Press & Updates

Human Solutions (7/9/15)
Spelman College (3/21/15) Toni Cade Bambara Scholar-Activist Annual Conference
Multnomah County JDH (3/26/15)
WestLinn School District Equity Team (4/14/15)
Chemeketa Community College (Open to Public) (4/16/15)
Oregon Leadership Network Spring Institute 2015 (4/21/15)
Hillsboro School District Screening (Open to Public) (4/23/15)
Shute Park Library (Open to Public) (5/2/15)
Oregon Educator Preparation Programs event (5/7/15)
NW Natural Gas Diversity and Inclusion Council (Open to Public) (5/21/15)
Centennial High School (Open to Public) (5/26/15)
Wilson High School. (Open to Public) (5/29/15)
Portland Public Schools Focus on Diversity, Film and Lecture series (Open to Public) (6/4/15)
Portland Community Colleges (ALL 4 Campuses)
Portland Black Film Festival Hollywood Theater
Washington County City of Hillsboro
University of Portland
Sheldon High School Courageous Conversations
Lewis and Clark College (OPEN TO PUBLIC) (2/13/15)
Pacific University (OPEN TO PUBLIC) (2/10/15)
Beaverton City Library (OPEN TO PUBLIC) (2/7/15)
Milwaukie High School (Open to Clackamas School District) (1/27/15)
Clackamas Highschool (school district teachers) (8/20/14)
N. Portland Library open to Public (9/12/14)
Hillsdale Library open to Public (9/28/14)
Hillsboro Library open to Public (10/5/14)
Jesuit Highschool Administration (10/13/14)
St. Johns Library open to Public (10/18/14)
West Linn Lutheran Church open to Public (10/19/14)
Jesuit Highschool 100 Faculty, Admin, & Program Directors (10/28/14)
Midland Library open to Public (10/29/14)
KairosPDX Early Learning Education (Faculty Only, 11/7/14)
Childroots Art-and-Science based learning community (Faculty Only, 11/11/14)
City of Hillsboro Lecture Series (City Employee’s only, 11/18/14)
Sheldon Highschool (Faculty only 12/1/14)
Edison High School (Faculty only 12/4/14)
City Of Hillsboro Parks and Rec Administration (1/6/15)


Lifestyle Blog, Black Girl Nerds will be interviewing Director Melissa Lowery about BGS July 14th at 4pm EST. Please tune in and call to join the conversation!! Black Girl Nerd Interview.

UPDATE: We continue our progress and we are close to finishing up our final base edit! Woohoo! Every aspect of this film is being worked on and the process as you’ve seen is long and takes much time, but we can’t wait to pull it all together and share it with you! We realize on this journey that this film is very important and needed in communities around the country, particularly for young people and educators. So it is imperative that we put the time into each aspect and make sure the film is a completed, eye opening piece of film work. Thank you for your support!

We will have our nose in the grind this month as we finish with our FINAL base edit! Woohoo! After that we will be adding small special efx details, rotoscope and tech aspects. What a process!! :) We will keep you posted as we continue to move forward!

Update!! Even though we have much work ahead and hit a few bumps in the road, we are progressing with our edits and our story is beginning to shine! I am very excited about this!!

I am also excited to have been invited to Portland’s Jesuit High school African American Summit, which they are hosting for all West Coast Jesuit Schools’ this year! I get to share BGS with 150 students and several teachers and faculty from all over and START A DIALOGUE!! This is a huge opportunity for discussion among young people and I can’t wait! Once I’m finished I get to join the students and have the pleasure of listening to phenomenal motivational speaker, Keith Hawkins! Monday (10/8/12) is gonna be a great day!

Here’s where we are: The animation pieces are still a work in progress, but are coming along. And in true Filmmaking fashion, there are a few hitches in the process that require necessary extra shoots and RE-shoots, just to make sure everything that goes into the film, is just right!! This process has been a life changing and learning experience for me and the Crew, but we are so grateful for the opportunity!

With every cut of Black Girl In Suburbia, I am excited to see the film develop into a voice for young Black girls in Suburbia as well as our insight into diversity in the school system. More importantly I am excited for our supporters to see what we have accomplished!

At this point we will not be putting a set release date on BGS even though we we’re hoping for a Fall release. Right now our goal is to keep progressing with our edits and animation, and finish with the idea and intended film in mind.

Thank you again for your support! Go BGS community!


Melissa Lowery will be speaking at David Douglas School district’s BSU summer camp Monday, discussing BGS and creating a dialogue! This is their first Black Student Union and Summer camp, great things happening in the Portland area!

6/7/12 Rotoscope Image Example

Check it out! This is an example of the type of Rotoscope animation we will be using to show a specific experience given by some of the women in the film. Really exciting stuff! Tedious, but exciting!


Melissa Lowery will be on 90 AM WURD with Dr. Richard Cooper Friday 5/18/12 at 1:45pm PST, or 4:45pm EST! Please tune in and join in the conversation!


Woohoo! NPR has aired the interview Melissa Lowery did with Dick Gordon! To listen to the interview go to The segment is the last 20-30 minutes of the program. Let us know your thoughts!



Melissa Lowery will be speaking at Oregon’s David Douglas school district’s, African American Family Night Thursday evening (2/16)! This is another great opportunity to open up the dialogue about the issues surrounding BGS! Really exciting, this is going to be a great event!


The interview on was amazing! Unfortunately the show was not live if some of you tuned in, but will air in a few weeks. Please stay tuned, and we’ll post the air date as soon as we can! Thanks for you support :)


Melissa Lowery will be on NPR’s radio program The Story with Dick Gordon, on January 23rd at 10:45am! We are really excited about this interview so please mark your calender and tune in Thanks!


Melissa Lowery will be on Voice’s From The Edge, a radio talk show on KBOO 90.7FM Thursday September 1, 2011 from 8am-9am. She will be discussing Black Girl In Suburbia and other topics related to African Americans experiences living in a city like Portland. Please tune in at!


New Update!! 10/26/11

Please note that our email has been updated and we are now able to receive your emails! So please contact us with questions, comments or just to say hi!  Thank you.



Melissa Lowery will be discussing her project on Karamu with Dr. Richard Cooper Friday November 4, 2011 from 8- 8:30 PM Eastern Standard Time.

Please tune in click on listen live!


New Update!! 11/17/11

We are seeking funding as we go into our last phase of production! If you were not able to donate  to our Kickstarter project and would like to be a BGS contributor, or would like to donate again, please go to our Donate page and click on the link.  Every little bit helps as we work on bringing to life new perspective, experiences and awareness!  With a donation of $50 or more, your name will be featured in our credits under Donors.  Thank you so much for your support!

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