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
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‘ABCs of the VI’ Book


How can you get young Virgin Islanders to appreciate and be proud of themselves while also teaching history, preserving culture as well as increasing literacy? Simple as ABC.

Collaborating with a librarian and visual artists, young author Christopher Williams has found a way using cartoon illustrations drawn by another young man, Michael Dunbar and short factual sentences in his small, yet history filled children’s book, ABCs of the Virgin Islands.


Listen to the interview for more details on how it all came together. Sankofa Saturdays is sponsoring the special printing of the book in celebration of V. I. history month to be released during the last week of the month. In collaboration with WUVI, an audio book to the printed version voiced by local school children is under way including music from local musicians with songs like Queen Mary and Children’s Parade from Reginald Cyntje’s Freedom’s Children album.

Stay tuned for more details and to find out how you can get your copy!

l’Only a Seed

The eb and flow
Rise and fall
Of it all

Maintaining the horizon
So the clouds don’t come
Crashing down

Manic
Stagnant
Numbness feels safest

The rage in every tear drop
Suffering in each smile

How can I dance if my feet are rooted
In volcanic mud?

Burning to ash with each step away from soil
Sunken vessels rise again when salt dries
and fish fly from its absence

Lotus blossom if sun is allowed through
When light shelters the rain
Only the ripened fruit rots from within

So remain as a seed
Promising, yet unspoiled
Perfect in all ways fathomable
Without the need to show possibilities beyond imagination

Sometimes it’s safer to not be known
©DaraMonifah 03/21/2017 8:12 a.m.

Ode to Derek Walcott

#Haiku4UYou remember me. I was too young. Saw paintings.Uncle Derek lives.I only remember the paintings you left on…

Posted by DaraMonifah Cooper on Saturday, March 18, 2017


Haiku For Derek Walcott:

YOU remember ME.

I was too young. Saw paintings.

Uncle Derek lives.

I only remember the paintings you left on my wall of my mother. Still they are enough to remember you were there and forever more shall be. Travel well Walcott.


THE CARIBBEAN WRITER MOURNS THE LOSS OF ITS ESTEEMED ADVISORY EDITORIAL BOARD MEMBER, POET, PLAYWRITGHT ARTIST NOBEL LAUREATE DEREK WALCOTT

Alscess Lewis-Brown, Editor of The Caribbean Writer shared the following.

The Caribbean Writer mourns the passing of its esteemed founding editorial board member, Nobel Prize Winner, Playwright, Poet and Artist, Derek Walcott, who passed away earlier this morning. Alscess Lewis-Brown, editor of The Caribbean Writer, states that Walcott’s meticulously woven metaphorical poems and plays captured the essence and spirit of Caribbean expressivity across a spectrum of Caribbean political and social consciousness. Walcott’s support and insight helped to shape and guide the Caribbean Writer’s path over the pass thirty years. For this, we are grateful. We will miss his abiding frank and witty manner.”

He was a great advocate for the Caribbean. Lewis-Brown shared that in an interview with Walcott in 2014, from his home in St. Lucia, in response to her question about his thoughts on the possible idealism in the notion of pulling the fragments of the Caribbean together Walcott had this to say:

“Everywhere has division in all countries. I don’t know what the division comes from, but of course there is a difference in things: difference in pronunciation, accent, and stuff like that. Even in little St. Croix there is a division between Christiansted and Frederiksted. Each island has different qualities assigned to it by other islands. However, I think that regionally we are coming together through the products of our creative imagination. The Caribbean Writer is a good example of that effort. So, no. I don’t think we are being idealistic when we talk about pulling the fragments of the Caribbean together. Poets are doing it.


UVI Professor and The Caribbean Writer Editorial Board Member, Dr. Vincent Cooper, fondly recalls that during the 1970s Derek Walcott either directed or provided advice on the staging of several of his plays in the Virgin Islands. Between 1973 and 1978, he directed scenes from Dream on Monkey Mountain, The Charlatan, and Franklyn, on St. Croix, and later that year on St. Thomas. In 1974 he directed Ti Jean and his Brothers on St. Croix, as well as on St. Thomas, as well as on Tortola. In April 1977, he directed Remembrance on both islands. During the Fall of 1978, he directed Pantomime on both islands.

Throughout the Fall of 1979, Walcott taught a seminar on Tirso de Molina’s The Trickster of Seville (El Burlador de Sevilla) and Walcott’s adaptation of Molina’s play, The Joker of Seville. Walcott also spent part of the summer of 1979 revising his new play, Marie Laveau, while residing at the University of the Virgin Islands (then known as CVI) campus. Tirso de Molina’s The Trickster of Seville and Derek Walcott’s adaptation, the Joker of Seville, as well as Walcott’s musical, Marie Laveau were first produced at the University of the Virgin Islands in St. Thomas, in November 1979.

