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Don’t Just Worry About Climate Change, Do Something!

NOVEMBER 8, 2022 BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH   By Leslie Fields-Cruz Don’t Just Worry About Climate Change, Do Something! Black storytellers are invited to BPM’s first Story Summit on Climate Justice, Nov. 12 If you read this blog often, you know that BPM is hosting a Black Media Story Summit on Climate Justice in

Here’s Why I Vote

NOVEMBER 1, 2022 BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH   By Leslie Fields-Cruz Voting is Not Only My Right, its an Act of Remembrance By this time next week I hope everyone who’s reading this blog post has either sent in their absentee ballot or cast their vote at their local polling place. Our news, mailboxes,

Our Film Festivals Need Us to Show Up

OCTOBER 25, 2022 BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH   By Leslie Fields-Cruz Our Film Festivals Need Us to Show Up Those of us who have enjoyed frequenting film festivals over the years know that Covid-19 was a seismic event for the festival scene. The pandemic forced most festivals to either cancel seasons altogether, or to

Breakthrough Stories Break Down Barriers

OCTOBER 18, 2022 BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH   By Leslie Fields-Cruz Breakthrough Stories Break Down Barriers Last weekend, I traveled to Washington, D.C., to join filmmakers Byron Hurt and Natalie Bullock Brown at the Double Exposure Film Festival, where their newest film, Hazing, was on the slate. Though Hazing includes Hurt’s personal experiences with the harmful rituals, the film also includes

How Black is the Future of Public Media?

OCTOBER 11, 2022 BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH   By Leslie Fields-Cruz How Black is the Future of Public Media? Contemplating the future of public media is an evergreen activity among people in my position. We’re always trying to figure out what type of content public media audiences need and want, and then how best

New ‘Be Heard’ Promotes Gender Affirmation

OCTOBER 5, 2022 BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH   By Leslie Fields-Cruz New ‘Be Heard’ Campaign Addresses Gender Pronouns BPM Celebrates LGBT History Month with New Shorts Series on Gender Affirmation The National Transgender Discrimination Survey reports that Black transgender and gender nonconforming people face some of the highest levels of discrimination. From their experiences

We’re in Good Hands

SEPTEMBER 27, 2022 BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH   By Leslie Fields-Cruz We’re in Good Hands I’ve worked in the nonprofit world for most of my adult life. So, I know how fortunate I am to have a board of directors who genuinely get Black Public Media’s mission, are generous with their time and talents,

Saluting Afro Latinx Media Makers

SEPTEMBER 20, 2022 BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH   By Leslie Fields-Cruz BPM Salutes Afro Latinx Media Makers Recently, a rideshare driver regaled me with the story of how he met his wife. She, a native of Mexico, met him while he, an African American from New Orleans, was on leave from the U.S. Navy.

Climate Justice Begins with Powerful Stories

SEPTEMBER 13, 2022 BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH   By Leslie Fields-Cruz The Road to Climate Justice Begins with Powerful Stories .The headlines are daunting: “Racism is Magnifying the Deadly Impact of Rising Heat” (Nature), “Poor Neighborhoods Bear the Brunt of Extreme Heat“ (LA Times), “Black Americans are Drowning Because of Climate Change” (The Black

Prioritizing the Hazing Problem

September 6, 2022 BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH   By Leslie Fields-Cruz It’s Time to Prioritize the Hazing Problem This summer, I spent a week visiting college campuses on the West Coast with my youngest child — a rising high school senior. Among the schools we visited was my alma mater, UC Berkeley. Trudging up