Bay Area teen and host of a youth television program Christopher Xavier Earl-Rockerfeller, 16, of San Leandro was recently awarded with the Berry Gordy Family Foundation Scholarship at the Heroes and Legends (HAL) Scholarship Awards in Hollywood, California.
He was awarded for his work in the performing arts through poetry and television, and received his award among many notable music legends and celebrities at the event, including Mr. Berry Gordy himself.
At a young age, Christopher showed an interest in the business of television and broadcast media. He is the anchor of “The Adventures of Mr. Christopher,” a television program dedicated to youth and teen awareness, and education through interviews, entertainment and interactive activities.
Known as a sponge for information that complements his experienced and charismatic delivery, Christopher is embarking on a mission of youth empowerment and awareness with vital topics and intriguing conversations while keeping with current interest. He’s hosted interviews with many notable entertainers and is a young leader who moves by example.
Christopher hosts the show with best friends Amari Chatmon and McKinley Clemons, also known as “The Cronies”. These dynamic young men exude knowledge while bringing their own swagger to the program, and have performed in many cities, states and countries. Together, they hope to motivate youth to be more social and energetic.
Christopher shares his award with the support of his parents, Young, Gifted and Black, a poetry performance group which he has traveled with, and the Office of African American Male Achievement. In his speech, he thanked Mr. Gordy and the HAL Awards for the esteemed honor.
For nearly 25 years, HAL has spotlighted positive role models and leaders in the fields of music, theatre, motion pictures and business. The HAL Scholarship Foundation was created by songwriter and Motown Alumna Janie Bradford to help talented young people of the community achieve their dreams and their visions of careers in the performing arts. Each year, scholarship honorees are selected from a diverse group of candidates who have earned a consistent grade point average of 2.0 or better and who exhibit an extraordinary amount of talent, drive and determination.