Air date: May 8, 2014
Sean Forbes is already a rapper, writer, and video star — despite being deaf. Sean: “I am just able to feel the music and I was born into a musical family. The base and the drum are the easiest for me to detect.” But Sean Forbes didn’t stop with his own dream. He wanted to nurture others. He co-founded DPAN so that deaf music lovers could enjoy famous songs through sign language videos. Now Sean Forbes is changing the world again, helping the deaf community to MAKE their own videos through workshops. Sean: “When I was growing up I always loved making music videos. Me and my brothers would use our parents home VHS recorder. To see those kids come to the workshop and work with me and work with my team of people it’s really awe inspiring. “Participants design the sets, create the concepts, do the choreography, the transformation is astounding. “A lot of those kids were from inner city Detroit and they are stuck in these classrooms where they are the only deaf person so they come to these workshops and they realize that they have a voice. When they show up to the workshop they are kind of like…like what’s going to happen. By the time Sunday comes around they are like they think they are the coolest people in the world. we show the video and the parents always come up to me like, ‘what did you do to my child’.” Believing in himself and others, Sean Forbes is proving you don’t have to hear to be heard…right here in the Heart of Detroit.