Robert E. Jackson- The Frame of Hope – Documentary by VOA Africa


By Staff

“The Frame of Hope” is a documentary that chronicles the inspirational journey of Robert E. Jackson, founder of B-Roll Media & Arts, who overcame a challenging upbringing in Washington D.C. government-supported housing for low-income families. Raised by a single mother, he faced adversity but discovered resilience through music and creative expression. Despite being labeled dumb in school, Robert found his way to the Navy, where he explored photography and overcame drug addiction. Returning from the U.S. Navy he pursued education at American University in Washington, D.C., majoring in Communications. Robert’s career soared with roles at ABC 7, BET, NBC, CNN, and NPR, breaking barriers for black professionals. The producer of the documentary, Simms Lumami of VOA’s French-to-Africa Service, joined VOA’s Esther Githui-Ewart in studio to talk about the significance of the documentary.


B-Roll Media & Arts Inc. is a Maryland state-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We were established to provide free-of-cost media & arts training and education to underserved youth ages 13 through 21, as well as to youth with learning disabilities or Individualized Educational Plans (IEPs). Participants in our program receive qualified, comprehensive, and applied experience with film, television, audio engineering, art, and music from in-house and at-large staff members.

Our programs are FREE and courses include Broadcast Journalism, TV and Film Production, Sound Engineering and Studio Sound Production, Fine Arts in Visual Arts & Photography, and Dance & Music. The successful completion of these courses all leads to potential employment in the industries of Radio, Television, Broadcast, Recording Studios, Theaters, Corporate AV Companies, Concert Sound Facilities, Event-Host Entities, Dance Companies, Music Venues, and MORE!

Robert Jackson, Executive Director

B-Roll Media & Arts Inc