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This Couple Spent 60 Years Developing Animated Content For Black Children Around the World


Meet legendary Hollywood producer, director, and animator Leo Sullivan and his wife Ethelyn O. Stewart Sullivan who have been working together for 60 years to uplift and inform Black families through animated interactive content. Their brand is called Afrokids® and pairs many digital properties including and AfroKids.TV. Recently, they were honored by the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s “Operation Push” with a “Legacy Award” for their outstanding lifetime achievements.


The couple realized early on that in this fast-paced world families need a place that is both educational and entertaining with positive images and role models where Black children can see themselves in a positive way. “Our message is just as relevant today, as it was in the ’60s,” says Leo.


To get their message across, the couple developed the Afrokids® brand with the mission of building Black children’s self-esteem and cultural awareness so that they can better learn from life lessons; respect others and themselves, and take responsibility for their own actions.

Having a history of producing educational and entertaining films, Leo and Ethelyn used their skills to provide the interactive website,, produce a streaming channel, Afrokids® TV Channel (on streaming platforms Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and Android TV) and to publish an app ( in the Apple App Store and on Google Play.

In a combined career that spans over a century, this dynamic duo is embarking on exciting, new ventures to expand their reach and continue to produce exciting and unique media and learning aids. Also, they are establishing partnerships and affiliations with organizations and individuals that share the same mission.


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