The Importance of Feeling Seen

Movember’s Rooted & Rising series featuring digital content creators committed to inspire young Black men to live happier, healthier, longer lives.

Alonzo: From the Rough Streets of Rockford to Rock Star

Alonzo discusses the hardships he faced as a child who didn’t quite “fit in,” and how he found his true calling and a path forward during a school talent show.

About Alonzo Russel

Alonzo is a small-town boy with a voice that can move the world. As an America’s Got Talent semi-finalist, Alonzo was the first lead singer to be approved to sing on the ‘4 U’ Prince Tour. In the Fall of 2020, Alonzo debuted ‘Sexin’ You’ at #21 on iTunes, which went on to become his first Grammy contending single. In 2021, Alonzo released his debut album “Enough” reaching #14 on the iTunes Rock charts. With a background that includes four sold-out tours across Asia and singing background vocals for Christina Aguilera, Alonzo continues to push the boundaries of the independent artist. Powerful, determined, and fearless, he is a singer, songwriter, dancer, and unmatched performer.

About the Series

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Rooted & Rising is a collective of digital entrepreneurs who have joined forces to create self-care videos and tips that address the mental and physical well-being challenges that are relevant to young black men, and to inspire them to live happier, healthier, longer lives.

Special thanks to National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) for the generous support of the stipends granted to our 2021 Rooted & Rising participants.

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