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Multi Media Summer Intern Blog - August 13-17, 2018

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This week, the Multi-Media group started working on creating a webpage that we coded ourselves.

We had a partner and also had to brainstorm in order to continue with our project. Shian did briefly explain to us about coding and got us comfortable with coding. She also managed to get us closer by making us work in partners over the course of the summer. Shian also did an amazing job at taking us through the coding process and having the patience to teach us step by step if we were struggling.

When we were finished, we showed off our web pages to everyone else. On Thursday August 16th, we started another group project where we have to come up with a virtual reality themed webpage. Basically we insert images into 3D objects and have people connect to the mini-VR (virtual reality) app and move around to read certain stuff on the web page. Shian also demonstrated to us most of the common parts of VR coding.

By: Divine Bailey

Week 2 Of August 2018 Multi-Media Summer Intern Blog

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This week, the Multi-Media group started working on creating a webpage that we coded ourselves. We had a partner and also had to brainstorm in order to continue with our project. Shian did briefly explain to us about coding and got us comfortable with coding. She also managed to get us closer by making us work in partners over the course of the summer. Shian also did an amazing job at taking us through the coding step by step and having the patience to teach us step by step if we were struggling.

When we were finished, we showed off our web pages to everyone else. On Thursday August 16th, we started another group project where we have to come up with a virtual reality themed webpage. Basically we insert images into 3D objects and have people connect to the mini-VR (virtual reality) app and move around to read certain stuff on the web page. Shian also demonstrated to us most of the common parts of VR coding.

Radio Blog - August 14, 2018

This week on Catch Da Flava Youth Radio on Radio Regent host Diamond and Beverly talked about Square Circle; a program for youth that teaches social circus and other creative arts with the goal of empowering youth to become directors of their own lives. We shared a clip ;from their showcase on August 10th; in which we interviewed Clarence the Executive director and founder of Square Circle as wells as participants both children and youth L.I.T (leaders in training) and of course parents of the participants.

Square Circle; based in Regent Park; focuses on youth ages 9 to 14 in underserved neighbourhoods. These youth then at the age of 16 have the opportunity to become leaders in training and assist the instructors. With this program offering free in-school, after-school, march break and summer sessions new ways to build confidence resilience as well as educate youth.

Teaching these youth aft forms from ​a mixed variety of activities such as juggling, poi, hula-hoop, aerial technique…

Refresh Episode 5 - August 13

In the fifth episode of music radio show Refresh, host Nate Gurarie played a variant of new songs. Some highlighted pieces was the song Joshua by Dizzy, a four-piece from Oshawa that’s comprised of three brothers and a mutual friend. Their suburban town inspired them to create art and pursue it beyond the small town’s border. Another song played was Take It Easy by The Vaccines. A lay-about rock jam from the English band off of their new album Combat Sports. Nate has been a fan of The Vaccines for many years and was very excited to be able to play a song of theirs.

Catch da Flava Radio-How Divorce Affects Children

Children of parents going through a divorce can experience a lot of stress and anxiety. One of our radio hosts, Sean talked about his personal experience as a child of divorcing parents and how difficult it was for him. Usually kids don’t understand what their parents are going through and the impact of parents separating and divorcing can really affect their daily life. We talked about how it affected Sean’s life. Luckily kids are resilient. Despite his parents divorcing, Sean feels positive about his life. Although it may be hard, Sean encourages kids to try to be positive about the situation even though it may be hard for a young person to cope when their parents are going through a divorce. Divorce children may feel a sense of rejection or anger which can lead them to doing the wrong things in life. Sean believes that how children react to divorce depends a lot on how the family handles the situation. In Sean’s mind it’s a fifty fifty situation. “It can end up bad or end …

Catch Da Flava Youth Radio -Mental Illness

For Catch Da Flava radio show, Sean and I talked about mental illness and some of the research related to the cause of mental illness. We talked about how sleep can affect children who are diagnose with mental illness at a young age. I myself can relate since I was diagnosis with bipolar and depression at the age of twelve and lack of sleep definitely affected my episodes. Without proper sleep it felt like I was never going to recover and because I was also tired never knew when I was normal. I wasn’t the only one with an illness. Sean also struggling with a mental illness. In his case it was anxieties that he was suffering from. It’s not always easy to recover from an illness that will never go away or will always be a part of who you are. Today I still battle bipolar and depression. Luckily I have the help and support from positive people that are in my life, which is why I won’t quit the battle. Having a mental illness isn’t easy to cope with. I have learn to be positive by sur…

Ask the American: Episode 3

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Episode Summary: Steve was assigned to run the show for today, but Brandon has different plans in mind. Brandon hosts what could possibly be his last episode (for a while) on Radio Regent and gives us his final observations of Canada and shares what he has learned after spending last eight months outside of his home state of Texas. What has he learned? What are his final thoughts? Tune in to find out!

Notes: There may be some clicking in the audio at the beginning. The soundtrack was created by Brandon Berry.

