by Leslie Fields-Cruz

I grew up watching public television. I’ve spent the balance of my professional career helping media makers create content for distribution on public media stations. And I am a public media donor. I cannot imagine living in a world without public media. But I’ve consumed enough grim…


Photo courtesy of IATSE, Burbank

IATSE seeks to halt enduring patterns of exploitation

by Leslie Fields-Cruz

I’m sure many of you are aware of the contentious negotiations going on between the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) and the film and television industry. IATSE is the labor union representing people who work behind-the-scenes jobs…


Ben DeJesus’ Light, Camera, Acción premieres on American Masters Oct. 5

By Leslie Fields-Cruz

Last month, I noted how people of color secured more nominations than ever at the 73rd Emmy Awards. The run up to awards night was promising, but in the end, none of the BIPOC performers nominated…


by Leslie Fields-Cruz

Trauma porn is ubiquitous in today’s media. Footage of Haitian refugees living in squalid conditions beneath Texas’ Del Rio International Bridge. Images of desperate Afghan families risking everything to escape the chaos of regime change. Graphic scenes of death and desperation during natural disasters. Too often, those…


By Leslie Fields-Cruz

This weekend’s Primetime Emmys made it official: streaming networks are now television’s dominant player. We all saw this coming. But it’s worth noting that subscription services have eaten network TV’s lunch at breakneck speed. …


Program and digital video cameras from BPM’s (then NPBC) New Media Institute, 2009

by Leslie Fields-Cruz

When BPM launched its New Media Institute more than a decade ago, we knew we were on the front edge of what would become a storytelling game changer. At the time, our program was one of very few dedicated to ensuring nonfiction Black makers weren’t entirely left…


Photo by Wesley Carvahlo

A couple of weeks ago, I and several dozen other New York City nonprofit arts leaders worked with the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York Arts Foundation to select the final group of grantees to the NYC Artist Corps program. Throughout the summer, thousands of professional artists…


by Michèle Stephenson

From Haiti: One Day, One Destiny (2011)

When the 2010 earthquake — now infamously called Goudougoudou by locals — hit Haiti, Facebook was my lifeline. For weeks, it was how I stayed in touch with my Haitian family and friends from my home in New York. I have vivid recollections of people who we…


The 2021 Back to School season is missing some of its usual rhythm. Yes, most students and teachers are excited to finally be back on their campuses. But the pandemic’s ominous cloud continues to disrupt nearly every routine.

Photo by Mary Taylor

School boards are struggling to impose mask and vaccine mandates. Educators are…


’Tis the season to be mindful of hurricanes. Hurricane Katrina, 2005. Hurricane Maria, 2017. Hurricane Harvey, 2017. These high-profile environmental disasters had a disproportionately harmful impact on BIPOC communities. Throw in the everyday toll that climate change and environmental degradation have on our health — high instances of death by…

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