AVONDALE, Ohio — Behind the lens of her digital camera, Aurora Oluyemi sees a number of magnificence in her neighborhood.
Each weekend she units out to seize it, taking to the streets of Cincinnati’s Avondale neighborhood with particular care to ensure she highlights components of the neighborhood that don’t usually come into focus.
“I wouldn’t name myself a journalist and even an artist,” Oluyemi mentioned. “I’m unsure what I’m. Perhaps a media activist. I’ll uncover it as I am going alongside.”
The footage is for a undertaking she’s calling “A-1 Since Day One,” an hour-long webcast lifting the voices of Avondale.
Oluyemi is the producer, director, videographer and editor.
She’s at the moment a one-woman crew behind the nonprofit manufacturing firm, Triple Strength Media.
“I simply have a look at it as utilizing media to have the ability to get a voice out in order that we are able to change important points in our neighborhood,” she mentioned.
Oluyemi’s present has three predominant segments:
- Highlighting native companies
- Man on the road interviews permitting locals to indicate their persona and reply light-hearted questions
- Violence in Avondale thus far this yr
2020 has been essentially the most violent yr in Cincinnati historical past.
As of late December, police say there have been 90 homicides within the metropolis. Fifteen of them have been in Avondale, greater than every other Cincinnati neighborhood.
After the killings, Oluyemi seems to be for memorials.
There, she mentioned she finds individuals, family members, keen to talk to who these individuals have been.
Oluyemi mentioned her interviews attempt to spotlight the nice in them.
“On the information, you simply see like dangerous stuff in Avondale. When any person acquired killed, shot. However there’s a lot extra right here like individuals volunteer to do issues right here,” she mentioned. “Individuals work onerous and so they come dwelling and so they care for their youngsters and so they work two, three jobs, you recognize.”
Oluyemi mentioned it’s a lesson she discovered herself after shifting to Avondale.
She grew up in Faculty Hill and Clifton.
She mentioned she by no means anticipated to reside in Avondale, however as soon as she did she acquired concerned with the neighborhood council and different native efforts to higher the neighborhood.
“It’s not like they simply need to be complacent they do need higher,” she mentioned. “They do need the neighborhood to be higher. They need you to acknowledge their high quality of life.”
Oluyemi hopes her tales seize that facet of Avondale.
She needs to indicate the neighborhood residents who they’re, who they need to be, and the way they will get there.