Increasing black participation in the VR industry
Funded by Corporation for Public Broadcasting, New York State Council on the Arts, MacArthur Foundation, and others, Black Public Media supports black filmmakers and funds content about the African diaspora. In an effort to increase the number of black storytellers working in VR and AR–mediums in which black voices are vastly underrepresented–BPM launched BPMplus mixers in New York City in June 2018 and Pop-up VR Theaters at Essence Fest in July 2018. The goal of BPMplus programs is to lower or eliminate barriers preventing black talent from participating fully in the XR industry. To date, BPM has hosted 10 VR Mixers and 12 Pop-up VR Theaters in Los Angeles, New York, New Orleans, and Las Vegas.