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PORTRAYAL AND PERCEPTION: AFRICAN AMERICAN MEN & BOYS
Multi-Part Series to Encore in Advance of New Episode and Live Forum on November 14

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 2, 2013

CONTACT:
George Hazimanolis
412-622-1366
ghazimanolis@wqed.org

PORTRAYAL AND PERCEPTION: AFRICAN AMERICAN MEN & BOYS
Multi-Part Series to Encore in Advance of New Episode and Live Forum on November 14

PITTSBURGH -- Building on the success of last year’s Portrayal and Perception: African American Men & Boys initiative, WQED will continue sharing the many stories of African American men and boys who are accomplished members of the community throughout western Pennsylvania.

Past episodes of Portrayal and Perception: African American Men & Boys will re-air on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. starting October 1 through November 11.

10/1 – “Owning It”: Michael Bartley shows how local African American entrepreneurs, often overlooked by commercial media, are not only experiencing financial success, they are inspiring future business leaders.
10/8 – “Pitch Perfect”: Minette Seate profiles leaders and members of Pittsburgh's Afro American Music Institute, which goes beyond teaching music to foster a culture of pride and community responsibility.
10/15 – “Game Changers”: Chris Moore reveals how One Hood Media combats negative images by urging young men to define themselves using available media, rather than allowing others to do it for them.
10/22 – “Teaching Success”: How do you teach an African American boy to become a leader? "Teaching Success" looks at three different on ramps to the road to success: a program for young entrepreneurs and one of its star pupils; the commitment of African American educators at Pittsburgh's Manchester K-8 school on the North Side; and, the Black Male Leadership Development Institute, a seven-day leadership training collaboration between Robert Morris University and the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh.
10/29 – “Media Men”: Focusing on communications careers, featured profiles include: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist Tony Norman; WQED/PCNC/KDKA Radio host Chris Moore; Pittsburgh Tribune-Review photographer Sidney Davis; and social media networker Alex Simmons.
11/6 – “Journey to Medicine”: Following middle school students, medical school students and seasoned professional physicians, this episode looks at local black males who are pursuing careers in medicine.
11/11 – “The New Trailblazer”: After the turbulent 1960s and 70s, the torch has been passed to a new generation of leadership in Pittsburgh’s African American community. Featuring attorney Blaine Jones and Pennsylvania Representative Ed Gainey, this program shows how they are making their mark in law and politics and offers perspective from those who once walked in their shoes.

On Thursday, November 14 at 7:30 p.m. “Have You Ever Considered Teaching?” premieres. This episode encourages African American males to explore a teaching career. For the past twenty years there has been a steady decline of black males in the profession.

Immediately following LIVE at 8 p.m. will be Portrayal & Perception: A Community Forum. During the broadcast, western Pennsylvania community leaders, activists and concerned citizens will discuss how the media portrays African American males and how society views them as a result. The broadcast will engage a studio audience as well as people commenting via social media. The forum is the culmination of eight WQED documentaries that reported on people and organizations working to spotlight positive rather than negative images of black men.

As part of the partnership with BMe (which piloted projects in Philadelphia and Detroit to highlight black males engaging with and leading others in service to their communities), WQED plans to identify and recognize local men and boys who are serving Pittsburgh’s communities with an awards ceremony in 2014. Over 200 stories about Pittsburgh men and boys may now be seen at bmecommunity.org.

WQED Pittsburgh has a proud history of honors, including 134 National and Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Awards, an Academy Award, and many, many others, including two Emmy® Awards for Station Excellence. WQED was founded in 1954 as the nation’s first community-supported broadcaster. WQED changes lives by creating and sharing outstanding public media that educates, entertains and inspires. It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED: The Neighborhood Channel; WQED: The Create Channel; WQED Showcase; Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; the Pittsburgh Concert Channel at WQED-HD2 (89.3-2FM) and online at www.wqedfm.org; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org) and iQ: smartmedia, WQED’s Educational initiative (www.wqed.org/edu).


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