Category Archives: Uncategorized

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 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!
University of the Virgin Islands

Int’l Women’s Day USVI 2017

The day after this year’s International Women’s Day people are starting to ask, “What was THAT all about?”

#WomenMatter #kNOwmore #EndDiscrimination #WearRed #equality #genderequality

Hashtags flinging around like acid rain from off helicopter propellers and they still don’t want to feel it, Talkin’ bout, “When is Men’s Day?”

All around the world woman (and supportive men) marched, were on strike, closed their businesses to bring awareness to the continuing issue of gender inequality, violence and so much more.

If you think things are equal or ok as they are, then you must either be part of the problem, or just naive. Nuff said.

United Virgin Islands Kwanzaa Schedule 2016-17


happy kwanzaa

Like, Share, Comment on the United Virgin Islands Kwanzaa Schedule’s Facebook Note
Watch the Facebook Live Kwanzaa Show and share!


Pre-Kwanzaa Activities:

What do you enjoy most about Kwanzaa in the United Virgin Islands? Follow on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter for updates Follow the hashtag: #VIKwanzaa

Listen on radio for USVI Kwanzaa information to: 

1. Pan African Support Group Kwanzaa Program

Thursday December 22, 2016 | 7-8pm | WSTA Radio 1340 AM

Live stream: 

2. Sankofa Saturdays KWANZAA365 – KWANZAA EVE & New Year’s Eve Radio Programs

Saturdays, December 24th & 31st, 2016 | 4-6pm | WUVI Radio 1090 AM/97.3 fm

Live stream: & via Facebook LIVE – Come join us in the studio or at the Kwanzaa Run on the 31st… We’ll air it live!!!


MONDAY Dec 26th – UMOJA (Unity): African Diaspora Youth Development Foundation, Inc. in conjunction with Sankofa Saturday’s, presents its 42nd Annual Kwanzaa Festival Monday, December 26th 7pm -11pm at Wesley Methodist Educational Complex next to Four Winds Plaza.  Admission is FREE (Donations appreciated)

2:00 p.m on St. John at the Franklin Powell Park. 22nd annual Kwanzaa celebration by Sigma Theta Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. honoring Carlos Woods of Mongo Niles and Mary Powell of StJ. Will have cultural presentations.

TUESDAY Dec 27 – KUJICHAGULIA (Self-Determination): Pan African Support Group & Environmental Rangers presents the Kujichagulia Program and Karamu at the Addelita Cancryn Junior High School Cafeteria from 6:30pm. Admission is FREE (Donations welcome of course)

“Cultural Celebration yes Edutainment yeah Words, Sounds and Upliftment for the FAMILY”

STAY TUNED: Community Dancing in the Park or another activity being organized – Contact Marie Paul or Jahweh David

SATURDAY Dec 31 – Kuumba (Creativity) Hatha Yoga – Sun Salutations Sunrise/Sunset [John Brewers Beach] Ital Ase Botanica & Wedding Services -Bring a towel or a mat. 

Annual Kwanzaa Run & Walk 4:30 p.m. (3:30 to register) [UVI Soccer Field] St. Thomas Association of Road Runners – Run 7 km (4.3 miles) on the road to/from the Airport or walk or run a two mile course Contact: Roy Watlington at 777-8183 Email:  

NOTE: To be aired LIVE on Sankofa Saturdays between 4-6pm | WUVI Radio 1090 AM/97.3 fm Live stream: & via Facebook LIVE 

Saturday, Jan 1, 2016 – Imani (FAITH)

Kwanzaa Beach Party Potluck

1pm until [John Brewers Beach] United Communities – Bring a natural dish or seasonal refreshment



Wednesday, Dec 16 & 23, 2015
4 – 5 p.m. | AM 1090/97.3 FM or | Habari Gani VI Kwanzaa Education & Music Radio Program with DaraMonifah Cooper and the Pan African Support Group

Thursday, Dec 24, 2015
6 p.m. [WSTA1340 AM] Pan African Support Group Radio Program
Friday, Dec 25, 2014 Kwanzaa Eve
5 – 6 p.m. | AM 1090/97.3 FM or | Habari Gani VI Kwanzaa Education & Music Radio Program with DaraMonifah Cooper and the Pan African Support Group (re-airing from Dec 16th)

Saturday, Dec 26 – Umoja (UNITY)
Documentary Showing
12-3pm [Natural Livity Lounge (upstairs of the Kulcha Shop & Juice Bar – enter from the West side door)]
Showing Hidden Colors 2 brief discussion after facilitated by Sister Cherokee Lewis Light refreshment will be on sale as a fundraiser for the upcoming Empress Menen Celebration April 1-3, 2016 Stay tuned for more info Contact: 228-0084, 998-5676 | Queens of the Earth

St. John Community Event

2pm [Cruz Bay Park, St. John] Contact: 513-2449 | Felicia Blake, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sigma Theta Omega Chapter

Annual Unity Gathering

6 -10pm (Program starts at 7pm) [Wesley Methodist Education Complex in Tutu] Contact: 473-7274 | Marcella “Jaribu” Jennings, African Diaspora Youth Development Foundation – Annual Kwanzaa Program with music by Echo People, Guest Speakers, African Marketplace, good food and Kwanzaa activities.

