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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Is Public Media Ready for the Long Haul?

May 18, 2021 BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH   By Leslie Fields-Cruz Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Is Public Media Ready for the Long Haul? Last week, PBS convened its Annual Meeting virtually. For those of you who wonder about the goings on at PBS, each year they hold a huge conference to introduce the upcoming

Tribeca Celebrates Juneteenth, BPM Launches Technically Brilliant

May 11, 2021 BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH   By Leslie Fields-Cruz Tribeca Adds Juneteenth Celebration to 20th Anniversary Festival When the Tribeca Film Festival was founded in 2001, New York City was struggling to recover from the 9/11 terror attack that took more than 3,000 lives and demolished the jewel of the Tribeca neighborhood:

Climate Change is a Black Story, Too

May 4, 2021 BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH   By Leslie Fields-Cruz Climate Change is a Black Story, Too May … the month of spring flowers. As a New Yorker who really hates the cold, May used to be the time of year when I tucked my winter coat and boots far back in the

Reflections on the Oscars

April 27, 2021 BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH   By Leslie Fields-Cruz Reflections on the 2021 Oscars First, let me say Ramadan Mubarak (Happy Ramadan) to all our Muslim brothers and sisters. I realize Covid-19 is forcing you to modify the way you observe this sacred holiday. But perhaps the pandemic-imposed restrictions will open the

Spring is Poppin’

APRIL 20, 2021 BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH   By Leslie Fields-Cruz Photo of DJ Jigüe from AfroPoP feature Bakosó, by Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi Spring is Poppin’ with ‘AfroPoP’ and Tribeca’s 20th Anniversary The preliminary analytics we’ve received on Total Market Coverage for AfroPoP Season 13 reflect a highly enthusiastic reception from public media station programmers across

Thank You PitchBLACK Supporters!

APRIL 13, 2021 BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH   By Leslie Fields-Cruz Thanks for Making PitchBLACK 2021 a Success! Last fall, when it became apparent that PitchBLACK might have to be radically different from anything we’d tried to do before, my staff and I took a deep breath. We then set out to design a

BPM Salutes Its Mentors!

April 6, 2021 BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH   By Leslie Fields-Cruz Hats Off to Our 360 Incubator+ Mentors! It’s award season in the media industry. The 2021 Golden Globes, Grammys, NAACP Image, and SAG awards are all behind us. BPM’s PitchBLACK Awards will be held Fri., April 9, with the Oscars and Peabody awards still to come. 

It’s Sankofa Time!

MARCH 30, 2021 BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH   By Leslie Fields-Cruz It’s Sankofa Time: Looking Back to Move Forward The 1987 PBS premiere of Henry Hampton’s epic Eyes on the Prize marked the first time Americans had a chance to view a documentary series created by Black filmmakers about a period of history that

Standing Against Hate

MARCH 23, 2021 BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH   By Leslie Fields-Cruz Standing Against Hate When I was a high school student, three cisgender White males in my English class were conversing among themselves about some evening activity. My ears pricked up, I was a nosy kid. These young men, ages 16 -17 were talking

Celebrating Black Women’s History

March 16, 2021 BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH   By Leslie Fields-Cruz Celebrating Black Women’s History It’s the middle of Women’s history month and as a Black mother, I believe Women’s History, just like Black history, must be included in all of our teachings about American and global history.  However, until we get there, I