Elijah Wells Youth Indie Film Festival Sponsorship

The Black Archive’s held their 1st Annual Folklife Film Festival featuring the Elijah Wells Youth Indie Film Festival on May 19, 2016 at the Black Archives Historic Lyric Theatre. The Festival, which celebrated and inspired the youth to develop their technical and creative skills, could only be described as a massive success! Every seat in the theater was filled. The Elijah Wells Youth Indie Film Festival (EWYIFF) will help promote a diverse economy and draw people to Overtown as a historic community, and promote small business development to meet the needs of the community it attracts. The red carpet was filled with special celebrity guests, starting from Pastor Marty Glen Davis, Dwayne Wade Sr., Dr. Dorothy Fields, Founder of the Black Achieves, to Dr. Jamie Brown, the publisher of Sister 2 Sister Magazine. The event began with a tour of the Archives gallery, which was followed by master classes taught by Allen J. West and Wills Felin; where they gave insight on business and money management in the film industry. As the invited youth groups left with their EWYIFF goody bags sponsored by ST Records and glow stick giveaways sponsored by House of Wings, the adults came in for the screening of the short films. High school students from all over the district were asked to submit films of their own for an opportunity to win a $500 EWYIFF scholarship provided by Urban Philanthropies. Four lucky students were asked to participate in the screening, and they entertained the audience with their films. Out of the four came winners Dominique Seward and Saliba Crespo. Between Dominique’s intriguing informational documentary on Huntington’s disease and Saliha’s on aids, the students and audience were completely enticed with their work.


The following is a partial list of community partnerships of Urban Philanthropies. We believe collaborations and financial leverage will be the key to our success:

  • Margination, Inc
  • Beacon Council
  • OYC
  • Urgent Inc.
  • Elijah Wells Films
  • B. Wright Academy
  • Richard Hallman Foundation
  • Partners for Self-Employment
  • Cambridge Innovation Center
  • Venture Cafe
  • Miami CRA
  • Urban League of Greater Miami
  • 79th St. Corridor Initiative
  • NRCC
  • University of Miami Office of Com Engagement
  • Girl Power
  • Black Tech Week
  • Center for Social Change-Miami
  • Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce
  • Henderson Financial Partners
  • Real Estate Resource Group-Miami
  • Turner McGowen Financial Planners and Accountants
  • Digit All Systems, Inc.
  • Opportunity Finance Network
  • Reva Development Corp
  • Carras Community Development
  • Community Real Estate Development
  • City of Fort Lauderdale

In Memoriam: Lovell Singletary

The beloved Overtown “Shoeman” died as we were attempting to help him restart his business. Mr. Singletary was a resident of 1034 NW 3rd Avenue and had a shoe repair shop at the same location. When he died suddenly, Urban Philanthropies worked closely with his family for his final arrangements and organized a community vigil in his honor. We provided music, food, and a platform for the community to come together to honor a true pioneer.