The Wood

Institute History


The wedding is set. The bride is beaming. The parents are nervous. Everything is ready to go, except the groom. It is six hours before the wedding and Roland Blackman is nowhere to be found. This is the event that sends THE WOOD off and running.

Mike Flemming and Slim Turner, Roland's life-long best friends, set out to find him. While they search, Mike tells us about the boys' early years in Inglewood, California, where African American families of all classes interact. The story deals with the boys' friendship and curiosities, from schoolyard fights to first loves.

THE WOOD is about the majority of young African American males who are not in gangs or selling drugs. It is about the confusion, uncertainty and self-discovery that all people go through during the heightened time in our lives called adolescence.


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