Ufront Media Insights news bloggers shares their  unique perspective on the state of the media, music, technology and more.

Nikkia Jackson

Nikkia Jackson is VP of UFront Media International . She is currently an expat living in Paris, FR from Brooklyn, NY. Her background includes a diverse portfolio working in major communication fields from television, digital media, advertising and publication. With over fifteen years of experience she’s expanded her portfolio to include production, new business development and project management. With the guidance of her mentors/superiors she successfully created a business model to re-launch and expand one of Vh1’s digital music channels for both the linear and digital space, which included presenting original films and content to senior executives for potential film release. She will be leading the international initiative of U-Front Media by bringing new content and emerging artists of diverse backgrounds from around the world to  our new segment called…CONNECTING THE DOTS 


Gabirielle Matthews

Gaibrielle Matthews-   is the journalist for LIVE IN CONCERT WITH  Gaibrielle Matthews is a music segment where she will give you my play by play of the hottest music concerts  and music reviews.


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Tomél CleverGemz Waters–   is a contributor on a new segment called FRONT ROW REVIEWS . Brooklyn born producer/songwriter Tomél “Clever Gemz” Waters is an innovator in a new wave of Pop and Hip-Hop music. Strongly influenced by 80’s Pop and Classic Soul music and adding a Euro/Techno element to create a bold new sound.   Now he currently has two singles including the title track on Jason “Conquest” Roberts latest LP ‘OUTSPOKEN’ and the club banger “Above Average” on Q the Prophet’s upcoming release ‘Soul Hustler’s Diary’, as well as many other projects in the works.          Other projects that he is involved in are Prophets-I Music Group, LLC, which is a Record Label cofounded with Q the Prophet and CGI Network. CGI Network is company dedicated to bringing small independent Christian Media and Entertainment together to help promote and build each other’s Visions.

KATE (MISSMetaverse)

Katie (Miss Metaverse) Aquino- is a  contributor on a segment called Miss METAVERSE which  is a technology and design blog dedicated to making futures information relatable and cool. 

Katie Aquino has lived and worked on both coasts, in NYC and LA creating original film and television content for production companies including 11:11 Productions, AEG Productions, and Solaris Entertainment. Katie has collaborated on several reality television shows for SPIKE, MTV, TruTV, Lifetime, Discovery, and Nat GEO.
In early 2014, Katie launched Miss Metaverse as a platform for her futures, tech, speaking, and consulting. In late August 2014, AwesomeFuture.TV will feature her original futures web series.   Katie is also an ongoing futurist content contributor for I Am Digital News and Reality Sandwich.

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Orlando Suazo is a Contributor on Ufront Media insights and is  the Communications Director at New Life. He was born and raised in Harlem, New York City and, while growing up, he wanted to be doctor and study cardiology in medical school. As life would have it, that wasn’t the plan God had in store for him. In the summer between his Junior and Senior year of High School Orlando came to know the Lord at a young life camp. He followed up his new found salvation by applying to Nyack College in the fall of 2005, and studied Communications. His experience includes sports announcer and manager of Nyack College’s student run radio station,  he also  interned at Star 99.1FM, American Express, and NBC Universal and spent the last two years as Videographer at Harlem Children’s Zone. Orlando’s hobbies include watching zombie movies, spending time with friends, and playing basketball.

Nakeisha R. Jennings “I IGNITE brands for a living!” – Nakeisha Jennings

Nakeisha R. Jennings is a Contributor Writer  on UFront Media Insights about BRANDED ENTERTAINMENT. 

Understanding the unique marketing, communications and branding challenges organizations face, Nakeisha Jennings has fused a decade of marketing experience into her career as a Public Relations and Brand Strategist. She has built a reputation helping clients be heard, be relevant and generate revenue in today’s competitive landscape.

Best known for her development and marketing roles for conferences, fund-raising and red carpet events her acclaimed roster of organizations include All Kinds of Minds, Thurgood Marshall College Fund, BE Organic, The Guttmacher Foundation, Friends of The Congo, Women Doing It Big, Movies, Mountains and Film Festival and Education Through Music.

