A.K.B. COMMUNICATION is a creative arts, services and consulting company. From books–to theatrical plays–to feature films–to television pilots, Aaron Braxton has crafted a distinct voice that is passionate, humorous, thought provoking, gut wrenching and entertaining.
Raised in the inner city and educated by some of the nation's top universities, he brings a unique perspective to a literary landscape often inundated with emblematic urban stereotypes and ethno-cultural clichés. His ideology is deeply personal and his writing projects are routinely characterized by a commitment to equitable, communal literacy, diversity, and social issues where people see their lives reflected honestly. All while telling compelling, soul stirring stories with universal themes and strong characters that overcome obstacles, create paradigm shifts in perception and are endowed with varied, complex imagery and intricate, relevant, emotionally driven, universal themes.
Featured on NBC news, Memphis Live at 9, NPR, The LA Times, The New York Post, The Memphis Commercial Appeal, LA Weekly and Backstage, AARON BRAXTON SPEAKS is the services and consulting subsidiary of A.K.B. COMMUNICATION. Within this component he offers innovative Solo Writing and Solo Performance Workshops and Consultations for all ages and abilities, using his book, GOING SOLO: How to Create a Dynamic One-Person Show, as a guide to personal transformation, artistic growth and creative empowerment.
Also a highly talented speaker, he talks about his deeply personal, physically and mentally challenging life experiences and offers strategies for breaking down barriers, through hard work, perseverance, laser focus, and finding the greatness inside one's self. For young audiences, he also reads a chapter from his novel, JESSE and the CATERPILLAR WHO GOT ITS WINGS, engages in a Question and Answer session, then offers young people the opportunity to listen to their inner voice in order to feel what it is like to access their own POWER and personal GREATNESS.
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Jesse and the Caterpillar Who Got Its Wings
Everybody’s loving critically acclaimed and internationally award winning author, Aaron Braxton's, Jesse and the Caterpillar Who Got Its Wings! A deeply moving, middle-grade, coming-of-age, children's narrative, about discovering what's inside the mind of an African American boy searching for greatness.
Jesse, a rambunctious, 5th grade loner, has an intelligence and imagination that has always made him appear awkward. An “everyman,” with ever-changing mood and grace, he develops a bond with the beautiful and infinitely more popular Khalilah that only tragedy can tear apart.
Using the shape shifting metamorphosis of caterpillars – from craving, crawling, earthbound creatures, to graceful winged beauties – it is a powerful story about life, love, and faith that organically expands and becomes more emotionally complex with each turning page.
"The book is so pure," says Hollywood Writer/Dir., Tim Chey, "I read it in ONE sitting and absolutely LOVED IT! It's as fascinating as it is valuable.”
Bold, beautiful, perceptive and raw, this transcendent work, takes you deep inside the mind of an insightful character whose saving grace is talking to himself. The story will make you laugh, cry and question, “When the age of innocence is lost, how do you rebuild what remains?”
Jesse is a hero for all ages. One who proves, “When there’s greatness inside, who says you can’t fly.”
*Academic Language and Common Core Standards aligned.
**Also available in Ebook, Audiobook, Large Print formats!
JESSE and the CATERPILLAR WHO GOT ITS WINGS is International Gala Star and NAACP award winning actor/writer/educator AARON BRAXTON’S debut middle-grade, children's novel that explores themes of self-esteem, friendship, family, heartbreak, life and loss––while still maintaining a great sense of humor and a deeper sense of purpose.
"I wrote this novel to represent the inner hopes, dreams and aspirations of African American boys who, all too often, do not see themselves fully actualized in literature. There are a lot of books out there that tell amazing stories. Unfortunately, most of them do not involve the complex, subconscious minds of kids from African American and diverse communities. I wanted to change that perspective in meaningful ways."
**SPECIAL NOTE TO PARENTS AND EDUCATORS
Infused with Academic Language and aligned with Common Core Standards and real-world connections, the book also assist children in mastering the language needed to be successful in school. Although mastering Academic Language is challenging for many children, it is especially challenging for children of diverse communities with limited exposure outside the educational system. JESSE and the CATERPILLAR WHO GOT ITS WINGS, seeks to change that barrier, in meaningful and authentic ways, by attempting to level the playing field so that all children read about diverse groups of characters and are exposed to important pedagogical language necessary for their success. By giving children the opportunity and tools essential in making authentic connections from the comfort and protection of their own home or classroom, this book becomes a valuable resource for teachers and parents.
“...gives you the ability to reach higher ground and keep climbing. Gave me hope (and) showed there were possibilities in life.”
This is one of the most powerful and well-written books that I've ever read. It provokes deeper thought, many questions, and more ponderings on the nature of teen life...Jesse reminds me of Charlie Brown...Great Book!
–M. Williams, California Science Center
I read this book to my 5th grade students and they absolutely loved it! Before I knew it, many had gone out and purchased it themselves. I especially like that he put a lot of academic language in the book, which is much needed by my students. Thank you Mr. Braxton for getting my students interested in reading again!
–S. Martin, Elementary School Teacher
I read your book in one sitting and absolutely LOVED IT! The book is so pure. I even cried at the end!
-T. Chex, Hollywood Dir/Writer
In the Media
Unproduced Written Projects:
A LONG WAY FROM SUNDAY (Feature film) - A gritty, faith-inspired film about a series of revelations that lead to an Apostolic Pentecostal preacher questioning his faith in friendships, family, and God, resulting in him killing a man and burning down his church.
THE SUB (Limited 10 episode TV series w/7 episodes currently written) - A single camera dramedy about a substitute teacher's journey through the bureaucracy of a dysfunctional urban educational system, while taking over a disruptive, dysfunctional class because the regular teacher quits.
BROKEN (Stage Play) – Winner of the 2020 Max Lerner Fellowship, is witty, Two-Act dramatic play about mental illness in African American families revolving around the traumatic incident of a mother and the accidental death of her son. Refusing mental health treatment as a sign of cultural weakness, she suffers pathological guilt, drug addiction, alcohol abuse, and multifaceted visual and auditory hallucinations while shamelessly tormenting her family and herself.