CAMMY AWARDS 2018 Bios
Ali Hackett - King of the Oldies
Ali Hackett is affectionately known in the Tri-State area and beyond as “King of the Oldies”. With music being a major part of his life, Ali has entertained so many with his unmistakable style of music, and his smooth dancing for many years.
While being an avid student of all music, Ali’s heart belongs to the oldies. His studies and research has made him become very well known for his contacts, and expertise in the oldies arena.
While being mostly known for playing oldies, Ali has also mastered being an MC, Host, Promoter, TV Producer, and most recently created one of the most successful outside ventures in Phila.
Black Tribbles - Black Tribbles
The crew - creator/producer Len Webb aka Bat Tribble, Ariell Johnson aka the Uncanny Tribble, Kennedy Allen aka Storm Tribble, Erik Darden aka Master Tribble, Randy Green aka SuperTribble and Isaiah Luck aka Super Saiyan Tribble - has revealed untold stories of geek history, showcased new and upcoming projects, and engaged in thought-provoking conversation on a culture often lacking a Black perspective. of a black influence, all with a irreverent tone that delights as it educates.
A hot item heard regularly on G-town Radio, 900am WURD and WHYY/Newsworks (2011-2016) which brought the show Streaming Media Project of the Year honors at the 2014 Philadelphia Geek Awards and saw them named ‘Most Valuable Philadelphian’ at the 2015 Philly Give & Get Ball, the Black Tribbles made the move in 2016 to FM radio and PhillyCAM WPPM 106.5fm. The respected troupe won the Collaboration Award at PhillyCAM's inaugural Cammy Awards in 2017. In 2018, the Tribbles debuted their first foray into television, Tribbles After Dark (a late-night look into the edgier side of geek), on PhillyCAM’s TV channel.
The highlight of any Tribbles’ show, interview or live event is when they invite their guests and fans to name their own ‘Tribble Designation’ and take their place in the Tribble Nation by reciting the Tribbles’ whimsical oath of allegiance. It’s the community of fans that sustains the Black Tribbles in their quest to unite everyone under one coda - “Too Cool to be Geeks, Too Cute to be Nerds; we are Black Tribbles”.
Connie Komm - PhillyCAM Voices, Segment: "Tribute to Sylvia Olden Lee's 100th Birthday"
Connie Komm is an independent film maker and photographer. She graduated in 2013 from Boston University’s School of Communications, majoring in Film and Broadcasting. She has been a member of PhillyCAM since 2012.
She has worked as a video editor for individuals, corporations and non-profits, and as a photographer for the Black Professionals News newspaper. She’s also interned as a media relations intern for a state representative; a photographer at a newspaper; and at two television stations in Boston, one in the news room and the other for a daily talk show. When she lived in Pittsburgh, she had her own weekly radio talk show.
Connie has worked for non-profits and done volunteer work for over 20 years.
Connie has worked on many PhillyCAM projects. She is certified in studio crew, green screen studio production, Adobe Premiere and Final Cut Pro 7 editing software, field production and she has a studio producer certificate.
Dalila Robin - The Dalila Robin Show
Robin, your host, was born into a musical family. Her father, Robert, is a singer and student of tenor saxophone and her uncle, Stevenson, is a classically trained pianist who has traveled around the world.
Robin's mother encouraged her to play acoustic guitar at a very early age. Robin later transitioned to flute after her being introduced to music from James Galway, Bobbie Humphrey, and Jean-Pierre Rampal, a French flutist. She attended and later graduated from the prestigious High School for the Creative and Performing Arts in Philadelphia, PA. and actually played with Jazz organist, Joey DeFrancesco, and bassist, Christian McBride, before they earned world-wide recognition. She later attended West Virginia State College and majored in Radio/TV Broadcast.
Robin created "The Dalila Robin Show" because of her love for music and her desire to utilize her inner gifts in service to others.
Elizabeth Estrada - Atrévete Radio Special
Elizabeth Estrada is a first-generartion Cuban American multimedia content producer. She aims to explore, engage and empower by telling underrepresented stories through her audio work. She is currently the Digital Communications Coordinator at the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance. Prior to this, Elizabeth interned at WHYY's The Pulse and worked at Firelight Media and New York Women in Film & Television supporting diverse filmmakers. Elizabeth is a producer for Atrévete, PhillyCAM's bilingual television show and serves on the Hispanic Scholarship Fund's Philadelphia Advisory Council.
Elizabeth is a graduate of Ithaca College and The New School University. Originally from Queens, New York, she now lives in South Philadelphia, where you can find her going on walks with her dog and fiancé, sipping cafécitos and listening to podcasts. You can follow her on social media @thatswhatEEsaid.
Rhonda Gibson-Phifer - LIKeIT Is
R.E. Gibson-Phifer was born and raised in New Jersey. She attended the University of Pennsylvania where she double majored in Mass Communications and Theatre Arts.
