Raymond A WinbushDr. Raymond A. Winbush is the Director of the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University in Baltimore Maryland. He is the former Benjamin Hooks Professor of Social Justice at Fisk University and Director of the University’s Race Relations Institute. He also served as Assistant Provost and Director of the Johnson Black Cultural Center at Vanderbilt University. A native of Cleveland Ohio, Dr. Winbush, is a product of public school education, K through 12.In 1970, he graduated with honors in psychology from Oakwood College in Huntsville Alabama, and during his undergraduate education there, won scholarships to both Harvard and Yale Universities. After graduation he won a fellowship to the University of Chicago and received both his Masters and Ph.D. in psychology in 1973 and 1976 respectively.Dr. Winbush’s research interests include infusing African American studies into school curricula, African American adolescent development, Black male and female relationships and the influence of hip hop on contemporary American culture. He is the author of numerous articles on the “politics” of Afrocentricity and the resistance it encounters among scholars who wish to maintain existing intellectual paradigms. A recent article for the Baltimore Urban League coauthored with his colleague Dr. Tracy Rone at the Institute for Urban Research, cited the hidden dangers of environmental lead poisoning in Baltimore City.

Dr. Winbush is the author of three books, including his latest, Belinda’s Petition: A Concise History of Reparations for the Transtlantic Slave Trade, (Xlibris, 2009) a “prequel” to his book, Should America Pay?: Slavery and the Raging Debate on Reparations which was published by HarperCollins in 2003 and hit Essence Magazine’s bestsellers list shortly after its release. It has been called by Cornel West a “must read” when it comes to understanding the struggle for reparations. His book, The Warrior Method: A Program for Rearing Healthy Black Boys, (Harper Collins, 2001), is a comprehensive African-centered program for rearing healthy Black boys in a racist society.





Dr Jeff Menzise smaller size JPEGJeff Menzise is a graduate of Fisk and Howard Universities, receiving advanced training and degrees in clinical psychology. As former Director of the Academic Success Center at Fisk, Menziseʼs responsibilities included: Directorship of the Campus Counseling Center, Student Disability Services, and the HBCU Wellness Project. He provides clinical trainings (Walmart, Trial Lawyers College, NBCDI, Meharry Medical College) and has taught at Tennessee State University, Fisk University and Howard University. Internationally he has worked with: The Songhai Project (Benin), Ministries of Education (Nevis, Gambia), WAEC (Gambia, Ghana), and the Oxford Roundtable (England).

A Research Associate at the Institute for Urban Research and a Kettering Foundation Public Scholar, Dr. Menzise has authored and co-authored articles in journals, encyclopedias, and two books (Dumbin’ Down: Reflections on the Mis- education of the Negro, Rambling Ruminations: Rare Writings from the Collection of J.A. Rogers). He is a skilled mindfulness meditation expert, and a qi gong/yoga instructor.




Jarvis Sams school headshotJarvis Sams is a doctoral student in Marriage and Family Therapy at
Chicago School of Professional Psychology-Los Angeles Campus.  He has introduced Little Brother to both the West and East Coast Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi) Student Circles and has served as a moderator for screening and discussion events on both coasts.






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Cathleen Campbell is a filmmaker and photographer.  Her short, “OUTTA MY NAME,” screened at the 2015 Reel Sisters Film Festival.  She’s currently completing “LANGSTON HUGHES’ MOTHER TO SON,” a new short based on the Harlem Renaissance writer’s poem with the famous line: “Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.”   She directed several other shorts and is developing her first feature film.  Her “SUMMER BREAK” script was a finalist for the Urbanworld Film Festival’s 2014 Screenplay Competition.  She participated in Lincoln Center Theater’s Directors Lab for 3 years. She was commissioned by the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum to direct the “MECHANICAL BRIDES” documentary.

