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NABJ Convention 2013

About a month ago I visited Orlando for the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Convention. I spent the week covering the convention, networking with editors and photographers, and reconnecting with many of my dad’s friends from his years at the Washington Post. I also got to work on an enterprise project on a free tennis program for underprivileged youth. It was quite an experience, and I will definitely apply for the student project again next year.

Kissimmee, Fl. July 30th 2013: Gregory Lee Jr., the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) President, reacts to the discussion at the NABJ Board of Directors business meeting held Tuesday July 30th 2013 at the Gaylord Palms Convention Center in Kissimmee, Fl. The NABJ Board of Directors was in Kissimmee for the 2013 NABJ Convention held July 31st through August 1st.

Kissimmee, Fl. July 30th 2013: Gregory Lee Jr., the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) President, reacts to the discussion at the NABJ Board of Directors business meeting held Tuesday July 30th 2013 at the Gaylord Palms Convention Center in Kissimmee, Fl. The NABJ Board of Directors was in Kissimmee for the 2013 NABJ Convention held July 31st through August 1st.

Kissimmee, Fl. July 30th 2013: Michelle Fitzhugh-Craig, Region VI Director, waits her turn to speak at the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Board of Directors meeting on Tuesday July 30th 2013 at the Gaylord Palms Convention Center. The Board of Directors was in Kissimmee for the 2013 NABJ Convention held July 31st through August 4th.

Kissimmee, Fl. July 30th 2013: Michelle Fitzhugh-Craig, Region VI Director, waits her turn to speak at the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Board of Directors meeting on Tuesday July 30th 2013 at the Gaylord Palms Convention Center. The Board of Directors was in Kissimmee for the 2013 NABJ Convention held July 31st through August 4th.

EATONVILLE, Fla. July 31st,  2013: Tina McCall-Waters of Orlando, Fla, laughs with some of her tennis students at a light practice at the Denton Johnson Tennis Corporation courts in Eatonville, Fla. on Wednesday July 31st, 2013. McCall-Waters gives free tennis lessons to underprivileged Orlando area youth through her program the Denton Johnson Tennis Corporation. Monica Herndon | NABJ Monitor

EATONVILLE, Fla. July 31st, 2013: Tina McCall-Waters of Orlando, Fla, laughs with some of her tennis students at a light practice at the Denton Johnson Tennis Corporation courts in Eatonville, Fla. on Wednesday July 31st, 2013. McCall-Waters gives free tennis lessons to underprivileged Orlando area youth through her program the Denton Johnson Tennis Corporation. Monica Herndon | NABJ Monitor

EATONVILLE, Fla. July 31st,  2013: Tina McCall-Waters of Orlando, shows Destiny Mcneil of Orlando, 6, forehand placement at a free tennis lesson at the Denton Johnson Tennis Corporation on Wednesday July 31st, 2013. McCall-Waters offers free tennis lessons for underprivileged youth, from beginning through advanced. One of the advanced students on her team will be attending Bethune-Cookman College in the fall on a tennis scholarship. Monica Herndon | NABJ Monitor

EATONVILLE, Fla. July 31st, 2013: Tina McCall-Waters of Orlando, shows Destiny Mcneil of Orlando, 6, forehand placement at a free tennis lesson at the Denton Johnson Tennis Corporation on Wednesday July 31st, 2013. McCall-Waters offers free tennis lessons for underprivileged youth, from beginning through advanced. One of the advanced students on her team will be attending Bethune-Cookman College in the fall on a tennis scholarship. Monica Herndon | NABJ Monitor

EATONVILLE, Fla. July 31st,  2013: (center) Candace Carmouche of Orlando, 12, and Lexus Gauntlette of Orlando, 16, sit on the bleachers during practice at the Denton Johnson Tennis Corporation Courts on Wednesday July 31st, 2013. Tina McCall-Waters offers free instruction at the courts in Eatonville, Fla. twice a week. Monica Herndon | NABJ Monitor

EATONVILLE, Fla. July 31st, 2013: (center) Candace Carmouche of Orlando, 12, and Lexus Gauntlette of Orlando, 16, sit on the bleachers during practice at the Denton Johnson Tennis Corporation Courts on Wednesday July 31st, 2013. Tina McCall-Waters offers free instruction at the courts in Eatonville, Fla. twice a week. Monica Herndon | NABJ Monitor

KISSIMMEE, Fla. July 31st,  2013: NABJ student journalists form a huddle at the Student Projects. Monica Herndon | NABJ Monitor

KISSIMMEE, Fla. July 31st, 2013: NABJ student journalists form a huddle at the Student Projects. Monica Herndon | NABJ Monitor

