Artist Insider: Caliaf St. Aubyn

This is a recent test for a profile story and series I’m building in my video editing class entitled “Artist Insider.”

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It features rising star of the stage and theater Caliaf St. Aubyn of Brooklyn, NY who successfully completed a role in the Broadway production of “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.”

Check out Caliaf’s profile below and get to know a little more about him in Part I of the series.

Be sure to tell me what you think in the comments and let me know if I should create more segments like these.

Making Moves with Miguel

I had a ton of fun shooting this interview live in Cleveland, OH during a Summer Jam outdoor concert event. R&B singer/songwriter Miguel was on the brink of superstar status and eventually became one of the hottest acts on the music scene shortly after this interview.

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In the dead of summertime heatwave and moments before he took the stage, Miguel stopped by my booth to chat about his latest single release and all that he was up to at the time.

As I look back, we both were making some serious moves within the entertainment business, but this interview takes me to a moment in my career that brought me to where I am now – studying Arts & Culture Reporting in grad school. This journey is definitely inspiring and I know I’ve barely scratched the surface of what can become of it from here.

Film: The Black Panthers Vanguard of the Revolution

Check out an excerpt below of a piece I wrote this past September for my Craft I course on the documentary film screening of “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution” by Emmy Award-winning documentarian and New York native Stanley Nelson.

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Harlem-based Documentarian Brings Revolution Back to Life with “The Black Panthers” film opening in New York City

Emmy Award-winning documentarian Stanley Nelson’s “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution” makes its U.S. theatrical premiere this month in his home of New York City. “The Black Panthers” unveils a new and complex perspective of the rebellion nearly 50 years ago.

Historic and relevant in the collective memory of participants, the Black Panther movement’s militant rise sprung out of the late 1960s just as the Civil Rights movement expanded beyond the South. The Black Panther name, style and overall system of beliefs known as the Ten-Point Program included basic demands for fair employment and decent housing – all components of the mission that rapidly grew in size, force and impact up north to Chicago, as far east as New York City and ultimately reached Oakland, CA.

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Nelson’s compelling 116-minute depiction of the turbulent time in American history through rare and archived footage of the chaos, courage, corruption and the countless men and women involved is more than a labor of love, but a legacy that’s worth telling.

Viewers can’t be young or old and bitter according to Nelson. “That happens to too many groups,” he said following a screening. “We had to figure out how to deal with this with love.”

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“The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution” opens exclusively in New York City at the Film Forum, 209 West Houston Street (between 6th Ave & Varick), for two weeks already drawing sold out crowds the first two nights of its premiere. It later moves onto partner with the Magic Johnson Theater of Harlem located at 2309 Frederick Douglas Blvd increasing its reach and the list of heroes who often go unnamed in history books before a 21-city trek across the nation this fall.

“The Black Panthers” is an illustration but also a sharp premonition of today’s quest for equality for all that is still with us.

Best Venues for Live Music

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I thought this would be an easy assignment in my Interactive class. Turns out it was more work than I initially planned for, but it taught a little about how to use maps and data to illustrate a pretty cool story.

Here’s my initial proposal and the map I created below.

I’d like to take a look of the major music hubs in the nation. I’ve seen lists and arguments online about which cities are the biggest or best known for live music so I think it’d be an interesting topic to show on a map based on population or major cities within a region.

Map (after a week or two of technical errors):

Can you tell what cities are the best for live music? How many have you visited before? Comment below.

Humans of New York: Bronson Johnson

Trendsetters all over the globe got their fashion fix during September’s edition of New York Fashion Week. Las Vegas transplant Bronson Johnson, 30, recalls his most accomplished moment involving the hot ticket showcase four years after a daring move to Manhattan catapulted the debut of Bronson J Designs, a collection of men’s tank tops, formally introducing him to the fashion industry.

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“I was able to put that together in about three months,” he said of the creative process, a whirlwind of praying and planning every step of the way.

“All the hard work and seeing that come to fruition was just like my most happiest moment.” Johnson said his original plans were challenging beginning with a concept for a futuristic line, which morphed into more urban ideas before settling on an Egyptian theme.

Johnson’s sketches came to life and the journey to the runway originated after conversations with other artistic classmates, his College of Southern Nevada advisor and an art instructor who persuaded him to apply for design scholarships.

“The fabrics, the way they draped and the models and all that, like I got really into it,” he said of the design program, which quickly fulfilled his passion and purpose. “That’s how I knew that this was for me.

Johnson hopes to officially launch and build his brand by networking with investors. He’s also set on becoming a self-made menswear mogul like one of his inspirations, contemporary designer Tom Ford.

