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New BPM and Carson Center Residency

BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH   By Lisa Osborne BPM Launches New Residency with the Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts The rental car was 101 degrees, and the crickets were on full blast in the field beside my hotel. I had flown from Atlanta to Nebraska to launch the Black Public Media Residency

BPM Presents Orlando Bagwell Film Retrospective

APRIL 19, 2022 BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH   By Leslie Fields-Cruz BPM Presents: Orlando Bagwell Film Retrospective Online April 25-May 1 I am pleased to announce that in coordination with our PitchBLACK Forum and Awards program next week, Black Public Media has arranged for a week-long film retrospective in celebration of our 2022 Trailblazer

Look Who’s Keynoting PitchBLACK Awards

April 12, 2022 BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH   By Leslie Fields-Cruz Dawn Porter, photo credit: Kevin Scanlon  Dawn Porter to Keynote PitchBLACK Awards 2022 By now, I hope you are already registered to attend PitchBLACK 2022. Slots are filling up quickly, so don’t delay. Whether you come to the Forum on Film Day (April

Acts of Love for Black Storytellers

FEBRUARY 15, 2022 BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH   By Leslie Fields-Cruz Acts of Love for Black Media Storytellers Since the week began with Valentine’s Day, I’ve decided to use this blog to amplify Black Public Media’s dedication and love for Black media storytellers.  If you follow us on social media, you know that this

Black History Feast on Public Media

FEBRUARY 1, 2022 BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH   By Leslie Fields-Cruz Photo From Rita Coburn’s Marian Anderson: The Whole World in Her Hands Public Media’s Serving a Feast of Black History Content this Month Hi BPM Family, I cannot express to you how pleased my BPM colleagues and I are to see the abundance

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

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:

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