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ABOUT MDR

Board/Staff

MDR thanks the passionate volunteers who facilitate programs, raise funds, plan for the strategic growth of MDR, and bring interactive programs to youth in Los Angeles County.

ADVISORY/FOUNDING BOARD

Angela Richardson
Angela Richardson has more than 15 years of experience working with nonprofits across the United States and with non-governmental agencies in Mexico and Brazil. Currently based in Los Angeles, CA, Angela is one of 9 national trainers for The Grantsmanship Center where she travels and teaches a class on program planning and proposal writing to non-profit leaders across the United States. Locally she works with clients across Los Angeles County where her consulting work focuses on resource development, capacity-building, strategic planning, program planning, leadership development and coaching. Angela has held leadership positions at community-based organizations in Atlanta, New York, and Los Angeles and worked for a nationally recognized Arts Education at Brown University. She has reviewed grant proposals for the U.S. Department of Education, the Los Angeles Arts Commission and the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities. Prior to joining the board for Media Done Responsibly Ms. Richardson served on two other nonprofit boards.

Joshua Silverstein
Joshua Reuben Silverstein is an actor, comedic writer, performer, beatboxer and educator. He’s an original member of Norman Lear’s DECLARE YOURSELF ROAD TRIP SHOW; a 3-year spoken-word/music performance tour encouraging the American people to register and vote. His two-person show, “So Fresh and So Clean,” with actor/poet, Joe Hernandez-Kolski has been receiving rave reviews since its debut at the bang comedy theater in Los Angeles. It was additionally presented at the Comedy Central Stage and Ars Nova in New York City. Beatboxing since the age of 5, many people know Joshua as the West Coast’s most sought after beatboxer. His various collaborations with poets, musicians and other performers across the globe have earned him the title of “the hardest-working beatboxer in L.A.”. Joshua was honored along side Gina Loring and Brandon Coleman as the first American Hip Hop Artists to perform in Kuwait under the U.S Embassy. Joshua has gone on to provide and facilitate uncountable Theater, Improvisation and Spoken Word workshops / in-school residencies, all designed to create a safe and open space where youth indulge in the freedom of creative expression. For 14 years, Joshua produced, curated and hosted, numerous multifaceted, live art showcases within the greater Los Angeles area. Utilizing his multifaceted talents, he has opened for several established artists including Doug E. Fresh, Zach Galifianakis and most recently performed as a special guest on the season finale of Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell. You can currently catch Joshua during the school year as the co-host and co producer of Emmy winning, Downbeat 720; a high school open-mic that has been a staple of Santa Monica for the last 10 years. Joshua also serves as Co-Host with Eliza Skinner at The Beatdown; a comedian emcee battle that takes place once a month at the famous Upright Citizens Brigade in LA.

Jason Mitchell
Jason D. Mitchell has been committed to a life of service to his peers since his early days as a founder member of the Pasadena Youth Foundation, a group of high school students charged with giving voice to the concerns of Pasadena’s youth. After teaching in the Los Angeles public school system for 3 years he spent the next 9 years working directly with the largest homeless population in America; in Los Angeles’ Skid Row community. During this time he served as a board member with Community Voice Mail (currently Springwire) receiving emeritus status for his time of service.

Since leaving the Skid Row Community Jason has continued his commitment to his peers, recognizing that everyone is both his peer and community. Currently he is actively in service with the Agape International Spiritual Center where he has committed to serving his community from a greater expression of oneness. An Agape Licensed Spiritual Practitioner, he currently facilitates classes with Agape University, provides spiritual counseling services and teaches meditation, prayer, visioning and other tools to support people in their individual growth and development. His work with MDR is a natural extension of his belief that we must consciously approach our journey through this world with an awareness of how our individual lives impact the greater whole of humanity.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Shaunelle Curry
Shaunelle Curry SmallCrop2 copyShaunelle Curry, Executive Director of Media Done Responsibly, is an author, Masters level educator, and advocate for women and youth. She boasts over 20 years in child development and education service and over 15 years leadership experience in community development and social and arts programming.

In 2003, Shaunelle published her first book, Shairi’s Journey Through Darkness Into Light, a women’s self-development toolkit that she uses in her Victim to Victor™ workshops. This book has been made into a two-woman multi-media stage play chronicling a woman’s ascent from being a victim of sexual and domestic assault to being a self-empowered, loved human being. Shaunelle is currently on a college tour with this show entitled, SHATTERED GLASS.

In 2006, Shaunelle created Media Done Responsibly (formerly Mother’s Day Radio), a movement calling for a day to rest from the denigration and sexual objectification of women on urban radio, replacing it with a day to elevate women with music that honors their traditional greatness. On May 12, 2007, Mother’s Day weekend, MDR launched with the participation of KJLH 102.3 fm and V100 fm in Los Angeles, CA, and WERG 90.5 fm in Erie, Pennsylvania. This advocacy movement has now expanded to a Media Education program that trains college and high school students in media literacy and advocacy.

VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR INTERNS (Past and Present)
Erika Sorondo
Irene Esparza
Stephanie Lopez
Yesenia Ramirez
Lalyne Lombardi
Franceen Perez
Bianca Marentes
Chris Haynes

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Media Done Responsibly is a project of the Pasadena Arts Council’s EMERGE Fiscal Sponsorship Program. Pasadena Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Donations to Media Done Responsibly are tax deductible to the full extent of the law under Federal ID 95-2540759.