On Earth Day Friday April 22, 2016, Compton, California native Trent Allen Jr is set to release his dance project, Freedom’s Journal 1827. Allen who is an actor, community activist, creative writer, choreographer and dancer, developed the project in honor of the first owned and operated
African America newspaper, known as Freedom’s Journal.
AU: What is the purpose of the project?
TA: Freedom’s Journal 1827 was created to bring awareness to issues in the world, surrounding racism, police brutality, bullying, homophobia and terrorism, while opening the hearts and minds of the people, to not see color.
The overall project, is about bringing people together in a positive way, through dance and music.
AU: At what age, did you start dancing?
TA: I began to dance at the age of two (2) and professionally at the age of thirteen (13), after being featured in a play.
AU: You are also an actor, what television shows have you appeared on?
TA: Some of the shows include Felicity, 7th Heaven, The Bernie Mac Show and 24.
AU: Which artist influenced your dance style?
TA: The late great Michael Jackson, has been very influential in my creative journey.
AU: You have been recognized several times, for your community work. Tell us a little bit about what you do.
TA: I am always looking for avenues, to assist in making our country a better place. Under my company S.T.Y.L, I put on a full “Las Vegas” production for the elderly. S.T.Y.L brings awareness to family abandonment, Dementia and Alzheimer.
AU: What is next for Trent Allen Jr.?
TA: I will continue to produce projects, to bring awareness and solutions to issues impacting our communities.
I also hope, to publish some of my writings.