It was 1988 in Ronald Reagan’s America and Marion Barry’s Washington DC. An ensemble of Black public high school singers raises $160,000 for a destiny-altering trip, halfway around the world to a competition in Vienna, Austria. Thirty years later, their retired music teacher tracks down hundreds of former protégés to sing together once more.  See more…


On and offstage, performance artist Khalil Abdul Malik Raheem Munir examines his bittersweet South Philadelphia upbringing and considers the names and legacies he’s inherited from previous generations of Black men. See more…

Malkia K. Lydia



Malkia K. Lydia recovers authentic stories of community life. She has produced films for exhibits at the Smithsonian Institution, National Civil Rights Museum, DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, and a Knight Foundation Cities Challenge. She recently wrapped production on her first two feature documentaries as Director/Producer, with support from Black Public Media, ITVS, Good Pitch, Prince George’s Arts & Humanities Council, Humanities DC, and Maryland State Arts Council. Malkia has served on conference panels for AFI Docs and Future of Film, and she taught media courses for Temple University, American University, and community organizations THEARC, Girls on the Rise, the Festival Center, and Anacostia Arts Center. She is a proud graduate of DC Public Schools as well as Duke University and Temple University.