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Convos with SBA & FEMA

BREAKING NEWS! SBA Application deadline extended to Jan 8th #IrMaria #LOAN #USVI Watch here for the latest interview Sunday afternoon

Open Conversations with SBA & FEMA @WUVI

Part 1 of Conversations with SBA at WUVIPart 2 with SBA & FEMA will be on Tuesday, Dec 5th at 11amVisit: www.sba.gov/disaster Call: 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339)See topics discussed below:USVI Disaster Recovery CentersSt. Thomas:1) Tutu Park Mall (near Food Court & Post Office entrance)2) Old Scotiabank at the waterfront, 81 CC&DD Kronprindsens Gade3) Bordeaux Farmers Market, 109 Estate Bordeaux4) SBDC at Nisky Center (this is a Business Recovery Center so FEMA is not there)St. John:1) Cruz Bay: VI Legislature building near the ferry dock2) Coral Bay: Town & Country Building, 8-1 Estate EmmausSt. Croix:1) St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 38-44 Castle Coakley2) Rotary Club West, 40KA-KD Estate Lagrange3) Old post office building at Church & Company Street, Christiansted4) Fire Captain Rencelliar I.Gibbs Fire Station, Parcel #1 Estate Cotton Valley, East EndTOPICS DISCUSSED:· The SBA Disaster Assistance Program is not just for Businesses.· What’s the difference between FEMA and SBA disaster assistance?· If FEMA refers me to SBA what should I do? I don’t want a loan.· If someone has already registered with FEMA do they need to register with SBA?· How many damage inspectors can I expect to contact me? · Have a good idea what your losses are. what rooms damaged; % loss;· How will SBA contact me?· I got a letter from SBA, but I’m not sure what it means?· I’ve already been to the Disaster Recovery Center and I’ve been on the phone on hold and I’m still not sure of the status of my application?· I received a notification indicating that my application has been withdrawn. What does that mean?· I received a letter indicating that my application was denied?· I haven’t filed my 2016 Tax return. Is that a problem?· I’m not sure how to answer the inspectors questions regarding the damage. Be clear about how the damage occurred. Be specific about the cause/nature of the damage—flooding–under/ wind driven rain—window doors· What if my rental property was damaged?· I have a second home that was damaged. It’s where my children live. Can I apply for SBA disaster loan to repair my property?· I haven’t heard back from my insurance company yet.· What are the eligibility criteria for SBA Disaster loans?· I live on my boat and it was damaged. Can I apply for SBA Disaster Loan?· I lost my crops in the hurricanes. My farm was destroyed. Can I apply for the SBA disaster loan?· What should I do if I suspect fraudulent activity?· How can I apply for the SBA disaster loan?· What is the deadline to apply?

Posted by WUVI AM 1090 and FM 97.3 on Friday, December 1, 2017

Since September, our beautiful Virgin Islands has been literally flooded with people who have come to help us recover after the multi-layered devastation caused by Hurricanes #IrMaria. From linemen putting back up electricity poles and relief volunteers clearing debris or rebuilding homes to agencies like FEMA and the SBA. With support application deadlines looming, those who need the services sometimes have a hard time easily accessing the necessary information. This article is an attempt to assist with that for those wanting to learn about and apply for an SBA loan or those who need to understand how the SBA and FEMA work together.

When most people hear the word loan, they cringe, mainly because of the interest rate and the fear that you won’t be able to pay it back. In a disaster response situation, that fear is heightened even more. Sometimes seeing the people you’re speaking about who are explaining how to do things is helpful, so watch the video and listen to clear explanations from SBA Public Affairs Specialists Jeanette Williams, Sandra Lawson and Elizabeth Dwyer.

FOR MORE INFO:
Visit: www.sba.gov/disaster
Call: 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339)

