Bio: Christina Parrish Stone


Christina is a long-time advocate for Jacksonville’s urban neighborhoods, with significant experience in historic preservation and the use of arts and culture as tools for community development.  A resident of Historic Springfield, she recently retired from a twenty-year career as an attorney specializing in real estate law and now serves as Executive Director of Springfield Preservation and Revitalization Council, Inc.  She is a founder of Jacksonville PorchFest, an annual music festival that brings thousands of people to Springfield to enjoy dozens of performances on porches and in parks throughout the historic district. A board member or chair of several other civic organizations, Christina recently completed her goal of visiting each of the fifty United States and believes Jacksonville is poised to end its reign as America’s most underrated, unappreciated, and misunderstood city. 

Bio: Tiffany Melanson

Tiffany is a poet, performer and graduate of the Bennington Writing Seminars. An educator as well as artist, she teaches poetry workshops, magazine production and oral interpretation at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts.  Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has most recently appeared in Compose Journal, Coda Quarterly, Bridge Eight and on Swamp Radio, a live radio and podcast experience celebrating the culture, art and history of Northeast Florida, where she is both occasional co-host, interviewer and frequent contributor. She recently completed an audio chapbook for Eat Poems and was previously featured in The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens' exhibit, Reflections: Artful Perspectives on the St. Johns River.


Bio: Roosevelt Watson III

Roosevelt is a painter working in surreal, abstract, and figurative modes. A native of Jacksonville, he received his BFA from the Atlanta College of Art (now the Savannah College of Art and Design), and his work is currently on display at the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens exhibit, LIFT: Contemporary Expressions of the African American Experience.  He was awarded the Savannah Individual Arts Assistance Grant and has twice placed first in the Jacksonville-area Beaches Fine Arts Series.  His work has been commissioned by the Ritz Theatre and LaVilla Museum in Jacksonville, the Emmanuel Church in Tampa, and the Boys and Girls Club in Hilton Head, South Carolina, and his paintings have been featured on the covers of Savannah Scene, Folio Weekly, and Contemporary Arts Today.



Bio: Ebony Payne-English

Ebony is a writer, performer, educator, and human rights activist from Jacksonville, where she is a board member of The Performers Academy. She is the first woman to establish her own chapter of the international poetry organization, Black on Black Rhyme. Ebony is a 2015 Southern Fried Poetry Slam double finalist as well as the winner of Florida Urban Culture’s 2015 award for Most Influential Artist.  Her 12 years of professional experience include performances at the New Orleans House of Blues, Essence Festival, Nuyorican Café, and the Denver Mercury Slam. Her discography comprises three critically acclaimed poetry albums, and she is the author of a nationally accredited, artistically centered K-12 STEAM curriculum and children’s book series in use in some 48 programs nationwide.



Bio: Mal Jones

Photo by  Ingrid Damiani

Recording artist, Founder of The Lyricist Live, emcee, award winning Jacksonville Hip-Hop/Folk artist, educator and documentarian Mal Jones hosts The Lyricist Live at downtown vision’s monthly “Jacksonville Artwalk.” A Bronx Born, 23 year resident of Duval County, Mal is a pioneer of the Jacksonville indie Hip-Hop scene and creator of Hip-Hop education based school programs that use hip-hop culture as an educational tool. In 2013 Mal became the first Hip-Hop artist in Florida history labeled a “Folk Artist” by The Florida Folklife Program and Division of Historical Resources for the traditional skill of improvisational freestyle rapping. In addition to hosting a number of Hip-Hop workshops that focus on writing and literacy, Mal runs a state funded apprenticeship program awarded by The Florida Folklife Program that teaches the traditional skill of freestyle rapping. He's currently in his 2nd year of curating the folk apprenticeship program.

Mal will perform at 5:30 p.m. before the next TEDxFSCJ Salon:
Art (Re)Defines Us

TEDxFSCJ Salon: Immigrants, Refugees, and Jacksonville's Muslim American Community


Wednesday, February 10, 2016
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Florida State College at Jacksonville Deerwood Center
9911 Old Baymeadows Road. G1709. Jacksonville, FL 32256

You see the headlines about immigrants and refugees daily, but what are their experiences really like? Join us for our first Salon of 2016 where we'll present a selection of TED Talks on the immigrant/refugee experience.

Panel discussion featuring local voices, including:

Ericka Curran
Professor of Law at Florida Coastal School of Law and Director of the Immigrant and Human Rights Clinic. 

Rosanna Barsati
Third-year law student at Florida Coastal School of Law specializing in international, human rights, and refugee law. 

Ranna Abduljawad
Palestinian American, vice president in finance technology, and member of Floridians Responding to Refugees.

Mohammad Bataineh
Managing Partner of Bataineh Palmeri, a business and corporate law firm, and executive board member of OneJax. Mohammad was born in the Middle East and came to the US as a young boy.

TEDxFSCJ Salon: Technology & Society


Tuesday, Dec 1, 2015
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

FSCJ Deerwood Center/Open Campus
Room B1204 (The Academy)

TEDxFSCJ Salon Technology & Society explores how technology is being used to solve issues in our society. It is inspired in previous talk about technology and social issues and how businesses can help to solve global problems. TED videos related to recent technological solutions and moderation and discussion about actions we can implement in our communities. FSCJ students, staff, and faculty are invited to attend. Please invite friends to attend. Bring middle school and high school children interested in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math). They are the future of global solutions using technology. 

TEDxFSCJ Salon: Green Plate Special - The Intersections and Overlaps of Food, Health, and the Environment


April 22, 2015 at 6:30pm
North Campus - Room C-126

An evening of curated TED Talk videos on the subjects of food and health – both yours and the planet’s. We’ll also be joined by a representative of the North Campus’ Culinary Arts Program, who will talk a little bit about nutrition.