​ Author and Poet Edgar Lake another TCW editorial board member recalls his presence at a Walcott poetry reading in New York Public Library in a poem entitled, “Walcott Reads to Brodsky’s God Mother” published in Calabash, A JOURNAL OF CARIBBEAN ARTS AND LETTERS in Summer 2007. The following is an excerpt from Lake’s poem:

“ …He reaches for his poems, curled in a coat-pocket – and begins to read, the lady shifts her weight, and clamps her feet about her bags , Walcott caught his breath and leapfrogs to another page He’s accustomed to this silence, pigeons caught in eaves some simile, once winged, and now fretting for the rhyme Walcott, litany-voiced, free-verses about sea-grapes…”

Walcott has a long history with the University of the Virgin Islands and The Caribbean Writer. Our writers and scholars have been enriched by their drinks at his intellectual and artistic font.

University of the Virgin Islands ● RR 1, Box 10,000 ● Kingshill, St. Croix ● U.S. Virgin Islands 00850-9781  Phone: 340-692-4152 ● Fax: 340-692-4026 ● Email: info@thecaribbeanwriter.org Website: www.thecaribbeanwriter.org

‘Strong Currents’ Play at UVI

​Strong currents cleverly pulled laughter out the bellies of at least 100 attendees at The Little Theatre on the 55th birthday of the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI). With a packed room, the March 16 opening night at the UVI Little Theatre, directed by Professor David Edgecombe, presented Strong Currents. The play was written in tribute to Austin Clarke, originally from Barbados, who became one of Canada’s foremost authors.

See more photos here from the opening night.

About the Play: From the Playbill

Bernice, Estelle, Dots, Boysie and Henry all moved from the Caribbean to Toronto in search of a better life. Together they weather the ‘storms of fortune,’ but when Henry aspires to be a poet, the others ridicule him. It is the strength of their friendships that will determine who swims and Aho sinks in strong currents.

Check out STRONG CURRENTS, the latest play Directed by Professor/Playwright David Edgecombe at the UVI Little Theatre | 8pm March 16-19, 24 & 25 #UVIpride #Theatre #Theater #Caribbean #Play #UVIpride

See more photos here from the opening night.

 

UVI/WUVI Communications students and New Media Club Members documenting the play.

In the Audience…

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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Visit the J. Antonio Jarvis House Museum and Learning Center on Polyberg Road, Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands of the United States.
#USVI #History #Culture #People

Video made possible by Sankofa Saturdays in collaboration with DaraMonifah.com

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.

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.

VI AgriFest 2017 St. Croix

Live from #VIAgriFest streaming audio on www.wuvi.am WUVI AM 1090 and FM 97.3 on the Sankofa Saturdays Weekly Radio Show

Posted by DaraMonifah Cooper on Saturday, February 18, 2017

This year I get to cover the #VIAgriFest in a way I’ve never before had the opportunity…. New Media style! Stay tuned as we share photos, videos and audio interviews from the fair in collaboration with the University of the Virgin Islands Caribbean Cultural  Center (VICCC) and Sankofa Saturdays Youth Media Team being shared from their Facebook page.

Check out the VICCC at UVI (STX)

Check out the Vi Caribbean Cultural Center at #VIAgriFest this weekend with Dr. Chenzira Davis Kahina. #VICCC365 #SHARE Sankofa Saturdays DaraMonifah.com Jason Klarl D'Ajahni Estrada-Petersen PerAnkh Khamniversity Uvi Pro Reginald Cyntje Reginald Cyntje Music University of the Virgin Islands

Posted by Sankofa Saturdays on Saturday, February 18, 2017

VICCNotes live at 46th Annual St Croix Agriculture and Food Fair. Day 3 On air LIVE WUVI AM 1090 and FM 97.3 www.wuvi.am

Posted by Vi Caribbean on Monday, February 20, 2017

“Filled with many activities for the entire family, AGRIFEST captures fair goers and non-fair goers alike repeatedly. ” ~VIAgriFest Website

Special thanks for the assistance of the VICCC & Sankofa Saturdays: Dr. Chenzira Davis Kahina, D’Ajahni Estrada-Petersen, Jason Klarl and Zachary Taibi.

I’ll post all the videos and photos I find below on this page and my Facebook page.