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Sweet Summer!

August 2, 2022 BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH   By Leslie Fields-Cruz Blueberry Photo by Cheryl D. Fields Sweet Summer! The BPM Family is Hot, Hot, Hot! I spent the last weekend in July at a family reunion in Washington, D.C. Watching four generations of my relatives interact with each other — smiling, laughing and celebrating our

Black Women Mentoring

JULY 26, 2022 BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH   By Leslie Fields-Cruz The Importance of Black Women Mentoring Black Women Mable Haddock (left) with Leslie Fields-Cruz My vision and my idea was always to share the achievements and contributions and beauty and talent and artistry of Black people with the world. … To help to

I’m In … Now What?

July 19, 2022 BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH   By Leslie Fields-Cruz Photo by Andrea Piacquadio at Pexels ‘I’m In!!! … Now What?’ Late last week, we received an announcement about an opportunity that STARZ is offering for screenwriters. The STARZ #TakeTheLead Writers’ Intensive is a collaboration between the National Association of Latino Independent Producers

PBS Shorts Festival

July 13, 2022 BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH   By Leslie Fields-Cruz Summer is a Great Time for Shorts Perhaps it is because I was born at the beginning of summer, but I just love this season! One of my favorite summer recreations is checking out films featured in the annual PBS Short Film Festival, which for

The Fight Continues

JULY 7, 2022 BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH   By Leslie Fields-Cruz The Fight for Independence and Justice Continues I hope you all had a safe and restful Independence Day weekend. Suffice to say, it was both festive and deeply tragic. Because of the holiday, BPM will publish our July newsletter next week. Meanwhile, we

Winter in America

JUNE 28, 2022 BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH   By Leslie Fields-Cruz Photo by Cheryl D. Fields Pushing Back Against Winter in America Recently, my older sister shared with me the lyrics from Jazz Poet Gil Scott-Heron’s song, Winter in America. It’s a song everyone should listen to right now. He describes winter as a

Celebrate Juneteenth with Tribeca Festival

BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH   By Leslie Fields-Cruz Hazing, by Byron Hurt The Big Payback, by Ericka Alexander and Whitney Dow After Sherman, by Jon Sesrie-Goff Inner Wound Real, by Carrie Hawks Celebrate Juneteenth with Tribeca Festival Growing up in New York City and Los Angeles — in a family of migrants from Ohio

Future of Documentary Storytelling

June 7, 2022 BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH   By Leslie Fields-Cruz What is the Future of Documentary Storytelling? Last fall, American University’s Center for Media and Social Impact published a report titled, The State of Journalism on the Documentary Filmmaking Scene. The first and perhaps most important question authors Patricia Aufderheide and Marissa Woods explore in their

ENOUGH!

MAY 31, 2022 BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH   By Leslie Fields-Cruz Tweet Black Public Media is supported in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, with further funding from the MacArthur Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, and Acton Family Giving.  For more information about underwriting and contributions, please contact Alisa

BPM Launches AfroPoP Rolling Call

May 24, 2022 BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH   By Leslie Fields-Cruz BPM Launches ‘AfroPoP’ Rolling Call Features and shorts about the global Black experience are invited My co-workers and I are gearing up for the next season of Black Public Media’s award-winning series, AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange. To celebrate our 15th season, we’re