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 is an innovative graphic media company that partners with the community to raise awareness and social consciousness through creative projects. We serve as a “bridge in the gap” of the community.
PBS Media business operations are comprised of the development and distribution of our flagship series: “P.B.Soldier” and “Jazen” in the form of graphic novels, web comics, animation, apps, apparel and games.
Our offices are located in Newark, NJ.
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.
Our Festival is called Khem which means (Black or Blackness). The word is derived from Ancient Egyptian times and it’s land also known as Khemet means “black land”. Stories were written on the walls of Khemet in hieroglyphs thousands of years before modern comics were printed. The original hieroglyphics is a stylized picture of an object representing a word, syllable, and sound.
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 festival is to use comic books, animation, games and popular culture arts to develop youth literacy and expression through S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math).
Khem Animation Film Festival (KAFF) a new addition to the annual Khem Fest to acknowledge and celebrate the outstanding creative talent we have within Animation, VFX and Gaming industries. The Awards ceremony will take place at Hahne’s & Co. Building in Newark, NJ on Friday the 23rd of September 2022.
The KAFF MISSION is to promote public awareness of animation and the opportunities for minorities within the profession.The KAFF is an independent event putting together an international competition of talented filmmakers and groundbreaking stories, from traditional hand drawing to the new century techniques of design.
Support a great cause.
April is National Autism Awareness Month. Khem 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.
“Our festival is a diverse networking event for professionals and enthusiasts to inspire, cultivate and honor black creators and their contributions as it relates to Popular Arts & Media..”NASEED GIFTED
FOUNDER KHEM FEST