracktown
(Kerry Washington, Vondi Curtis-Hall) – a gripping portrayal of crack
cocaine’s assault on Urban America.
As a writer, his first
novel, Rescue at Pine Ridge, was released in December 2008. The novel
is a historical narrative, depicting the all-Black 9th Calvary. Known
as the US military’s famed “Buffalo Soldiers”, that helped settle the
American West in the late 1800s. Hicks has completed an accompanying
screenplay for a TV mini-series, Trilogy and Epic, and has garnered
support from acclaimed actor/director Bill Duke.
Dedicated to exploring
the history of African-Americans/Blacks and shattering stereotypes, his
Alpha Wolf Productions, Inc. has also developed a feature film
documentary, Soul on a Wave (narrated by actor/author Hill Harper and
acclaimed actor Keith David), which exposes the life and times of
surfers of color. Currently, Hicks has completed a motion picture epic
screenplay STAGECOACH MARY, based on real life heroine Mary Fields.
“Stagecoach Mary” was the first African-American/Black woman to deliver
mail for the United States Postal System in the late 1800’s to early
1900’s. This project has been developed and written for Queen Latifah.
Mr. Hicks obtains new ideas for his diverse projects from his many
travels, acknowledging the direct correlation between nature and
history. An avid outdoorsman, he has traveled near and far to climb the
world’s most celebrated mountains, including Mt. Whitney (located in
the Eastern Sierras of California) which is the highest mountain in the
contiguous United States. Mr. Hicks also descends from a family
heritage that includes his grandfather's distinction as a Buffalo
Soldier who served under General John Joseph (Blackjack) Pershing. Mr.
Hicks' grandfather was one of the highest-ranking African-American
Military Officers in WW-1. As Captain in the 317th Armored Train
Division, Captain Lee J. Hicks was responsible for getting ammunition to
the war front.
Mr. Hicks is available for lectures on the
Motion Picture Industry, and on issues pertaining to
African-American/Black culture, military, politics and history.
Reach Erich at;
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0902436/ or http://www.alphawolfprods.com
Listen in to Erich and I as we converse and share all this and more on a Walk with a bear Sunday evening at 6:00 pm eastern.
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