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Kelvin De’Marcus Allen is the Founder and Executive Director of The Beulah Project. He is an accomplished writer, producer and documentary filmmaker with numerous articles and essays to his credit. He has produced television specials and training videos for ABC affiliate station WTNH-TV, New Haven, Ct., the National Cancer Institute, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Allen’s career began in 1986 when he was one of only six actors chosen from a field of 500 to serve as actors and community liaisons in Los Angeles, Ca. for Kaiser Permanente and the Children’s Television Workshop, the producers of Sesame Street.
He is the author of “Looking Back to Move Forward, Reconciling the past – Liberating the future". The book is an authentic attempt to meaningfully gauge the effects of the past upon the present. In his unique exploration of selfhood, Allen risks it all as he divulges his family origins and breaks a socially-imposed silence with true stories that are oftentimes painful, heart-wrenching and haunting. Looking Back to Move Forward is a straight-from-the-belly exercise in purging.
Allen is also featured in Steve Peha and Margot Lester’s book, “Be A Writer: Your Guide to the Writing Life” the book
focuses on proven tips and techniques to help young writers get started. In 1992, Allen’s video documentary “Imagine If” won the Connecticut Higher Education Telecommunications Association’s Screening Room Award for entertainment programming. To his credit, Allen has interviewed some of the most notable names in Arts/Entertainment, including actors Ruby Dee, Ossie Davis, Spike Lee, filmmaker Haile Gerima, filmmaker, director and author, Gordon Parks, gospel music great, Rev. John P. Kee, and up and coming conductor, Andre Raphel.
He is the producer and host of “Body and Soul” Peer Counseling training video, the National Cancer Institute’s national campaign designed to encourage healthier eating habits among African Americans. The interactive DVD is distributed nationally to churches and promoted on urban radio stations throughout the country. He is also a writer and an executive producer of the documentary film, Hayti the Heritage: The Legacy of Black America. The film focuses on the all black community of Durham, North Carolina. Allen is also the host of “The People’s Studio” an internet-based radio program.
Allen is a graduate of North Carolina Central University in Durham, N.C.; and holds a Master of Arts degree in Leadership and Liberal Studies from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pa. He is currently studying for the North Carolina Bar.
Allen presenting to the Rochester Teacher's Association, Rochester, New York.
Allen on Tar Heel Talk, Fox 50, Raleigh, N.C. discussing his role in the stage play: "Anatomy of a Woman Abused."
Allen's 1993 interview with the late stage and screen legend Ruby Dee.