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REZA DOES REGGAE: Venus Sings on Reggae Showcase, Sunday Jan 31, 2016

PROVIDENCE, RI – Hi friends, I can’t believe how long it’s been since I last posted here on VenusSings.com. November 12, 2015, to be precise, was the last time I shared anything new. In the interim, I have set some things up, lined some things up, and hung some things up. There is more info and there are more posts coming soon; one hint and way to catch up in the meantime is by following me @rezaclif on Facebook and Twitter.

photo 2One update:

TOMORROW, Sunday, January 31, 2016, I’m covering The Reggae Showcase, a weekly program produced by Peter Dante for WRIU, a broadcast service of the University of Rhode Island. I am one of several different DJ’s selected by Dante to guest-host annually on the Reggae Showcase, which has been on-air for over twenty years. Chune in!

THE REGGAE SHOWCASE
Venus Sings Edition
Sunday, January 31, 2016
2:00-5:00 PM

LISTEN LIVE: 90.3 FM / http://wriu.org/listen.html

cropped-venus-sings-website_logo1.jpgA few other notes to put in your ear:

Photos from my Music Moves collection are currently up at the URI Providence Campus and the reception for it is Sunday, February 7, 1-4 PM, 80 Washington Street, Providence, RI. More info about the exhibit – Race Matters! – and the inclusion and integration of my work, are coming soon right here to VenusSings.com. In the meantime, searching through #musicmovesreza and @3amblack on Instagram, Facebook, and/or Twitter will take you to behind-the-scenes and up-to-the-minute updates about the project. Or visit the Music Moves page here on VenusSings.com.

 

uri combo collage_final_2
A final update:

A quick shout-out is owed to my team at Sonic Watermelons, the show I started in 2010 on Brown Student and Community Radio (BSR). Not only are Jose and Deejay Kellan working as hard as ever to help keep the show full of interesting guests and great music, they have also joined me in extending our net to bring more people onto the team. Special thanks go to some of our earliest and most dedicated new recruits (and former guests, in some cases) Jessica LaBrie, Michelle Arias, Rachel Simon, Erroll Lomba, Vatic Kuumba, and Kabir Lambo.

sonic flyer_summer_2015Follow/share Sonic Watermelons:

With new faces, voices and talents at the table, Sonic Watermelons experienced an exciting start to the new year with a flurry of inspiring visitors and conversations as well as a bump in listener traffic and community engagement. We also have more expertise at the table, which means our podcast game is about to get serious too. If you’re not tuning in weekly yet, you should probably start:

Sonic Watermelons ~ Every Tuesday, 7-8 PM ~ bsrlive.com/live-stream ~ @sonicwatermelons on Facebook ~ @watermelonradio on Twitter 

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I look forward to returning and adding more content here to VenusSings.com. And I look forward to continuing to build with you folks.

Sunshine and laughter,
Reza Rites

 

REMIX! New Social Media and Blogging Workshop Starts Tomorrow, May 7, 2015 at AS220

REMIX! New Social Media and Blogging Workshop Starts Tomorrow, May 7, 2015 at AS220

Hi Friends,

I’m super excited to present a remixed version of my social media/blogging class starting this Thursday, May 7 at 6:30p at the As220 Media Labs in downtown Providence (entrance on Lucie Way).

What’s the difference between Facebook, Twitter and Instagram? How do I start a blog and what the heck isTumblr? What’s the right platform for sharing my talents and skills online? What’s the…

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REMIX! New Social Media and Blogging Workshop Starts Tomorrow, May 7, 2015 at AS220

REMIX! New Social Media and Blogging Workshop Starts Tomorrow, May 7, 2015 at AS220

Hi Friends,

I’m super excited to present a remixed version of my social media/blogging class starting this Thursday, May 7 at 6:30p at the As220 Media Labs in downtown Providence (entrance on Lucie Way).

What’s the difference between Facebook, Twitter and Instagram? How do I start a blog and what the heck isTumblr? What’s the right platform for sharing my talents and skills online? What’s the…

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REMIX! New Social Media and Blogging Workshop Starts Tomorrow, May 7, 2015 at AS220

Hi Friends,

I’m super excited to present a remixed version of my social media/blogging class starting this Thursday, May 7 at 6:30p at the As220 Media Labs in downtown Providence (entrance on Lucie Way).

What’s the difference between Facebook, Twitter and Instagram? How do I start a blog and what the heck is Tumblr? What’s the right platform for sharing my talents and skills online? What’s the trick to posting daily?

These are just some of the questions I’ll explore while participants select a platform and implement my compilation of tips and best practices for showcasing art, interests and talents online.

