Posted by: marshamwhite | March 28, 2010

Feeling Hot, Hot,Hot

Want a taste of the Caribbean? If you enjoy exotic foods rich with spices and seasoning, then Flames Restaurant is the place to visit. With three locations in the Boston area, I would highly recommend the Brigham Circle location because of its close proximity to Northeastern University. Hop on the Green Line to Heath street and get off on the Brigham Circle stop and across the street, you will enter island paradise.

Flames has a great selection of appetizers, desserts, sides and entrées that are reminiscent of the rich and diverse culture of the West Indies. This Jamaican-style restaurant offers an array of food. From jerk chicken to oxtail and curry goat to more vegetarian meals, there’s a selection for everyone. Since I’ve been living in Boston for the past six years, I can honestly say that I have never been disappointed and recommend any of their dishes. In addition, the decor of the restaurant is simply splendid. The interior furnishings are aesthetically pleasing especially the palm tree decorations and the African-inspired paintings on the walls. Besides the great tasting food and interior designs, the staff is welcoming and friendly. One waiter, Robinson, always has a smile on his face and provides fast service to his customers. There’s never a dull moment at Flames and the flat screen TV always displays the latest soccer games. Also, if your on a tight budget, Flames has Breakfast meals from $5.75 and Lunch/Dinner plates that start at $7.00. You don’t have to pay big to eat big!

Indeed, Flames is truly one of the best Caribbean restaurants in Boston. For any incoming freshman or new residents, if you like or are curious about West Indian food, try it out at Flames and you will truly experience a piece of Caribbean-style cooking.

Check out their website for more info, www.FlamesCaribbean.com and more pics here.

Flames Restaurant is located at 746 Huntington Ave in Brigham Circle and is open Monday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. They offer an array of Caribbean cuisines and also cater for larger parties and groups. For more information contact 617-734-1911 or visit FlamesCaribbean.com for menu and details. The restaurant is handicapped-accessible and T accessible.

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Posted by: marshamwhite | March 26, 2010

Mapping

Have you ever heard of mapping as a form of journalism? In my “Reinventing the News” class, my professor, Dan Kennedy, showed us this unique form of journalism. Mapping is combining facts and information visually and geographically. We looked at the Election maps of the 2008 US Presidential results. One map revealed the election results by each state and which party, Republican or Democrat, won that state. At first glance, one would assume that the Republicans won because it seemed as if the red states outnumbered the blue states. But according to the population cartogram, the map rescales and resizes the states according to the states’ population. Clearly, the blue states outnumber the red states.

In my opinion, I think mapping will remain a great asset of journalism but will strive for importance in the field. The use of mapping for the presidential elections showed me visually where the nation stands politically but neglects the importance of population and size. The cartogram actually puts everything into context when it’s scaled. I think mapping will remain an accessory to journalism because it puts information into prospective visually but I don’t think it can stand on its own. In a story on the nationwide vote in the election, I would write up the story using facts and in addition, include the maps to add credibility. Mapping is a great form of journalism but I think it will continue to be an “addition” to other forms of journalism like print or broadcast.

Posted by: marshamwhite | March 22, 2010

Final Project

I wanted to give you all a heads up on what to expect in the next couple of weeks. For my “Reinventing the News” class, we were asked to profile a person or organization that combines journalism and new media. I wanted to concentrate on a topic that met my interests and followed the guidelines of the assignment. After searching and searching, I finally have an idea of what my final project will be on.

Since the massive earthquake in Haiti, I discovered the Boston Haitian Reporter, one of New England’s premier source for news on issues affecting the Haitian-American communities. They had a great and impressive coverage of the earthquake through their live blogs and articles.

I am in the process of contacting Nancy Rachel Rousseau, Special to the Reporter, who is also a Northeastern alumni. I plan on interviewing  her and the other staff on camera. I’m excited about this project so wish me luck!

Posted by: marshamwhite | March 21, 2010

Census and Black America

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Tired of hearing about the Census 2010? It seems as if every advertisement or commercial is encouraging residents to fill out the Census. Their slogan is “It’s in our hands” can be seen on billboards, television and heard on radio stations. BET aired, “Be Counted: Black America and the 2010 Census,” to show the significance of the census and how it will impact black communities and black students. If you’re from the Caribbean and Africa, please fill out the form because we are usually under counted and need to use the $4oo billion to benefit ourselves and the future of our community.

Are you a college student that needs help filling out the form, check out this article.

