Public Media Network Proud of Local Media Artist's National Award

Public Media Network announces M.J. Harrell’s music video, Little Miss Perfect, was named the “Best Music Video” among Access Center Professionals in the 2020 Hometown Media Festival.

Local media artist and producer M.J. Harrell’s music video, Little Miss Perfect, was named the “Best Music Video” among Access Center Professionals in the 2020 Hometown Media Festival. Little Miss Perfect tells the story of a young girl who struggles with depression and exemplifies how media can be used to share narratives of social change in a meaningful way.

MJ is no stranger to receiving recognition for his creative eye and media expertise, having won awards for his work in Grand Rapids and across the region.  Growing up in the small town of Gates, North Carolina, Harrell said that he always knew that he wanted to do great things.  “I’ve always enjoyed photography, film works, music and so many other things”, he said.

Harrell began his journey as a hip-hop artist, eventually becoming lead vocalist of a prominent rock/hop-hop band in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia.  He has been featured on MTV, BET, and Empire among other projects.  “My path changed directions when I moved to Kalamazoo, Michigan, and I think that move changed my life dramatically for the better. It’s so amazing to see my vision come to life as a movie, short film, or music video and really illustrating a story through the power of film.” 

Public Media Network's Executive Director, Matt Schuster added, "Media has a powerful ability to shape and change narratives in our society.  Public Media Network is glad to see Little Miss Perfect receiving national recognition to honor this work. This is an example of the power of diverse voices in local media. We hope others are inspired to get involved and take control of the media to shape their own narratives.”

Harrell added, “Although this song doesn’t directly relate to what’s going on in recent events, I think it’s crucial that we actively work toward being more united as a people. I would like to pay tribute to George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many countless black and brown people who have lost their lives due to police brutality. Prejudice of any kind should have no place in our society. I hope that this song is able to inspire current and future generations to do better than the ones before us.”

The Hometown Media Festival honors and promote community media and local cable programs that are distributed on Public, Educational and Governmental (PEG) access cable television channels.  The 2020 Festival received more than 800 entries in a variety of categories and is presented by the Foundation for the Alliance for Community Media.