With sorrow, the National Black Programming Consortium announces the passing of Nonso Christian Ugbode. Ugbode served as NBPC’s Director of Digital Initiatives and had worked at the organization since 2006.
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.
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.
AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange, the innovative series about contemporary Black life, art and culture currently airing on public television stations across the country, continues with AFROPUNK presents The Triptych. The film, produced by Matthew Morgan and Jocelyn Cooper of AFROPUNK, will air as the fourth episode of the series, which this year is hosted by actress Yaya DaCosta.
Director Maggie Betts takes viewers on a journey to a Zambian community and a family beset by AIDS. Twenty-eight-year-old Mutinta Mweemba has married a handsome man, only to discover he is already married. Begrudgingly she becomes wife #2. A third wife brings drama soon overshadowed by the spread of AIDS throughout the family.
Actress Yaya DaCosta, soon to be seen in the title role of Lifetime’s I Will Always Love You: The Whitney Houston Story, will host the public television series AfroPoP: The Ultimate Exchange as it returns for its seventh season. The star will emcee the new season of the innovative documentary program on contemporary art, life and culture in the African Diaspora.
National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC) is launching an open call to producers for fresh serial content about the Black experience. Acceptable ideas include non-fiction TV series, scripted or non-fiction web series, and interactive web/digital projects. Three projects will ultimately receive up $150,000 to complete their pilots. Informational webinars will be held online in October and November. Submission deadline: January 9, 2015.
Jacquie Jones, who has served as executive director of National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC) since 2005, has stepped down. The board of directors of the 35-year-old nonprofit, which develops, produces and funds media content about the black experience for public media outlets, including television, digital radio and online, accepted her resignation this week.