WHRO Public Media recognizes the importance of reaching all audiences, which is why we formed the Emerging Leaders Board—a smart, passionate group of young professionals who have hosted several dynamic community events. Learn what they have planned for 2020.

Going into their sixth year, the ELBows have not shied away from authentic and provocative community conversations about local issues, developments, and other topics of interest around Hampton Roads. 

So, what is next for this fun, nerdy, engage, smart, passionate group of young professionals that brought energy and excitement to connecting communities to the great work of public media? How about a partnership with a national public media documentary company to create opportunities for community dialogues around crucial and delicate conversation?

This led to a partnership with Independent Television Service (ITVS) and their Independent Lens Series to provide Indie Lens Pop-Ups, “a neighborhood series that brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations.” These events will be premiere screenings of upcoming Independent Lens broadcasts to include local residents, leaders, and organizations to discuss what matters most, from newsworthy topics and social issues to family and community relationships. Make friends, share stories and join the conversation.


Past dates were:

April 8, 2020, 6:30 p.m. - Philly D.A.
A groundbreaking documentary series embedded inside the long-shot election and the tumultuous first term of Larry Krasner, Philadelphia's unapologetic District Attorney, and his experiment to upend the criminal justice system from the inside out.


Thursday, February 18, 6:30 p.m. - Mr. SOUL! 
Before Oprah and Arsenio, there was Mr. SOUL! From 1968 to 1973, the public television variety show SOUL! offered an unfiltered, uncompromising celebration of Black literature, poetry, music, and politics, capturing a critical moment in culture whose impact continues to resonate today.

Click here to listen to the panel of experts as they discuss the film Mr. SOUL and the impact it had.


Thursday, March 18, 6:30 p.m. - Coded Bias 
When MIT researcher Joy Buolamwini discovers that most facial-recognition software does not accurately identify darker-skinned faces, she delves into an investigation of widespread bias in algorithms that shapes the technology in our lives.


About Indie Lens Pop-Ups

These events will be premiere screenings of upcoming Independent Lens broadcasts to include local residents, leaders and organizations to discuss what matters most, from newsworthy topics and social issues, to family and community relationships.

As communities continue to find ways to come together and learn from one another, Indie Lens Pop-Up events provide a space to watch and discuss timely topics explored in its documentaries at hundreds of events hosted by partners across the nation. Since its inception in 2005, more than 6,500 Indie Lens Pop-Up events have brought an estimated 380,000 participants together to discuss issues that impact local communities.

Make friends, share stories and join the conversation--all from the comfort of your home.

For more info on our Emerging Leaders Board, visit whro.org/elb.

For more info on the ELBows, the Indie Lens Pop Ups, and the Smart Pill podcast, go to whro.org/elb.