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‘Tis the Season for AfroPoP and PitchBLACK

APRIL 5, 2022 BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH   By Leslie Fields-Cruz Photo from “Downstream to Knishasa”, by Dieudo Hamadi, Episode 3, “AfroPoP,” Season 14 ‘Tis the Season of ‘AfroPoP’ and PitchBLACK A few years ago, I began thinking perhaps that our signature television series, AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange had run its course. I

The Slap Heard ‘Round the World

MARCH 29, 2022 BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH   By Leslie Fields-Cruz The Slap Heard ‘Round the World Last weekend ended with the national broadcast of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 94th Oscar Awards presentation. Big ups to Quest Love for winning Best Documentary for his film Summer of Soul. I saw

When You Rise, We Recognize

MARCH 22, 2022 BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH   By Leslie Fields-Cruz When You Rise, We Recognize There was a time when I looked forward to watching the media arts’ annual EGOT festivities (Emmy, Golden Globe, Oscar, Tony awards). These days, the industry is so awash in award programs, I know I’m not the only

Michelle Materre, Paying it Forward

BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH   By Leslie Fields-Cruz For Michelle Materre, Paying it Foward was a Way of Life I write this Dispatch with a heavy heart. The independent film field lost one of its finest last weekend: film educator, distributor, and Black film advocate Michelle Materre.   I met Michelle at the beginning

Freedom of Speech, Alone, Is Worth Fighting For

MARCH 8, 2022 BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH   By Leslie Fields-Cruz Freedom of Speech, Alone, Is Worth Fighting For As the war in Ukraine wages on, I am reminded how fortunate we are to live in a democracy that values the free flow of information. Our system is certainly not perfect. But most Americans

It’s Women’s History Month!

MARCH 1, 2022 BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH   By Leslie Fields-Cruz It’s Women’s History Month, Let’s Celebrate! Anyone who knows me well, knows I’m not a big fan of winter. One thing I do appreciate about this is the time of year, however, is the opportunity to celebrate our history. There’s no doubt that

Storytellers Join the Fight for Vaccine Equity

FEBRUARY 22, 2022 BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH   By Leslie Fields-Cruz BPM Invites Black Storytellers to Join the Fight for Vaccine Equity Next week, Black Public Media and the National Network to Innovate for Covid-19 and Adult Vaccine Equity (NNICE) will host the first of several Black Media Story Summits focused on engaging media

Acts of Love for Black Storytellers

FEBRUARY 15, 2022 BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH   By Leslie Fields-Cruz Acts of Love for Black Media Storytellers Since the week began with Valentine’s Day, I’ve decided to use this blog to amplify Black Public Media’s dedication and love for Black media storytellers.  If you follow us on social media, you know that this

Here’s How Public Media Can Save the Nation

FEBRUARY 8, 2022 BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH   By Leslie Fields-Cruz Still of Pres. Lyndon B. Johnson with U.S. Ambassador Carl T. Rowan from Leola Calzolai-Stewart’s The American Diplomat, premiering on PBS’ American Experience, Feb. 15. Here’s How Public Media Can Help Save the Nation Black History Month Gives Public Media A Chance to

Black History Feast on Public Media

FEBRUARY 1, 2022 BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH   By Leslie Fields-Cruz Photo From Rita Coburn’s Marian Anderson: The Whole World in Her Hands Public Media’s Serving a Feast of Black History Content this Month Hi BPM Family, I cannot express to you how pleased my BPM colleagues and I are to see the abundance