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Hi, I'm Daniela. Welcome to my personal lair on the Internet. This is where I write about storytelling, activism, technology and pop culture. Sometimes I post videos. I update my lair when the mood strikes me. Follow me on Twitter for daily updates (@dcap).

Collaborative Media: ‘It Takes The Hood To Save The Hood’

I am proud to be associated with this collaborative mini-doc, produced by photographer/activist Bashira Webb and students from Phipps West Farms Teen Program in the South Bronx.

Back in April, Phipps Community Development Corporation contracted my services through DCAP Media to serve as an advisor and support the edit.

This video was made almost entirely by students. Bashira worked with them and members from the community to create this video. The people in the mini-doc are real; they share stories of the loved ones they lost to gun violence.

Special thanks to Gloria Cruz, head of the Bronx chapter of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence. She supported this production and gave us access to locals who had lost loved ones. Cruz recently organized the “Million Mom March” that took place in the South Bronx on May 8, 2010, and is a tireless advocate for peace.

“It Takes The Hood To Save The Hood” is a perfect example of why I am committed to developing my new business entity, DCAP Media. I want to continue supporting media that brings people together, all while having the freedom to work on a wide range of projects.

I also love any opportunity that gives me the chance to work with young people, teaching them how to tell their own stories.

I feel very blessed to be able to make a living doing what I do: operating as a multimedia producer for major media companies, while subverting the system and empowering the kids through indie media projects and pro social initiatives.