Summer '16 Fellow: Migel Haynes

About Migel

Migel Julian “Migos” Haynes 16, innovative, accountable, and stalwart. I’m extremely fascinated by the arts and I’m always trying to articulate the arts in everything I do. I’m a rising senior at The High School for Public Service and I’m currently undecided on what career to pursue. I do know that whatever career I choose I will keep my positive attitude, charisma, and will find a way to continue to inspire those I cross paths with and remain a role model for many.

Migel's Project: Migos: An Introspection

My project has a lot of complex questions and I didn’t know how to make them simpler, so I decided to make a documentary on my life hoping to not answer the questions, but to explore them. To explore as many sides of me, “Migos,” as I transition from different settings and workplaces including: LTG, Assembly member Rodneyse Bichotte’s Office, and Dida. You’ll also see how I use my skills and talents every day to continue to better myself and learn in various settings.

Summer '16 Fellow: Chemada Virgile

About Chemada

I am a 19 year old Activist and a proud African American. My inspiration comes from the works of Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and Mohammad Ali.

Chemada's Project: The Thin Line Between Anger and Frustration

I wrote my project to help people understand the difference between anger and frustration. That we are all just trying to survive yet one racial group has the key to another’s life.

Summer '16 Fellow: Ariel Matthews

About Ariel

I attend Medgar Evers College, where I major in mass communications. I plan to transfer to Brooklyn College next year to pursue a bachelor’s degree and major in journalism. I love listening to music and going on adventures with my friends. I’m a passionate music lover and sucker for comedies and romantic movies. I plan to be a music journalist in the future. 

Ariel's Project: The Medium is the Message

The aim of my project was to explore different perspectives on the influence of social media. Through interviews with my peers I explored how social media affects self-esteem and group dynamics. I also explored how it will affect future generations.   


Summer '16 Fellow: Jeremiah Ampudia

About Jeremiah

I am the youngest of four children and I live in the Prospect Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn in my family home. I describe myself as quirky, silly, and artistic! I am a self-proclaimed full time hobbyist, and I love to illustrate, write, and computer program in my free time.

Jeremiah's Project: Allegory

My piece explores misconceptions caused by misinformation spread by mass media.

Summer '16 Fellow: Acacia Patterson

About Acacia

My Name is Acacia Patterson and I was born in Jamaica. I moved to America when I was four years old with my family and have been here ever since. I am very passionate about natural hair because it is an extension of one's self yet it is neglected.

Acacia's Project: The Truth Behind Natural Hair

Natural Hair is more than just hair, it's a way of life. Through my short documentary I aim to enlighten society about natural hair. In addition, I aim to showcasing self-appreciation, self-love and self-growth.