The Dr. Vibe Show (citizen journalism)
One of the more interesting apps that we have stumbled upon recently is "Audioboo". "Audioboo" can be described as a cross between You Tube and Twitter. It is application that is web and smartphone based. You can download it to your iPhone, Android and a high end Nokia phone. It allows you to record and share audio. After your recording is finished, you can add a photograph, a title and hash tags. You can upload your recording to an embedded player on your website or blog. You can also have your recording post automatically to Facebook, Twitter, Posterous, Tumblr or Friendfeed. With Facebook, you even get a fancy player. Kate Arkless Gray is the editor at Audioboo. She was born and lives in London. Kate is a freelance and radio broadcaster who has recently done some work for the BBC. During our conversation, Kate talks various subjects including how she found out and, the increased use of Audioboo during the London riots, some stories from the London riots and the aftermath and the future of social media. To find more information about Audioboo, please go to: (Web) @audioboo (Twitter) (Email) Please feel free to visit Kate's sites at: (Kate's site at Audioboo) (Kate's blog about finding out about what options there are for getting astronauts into space, what the future holds for commercial space flight and how you night get a random girl from East London up there too.)
Category:Citizen Journalism -- posted at: 10:52am EDT

Two members of The Black Daddies Club (BDC), Taisha Lewis and Chevy X, share with us why they are involved with the BDC, what their friends are saying about and some of their experiences with Black fatherhood and how the BDC has changed them. For more information of the Black Daddies Club, go to: (Web) (Facebook) @BlkDaddiesClub (Twitter) (Email)

While filling out a form to get himself a facial, Brandon Hay (Founder and The Executive Director of The Black Daddies Club) talks about the picnic and it's future. (Web) (Facebook) @BlkDaddiesClub (Twitter) (Email)

Paul Green is an educator and community activist. Nigel Barriffe is an educator and a member of the Board of Directors of The Urban Alliance On Race Relations. We had the opportunity to chat with both men at the 2nd Annual Black Daddies Club Family Picnic on August 13, 2011. They discuss Blacks and politics and the upcoming Ontario provincial election, accountability and what Blacks have to do and why they need to get involved. You can contact Paul at You can contact Nigel at: (Facebook)

Junior Burchall is a writer and a member of The Black Daddies Club. We had the opportunity to have him share with us at the Black Daddies Club Family Picnic on August 13, 2011. Junior talks about the state of Black men at this time, some of the challenges that Black men face, Do Black men talk?, how did he got involved with the Black Daddies Club, how does Black manhood come out in his writing, Black brotherhood, misconceptions that Blacks have of Black men, his thoughts about the London riots, what Black men need to do to improve and the division between older Black men and younger Black men . You can listen to an earlier interview that we did with Junior by clicking on the following link: You can contact Junior at (email) (647) 342-9313 (Phone)

We had an outstanding time at the 2nd annual Black Daddies Club Family Picinic on August 13, 2011. During the picnic, there was a panel discussion held. The guests included: Rathika Sitsabaiesan (New Democratic Party Minister of Parliament in Ottawa, MP, Scarborough- Rouge River - Ontario, youngest member of Parliament in the GTA), Yosief Mehari (Pardons Advisor - John Howard Society),Nigel Barriffe (educator, member of The Good Jobs For All coalition - and Paul Greene (educator). We had the privilege of acting as the moderator for this event. The guests and the audience take part in a great discussion about civic engagement, Blacks and voting, investing in Black youth, Blacks and the education system and the disconnect between Black youth and their parents. We would like to apologize for the sound quality. The sound quality is not 100% because the discussion was being broadcast live throughout the park that the picnic was being held at. We have done our best on improving this broadcast but we felt that it was important for our audience to hear this discussion. We would like to thank the Black Daddies Club for putting on this special day. For more information of the Black Daddies Club, go to: (Web) (Facebook) @BlkDaddiesClub (Twitter) (Eamil)
Category:Citizen Journalism -- posted at: 3:13pm EDT

One of the biggest stories in the news over the last week was the riots in London. We are privileged to have a friend in London. He is Alexander Mushroe (@blackhistoryuk). Alexander is a university student who attends school in London. Alexander talks about what he feel was the cause of the riots, the relationship between Black men and the police, the British press coverage of the riot including a controversial interview done by a female BBC reporter of an older Black man, the role of social media and the riots, what changes he would like to see the British government act upon, will we see uprisings in other countries. You can touch base with Alexander on Twitter @blackhistoryuk.

Dax Devlon-Ross is an author, educator, blogger and experience designer. He was born in Washington, D.C. And has lived in New York City for the last ten years. He has a degree in law. During our chat, he talks about a number of subjects including growing up in Washington, his time at Rutgers University where he became more aware of what was going on in the world. Dax comments on the recent American debt ceiling crisis and the recent National Football Leauge strike, why many Americans don't want to share, what a experience designer, the current state of Blacks and Black men in America, Blacks and social media and the fact that integration has not been a totally good thing for Blacks. If you would like to touch base with Dax, go to: (Web) @daxdev (Twitter) (Facebook)

Direct download: VIBE_AND_VEGAS_SHOW_-_DAX-DEVLON_ROSS_-_JULY_30_-_2011.mp3
Category:Citizen Journalism -- posted at: 5:22pm EDT

One of the interesting people that we met at the "Diversity In The New Media Era" presentation that was held in Toronto on July 16th was Sean Clarke. Sean is the CEO of Photoriot. Sean is Canadian born with Jamaican parents. He went to college in the United States on a basketball scholarship where he graduated with a Bachelor of Education. He started Photoriot about 1 ½ years ago. He regards himself as a freelance event photographer. Sean shares about various subjects including what was like getting a basketball scholarship to the United States, why he majored in education in college, the disappointment of not getting a teaching job in Toronto, the story of his love of photography, the process behind a photo shot and how he gets a photo shot, what it is like to be a young Black entrepreneur, meeting people and going to places he would have never imagined and how he is venturing into new areas. We also talk about the "Diversity In The New Media" event from July 16th.

CORRECTION: At the start of this interview, we said that Jerk Fest 2011 is being held on August 5, 2011 and August 6, 2011. This was incorrect. It is being held on August 6, 2011 and August 7, 2011. Our apologies.