"Woke Up Black", focuses on five black youth, along with their struggles and triumphs as they start their journey into adulthood.
Carter, 16, was adopted by two African American gay men when he was 10. As the oldest of eight children he was bounced around in foster care for several years. He dispels the stereotype about adopting older children and the ability to have an impact on children of this age. He was just made captain of his football team and is an honors student.
"Ace," 17, is a self-identified gender queer youth who has struggled in her family with her sexual orientation and gender identity issues. She has found an outlet by becoming socially engaged in several non-profits in Chicago. She feels she can go to the adult organizers in these agencies and just be herself with out any pressure. She has received a full academic scholarship to a Midwestern university.
Morgan, 19, lives in a western suburb of Chicago and is in her second year of college at an out of state university. She has an interest in biomedical engineering. Her father works in corporate America and her mother is a successful real estate agent.
Roslaee, 18, a recent graduate of Lakeview High School. Rosalee will be the first person in her family to attend college. She was adopted by her aunt and uncle twelve years ago when her mother was unable to care for her. Rosie lives with her 7 brothers and sisters.
Sheldon, 20, is currently an organizer at a south side community organization. He was formerly incarcerated (at 17 years old) for his role in a felony crime. He is actively working to get his record expunged. After completing his time in jail he graduated from high school is attending college part-time and is parenting his young daughter.