I look forward to seeing some new faces and I hope you’ll help me spread the word.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP: http://shop.as220.org/collections/workshops-media-arts/products/blogging

Sunshine and Laughter,
Reza Rites

Take 5 with Reza Rites
#MUSICMOVESREZA Updates & More
Sunday, June 8, 2014

Hi friends,
Feeling somewhat behind with sharing updates and good news – whether it’s here on AmbitiousBlackFeminist.(tumblr.)com, over on VenusSings.com, or in my Take 5 with Reza Rites E-newsletter. On the other hand, I can say that I’ve been pretty diligent on Facebook and Twitter, @rezaclif, and on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook @3amblack, so be sure to follow me there if you want to show support, get the play-by-play, or are trying to track me down. If you are not following, for instance, then you’re missing notice about #musicmovesreza pop up art shows, interviews and topics on Sonic Watermelons and Venus Sings Radio, and efforts here in RI around the #bringbackourgirls campaign.

One thing I’m super excited about is “The Return of Reza Rites to Warwick Public Library.” Check out my Music Moves exhibit, which is up all month long (June 2014) on the interior walls at 600 Sandy Lane, and sign up for the next run of my #writing4survival class, “Put Your Artistic Self Online,” which starts Saturday June 28.

I’m excited and proud of this work, and I’m thrilled to have so many different ways to share and tell stories – yours and mine. Thanks for supporting, sharing and celebrating with me online and offline.

Sunshine and laughter,
Reza Corinne Clifton

“Reza Rites / Venus Sings / DJ Reza Wreckage”
Writer – Digital Storyteller – Cultural Navigator
Twitter/Facebook: @rezaclif

www.ambitiousblackfeminist.com
www.venussings.com
#AmbitiousBlackFeminist

3 AM is the New Black
On Facebook, Twitter & Instagram:
@3amblack

Sonic Watermelons on BSR
Live Every Tuesday, 7-8 PM
Listen/archives: www.bsrlive.com

Venus Sings Radio 
Live Every 4th Tuesday, 1-3 PM
www.wriu.org, 90.3 FM

Take 5 with Reza Rites
#MUSICMOVESREZA Updates & More
Sunday, June 8, 2014

Hi friends,
Feeling somewhat behind with sharing updates and good news – whether it’s here on AmbitiousBlackFeminist.(tumblr.)com, over on VenusSings.com, or in my Take 5 with Reza Rites E-newsletter. On the other hand, I can say that I’ve been pretty diligent on Facebook and Twitter, @rezaclif, and on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook @3amblack, so be sure to follow me there if you want to show support, get the play-by-play, or are trying to track me down. If you are not following, for instance, then you’re missing notice about #musicmovesreza pop up art shows, interviews and topics on Sonic Watermelons and Venus Sings Radio, and efforts here in RI around the #bringbackourgirls campaign.

One thing I’m super excited about is “The Return of Reza Rites to Warwick Public Library.” Check out my Music Moves exhibit, which is up all month long (June 2014) on the interior walls at 600 Sandy Lane, and sign up for the next run of my #writing4survival class, “Put Your Artistic Self Online,” which starts Saturday June 28.

I’m excited and proud of this work, and I’m thrilled to have so many different ways to share and tell stories – yours and mine. Thanks for supporting, sharing and celebrating with me online and offline.

Sunshine and laughter,
Reza Corinne Clifton

“Reza Rites / Venus Sings / DJ Reza Wreckage”
Writer – Digital Storyteller – Cultural Navigator
Twitter/Facebook: @rezaclif

www.ambitiousblackfeminist.com
www.venussings.com
#AmbitiousBlackFeminist

3 AM is the New Black
On Facebook, Twitter & Instagram:
@3amblack

Sonic Watermelons on BSR
Live Every Tuesday, 7-8 PM
Listen/archives: www.bsrlive.com

Venus Sings Radio 
Live Every 4th Tuesday, 1-3 PM
www.wriu.org, 90.3 FM

Hi Friends, I added a section to the bottom of the original #bringbackourgirls letter that I published here on AmbitiousBlackFeminist.com with links related to mobilization efforts in RI.

RI MOBILIZATION LINKS
UPDATED 5/16/14:

– https://www.facebook.com/events/265259036980032/?ref=22

– http://www.providencejournal.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/20140504-reza-clifton-kidnapped-nigerian-girls-need-worlds-help.ece

– https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/work-un-and-nigerian-government-bring-home-girls-kidnapped-boko-haram/fFcLj7s2

– http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/ andhttp://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm 

ambitiousblackfeminist:

#BringBackOurGirls
Letter to Leaders and the Media:
by Reza Clifton

May 2, 2014
(graphic courtesy of Mary J. Blige FB page)

To Whom It May Concern:

I am writing to you about a matter that has literally taken my breath away. I am talking about the case of 234 female students who were kidnapped on April 15, 2014 while in school in Nigeria. According to an April 30 BBC News article, the students “were about to sit their final year exam and so are mostly aged between 16 and 18.” 

