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BARNETTE DIRECTS GENIUS ARETHA
BHMD is proud of our Executive Producer Neema Barnette who has directed 2 episodes of National Geographic (Nat Geo) networks limited television series, Genius Aretha. Neema teams up with producing director Anthony Hemingway (Red Tails, Underground) and show runner Pulitzer Prize winner Susan Lori Parks (TopDog Underdog). Two time Oscar nominee Cynthia Erivo stars as Aretha Franklin. The limited series premieres later this year. All hail the Queen!
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The 15th ANNIVERSARY OF CIVIL BRAND
BHMD ANNOUNCES NEW PODCAST SERIES SCHEDULED FOR JUNETEENTH DEBUT
BHMD is excited to announce an expansion of our social media and website content with the addition of our brand new podcast series premiering Juneteenth, Friday June 19, 2020. The premiere episode will focus on the significance of Juneteenth and will feature special guest. The show will be hosted by Actress, Filmmaker Amina Fakir.
In 2013 award winning and legendary producer/director Neema Barnette and her husband filmmaker/actor, Reed R. McCants launched Black History Mini Docs in response to what they felt was a need to reacquaint the world about the tremendous contributions black people have made in history.
Given the current state of unrest, BHMD’s creator Reed R. McCants believes that at the root of the divide between White and Black people is, “lack of knowledge.” “If we all got a chance to really know the many important contributions Black people have made to the world, I believe there would be more respect.
Neema and Reed have been offered their mini history lessons for 7 consecutive years now, on all social media platforms absolutely free to the public. Currently, BHMD reaches an average of 200,000 people a week with their continuous daily post. With the announcement of the podcast Barnette feels confidence that audience will increase. “Reed and I have always wanted to produce a podcast for BHMD, and with the help of a couple of friends that wish is coming true. We are extremely proud of this endeavor.” says Neema.
The podcast will rotate host with Barnette and McCants occasionally sitting in. For the premiere episode the hosting duties falls to Amina Fakir, Actor, Filmmaker, Former Miss Black America and Co-Founder of Light the Path Home, a Juneteenth Candlelight Commemoration Event. Her guest will be Ellen Dunbar, Co-Founder of Light the Path Home, a Juneteenth Candlelight Commemoration Event. Shahida Mauisi, President and CEO of The Right Productions which manages and operates the Aretha Franklin Outdoor Amphitheater on the Riverfront in Detroit and former Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit. Kofi Tonto, Head of Information and Public Affairs to the Ghanaian Embassy to the United States in Washington D.C.
Future show topics will range from science, literature, film, art, business, politics, economics, education, innovation, entrepreneurship and much more. Just like the social media post you enjoy every day, the topics will focus on each months events throughout history and the birthdates of history's highest achievers. In addition, the show will have “History Now” segments that highlight current history makers in an effort to close the gap between “old-school” and “new school” with stories of inspiration as we all build building towards a better future. The BHMD Podcast has joined the BuzzSprout family of Podcasters and can be listen to on our website, our social media pages and most of the popular podcast platforms streaming currently.
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