Through a diverse sponsorship portfolio including Nivea, VeeV, Ideeli, Hyatt Regency Hotels, Redken, New York Urban League Young Professionals, Black Enterprise, Crunch Fitness and O.P.I. her clients have been able to ignite their brands and further their mission. From business to luxury brands, her clients have been featured in Crain’s New York Business, Essence, ARISE TV, BET Network, The Hollywood Reporter, Marie Claire, CoCoa FAB, Everything Girls Love, on Black Enterprise, Dr. Oz, Bethenny Frankel and more!

She developed Prime Planners and Last Look NYC, events and image divisions in response to her client’s concierge needs. Last Look NYC has served as the key MUA team for fashion, runway and TV including BET’s “Rip The Runway” (2009-2013) and a recent TV segment for Victoria’s Secret with Tai Beauchamp (2013).


Dani Palmer

Danii Palmer is a contributor on Ufront Media Insights with a segment called Danii-TV. She will bringing fresh exciting news stories that is new, fresh kind of talk. She is also the founder of DANii-TV  an aspiring show that aims towards the youth of the future.

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 LISA DURDEN is a contributor on Ufront Media Insights with a segment called 

Lisa Durden..My World, My Way.

Lisa is a sought after Pop-Culture/Political Commentator to give her “straight no chaser” opinion on hot topics and has been a Regular Expert Guest on nationally syndicated radio and network shows like FOX 5’s “The Morning Show w/ Mike & Juliet,” FoxNews.com’s “The Strategy Room,” Comcast’s “It’s Your Call: With Lynn Doyle,” My9 News and 98.7 Kiss FM’s the “Michael Baisden Show.”  Lisa is the host of her self-titled talk show, The Lisa Durden Show, airing on Cablevision and Manhattan Neighborhood Network, and hosted a show on America’s Favorite Online Radio Station, www.WNJR-NEWARK.COM. She’s also a noted motivational speaker where she MC’s events, keynotes graduations and speaks to audiences of all ages around the country.  

Lisa is a contributor to weekly publication, Local Talk Newspaper,  contributing blogger for UFRONT Media Remapped, wrote a pop-culture commentary blog for the New Jersey Star Ledger @ www.nj.com/newark/lisadurden and was a contributor to the former monthly publication, Newark Live.

She currently serves as an adjunct professor at Essex County College in Newark NJ.  In spring 2009, Lisa was honored by Essex County College Women’s Empowerment Forum, for Outstanding Contributions and Service to the Community.   Lisa is also an award winning producer in non-fiction television and film. Currently she’s is the Associate Producer of The Newark Project, a documentary about education reform in Newark NJ. She was also the Associate Producer of the award winning, National PBS feature documentary, “Soul Food Junkies;” winner of the 2012 American Black Film Festival’s Best Documentary Award and the 2012 Urbanworld Film Festival Best Documentary Feature. She was also the Associate Producer of the Sundance Channel’s award winning 5 part docu-reality series, “Brick City 1,” which won the 2010 prestigious Peabody Award, was nominated for the 2010 NAACP Award and the Prime Time Emmy, for Exceptional Merit in Non-Fiction Filmmaking. She was the Researcher on the 6 part docu-reality series, “Brick City 2,” which premiered on the Sundance Channel January, 2011. Lisa was consulting producer and correspondent on the BET News Special, The Down Low Exposed and Executive Produced & Directed independent documentary film “PROJECT WOW:Men On The Down Low,” which aired in short form on BET J Black Stories. Lisa graduated with a BA in Communications from Seton Hall University. Lisa is a CPB/PBS Producers Academy Workshopper, class of 2013, a National Association of Television Production Executives Diversity Fellow class of 2009, a member of New York Women In Film and Television and is a Leadership Newark Fellow class of 2003. She was born and reared in Newark NJ. And not that it’s any of Y’all’s business, she’s happily single and childfree!! LOL.

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 Shalako L. Gordon is a contributor on Ufront Media Insights with a video game review segment called DUSTY CARTRIDGES.  

