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HEAR MY VOICE - Born Black In America
Book & Documentary Series

William Michael Barbee is a Newark Native and was educated in the Newark Public School System.  He attended  Arts High School; Jersey City State College, majoring in Biology with a minor in Fine Arts; Rutgers University, graduating with a Degree in Business Management; McAllister/American Academy of Mortuary Science, graduating with a Diploma in Mortuary Science and Funeral Services.


During the summer of 1980 and upon entering Arts High School, the Barbee family was the victim of an arson fire. As a result, William’s family would forever be displaced and separated.  This took a toll on his ability to adjust to the many changes that were before him. He attended his first year of high school with donated clothing from friends, strangers, and a voucher from The Salvation Army. As a direct result of the fire, watching childhood friends deaths due to street violence, drug abuse, disease and depression, William realized that he needed to change his circumstances. 

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WABC TV Entertainment Reporter Sandy Kenyon interviews Director/Producer William Michael Barbee on his mental health awareness film "Beyond The Silence." 

2019 Erasing The Stigma Leadership Award

DiDi Hirsch Mental Health Services

Beverly Hill, CA

"The Art of the Journey - The Ben Jones Story"



Baltimore International Black Film Festival
National Council for Behavioral Health
Screening of "Beyond The Silence"
Tuesday - April 24, 2018
The Gaylord Resort and Convention Center
National Harbor, MD 20745

10th Annual 2018 Louisville International

Festival of Film

 Opening Night Selection

"Beyond The Silence"

October 11, 2018

"The Art of the Journey - The Ben Jones Story"

October 12, 2018

Please join me Sunday
May 6, 2018 @ 3:00PM
on the Hit Gospel  radio station with host Shelton Hunter
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