St. Croix Afrika House Kwanzaa Gathering
3-5p [19/20 King Street] Contact: 323-899-5460

Sunday, Dec 27 – Kujichagulia (SELF-DETERMINATION)
We Grow Food Farmer’s Market & Kwanzaa Program
12p.m. – Until [Bordeaux Farmers Market & Agricultural Grounds]

-Annual Kwanzaa program highlighting the principle of KUJICHAGULIA with poetry, youth activities, music and other cultural education and entertainment. Farmers produce, arts, crafts, wholesome meals and refreshments will be available in the African Marketplace. Contact: 727-6683 | We Grow Food, Inc.

Annual Kwanzaa Run (or Walk)
4:30 p.m. (3:30 to register) [UVI Soccer Field] St. Thomas Association of Road Runners – Run 7 km (4.3 miles) on the road to/from the Airport or walk or run a two mile course Contact: Roy Watlington at 777-8183 Email:

Annual Kwanzaa Gathering and Educational Program

6:30 p.m. [Cancryn Auditorium] Pan-Afrikan Support Group & Environmental Rangers

Support a friend, family or group today in any way you can!Customer Appreciation Karamu
12 noon [LoveLivin at Pilgrim Terrace] Surprise bEarthday Celebration for King Malak
Tuesday, Dec 29 – Ujamaa (COOPERATIVE ECONOMICS)
Support a local business today in any way you can!

Wednesday, Dec 30 – Nia (PURPOSE)
African Dance
Sunset [Fort Christian lawn across from Natural Livity Kulcha Shop] Contact: 228-2302
Harambee Connection International Kwanzaa Conference Call
8pm (2-3 hrs) 804-767-7189 Direct 605-562-3140 Access Code: 448307
Thursday, Dec 31 – Kuumba (CREATIVITY)
Hatha Yoga – Sun Salutations
Sunrise/Sunset [John Brewers Beach] Ital Ase Botanica & Wedding Services -Bring a towel or a mat

Friday, Jan 1, 2015 – Imani (FAITH)
Kwanzaa Beach Party Potluck

1pm until [John Brewers Beach] United Communities – Bring a natural dish or seasonal refreshment

NOTE: 340 Area Code unless otherwise stated

“Congratulations to Lukata Samuel , our Ankh Award recipient. Thanks to Kwabena Davis and the awesome Voices of Love who sang in Swahili . The Echo People , our grand African Drumming group were on point as always. Thanks to Brother Wade and the children that volunteered to do an interpretive Anansi story and of course Isis Collier, and her beautiful violin music! Thank you Jerrisa Lake, Jahcira Hodge and Isis for setting up. Thanks to Edith Jennings and Isis for doing the stop the violence skit with our great young male volunteers. Thank you, President David Hall and your beautiful wife with your attendance and powerful words. And last , but not least, the food and drinks prepared by Elridge Thomas, Benita Martin, Jaribu Bobo, Edith Jennings, Isis Collier. Thanks to Elridge Thomas, President of We Grow Food, Inc. for his salient words and work in farming. Thanks to Felix Thomas and his impromptu speech on our needs and view and how to improve thus. My mom, Angelita Jennings for her great Elder Report, and thank you to my brothers John and Kevin, our DJ ‘s for the evening.”
~Marcella Jennings, African Diaspora Youth Development Foundation

The Art Exchange Dec 18 Gardening Party

On December 18th, I intend to be somewhere that nurtures my soul, and feeds my spirit while setting a foundation for the community in areas of art, agriculture, entrepreneurship, youth and community. All are invited to The Art Exchange’s Gardening Party from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Frydenhoj location at Casa Gracie to join in the gardening, a “potluck” or purchase a paver for making a pathway into the community garden. Listen to the interview for more details as I talk with Chinwe Osaze & Akil Jacobs about Agriculture, Art, Culture, Community and The Art Exchange’s Dec 18th Gardening Party or join the Facebook event. The Art Exchange also has a downtown location which will have a soft launch on Friday, December 16th, 2016 during Miracle on Main Street.

Chinwe Osaze working with students at the Yvonne E. Milliner Bowsky Elementary School in the “From Spawn to Farm Project” 2015/16.