TOPICS DISCUSSED in the Part 1 Video:
· The SBA Disaster Assistance Program is not just for Businesses.
· What’s the difference between FEMA and SBA disaster assistance?
· If FEMA refers me to SBA what should I do? I don’t want a loan.
· If someone has already registered with FEMA do they need to register with SBA?
· How many damage inspectors can I expect to contact me?
· Have a good idea what your losses are. what rooms damaged; % loss;
· How will SBA contact me?
· I got a letter from SBA, but I’m not sure what it means?
· I’ve already been to the Disaster Recovery Center and I’ve been on the phone on hold and I’m still not sure of the status of my application?
· I received a notification indicating that my application has been withdrawn. What does that mean?
· I received a letter indicating that my application was denied?
· I haven’t filed my 2016 Tax return. Is that a problem?
· I’m not sure how to answer the inspectors questions regarding the damage. Be clear about how the damage occurred. Be specific about the cause/nature of the damage—flooding–under/ wind driven rain—window doors
· What if my rental property was damaged?
· I have a second home that was damaged. It’s where my children live. Can I apply for SBA disaster loan to repair my property?
· I haven’t heard back from my insurance company yet.
· What are the eligibility criteria for SBA Disaster loans?
· I live on my boat and it was damaged. Can I apply for SBA Disaster Loan?
· I lost my crops in the hurricanes. My farm was destroyed. Can I apply for the SBA disaster loan?
· What should I do if I suspect fraudulent activity?
· How can I apply for the SBA disaster loan?
· What is the deadline to apply?

No automatic alt text available.Part 2 of “Open Conversations with SBA & FEMA” will be on Tuesday, Dec 5th at 11am via WUVI’s Facebook Live and Audio Stream on www.wuvi.am

TOPICS TO BE DISCUSSED in Part 2 with FEMA:

  • Hurricane survivors have till Dec. 18 to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for assistance.
  • FEMA applicants have 60 days from the date of their ineligibility letter to appeal their cases in writing.
  • Make sure FEMA inspectors know your registration number when they visit your property.
  • FEMA’s phone lines are open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Lines are open seven days a week.
  • Disaster recovery centers are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Survivors could also register by telephone at 1-800-621-3362, apply for assistance online at www.disasterassistance.gov or download the FEMA application on iOS or Android.
  • Recovery centers are open on St. Thomas at Tutu Park Mall, the former Scotiabank building in Charlotte Amalie on the waterfront and at the Bordeaux Farmers Market.
  • St. John disaster recovery centers are open at the Legislature Annex in Cruz Bay and Town and Country building in Coral Bay.
  • St. Croix disaster recovery centers are at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Christiansted, Old Post Office building in Christiansted, Fire Captain Rencelliar I in Christiansted and Rotary Club West in Frederiksted.
  • Disaster unemployment assistance has been extended to Dec. 29. Unemployment is funded by FEMA but is administered by the Virgin Islands Labor Department.
  • An emergency assistance program is available for uninsured survivors. The program provides a 30-day supply of covered drugs and medical supplies. Call the assistance program at 1-855-793-7470. Enrollment runs through Jan. 31.
  • Survivors can register for FEMA assistance by going in-line to www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362 for voice, 711, orVideo Relay Service.

  • Survivors who are deaf, hard of hearing or who have difficulty speaking and use a TTY, should call 800-462-7585 directly. The same number can be used for 711, VRS and other relay services.

  • FEMA Registration Deadline for Irma and Maria extended to December 18th FEMA Multi Family Repair and Lease Program email address:  FEMA-USVI-MLR@FEMA.DHS.GOV      

  •  Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) has been extended to December 29th  both Hurricanes Irma an Maria

    • DUA is funded by FEMA but administered by the Territory                                                                                                                                       
  • Survivors that lost their jobs as a result of the hurricanes should register with the Virgin Island Department of Labor (not with FEMA) at the following locations:

    • St. Croix: USVI Department of Labor, 4401 Sion Farm, Christiansted; Monday through Friday
    • St. John: MondayWednesday and Friday at the USVI Legislature, St. John Annex, 1D Cruz Bay; Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
    • St. Thomas: USVI Department of Labor at 2353 Kronprindsens Gade, Monday through Friday

  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is making the Emergency Prescription Assistance Program (EPAP) available for uninsured survivors to ensure they have access to medicines and medical equipment.

      • The free program provides a 30-day supply of covered drugs and medical supplies that can be renewed every 30 days for as long as the program is active.
      • People who live in the disaster area and do not have any form of prescription insurance should call the EPAP enrollment toll-free hotline at:       
  • 1-855-793-7470.

      • The current enrollment period runs through Jan. 31, 2018.

  • Visit the FEMA USVI Facebook page at:  www.facebook.com/FEMAUSVirginIslands to get trusted information with the ongoing recovery effort.

  • Visit the FEMA Region-2 Twitter page at: https://twitter.com/femaregion2 to get trusted information with the ongoing recovery effort.

