Dr. Steve Perry said his TV One series, “Save My Son,” is more than just a show, it’s a movement.
“It’s a conversation that we in the Black community are having with each other about what we can do,” he said about the half-hour series, in which he counsels a family who’s fearful of losing its young male relative to the streets.
While the media continue to report on how young boys are at risk, Dr. Steve said many people just don’t know what to do about it. But his formula of addressing the entire family and getting to the heart of their issues seems to be working.
Season 1 of the series premiered to praise from viewers, whether they were raising sons or not.
“Dr. Perry, I applaud your compassion, advocacy and God giving gift of discernment and for being an agent for change in the lives of troubled youth,” wrote one Facebook fan.
Dr. Steve, who has been featured on Soledad O’Brien’s “Black in America” series on CNN, speaks to the “Save My Son” youth from experience, having been “born into poverty” himself, according to his Web site.
He also calls on celebrities such as Pooch Hall and Michael Jai White to help reach the at-risk children, who might not realize their idols have overcome similar struggles.
“We haven’t called on a brother who’s said, ‘no,’” Steve said.
Though the series has made a positive impact on many viewers, Dr. Steve said he’s unsure whether the show will return for another season. However, he plans to continue reaching out, even if it’s not televised.
Watch a clip from “Save My Son” below.
—Tracy L. Scott