Khalil and Malkia just before their pitch

As fall approaches, we stay out here pushing stories of Black joy and self-sufficiency. Check out our progress:

The WHAT’S IN A NAME? team was a hit at Good Pitch Philadelphia! This September, Khalil Munir and I pitched our documentary-in-progress to a curated virtual audience of community and media industry leaders, live from PhillyCam. Good Pitch connects “the world’s best social justice films with new allies and partners.” The film follows its co-producer, performance artist Khalil Abdul Malik Raheem Munir, on and offstage as he examines his bittersweet South Philly upbringing and considers what he’s inherited from previous generations of Black men.

REUNION CHOIR wins one of six DC DOCS grants from Humanities DC! Through the lens of a stirring 2018 alumni concert that united four decades of singers, this documentary shares the history of DC’s Eastern High School Choir and Joyce Garrett, its celebrated director. Garrett used the choir’s international acclaim to build a pipeline to college for her students, who are now educators, musicians, and leaders in their own right. The DC DOCS grant from HumanitiesDC is part of the “Humanities Grant Program,” an initiative funded by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.