Sometimes we go through our lives without ever acknowledging our accomplishments to ourselves. As a result we forget or under value our achievements and the good that we put into the universe. Take time out to inspire yourself and say “I did that!”
In January 2017, I became a Kartemquin Diverse Voices in Docs fellow! Diverse Voices in Docs (#DVID) is a professional development and mentorship program for documentary makers of color, organized by Kartemquin Films and the Community Film Workshop of Chicago.
GOT THE COVER STORY FOR WINDY CITY WORD PUBLICATION
Windy City Word featured my story on the Miss Black Illinois USA Pageant. Photography and Article by Dani Jackson
ASSISTED CHICAGO STUDENTS MOVEMENT AGAINST SCHOOL CLOSINGS
These Chicago students inspired me to start OnBuildingCommunity.org, starting with my mentee Brian Stirgus. A MOVEMENT should be more than a momentary campaign but rather a continuous push for change that spans across generations, race and economic status. With this understanding, taking part in this student movement, assisting them with photos, video and online content, inspired me to move from scholarly research and theory to action.
INTERVIEWED BRIAN MCKNIGHT
I was a host and producer for UpFont TV & Official Heat on ABC 7 in Western NYC . Support the Western New York Minority Media Professionals organization that continues to make opportunities like this possible.
CREATED A DOCUMENTARY: LITTLE MISS HIP HOP
I started researching the role of women in hip hop while in the Summer Research Opportunities Program at the University of Illinois (SROP). I continued that research in graduate school at the University at Buffalo where I created the documentary Little Miss Hip Hop.
CREATED A TV SHOW! INSIDE OUT
CHAMPAIGN – Watching dancers strut their stuff onscreen, Tamika Jackson looked completely exhausted – and very proud.
The pride was because, on the afternoon of Jan. 31 in the University of Illinois Art and Design Building, the UI senior in communications was putting the finishing touches on the first episode of “Inside Out,” a half-hour television program she dreamed up last semester.
The exhaustion was because she had been up all night editing that episode, scheduled to air Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. on Urbana Public Television (UPTV-Channel 6).
“Our goal is to make our show a model of young adult life,” said Jackson, the show’s director and executive producer.
The show targets people 16-24 and tackles a range of subjects. This week’s episode is about local dance groups, next week’s covers gay bashing and the week after is titled “Single and Loving It.” All three shows were taped around Champaign-Urbana, with major filming done at the Independent Media Center in Urbana.
“Inside Out” cohost and UI sociology student Mike Conley feels the topics reflect events and issues facing his generation. “Those things are prevalent in our society – heavy issues along with the lighthearted ones,” he said. He hopes the show can “facilitate an informed discussion.”
The show’s title came from Jackson’s feeling that “issues that you go through, you deal with it on the inside first,” she said. “That’ll help you to deal with it on the outside.”
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