Race & Gender Unfiltered with Daniel Edmund

'Who Will Cry For the Little Boy?'

March 31, 2021 Daniel Edmund Season 2 Episode 7
Race & Gender Unfiltered with Daniel Edmund
'Who Will Cry For the Little Boy?'
Show Notes

This episode I recite the poem ‘Who Will Cry For the Little Boy’ by Antwon Fisher. Antwone Fisher (born August 3, 1959) is an American director, screenwriter, author, and film producer. His 2001 autobiographical book Finding Fish was a New York Times Best Seller. The 2002 film Antwone Fisher  was written by Fisher and directed by Denzel Washington.

Fisher was born in prison to a single mother. His father, Edward Elkins, had been shot dead by a jealous girlfriend two months earlier. Antwone was placed in a foster home weeks after he was born, and remained in foster care through most of his childhood. After living with a foster mother for two years, Fisher was taken away from her. He was then placed into another foster home with a family named the Picketts. He spent 14 years of his childhood with the Picketts and was abused physically, verbally, and sexually. 

Fisher reports his earliest memories are of being sexually abused, beaten, tied up and left in a basement for hours, sometimes days and the abuse left him in a state of paranoia

He was then removed from the Pickett home after having a fight with his foster mother. Antwone was sent to George Junior Republic School, a discipline school for boys, from which he graduated before he joined the United States Navy.[1]

Fisher joined the U.S. Navy to escape homelessness. Fisher spent 11 years in the Navy. Here, he met Lt. Commander Williams, a psychiatrist who helped him work through his emotional traumas. And this is the story we see played out in his debut film Antwon Fisher. 

Fisher now resides in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife LeNette and his children.