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2018 What’s The 411TV Internship Opportunities

OPEN CALL: 2018 Student Internship Opportunities: On-Air Video, Journalism, Communications, P.R., Event Management, Social Media

What’s The 411TV, a Brooklyn-based emerging media company, is currently recruiting interns to assist our team in the Spring and Summer 2018 semesters in the following areas:

• TV Social Media Integration
• Sports Reporting including the WNBA
• Event Planning and Management
• Writers for articles/news briefs, TV scripts, and newsletters
• Digital Reporting
• DJ/Announcing/Podcasting
• Communications, public relations, and marketing

What’s The 411TV owns a unique and growing portfolio of lifestyle brands that provide original content in categories including entertainment, sports, fashion, beauty, wellness, film, music, TV, business, and tech. All of our TV studio work is produced downtown Brooklyn in the state-of-the-art facilities at BRIC Arts Media House. You can view our work on our websites www.whatsthe411.com and www.411SportsTV.com. You can also listen to What’s The 411 podcast episodes on Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, Stitcher, and TuneIn.

Our Requirements:

• We prefer interns that can receive academic credit for the internship, but it’s not required.
• Schedules are prepared around the intern's academic requirements and schedule.
• Strong writing, speaking, and creative thinking skills are essential.
• Knowledge of new digital media (social media, blogs, web technology, etc.), and you must have a social media account

• The candidates will be self-starters who pay attention to detail, have great dispositions, the ability to work independently; good listeners, and for on-camera work, must have a great personality

Ideally, candidates are juniors or seniors in college or recent graduates, who are able to commit to the internship for the Spring 2018 and/or Summer 2018 semester.

Please send all resumes, cover letters, and a link to your reel (if you have one) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject line “Internship” and the area of interest, e.g., Internship – Writer. Inquiries can be sent to the same email address with “INTERN INQUIRY” in the subject line.

Selected qualified applicants for the OPEN CALL on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, will receive instructions for the Open Call on Sunday, January 14, 2018. To see a portfolio of our work, please visit www.whatsthe411.com

These are UNPAID internships.

Anita Baker Backstage at Soul Train Awards

Anita Baker wins two Soul Train Awards and his blown away by Diana Ross and Berry Gordy in the audience

In this video award-winning singer Anita Baker, along with Patti Labelle, are talking with the media backstage at the Soul Train Awards.

Ms. Baker is expressing her excitement about seeing Motown founder Berry Gordy and Diana Ross, lead singer of the original Supremes, in the audience while she was performing.

Ms. Baker, a Detroit native, explains that Detroiters view Gordy and Ross in high regard, in effect the First Family of Detroit.

Anita Baker won two Soul Train Awards at the 1995 awards show.

Held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, the Soul Train Awards honors the best in R&B, soul, rap, jazz, and gospel music from the previous year. 

This year’s show, held on March 13, 1995, was hosted by award winners in their own right Anita Baker, Babyface, and Patti LaBelle.

 

 

Mos Def Rehearsing for Def Poetry Jam

Hip-hop recording artist Mos Def, along with his “human beatbox” entertain media and others at Def Poetry sound check

 

What's The 411 attended a media event for Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry, better known as Def Poetry Jam, and captured Mos Def doing a sound check.

Def Poetry Jam, a spoken word poetry television series which is hosted by Mos Def, features many established and up-and-coming poets and spoken word artists.

Just prior to the sound check, What’s The 411 producer Ruth J. Morrison, got an interview with Russell Simmons, who spoke about the value of poetry and spoken word.

Additionally, Uncle Rush was on hand earlier for a photo opp with Alicia Keys and John Legend.

Mos Def Alicia Keys John Legend Russell Simmons with 411 logo

Def Poetry Jam aired on HBO from 2002 through 2007.

 

Hip-Hop Artist Common Rehearsing for Def Poetry Jam

Hip-Hop artist Common wows media and others during a sound check for Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry

What's The 411 attended a media event for Def Poetry Jam, and captured spoken word artist, poet, and actor, Common, during a rehearsal/sound check for an episode of Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry, better known as Def Poetry Jam.

Def Poetry Jam, a spoken word poetry television series hosted by Mos Def, featured many established and up-and-coming poets and spoken word artists and aired on HBO from 2002 through 2007. Mos Def completed his sound check earlier.

Just prior to the rehearsal/sound check, Uncle Rush was on hand earlier for a photo opp with Alicia Keys and John Legend.

Mos Def Alicia Keys John Legend Russell Simmons with 411 logo

What’s The 411 producer Ruth J. Morrison, got an exclusive interview with Russell Simmons, who spoke about the value of poetry and spoken word.

Poet and activist, Sonia Sanchez in Rehearsal for Def Poetry

Award-winning poet Sonia Sanchez rehearsing for Def Poetry Jam

What's The 411 attended a media event for Def Poetry Jam, and captured poet and activist, Sonia Sanchez, during a rehearsal/sound check for an episode of Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry, better known as Def Poetry Jam.

An educator, mother, and winner of several awards for her poetry and activism, Ms. Sanchez is most often associated with the Black Arts Movement. In fact, Sanchez was a very influential part of the Civil Rights Movement and the Black Studies Movement. Sanchez has edited two anthologies on Black literature, We Be Word Sorcerers: 25 Stories by Black Americans and 360° of Blackness Coming at You. She continues to advocate for the rights of oppressed women and minority groups.

Def Poetry Jam, a spoken word poetry television series hosted by Mos Def, in addition to Ms. Sanchez, featured many established and up-and-coming poets and spoken word artists and aired on HBO from 2002 through 2007.

Poet Lemon Andersen is Navigating His Career in Right Direction

When life got tough, Lemon didn’t make lemonade, he created an orchard

Hailing from Brooklyn, NY, artist extraordinaire, Lemon Anderson’s specialty is spoken-word, poetry, and acting. What makes Lemon special is his tenacity. After bouncing around from school to school, Lemon found himself in jail at Rikers Island and fortunately, at Rikers, he found a great teacher. From there Lemon began to focus on his greatness. He learned that life is a marathon, not a sprint, and you have to put the work in to see results.

Lemon considers himself to be a studied poet, which means he follows and studies the great poets who have come before him, which is a great attribute because so many people across industries don’t recognize the people who have come before them. They tend to think it’s unimportant or it doesn’t matter. Lemon also recognized from studying great poets that poetry is performance art which actually separates decent poets from great poets. A so-so poet may just recite a poem, but great poets put their whole being into the words. So when Spike Lee saw Lemon’s performance in Def Poetry on Broadway, he extended an opportunity to Lemon to work on two of his films proving that putting the work in was starting to pay off.

We’ll be watching.

Damon Dash Gives Insight into His Career and Music Industry

Damon Dash talks about what it takes to manage recording artists, benefits of owning his own record company, and more

What's The 411 producer Ruth J. Morrison caught up with entrepreneur and music producer Damon Dash at a Fashion Arts Xchange (FAX) event held at Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), in which he and the phenomenal photographer Gordon Parks were honored.

Dash talked with What’s The 411 about his early days as a manager for a hip-hop group, Original Flava, the reason he started his own record company; Dash Films; and Dash Digital.

Dash also reminded us that a little-known rapper by the name of Jay-Z dropped a few rhymes on Original Flava's single, Can I Get Open.

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