D-Bo’s Block


D-Bo is a bully. But the kids who live in the Cedar Riverside neighborhood look up to him. But making a bully your role model proves to be a bad idea for one young admirer, who ends up getting bullied by D-Bo, in a movie produced by youth at Brian Coyle Center.

D-Bo isn’t a real person. He was a character created by youth at the Brian Coyle Community Center this fall as part of an after school video class. The class was called “Beyond the Digital Divide,” and was a collaboration between the Minneapolis Television Network (MTN) and Pillsbury United Communities (PUC). It was funded by a grant from the Best Buy Foundation.

Over twenty youth collaborated on “D-Bo’s Block,” the video they made after school at the Brian Coyle Center, located under the towers of the Cedar Riverside neighborhood. The youth came up with the idea, wrote the story, and filmed it on location with MTN equipment. Abdirahman Mukhtar, Youth Coordinator at the Coyle Center, and John Akre, an MTN Instructor, guided them through the process.