Advancing Black Excellence

February 23, 2021 BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH   By Leslie Fields-Cruz Advancing Black Excellence 24/7, 365 Last June, in response to the racial reckoning, I was asked by many if BPM would issue a statement. We didn’t issue a statement, in part, because we’ve been working on race and equity issues since our founding.

Black Stories Are Ubiquitous

February 16 BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH   By Leslie Fields-Cruz Making Black History Too Ubiquitous to Avoid This new year has already been chock full of historic events: *Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) became the first woman and first Black and South Asian American sworn in as Vice President of the United States *Ret. Gen.

Doing Our Part

February 9, 2021 BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH   By Leslie Fields-Cruz Opting Out of Black History? Ogden, Utah, is a town of roughly 17,000 residents, 3 percent of whom are Black. Last week, the town’s Maria Montessori Academy “reluctantly,” decided to grant the wishes of parents who demanded that their children be allowed to

Black Every Month!

February 2, 2021 BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH   By Leslie Fields-Cruz Black Every Month Hi BPM Family, It’s that time of year again: Black History Month. To placate Black consumers, corporations spend copious amounts of money on ads featuring images of Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Dr. King, Frederick Douglass, and others. Mainstream cultural institutions present

Shining Our Brilliant Black Lights

January 26, 2021 BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH By Leslie Fields-Cruz Shining Our Brilliant Black Lights I can’t believe January is nearly done! Last year seemed to drag on forever, so I welcome the change of pace. But let’s be honest, 2021 didn’t exactly get off to a glowing start. A more voracious strain of

Tribute to Christian

  [simnor_button url=”https://act.myngp.com/Forms/7233474294263973888″ icon=”” label=”Contribute to the Nonso Christian Ugbode Digital Media Fund” colour=”red” colour_custom=”” size=”large” edge=”straight” target=”_blank”] With great sadness, we announce the passing of a treasured member of our NBPC family, Nonso Christian Ugbode. Christian had served as our Director of Digital Initiatives for the past ten years. A talented writer, producer and


The National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC) has an opening in its program department. The Program Manager assists the Program and Acquisitions Director in program development and implementation, and oversees collecting, distributing and archiving of deliverables for NBPC’s broadcast programs including its signature public television series AfroPop: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange, NBPC funded broadcast specials, and as well as NBPC funded and

Five POC-Centric Public Media Projects Coming Soon from NMC

The National Minority Consortia (otherwise known as the NMC) supports public media by and about people of color in many contexts. Chances are you already know us, the National Black Programming Consortium. But here’s an introduction to our sister organizations — Latino Public Broadcasting, Pacific Islanders in Communications, the Center for Asian American Media and Vision Maker Media — with this list of five exciting films they have in store.

An African Election

The 2008 elections in Ghana captivated a nation. This feature documentary presented on World takes a behind-the-scenes look at the complex, political machinery of a third world democracy struggling to legitimize itself to its first world contemporaries. At stake in this race are the fates of two political parties that will do almost anything to