"...You'll be a Man..."

  • "...You'll be a Man..." Documentary Deluxe Edition

    The "...You'll be a Man..." (YBAM) Documentary Deluxe Edition includes the documentary, YBAM theatrical trailer, and instrumental selections from the YBAM soundtrack written by Emmy Award Winning songwriter Christopher N. Jackson and Shawn Wallace.

    **Please note that the individual purchase price does not grant public performance rights, including classroom screenings. It is for private viewing purposes only. If you would like to host a screening outside of your home, please contact us at:


  • "...You'll be a Man..." Documentary

    *Includes the documentary only.
    **Please note that the individual purchase price does not grant public performance rights, including classroom screenings. It is for private viewing purposes only. If you would like to host a screening outside of your home, please contact us at:


Welcome to YBAM

‘What is a man...and what does he do?' is the question that begins '...You'll be a Man...’ YBAM is an exploration into Black male identity and development from the perspectives of Black men of varying ages and walks of life. YBAM explores identity formation, education, and the importance of rites of passage for Black men. In an attempt to define manhood as more than the maturation of youth to citizen-worker, consumer, and baby-daddy, YBAM leads a conversation that explores topics as broad as health and personal authenticity, fatherhood, spirit and god, and women, sex, and relationships, in order to redefine our notions of manhood while developing a living moving guide to help youth and the community at large construct functional conduct and optimal choice making. We hope you enjoy this provocative and necessary piece and that it may be of use to a young man or anyone who is helping to steward young men to adulthood. Please spread the word about YBAM! The work of developing Black boys to exemplary men is broad and needs to come from all members of our community. YBAM is a primer that hopes to do its part. Interested in continuing the conversation? Contact us at: info@ybamthedoc.com about booking a director's screening or hosting a manhood development workshop. We would love to help continue the work in your town. —Rob Goodwin and Shawn Wallace, Executive Producers
  • Creators

    • Executive Producer, DirectorRobert C. Goodwin
    • Executive Producer, Additional MusicShawn Wallace
    • Assistant ProducerRashaunda Brooks
    • EditorTaj McCord, Crown Prince Productions
    • EditorDavid Weathersby, sub.verse studios
    • Original CompositionChristopher N. Jackson
    • NarratorDaryl Satcher

    Special Thanks

    • Marketing ConsultantVeronica L. Shanklin
    • Digital Content CoordinatorJay Shepherd
  • $10 Black History Month Special!

    Feb 20, 2015 / Rob Goodwin

    $10 Black History Month Special!
    For the rest of the month download the Deluxe Edition of "...You'll be a Man..." Package includes the soundtrack and trailer! Go to www.ybamthedoc.com and select the Deluxe Edition and enter the coupon code: BHIST


    BIG NEWS! YBAM at the University of Utah!

    Feb 05, 2015 / Rob Goodwin

    Dr. Martine Kei Green-Rogers, Assistant Professor-University of Utah will be using "...You'll be a Man,,," (YBAM) as part of her curricula exploring African American Identity in Theatre.  Dr. Green-Rogers research interests include Violence in African American Theatre, African Diaspora Theatre, and Gender and Race in American Theatre.

    As part of this work, YBAM will become part of the University of Utah-Library and Archives and available for student use.

    If you are interested in bringing YBAM to your university, school, or organization or using the film as part of course work contact us at:   info@ybamthedoc.com

    Available for download!

    Jan 17, 2015 / Rob Goodwin

    Meet the Creators

    Dec 12, 2014 / Rob Goodwin

    Robert C. Goodwin

    Robert C. Goodwin
    Executive Producer, Director

    Robert C. Goodwin has worked equally as performing artist and arts educator. Mr. Goodwin has been seen in national commercials for McDonalds, GMC, and Walgreens; television credits include Showtime Television’s “Shameless” and “Boss” as well as the ABC Television series “Detroit 187”.  Feature Film credits include “The Cash”, “Janie Jones”, and “Meet the Browns”. As arts educator he has produced and instructed programs in New York City with organizations such as the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, Cooper Union/CAP Program, City at Peace, and the Fashion Institute of Technology and the Bronx Community College; in St. Louis, MO he was a member of the St. Louis Black Repertory Company; and in Chicago, he was a Master Teaching Artist with the Urban Gateways Center for Arts Education and the former Director of Outreach and Guest Lecturer at University of Chicago-University Theater. He currently manages and curates education and humanities programs at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Mr. Goodwin holds an MFA-Acting from The Theatre School-DePaul University.  “...You’ll be a Man...” is his first documentary film effort.

