February 25, 2021

Beyond Resilience: Crack: Cocaine, Corruption & Conspiracy

On Thursday, February 25 at 3pm ET, Firelight Media presented a Beyond Resilience panel discussion centered around Firelight Founder Stanley Nelson’s documentary Crack: Cocaine, Corruption & Conspiracy, now streaming globally on Netflix.

The panel discussion featured a group of authors, journalists, social workers, and civic leaders, most of whom were featured in the film. The conversation explored the effects of the crack era on communities like Harlem, NYC, and considered the role that the news media played in framing the public health crisis of the crack epidemic as a criminal problem, creating a legacy of militarized police forces and mass incarceration that persists today. The event was presented in partnership with ImageNation and Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement.

Opening remarks were provided by Marcia Smith, president of Firelight Media, and Moikgantsi Kgama, founder and executive director of ImageNation. The panel was moderated by NYT best-selling and award-winning author and journalist Asha Bandele. The panelists included Felecia Pullen, president and CEO of Let’s Talk SAFETY, Inc.; Dr. Malcolm A. Punter, president and CEO of Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement (HCCI); Samson Styles, award-winning broadcast journalist and founder of JayCity Enterprise; and Stanley Nelson, founder of Firelight Media.

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December 10, 2021

Beyond Resilience Virtual Screening + Q&A: 'Lynching Postcards'

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November 11, 2021

Beyond Resilience x NOFF: Wellness and Sustainability for Artists at the End of the World

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November 8, 2021

Spark Fund – Technical Workshop for Applicants

Planning to apply for Firelight Media's Spark Fund? Join us for this technical workshop to get detailed instructions about how to apply.

September 16, 2021

Beyond Resilience: This Body

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August 26, 2021

Beyond Resilience: Death Is Our Business

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