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    Disaster Recovery Centers
    Island USVI St. Thomas
    Location Estate Bordeaux-Bordeaux Farmers Market
    Address 109 East Bordeaux
    Hours 8:00am-5:00pm
    Island USVI St. Thomas
    Location Charlotte Amalie (Former ScotiaBank)
    Address 81 CC&DD Kronspindsens Gade (on the waterfront)
    Hours 8:00am-5:00pm
    Island USVI St. Thomas
    Location Charlotte Amalie-Tutu Park Mall
    Address 4605 Tutu Park Mall, Suite 233
    Hours 8:00am-5:00pm
    Island USVI St. John
    Location Cruz Bay-USVI Legislature-STJ Annex
    Address 1D Cruz Bay
    Hours 8:00am-5:00pm
    Island USVI St. John
    Location Coral Bay-Town & Country Building
    Address 8-1 Estate Emmaus
    Hours 8:00am-5:00pm
    Island USVI St. Croix
    Location Christiansted-St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
    Address 38-44 Castle Coakley
    Hours 8:00am-5:00pm
    Island USVI St. Croix
    Location Fredericksted-Rotary Club West
    Address 40 KA-KD Estate LaGrange
    Hours 8:00am-5:00pm
    Island USVI St. Croix
    Location Christiansted-Old Post Office Building
    Address Church St x Company St
    Hours 8:00am-5:00pm
    Island USVI St. Croix
    Location Christiansted-Fire Captain Rencelliar I
    Address Gibbs Fire Station, Parcel #1, Estate Cotton Valley, East End
    Hours 8:00am-5:00pm
    Individual Assistance Summary Total*
    Registrations 35,919
    Individual Household Program Disbursed $ 27,369,337.00
    Housing Assistance $ Disbursed $ 22,596,077.00
    Other Needs Assistance $ Disbursed $   4,773,260.00
    *Totals reflect USVI both Hurricane Irma and Maria

    Small Business Administration (SBA)

  • The SBA offers low-interest disaster loans to help homeowners and renters as well as businesses of all sizes and private non-profit organizations to cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations.

    • It’s important that survivors know they do not have to accept an SBA loan, if one is offered. If they do not qualify for a loan, SBA will refer them back to FEMA and they could be considered for other FEMA grants for Other Needs Assistance (ONA).
    • Contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 or disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.Survivors who are deaf or hard of hearing may call TTY 800-877-8339.
    • SBA Business Recovery Centers can be found at:
  • St. Thomas: Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center

  • University of the Virgin Islands

  • 8000 Nisky Center, Suite 720 

  • St. Thomas, VI 00802

  • Hours are Monday –Saturday from 8:00am – 5:00pm. Closed on Sundays

  • St. Croix: Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

  • 4100 Sion Farm Shopping Center, Suite 16

  • Christiansted, St. Croix USVI 00820

  • Hours are Monday –Saturday from 8:00am – 5:00pm. Closed on Sundays

  • Speaking of the Small Business Administration (SBA), they just informed me:

  • As of December 1, 2017: **Home and Business loans approved for the US Virgin Islands = $77.8mil**

  • Includes both Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria.

  • What’s the number for debris again?!?

  • The US Army Corps of Engineers wanted me to share the hotline numbers again

  • Debris Hotline number is 340-643-3296 (St. Thomas and St. John)

  • For Debris on St. Croix, contact DPW (St. Croix)


Connect with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) & FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency on Facebook.
FOR MORE SBA INFO:
Visit: www.sba.gov/disaster
Call: 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339)
Click the links to find up-to-date information on FEMA’s response to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Dollar fo Dollar Nov 18th

Come celebrate the 12th Annual Dollar fo Dollar Culture & History Tour Saturday, Nov 18 from 9:30am from Fort Christian to Market Square #VIstrong

After the hurricane in 1916 the Coal Workers in Charlotte Amalie STILL had to go out and lift hundreds of pounds of cancerous coal on their heads every day, while organizing to get paid properly for what they worked. See you Saturday.

