The BND Institute of Media and Culture was founded in 2016 by Bonnie Newman Davis, a journalist, journalism educator and media consultant. The Institute provides programs, services and training dedicated to educating and engaging diverse audiences about contemporary news media and its impact on African-American life and culture. The BND Institute of Media and Culture is a 501 (c) (3) charitable and nonprofit organization.


Since 2003, Bonnie Newman Davis, founder and director of the BND Institute of Media and Culture, has trained hundreds of journalism students at universities that include UNC-Chapel Hill, North Carolina A&T State, Hampton, Virginia Union and Virginia Commonwealth. In addition, Ms. Newman Davis, a prolific journalist, writer and editor, has a longtime affiliation with the National Association of Black Journalists and several print and digital media companies and cultural organizations. Her breadth of experience has allowed her and her students to meet and interview leading figures in the arts, business, entertainment, education and politics. These photos highlight some of the innovative and visionary people that Ms. Newman Davis and her students have worked with or encountered.