Storytelling

Film

Documentary and narrative works that illuminate the complexity of the Black experience. Our latest award-winning film Black and Cuba is now available on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play in the US and throughout the Americas.

Theater

Enthralling live experiences that amplify the voices of the most vulnerable community members. Our most recent play, 9 GRAMS, follows a Hollywood screenwriter as she endures solitary confinement in a Turkish prison because of who she is and how she loves.

Television

Dramas and docu-series about that elevate discussions about  the hot topic issues of our times. In partnership with renowned Caribbean author Tiphanie Yanique, Progressive Pupil is currently developing the one-hour single camera series Fortune Bay based on her prize-winning novelLand of Love and Drowning.

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Cultural Programs

Diversity Trainings

Fun relevant workshops designed for nonprofits, campuses, and corporations that are committed to inclusive excellence. Our most popular curricula, “Coping With MicroAggressions” and “Teamwork Makes King’s ‘Dream’ Work,” were developed by founder Dr. Robin J. Hayes and based on her decades of experience as an award-winning scholar and nonprofit leader. Best suited for faculty and student orientations, professional development, and/or difficult dialogues about current events. See a full description of our workshops.

Activism Place

For festivals, street fairs, and conferences, Activism Place is an interactive exhibition that highlights local social change organizations and opportunities for civic engagement, including registering to vote. An uplifting experience for audiences and participating organizations alike, this exhibition offers special events a unique opportunity to give back and build brand integrity. Previous participants include the NAACP, Voto Latino, and PETA.

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Interactive

Digital experiences that democratize knowledge, empower civic engagement, and build community. Since 2012 our blog, The Progressexpands knowledge about the history, culture and politics of Black communities with a different them each month. The podcast series, Breaking Down Racismprovides helpful, affirming information about everyday experiences with race.

Production

Progressive Pupil helps nonprofits, scholars, authors, and artists expand the impact of their work with high quality, innovative content and businesses that seek to reach diverse audiences. With nearly ten years experience creating award-winning media, Progressive Pupil provides story development, filming, editing, and audience engagement strategies for documentary shorts, book trailers, event promotions, and fundraising. In partnership with Yinteract, app and website design services are also available.

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Reviews & Testimonials

BLACK AND CUBA

“A must-see for people of all colors”

Professor Eduardo Bonilla-Silva Duke University

ACTIVISM PLACE

“A great thing. Shows young kids they have a political voice”

Sam Blum Village Voice

COPING WITH MICROAGGRESSIONS

“Truly eye-opening. Participants felt they could more clearly name some of the difficult experiences they encounter as a person of color living in the U.S.”

Sajjadur Rahman Program Director, Institute for Transformative Mentoring at The New School

TEAMWORK MAKES KING’S “DREAM” WORK

“Merged concepts of organizational development with principles of social justice, and presented material that was resonant and relevant to my staff members. You could say Dr. Hayes spoke our language, and everyone responded very well to it.”

Ashwini Hardikar, MPH Director of Prevention and Outreach, Callen-Lorde Community Health Center

BLACK AND CUBA

“A great historical journey. Intimate and informative” 

Dr. Rosemari Mealy Author, Fidel and Malcolm X: Memories of a Meeting

BLACK AND CUBA

“A marvelous film that offers crash courses on Caribbean history, colonialism, revolution, and modern US foreign policy.  Neither Cuba nor the United States will look quite the same again.”

Professor Matthew Jacobson Yale University

BLACK AND CUBA

“Inspiring! A revelation, a dream, and a powerful example of what Black studies was designed to do.”

Professor Robin D.G. Kelley University of California, Los Angeles

BLACK AND CUBA

“Extraordinary. A great resource in the urgent task of rethinking relationships with Cuba.”

Professor Paul Gilroy Author, The Black Atlantic

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Progressive Pupil creates transformative media and learning experiences about the history, cultures, and politics of the African diaspora. Founded in 2006 by Dr. Robin J. Hayes, the organization aims to expand awareness, deepen understanding, and promote constructive dialogues about equality. With audiences throughout the United States and abroad, Progressive Pupil unites people from diverse backgrounds. In short, it makes Black studies for everybody.

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