Nas hosted this show and I gave a recap of this news special on my Twitter page. Hopefully this may inspire you to fill out the census.

Check it out here.

Posted by: marshamwhite | March 20, 2010

Africa Nite

Men in Masks

Northeastern celebrated it’s 21st annual “Africa Nite”, an event celebrating the rich culture and entertainment of the African continent. The African Student Organization sponsored this event and the Fenway Center was filled to capacity. Africa Nite included a fashion show, dancing, singing and promoted pride in the Motherland.

For more pics, click this.

Posted by: marshamwhite | March 20, 2010

Deportation and Obama

Some rights reserved. Photo by Shreyans Bhansali.

Immigration advocacy groups  are angry and disappointed with President Obama’s immigration policies and are planning a March of America reform rally to the nation’s capital scheduled for March 21.

I came across this article, “Obama’s policies anger immigrants,” and I wanted to update you all on what’s going on with the Immigration reform and the White House. Apparently, there has been a 60 percent increase in the number of deportations since Obama came to office. Since his first year in office, the number of immigrants deported were over 380.000 and have left many supporters of the Obama administration feeling betrayed. Many Caribbean immigrants have signed up to participate in the march and I can’t wait to see the outcome of this event.

If you’re interested in participating in the rally, check out the details.

Posted by: marshamwhite | March 17, 2010

Twitter Experiment

This week, my class was assigned a very interesting project where we had to follow ten people for a day on Twitter. I joined Twitter a couple months ago and had lost interest. Why? Well, for one, Facebook is more of my thing. I like the layout much better than Twitter and I feel more connected with my family and friends. I actually thought that Twitter would be a replacement for Facebook but I was completely wrong. At first it was exciting following or should I say “stalking” famous celebrities and finding out the latest news, but after a while, I got extremely addicted and my brain was on a social media overload. So, revisiting my twitter page was an interesting experiment. I found some really cool people and organizations that I want to share with you. For the rest of the semester, I am going to focus exclusively on events, Caribbean music and news, and entertainment. So here’s who I followed:

  1. It was great following MediaTakeOut and theYBF because it kept me in touch with the latest in African-American celebrity gossip and news. On theYBF, I received tweets every hour on celebrity updates including the Mo’Nique Show comedy tour winners, DMX recent six month sentence to jail, Tiger Woods and the Masters and some celebrity spottings. With MediaTakeOut, there were less tweets and a lot raunchier than theYBF. So if you’re looking for celebrity truth, I would suggest follow theYBF; they seem more trustworthy.
  2. Now, in almost all of my blogs, I mention that fact that I am from the Caribbean and take pride in my culture and heritage. I used the TweetDeck dictionary to find several accounts relating to Caribbean culture. I followed IrishandChin, which is a global marketing group that specializes in Caribbean artist management and promotions and was disappointed in their lack of tweets and updates. I usually receive several emails from the group weekly and was surprised that their last tweet was on Feb.18. I also followed other Caribbean pages including jamrockmagazine and CaribTweet which seemed to follow the same trend. The DancehallMobi page was the best account for staying connected to people in the West Indies and they provided numerous music releases by reggae artists within minutes of each other. With that said, it made me conclude that Caribbean media does not rely on Twitter solely to connect to their consumers.
  3. Through IrishandChin, I followed EtanaAsStrongOne and TamiChynn, two of my favorite reggae artists. It was great seeing the interactions between them,other reggae artists and their followers. Twitter actually makes celebrities seem like normal people and as I followed them, I felt like they were sharing a piece of their everyday life with me. They were more personal with their tweets and provided links to their songs. Twitter is a great resource for musicians and getting the latest on new releases. Check out the latest song from TamiChynn here.
  4. I regularly go on SimplyHired.com to look for job postings relating to my field or just to get an overview of the job postings in my area. This account also had a low number of tweets. The most recent tweet is about their monthly job trend report that was submitted about 23 hours ago.
  5. Last but certainly not least, I followed Oprah. Why? Isn’t it obvious? She is social media at its best and I aspire to be like her. There were over 3.25 million followers but her last tweet was on March 3rd. Very disappointing. I expected her to tweet about her show and O Magazine but I guess it’s cool to have someone like Oprah as a friend regardless of who’s following who.

