The National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC) has won two National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Art Works grants. NBPC will be awarded a total of $85,000 for its signature public television series AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange and 360 Incubator and Fund for serial broadcast and web series.
In this season of AfroPoP, we continue the conversation around the contemporary experiences and perspectives of Africans and African Americans throughout the world — a journey of hope through stories that span three continents and the Caribbean. Our travel companions are as diverse as they are brave, and their stories are as nuanced as they are rich.
Project logo for the NBPC 360 project.
Filmmakers in a group shot at the NBPC 360 bootcamp training retreat. Front row, from left: Sabrina Gray, former NBPC Executive Director Mable Haddock, Neycha Herford, Shellee Haynesworth, Judith Helfand, Kay Shaw, Hassatou Diallo, Shertease Wheeler, Arthur Jafa; back row, from left: Damon Colquhoun, Isaac Solotaroff, Shukree Tilghman, Nonso Christian Ugbode, Gregory Warren, Sandy Rattley, Derek Koen, Nosarieme Garrick, Ouida Washington and Garland McLaurin. (Photo: Lindsey Seide)
Filmmaker Hassatou Diallo screens some work on her lab top during the NBPC 360 incubator. Photo by Lindsey Seide.
Kay Shaw NBPC’s Director for Strategic Engagement consults with filmmaker Damon Colquohoun at the Center for Social Innovation, a co-working space hosting the six-week NBPC 360 incubator for web and TV pilots.
Filmmakers Ouida Washington, Shukree Tilghman, Isaac Solotaroff and Sabrina Gray listen during a storytelling workshop at the NBPC 360 bootcamp. Photo by Anthony Phillips.
Filmmaker Sabrina Gray gives a presentation during the NBPC 360 incubator feedback sessions, also known as “The Terror Room.” Photo by Lindsey Seide.
Following the day-to-day stories of students, parents, teachers and staff at the Washington Metropolitan High School (DC MET), “180 Days: Inside An American High School” is an intimate portrait of a public school that attempts to make a difference in the lives of students each and every day. The documentary will premiere March 17 as part of “American Graduate,” a public media initiative to improve high school graduation rates.