Grand Master Eric O'Neal, Sr. Unveils Limited Edition Poster of The Legend Of Lionman and The Seven Kurodos at the 2008 Essence Music Festival

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Creator of the soon-to-be-released The Legend of LIONMAN and The Seven Kurodos 28 book series to sign autographs at the 2008 Essence Festival.

time United States Karate Alliance World Champion and International Karate Hall of Fame Inductee Grand Master Eric O'Neal, Sr. will be making a special appearance and signing limited edition posters of The Legend of LIONMAN and the SEVEN KURODOS from the highly anticipated 28 book series at the 2008 Essence Music Festival. Signings will take place in the featured authors book signing area inside the Convention Center on Friday, July 4, 2008 from noon until 2:00 pm and on Sunday, July 6, 2008 from 3:00 - 5:00 pm.

Created by Grand Master O'Neal, The Legend of LIONMAN and the SEVEN KURODOS features the first league of culturally diverse superheroes that perform heroic and moral deeds, both real and fictional, that will inspire, entertain, and educate millions of children and adults all over the world.

"We all need a Superhero to help us stand strong and make good choices," says Grand Master O'Neal. "This series will help students strengthen their self-esteem and make appropriate choices in life." In conjunction with the book series, The LIONMAN and the SEVEN KURODOS website will be launched in August 2008 and will feature an online tutorial program. The site will serve as a portal for students where they can receive live help via the website in various school subjects. Students can also receive wise counsel and support with problems that arise in school, at play, at home, or within themselves to help them make good, appropriate choices.

In addition to creating The Legend of LIONMAN series, Grandmaster Eric O'Neal, Sr. is also the founder of The LIONMAN Foundation that was established in 2000 as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization designed to expand and broaden services provided by community and educational institutions. The LIONMAN Foundation has developed a variety of programs specifically to provide refuge for at-risk youth from inner-city entrapments. All Foundation activities and programs reinforce that education is a critical foundation for future success, and that self-discipline, self-esteem, and respect for others are key to success in education.

One of the many noteworthy programs that Grand Master O'Neal created through The LIONMAN Foundation is the "1000 Beams of Light" program. "Our focus in the wake of hurricane Katrina is to help the recovery efforts of the New Orleans Public School System," said Master O'Neal. "The goal of the LIONMAN '1000 Beams of Light' program is to uplift the spirit of the children of New Orleans and empower them through education and in-school and after-school activities. It takes a village to raise a child. We are working to create that village to keep them off the streets and out of trouble."

The LIONMAN A-1 Drill Team is one of the highly commendable components of the "1000 Beams of Light" program. Members of the drill team will demonstrate the discipline and the stomp routines that they learned from Grand Master O'Neal by performing by The LIONMAN Foundation booth in the Convention Center before Grand Master O'Neal begins autographing The Legend of LIONMAN and the SEVEN KURODOS posters. This will mark the second year the LIONMAN A-1 Drill Team will perform at the Essence Music Festival.

About LIONMAN Foundation:
Founded in 2000, the LIONMAN Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to empower the youth of New Orleans by promoting self-confidence, self-discipline and self-respect. Our motto is that every child can be strong, confident and successful!

For more information about The Legend of LIONMAN and the SEVEN KURODOS or The LIONMAN Foundation, call (504) 244-8395 or (504) 210-9674, or visit our website at


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