Monday, August 8, 2022

Part One of the Food for Thought Series: Pull Your Pants Up!!

Tracy Jenkins
Writer, Producer, Director Tracy Jenkins faces the sagging nation with the documentary Pull Your Pants Up.

*Pull Your Pants Up is the food for thought documentary by educator and humanitarian Tracy Jenkins.  He articulates his views on sagging pants, the style of dress defined by the Urban Dictionary as, “Hip-hop and gangster cultural fashion: Wearing one’s pants below the level of the waist, sometimes below the level of the buttocks, with one’s boxer shorts showing.” 

Tracy communicates important reasons how this style of dress can be detrimental, ranging from potential health hazards and employment discrimination to how some in society identify the wearers of this fashion style.

Pull Your Pants Up!! was one of many films screened in Los Angeles at the recent Sandra Evers-Manly African American Film Marketplace and Short Film Festival.  Tracy stimulates thought and discussion on some deeper implications of this style of dress beyond fashion in this poignant documentary.


Pull Your Pants Up has made the rounds at the following festivals:

African American Film Marketplace and S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase Los Angeles, CA January 2018

IMPACT DOC AWARDS La Jolla, CA February 2017

Pembroke Taparelli Arts and Film Festival (PTAFF) Los Angeles, CA November 2017

6th Annual Charlotte Black Film Festival Charlotte, NC April 2016

Oklahoma Urban Cinema Festival 2016 Oklahoma City, OK April 2016

BLOW-UP · International Arthouse FILM FEST Chicago, IL September 2016

Orlando Urban Film Festival (OUFF) Orlando, FL November 2016 GRAND JURY PRIZE, Documentary Narrative

San Francisco Black Film Festival San Francisco, CA June 2015

LA Black Film Festival Hollywood, CA November 2015

tracy jenkins
Educator Tracy Jenkins challenges the sagging generation in the documentary “Pull Your Pants Up” written, produced and directed by Tracy Jenkins.

LaRita Shelby
LaRita "Jazzy Rita" Shelby is a broadcast media & marketing professional. She serves as VP of Business Development & Special Projects at Additionally she is an actress, singer/songwriter who has appeared on TV and in film. LaRita has an undergrad degree from LMU in Los Angeles and an M.A. in Media & Communications Psychology from Touro University Worldwide.




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