Host(s): Steve Atkins & Brandon Berry

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Multi Media Summer Intern Blog - August 6th – 10th, 2018

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Today, we started the day off with Shian’s program which covers general knowledge about new media. To be more specific, we worked on coding using a program called Processing Java. She also taught us about key terms that are used in coding such as function call, argument, variables, assignment operation and user-defined variables.

Learning about coding is very intimidating and time-consuming. Just learning the basics is a complex task with many symbols to memorize. I will admit though, that it has gotten a little bit easier since this is our second day learning about coding. The fun part about the program is being able to make visuals using coding. Today, we were able to make a square background with the freedom of choosing any size and colours we would like. In addition to that, we learned how to make circles and lines appear in the background as well.

As we go deeper into the program, the more respect and admiration I have for people who do coding and artist who incorporate coding i…

Catch Da Flava Radio - Gun Violence

Divine & Levi

Today we hosted a radio show on Catch Da Flava on Radio Regent. We compared and contrasted gun violence in different areas of the city. We also talked about our experiences and the dangers we have faced due to gun violence. With all the recent violence happening in Toronto we thought it was a fitting topic for the community.

It was an okay conversation between the both of us, but I think it could have been a better show with guest speakers. Divine, growing up in Regent Park, had more related instances than I had living in the upper beaches. So, having people with more experience would have made the content of the show richer. We had a moment of silence for the victims of gun violence this year and ended the show off with No Justice (featuring Big TC) by Ty Dolla $ign.

No Justice was a fitting outro track for the show because it is about the wrongful incarceration of Ty Dolla $igns brother Big TC, and it speaks to how gun violence can affect people's lives.



Refresh Episode 4 - August 6

Refresh Episode 4 - August 6

In the fourth episode of new music radio show Refresh, host Nate Gurarie played a collection of songs across the genre board. Some highlighted pieces were Can’t Do Better by Kim Petras, a young transgender woman from Germany, who makes adorable bubblegum pop music. Another song that was played was Dreams by Promises Ltd. A supergroup of sorts comprised of Charlie Brand of Miniature Tigers, and Jeremy Malvin of Chrome Sparks; the duo makes dreamy electronic music that soothes and grooves.



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2018-08-06

Ask The Americans - Episode 2

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Episode Summary: Brandon had to take care of some immigration papers, so today, Brandon’s good friend Steve Atkins will take over to talk about his life as a corn farmer in Iowa. He’s only traveled outside of Iowa a few times, so he’s got a lot to talk about! Join us today as Steve brings a little Americana vibe to the show as he tells us about his fascinations with the sights, sounds, and smells of Toronto.

Notes: Steve Akins is new our studio as well. The Soundtrack was created by Steve Atkins.

Host(s): Steve Atkins

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Heart 2 Heart!

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On July 25, 2018, Regent Park Focus welcomed 20 summer campers along with the chaperones and staff from Heart to Heart, a joint project of Givat Haviva and Hashomer Hatzair - Camp Shomria Canada.
The youth, half of whom are Jewish citizens of Israel and half of whom are Palestinian citizens of Israel, created video and audio resources to support themes of intercultural communication and peace.

The screening of the final work is to follow later this season, and the resources will also air on Regent Park TV and Radio Regent.
To learn more about this innovative peace-building effort, please check out a short radio interview with the youth participants at the link below. http://www.regentparkfocus.com/…/heart2heart/Heart2Heart.mp3
You can also learn more about the summer program at http://www.heart-to-heart.ca

- Tyrone

Summer Blog - July 27th - 31st, 2018

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By: Levi Linton

This week introduced some new techniques to the group as well as the development of old ones. We began the week by learning about basic computer coding and how we can use the language in our projects. We began practising our skills on MIT App Inventor, which is an online gaming engine which allows anyone to create applications for the computer and Android devices. The objective by the end of the week is to produce an engaging app for the audience assigned to each group. Everyone has ideas, but now they must execute them.

Continuing with the projects from last week, interns have been editing their footage, planning out their independent project ideas and finishing their articles. Matthew has already written the script for his independent project and is in the process of finding actors to feature in the short feature film. Radio Franco is airing their third show on Wednesday with featured guest, Sekouba. The RPTV team is in the process of editing their pilot show What is…

Radio Franco - Episode 3

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Radio Show 3: Dans cette section de l’émission Radio Franco

on a parlé de le festivale Caribana de cette fin de semaine dans la ville de toronto. On a remarqué d’avoir plusieurs chanson de l’artiste Dadju alors on a parlé de son histoire comme artiste et d'où il vient. Ensuit on a couvert le système d'éducation de Québec on a décidé d'en parlé de les différences et leur similarités de celui de l'Ontario. For the third show of Radio Franco we cover and discussed about the big parade of the Caribbean Festival aka Caribana that happened this weekend in Toronto.

​ Noticing that our music playlist had lot of song made by the artist Dadju, we decided to discuss his history as an artiste and as a person. We also cover the education system in Quebec and decided to distinguish the similarities and differences with the education system in Ontario.