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Community Media in The Social Media Age

Categories: Blog, Media, panels, Multi Media Gallery, Video | Posted by: TastyKeish

After many years on public FM radio with WBAI and bringing social justice news to the forefront on my current platform, Bondfire Radio I was proud to be asked to discuss Community Media in The Social Media Age with colleagues and audience members vested in independent media.

The conversation followed a screening of Radio Unnameable (which is on Netflix), a film about living radio legend Bob Fass and the rise and falter of WBAI, one of New York City’s first public radio stations.

As a younger to mid generation of independent media makers I was amazed at the influence that Bob Fass and his free form radio made on how I do radio today. He reminded me that even though we are operating within social media and online it is more important now than ever before to “event-ize” your media.

I always tell new broadcasters/podcasters/online media makers, give people a reason to tune in. Make it a big deal. Be social in real life so that your social media can reflect that. Tweeting and facebooking your media is not enough. YOU have to give people a REASON to pick your needle out of the haystack.

If you’re not physically out in the world. You’re not doing enough. 

Later the conversation turned to monetization, and the current challenges that small webcasters are currently facing in streaming online, and the fight to stay ahead. Myself and Anthony Riddle, Director of Community Media at BRIC discuss in the following clip:

For more information about the panel and participants, Manny Faces, Bill Weinberg, Anthony Riddle, and myself, visit: http://bricartsmedia.org/events/community-media-in-the-social-media-age

Thank you Baba Israel & Yako 440 for moderating and creating The Spinning Wheel Exhibit so that we could look back at our media history and discuss our future.

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Non-profits and the alternatives…

Categories: Blog, panels, Radio Life | Posted by: TastyKeish

Last week I was invited to be on a panel about starting your own non-profit for The SisStar Loop women’s empowerment organization. As a neophyte in this arena it was a pleasure and confirmation to be seated with such panelists like Regine Roumaine the Executive Director of Haiti Cultural Exchange and Galit Adani of Dance to Unite. Both women started from scratch building their organizations from the ground up, finding the right team members through trial and error and living to tell the tale of how they keep going each day.

As Co-owner of Bondfire Radio I fall in the ‘social entrepreneur’ category of business person. BFR is not a non-profit (yet. maybe soon?). Not because we can’t be, but because to me and my business partner- it was important to decide this work was something we could sustain and know there a place for us in this world. Social entrepreneurs are do-ers that seek change in their industry for the betterment of society and can either be profit or non-profit entities.

Being on the panel I got to express that the only way to start anything for profit, non-profit, hobby, or career is to JUST START. It’s so much easier to seek mentorship when you have something to show for it. It’s easier to narrow down your needs if you started the process of finding out what you need. And when you have a clear picture of your mission and can recite your mission statement like your home address you can walk seek information with confidence. So, go from idea to reality buy just starting.

Some other tidbits I took from the panel and fellow panelist were to:

  1. look into your state’s Attorney General website for free workshops and help on starting your non-profit.
  2. If you are an artist or arts org, find out if your city or borough has an arts council that helps fund local artists. The 2015 Bondfire Radio Audio Festival was made possible with funding from the Brooklyn Arts Council.
  3. Think very hard about who will be on your board and know that the primary function of a non-profit board is to raise funds.
  4. Consider partnerships as ways to cross-promote and cut costs. Share the work, double the exposure for both businesses.

 

As a person that is still thinking about what path to take next for our organization, many of this applies to us and there is always room to grow. Our baby steps include looking into alternatives to becoming a non-profit such as:

  1. Join an already established nonprofit as a volunteer, board member, or staff.
  2. Work with an already active nonprofit compatible with your ideas and values; collaborate with them to develop a special project to meet a specific public need.
  3. Start a local chapter of a national organization if there isn’t already one.
  4. Form an informal nonprofit: an informal gathering of people to meet a short-term and local need.
  5. Become a social entrepreneur: running a for-profit business with social goals and charitable causes in mind.
  6. Fiscal sponsorship: a fiscal sponsor shares its tax-exempt and tax-deductible status with the sponsored program, the new program operates as a program of fiscal sponsor.

Take your time choosing the right path for your organization. The only wrong way to start is if you don’t.

Helpful Links: 

http://www.schwabfound.org/content/what-social-entrepreneur

http://thecne.org/nonprofit-101

http://nonprofit.about.com/od/faqsthebasics/f/unincorporationassociation.htm

http://sisstar-loop.wix.com/

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(Black) Women and girls need protecting too…

Categories: Blog, panels | Posted by: TastyKeish

This post is adapted from my visceral facebook post reaction to South Carolina School Security Officer Bed Fields slamming and dragging a teenager out of her chair for “resisting arrest.” News story available here

You better believe i’m gonna speak on this low life scumbag Ben Fields on TK in The AM. There is no world and by no world I mean there is 97% chance that a white child would not get SLAMMED and DRAGGED in her classroom in front of other white children and a teacher. Why does it happen to us? Why are we exempt from simple human rights? A guy kills 9 people in a church and he gets Burger King. A child may or may not have sassed a police/security officer and gets this. Sass will get you dragged and slammed down. Sass will get you shot and killed at a traffic stop. (‪#‎SandraBland‬ et al.)