“I’ve always been inspired by and followed him,” Johnson said. He knows the body of a man. He’s a good-looking man and he knows how men should dress.”

For Johnson, who is currently moonlighting as a manager of the downtown Manhattan 80s-inspired Riff Chelsea Hotel to fund his dream, finding success in the next five years will be easy with the support of his family including his two younger siblings.

“They all want me to win. They want me to be the one. I will be the one, the one that makes it.”

Kelly Price Celebrates Grammy Nominations

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The one & only Kelly Price hits the red carpet to discuss her three Grammy nominations and more about her event Kelly Price & Friends Unplugged – “For the Love of R&B” at Tru Hollywood in Los Angeles, CA during the 2012 Grammy Awards weekend.

I’m a huge fan of this woman, but I’m honored to call her a friend as well as my “Auntie Kelly.” She invited me to the event, which turned out to be historic in more ways than one that year. We didn’t know it then, but celebration and live music affair would turn out to be the last time each of us heard or saw the late Whitney Houston alive and performing.

Needless to say, it’s a memory I hold dear to my heart and cherish for the overwhelming turnout as we celebrated R&B music at its best that night.

Keisha Jackson presents One Voice Holiday

It’s here! Happy Holidays from @onevoiceentertainment! ‪#‎OneVoiceHoliday‬ is available now & it’s a holiday tribute to the multi-platinum, legendary rap-duo @Outkast.


This project is a 15-song composition of your favorite holiday classics mashed up & remixed with some of the duos classic music plus it’s all topped with original vocals from Atlanta’s One Voice Music Group – @onevoiceentertainment.


The concept was the brainchild of my good friend, mentor and big sis @KeishaJackson, @Outkast veteran backing vocalist. The album was recorded, mixed and executed by the @Outkast’s very own DJ Cutmaster Swiff – @realdjswiff.

And guess what y’all? It’s available now for FREE! However, the magic of this seasonal recording, which we guarantee you’ll be listening to year round, couldn’t have become possible without funds to support it.

So please, add this to your holiday shopping lists & drop off a donation by naming your price today online at!

I can be heard on featured vocals on “God Rest Ye Storyteller,” “12 Days of Liberation” and my favorite track “Silent Proto-Night.”

Help us spread the word & Happy Holidays everyone! Congratulations ‪#‎OneVoiceMusicGroup‬ ‪#‎OneVoiceEntertainment‬ ‪#‎TheHolidaysBoutToBeLit‬ ‪#‎HolidayMusic‬ ‪#‎SoundsOfTheSeason‬ ‪#‎Outkast‬ ‪#‎Andre3000‬ ‪#‎BigBoi‬ ‪#‎Atlanta‬ ‪#‎GigLife‬ ‪#‎BGVs‬ ‪#‎SingIsWhatImGonDo‬ ‪#‎ChristmasTime‬ ‪#‎Vocals‬ ‪#‎ChristmasMusic‬ ‪#‎ChristmasTunes‬ ‪#‎ATL‬ ‪#‎ATLiens‬ 🎼🎤

While you’re hashtagging away this holiday season, be sure to check out the music video for “Someday” featuring my One Voice Music Group family, friends and special guests Real T​@​lk, Debra Killings and DJ Cutmaster Swiff. Happy Holidays everyone!

Is Lil’ Mo Going Gospel?

Everybody knows I’m a certified “preacher’s kid.” Born and raised in the church, I was surrounded by pastors, evangelists, ministers, prophets and so many others almost my entire life. That’s one reason why I connected with Lil’ Mo who is also a preacher’s kid. Through our laughs and late nights at musicals, concerts, church services and more, we have a plethora of funny stories and comedic moments that only real saints get a kick out of, too.

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Check out the backstage interview with the R&B singer who got her start early singing in church choirs up and down the eastern seaboard. This was shot just moments after the 2012 Urban Soul Cafe Access Granted kick off at the 27th Annual Stellar Awards Weekend in Nashville, TN where Lil’ Mo told me she was seriously thinking of getting back to her roots in Gospel music after all.

The Color Purple Returns to Broadway

If you haven’t heard by now, The Color Purple is back on Broadway!

Alice Walker, author of the 1982 Pulitzer Prize–winning novel, Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson, British stage star Cynthia Erivo and Tony Award-winning director John Doyle from the critically acclaimed musical, gather for a rare look inside the Broadway production’s revival.

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Click on the image above to check out the full length Storify piece I compiled in my Craft I class this fall. This was a really fun project that allowed me to use social media to create an article about the return of the stellar production and gem to the Black experience.