We are Phocused Black Star Media (PBS Media)
Developed in 2005 as an entertainment studio that works diligently with the members of its creative team to unleash stories and characters across all media (including but not limited to comics, film, television, consumer products, home entertainment and interactive games) that speak to the level of consciousness for all and provide a voice for the unheard.
PBS Media business operations are comprised of the development and distribution of our flagship graphic novel series: “P.B.Soldier” and “Jazen” in the form of graphic novels, web comics, animation, and games.
PBS Media has developed an exciting graphic media for the specific purpose of advancing the company’s mission of raising the consciousness of the community.
P.B.Soldier is a science fiction adventure that follows covert operative Nat Cummings, a skilled computer hacker using his skills to help pay for college tuition when his activities are discovered and he becomes listed as an International Terror Threat “code red.” The newly formed government/paramilitary organization called The Establishment, gives him a simple choice, either work with them to become a highlytrained assassin or be terminated.
Cummings, a sniper class operative specializing in hacking, handtohand combat, blade combat and stealth, is exceptional at his job. Until the day he meets Jazen, a mark and former EOperative who knows more about him and “The E” than he does. Nat is confronted with the stunning realization that his work might not be for the greater good. Now he’s on a quest to learn the truth while coding an elaborate program to divest himself from The Establishment before becoming its next target.
P.B.Soldier’s premise is The Bourne Identity meets V for Vendetta as Cummings becomes a doubleagent of sorts trying to bring down a system from the inside without letting those he cares about fall into harms way.
Independent comic book publisher, writer, creator and educator, Naseed Gifted, is getting more young people excited about S.T.E.M. through comic books. Gifted uses his graphic novel P.B.Soldier The Awakening, to not only entertain, but to educate. His goal is to raise funds for the production, distribution and marketing of his 176-page graphic novel P.B.Soldier: The Awakening. Gifted is also raising money for S.T.E.M. education programs in his hometown of Newark, NJ. If successful, the ambitious campaign will to donate to the Malcolm X Shabazz High School – Gerald Lawson Video Game & APP Development Academy in Newark, NJ. – a program that Gifted has taught and led for over a decade.
S.T.E.M. or Science, Technology Engineering and Math Programs are often the lowest funded and the lowest graduated in urban areas and Gifted is working hard to change those statistics by using his own graphic novel, traveling the country speaking at schools, comic book conventions and afterschool programs, introducing young AfricanAmericans and Latinos to the world of P.B.Soldier one comic book at a time.
Khem Fest is an annual festival & celebration of Black Animation, Gaming and Comic Book Creators founded by comic book creator and educator Naseed Gifted in 2015. The goal of the event is to use comic books, animation, films and popular culture to develop youth literacy and expression through S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology Engineering, Arts and Math). The event is co-sponsored by Musuyanama, PBS Media and Malcolm X Shabazz High School of Newark, NJ.
Khem Animation Film Festival (KAFF) the newest addition to the Khem Fest to acknowledge and celebrate the outstanding creative talent we have within Animation, VFX and gaming industries. KAFF will host animation short film screenings and an Award’s Ceremony.
Support a great cause.
April is National Autism Awareness Month. Khem Comic Fest wants to bring awareness to Autism, inclusion and self-determination for all and assure that regardless of ability you are able to “Unlock the Hero within You”. As part of Khem Fest efforts we want to donate a portion of our ticket sales to Autism Speaks for advance research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.
“The Khem Fest is growing exponentially and I revel in the fact that through the festival we’re providing an opportunity to bring the entire community together.”NASEED GIFTED
FOUNDER KHEM FEST
About the Organizers
PBS Media (Phocused Black Star Media) is an innovative graphic media company that partners with the community to raise awareness and social consciousness through creative projects. Along with the development of the ongoing P.B.Soldier graphic novel series, the organization provides animation, app development, apparel, and motion comics though it’s offices located in Newark, NJ. We serve as a “bridge in the gap” of the community.
Established in 2004, Musuyanama is a non-profit women’s organization that aims to establish healthy networks between its members and the greater Newark community. Deriving from the West African language, Diuola (Dy-u-la), Musuyanama, meaning “Beautiful Woman” is a plateau that aspires to unite women of all races, backgrounds, and professions and provide for them a platform to be heard. Its founders, Rafiah Muhammad and Vonetta Reeves, launched Musuyanama with the purpose of bringing women into full participation in society – Sharing success, advice, and offering services to other women around the community.