3 VI Queens Season

Talking about 3 Queens Season VI with Dr. Chenzira Kahina!!! Watch/Listen to learn abt 3 Revolutions lead by 3 Queens of the Virgin Islands:SAT Sept 9th Q.COZIAH -Dollar fo’ Dollar (STT)SUN Oct 1st Q.MARY -Contract Day (STX)FRI Nov 24th Q.BREFFU -Fortsberg Day (STJ)#3QueensVI

Posted by DaraMonifah Cooper on Saturday, September 2, 2017

It’s Triple Queen Season in the VI!!! A perfect time to learn/teach abt 3 Revolutions lead by 3 Queens of the Virgin Islands:

  • SAT Sept 9th Q.COZIAH -Dollar fo’ Dollar (STT)
  • SUN Oct 1st Q.MARY -Contract Day (STX)
  • FRI Nov 24th Q.BREFFU -Fortsberg Day (STJ)

Aired LIVE on DaraMonifah.com Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017 from 4-5pm on WUVI AM 1090 and FM 97.3 & Virgin Islands Caribbean Cultural Center

At 4:00 p.m., Dr. Chenzira Davis Kahina and I spoke live on WUVI about the 3 Queens film as well as the annual upcoming events.

The film was premiered at the CARIFESTA held in Barbados to a delegation of audiences from throughout the Caribbean and international countries. Originally written as a Chautauqua for a grant funded by the VI Humanities Council in 2004, where the actresses embodied the characters of Queens who lead revolutions in the Virgin Islands.

Immediately following at 5:00 p.m., the Dollar fo’ Dollar Culture & History Tour founders shared details about what to expect at the September 9th 2017 event.

Listen to the entire 2 hours below:


Stay tuned for updates right here!

#FBlive #StudentRadio #Streaming #TelevisingRevolutions #3QueensVI #3Queens3Islands3Months

Muslim Origins in the Caribbean

Muslim Origins in the Caribbean Lecture at UVI

UVI Center for the Study of Spirituality and Professionalism (CSAP) held it's Muslim Origins in the Caribbean lecture. WUVI aired it live and will re-air the recording 6am & 6pm on Saturday & Sunday 8/19/2017 & 8/20/2017. For more info about the CSAP lecture series email wendy.coram@live.uvi.edu visit:http://www.uvi.edu/announcements/articles/current/interfaith_lecture_series.aspx #Islam #USVI

Posted by WUVI AM 1090 and FM 97.3 on Friday, August 18, 2017

The UVI Center for the Study of Spirituality and Professionalism (CSAP) in collaboration with the Masjid Nur, held a lecture entitled “Muslim Origins in the Caribbean” with featured speaker Sheikh Abdullah Hakim Quick. WUVI‘s Student Radio Station aired it live on air/Facebook video and will re-air the recording 6am & 6pm on Saturday & Sunday 8/19/2017 & 8/20/2017. Listen at 6am on 1090 AM & 97.3 FM (FM only after 6pm daily).


Watch the live videos: Part 1 | Part 2  and Listen to the Interview


For more info about the CSAP lecture series email wendy.coram@live.uvi.edu visit:
http://www.uvi.edu/announcements/articles/current/interfaith_lecture_series.aspx #Islam #USVI


VI EMANCIPATION DAY 2017

VI Emancipation Day 2017 Program took place on Monday, July 3, 2017 between 10-5pm in the Emancipation Garden. Programs were also held on all three main islands of the USVI (St. Croix and St. John) as well as in the BVI (Tortola) today. Hear more from the VI Emancipation Day Coalition here during their pre-event radio interview with Kevon Browne on the Sankofa Saturdays program:

>>>Last year’s VI Emancipation Day 2016 article<<<

Photos from the set up for 2017:

VI Emancipation Day Program today 10-5pm in Emancipation Garden. Programs happening on all three main islands of the USVI and in the BVI today. Stay tuned for photos, videos & more. Hear more from the VI Emancipation Day Coalition here: http://www.daramonifah.com/2017/07/03/vi-emancipation-day-2017/ #VIemancipation #EmancipationDay

Posted by DaraMonifah Cooper on Monday, July 3, 2017

Setting up at Emancipation Garden. VI Emancipation Day Program today 10-5pm in Emancipation Garden. Programs happening on all three main islands of the USVI and in the BVI today. Stay tuned for photos, videos & more. Hear more from the VI Emancipation Day Coalition here: http://www.daramonifah.com/2017/07/03/vi-emancipation-day-2017/ #VIemancipation #EmancipationDay

Posted by DaraMonifah Cooper on Monday, July 3, 2017

African Liberation Day USVI Activities

 

Listen/Watch and Learn abt African Liberation Day with the Pan African Support Group here on WUVI AM 1090 and FM 97.3 See the permanent webpage for this video and more info on http://www.daramonifah.com/2017/05/06/african-liberation-day-usvi-activities/

Posted by DaraMonifah Cooper on Saturday, May 6, 2017

African Liberation Day (ALD) was founded in 1958 when Kwame Nkrumah convened the First Conference of Independent States held in Accra, Ghana and attended by eight independent African states. The 15th of April was declared “Africa Freedom Day,” to mark each year the onward progress of the liberation movement, and to symbolize the determination of the people of Africa to free themselves from foreign domination and exploitation. For more details visit www.africanliberationday.net.

