Tagged: Experiences

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.

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Collectively Planting our Seeds Firmly in a Foundation of Culture, History, Art and Community at FYCIP

On Saturday, April 25, 2015, parents, facilitators and young boys at the Family Resource Center Youth Intervention Program celebrated the closing ceremony of their Boys Rites of Passage program. The gathering allowed parents to see the various character building experiences and growth their children achieved during their months together as participants of the program. The free program is funded by the Department of Human Services, and starts in January and September annually.

The boys are ages 9 to 12 years-old and with more community support, the program can continue to offer free lunches and field trips. This would help as they continue to provide their weekly tai-chi, computer literacy, social development/socialization skills, cultural literacy and ecological art activities. The classes take place at their Second Avenue FYCIP center on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. A closing ceremony, usually occurs at the end of each component with a Rites of Passage for girls that happens in summers for six weeks. For more information, call Greg McGriff, Ph.D. at 340-776-9085 or email faycip@yahoo.com.
Students start the day off doing Tai Chi and Chi Gung

Learning emotional and spiritual self management Tai Chi with Calvin Dallas students start the day off doing Tai Chi and Chi Gung to balance and center themselves with self discipline and focusing techniques outdoors facilitated by Calvin Dallas. Dallas is one of the four adult instructors at the Boys Rites of Passage Program on St. Thomas, VI under the Family Resource Center.

Dallas bringing it in with the boys after a Tai Chi morning session

Photo Caption: Calvin Dallas bringing it in with the boys after a Tai Chi morning session

Teaching self pride and respect through cultural literacy, Dr. Celia Victor uses methods like The Virtues Project along with modern and basic history  instilling a sense of accomplishment and possibilities in the young men.

Teaching self pride and respect through cultural literacy, Dr. Celia Victor helps a student present his vision board to the parents, facilitators and other youth.

Addelita Cancryn Jr. High School Art Teacher Leba OlaNiyi teaches ecological arts and crafts to the boys along with African drumming. The facilitators at FYCIP understand that listening first, then sharing non academic methods of training encourage the boys to express themselves creatively and also become more considerate problem solvers.

Art Teacher Leba OlaNiyi teaches ecological arts and crafts to the boys

 

The cake shared at the closing ceremony
The cake shared at the closing ceremony

Students display their vision boards with their mentors
Students display their vision boards with their mentors

Higher-ing myEducation: My latest chapter enrolled in New Media Journalism M.A. at FullSail U.

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Yes, I know that heading is totally non-representative of my grammatical skills, yet it does let you know that I have a sense of humor and am an artist. It also let’s you know that I’m a non-conformist and a Kreative out-of-the-(What Box) thinker. Goal reached.

So… I closed my eyes, held my breath, clicked the buttons and now I’m actively an online student in Full Sail University‘s New Media Journalism program. Y’know the online school thing I was deathly afraid of doing? Yeah, well I’m doing it and it feels GRRRREAT! (I wonder if Frosted Flakes has that copyrighted?)

Don’t ask me how much it cost. A lot. How I’m paying for it? Still figuring that out and making it up as I go along… yes I did fill out the scholarship, financial aid and loan documents, but I’m determined to find ways of paying it without worrying. so far, so good.

What am I learning? How will it affect me? What good will it do?

Stay tuned… I have all the answers I need for now. 

So will you.

Check out my nu twitter bio for now and follow me @DaraMonifah:

NuMediaJournalistinTraining.Artist.Educator.Musician.Mother.YouthMentor.CulturePromoter& 🙂

 

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Embracing Personal Struggles & Most Painful Memorioes

Quote 4 2day: The most wonderful thing about going through crisis, is realizing how much learning from it helped/helps you when you’re able to use the lessons for good later on…whether to serve yourself or someone else.

Appreciative of ALL my experiences right about now; the good, the bad and especially the “ugly” life threatening ones!

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