The word pressure inadequately describes the vibe felt during our introductory show. As fellows, we (Pauly and myself) were being introduced to a new community; as such, it is only human to be nervous of how others will perceive you. I was not used to speaking on air, nor was I grounded in my full identity as a fellow. All that I could think about was my journey to this point in my life and the chemistry that I had already established with Generation Justice.
When I hear Victor Torres speak about his journey to the present day, all that I can say is fearless. Victor has been at Generation Justice for multiple years, and his biological years may as well be tripled if you include the countless crucibles Victor has passed through. His speech at the OYE conference was truly uplifting and left me more humbled from his experience.
Never have I started filming at 9:30am and concluded at 7:00pm. Hearing this, some could assume that my day was dreadful, however it was fun and left me with a greater appreciation for the visual production side of media. Huge thanks to Alden and Roberta for their advice on capturing the best footage possible.
It is impossible to highlight the significant contributions of Nelson Mandela within an hour. But we were able to bring forth music and describe the atrocities that Madiba fought against. In addition to informing our listeners of Mandela’s legacy, we dove into the educational labyrinth that is our country and it’s reasoning for under-educating young people. From this show, I believe that music and its under appreciation in revolutionary movements will change.
This show will stay in my memory forever because of its strong content, powerful personalities and applicability to what I want to do with my life. Interviewing Malkia Cyril left me thirsting for more knowledge. Hearing professor Sutt Jhally’s point of view on the marriage between advertising and media literacy was like hearing “the Moses” of media literacy speak to societies addiction. Having Andrea Quijada speak so passionately of her dedication to the movement was evidence that sacrifice is needed in order to thrive. And lastly, Adrianne Barboa’s local perspective on media literacy made for a phenomenal experience. It felt like I was in church.