BXTRA with Everette Hamlette


–Tatyana Turner

You are a dive away from making your dreams a reality.

Picture this : You are someone who loves being in the water. Even in the dead of winter, you miss the potent smell of chlorine flowing through your nostrils. And though you are no expert, you hope to become a professional swimmer. On paper, your skills are just as good as the average person; but you have just enough courage and confidence to take things to the next level.  One day, you decide to put your pride aside and head over to a nearby pool. Instead of stepping foot into the water, you continue walking until you see the diving board. As you approach the ladder, your heart starts racing, regardless, you continue to walk towards it. With every step you climb, unwanted doubts trickle into your mind,  regardless, you continue to climb. Before you know it. You’ve made it to the top. From this view, you see a few familiar faces with puzzled facial expressions, wondering what in the world you are doing. For a moment, you don’t even know and may question why you didn’t play it safe. As you look out, you ignore the faces, the sounds, the fears and remember the determination and perseverance that brought you to this very point. You are one dive away from making your dreams a reality. With this in mind, you plunge. It was imperfect and startling, but regardless, you took a leap not everyone can say they’ve made.

Everette Hamlette is someone who had to take a leap of faith in order to follow his dreams. The UAlbany alum has extensive experience in media with a background in photography, videography and cinematography. For some time, Hamlette chose to lend his skills to a local cable network called Bronxnet where he had a suitable position that allowed him to do what he loved with beneficial financial rewards. Despite enjoying his time at Bronxnet, a miscarriage of social equity in his neighborhood pushed Hamlette to become an entrepreneur.

Lyons Square Playground, a community park that sits in the Hunt’s Point section of the Bronx has been closed off for several years.  The greenspace was often populated by students because it neighbored Public School 75, and it was eventually dubbed as “75 Park.”  According to the NYC Parks Department website, the greenspace went under construction in January of 2015 and was set to be completed in December of 2017.  The timeline for the design, procurement and construction appears to be faulty as progress has remained stagnant.  Everette Hamlette is in the process of creating a documentary to find out why.

When a community is denied access to a park, they are losing more than a piece of sentimental value. Neighborhoods like Hamlette’s are more prone to facing environmental issues, health concerns and a lack of community engagement. As the main subject and producer of “75 Park : 1 of the 35,” Hamlette has managed to interview community members and city officials alike to hopefully come up with a solution to re-open 75 Park and other greenspaces around New York City that have been facing that same misfortune.

Aside from the documentary, Hamlette has a YouTube channel where he takes on projects capturing the beat of musical artists, concerts, and the general essence of the Bronx. In February of 2018, Hamlette earned the rights to have his own production studio where he will continue to do photoshoots and video shoots for the Bronx community and beyond.

Theoretically speaking, when you see someone at the diving board, remember to cheer them on. “Unlike a drop of water which loses its identity when it joins the ocean, man does not lose his being in the society in which he lives, Man’s life is independent. He is born not for the development of the society alone, but for the development of his self.” -B.R. Ambedkar

Be sure to follow Everette Hamlette :

Instagram : EveretteHamlette

Twitter : StylishEvLLC

Facebook : Everette Hamlette Media

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Tatyana Turner is a Bronx native who grew up in the Mott Haven and Grand Concourse sections of the borough. She has experience in print journalism and photography. In December 2016, Tatyana graduated from Temple University with a degree in Communication Studies and returned to her home in the Bronx where she is applying her skills to further discover the extraordinary people and places in the place she calls home.

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