The My-Stery: Independent Media

URB ALT is Everything and Nothing. Labels are a Box. Create your own Box

“We as Black people have to tell our own stories. We have to document our history. When we allow someone else to document our history the history becomes twisted and we get written out. We get our noses blown off.” — Erykah Badu in the Black Power Mixtape

Although these series of posts will focus on the mythologies and theologies that are embedded in culture, I also want to bring in the idea that mythology and history are ways of telling our stories. As Sun Ra pointed out, the mystery is “my story,” all of our stories, and our past and future stories that we are continually uncovering. So, this post will name some independent media and organizations that is telling our stories:

1) The Free Film Collective : “The Free Film Collective is a group of independent media makers and allies who want to change the way people create and consume moving visual art (i.e. movies). ”

2) MVMT : The media collective “cultivates innovative and provocative ideas, ideas that challenge conventional theories, and then provide people, resources, and actions.”

3) Black Public Media : “The National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC) was founded in 1979 and is dedicated to developing black digital authorship and distributing unique stories of the black experience in the new media age.”

4) Mondo Black : “A series of interviews and travelogue vignettes providing glimpses into the unique and inspiring realms that Black American Life occupies in the new millennium … MONDO BLACK ’ s themes traverse a wide cross-section of subject matter—examining practices, investigations, and lifestyles that resonate above, below…and somewhere in between—the cultural radar.”

5) This Week in Blackness/Blacking It Up : Created by comedian and social and political commentator Elon James White, the radio and video podcasts discuss topics including race, gender, news, politics, and pop culture.

6) URB ALT : An acronym for “Underground Railroad Broadcasting Alternatives. Truth. Teach.,” the media organization and festival was formed by Boston Fielder and Shena Verrett to give a space to artists who do not fit into any box or category.

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