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BRIC receives 19 New York Emmy Award nominations

February 24, 2017 By Scott Enman Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Guests watch a video advertising the BRIC TV’s fall programing at the network’s one-year anniversary. Photos by Antonio M. Rosario

Since its inception last year, award-winning cable TV and digital network BRIC TV has strived to publicize and expose the lesser-known issues affecting Brooklyn.

From breaking segregation in schools to LGBTQ civil rights to the effects of gentrification, BRIC TV has provided a voice for those who often cannot be heard.

And on Thursday, the organization was recognized for its groundbreaking work as it received 19 nominations for the 60th Annual New York Emmy Awards.

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BRIC TV received 13 nominations, while BRIC’s Brooklyn Free Speech Public Access initiative garnered six.

BRIC TV earned nine nominations at last year’s New York Emmy Awards.

BRIC is a nonprofit arts and media organization that was founded in 1979 and is located next to the BAM Harvey Theater in Fort Greene. BRIC is the leading presenter of free cultural programming in Brooklyn, and one of the largest in New York City.

“We focus on local issues with national implications,” BRIC TV Producer Raquel Salazar told the Brooklyn Eagle. “When you think about the media, we did such a disservice this season, and I think we’re really inspired to do the opposite of what mainstream media does. We’re inspired to tell stories that are underrepresented or misrepresented often by the mainstream media or that are just not as hot.

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“Most of the issues that Brooklyn faces everyday have national implications,” she continued. “We really do represent the world here. We have immigrants, we have refugees and we are so diverse in religion and backgrounds … Not many cities, not many boroughs, neighborhoods and districts can say that and say that with pride.”

In addition to being examined on BRIC TV’s innovative programs, many of these issues are discussed at its “#BHeard Town Halls,” where the network hosts local politicians, activists, journalists and community members to discuss important, often contentious, issues facing the borough. During these meetings, “no topic is off-limits, and no viewpoint is ignored.”

“Telling compelling Brooklyn stories and amplifying the voices of our Brooklyn neighbors is central to BRIC’s mission,” said President of BRIC Leslie Schultz. “BRIC TV plays an essential role in Brooklyn, covering important stories that mainstream media overlooks, and Brooklyn Free Speech TV celebrates creative expression by people who typically go unheard. 

“We are thankful to see critical acclaim of our video coverage of Brooklyn and deeply grateful for these 19 New York Emmy nominations.”

With the 13 nominations, BRIC TV is tied with Thirteen/WNET as the top-nominated nonprofit organization, and BRIC is now the 10th most-nominated organization overall, tied with WNYW–FOX 5.

“Local journalism has never been more important than it is today — and BRIC TV is proud to be a recognized member of New York City’s thriving media ecosystem,” said Executive Producer of BRIC TV Aziz Isham. “As always, we’re here to represent the artists, activists and community members all around us — from Brooklyn’s longtime residents to its most recent immigrants.”

The New York Emmy Awards will be presented at a black-tie gala on Saturday, May 6, at the New York Marriott Marquis in Manhattan.

To see a full list of all of the nominated programs and to watch them, go to bricartsmedia.org.

 


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