Michael Cory Davis
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Michael Cory Davis is an American actor, filmmaker, and activist.
He was born in Brooklyn, of Jamaican parents. He studied acting at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, and upon graduation landed a recurring role on All My Children. He also starred in an episode of Anger Management with Charlie Sheen.
Since 2003, Davis has been involved in the fight to end modern day slavery, and subsequently became a Goodwill Ambassador for the organization, Face to Face Bulgaria. Through that organization, Michael met a victim of trafficking, a 13-year old Bulgarian girl sold by her adoptive parents into prostitution. Michael wrote, directed and produced the award-winning film, Svetlana’s Journey, based on her story. He lived in and toured Bulgaria meeting countless victims and potential victims, using his film as the tool to educate the children. In 2005, the film aired on Bulgaria’s national television station and in the U.S., it won the Hollywood Film Festival for Best Short Subject as well as the HD Film Festival for Best Short, Best Dramatic Short and runner-up for Best Director. Michael’s second film, Cargo: Innocence Lost, is a documentary focusing on sex trafficking in the United States—both films have since been used by more than one hundred national and international agencies, organizations, churches, and educational institutions. Michael has worked with legislators, royalty, celebrities, and corporations to create social awareness. He is the recipient of the prestigious People to People International (founded by Dwight Eisenhower) Make a Difference award and has been covered by various broadcast and print media outlets including on World News with Charles Gibson, CNN, NBC, ABC, KTLA, and Los Angeles Daily News, bringing light to the issue.
"I want artists to understand that we have the ability to talk to billions of people through our work so we must be open to do more than just entertain. We have to find ways to empower, enlighten, and educate with our work. I also want people to be reminded that we don't live in an Utopian society and the only way to get there is through collective team work, honest dialogue, and making human rights our number one global priority." - Michael Cory Davis