Tony Weaver Jr. ’16 featured in Coca-Cola ad ‘History Shakers’

Tony Weaver Jr. '16 and his company Weird Enough Productions were highlighted in the 60-second Coca-Cola ad that celebrates six African American leaders in their fields.

Tony Weaver Jr. ’16, founder and CEO of new media production company Weird Enough Productions, is featured in a recent ad by the Coca-Cola Company titled “History Shakers.”

The 60-second ad highlights Weaver, along with five other African Americans – Olympic gold medalist Simone Manuel, homeless activist Terence Lester, opera singer Davóne Tines, food activist Champale Anderson-Greene, and roboticist Ayanna Howard – for their roles in shaping modern history.

“This is for the ones changing the face of the game and how the game is played,” the narrator says as Weaver appears in the ad.

Weird Enough Productions is a company dedicated to creating positive images of black men and other minority groups. The company has created award-winning short films and comic series, while bringing media literacy education to thousands of students across the country through its Get Media L.I.T. program, which allows educators to use comics to teach students how to combat fake news, identify media bias and create content of their own.

“Weird Enough Productions is a comic company building a new world of stories that will change the one we live in,” the company’s website reads. “We tell stories that inspire people to embrace their quirks, and get hype about being themselves. Stories have unparalleled power to change hearts and minds. So we share ours, and open the page for you to share yours.”

Weaver, who founded Weird Enough Productions at age 20, was named to the Forbes “30 Under 30 Education 2018” list and was awarded Elon’s Young Alumnus of the Year award the same year. He was also named among Elon’s first Leadership Prize recipients in 2014, under the guidance of his mentor Professor of Cinema and Television Arts and Assessment Coordinator Naeemah Clark.