Digital Footprint: Tiaira Muhammad

Tiara Aaaaeaaqaaaaaaaan-aaaajgmwntk4nta0ltmyodctngzlmi1imtm0ltc3ngezyzy3nzkwygliyah Muhammad was born in Inglewood California on January 11. She is currently pursuing a Bachelors Degree in both Broadcast & Digital Journalism and Political Science. Tiara is extremely accomplished academically and professionally. She has made both the Annenberg and Dornsife Dean’s List since Fall 2015 and is a part of multiple honor societies on campus including Lambda Pi Eta, Phi Sigma Theta. In addition, she was awarded a scholarship by the Golden Women Foundation, a women’s empowerment group that is dedicated to giving back to the communities they were raised in. Since starting college, she has had four different internships with HOLLYWIRE, TheWrap, The City of Santa Monica, and Lionsgate. While at HOLLYWIRE and TheWrap she wrote entertainment stories like “Rihanna Puts in ‘Work’ on First Music Video From Her New Album.”

She currently works as a Production and Development Intern for Lionsgate where she has a hand in content & brand management, script development and working with talent. She is also working very closely with Codeblack Films to help develop feature films and other content for the black community.  She is also very involved on USC Campus with a wide range of organizations. She has worked as a reporter for USC Annenberg Media, The Daily Trojan, Neon Tommy, and Annenberg TV News. Additionally, she is heavily involved in the USC National Association of Black Journalists, the Anti-Defamation League, the First Generation Student Union and the Black Student Assembly. For Black Student Assembly she participated in the “I, Too, Am USC” campaign.

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She is also involved in the Black Lives Matter movement on USC Campus.screen-shot-2016-11-17-at-6-08-53-pm In addition to aaaallllll of this, she works part-time at the equipment room for Annenberg Facilities and Technologies Department.

Tiara was interviewed for a piece published on takepart about “What the Perception of ‘Professional’ Hair Meansfor Black Job Seekers.” Her interview was serialized in other articles from different publications including Essence, Yahoo, and more.

She also got to meet Kerry Washington on campus last year when she came to speak to Annenberg students.

screen-shot-2016-11-17-at-6-08-11-pmThis past summer, Tiara traveled all around Japan with fellow USC students.

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When she wasn’t busy exploring “prototypical Japanese castle architecture,” she spent her time educating herself reading books like Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison and The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander.

This past weekend she danced and jammed to music by Alina Baraz, Lil Wayne, Chance the Rapper, and more at the Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival at Exposition Park.

Follow her on Twitter@TiairaMuhammad, on Instgram @iwearthetiara, and on Youtube at Tiara Muhammad.

Paulina Cachero – Week 6 Tipsheet

screen-shot-2016-10-04-at-12-17-45-amTimeline JS is an interactive, visually compelling timeline that is easy to create and embed into multimedia stories with a strong chronological narrative. The timeline can easily be embedded into any website or blog. The timeline illustrates a sequence of events through a slideshow of isolated events. In the slide, you can provide a brief explanation of the event complemented by relevant images, audio, videos, graphics, and more.  It was designed to accommodate both beginners and experts by allowing novice users to use a simple Google spreadsheet to build their timeline while allowing pros to use “JSON skills to create custom installations, while keeping TimelineJS’s core functionality.” For the purpose of this assignment, I will be demonstrating how to use the Timeline JS with the example they provide on the website called “Women in Computing.”

To begin creating your Timeline.JS, create a new Google Spreadsheet using a template created by Knight Lab. On their site, you can easily do this by clicking on the “Get the Speadsheet Template” button. Be sure to already be logged into your Google account before beginning this process. screen-shot-2016-10-04-at-12-51-11-am

A new tab will pop up on your browser with the spreadsheet template. To copy the template into your Google Drive, click the “Use this template” button in the upper left-hand corner.screen-shot-2016-10-04-at-12-53-53-am

This will create a Timeline Spreadsheet into your Google Drive and you can begin assembling your timeline. As you can see form the screenshot above, you can easily plug in the dates of events in your timeline in chronological order. You can even get as specific as the time the event occurred. For each event or slide in your timeline, there is a headline, text, media, media credit, media caption, media thumbnail, type, group and background. Filling out the date, the headline, and the text are required, however the rest of the pieces are optional. (Unless you use media. Then media credits are necessary.) The first row of your timeline will be your serve as the title slide of your timeline. Here you can include the name of the project and briefly explain the story being told through the timeline. To make sure the program knows this is your title slide, make sure that you select “title” under the “type” column. In the first slide, I would recommend using a background image to introduce your topic in a more compelling way than a plain white background. You can add an image by copy and pasting the image’s URL under the “background” column. screen-shot-2016-10-04-at-1-21-52-amThe information inserted into the template above translates into this in actual timeline:

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After creating the title slide, you can begin to add your events in chronological order using dynamic multimedia elements alongside a headline and body text from a variety of sources. Below the content of the individual events, there is an actual timeline of the other events included in the template so your viewer can follow along visually with the story as they click through.
Timeline JS allows users to use media from Youtube, Twitter, SoundCloud, Flickr, Vine, DailyMotion, Google Maps, Wikipedia, and more. To include these different elements, you simply copy and paste the media URL into the corresponding cell under media. If you don’t want to include multimedia elements, you can simply leave the media cell for that specific event empty and the text will appear on a plain white background.

