Tagged: choice

How Branford Marsalis Parker’s WUVI Experience Transformed his Mission

Branford Marsalis Parker at WUVI

Branford Marsalis Parker hosting a radio show at WUVI AM 1090 on the St. Thomas campus of the University of the Virgin Islands.

Branford Marsalis Parker came to the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) as an exchange student from Chicago with the intention of building his photography and videography portfolio. He ended up being the main recruiter for students in the University’s Communications area and WUVI student radio station.

When he originally moved into the dorms on UVI’s St. Thomas campus, Branford’s initial personal goal was to work on his mission of building his own digital media resume. Instead, when his website class got cancelled, he ended up enrolling into a radio production class. Not really being interested in broadcast journalism, Branford found himself redefining his purpose and recreating his mission. He would use his new personal connections with the Communications students and radio club to give himself more practice with his craft.

His motivation quickly increased while merging efforts with Michael “DJ Temp” McFarlane, who Parker credits for getting him involved with the radio station and Communications program. As time passed, he forced himself to be more social and started speaking to people that he normally would normally not have approached, with his common random question, “Do you wanna join the media club?”

Soon, he became the President of the WUVI 4-H Collegiate Media Club, recruiting students into the media club, radio station backup crew and Communications Department at every given opportunity. He was then offered the position as the WUVI Student Radio Station Production Manager. Combining his new responsibilities, he saw opportunities unfold not only for himself, but for fellow classmates, non-communications major students in the club as well as collectively as a student radio station.

Parker was largely responsible for organizing, hosting or assisting with on campus social events that helped to make the student population more aware and supportive of the Media club and radio station. His largest organizational accomplishment, and quite possibly the most well attended student event for the semester, was having a standing room only event called ‘Wildin’ Out‘.

As Production Manager, Parker’s responsibilities included editing and finalizing all radio audio prior to airing, assisting with social media posting. He created commercials, promos and edited shows for uploading to the WUVI SoundCloud digital archive site.

As if being the on call photographer, videographer and President of the club, adding audio editing seemed to round off all of the digital media work he had originally hoped to build on. His mission redefined, Branford Marsalis Parker unknowingly worked himself into being the MVP of the University of the Virgin Island’s WUVI Student Radio Station.

Sharing Captured Light

Is it greedy to capture light?
…or is it selfless to share a moment appreciated?

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Sometimes I feel like I’m being selfish by not sharing the beauty that lives of our environment daily

Here in our beloved United Virgin Islands, we walk on, drive through, sail around or fly over and live in it all the time, yet there are others who don’t have even a moment of the same opportunity to appreciate, be healed by or add to such a simple part of our existence

Videography, photography, painting, illustration… music, writing and now the web are our tools for sharing this beauty that is Nature

I figure if we share more of it, it’s just adding another opportunity to help others experience the peace, love, harmony, balance and energy that is life

Capturing light

in us all, there is light

 

even in what seems to be darkness

there is usually something glimmering in the distance

 

or it may be the reverse,

so close, that we are the silhouette, unknowingly

 

depending on how open we choose to set our mental, social, intellectual or spiritual aperture

we can either be blind

…or blinded

by captured light

heART songs sin…

heART songs sing my soul to sleep as their vibrations heal me awake.

No language can express abundance better than the heART can feel and share it…. but the closest thing I’ve felt to it, I feel from the chords of my acoustic guitar, the keys of my grande piano and the release of my INner voice when it is allowed to project freely.

Why stifle self healing? Why shelter self from being loved? Why not just smile, love and be loved. Could you be loved? Then be loved.

I remember the feeling I’d get from doing simple pencil and charcoal sketches or black and white photography. I could get lost in just the moment of doing and not worry so much about the end result. The same with my writing… poems inked on random napkins, Styrofoam containers, leaves or whatever else shared itself to my moments.

Knowing how easy it is to love and how much I love to love pains me sometimes when I realize I’ve stopped breathing, stopped drinking, stopped eating, stopped singing, stopped drawing, stopped running and jumping… stopped living. or just paused.

I know it was by choice. I know it was for protection. I know it was out of pain, shame, fear, feelings of failure and self neglect. I know. I accept. I allow it to be so…

I know I am love. I know I am a healer and that I must start over and continue at the same time, by healing myself.

I know I am ready… have been and will continue to be. I am that.

 

i am

HEALED.

bring on the colors and the notes

bring out the tears and the sweat

having kept them in so long I look forward to what they will share

with me as their first audience

in the middle of the all

heART songs sing my soul to sleep as their vibrations heal me awake.

as I look left. I know now the time to right.

heART songs sing my soul to sleep as their vibrations heal me awake.

Good Mourning

SunShine. Moonlight. Pillow clouds. Purifying rain. Healing flame. detoxifying grain. Page turning breeze… tantalizing tremors accepted as quelling quakes used to shake me open

eye lids unlocked

voice freed

Time 2 reKreate DaraMonifah.thePoetArtistMusician ME.