I am not writing this to complain about inaction on anyone’s part, or to go back in time to discuss how much should have been started immediately; I am writing to implore you to help. We all believe that education is a human right and kidnapping/trafficking violates that and other rights. You and I – we both went to school and both had days when we went in just for exams. Many of us have children or work everyday with 16-18 year olds. Personally, I recently began teaching a group of high school students, a majority of them girls/young women of the same age – and an age group with whom I’ve previously worked. I also have experience working with young people of all ethnicities and races, including White, Latino, and those with Black/African origins – including African Americans, Jamaican and Haitian, and those from or with West African roots. Like other children and youth given access to education, “black and brown” girls are smart, driven, innovative and capable. 

I understand that you are busy, and I understand how frequently you hear arguments like, “aren’t there enough domestic issues to focus on,” or “well of course something like this happens in Africa,” but I ask you again to look at both the facts on the ground and the evidence about what’s at stake. First of all, though Nigeria has seen its share of conflicts, due in part to disputes over oil reserves, government corruption, and conflicts between religious groups, it is also a success story in terms of the educational rates in many parts of the country, it’s Nollywood film industry, and economic activities seen in cities like Abuja and Lagos. On the other hand in Borno State, according to the Nigerian government site, the majority of the people of Borno State are farmers, herdsmen and fishermen.

Human rights organizations for decades have spoken of the benefits to families, villages, and communities in non-industrialized nations and regions when the allocation of education and resources include women. And remember, developing nations are often identified as breeding grounds for terrorism, often due in part to rates of poverty and the absence of education – all things addressed by schools serving girls, and by educated girls who go on to be women and leaders who help end poverty in their communities and countries. Trafficking and forced marriages, the situation some of the kidnapped girls are being subjected to, according to various reports, interrupt this potential.

According to the BBC, it is a terrorist group called Boko Haram that “has been blamed for abducting the girls from their school.” Their name, details the report, means “‘Western education is forbidden’ in the local Hausa language.” A reporter in a story from NBC News reported that a recent rally led by women in the region and mothers of the abducted occurred on “the same day that the U.S. State Department released its annual global terrorism report, which names Boko Haram as one of the most dangerous groups in the world — ranking next to the Taliban in Afghanistan and al-Qaeda factions in Iraq and the Arabian Peninsula…” This is not the first time they’ve attacked schools and female students.

I understand that, in a time of critical domestic issues like high unemployment and problems with our own educational system, that it would be easy to defer to the State Department report; to say we are aware that this is a dangerous group and there is already an anti-terrorism strategy in place. But in the name of over 200 girls who were kidnapped while trying to take exams, I implore you to try a little harder and dig a little deeper.

More media coverage and awareness can help, and a statement sent around and posted on your front page can help make that happen.

Yes, the authorities in Nigeria need to handle this matter, but they may need to be reminded that the world and you are expecting action immediately.

Yes, there are processes and deadlines for budgets, but there are also emergency hearings and closed door meetings where you can at least raise awareness if not funds.

Yes, the United Nations is often the trusted source for global peacekeeping efforts, but we have also seen sitting department heads and former leaders from the US interject and infuse personal efforts into important diplomacy and geopolitical matters, but it takes requests and pressure from lawmakers and members of the press.

In one day, on April 15, and in one vicious and symbolic fell swoop, the world, not only Nigeria, was attacked. We must respond swiftly and with our own symbolic might that shows that 1) we will not tolerate this kind of abuse; 2) we are committed to peace and ending terrorism; and 3) we care just as much for the lives of girls and women as we do the lives of soldiers, bankers, athletes and passengers on intercontinental flights.

Thank you for your time. Below are links to a number of articles, including the two referenced above and others to help you learn more about this devastating situation. 

Sincerely,

Reza Clifton, Providence, RI
Writer/Poet, Digital Storyteller, Cultural Navigator
Publisher, 3 AM is the New Black
Digital Media and Audio Storytelling High School Teacher

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BACKGROUND INFO

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-27216931

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/boko-haram-nigerian-terror-group-sells-girls-slavery-n93951

http://www.nigeria.gov.ng/2012-10-29-11-06-21/north-east-states/borno-state

http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/01/world/africa/nigeria-abducted-girls/

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/30/million-woman-march-over-nigerian-kidnappings

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RI MOBILIZATION LINKS
UPDATED 5/16/14:

https://www.facebook.com/events/265259036980032/?ref=22

http://www.providencejournal.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/20140504-reza-clifton-kidnapped-nigerian-girls-need-worlds-help.ece

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/work-un-and-nigerian-government-bring-home-girls-kidnapped-boko-haram/fFcLj7s2

http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/ and http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

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