The Art Exchange, Inc., located in the Virgin Islands, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded to support community development and education through experiential, project- based learning in the arts, agriculture and entrepreneurship. It initially started in 1992 with artist and educator Chinwe Osaze and Jacquelyn Amanayea (Sisters’ chant) Abraham on St. Thomas. A few years ago, Chinwe invited in Akil Jacobs, the current Assistant Director. They work with artists, farmers and all creative individuals within the Virgin Islands community.

View from Casa Gracie the eastern location of The Art Exchange’s Community Garden.

The Art Exchange, Inc. would like to invite our community to join us for a beginning of the planting season Gardening Party. If you’ve been meaning to get your hands in the soil–and for a really good cause, are you interested in learning more agriculture and want to develop a Green Thumb. Well join us.

Contribute to the Traditional Pot Luck:
Bring a fresh vegetable, fruit, or natural ingredients
We will communally create;
a main dish/entree (a paella, or “ital”),
2) a green and fruit salad,
3) a drink.
It all develops on-site using what is gathered and a designated Dub Master and assistant(s) will prepare the meal. Items now available in the garden also become a part of the meal.

Picked straight form the community garden at The Art Exchange, Inc.’s Frydenhoj location at Casa Gracie.

I asked What IS The Art Exchange?
Their responses reminded me of the word rEVOLution: “We are bringing the people who want to make this a better place. It’s about art, agriculture, community building, love…”

“We want to be a community based organization. We are the do-ers.” ~Chinwe Osaze, Executive Director

Directions: Coming from Red Hook, heading West, when you get to Nick “Daddy Friday” Drive, keep going until you get to the stop light at the top of the hill pass the Armory where you’re going to turn right, but because of oncoming traffic, it’s safer to first go left onto the neighborhood, turn around and then drive straight across the street back at the stoplight to start coming up the hill. Additional signage will be there near the benches.

Coming from West (Nadir) going East towards the Armory you’d just turn left at the stoplight atop the hill. Use this Google map or call Chinwe for directions.

Objectives of the Art Exchange
1. To build capacity within the community by operating a youth/women’s entrepreneurship training program
2. To harness family and community (local and global) resources to support industrial development.
3. To create and support community development initiatives
4. To establish an economically sustainable enterprise that would help to stimulate the local economy and showcase the viability of the medicinal plant farming, bee rearing and eventually, essential oil production and eco-camp operation.

Artisans’ & Farmers’ Markets will also resume monthly in 2017 on second Sundays in the front parking lot of Buddha Sushi, estate Frydenhoj.

Join me and Sankofa Saturdays in supporting and celebrating all that is The Artists Exchange, Inc.

Rising Stars Performance Schedule

It’s “winter time” in the Virgin Islands and for many of us, former members and instructors, that means we can look forward to the melodic sounds of the Rising Stars Youth Steel Orchestra playin our holiday favorites, and a few surprises. Their annual Christmas concert at the Reichhold Center will take place on Sunday, December 11th from 7:00 p.m. until Santa gives the gifts out. Then for the next couple weeks they’ll be sighted and heard performing at various locations around the community.

Here’s where you can find them to go listen and support:

  • 12/15/16 Superior Court Serenade
  • 12/16/16 Miracle on Main Street
  • 12/22/16 Crown Bay Center at 6:30 pm
  • 12/23/16 Lucinda Millin Home for the Elderly at 1:00 pm
  • 12/24/16 Post Office Square from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • 12/27/16 Post Office Square

For more info visit them online or call their Pretrial Prevention Office in the VI Superior Court.

Bordeaux Agricultural & Cultural Vegan Fair 2017

The 20th Annual Bordeaux Farmer’s Rastafari Agricultural & Cultural Vegan Food Fair will be taking place on January 14 & 15, 2017 at the Bordeaux Farmer’s Market on St. Thomas, USVI. Join the FACEBOOK Event to stay updated or check back here for details.

Listen to the interview below as Elridge “Sparks” Thomas, President of We Grow Food, Inc. shares info with me on air at WUVI during the Sankofa Saturdays/Habari Gani VI show time (4-6pm weekly).

For only $3, you can spend a day in a part of the Virgin Islands community that has always made me feel like the village lives.

“With the main objective to keep agriculture alive, with the condition of the world today, fresh, local organic food this is where you wanna go!” ~Sparks, We Grow Food, Inc. President

  • Selected by fellow farmers, the Farmer of the Year is Ras Nashamba-I (Don’t forget the “I”)
  • Local produce (fruits, vegetables etc.)
  • Featuring Local reggae artist
  • Local arts and crafts
  • The new and improved Bordeaux Farmers Market on the most Western end of St. Thomas
  • Potential new vendors can go to the 2nd Sunday Farmers Market on December 11th between 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and speak to Sister Benita (call her at 340-727-6684)
  • Vegan food
  • Walk the grounds on their farm tours to expose the public to what a farmer does and experiences – an opportunity to also educate those who doubt what farmers can grow locally