Upcoming Events or Related Activities:
May 4 – Showing of Documentary on Dr. John Henry Clarke/Dialogue
May 25th – ALD Ceremony at VI Legislature
May 25th – 7-8pm on WSTA 1340 AM
May 28th – 10-6pm ALD Rally at the Emancipation Garden

July 3rd – Emancipation Day Celebration at the Emancipation Garden

The Virgin Islands Code Bill No 18-0147 #5473 exists to proclaim the 3rd week in May as VI African Heritage Week as well as the African Liberation Day celebration which is celebrated at the Legislature.

More to be added to this site. Connect with the Facebook event to stay updated also.

Radio interview audio link

Using Facebook Effectively: A Digital Drum Call

Using Facebook Effectively: A Digital Drum CallFacilitator: DaraMonifah Cooper, '09 UVI ALUM – UVI Cooperative Extension Service New Media Specialist; WUVI Station Manager; UVI Communications Professor

Posted by DaraMonifah Cooper on Friday, April 7, 2017

On Friday, April 7, 2017 between 1:15-2:00 p.m. at UVI Research Day in an effort of strategically pooling our resources and networks in order to assist and support each other with our advertising needs. If you missed it, you can still watch my Facebook Live video stream of the round table. Some viewers also joined us from their desk computers or mobile devices.  Simply put, even if you didn’t make it tomorrow, please reply to all with your social media platform ‘handles’ (profile and page names/websites) so that we can all tag each other and share any and/or all upcoming events, activities or offerings. I also have and shared an exciting new toy that could be of use to many of us! Google: Mevo

Official Abstract for UVI Research Day 2017:
Using Facebook Effectively: A Digital Drum Call

Facilitator: DaraMonifah Cooper, ’09 UVI ALUM/Communications (B.A.) & ’16 Full Sail University New Media Specialist (M.A.)
– UVI Cooperative Extension Service New Media Specialist
-WUVI Station Manager
-UVI Communications Professor

Details: Friday, April 7, 2017 between 1:15-2:00pm at UVI Research Day, St. Thomas Campus Sports & Fitness Center

This round table examines social media platform habits, multi-media technology and the vital role these vehicles will play in converting the current use of advertising media in the Virgin Islands. The purpose of this project is to demonstrate how new media technology behaviors affect effective communication and advertising methods. The discussion will also include the methods in which social media and related technology are effecting change based on the current ways people learn and share information.

To achieve this goal, multimedia elements such as video, infographics and text are used. I will be using research-based experiences throughout my role as a UVI Cooperative Extension Agent over the past thirteen years with CES and my experiences over the past years with WUVI, from volunteer to now being it’s Station Manager, as well as training experienced in the New Media Journalism Masters program at Full Sail University over the past two years.

The goal is to create a powerful media network by providing evidence that a thoughtful collaborative effort of creating a viable communication network is needed at the University and throughout the Virgin Islands/Caribbean/Global community.

DaraMonifah Cooper
Station Manager | New Media Consultant
WUVI AM 1090/97.3 FM – University of the Virgin Islands Student Radio Station
Email wow@uvi.edu to share a testimony on Dara’s service!
On-Campus Line: 1(340) 693-1670 | On-Air Call in Line: 1(340) 643-1090
Connect with Us @WUVIAM1090 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or listen to our archived shows on SoundCloud!
www.WUVI.am
University of the Virgin Islands

Musical History of the VI – Grassroots Stylee

A musical history of the Virgin Islands in the Dutch Reformed Church

Posted by DaraMonifah Cooper on Sunday, March 19, 2017

On Sunday afternoon, March 19, 2017, Gylchris Sprauve presented ‘A Musical History of the Virgin Islands at the Dutch Reformed Churh in Charlotte Amalie. Subtitled, A Century United in Pride and Hope, Sprauve had assembled a fine cast of students from the BCB Middle School, 2 local instrumentalists, 6 musicians from Puerto Rico, 4 fine singers from the V.I. and recruited 2 percussionists at the last minute who fit the bill perfectly.

