FYI content creators. This “bud’s” for you…

“National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC), a nonprofit based in Harlem that has been presenting stories about the Black experience on the public airwaves since 1979, is launching NBPC 360, a new funding initiative designed to identify innovative storytellers and to generate quality serial, digital and multiplatform content for public media outlets, including the Web. Producers will compete for development funds of between $50,000 and $150,000 and the chance to work with veteran producers to develop their series pilots. The program launches on Wednesday, October 1.

NBPC was founded on the mission to bring visionary stories about the rich global Black experience to public television. NBPC has supplied public media with hundreds of hours of quality programming from diverse producers—content that challenges, provokes, educates and entertains. It has since gone on to establish itself as an trailblazer in the digital space, providing training, mentorship, funding and distribution for new digital, multiplatform work. NBPC 360 is the next phase in its storytelling mission; the incubator will help launch nonfiction serial projects for broadcast and Web, fiction projects for the Web, as well as interactive or “transmedia” projects.

“As the public media landscape is evolving, so is NBPC. NBPC 360 signals a shift in our focus from funding ‘one-off’ independent documentaries to creating a complete infrastructure and production model that helps outstanding producers of color create the type of serial programming that will be the wave of the future,” said NBPC Interim Executive Director Leslie Fields-Cruz.

To kick off the program, NBPC will present a series of professional development webinars and informational workshops at film festivals, hackathons, public television stations, public media conferences and nonprofit media organizations in key markets. Beginning October 1, interested producers may apply for the program at Up to 10 projects will be selected through an open call for the NBPC 360 inaugural class.

Those chosen projects will enter the incubator phase, a residency that consists of a boot camp and six weeks of intense, hands-on training and preparation for the pitch and pilot phases of the program. The producers of each project will be assigned a mentor to fine-tune their project concept as they work to develop a full proposal and sample reel to pitch to public media and industry professionals.

The 10 teams will present their project to a high-profile panel of production companies, station representatives interested in hosting a project and a live audience brought together by NBPC during a pitch session at a national film festival. Teams will be evaluated on their market/audience research, technical and artistic merits, relevance, team capacity and suitability to the broadcast venue. Three winners will be selected, and each winning team will be awarded between $50,000 and $150,000 to cover production costs for its pilot.

The three winning teams—with help from an assigned executive producer and/or a producing station—will produce its pilot over the next four to six months. The teams will outline the remaining episodes, production plan, market research and budget that support a primetime broadcast slot or web series. The three producing teams, together with NBPC, will then pursue broadcast and distribution opportunities for the programs.

To continue to nurture the next generation of content producers, NBPC will help facilitate meetings with distributors, funders and other interested producing outlets for producers of the seven projects that do not move on to the pilot stage. The meetings will be aimed at providing further development and funding of these additional projects.

For more information on NBPC or NBPC 360, visit or follow the organization on Twitter (@BLKPublicMedia).


By the time you see this, I’m probably on a plane right now leaving to fulfill my dreams. For some, you may look at this as very small and petty. But for me, it’s a big step and a huge leap for me. The last two weeks (after I posted this entry) had been an extreme roller coaster ride for me. Preparing for my big day are all physically, emotionally and mentally straining and exhausting me. There are nights when I’m picturing myself not making it. I must admit, I will be in terrible heartbreak if I don’t get in. Cos if I don’t make it, all the expenses incurred will all go down the drain. And for my family, finances are kind of tight right now and I don’t want to add to the burden. Second, if I don’t make it, I still have to look for another job or company to apply to which is very exhilarating after being rejected for n times. Third, if I don’t make it, I will be saddened and my belief in my dream might fade. And I don’t want that to happen.

That’s why I’ve been helping myself to think of more positive outcomes. Positive thoughts attracts positive vibes right? And I’m really thankful I stumbled upon kushandwisdom's profile. Of course, somehow it helped me ease the anxieties and the doubts I have lingering in my head. With these words in mind, I only have to hope for the best. In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take. So, this is one big chance. One big leap to achieve what I really want in my life. 

Praying makes things better. And I have been talking to Him for some guidance. I’m pretty sure He has already heard my prayer. I’m entrusting everything to Him to make things work out, not in my time but in His time. I realized that if things go from light to dark, I must never lose hope. I must believe in His reasons and in His plans. Because He is all knowing and I must have faith in Him. 

Thank you for all my readers here. You have been with me all this time. And I hope this time that I need you all the most, I really wish you could stay by my side til the end. I don’t need luck. I need your prayers and positive thoughts. Thank you. It’s not too late to dream, so dream big.

The Brunel University African Poetry Prize

The Brunel University African Poetry Prize is a major new annual poetry prize of £3000 aimed at the development, celebration and promotion of poetry from Africa, sponsored by the university. The first winner of the prize was Somali-British poet Warsan Shire, in 2013, and in 2014 the prize was won by Liyou Libsekal of Ethiopia.

Entries are currently open for the 2015 edition until November 30th, 2014.


The prize is open to poets who were born in Africa, or who are nationals of an African country, or whose parents are African.


The prize is for ten poems exactly in order to encourage serious poets. These poems may, however, have been published. Only poets who have not yet had a full-length poetry book published are eligible.

