Tampa, Fla. – The NABJ Black Male Media Project launched its first program in various cities across the United States on Saturday, June 10, 2017.
The program was designed to inspire, support and develop training and mentorship opportunities for black men working in journalism and media and those that aspire to.
The Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists welcome about 200 people for a special screening of a documentary about Central Avenue, produced by USF professor, Travis Bell. It looked into the historically black business district in Tampa, a vibrant area until its physical and symbolic demise in 1974.
This film tells the rise, demise, and remembrance of Central Avenue created by segregation and undone by integration, civil disturbance, and urban removal as well as how the place is now remembered in public spaces. We will screen the movie and have a panel discussion about the role the African-American press played.
The screening, in conjunction with the Hillsborough County Library System, took place Saturday June 10th at Robert Saunders Library on Nebraska Avenue, from 6pm t0 8pm.
Panelists included Dayle Greene, the first African-American TV journalists in Tampa. He talked about the importance covering the historical events and how it shaped the landscape of Tampa Bay… providing a great inspiration for African-American men to follow. A poignant moment, he received a thunderous applause, when introduced as a panelist… showing the importance of his being a pillar of this community.
In conjunction with the community forum, TBABJ also rolled out a series of inspirational videos by African-American male TV journalists in Tampa Bay.