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Darryl Roberts
Darryl Roberts, President of Sensory Overload Entertainment, is an established writer, producer, and director. His award-winning documentary about America’s obsession with beauty, "America the Beautiful," is currently playing in select cities across the United States. Roberts is also celebrated both in the U.S. and abroad for How U Like Me Now, the highly acclaimed independent film about relationships in the 90's.

An entertainment industry veteran, Roberts also has experience in radio and television. He began his career as an on-air personality for radio station WKKC-FM in Chicago, and used his earnings as a salesman at Seagram's wine division to produce his own local cable television program, “Backstage with Darryl Roberts”.

Roberts joined WMAQ-TV's Sunday morning news program as host of “Hollywood Hype,” an insider's look at the entertainment industry. His segment rapidly gained a strong following and was rated among the top entertainment features in Chicago.

Roberts has directed some of Europe's hottest commercials and music videos, including the music video for Gloria Gaynor's European comeback, “I Never Knew.”

Entries by Darryl Roberts

Sexualized Culture Is Creating Mental Health Issues in Our Youth

(3) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 4:30 PM

In 2008, the American Psychological Association released a report called The Sexualization of Girls. They made a case that the onslaught of sexualized images in media and pop culture has created a mental health crisis, evidenced by the increased levels of depression, low self-esteem and eating disorders in...

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Former NBA Star & Miss America support Anti-Bullying Campaign

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2013 | 6:17 PM

Over the last year, bullying stories like Miami Dolphins tackle Jonathan Martin and the 12 and 14 year old girls from Florida that bullied 12 year old Rebecca Sedwick have become common fixtures in the media.

Before bullying can be severely curbed, it seems that parents, teachers and students must...

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Miss America Nina Davuluri Speaks About Need for Diversity at Anti-Bullying Symposium

(1) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 5:07 PM

Bullying has taken center stage in the media lately, from the tragic story of a Florida girl who committed suicide over being tormented at school to a young boy's heart-wrenching letter to Santa gone viral, pleading with him to stop kids from bullying his sister.


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17-Year-Old Meets With Abercrombie & Fitch Execs to Discuss Their Relationship With Teens

(1) Comments | Posted May 22, 2013 | 3:10 PM

Yesterday, 17-year-old Cali Linstrom, NEDA and I went to the headquarters of Abercrombie & Fitch to discuss with Abercrombie executives ways that we may be able to work together to speak out about "anti-bullying and discrimination."


The meeting came about after Cali put together...

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Ambercrombie & Fitch Headquarters Protest Called Off

(1) Comments | Posted May 17, 2013 | 5:58 PM

This coming Monday May 20th, a HUGE protest was planned outside of the Abercrombie & Fitch headquarters in New Albany, Ohio. A brigade of national press had already agreed to cover the protest and 17 year old Cali Linstrom along with dozens of other teens were scheduled to be present...

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Day After Mother's Day Abercrombie & Fitch Protest

(7) Comments | Posted May 13, 2013 | 11:18 AM

On Monday, May 13, 2013, dozens of teenagers and parents will protest at the Abercrombie & Fitch store in Chicago (835 N. Michigan) at 4 p.m. The protest is in response to Abercrombie & Fitch's CEO Mike Jeffries statement that his company doesn't make clothes for fat women because they're...

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Roger Ebert Changed My Life

(0) Comments | Posted April 5, 2013 | 9:28 AM

Let me start off by saying that I grew up as a young adult watching Siskel & Ebert on TV. But never in my wildest dreams did I think that one day, I'd make a movie that Roger would not only watch in his screening room, but end up critiquing...

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A Ride With Bradley Wiggins

(2) Comments | Posted October 17, 2012 | 5:55 PM

A little over a year ago, I went to the doctor and was diagnosed with high blood pressure (160/100), atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat) and high cholesterol. The doctor told me that I was a candidate for a stroke. She said it wasn't a matter of if, but when!

The doctor...

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New Eating Disorder Book Helps Young Girl

(2) Comments | Posted October 10, 2012 | 11:35 AM

Recently, a woman called me to tell me how her daughter was doing great recovering from an eating disorder with the help of a book called 8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder. She said her daughter had recently gotten out of residential treatment and was using the book...

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Your Dieting Days Are Numbered: Start Living Your Way to a Healthy Weight

(11) Comments | Posted January 18, 2012 | 4:44 PM

It's the third week of January. Are you exhausted yet from counting calories, points, fat grams and carbs? Even if you've managed to make it this long, do you know your dieting days are numbered? Why did you think it would be different this year?

Each year, the diet industry...

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Open Letter to First Lady Michelle Obama

(11) Comments | Posted November 1, 2011 | 5:16 PM

I'm Darryl Roberts, the director of the documentary "America the Beautiful 2: The Thin Commandments." My new documentary takes a look at why I think BMI is misguided and how we can be healthy at a wide variety of sizes.

Before I get into that, I want to mention that...

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An Open Letter to Oprah

(25) Comments | Posted April 15, 2009 | 4:59 PM

Dear Oprah,

Maybe Dear Oprah is too formal.

Hello Oprah,

I'm writing this open letter to you because I've run across thousands of women that love you. This is tough for me to write because you are doing so many awesome things for people all over the world.

I'm the...

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America the Beautiful Headlines Vienna Body Image Conference

(1) Comments | Posted December 9, 2008 | 9:03 AM

I recently had the good fortune of being invited to screen my documentary America the Beautiful, at the Shaped Body Symposium in Vienna, Austria, a global body image conference, which included professors, health professionals, and government representatives from all over the world. This was the European premiere of my film...

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MTV Decides Not to Release New Show Model Maker

(4) Comments | Posted October 21, 2008 | 6:04 PM

Teenage girls in the world united!

As some of you may be aware, MTV was involved with a new "reality" program entitled Model Makers. The show aimed to take 15 young women between the ages of 17 and 24 and turn them into high fashion models by forcing them to...

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MTV's New Reality Show, Model Makers , Puts Lives in Danger!

(5) Comments | Posted October 6, 2008 | 5:07 PM

I decided to reflect my thoughts about this show in the form of a letter. A letter to MTV. In case they actually read it.

Dear MTV,

I remember when you used to be a music video network. That was a long time ago. Sometime since then you morphed into...

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The Ugly Truth About "America The Beautiful"

(3) Comments | Posted August 25, 2008 | 11:03 AM

The last five years of my life have been spent making a documentary called America the Beautiful, which deals with America's unhealthy obsession with beauty. After a hard and long process, the film is finally in playing in theaters across the country.

When I set out to make this...

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