Together, united in pride and hope, “we told the story of Transfer Day from the grassroots perspective and what an amazing storytelling session it was!!! ALL HAIL THE VIRGIN ISLANDS!!!” ~Gylchris Sprauve

4pm today at the Reform church

Posted by DaraMonifah.com on Sunday, March 19, 2017

***(expect updates to this website and the Official Facebook Page throughout the day with more behind the scenes pics and videos like the ones below and the real video by the end of the day – Please share)***

A grassroots celebration of history, culture, and our continued struggle, Gylchris spoke and had musicians sing of out Valiant Virgin Isles in a way many are only starting to experience. His combination of classical, folk, African, Caribbean genres brought quizzical, yet proud looks on people’s smiling faces, that could be described only as awakening awe.

Merging not only a variety of instruments including brass, pan and percussion, as well as cultures as he brought over musical friends from Puerto Rico who added their  ashe, Gylchris blended a few octaves of ages from the Bertha C. Bochulte middle school students, to local elders in the musical community.

Just to list a few…

Melita Etienne, Wendy A Joseph, Lorna L. Freeman, Howard Jones, Levi Farrell, Dr. LeRoy Trotman, Alexis Sanchez, Rey Omar Marcano, Eric N. Vázquez Rivera, Rafael Lebrón, Luis Miranda, Nelson Corchado, DaraMonifah Cooper, Howard Peters, Vanessa R. L. Tamar, Lonette Gumbs, Matey Sewer

​​Sprauve’s vision continues to exemplify the true spirit of the Virgin Islands just as a cultural melting pot of young seasonings and grounding provisions does what it does best in our melting yabba pot.

Recognizing that so many probably never had the honor, Sprauve wrote a Fanfare for the Ursulan Children, recognizing the unsung native s/heroes of the then Danish West Indies.

From the trip over* where so many never lived to see our shores, to the St. John Revolution of 1733, St. Croix Fireburn in 1848 and the 1892 Coal Workers Strike of St. Thomas, he reminds us that as some are made mute by the pomp and circumstance, that the real celebration is of our survival through it all and our continued successes along the way.

​​Furthermore, as he stated during the program’s beginning with a song entitled Wha de Future Gon’ Bring, he continues to keep us in requiem that no matter what remaining trials and tribulations present themselves, Papa God still in charge of this ting.

Sung by Wendy A. Joseph and Howard Jones

We Gon' See Wha De Future Gon Bring

We gon' see wha deh future gon' bringPapa God still in charge of this tingGylchris Sprauve's Musical History of the V.I.http://www.daramonifah.com/2017/03/20/musical-history-of-the-vi/

Posted by DaraMonifah.com on Monday, March 20, 2017

Official Facebook Page Photo Album (more photos to be added)

Posted by DaraMonifah.com on Sunday, March 19, 2017

More BEHIND THE SCENES videos from rehearsal. (The real video will be posted on this site later in the day)

Posted by DaraMonifah.com on Monday, March 20, 2017

Valient Virgin Isles sung by Lorna Freeman and Melita Ettiene

Posted by DaraMonifah.com on Monday, March 20, 2017

Posted by DaraMonifah.com on Monday, March 20, 2017

Posted by DaraMonifah.com on Monday, March 20, 2017

Posted by DaraMonifah.com on Monday, March 20, 2017

Posted by DaraMonifah.com on Monday, March 20, 2017

Full Lyrics to We Gon See Wha De Future Gon Bring by Gylchris Sprauve

Posting in fulfillment of DaraMonifah Cooper’s request after yesterday’s concert. This is most likely what the lower classes were thinking when they got word that Denmark was selling the islands to the USA.

WHA’ THE FUTURE GON’ BRING
(A grassroots conversation about Transfer, circa February, 1917)
by Gylchris Sprauve ©2017

ALL: We gon see what the future gon bring…
Papa God still in charge of this ting…
(Repeat)

Beto: Come here, Matilda…
Matilda: Beto! Wha happen now? You look fraid!
Beto: Father: I ain’ know if ah fraid or ah happy,
But when ah went to get paid
The foreman was talking… to a merchant… and he say,
“King Christian gon sell”
Matilda: Sell! Jackson went up to Denmark
And he had no choice but to tell dem
Beto: The Danish West Indies struggling, and tings-dem here very bad
The glory days of sugar done gone, and folks’ condition is sad
Matilda: Beto, doan forget inspite of what they say bout the King
God on high done see and know,
And that is why we does sing

ALL: We gon see wha de future gon bring…
Papa Gahd still in charge of dis ting…
(Repeat)

Beto: Now, dey talking ‘bout dis transfer
Matilda: Yes, transfer…
Beto: Of the islands under our feet
Sound like countries-dem playing checkers
And the natives’ life cheap like meat!
Who gon feed the poor and hungry?
Will the young and strong go astray?
Denmark broke, the Germans-dem coming
Now the King gon’ dash us ‘way?