Twitter coverage was interesting but I highly doubt I’ll be using it often. I think that in order to be a hardcore Twitter follower, you have to have an iPhone or some type of internet access on your phone. There was a lot of hype from my peers and when I decided to join, it was addictive but only for a few weeks. I do enjoy social networking but I feel like Twitter is a secondary source and I would much rather rely on Facebook. After all, I found out about the earthquake in Haiti and other major events through Facebook.

So thanks Facebook and goodbye Twitter.

Posted by: marshamwhite | March 14, 2010

Global Post

“The future of journalism is working in a team. You should develop your skill craft that is your own to develop yourself as a journalist,” Charlie Sennott, Executive Editor of Global Post and former correspondent of the Boston Globe, said to our class on Wednesday’s field trip.

With over 20 years of experience in newspapers, Global Post started as a startup two years ago and was and continues to be a “revolution in the works.”  Now, Global Post has 70 correspondents in 15 countries and 15 full-time staff in which eight are in editorials and seven in advertising. Senott gave us a description of the three revenue streams. The first revenue stream is online advertising which relies upon viral marketing and ways to get viral content and more people on the website. Syndication is another revenue stream and Global Post believes in the notion of correspondents living in the place t hey work in. The “ground truth” concept that great journalism is being able to live and breathe in the place they work in, reigns supreme.  Lastly, their subscription model, passport, is the revenue stream that works to invite people to be a part of their bigger community and needs to be supported.

On the website, Globalpost.com is very accommodating in terms of getting the great coverage internationally. There are specific tabs related to specific continents and other areas of the world including the Middle East and the Americas. The modules groups contain content that is topic-specific and one of my favorite is “Women in Politics” because it shows women in a positive light all over the world. Women are believed to be second-class citizens and by putting them in their own module show that Global Post values the role of women and ultimately helps support female readership and subscription. I usually get my international news from BBC and I think Global Post is competition because it offers international headlines but offers more specific topics that are of great national interest such as the “Obama Effect”.  “Life, Death and the Taliban” is a complex multimedia project by Sennott and Seamus Murphy, which captures the history of the Taliban and its relations with its citizens, the United States and the world. The project shows videos, stories and an interactive timeline of Taliban history. In addition, the investigative and in-depth reporting was stellar and risky in that both Sennott and Murphy faced various obstacles in Pakistan and Afghanistan that were life threatening. “Biggest obstacle is getting killed. You have to have a lot of contacts and be partly insane when working with the Taliban,” Sennott said. The videos are very insightful but some of the stories such as “Living with Afghanistan’s fundamentalists” needed more pictures in the slideshow in addition to the five that was posted to convey a better story. Overall, the website was extremely user-friendly and convenient.

Since I am from the Caribbean, I would like to go various islands and cover various topics such as domestic abuse against women, common laws against homosexuals and the role and limitations of public education. In all three topics, I would convey them through video and text because with these forms of media, I believe one can generate more appeal and understanding than using slideshows.

Posted by: marshamwhite | March 13, 2010

International Idol

As a graduate student, I have learned a lot about diversity and have accustomed myself to certain cultures and customs. Northeastern University is an arena of diverse people from all around the world. In light of Black History Month, the International Scholar and Student Institute (ISSI) paired up with NUCalls, a language instruction program, to create an event which celebrates various languages and is a spin off of  American Idol. The event, International Idol, brought students of various backgrounds on stage singing popular songs of their country in their language. Some sang in Mandarin, Chinese, Japanese and other languages. The whole concept was to appreciate music from all over the world and overall, support diversity. The program had judges critique singers that were in the competitive section and offer tips, suggestions and overall feedback of their performance. It was certainly a night to remember and AfterHours was jam packed.

Check out the video here.

Posted by: marshamwhite | February 24, 2010

Oscar Predictions

Okay so the Oscars will be aired in a couple of days and I wanted to know who people are predicting to win. Of course, I had to look at the best film critic of all time, Roger Ebert’s predictions. Now some of you may not know but Ebert recently appeared on Oprah after his jaw surgery.I commend him for coming back and hope he continues to be filled with life and success! Other people like the IndieWire.com also made some predictions. Now since everybody is predicting, I figured I’d get into the hang of things and do my own predicting as well.

The 82nd Annual Academy Awards will air on March 7th and here are my predictions on who will win.

Best Picture: Avatar or Up in the Air

Actor in a Leading Role: George Clooney

Actress in a Leading Role: Gabourey Sidibe

Animated Feature Film: Princess and the Frog

Film Editing: Avatar

So tune in next Sunday to see if I was a great or horrible predictor.

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