All throughout the year anyone can visit the Bordeaux Farmers Market on the 2nd and Las’ Sundays monthly. See the calendar below:

21st Annual Lighting of the Trees

We From Upstreet, Inc. announces its 21st Annual Lighting of the Trees in the Franklin D. Roosevelt Virgin Islands Veterans Memorial Park on St. Thomas, USVI. The two-day agenda will be as follows:• Sunday, December 4, 2016 – 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

o Junior High and High School Choirs

o Cultural Dancers

o Youth Steel Orchestras

o Official lighting of the Park

• Monday, December 5th, 2016 – 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

o Caribbean Chorale

o Ivanna Eudora Kean Choir

o Lutheran Church Choir

o Memorial Moravian Church Gospel Choir

o Voices of Love

o Mungo Niles Cultural Dancers

o St. Thomas Heritage Dancers

o MACISLYN Dance Company (Bamboula Dancers)

o Music provided all night long by Milo’s Kings

This year, we honor and recognize Attorney Treston Moore, for his outstanding contributions to the community and his continuous support given to our organization. All are encouraged to come out and “Share In the Magic of Christmas”.

Don’t forget to bring your chairs. Admission is Free and drinks will be on sale. For further info, Please e-mail

This year’s event is sponsored by:

• Virgin Islands Council on the Arts

• International Capital & Management Company

• St. Thomas Federal Credit Union

• V.I. Port Authority

• Sankofa Saturdays

Annual Fortsberg 1733 Revolution Tour

Listen to DaraMonifah speak with the Pan African Support Group about the upcoming annual St. John Annual Slave Revolution Commemoration. PASG member Kuumba Leba Ola Niyi, Brother Lumumba and Brother Steve share the history, legal status and other logistical details related to the event scheduled to happen on Friday, November 25, 2016.

Basic Event Info:
Annual St. John African Slave (Fortsberg 1733) Revolution Commemoration
Friday, November 25, 2016
Meet: 8-8:30 a.m. at the Red Hook dock to board the 9 a.m. ferry
9:30 (approx) Libation and introduction at Cruz Bay
Board safaris ($15)
Expected to end at approx 3:30 p.m. to board the 4 p.m. boat returning to St. Thomas
Stops: Adrian, Catherineberg, Suzanaberg, Annaberg, Fortsberg
For more info call Brother Leba at 340-998-1792

AgFair Community Input Survey

img_2413-1.jpgGONE FISHIN’ at the St. Thomas St. John Agriculture and Food Fair! Video Link

So if you haven’t heard, on Saturday, November 19, 2016, the 33rd Annual St. Thomas – St. John Agriculture, Food Fair was flash flooded out! This video shows how it was so bad that the Department of Planning and Natural Resources used the opportunity to teach how to cast a fishing line! During the downpour, the National Weather Service sent out mass texts to all mobile phones stating that the USVI was under a flash flood watch and that everyone should avoid low lying areas.

The official statement from AgFair President Dr. Louis E. Petersen, Jr. after the rain stated that, “The members of the STT/STJ Agriculture and Food Fair regret to announce the postponement of the 33rd annual event due to inclement weather. The members of the organizing committee will be meeting to discuss possible plans to reschedule the event pending input from our vendors and other stakeholders. The final decision will be shared with the general public. The members of the STT/STJ Agriculture and Food Fair thank you for your continued support, cooperation, and understanding.”

A committee meeting was held on Monday, November 21, 2016 to consider the options on how to move forward. An update will be posted once confirmed. Suggestions and support were offered, with the public instructed to please contact  the committee before 2 p.m. on Monday.

FYI: Here is what some of the responses have been regarding suggestions etc.
1. This event need to be move to a different venue and date, it always rain at that time of year which makes it a bad experience for us all. Also, try to schedule on a government pay weekend.
2. Has that area flooded in the past? It couldn’t have been the first time. Why couldn’t the event been cancelled or taken inside?
3. Change the month or and a inside location
4. Put them in the government parking lot, and stretch all the way to emancipation garden all the way and down main street
5. Alternate location suggestions:
• IEKHS Field;
• Gomez School Field (park at Four Winds)
6. Pay back the vendors at least partially. There is no date/time to reschedule because of so many other events this time of year.
7. I would like to suggest for future fairs to have the dates changed to late may or June. reason being November is with in our rainy season. It always rains for ag fair. June gives vendors to recover form carnival during April and it is the beginning of our dry season.

The St. Thomas-St. John Agriculture and Food Fair Committee is an organizing group consisting of staff from the University of the Virgin Islands Cooperative Extension Service, the Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture and Fintrac along with members from the general community.

For more information, call (340) 774-5182 or (340) 693-1080. Email us here at or connect via social media @sttstjagfair on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Search for info using the hashtag #sttstjagfair or visit