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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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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