Photographs from Campbell’s “Harlem” series were recently exhibited in the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance’s “Selfless Selfies” exhibit.  She plans to publish these and other photos in a book.  She was born on the South Side of Chicago and is a longtime Harlem resident.





ruthsergelInteractive Telecommunications Program Consultant Ruth Sergel makes projects that harness technical prowess for community engagement and social transformation. ‘Chalk’ is an annual community commemoration of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. Begun in 2004, each year on the March 25 anniversary of the fire, participants fan out across the city to inscribe in chalk the names and ages of the victims in front of their former homes.Ruth is the founder of the Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition which united over 250 partners nationwide to create the March 2011 centennial commemoration and was supported by grants from 21st Century ILGWU Heritage Fund (2011), New York State Council on the Humanities (2011), New York University Community Fund (2011, 2010), Sparkplug Foundation (2010) and the Metropolitan Chapter of the Victorian Society in America (2010).  ‘Voices of 9.11’ (2002-2003 | 2011) recorded over 550 video testimonies in New York, Shanksville, PA and inside the Pentagon. With absolutely no restrictions placed on what could or could not be said inside a private video booth, ‘Voices of 9.11’ represents a true people’s archive, and has been exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the New York Historical Society and the Theatre de la Ville (Paris).

Ruth’s award-winning films have screened at New Directors/New Films (Museum of Modern Art), Tribeca Film Festival, Clermont-Ferrand, Boston Museum of Fine Art, Exploratorium, National Museum for Women in the Arts, Anthology Film Archives and aired on PBS and IFC, and her interactive documentaries have been exhibited in the US and Europe. ‘Magic Box’ was created with the support of the Experimental Television Center (2010) and exhibited at the Shift Festival (Basel, Switzerland, 2010) and 3LD Art and Technology Center (2009). ‘Alchemy of Light,’ an interactive installation with live performers, was supported by the New York State Council on the Arts (2009), the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Swing Space (2010) and MCAF Fund (2008).

More information on Ruth’s work can be found at





Giovi_1With a combination of business savvy and creative talent, Giovanna Aguilar is a marketing professional and filmmaker who writes, produces and directs compelling content. As a marketer she specializes in multimedia, from podcasts to industrial videos, commercials and webisodes, for various industries including banking, entertainment, film, financial services, personal care—and more. As a filmmaker, she works on both narrative and documentary projects.As a strategically minded media professional, Aguilar began her career on Wall Street at multinational firms including Credit Lyonnais (Calyon), Deutsche Bank and AIG where her experience in research, sales and corporate e-Business inspired her to transition to creative roles where she could leverage her storytelling abilities into proven, lifestyle-driven marketing campaigns.Her recent partnership with award-winning filmmaker Nicole Franklin on Midnight Media Capture (MMC), launches in May 2012. This educational LIVE webinar series “Storytelling with a Marketing Twist” serves as a call-to-action to a global audience of filmmakers in how to “Capture Stories, Capture Audiences.” MMC is set to broadcast LIVE from a South American country in the midst of a boom in the film industry.

Most recently Aguilar directed/produced/wrote Born into Beauty, a marketing video targeting advertisers on the lucrative Latina beauty consumer, for Meredith Corporation’s Siempre Mujer lifestyle magazine. Additionally, she is a regular contributor of editorial to The Private Journey Magazine (TPJ), a publication of Roaring Thunder Media created exclusively for the private jet traveler. In this capacity her published articles include: “Powder Rush,” an exclusive TPJ Interview with big mountain, freeriding skier Eric “Hoji” Hjorleifson (Winter 2013); “Great White Magic,” an exclusive interview with renowned white shark expert Chris Fallows (Fall 2012); “Paul Miller Racing,” an exclusive interview with Paul and Bryce Miller of the leading Porsche team in the American Le Mans Series; “The Return of La Argentina Evita,” an exclusive interview with Broadway’s ‘Evita’, Elena Roger (Winter 2012).


On the documentary front, she is a writer/producer on the HBO/NALIP grant-awarded documentary DREAMTOWN, broadcasting in short form on PBS’s Frontline World Rough Cut, following three Afro-Ecuadorian soccer players at different stages of their careers as they navigate through the winding road of professional soccer in their quest for socio-economic-political relevance.