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Throughout 2017, audiences enjoyed my original music live throughout New York City at events like One Mic Nite, Soul Motif and The Gathering at Bronx Art Space, as part of the culminating performance of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater AileyCamp, and throughout the film, “MALOU.”
Since 2007, with a collective of musicians from New York City, Louisville, Toronto, rural New Hampshire, and Atlanta, I have done over 150 shows, released an album “The Music of Transition,” and 15 singles. The Mountain-Funk-Jam-Sessions of the VON JERRYT & THE BEEZE Soundcloud page deserves a separate honorable mention! Click that link, and enjoy that goodness!
Highlights from the past few years:
In 2012 my song “Hope for the Future,” made its Film and TV debut in the “Little Brother” documentary, and on Season 1 of BET APOLLO LIVE.
The next year, Fashion One TV chose several songs for their programming, which aired in 120 Countries.
In 2014, the Canadian Broadcast Company accepted the music into its library.
Throughout 2015 and 2016, I vibed with the awesome audiences of SehiiiNYC and Cheryls Global Soul in Brooklyn. Those performances, other sessions, releases, and rehearsal antics here. In October 2016, I made it into rotation in my hometown of Louisville, on WCHQ FM!
I will continue to create original music from my heart and life experiences, with an intention to give audiences joy and power.
I have appeared in over 100 Commercials, as well as Independent and Feature Films, Web Series, and Television Shows.
In 2014, producer Norma Davis cast me in my first speaking role on film, opposite Kene Holiday, in her debut feature Handle Your Business which gave me entrance into SAGAFTRA in 2015. Since then, I have been blessed to earn Principal, Supporting, and Featured Roles, as well as the role of Music Supervisor, in TV, Film, Pilots and Web Series. Two of these projects, Marivic Guevaras’ MALOU, and Sabrina Thompsons’ Department of ED made their debut, in 2017!
Since 2006, I have been producing theatrical experiences, and short films as one of the leaders of ACTS of EBC -A Christian Theatrical Society of Emmanuel Baptist Church- in Brooklyn, New York. Enjoy the last 4 years of our work here
I will continue the work it takes, to have a consistent presence in comedic and dramatic roles on screens large and small!
Currently, I am working with teams at the New York City Department of Health and Housing Authority, to strengthen the impact of health initiatives that promote and protect health, and bolster racial equity and social justice.
For a decade, I have worked to implement successful evidence-based interventions, as well as social and experiential marketing campaigns on topics issues related to HIV/AIDS, Diabetes, Healthy Living, as well as Racial and Social Justice. All of my work in Public Health has involved managing partnerships and coalition building with government, community based organizations, and health advocates. I am also a proud advocate of the Mental Health First Aid training, and appointee to the NACCHO (National Association of City and County Health Offices) Leadership and Workforce Development Committee.
Click on the following links to learn more about work I am honored to have shared leadership in, over the years: CAMBA HIV ANTI STIGMA PROJECT, Brooklyn Partnership to Drive Down Diabetes, 2013 Mayoral Candidate Forum on Public Health, Towards Collective Impact , Drink NYC Water, #ourvoicenyc , NYCDOHMH Capacity Building Team Dismantling Racism in the Health System: The Time is Now Forum and the Violence is a Health Issue Summit.
We live in perilous and contentious times, where we can clearly see the violent negative effects of systemic and overt forms of oppression and racism harming and marginalizing, millions of people around the world. However, I draw strength and inspiration from the mighty voices of oppressed peoples around the world. It is my belief that these voices have never been louder, more sophisticated, more strategic, and more poised to overcome, than they are, right now. This fuels my drive to add value to programs, initiatives, and movements, that seek to enhance the quality of life for communities around the world!