ALL: We gon see wha de future gon bring,
Papa Gahd still in charge of dis ting,
We gon see wha de future gon bring,
Papa Gahd still in charge of dis ting.

Matilda: Oh, Beto stop! De lil’ children…
Beto: Wha? You doan tink dey must know?
Matilda: Tings-dem hard enough as it is…
Beto: And when the Danes-dem pack up and go?

Matilda: They say life good in America,
And we could maybe move there
Beto: Woman, stop!
Matilda: Whatever coming been measured…
T’ain more than what we could bear

All: We gon see wha de future gon bring,
Papa Gahd still in charge of dis ting.
(Repeat)

Beto: I hear that Blacks in America
cahn’ move as freely as we.
They president name is Wilson,
And he hate Black people, yo see?
Matilda: Dis ting ain’ looking too pretty
Beto: Ah doan tink that we should stay
Matilda: We could just run to Tattola
Both: King George woan give them away…

ALL: We gon see wha de future gon bring
Papa Gahd still in charge of dis ting!
(Repeat)

We From Upstreet Lecture Series

Join the We From Upstreet, Inc. (WEFUS) 2017 Lecture Series varying Saturdays at 4pm in the Jarvis House Museum on Polyberg Road. The Series includes lectures from various educators, historians, exhibits from local artists and more.

Watch as Dr. Ronald Harrigan, Sr. summarizes his lecture held on Saturday, March 4, 2017. Yvette M. Finch and Nadine Marchena Kean also share more information about We From Upstreet, Inc. and what else is coming up.

We From Upstreet, Inc. 2017 Lecture Series

Join the We From Upstreet, Inc. 2017 Lecture Series Saturday at 4pm in the Jarvis House Museum on Polyberg Road w/ guest speaker Gerard Emanuel.Watch as Dr. Ronald Harrigan, Sr. summarizes his lecture held 3/4/17. Yvette Vettie M Finch & Nadine Marchena Kean also share info.

Posted by DaraMonifah.com on Thursday, March 9, 2017

On Saturday, March 11th – 4:00 PM​WEFUS held another thought provoking lecture entitled” “The Issue of Status and Citizenship for Virgin Islanders Before and After the Transfer” presented by​​ ​Mr. Gerard Emanuel​, Educator an​d ​Historian of​ ​St. Croix​.

Held Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 4pm, attendees learned V. I. History specific to the issues of status and citizenship from a lecture with Gerard Emanuel who spoke on the citizenship before and after the 1917 transfer of the Virgin Islands.

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Benita Martin honored for Selfless Service

Award Ceremony for the Helen Gjessing Community Service Award happening now at the University of the Virgin Islands

Posted by DaraMonifah Cooper on Thursday, February 23, 2017

Honoring this year’s recipient of the Helen Gjessing Community Service Award, Ms. Benita Martin, the community is invited to a gathering this coming Thursday at UVI’s ACC Building in the 1st floor conference room, between 6:30 – 8:30 pm.

Over the past twenty years Benita helped keep vital elements of local culture alive, collectively working with a number of organizations that promote, preserve, and defend the future and ability of Virgin Islanders to practice self-determination, and to foster the most basic forms of healthy life and living.  Some of those culturally-based organizations include the Pan-African Support Group, Afrikan Liberation Day, Rastafari Improvement Association, Kwanzaa365, Sankofa Saturdays, Per Ankh, Inc., Queens of the Earth, and the African Diaspora Youth Development Foundation. She has also provided eight years of service to the Dollar for Dollar Coal Carrying Annual Commemoration and ten years to The St. John African Slave Revolution Annual Commemoration.

Benita’s tireless efforts to help preserve the land and sea of our delicate islands include work with the Environmental Rangers, Environmental Association of St. Thomas (EAST), Virgin Islands Recycle Partnership (VIRP), Waste Management Authority (WMA) Community Advisor Board, Camp Umoja Academy, and the Virgin Islands Conservation Society (VICS).

