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How to Know if Your Boss is A” Douchebag”: Lessons from the Fyre Festival

Spoiler Alert: This post contains spoilers for the Netflix documentary Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened. Plenty of us have supervisors we hate. Some of us work for douchebags. This distinction is significant because plenty of people are inconsiderate, immature, selfish, competitive, and dishonest. But we’re not entitled to a workplace free from unethical ineffective […]

Cardi B for Congress

Since she started lighting up Instagram with content about her life as a stripper four and a half years ago, the AfroLatinx, first generation American rapper born Belcalis Almánzar and known as Cardi B has become a fixture in mainstream pop culture. Whether she’s chatting on Ellen or Carpool Karaoke-ing, Cardi unapologetically rejects respectability politics […]

On Losing the Kavanaugh Battle, but Winning the War

In her latest contribution to Medium, our Creative Director Dr. Robin J. Hayes shares how we can transform our frustrations with reason into political power after the debacle of the Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court. Click the photo below for the story. Photos courtesy Christopher Jones/Gothamist.      

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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.


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.


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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Reviews & Testimonials


“A must-see for people of all colors”

Professor Eduardo Bonilla-Silva Duke University


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

Sam Blum Village Voice


“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


“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


“A great historical journey. Intimate and informative” 

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


“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


“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


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

Professor Paul Gilroy Author, The Black Atlantic

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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.


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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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.