Syndicated Cartoonist Jerry Craft and his Mama's Boyz characters

MAMA'S BOYZ follows the lives of the Pauline Porter and her two teenage sons, Tyrell and Yusuf. Other characters include Pauline's brother Greg and their parents.

The strip is currently syndicated by King Features Syndicate as part of its Weekly Service, which is a collection of comic strips and columns that is sent to more than 900 newspapers and magazines around the world. Mama's Boyz is also available through self-syndication.

The Mama's Boyz characters have also been used to convey serious messages to the public such as when they acted as official spokescharacters for the American Diabetes Association's African-American Program. The comic strip has also been used to enlighten readers about AIDs (The NY Daily News); organ and tissue donation (Donate Life! America); teen pregnancy (The DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy); and truancy (DC Public School System). They were also used in a full-color 32 page comic book to teach kids about leukemia.

In addition to the weekly comic strip, Mama's Boyz can be seen in three of their own books, shirts, mugs, and an assortment of books such as "Chicken Soup For the African-American Soul."

Here's a blurb that I found online about the strip, it almost brought a tear to my eye :)

 Mama's Boyz is one of the best comic strips drawn today. It promotes traditional values, black culture and the family humorously. The strip always makes one smile and laugh. We at the Charlottesville/Albemarle have received many compliments and it has been a welcome addition for our younger readers. Our paper is used in some area schools and children of color relate well to the characters (grown-ups love it too). As an African-American publication, we appreciate the positive images portrayed in the strip and would recommend it highly to any publication that is interested in diversity, as well as, the inclusion of a very good comic strip.

Have a job for Mama's Boyz? Feel free to email me at jerrycraft@aol.com

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