Gibson's career in the entertainment industry began as a music video production manager. From there, she went on to work for two major record labels, several independent films, theater productions, and television.
R.E. was a live news producer with a stellar reputation until she was stricken with Multiple Sclerosis. The illness killed her career in live news but not her dream. Instead of giving up, R.E. took the opportunity to fulfill her dream of creating and developing good television.
Ricky Paul - Sylver Alert
Ricky Paul has been a fixture on the Philly Arts and Activist scenes for over 25 years. DJ credits include: Eurovision Simulcast 2013-2018, Washington, DC, Grammy Awards (Philadelphia Chapter), 2006-07 & BabyLovesDisco, 2004-2009.
Theatre credits include: Painted Bride Arts Center “Our Living Legacy AIDS & Arts Festival”, Wilma Theatre “C’est La Guerre!”, 1812 Productions “Box Office of The Damned”, Tom Wilson Weinberg’s “Ten Percent Revue”, Michael Ogborn “Sophisticated Twinkies”. Founder/Director of The Dumpsta Players, Board of Directors for DP Arts Consortium & PhillyCAM.
Activism includes: ACT UP, Grassroot Queers and fundraising for: Bryson Institute for LGTBQ Youth & William Way Center.
Tee Tunnell Harris - Church Folks Secrets
Turkessa Harris (Known in the industry as Tee Tunnell Harris), is a native of Dover, DE and currently resides in Philadelphia, PA. Tee furthered her education at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Tee has written over four novels and transformed them into multiple stage plays in the years of 2011 until 2017.
Tee has worked in the film industry for over the past five years. In 2017, Tee created the web series and TV show entitled, "Church Folk Secrets" which premiered on the PhillyCAM station January 2018. Church Folk Secrets has gained national recognition and recently was awarded Best Web Series by the Church Stars Network in Pheonix, AZ. Tee has multiple cast members throughout the Tri-State area and as far as Chesapeake, VA.
She is honored to be a member of PhillyCAM for the past three years. She's a loving wife, mother, daughter, and friend to many.
Vince Williams - Micheaux Mission
Vince Williams and Len Webb, two friends always on the look for collaborative opportunities, agreed in 2016 to take on Len's challenge of watching and reviewing every Black feature film ever made and released to theaters. In Vince's words, they hope to give 'Rolling Stones' magazine style examination to these under-appreciated works of art. Together they hope to find the perfect wine to drink with Pam Grier's 'Coffy', the five movies since 1985 in which Samuel L. Jackson did not appear and someone else who agrees with Len that The Last Dragon is a bad movie.
Rob Schwartz -WHO?MAG TV
Rob Schwartz is a self-taught entertainment pioneer. While owning his own TV networks “iFame TV” and “WHO?MAG Multimedia” as well as multiple Broadcast TV shows that air worldwide on various platforms, Rob understands what an audience is seeking. As a multi-award winning director/editor/producer, an inspirational speaker, Bob has spoken in cities such as NYC, Tampa, and Seoul, South Korea. A celebrity interviewer with over 3,000 interviews, Rob is extremely diverse and understands how to remain flexible in this industry. As a songwriter, Rob has worked with many Grammy Award winning and Platinum producers as well as many known artists.
WHO?MAG TV premiered in 2007 on SKY TV in Europe. It helped revolutionize how an independent music program can break overseas barriers on a major platform. WHO?MAG TV can be seen on multiple multiple platforms including ROKU and Apple TV. You can also watch WHO?MAG TV at www.whomagtv.com.
Adam Bornstein - PhillyCAM Voices, Segment "NFL Protests"
I am from Mt. Laurel, NJ and have been a member of PhillyCAM for a year and a half contributing most of that time to the Voices news program as a reporter, videographer and editor. I currently work for American Airlines but have held jobs in the TV industry prior to that as a Manager of Satellite Operations. My desire is to get back into the TV field and PhillyCAM is helping me do just that by allowing me to gain the experience I need.
Dasha Saintremy, who goes by DaSaint is an Afro-Caribbean American womanist writer, poet, minister, counselor and creator of the genre 'poetic-shorts'. She is the Creator and founder of her nonprofit Live Love Liberate: A Creative Space for sacred expressions, which also partners a school in the Mountains of Haiti.
A lover of art and people, currently residing in Philadelphia PA, originally from Miami FL. She is also a spoken words artist and has currently ventured into turning her poetry into short films, her love for art knows no bounds. "I hope with every creative work I produce I can #liveloveliberate myself and others.”
Youth Powered Media Vol. 12 - Youth Participants
The production of Youth Powered media was created during PhillyCAM's youth media program to support and embrace youth voices. Our program brings together the youth of Philadelphia to make and share media that promotes creative expression, forward thinking and community participation.