Kids walk past one of Ronald Kelly's paintings, commissoned by the city of Orlando, at the John H. Jackson Community Center in Orlando, Fla. on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013. Ronald Kelly, of Orlando is a local artist and has had multiple pieces commissioned by the city of Orlando . Monica Herndon | NABJ Monitor

Kids walk past one of Ronald Kelly’s paintings, commissoned by the city of Orlando, at the John H. Jackson Community Center in Orlando, Fla. on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013. Ronald Kelly, of Orlando is a local artist and has had multiple pieces commissioned by the city of Orlando . Monica Herndon | NABJ Monitor

Ronald Kelly, of Orlando poses in front of two of his works, commissoned by the city of Orlando, at the John H. Johnson Community Center on Thursday August 1st, 2013 in Orlando, Fla.  Kelly is a local artist who has had several works commissoned by the city of Orlando. Monica Herndon | NABJ Monitor

Ronald Kelly, of Orlando poses in front of two of his works, commissoned by the city of Orlando, at the John H. Johnson Community Center on Thursday August 1st, 2013 in Orlando, Fla. Kelly is a local artist who has had several works commissoned by the city of Orlando. Monica Herndon | NABJ Monitor

Bob Butler talks to Walter Smith-Randolph of Flint, Michigan in the atrium of the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention center before being announced as the new NABJ president. Monica Herndon | NABJ Monitor

Bob Butler talks to Walter Smith-Randolph of Flint, Michigan in the atrium of the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention center before being announced as the new NABJ president. Monica Herndon | NABJ Monitor

KISSIMMEE, Fla. August 2nd,  2013: Jahvaris Fulton, Trayvon Martin's brother rests his head on Tracy Martin's shoulder during the press conference about the Trayvon Martin Foundation at the National Association of Black Journalists Convention on Friday August 2nd, 2013. Monica Herndon | NABJ Monitor

KISSIMMEE, Fla. August 2nd, 2013: Jahvaris Fulton, Trayvon Martin’s brother rests his head on Tracy Martin’s shoulder during the press conference about the Trayvon Martin Foundation at the National Association of Black Journalists Convention on Friday August 2nd, 2013. Monica Herndon | NABJ Monitor

Bob Butler hugs his wife Lois Butler and son Robert Butler, III after the announcement of his win of the National Association of Black Journalists Presidential Election. Monica Herndon | NABJ Monitor

Bob Butler hugs his wife Lois Butler and son Robert Butler, III after the announcement of his win of the National Association of Black Journalists Presidential Election. Monica Herndon | NABJ Monitor

Kauai Family Vacay 2013

Back in June I went on vacation with my family, the first vacation that I have ever taken with both of my parents and my siblings! As a child I spent more time going on vacation with my best friend Leigh’s family, than I did my own. We flew out to Kauai the day after my sister’s high school graduation and spent a week soaking up the sun and the incredible beauty of the “garden island.”

We visited multiple beaches, including Shipwreck’s, Poipu, and Ke’e, Waimea Canyon, Hanapepe, and the Kileaua Lighthouse. It was AMAZING. I blew up Instagram with constant posts, way more than normal, and when I returned home felt like my eyes were under-stimulated by the normality of home. (I think my Insta followers were disappointed when the Hawaii pictures stopped too, my likes dropped dramatically.)

One day, I would love to take my own family back, when my parents are old and my siblings and I all have spouses and children. It’s really that great.

Preparing for prom

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Last weekend my younger sister Maya went to her high school prom. It seems like she’s grown up so much since I left for Miami three years ago and her maturity amazes me everyday. I still see her as my baby sister, new to the teenage world and naïve in every sense of the word, but in reality she will be leaving for college in a few short months.

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My days are flying by

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Here I am, sitting in the newsroom on a Sunday afternoon, at our second to last deadline for The Miami Hurricane. Tomorrow starts the last week of classes and then what? I’m a senior? I only have one year left of school? That is insane. I feel like I just came to UM. I’ve learned so much and been to so many places, yet I still feel like I’ve just begun!

It’s been busy the last couple weeks and I won’t really get a break until after finals so I must apologize for my lack of posts. Even though I’m not posting, I am still shooting daily so check out my Tumblr, and I will be updating this blog with a multitude of posts in the second week of May.

Canes celebrate the arrival of spring

CORAL GABLES, FL Mar. 30th 2013: Last Saturday afternoon I went to my first Holi festival of colors. Holi is an Indian celebration for the arrival of spring. About 100 students celebrated it at UM with the throwing of colored powder and water. To prepare for the potential mess, my roommate and I covered our cameras in plastic ziplock bags. I’m so glad we did because that would not have been a fun clean up!

My semester at UM is getting pretty busy, so my blog posts may be few and far between, but I’m hoping to get something up each week.

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