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ENOUGH!

MAY 31, 2022 BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH   By Leslie Fields-Cruz Tweet Black Public Media is supported in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, with further funding from the MacArthur Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, and Acton Family Giving.  For more information about underwriting and contributions, please contact Alisa

BPM Launches AfroPoP Rolling Call

May 24, 2022 BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH   By Leslie Fields-Cruz BPM Launches ‘AfroPoP’ Rolling Call Features and shorts about the global Black experience are invited My co-workers and I are gearing up for the next season of Black Public Media’s award-winning series, AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange. To celebrate our 15th season, we’re

We Must Do Better

May 17, 2022 BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH   By Leslie Fields-Cruz Photo by Brett Sayles, at Pexels We Must Do Better Imagine a society where unarmed people of color aren’t getting gunned down regularly by hate-filled White men wielding automatic weapons. A society where the halls of justice aren’t so tilted in favor of

Raising Black Voices on Women’s Health

MAY 10, 2022 BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH   By Leslie Fields-Cruz Raising Black Voices on Women’s Health I struggle to understand why anyone is truly shocked that Roe v Wade is on the verge of being overturned. For my entire adult life, anti-abortion advocates, politicians and voters have done everything they could to weaken

PitchBLACK Success!

May 5, 2022 BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH   By Leslie Fields-Cruz Congratulations PitchBLACK Winners! Pitch competitions are tough. It takes a lot of energy, focus and time to prepare a strong pitch, and an even greater amount of courage and commitment to stand before a panel of jurors and a group of nameless, faceless

Welcome to PitchBLACK Week!

BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH   By Leslie Fields-Cruz APRIL 26, 2022 Welcome to PitchBLACK Week! PitchBLACK 2022 kicked off last night (April 25) with the first of several screenings scheduled for this week’s PitchBLACK Orlando Bagwell Online Film Retrospective. The streaming event, co-presented by BPM and GBH, launched with The Terrible Transformation — one

International Slate of Black Storytellers Competing at PitchBLACK Forum: Immersive

April 21, 2022 BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH EXTRA     By Lisa Osborne International Slate of Black Storytellers Competing at PitchBLACK Forum: Immersive $75K in awards will be granted Creative technologists from Brazil, Canada, South Africa and the United States will compete for $75K in funding on Wednesday, April 27, at the 2022 PitchBLACK

‘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