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NBPC Receives 2016 NEA Grant

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.


AfroPop Season 8

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.


180 Days: Hartsville

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.


AFROPUNK presents The Triptych

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.


The Carrier Premieres on AfroPoP January 19th

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.


Yaya DaCosta to Host Season 7 of AfroPoP

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.


NBPC 360 Gives Up to $150 for New TV and Web Series

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.