Poets who have self-published poetry books or had chapbooks and pamphlets published are allowed to submit for this prize.

For more updates and additional information, stay tuned to this website. For press, media and other professional enquiries only, contact Bernardine Evaristo at (For the submission email address see Rules.)

It’s really crazy to me to think that this picture with Robby was taken a year ago exactly in 3 days. It’s amazing how a year has flown by and how so much has changed for the better. I’ve learned so much about myself and what I need in a relationship. I’ve grown up and matured and so have my expectations for a potential boyfriend. It took me a solid year to realize how wrong Robby was for me and I’m only hoping and praying that the same will happen in this next year as I continue to grow in my career and education. I hope that my current relationship status of “single” will create many more future opportunities. 

If I think about it in the sense that each guy I’ve dated has been better than the one before, it gives me hope. It gives me hope that the perfect guy is waiting for me in due time. He won’t just have a few things about him that I love, but he will BE my love. He will be my love and I will be his in return. I have hope and that’s something I’m holding onto right now. 

Don’t you find the future
to be a bit terrifying?
One’s future can never be predicted;
absolutely anything
can happen to you
within a split second
that could change
your life… Forever.

So do we use the time we have
to worry about what
the future has in store for us;
Or do we seize the day
and grab every opportunity
that comes?

Worrying won’t do you any good,
instead you will only realise
that a golden opportunity
has slipped away
from your fingertips.

And so my friends,
chin up and go forth.
Grab that golden opportunity and
face those challenges head on!
Do whatever that pleases you
because in the end,
you’re the only thing
that matters the most.

It is scary, I know…
but it will be worth it
in the long run.

To enter the 2015 Commonwealth Short Story Prize, submit your short story via the online application form between 15 September and 15 November 2014. 

Each year, we select five winning writers from five different Commonwealth regions. One overall winner who receives £5000, and four regional winners who receive £2500 each. This year’s Commonwealth Short Story Prize is part-funded by The Sigrid Rausing Trust.

Before submitting a story to the prize, please read these eligibility and entry rules [Download 2015 CSSP Eligibility Entry Rules]. Submission of an entry is taken as acceptance of the rules.

For any entry or eligibility queries not covered below, please email for clarification before submitting an entry.

Opening date: 15 September 2014

Closing date: Entries must be submitted via the online entry form by 15 November 2014 (12 noon GMT)

No entries will be considered if submitted after this date.

Change is Inevitable.

Have you ever experienced the feeling of being on the verge on giving up and something about your life suddenly changes? I have. For the first time this year, I actually believe that 2013 is the year of change. A lot has already changed and a lot more will change in the coming months. I may not necessarily change mailing addresses and stuff but I have changed a lot. First, my outlook on health.…

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  • October 7, 2014- Application opens
  • November 5, 2014: Application deadline
  • January–February 2015: Semifinalists interviewed by local U.S. embassies and consulates
  • April 2015: Applicants are notified of their status
  • May 2015: Visa processing for finalists
  • Mid-June 2015: Fellowship starts in the United States
Selection Process:

The Mandela Washington Fellowship is conducted as a merit-based open competition. After the deadline, all eligible applications will be reviewed by a selection panel. Chosen semifinalists will be interviewed by the U.S. embassies or consulates in their home countries. If selected for an interview, applicants must provide a copy of their passport (if available) or other government-issued photo identification to verify eligibility.

Who is eligible to apply?

Applicants will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, socio-economic status, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity. The Mandela Washington Fellowship is open to young African leaders who meet the following criteria:

  • Are between the ages of 25 and 35 at the time of application submission, although exceptional applicants younger than 25 will be considered.
  • Are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S.
  • Are eligible to receive a United States J-1 visa.
  • Are proficient in reading, writing, and speaking English.
  • Are citizens and residents of one of the following countries: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Republic of the Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Individuals residing in Eritrea and Zimbabwe may not apply to the Public Management track. Residents of Sudan may only apply for the Civic Leadership track.

The U.S. Department of State and IREX reserve the right to verify all of the information included in the application. In the event that there is a discrepancy, or information is found to be false, the application will immediately be declared invalid and the applicant ineligible.

Applications not meeting the above technical eligibility requirements will not be forwarded to the selection committee. If you do not meet the technical eligibility requirements for this program, we invite you to visit for information on other U.S. Department of State exchange opportunities.

What are the criteria for selection?

Selection panels will use the following criteria to evaluate applications (not in order of importance):

  • A proven record of leadership and accomplishment in public service, business and entrepreneurship, or civic engagement.
  • A demonstrated commitment to public or community service, volunteerism, or mentorship.
  • The ability to work cooperatively in diverse groups and respect the opinions of others.
  • Strong social and communication skills.
  • An energetic, positive attitude.
  • Demonstrated knowledge, interest and professional experience in the sector/track selected.
  • A commitment to return to Africa and apply leadership skills and training to benefit the applicant’s country and/or community after they return home.
Application Information:

The application will collect basic information and will include questions regarding the applicant’s professional and academic experience, including educational background; honors and awards received; extracurricular and volunteer activities; and English language proficiency. We will also request a résumé (with dated educational and professional background), and personal information (name, address, phone, email, country of citizenship). Additional elements, such as letters of recommendation or university transcripts, are OPTIONAL and may supplement your application.

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