Stand By Me (Ben E. King Cover courtesy of Take 2 and YWCA Elgin)

Here’s another video that I took part of recently.

I got to play ukulele alongside my friend Korisa while two teens in the Take 2 Creative Camp (Laron and Jada) got to sing. We all played that timeless classic “Stand By Me”, and they sang while Korisa and I were their backing band. It was a lot of fun performing as I haven’t done music in a while. I even busted out a percussive strumming solo as I used my uke as both a drum and melodic device. Both Laron and Jada are talented singers and I’m honored to have been a part of this project.

Special thanks to YWCA Elgin and Take 2 Creative Camp.

Support Take 2 at http://take2creative.wordpress.com.

Captain Gauntlets

So I got to be a part of a cool project recently.

The Take 2 Creative Camp is a Summer Camp based in Elgin at their YWCA. The teens in the program were able to do creative projects such as filming, screenwriting, editing, podcasting, photography, acting, art, and several other disciplines. One of the students named Techin was able to make a comic book, so we went to the Gail Borden Library to record voice overs for the comic book. I did the narration and voiced the hero Jumping Jack where I did an Irish accent. Korisa (my friend you’ve heard me talking about before) filmed each page and made the video of the final project.

Enjoy!

http://take2creative.wordpress.com

It Was Only a Matter Of Time (A vlog from my friend Korisa)

This is something that needs to be discussed.

Some of you may have seen the work from my friend Korisa sometime last year when I promoted her video projects. This recent vlog is something very important and I agree 100% of what she said.

If you know me, you should know that I can’t stand racism AT ALL! This isn’t just because I’m an ethnic minority myself, but it’s because I believe humans should be treated with dignity in general. Some students (2 Black and 1 Mexican) from the Take 2 program were racially harassed by some stranger outside the building where they were waiting for their parents. These students were 13, 14, and 15 respectively and this excuse of an adult cussed them out and profiled them. After I heard this story from her in person a day after it happened, I was furious. No one should EVER have to deal with that. Her point about being racially attacked is something that is a matter of when instead of if is dead on if you aren’t Caucasian. I’ve been profiled before, been called racist slurs, been underestimated, heard dog whistle terms, and I’ve even been offended by certain characters in mainstream media who portray various stereotypes. This is something that gave me a bunch of self-hate and I never realized how much it affected me until recently.

Seriously, if you are being discriminated against, you better call that person out. If you hear someone being racist against another even when you aren’t the target, then call them out and be an ally to those who are oppressed.

[END RANT]

Korisa’s Significant List Trailer

Some of you may have remembered me mentioning my friend Korisa a while ago. Yesterday, she started a YouTube channel where she’s doing a project called The Significant List. It’s a really cool idea and I want you to hear it from her in this video. I’m stoked that this project is going to be a reality. Also, I did the ukulele music at the end of the video. Seriously, please check out Korisa Madayag’s work.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXg4DuBIS7DeNU-4dVWomQA

https://vimeo.com/kmad

Friendship Friday: Korisa Madayag

Meet this week’s entry to Friendship Friday: Korisa Madayag!

She’s been a friend of mine since we met at college and she does some great video work as you can see right on this page.

Thank you, Korisa. Keep on being creative!

Checkout her Vimeo channel at https://vimeo.com/kmad.

-Curtis