This is a slide with just text.
This is a slide without any media.
This slide includes a Wikipedia page which you can click on and navigate to.
This slide includes a Wikipedia page which you can click on and navigate to.
This slides utilizes a google map.
This slides utilizes a specific location on google map.
In this slide, the user used a background image and a Youtube video for one event.
In this slide, the user used both a background image and a Youtube video for one event. Experiment with mixing media.

Once you’re finished filling out the template, click “Publish to the Web” under the File menu.

screen-shot-2016-10-04-at-1-43-55-amA window will pop up asking you to publish the content onto the web. Press “Okay,” then copy the link.
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Once you copy the line, go back to the Timeline JS’s main front page and insert the link into this box to render the timeline. Press “enter.”

Once you hit “enter” your timeline will come to life. A mini preview of your timeline will appear at the bottom of the website under the tutorial. To get a full-sized, functioning rendition of what will appear on your website, you can click “Get Link to Preview.” I would recommend just going through your timeline in the full-sized format so you can make sure all your multimedia elements are working, read through all your slides to check for grammatical or spelling errors, and more. Once you are happy with the finished product, you can copy and past the embed code onto your website or blog. screen-shot-2016-10-04-at-2-00-02-am

Photo Essay: Vermont Harbor

On Tuesday afternoon, I drove past the Coliseum to explore farther south of the stadium than I had ever been. Unsure of where to park or where to go, I pulled my green Honda Element into the parking lot in front of Numero Uno Supermarket and strolled down Vermont Avenue.  Here’s what I encountered.

WTF: There were bees on the sweet tea.
Next to the Numero Uno Supermarket, a man sold wild cherry, mango, papaya, and other flavored sweet teas from a makeshift yellow wooden cart.
WTF: There were bees on the sweet tea.
Bees swarmed the lids of the sweet tea jars. Yet, I was the one shooed away by the man’s wife. (WTF)
Amelia stands next to her cart on the corner of Vernon and Vermont everyday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Down the street, Amelia stood next to her cart on the corner of Vernon and Vermont. Amelia posts up on this corner every day from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. selling food to random people who pass by her on the street.
Amelia sells an assortment of fruits, vegetables, and tamales she makes fresh every morning.
She sells an assortment of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and tamales. Every morning she wakes up early to cook a fresh batch of her signature chicken and beef tamales.
Amelia moved to the United States 25 years ago, fleeing from the problems that plagued her home in El Salvador.
Amelia moved to the United States 25 years ago to flee from the problems that plagued her home in El Salvador.
Greiner's is the owner of a men's barber shop on Vermont.
As I walked further down Vermont, I happened to wander into a men’s barber shop. Greiner, the owner of the shop welcomed me inside as he shaved a customer’s beard with an electric razor.
One of the barbers form Greiner's Barber Shop gives a young boy a fade.
Meanwhile, one of the barbers form Greiner’s barber shop gave a young boy a fade. (Hands)
Reggie Curry, 57, was born and raised in Los Angeles. Reggie was a star linebacker for the Beverly Hills High School football team in 1974. He works as a security guard and juggles numerous odd jobs.
As I passed by the Royal Inn, a middle-aged man donning an all-black Nike track suit greeted me hello. Reggie Curry, 57, was born and raised in Los Angeles. Reggie was a star linebacker for the Beverly Hills High School football team in 1974. Now, he works as a security detail and juggles numerous odd jobs.
"I was in the gym every day. I had 21 inch arms and weighed 225 pounds. I started varsity my sophomore year. Probably should have started freshman year. I was a beast."
“I was in the gym every day. I had 21 inch arms and weighed 225 pounds. I started varsity my sophomore year; probably should have started freshman year. I was a beast,” recalled Reggie.
"You see that dent in the crook of my nose? That's from my football helmet. And the scars by my eyes is from years of work in security."
Reggie pulled off his sunglasses and pointed to the bridge of his nose.”You see that dent in the crook of my nose? That’s from my football helmet. And the scars by my eyes are from years of work in security.” (Eyes)
Reggie Curry was "born ready."
According to Reggie, he was “born ready.”
Looking up...
Looking up…
Looking down...
Looking down…
In the afternoon, locals hang out at Tom's Burger on Vermont.
Tom’s Burger Shack on Vermont welcomed locals for an afternoon snack.
Blue skies on 42nd and Vermont.
Blue skies on 42nd and Vermont.
Edgar sits on a bed in the parking lot of Numero Uno Market with a can of Colt 45 by his side.
On my way home, Edgar bid me farewell from a mattress in the parking lot of Numero Uno with a can of Colt 45 by his side.