Johwell St-Cilien, born in Paris, France from a Haitian mother, is an accomplished filmmaker who has worked on many projects such as the million dollar budget documentary "Changing Of The Gods". Johwell also is a song writer and as well as an educator who helped develop a successful creative arts youth program known as "Kids Helping Kids: A Hip Hop Experience" (KHK). The curriculum, written by Hip Hop Saves Lives, was the first after school program at CASA to be turned into a day class running for 2 years. Through KHK, the students at CASA produced over 100 socially driven music videos as well as short films, and the program gave the students many opportunities such as performing at The United Nations. Their work has also been recognized by local and some international news media. Johwell is also the co-founder of NegusWorld, Inc. and its philanthropic arm, NegusWorld.org, an organization that has for mission to connect youth around the world through art. Over the past few years, NegusWorld has been responsible for providing 6000 school lunches to children in Haiti, building of a soccer field in a favela of Brazil, and helping a school in Tanzania on their goal to self sustainability, among other projects.
Jamaal Bowman is the founding principal of Cornerstone Academy for Social Action Middle School (CASA) located in the northeast Bronx, and a passionate advocate for public education. Born in NYC, and raised by a single mom, Jamaal is most passionate about working with historically disenfranchised communities, and children impacted by trauma. Jamaal has worked in Title 1 public schools for over seventeen years, and is currently working toward his doctorate in education leadership at Manhattanville college.Jamaal received his bachelor’s degree in sports management from the University of New Haven and began his teaching career upon graduating in 1999. While working as a primary teacher at P.S. 90 in the south Bronx, Jamaal completed his master’s degree in guidance and counseling from Mercy College. In 2005 Jamaal began working at the High School of Arts and Technology, where he served as teacher, guidance counselor, coach and dean of students during his three-year tenure. In 2008 Jamaal was accepted into the national principal recruitment and training program New Leaders for New Schools and served as the resident principal of Achievement First Charter School. During his residency, Jamaal wrote a proposal to open a small urban middle school, and in January 2009, Jamaal’s proposal was approved by the New York City Department of Education and CASA Middle School opened its doors in September 2009. Over the past eight years, CASA has been recognized for its growth in student achievement, restorative justice practices, and commitment to social action, innovation, and educating the whole child. Jamaal is also a proud husband and father of three.
Jean-Michel "MK" Dobaria
Director of Photography/Editor
Jean-Michel "MK" Dobaria was born and raised in the suburbs of Paris, France, with a family background from the Reunion Island. He is the CEO and founder of Maison A.I.P (Art In Progress). MK is an accomplished videographer, introduced to the French Hip Hop music business at an early age. He collaborated on his first independently produced album when he was 14 years old and from there, started creating videos at 17. At 20, he moved to Brooklyn, New York. When MK arrived in NYC, he went back to school and received his MBA in Business and Marketing from Columbia University. After getting his degree, he spent several years working in the fashion industry, and eventually came back to his first loves: directing and videography. MK worked with talented artists and had great mentors around him such as Swizz Beatz, Talib Kweli, Ruff Ryders, Nas and many others. MK didn't stop at the music industry, he also embraced the world of extreme sports, such as MMA, skateboarding, surfing, etc. MK believes that his Art has no limits. Now MK is based in Los Angeles, California where he is sharing his vision and making his mark as an up-and-coming director. One of MK's favorite quotes and one he lives by is from Charles Dickens: "No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another."
Raheel Abeiku Yanful
Raheel is a former student of the Cornerstone Academy for Social Action. He was born in the Bronx to two Ghanaian parents and just graduated from the Bronx High School of Science. Raheel is interested in math, physics, basketball, photography and plans to major in Computer Science in college. Raheel learned HTML and CSS in his sophomore year of high school. He used these languages and web services to create multiple websites to display his photography. Though he currently designs and photographs at a personal capacity, he plans to expand to eventually create sites and photograph events for other people.
https://ryanful.github.io/yanful.me/ with HTML and CSS
http://yanful.wixsite.com/captures with wix.com