Sunfest 2017: Where Music Meets the Waterfront – OUTLOUD Multimedia

 

In the quaint downtown of West Palm Beach, where the streets are embellished by a variety of shops and restaurants, a vibrant music and arts festival comes to life every year in the first week of May. The five-day affair brings people together from all over the state to share their passion for food, art, and most importantly, music. And this year, the festival was bigger than ever.

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Miami LGBTQ Pride Parade and a Baptism by Glitter

Meandering my way through a crowd splashed in the colors of the rainbow, I found myself fully immersed into a parade that not only celebrated the pride of being fabulously different, but also the bond of a community bound by their love of loving freely.

Miami’s yearly Gay Pride Parade, a weekend-long celebration, once again proved that the Magic city is the home for unapologetic misfits. Throughout my re-exploration of Collin’s Avenue, where the streets were closed off to make way for extraveggant floats and dancers, I came in contact with people of all ages, ethniticites, and religions. That weekend, only one thing mattered: unity.

The crowd sparkled in the sunlight with their vibrant costumes and glitter. A man, sporting the latest makeup trends while holding a sign that read “Free Glitter” approached me as I was merely participating in the parade as a speculator through the lens of my camera.  Before I knew it, my face, clothes and hair, was drenched by a silver waterfall.

And just like that, having arrived as a stranger, I emerged from the crowd illuminated by glitter and as a member of the family.

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Flowers in Her Hair but She Don’t Care

It’s been a while since my dear childhood friend and I have met up, let alone conduct a much needed photoshoot! We pranced around various parks in search for the perfect lighting and just the right amount of color. What resulted was a series of CoverGirl worthy shots, all of which were taken by visionary and future trendsetter, Nia Marie.

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Photography!

Every year, my journalism teacher assigns us a photography challenge where we are partnered up with somebody we must take pictures of. Essentially we have to capture each other’s personality within a mere snapshot. Here’s how we did!

My partner was Nathalie (@NathalieDV_13) and these are the pictures she took of me…

…and here are the pictures I took of her!

Lastly, my journalism teacher challenged us to look intrinsically and capture photos that depict who we are in a nutshell. I decided to show my bubblinesss:

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Allow Me to Catch You Up

It’s quite ironic how my blog has been silent as of late when my life has been the absolute opposite! So far 2016 has been one of the best and worst years of my life. It was the worst because the stress of my school life and my home life was becoming way too much for me to handle. And yet I am here, typing away, and ready to conquer the world. Judging by what I’ve been up to this summer, I’m off to a good start. Allow me to keep you up to date, shall we?

New York, New York: I didn’t go to the last day of school because I was on a plane to New York! I spent approximately a week there exploring a world unknown to me, which turned out to be an amazing experience. I’ve always wanted to travel the whole world and experience different cultures, but little did I know I simply had to walk through three different neighborhoods in New York. I fell in love with this city over a matter of hours. I can’t wait to go back.

Yale University: My next stop after New York was New Haven, Connecticut where I attended a conference for College Prep Scholars at Yale University. It was a one day event, but it was amazing. It was amazing that I was even invited there to begin with.  I never thought that I would be good enough to even become a College Prep Scholar, let alone sit in one of Yale’s classrooms.  I spoke with admissions officers of Yale and multiple other colleges and it just made everything so real. I could possibly be a student at one of these colleges a year from now!

Girls Who Code: In addition to becoming a College Prep Scholar, I also got accepted into the Girls Who Code 7 week summer immersion program. Now, I know how that sounds. Doesn’t this girl want to become a journalist? Why the heck is she learning to code. Well, my friend. There’s a reason to my madness. Many people say that journalism is dying when in reality it is evolving. We get our news from the internet, so wouldn’t it be great if I could program a new way to tell stories? Hence why I’m learning to code, but it is NOT easy. I am not very science oriented so it’s been a struggle!

 

Twenty One Pilots: Luck was definitely by my side when a friend from my Girls Who Code summer program approached me with relatively cheap tickets to see Twenty One Pilots. I thought they were regular seats until I found out what GA1 stood for–the pit. The pit is on ground level where crazy fans can push their way to the front. When my friend and I went, it was every man–every woman– for themselves. I slowly weaved to the front, and got an amazing view! The concert sure was life changing. It converted me to hardcore fan and I don’t think I’ll ever be the same again.

New Responsibilities: Right before school ended, editor positions were announced for my school newspaper. I had been anticipating that moment since I started the journalism program at my school, hence I worked tirelessly to get there—so tirelessly that I once finished writing an article on a dying phone in the parking lot of Magic Kingdom. When the moment of truth came around, I wasn’t sure how I would handle the news. Fortunately, the news was good because I became the new managing editor of the newspaper! I knew that it wasn’t going to be an easy job, but I was ready to become a leader and create a publication that the staff and I could be proud of.

100 Followers!

My blog and semi-online portfolio, In The Works,  was first created as an assignment for my journalism class. However, in the course of one year it grew into something much bigger—something much more meaningful than just a grade in the gradebook. It has become a platform where I share my experiences alongside my latest articles, creative writing and photography.

I never would have thought that my blog would reach a 100 followers. I remember looking at my stats when I first started and, well, let’s just say I wasn’t expecting to have such an awesome readership as I do now. (Shout-out to the followers I always look forward to seeing a like or a comment from: SunitegranonineMonikaNew England Nomadmapes24, nuriasiemon, and mvasquez)

As I continue to blog and post insights into my life I hope to continue to interact with the wordpress blogging community and beyond. Meanwhile, my blog will continue to grow as I do and it will continue to change as I change. It is and always will be under construction—it will always be in the works.