Black Public Media supports the development of visionary content creators and distributes stories about the global Black experience to inspire a more equitable and inclusive future.
For more than four decades, BPM has addressed the needs of unserved and underserved audiences. BPM continues to address historical, contemporary, and systemic challenges that traditionally impede the development and distribution of Black stories.
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With roots in the Midwest, Steve Hissam mixes creativity and strategic agility with solid business acumen to deliver quantifiable results in the ever-changing marketing space. He began his career on Madison Avenue where he worked on a range of product categories from Mercedes-Benz automobiles to Yoo-Hoo chocolate drink. At Kirshenbaum & Bond he propagated the ...
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Cheryl D. Fields
Director of Marketing & Engagement
Allison Simmons is an award-winning television executive with more than thirty years of experience in the industry. Currently, she is Senior Director of Programming, Production and Development for TV ONE, where she oversees the network’s signature crime series (Fatal Attraction, Sins of the City and ATL Homicide). Previously, she was the Head of Development for ...
Janis Smith-Gomez is an experienced Senior Executive of Fortune 50 companies and iconic brands, positioning global enterprises for competitive advantage and market leadership. She is a visionary commercial leader and marketing strategist driving transformation at the intersection of company purpose, go-to-market strategy and culture to deliver positive outcomes, accelerate sales and share growth, strengthen brand ...
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Founded in 1979 as the National Black Programming Consortium, Black Public Media (BPM), began because there was a need to encourage the development of films and television programs about the Black experience that involved creative risks and addressed the needs of unserved and underserved audiences.
Dedicated to creating a pathway for funding and distribution for Black storytellers, BPM provided seed money for projects along with opportunities for distribution through PBS. For many now acclaimed filmmakers, including Spike Lee, Julie Dash, Stanley Nelson, Shola Lynch, and Byron Hurt, BPM became a beacon of support at the earliest stages of their careers. Inspired by a spirit of excellence in stories about the Black experience, BPM’s thoughtful and compelling approach to selecting projects has resulted in supporting a host of award-winning and nominated films. With an expansion of funding support to include content exclusively for the web (e.g., Black Folk Don’t, Evoking the Mulatto, and Ask A Muslim), BPM is regularly engaging the public in necessary conversations about race, history, and social issues through short narratives and online properties.
Today, after more than four decades of historic work, BPM continues to leverage its expertise by investing in innovative content creators, and bringing dynamic programs about the Black experience that provoke, educate, and entertain on and off the screen.
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From Julie Dash's Daughters of the Dust (1991)
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