Sponsors for this year’s event include: The University of the Virgin Islands, The St. Thomas Restaurant Group, Buddha Sushi, WUVI Student Radio Station, Sankofa Saturdays Youth Initiative, DaraMonifah.com, and Ms. Cheryl Rae.

Read more about Sister Benita and the award below. 

Named in honor of Ms. Helen Gjessing, this award is perhaps one of the more difficult awards to earn. It is about living life with an attitude of service to, and care of the world around us in a way that exemplifies similarities to Helen herself. Throughout her life, Helen Gjessing has been a quiet force. Never one to garner accolades, she simply “showed up” for decades in the Virgin Islands, in her quiet and unassuming way, to do what she could and what was needed, to make a positive difference. That is what this award is about.

A resident of St. Thomas since 1958, Helen is an environmental-activist powerhouse.  She was given the first “Connie” award from the National Wildlife Federation in 2010; has “Emeritus” status at the University of Virgin Islands-St. Thomas Campus, where she retired in 1999 after teaching biology for thirty-four years; and served on and chaired the League of Women Voters’ Planning and Environmental Quality Committee, tirelessly reviewing countless permit applications and reports on behalf of territorial environmental protections. In short, Helen is the type service-minded individual that communities around the world can only hope to call their own. To read more about Helen’s life and activities in the USVI, follow the About Helen link on this website.

The Helen Gjessing Community Service Award is given out annually, if an individual comes to the fore that year who’s observed to live their life in the spirit of the type of service to the community that Helen epitomized, and which is typically unpaid. Someone who quietly, and again and again, shows up and helps encourage and accomplish things toward a better world. There is no monetary gift with this award. It is given by citizens, to citizens, in recognition of and as an opportunity to honor those who selflessly give, and live a life of giving to the world around them. The public is however invited to make donations, if so inclined, to whatever cause(s) or projects are embraced to the recipient of that year’s award. Based on suggestions from the public on persons deserving of the award, each year’s recipient will join with Helen and anonymous founders of the event in the decision for the following year’s recipient of the award (with the number of persons participating in that process increasing by one each year). The public is invited to submit suggestions for the next recipient of the HG Community Service Award using the Submissions link on the above website.

In that spirit of selfless community service, Ms. Benita Diana Martin has been selected to receive this year’s award. 

Benita was born in Detroit, MI (1952), though has long been proud to call the Virgin Islands her home. Benita gave birth to five children — Ayinde, Naima, Ariel, Amad, and Lukata — while providing a mother’s love to numerous youth throughout the world.

Benita’s professional career began in 1979 after graduating with a master’s degree in Blind Rehabilitation.  She has provided orientation and mobility (travel skills) Braille and vision training and other vision services to blind and visually impaired children and adults throughout the United States, Kuwait, Egypt, and in 1994 with the Virgin Islands Department of Education.  Benita continues to provide services to various organizations to address issues of person with a disability in the Virgin Islands including VI Find, Center for Independent Living, and the VI Special Olympic – St. Thomas.

Benita began her studies in alternative organic system farm practice in 1978.  After becoming a vegetarian, she realized that we must grow what we eat and educate our community on how the current fast food system generates too many health issues.  In 1995 she began to put her knowledge of organic farming into practice at Green Thumb Farm (GTF) in the St. Thomas Bordeaux area, building a fully operational 20×80 greenhouse, and assisting with all aspects of the farm, making it one of the most productive sustainable organic farms on the island. Benita joined We Grow Food Inc., noting the importance of providing food for their community. She has since served as a board member and is currently co-chairperson of the Future Development Committee. Benita has greatly aided in the development of projects/activities for the advancement of agriculture in the Virgin Islands to include: Land Agreement between Livestock Association and Bordeaux Crop Farmers Source.

In short, Benita is a caretaker of mother earth, continually involved in projects contributing to improved conditions and resources critical to healthy on-island farming practices. She is a vital member of the Bordeaux Farmers Annual Agriculture and Cultural Fair and the Bordeaux Farmer’s Market, as well as, the 1998, 2004, and 2005 Agriculture & Culture Summer Camp.  Benita has worked with many agriculture organizations and educational programs with goals to promote, develop, preserve and defend agriculture in the Virgin Islands.  They include Farmers In Action, Southeastern African American Farmers Organic Network – Caribbean Initiative, Virgin Islands Farmers’ Cooperative, Islands Food Security Inc. (The Network), Emerald Thumb Garden and the Gladys Abraham; Ulla F. Muller; and Lockhart elementary school’s garden clubs.