 Shalako L. Gordon (Writer/Director/Producer) SHALAKO L. GORDON is the owner and CEO of BlackFeet Films, Inc. BlackFeet Films strives to create opportunities through independent productions (i.e. film, Television or video) utilizing its abilities and talent to challenge the marketplace.Mr. Gordon has worked in film and television for the last twelve years. Throughout his years in television, Shalako has contributed to the success and completion of such prestigious programs, ?Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, Dateline, NBC, VH1, Black Entertainment Television, Late Night with Conan O?Brien? ?Saturday Night Live and many more.   Shalako is an Award-Winning director with his short film, ‘One Word,’ which screened at over 15 film festivals. Making the transition from editor to director was almost seamless and Shalako’s latest film, ‘The Truth About Lies’ is truly an example. Shalako is currently developing two web series, ‘Fathers and Sons’ and ‘DustyCartridges.com’ along with a feature length film FLAWLESS.

Lucinda Cross

Lucinda Cross

Lucinda Cross is a best-selling author, internationally known speaker, spokesperson and energetic teacher of  personal and professional development. In 2006, she started the brand Activate Your Life Today! a leadership services firm that specializes in the delivery of personal and professional development enrichment programs. Lucinda creates and delivers products and services that include but are not limited to seminars, workshops, curricula and trainings that are developed for professional women, young adults and at risk women and youth. Her programs are also captured to enriching the lives of professional women seeking personal growth. She is a contributing writer for Black Enterprise and Huffington Post Women.  Lucinda is the personal and professional development expert for several non-profit organizations, business development centers and her leadership advice have been featured on News 12 New York, NY 1, The Daily News, The New York Times, Essence Magazine, Ebony Magazine, ABC Money Matters, Black Enterprise, Dr. OZ, The Bethenny Show, CNN iReport, Tom Joyner Morning Show, as well as numerous online publications and over 100 online radio shows.

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Emelyn Stuart is the CEO/founder of Stuart Films  and the October Film Festival is dedicated to sharing knowledge  and resources with the independent film making community. As a contributor she will be providing information,tips and highlighting independent films that viewers need to watch.  

Emelyn’s short film “Heads or Tails” has soared beyond the film festival circuit straight to network television.  It has been broadcast on major network channels, in cities throughout the South and Midwest.  Her wildly successful web series, “12 Steps to Recovery,” has also performed beyond what anyone expected.  It garnered Emelyn the Best Producer award at the 2011 LAWebfest.  Having featured almost 100 local New York City actors, “12 Steps to Recovery” not only went viral throughout the world of New Media, this show can now be seen on the Punch TV cable network in as many as 35 million homes! Emelyn is frequently asked to participate in panel discussions in festivals throughout the US. This year she decided to launch the Ocktober Film Festival in New York City. The festival was a huge success with over 3000 people in attendance. Emelyn continues to sponsor many community initiatives and small businesses through Stuart Films. Most of all, Emelyn Stuart – in addition to being gifted in the world of business – strives to shatter the entertainment glass ceiling.

Mariah Darshá

Mariah Darshá

 Mariah Darsha is the L A entertainment contributor for Ufront Media Insights.  She will providing entertainment news and informationn form the LA scene.     She is Entertainment Host/Reporter & Blogger and Founder of MariahDeeTV.   She was born and raised in Northern California (Modesto, Ca) and moved out to Southern California in 2010 to start my life and to accomplish my goals. Her goals are not only beneficial to myself but also to others. I would love to start my own non-profit Women’s Empowerment Organization and reach out to the younger generation. Confidence, Independence and Self-Structure are qualities in which us as people should hold and that is what I will help instill in the near future of our siblings, children and peers.

Zarinah Skerritt

My name is Zarinah and I am 22 years old. During April 2015, I started this blog to showcase my passion for fashion and writing. I wanted to create a blog that helps women find clothing that is complementary and expressive, no matter their budget or size. I believe we should all be inspired by looking at our reflection. It was also important for me to share my ongoing journey towards finding complete confidence, sense of style, strength and happiness through stories and poems so that my readers will gain encouragement. Thank you for following me on my journey.



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