Black History Month: CMA Connect

On February 18, 2021, we gathered to discuss and share resources about Black History Month and how you use them to craft Children’s media. The conversation was led by the amazing Ed Greene, who graciously donated his time in memory of Erica Branch-Ridley.

Ed has been a CMA member since 2014. His passion and focus is on building culturally relevant partnerships, policies, and program practices that benefit children and families in the digital age. He formerly served as VP, Children, Youth, and Digital Media Literacy Initiatives at the Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network (HITN), and is currently a Senior Outreach Advisor at Wonder Why Consulting. Among his diverse experience, he was the director of global outreach for Sesame Workshop, a former elected board member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and currently serves as a trustee of the Coalition for Quality Children’s Media.

Ed Greene hosts CMA Connect.

Below please find the resources shared by members as well as some CMA has compiled. Please read through them and reference this month, and throughout the year.

Additionally please continue to share anti-racism resources and use these assets as well: Resources About Racism and Bias for the Children’s Media Community.

Black history and American history are one and the same. We encourage everyone to spend time learning more about African American history during February and beyond.

See you at the next CMA Connect on March 18th!

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Black History Resources:

Resources shared by members at CMA Connect:

Research:

Content:

Creators/Innovators:

  • Joya Sherill – Joya’s Fun School was a children’s series that was produced and broadcast by WPIX-TV in New York City from March 1970 to December 1982.
  • Emmanuel Carter – host of Noggin
  • N.K. Jemisin – speculative fiction writer about the Black experience
  • Idris Goodwin – playwright, breakbeat poet, director, educator, and organizer
    • The Water Gun Song (for audiences age 6 and up) finds a parent trying to find the words to explain to a child why a water gun isn’t simply a toy
    • Act Free (for audiences age 9 and up) finds three kids wrestling with the definition of freedom
    • Nothing Rhymes with Juneteenth (for audiences age 9 and up)  finds a child and a parent trying to complete a rap for a school presentation
    • #MATTER (for audiences age 14 and up) is a two hander about former high school friends debating matters of life and race. (View the short film version here.)
    • Black Flag  (for audiences age 14 and up) finds two new dorm-mates excited to start their freshman year together, until one decides to decorate their room with a little piece of ‘Southern pride.’ (View the short film version here).
  • Lorea Martinez – HEART in Mind Consulting, a company dedicated to helping schools and organizations integrate Social Emotional Learning in their practices, products, and learning communities

Content Development Resources:

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