Breaking Silence: Passing the Mic to Our Daughters

Breaking Silence: Passing the Mic to Our Daughters Project(BSPMD) is a critical, truth-seeking documentary short that engages candid discourse between Black and Latina young women, shedding spotlight on the intersections of race, gender, and class in America.  BSPMD shares the challenging and often overlooked stories of nine girls who navigate a world in which stereotypes supersede their realities, their existence is largely ignored, and their mics… turned off. Throughout the series the girls engage in sister circle discussions with their peers, offering a space for them to collectively participate in ongoing conversations about social perceptions, body image, vulnerabilities, and self-worth.

The nine episode series confronts the popular notion that Black and Latina girls are “doing okay,” and that the disparities in which they face, warrant less immediate attention than that of their male counterparts.  These courageous girls candidly share their stories involving intimate encounters with depression and suicide, the school-to-prison pipeline and increased criminalization, community and gender-based violence, stereotypes, and social activism.  These are their stories, but this is OUR TRUTH.  It’s time to pass the mic! 

OUR STREETS | OUR BODIES | OUR VOICES

WHAT'S YOUR BIGGEST FEAR WHEN IT COMES TO POLICE PRESENCE IN NYC?  

WHY WERE YOU HARASSED BY THE NYPD?  

WHAT DOES SAFETY LOOK LIKE TO YOU?

OUR STREETS | OUR BODIES |OUR VOICES (OS | OB | OV) is an ongoing traveling public photo and video series produced by BYP100 (NYC).  The series seeks to spark discussions around policing in New York City and it’s impact on Black New Yorkers. OS|OB|OV highlights faces and voices often left out of discussions around police presence in our communities.  Participants answered three questions pertaining to community safety, concerns about police presence, and feelings regarding personal police harassment.

The series invites an honest sharing of stories, experiences, feelings, and concerns among Black New Yorkers and will be a part of a larger campaign initiated by BYP100 (NYC) on policing, safety, and mass incarceration in New York City.   

For more information on the Black Youth Project, please visit www.BYP100.org. 

Respect Your Elders: Weldon Irvine, Jr.

Respect Your Elders: Weldon Irvine, Jr. (RYES) is a rare, captivating story about an unsung jazz musician, songwriter, and composer, whose mentorship and musical contributions bridged the gap between generations of musicians and helped to shape the sound of Jazz-Hip Hop fusion and preserve the legacy of jazz music and culture.