    Shawn Wallace
    Executive Producer, Additional Music

    Shawn Wallace is a native of Chicago’s far southwest side having attended Morgan Park High School and the University of Illinois at Urbana where he majored in Music Composition. Professional credits include sound design for Love Talk and Love Child (Chicago Theatre Company), Love Child and Us or Them (Live Bait Theatre), Every Time I Feel the Spirit (Pegasus Theatre), but I could only whisper (Kristiana Colon, University Theatre) and Amistad Voices (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre). Film credits include Severed Ties, Anima D’Void and The Dark (Showcase Productions); Puzzle Love (Storybox Productions) and Love Shorts Vol I (Art n Ink Productions). Arts and education work includes teaching artist positions with Art Discovery, The Ravinia Music Festival, the West Humboldt Park Center for the Performing Arts, Live Bait Theatre, Music Theatre Workshop, Mayo Elementary School, Urban Gateways and the Chicago Cultural Center. Shawn also served as Technical Director and Music Director at the Duncan YMCA Chernin’s Center for the Arts. Recording projects include work with noted Chicago artists Nicole Mitchell, Tina M. Howell, Kafele Bandele, Ugochi, Motep, Fred Jackson, Maggie Brown, Marq7, Cherisse Scott, Jesse Dean Stanford, The Soul People, DJ INC, Tiaybe, Yaw and Vandy Harris. As a keyboardist, Shawn has shared the stage with Bilal, Estelle, Chico DeBarge, Lizz Fields, Res, Andreus, Carmen Rodgers, KJ Rose, Rene Neufville, Yazarah, Eric Robeson, Maya Ayzucena, Julie Dexter, Donnie, and Glenn Lewis.

    Taj McCord – Crown Prince Productions

    Taj McCord has been involved with video production for nearly twenty years, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Media Arts from Clark Atlanta University, and a Masters in Fine Arts from Roosevelt University. He is an award winning actor and editor respectively receiving citations for his creative work from the Black Theater Alliance of Chicago and 4 Reel Productions. His passion for teaching youth led him to become an instructor with various organizations, including After School Matters-Chicago and Free Spirit Media-Chicago lead instructor at Power House High School. He and his wife, Akilah McCord, own Crown Prince Productions a full service freelance media production company.

    David Weathersby – sub.verse studios

    David Weathersby is a writer and director. He has been story telling in some fashion for the majority of his life. In college he began writing short stories and articles and was published in various news and literary publications. After graduation he began to convert his short stories to screenplays and apprenticed on various independent films. He has experience in shorts, features, 16mm and DV film. Although his genres of choice are fantasy, science fiction and horror, he has written in almost every category. Along with film, he has also written stage plays video art projects and illustrated novels as well as other forms of artistic expression. His past projects include such films as the dramatic poetry film entitled Natural Progression, the experimental comedy, The Text Fight and the documentary, Soul of a Woman. Currently, his documentary series entitled Verge is scheduled to air in the summer of 2009 as well as an independent feature film scheduled for 2009.

    Christopher N. Jackson
    Original Composition

    Christopher Jackson is a multi-faceted artist who has lent his talents to YBAM. He originated the role of Benny in the Tony Award Winning Musical hit, In the Heights and starred in T.V. shows such as White Collar, Nurse Jackie, and Gossip Girl. In 2009 he released his first solo album “In the Name of Love” to critical acclaim. As composer and songwriter, he has written for the iconic television series Sesame Street- lending his music and lyrics to the Emmy Award winning blockbuster song “I Love My Hair” as well as “What I Am” performed by Will.I.Am of the Black Eyed Peas. He also has written songs for A-list artists such as LL Cool J, Ne-Yo, Mario, Sean Kingston and many others.