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Don’t Miss Your Opportunity to Be A Winner

JULY 20, 2021 BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH   By Leslie Fields-Cruz Artwork from Grab My Hand, a short film by Camrus Johnson, which is competing in this year’s PBS Short Film Festival. Don’t Miss Your Opportunity to Be a Winner For a decade, the PBS Short Film Festival has given public media audiences a

The Hollywood Remake, for Better or Worse

JULY 13, 2021 BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH   By Leslie Fields-Cruz The Hollywood Remake, for Better or Worse Am I the only one who is troubled by  Hollywood’s tiresome penchant for blackfacing their old movies and TV shows (e.g., First Wives Club, Wonder Years)? I know summer is primetime for blockbuster movie releases, and

Support Independent Filmmakers this Summer

July 6, 2021 BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH   By Leslie Fields-Cruz Mission Possible: Support Independent Filmmakers this Summer One of the programs I look forward to each summer is the PBS Short Film Festival. Now in its 10th year, the festival is a great way to discover new independent BIPOC filmmakers, to view new stories from around

Teaching About Race and Racism

JUNE 29, 2021 BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH   By Leslie Fields-Cruz I Stand With Truth-Telling In Our Schools — Who’s With Me? In recent weeks, the national discourse over whether Critical Race Theory and The 1619 Project should be taught in public schools has come to a boil. The whole bruhaha feels like deja

Welcome to the Summer of Rebirth

June 22, 2021 BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH   By Leslie Fields-Cruz BPM team members, (l-r) Kat Walsh, Cheryl D. Fields, Leslie Fields-Cruz, and Diane Carr Joseph, at the Un(re)solved installation in Manhattan’s Battery Park.   (Photo credit: Indira K. Langhum) Welcome to the Summer of Rebirth Ordinarily, spring is the season of rebirth. But

Black Storytelling 155 Years After Juneteenth

June 15, 2021 BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH   By Leslie Fields-Cruz Black Storytelling 155 Years After the Original Juneteenth In mid-June 1866, Black people in Texas were officially informed that former President Abraham Lincoln (by then deceased) had signed the Emancipation Proclamation two-and-a-half years earlier. For years after that, our people were forbidden to

Feeling Hopeful About This Summer

June 8, 2021 BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH   By Leslie Fields-Cruz Feeling Hopeful About This Summer I want to start this week’s post by extending a warm thank you to all who showed up for last week’s BPM-NOVA workshop. When we began meeting with the NOVA team a few months ago, we were excited

BPM Salutes Lewis Erskine

June 3, 2021 BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH SPECIAL EDITION By Leslie Fields-Cruz BPM Salutes the Life of Lewis Erskine Lewis Erskine (1957-2021)   “[Lewis] was a master storyteller who edited with his whole heart.”   — Denise Greene, director of programs, Black Public Media     Black Public Media has learned that beloved editor

How’re You Celebrating Pride Month?

June 1, 2021 BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH   By Leslie Fields-Cruz There’s a Lot to Celebrate this Pride Month Last year this time, my team and I were struggling to re-engineer a summit we’d long planned to be an in-person affair into something that could be presented and attended virtually. Like BPM,  NYC Pride, which for

Remembering Tulsa

May 25, 2021 BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH   By Leslie Fields-Cruz 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, U.S. Library of Congress/ Public Domain Commemorating What Some Would Have Us Forget For most of the past 100 years, the history of what happened on May 31-June 1, 1921 in Tulsa, Okla., has remained relatively unknown outside the