I will never stop speaking up for children of color. I will never stop protecting them. I will never soften the conversations down to “can’t we all just get along” cause that’s a lie. We can’t trust the textbooks, we can’t trust elected officials, we can’t trust law enforcement. All we have is us. The sooner we unlearn the bullshit the sooner we’ll be able to support our young people.

This weekend, I came from a beautiful event that I had the pleasure of being a supporting part of for my 3rd year in a row, The Black Girl Project Sisterhood Summit. It was the most beautiful thing to have a space for just young women/girls and their caregivers to be free, to be emotionally vulnerable, to say what they need in the world to flourish and get it from each other. I will never ask to integrate that space because we need spaces to be together. To let our guard down to say to each other “You are not crazy, That happened to me too.’ To say it in our special brand of vernacular without having to explain what it means. to be together when so much is trying to tear us apart.

Sisterhood Summit Movement workshop.

Sisterhood Summit Movement workshop.

One last thing, I worked at a great camp 10 years ago and there were few children of color. I had a moment of realizing how young we are when we realize we are “different” and why it’s important for me to be a proud Black/Haitian American woman everywhere I go- because this young girl came to me and expressed that she came to find me because there was no one else that looked like her and she wanted to talk. So we talked. I think she would be 17/18 years old now. It was that moment I REALLY realized that we need to see ourselves everywhere while holding safe space for each other.

No we can’t all just get along. Not like this.

What can you do to help?

Email: sheriff@rcsd.net & call (803) 576-3000 to voice your anger at the brutality of Officer Ben Fields against this female student.

Don’t know what to say? THIS 45 second script can help. 

#DemandJustice
#SayHerName

 

NOVEMBER 5th 

I will be speaking on a panel about non-profits and building Bondfire Radio as a community entity.

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Meet the following amazing women-owned organizations & their leaders! Learn from their growth and expertise.

Regine Roumain, Executive Director of Haiti Cultural Exchange

Galit Adani, Founder & Executive Director of Dance to Unite

TastyKeish, Broadcaster & Founder of TK in The AMBondfire Radio

Space is limited and registration is required to attend –>www.sisstarloop1.eventbrite.com

 

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My life in the sunshine…

Categories: Blog, panels, Radio Life | Posted by: TastyKeish

Summer’s over, but I feel like I’m still coming into bloom.

The year started off rocky all the way through the Spring season with moving and then through the Summer dealing with feelings from all the places that feelings come from.

Then things started to happen. Things I said I wanted in life, I started to get:

  • After an internet thief absconded with my domain name two years ago, I watched it and had it on back order waiting in the shadows for the wicked soul to slip up and release unto the world the domain name that should rightly be mine. ::ends dramatic scene:: Soon, you’ll be able to get here via tastykeish dot com as well as dot net!

The Bondfire Radio Audio Festival!! We did it. We went bigger and better and more amazing than the first time around. We had community sponsors, vendors, live musical acts, and every single show on the roster broadcast from the beautiful rooftop of our building location in Brooklyn. For the recap visit: Another Bondfire Radio Audio Festival in the Books

  • For awhile now I’ve been talking about wanting to be on panels, host events again,  and enjoy more professional conferences…  We’ll i’ll be that! ::cues the Redman:: This Saturday I’m on double duty, moderating the “Dating as a Nomad” panel at the #NDMN travel conference at 11am and later that evening hosting a great concert at the Success Garden in East New York for FTF Presents, a non profit based on growing the community thru the arts.

Another thing I’ve been letting the world know i’m available for is freelance work in my field of audio. And the universe provides! I’m open as a consultant for people that need help starting their podcasts and radio programs. Soon they’ll be a button in the side bar for you to make an appointment with me. We can kick it thru Skype and have a great chat about what you would like to accomplish with your programs. Also, I am the producer of The Arielle Loren Show, a new podcast focused on the nitty gritty journey through creative entrepreneurship. I really love all the guests that we’ve had so far and Arielle is a top notch marketing expert, business owner, and Harvard Business grad!

That’s not it by any means. It’s just the beginning of the rest of my life.

Are you in bloom?

 

 

 

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The Genesis Project

Categories: Blog, Media, Multi Media Gallery, panels, Multi Media Gallery, Video, Youth | Posted by: TastyKeish

I was invited by my good friend Nick Florest, the facilitator of The Genesis Project an after-school program where he teaches podcasting to 3rd, 4th, & 5th graders at the Beginning With Children Charter School. What I thought was going to be a friendly sit down interview was a full fledged PRESS CONFERENCE and boy were these kids ready!!

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I loved having a dialogue with them as fellow media creators of color. Some of them have their own youtube channels and I could tell they really enjoyed the work they were doing and the ability to have these interviews and share their talent with real world professionals. This is why arts, music, and creative programs are so integral in the school system and youth development. Young people have to see themselves as adults doing a plethora of jobs in the world so they can see the possibilities for themselves.

I can’t wait to see what they become when they grow up!

Check out the full Genesis Project Q&A right here:

 

nick school collage

 

 

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