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Freedom to Define Ourselves

BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH by Leslie Fields-Cruz January 19, 2021 Freedom to Define Ourselves I wish I knew how It would feel to be free I wish I could break All the chains holdin’ me I wish I could say All the things that I should say Say ’em loud, say ’em clear For

Just Filmmaking

BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH By Leslie Fields-Cruz January 12, 2021   Just Filmmaking Last week, Black Public Media launched the 2021 cohort of our 360 Incubator+ with an opening presentation by social strategist and impact producer Sonya Childress. During her presentation, Sonya introduced the fellows to a new storytelling framework that she’s crafting called

Happy Holidays

BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH By Leslie Fields-Cruz   December 22, 2020 I’ve said this in a previous post, but it bears repeating:  I am SO HAPPY to see 2020 draw to a close! It has been a trying and exhausting year, one I doubt anyone will miss. Surely, 2021 will come with its own set of

Treasure Chest

BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH By Leslie Fields-Cruz   December 15, 2020 Digital Public Media: America’s Commercial-Free Treasure Chest I want to thank to those of you who responded to last month’s Dispatch about public media membership vs. commercial subscriptions. I’ll be sharing some of your comments, anonymously of course, with my colleagues in public media.

Power Giving

BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH By Leslie Fields-Cruz December 8, 2020 The Power of Giving By now, I know many of you have already checked out and contributed to the BPM Emergency Relief Fund, which we launched last week on Giving Tuesday. I hope those of you who give gifts for the holidays will consider purchasing

Spirit of Gratitude

BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH by Leslie Fields-Cruz   November 24, 2020 Here’s Why We’re Embracing the Spirit of Gratitude The craziness of 2020 has made me ever mindful of how fortunate I am to do the work that I do with BPM’s staff, board and our broader community of makers, programmers and funders. You

Beyond Inclusion: Building Narratives of Liberation

September 29, 2018 IDA Keynote Presentation Transcript Michèle Stephenson I want to thank Simon Kilmurry, Claire Aguilar and the entire IDA team for inviting me to share with you my journey in filmmaking and working in immersive media. I am taking this opportunity to share my personal thoughts on the field. I am a non-fiction

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

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.

360 Incubator+: Prepping Black Filmmakers for Careers in Public Media

By Denise A. Greene “We’re not a genre.”  This clear, emphatic message — featured in a recent video circulating via social media — asserts a core tenet of BPM’s 360 Incubator+ program: that Black content creators are more than a passing fad.   BPM ‘s 360 Incubator+ program exists to ensure Black content creators get