Reflecting on this year has reminded me how much I have grown both personally and professionally. Since 2012, I have been working on developing an entertainment brand while taking on endless opportunities that were presented to me within the journey. In 2015, #BennettKnowsRadio became a brand in Rhode Island that artists and music lovers grew to respect for the consistent platform it provided within the state’s emerging creative culture. Personally, I have grown-up so much! Although I don’t consider myself an adult, graduating from the University of Rhode Island and reuniting with my father after 13 years has shown me that I’m indeed capable of anything as I enter this new chapter in life. I became inspired as I entered the offices of HOT 97/Power 105 and had conversation with successes such as K Camp, Rita Ora and Janelle Monae. I traveled to places that I’ve both dreamed and never even thought of entering. Within it all, BennettKnows developed as well. 2015 has been all about experiences, both failures and successes to become a stronger person. In 2016, I just hope to follow-up on this amazing year in the same way … and who knows what will be accomplished! Check out some amazing moments from BennettKnows in 2015 below!
8. #BennettKnowsRadio Presents “All That”
Back in February, #BennettKnowsRadio launched our fourth season with a 90s-inspired promotional video directed by Sensei Productions. Kicking off the year, the team consisted of J2O, Speak Juice, Farynheight, Kasshtagram and newly found members J Santiago and Pat Stax. During this season we were stronger than we ever been, hosting two shows every Monday night from 9PM-12AM and 12AM-3AM on both RIU2 and 90.3FM WRIU respectively. This season taught me a lot about producing a radio show, setting a platform for branding and the overall power of collaboration. Looking back, we have an always nostalgic and entertaining video that will represent this era in my career forever!
7. University Of Rhode Island Harrington School & 5 Cent Cigar Features
Earlier this year, the University of Rhode Island’s Harrington School of Communications and ‘The Good 5 Cent Cigar’ both featured BennettKnows Entertainment in their weekly newsletter/newspaper! The interview and story, by Emma Clark and Chelsea Opong-Wadeer respectively, explored all aspects of my craft including the blog, radio show, television show and my future ambitions! Once again, I was so grateful for the features which recognized my teams hard work over the course of my college career! Not only did the articles motivate me to follow my dreams but it also validated that I was doing something right as a young dreamer!
6. Los Angeles Interviews
Back in March, I decided to finally make that trip to the City of Lost Angels a.k.a. Los Angeles, California. Growing up, for one reason or another, I was always fascinated with the city for its Hollywood “glitz and glamour”, beautiful weather and ongoing success stories. Traveling alone, I was unaware of the experiences that would meet me but I knew that I would have a few successes for the short period while I was there. Whether I was traveling with friends or my own, I made sure that I took the advantage of the city and everything it offered. One experience that I’m extremely grateful for was my interviews with Rhode Island rapper Roger Will and successful producer Bongo The Drum Gahd. Both interviews taught me a lot about myself, the path towards success, the entertainment industry and much more! Overall, Los Angeles was a success and I cannot wait to return in the very near future. Special thank you to my good friend Monica Lucia Franco for making this trip possible!
5. Shea High School’s ‘Journey Of A Dream/Nightmare’
One of the events I had the privilege of hosting this year was Shea High School’s “Journey Of A Dream/Nightmare” along side Katherine Barbosa. The high-energy fashion show, held at the Shea High School caught influences from mystical stories of dreams and nightmares as the models sported brands and creatives from Rhode Island. The event, which was held a few days before our college graduation reminded me and Katherine of our journey through higher education. We used our voice to share our experiences as both ourselves and the high school graduates entered a new chapter in our lives. Not only was the event well produced but I was finally able to experience the hype of Shea High School! Overall amazing event that I’m glad I could be a part of!
4. CVSA’s Annual Talent Show
Another event that I had the privilege of taking part in was CVSA’s Annual Talent Show. Alongside #BennettKnowsRadio’s Patricia Santos, I was able to host my final event at the University of Rhode Island. As part of the show, Patty and I celebrated rich Cape Verdean culture while showcasing some of the underground talent. In true #BennettKnowsRadio fashion, Patty and I lead an exciting lip synch alongside the rest of our team members. It was honestly one of the most fun shows I had hosting at the University! Overall, another great show that I got to host and this time I got to share the experience with my entire team!
3. Huffington Post Interview With Janelle Monae & Wondaland Records
Earlier this year, I randomly (but meaningfully) had the privilege of participating in Huffington Post Live’s interview with Janelle Monae, Jidenna and the rest of Wondaland Records. During our interview, we talked equality, social justice, music and much more! The interview not only was a validating moment that showed me that I’m indeed on a path towards success! You can check out my interview with Janelle Monae, Jidenna and the rest of the crew here!
2. Cumulus Media
This year I joined Cumulus Media as a promotion team member. Part of my job is to represent and promote stations such as Lite Rock 105, HOT 106 and 92 PRO FM at events throughout the New England area. One of the things that I enjoy about this job is the experiences that his has provided to learn and grow as a professional in this field. I’m looking forward to more experiences with Cumulus Media in the future!
1.#BennettKnowsRadio Presents #RunThisTown
In continuation of our entertaining promotional videos, #BennettKnowsRadio teamed up with Sam Albert of Sorry4TheBlog for our #RunThisTown promo. At this point in our journey, we wanted to tell the story of the power of collaboration. Paying ode to some influential names in Rhode Island, the team delivered an artistic, post-apocalyptic themed video for our sixth season. Interestingly, during this season I learned how much I appreciate the emerging culture in Providence and realized the amazing opportunity that I have as an influencer/entertainer to take part in the development of it. Overall, it has been an amazing year but I owe it to all my collaborators and supporters! As I continue to move forward, I pray that everything works for the best, and I’m sure it will! Either way, a dream we dream alone is just a dream. So let’s continue to make this a reality! I greatly appreciate the support thus far and will continue to work hard! It’s time! Looking forward to entertaining you in 2016!All it takes is a DREAM + DETERMINATION + HARD WORK + PRAYER.