BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA ANNOUNCES CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR THE JACQUIE JONES MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND

The $300,000 fund honoring award-winning director and film executive will support emerging and diverse content creators  NEW YORK (August 13, 2018)—Black Public Media (BPM) today announced a call for applications for the Jacquie Jones Memorial Scholarship Fund (JJMSF). Established with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the $300,000 scholarship fund is inspired […]

Adventures at BLERDCON DC

by Troy-Jeffrey Allen How does BPM’s mission relate to something like blerd culture? It starts with freedom of expression … Before the millennium, the life of a sci-fi/fantasy fan was fairly lonely.  Remember, this was pre-Internet, so geekery was largely a solitary activity – just you and your novel/comic book/manga/film – indulged to support an […]

PRODUCERS COMPETE FOR UP TO $150,000 IN FUNDING FOR TV AND DIGITAL PROJECTS

  Black Public Media launches third round of its 360 Incubator+  for nonfiction broadcast films and scripted or nonfiction web series NEW YORK (July 19, 2018)—Black Public Media (BPM), the nation’s only nonprofit dedicated solely to media content about the black experience, has issued an open call to producers for nonfiction broadcast projects (individual programs or […]

Heroes of Color Series Featured in PBS Online Film Festival

The Webby Award-nominated PBS Online Film Festival returns for the seventh year, July 16-27, 2018, featuring 25 short-form independent films from multiple public media partners and PBS member stations. Heroes of Color, the highly acclaimed series of short animated videos highlighting the contributions of people of color in world history is among those featured in this year’s festival. […]

Filmmaker Pivots from Med School to VR

As part of our efforts to educate our community about virtual reality and other emerging forms of storytelling, Black Public Media will occasionally profile someone working in the emerging technology industry. That person could be an artist, a filmmaker, an educator, an executive, or a student. In this edition, we feature excerpts from a conversation […]

Black Like Me: Robot Pushes the Boundaries of Blackness

What does it mean to be Black and a woman? Can either experience be distilled into a computer program? Meet BINA48, a social android that runs on an artificial intelligence (AI) program. Since being activated in 2010, the robot has taken two college courses and rung the bell of the New York Stock Exchange. It continues to machine-learn from its interactions with humans and the internet.

BINA48 is based on a composite of several people, including Bina Aspen, the African-American co-founder and vice president of the Terasem Movement Foundation. The foundation runs the LifeNaut Project, a social experiment focused on saving a person’s memories, values, and beliefs in a digital file (dubbed a “mindfile”). Terasem’s long-term goal is figuring out how to download a mindfile into a biological, mechanical, or digital form or into a yet-to-be-invented mashup of all three.

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The Power of Story: From History to Her-story

Bill Cosby, Roger Ailes, Donald Trump, Bill O’Reilly, Harvey Weinstein, Louis C.K., Roy Moore, Mike Oreskes, Al Franken, Charlie Rose, Kevin Spacey, John Conyers, Matt Lauer and Garrison Keillor. All recent inductees to an ignominious hall of fame.   This year has been exasperating on so many levels, but the gathering flood of stories about successful men sexually harassing […]