40 Year Old Black Public Media Hosts Virtual 2020 National Black Media Story Summit

June 24, 2020

In celebration of its 40th anniversary, Black Public Media (BPM) hosts the second biennial National Black Media Story Summit from Tuesday, June 23 to Thursday, June 25, 2020.

It’s an online convening of Black creatives and content makers, public television executives, media networks, talent agents, distributors and funders focused on increasing distribution pathways for Black stories and Black creators in the age of COVID-19 and the #BlackLivesMatter civil rights movement.

The free online summit will be comprised of four events: The Pandemic Pivot town hall, Rebuilding the Distribution Ecosystem panel session, a “Clips and Conversation” viewing party featuring the work of trailblazing director Marlon Riggs and a Virtual House Party celebrating BPM’s 40th anniversary with a special DIY menu created by celebrity chef Ricky Moore.

Featured speakers include Leslie Fields-Cruz, BPM executive director; Stephanie McKee-Anderson, performer, educator, and artistic executive director of Junebug Productions; Ryan Wilson of the Gathering Spot; Jason Steer of the Apollo Theater; Phillip Agnew, cultural critic, community organizer, and founder of The Dream Defenders; Michelle Materre of Creatively Speaking; Maori Holmes, founder of BlackStar Film Festival; Dr. Yaba Blay, author; Aymar Jean Christian of OTV-Open Television; Thomas Allen Harris and Luchina Fisher, filmmakers; Rhea Combs, curator of film and photography for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture; and more.

Check out events LIVE on Facebook.

Photo credit: 1) Maori Holmes. 2) Thomas Allen Harris. 3) MichelleMaterre.

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