(From our December issue by Renee Williams)

In October of 2019, Genesis Williams was invited to Tyler Perry Studios and had an opportunity to meet Mr. Perry. It was a long-time dream come true for the high school senior. Williams has a non-profit organization known as “Madea’s No Bullying Zone” where he re-creates the character of actor Tyler Perry’s Madea and visits children in local schools to talk about bullying prevention. The young Augustan has the goal of bringing “Madea’s No Bullying Zone” to all public schools in the state of Georgia. The approach is gaining him enormous exposure in the area as he has been featured on many local news channels and radio stations. He has over 19,000 subscribers to his YouTube channel “Hollywood Here I Come.”

I caught up over the phone with Mr. Williams in mid-December to find out what new things he has on the horizon. He told me he was contacted about being an extra next year on the Netflix series “On My Block” and he has been approached to do some commercials by ad agencies in Atlanta and Greenville, SC. After meeting actor Tyler Perry, he got an opportunity to meet Toni Braxton who reached out to him on Instagram. And our local Savannah River Region community loves to support him through free tickets to events in town like the Carolina State Fair.

When I asked what he thought was crucial for today’s youth in terms of their development into successful adults, he answered, “one-on-one mentoring and quality time.” Looks like our local “Madea” is making a big difference in today’s youth!

(Augusta Family Magazine’s original feature on Mr. Williams, A Creative Move Toward Kindness, can be found online at: www.augustafamily.com/a-creative-move-toward-kindness/)

Aimee Serafin, editor of the Augusta Family Magazine.