To both our media makers and our viewers: We can no longer afford to take our public institutions for granted, and that includes public media.
For the perennial timeliness of his teachings and their influence on African American thought — especially in the current era of Black Lives Matter — we dedicate this special NBPC birthday salute to Brother Malcolm.
NBPC partnered with Blackout for Human Rights to host a live online chat about the water crisis affecting the city of Flint, Michigan. Moderated by Van Jones, the NBPC and Blackout live chat featured a panel discussion with Ryan Coogler, Ava DuVernay, Mark Ruffalo, Rhea Boyd, Carmen Perez, Pastor Michael McBride, Rashid Shabazz, Rashad Robinson, Vien Truong and Flint residents Dollene and Diamond Turner. If you’re looking for the cliff notes version — or just want to re-live the highlights of what turned out to be an unforgettable dialogue — then here are 12 of our favorite moments and quotations from the #JusticeForFlint panel discussion.
Melissa Haizlip is an award-winning filmmaker born in Boston and raised in the US Virgin Islands, Connecticut and New York. She is currently in production on “Mr. SOUL!” and the sci-fi feature “A Day in the Life of Bliss” directed by Wu Tsang.
NBPC may have been around since 1979, but with so many fresh public media projects out there we are not about to get stuck in the past. In fact, 2016 will be a downright parade of premieres, panels, seminars and festivals for your participation and enjoyment. So grab your planner and a pen! Here are 10 of the brightest spots on this winter’s Black Public Media horizon.
The Last Poets said what few other African Americans would say. They told stories that reflected on the urban political consciousness of the Black Power movement and tackled issues everyone in their community could relate to.
If we are honest with ourselves, systemic racism is not likely to end in our lifetimes, our child’s lifetime or even our grandchild’s lifetime. But it’s when the media trucks have rolled out of town and the social media users are back to commenting about the Kardashians, that we must draw upon the resilience of the ancestors, gather our reserves, renew our partnerships, stand together with our allies and move forward. No, it’s not to continue the dialogue, but to advance it.
The National Minority Consortia (otherwise known as the NMC) supports public media by and about people of color in many contexts. Chances are you already know us, the National Black Programming Consortium. But here’s an introduction to our sister organizations — Latino Public Broadcasting, Pacific Islanders in Communications, the Center for Asian American Media and Vision Maker Media — with this list of five exciting films they have in store.