I am always researching organizations and programs that cultivate the rich culture of our black community. Recently, I stumbled across an organization called the National Black Programming Consortium.
The National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC), founded in 1979, develops, produces and funds media content about the black experience for public media outlets, including television, digital radio, and online. Their mission statement is to be “committed to a fully realized expression of democracy. We support diverse voices by developing, producing and distributing innovative media about the Black experience and by investing in visionary content makers” (Black Public Media).
Since the early 90s, The National Black Programming Consortium has invested more than ten million dollars in top of the line documentary content for public media outlets. This includes PBS and PBS.org who trained, mentored, and supported a diverse array of producers to create content about contemporary black experiences. Through this partnership, NBPC emerged as a leader in the evolving next-media landscape. NBPC distributes engaging content online at BlackPublicMedia.org and via broadcast through its AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange documentary series (Black Public Media).
The NBPC piqued my interest. As I dove into more research on this group, I found that the NBPC has won numerous awards for various components of their work. Most recently, two of those awards were presented by the National Endowment for the Arts for a total of an $85,000 grant to continue their work in encouraging and revealing the black community. In their AfroPop series online, the NBPC continues to look closely at African American perspectives and experiences.
One documentary that I found particularly interesting was “180 Days: Inside An American High School”. This masterwork uncovered the experience of African American children in high schools. This work is real, hard hitting, and a work of art that is ready to make a difference in graduation rates of African American children This is an issue that runs deep in our community, affecting so many from the students themselves to their future families. High dropout rates will not be solved with one documentary, but shining a light on this issue will instill the need to find a solution immediately.
The National Black Public Consortium is doing some fantastic work from revealing the innermost perspective of black Americans to throwing open the doors of our schools. I have been inspired by the work of the NBPC, and am ready to look more closely at this organization to better myself as a real estate broker and lender, African American, businessman, and educator. As always, I am here for any and all of your real estate needs from buying and selling to lending and consulting. Together, we can better our community! Send me an email at email@example.com for real estate, finance, and advice. The Power Is Now!
Eric Lawrence Frazier, MBA
President and CEO