Leslie Fields-Cruz
DECEMBER 20, 2022




By Leslie Fields-Cruz

Enjoy the Holidays!

I hope you are geared up to enjoy some downtime during the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. I know that’s not the way it works for everyone, but we here at Black Public Media will be closed from 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 23 until New Year’s Day. We’ll reopen on Monday, January 2, and look forward to charging into the exciting plans we have for 2023. More about that will be featured in the Jan. 2 Weekly Dispatch. The blog will not publish on Tues., Dec. 27.

For now, I just want to remind you that we’re hosting a virtual mixer this Thursday on our Topia party site. I hope you’ll make a point to stop by. It’ll be a great place to meet and greet friends from around the globe. And those who win our AfroPoP trivia game will be rewarded with in-demand merch from our BPM shop. Attendance is free, but registration is required. Register here.

Below is a list of some of the wonderful BPM-funded films that enjoyed broadcast and streaming premieres in 2022. Feel free to check ‘em out while you’re chillin’ over the holidays. And as you’re watching, remember us in your year-end giving

BPM also extends congratulations to Monica Land, Joy Davenport and the rest of the Fannie Lou Hamer’s America team for winning Best Feature Documentary or Mini-Series at this year’s International Documentary Association awards. 

BPM remains committed to supporting Black stories and those makers who invest the time and energy required to bring them to the public. We also appreciate the funders and programmers who collaborate with us to ensure these projects get seen. You’re all part of BPM’s growing global family and we look forward to ongoing partnership as, together, we carry the legacy of our founders into the future. 





Season 14

Streaming on WORLD Channel and PBS.



By Jamila Wignot 

Streaming on PBS Passport.

Fannie Lou Hamer's America

By Monica Land & Joy Davenport 

Streaming on WORLD Channel


By Byron Hurt

Streaming on PBS Passport

Let the Little Light Shine

By Kevin Shaw

Streaming on PBS' POV

Marian Anderson: The Whole World in Her Hands

by Rita Coburn

Streaming on PBS' American Masters

The American Diplomat

By Leola Calzolai-Stewart

Streaming on PBS' American Experience

When Claude Got Shot

By Brad Lichtenstein

Streaming on PBS Passport


I Am Who I Say I Am

By Sophia Clark

Streaming on BPM's YouTube Channel

Covid Conversations

By Julian Hamer and Yessica Hernandez-Cruz

Streaming on BPM's YouTube Channel

Ma's House

By Jeremy Dennis

Streaming on the PBS Short Film Festival FB page

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 Norris (Alisa@ blackpublicmedia.org). To donate, click here! In addition, you can donate to BPM through your Amazon purchases by going to smile.amazon.com/ch/31-1335950.

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