Community Scholars: Cohort III

Cohort III

Project: This project will focus on preserving and promoting the work of Black documentary filmmakers from 1965 to the present. It consists of two components: the preservation of a cadre of films selected by a committee of experts, and an accompanying essay collection that will offer close readings of each. Haddock plans to take classes at Columbia to develop new research skills in support of her project.

Mable Haddock is an entrepreneur with a long and successful career in media. She has served as the urban arts director for the Canton Cultural Arts Center and is the founder of the National Black Programming Consortium, an organization which sponsors and supports independent filmmakers through advocacy, outreach, funding and distribution. She holds a certificate in public television administration from the Wharton School of Business and is a former Columbia University Revson Scholar.

Project: The PromiseLand Project is an initiative that will harness personal experiences, expert collaborations, and joint activities to lead five to ten black men from Harlem in cultivating lasting and meaningful bonds with their children.

Kanene Holder is an actress, activist, poet and educator. She has served as the associate director of NYU's Hip-Hop Education Center and is the creator of various theatre projects designed to enact social change and encourage conversation about sociopolitical topics. For her work she has been recognized as a CORO Educational Leadership Collaborative Fellow, a Bard Artistic Research Fellow, and a New York Life Fellow for Educational Reform. Holder is a graduate of Howard University and holds a Master of Science in Differentiated Instruction from CUNY.

Project: An collection of essays focused on parenthood and the evolving social and racial climate in Morningside Heights.

Lisa Jones is a journalist, actress and screenwriter whose body of work examines multiculturalism, black identity, and feminist consciousness. Jones graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and afterwards moved to London to work as a freelance writer. As a writer for the Village Voice in the 1990s, Jones gained an international following for her work on race and feminism. She has collaborated with Spike Lee and has written for children's television shows such as Little Bill and Gullah Gullah Island. Jones holds an MFA from New York University's School of Film and Television and is the author of a collection of essays, "Bulletproof Diva."

Project: Creative Impact Ventures (CIV) is a social enterprise accelerator that aims to connect entrepreneurs in the creative industries in Northern Manhattan with impact investing. Trapp plans to use his time at Columbia to access the University's entrepreneurship-focused centers to help launch CIV.

Rodney Trapp is an entrepreneur with a background in social impact investing. He has served as the director of institutional giving at the Dance Theatre of Harlem and is the founder of Trapp Consulting. In addtion to his 26 years as a nonprofit executive and fundraising professional, Trapp is also an adjunct instructor at New York University. Most recently, he has conducted research that explores the intersection between impact investing and the creative industries. Trapp holds degrees from Wake Forest and American University as well as Spain's University of Valencia and France's Novancia Business School.