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Kujaatele Kweli, more popularly known as KOOGE, designed, built and was Department Chairman, Station Manager and Chief Instructor for OTV Orlando Tech’s vocational television educational program over 12 years retiring in 2003 to lead his full time TV studio and empowerment training institute.  He has built and headed several multi-million dollar companies in the education, entertainment, digital media production and personal empowerment fields including The KweliWorks Institute (2002), Rising Star Telecommunication, Inc. (1996), AngelWorks Digital Media Productions (1997), EDI Secure (2002), a global encryption system for secure internet transactions). With over 30 years experience in all aspects of media and education, KOOGE has producer over 1,000 media projects including award-winning instructional, corporate and promotional videos, TV commercials, PSAs (personal service announcements, political and educational media campaigns, over 30 television series, over a dozen satellite teleconferences, and web casts and built 6 TV studios.  Additionally, he has trained thousands of top executives and youth in leadership, management, human relationship, and technical and personal empowerment skills. He has advised and served as a consult and expert witness for 6 President, the White House Domestic Council, numerous White House Conferences, the Federal Communications Commission, The Food and Drug Administration, Congress, the Senate, The Congressional Black Caucus, numerous government agencies and local and state government administrators and legislators, He has serves as the senior manager team of several leading education, community and economic development institutions.  Currently he is writing a series of books on Empowerment as part of his expanding Empower Yourself Empowerment Training Program.

 
Kujaatele (KOOGE) Kweli

Names: Kujaatele Kweli or (KOOGE)

Home base: Orlando, Florida

Favorite book: Good To Great,

The World’s Greatest salesman,

7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Favorite movie: Casablanca, The Matrix

Kooge is known throughout Central Florida and in several industries as a Producer/Director and CEO.


  1. Recognized in 2002 as the Business Man of the Year for Florida, by the National Republican Congressional Committee.


  2. In 2001 named Technical Educator of the Year in Orange County.


  3. 35 years experience as Producer, Director, Educator, Consultant and C.E.O.


  4. Was an advisor, advocator of community and youth development policies before


  5. 6 U.S. Presidents, White House Conferences, Congressional Committees Conference and numerous other organizations.


  6. Author of: The Community Educator Handbook published by National Urban League, The Media Action Guide and The Waiting Work Force.


  7. Developed the Empowerment Game Educational Program


  8. Produced award winning I Choose To Know AIDS educational DVD/Video


  9. Produced & Directed Our Story; HIV in the Black Community


  10. Directed and Produced award winning 2002-2003 Teen Pregnancy Prevention Campaign, Center for Disease Control and Orange County Health Dept.


  11. Kooge has trained thousands from top executives to at-risk youth in leadership skills and modern management techniques.



AREAS OF SPECIALIZED EXPERTISE

CEO/Senior Manager/Foundation Executive

Special Project/Program Manager/Institutional Builder and Problem Solver

Educator/Instructor/Trainer/Administrator

Education and Career Administrator

Human Relations, Management and Personal Empowerment Trainer

Instructional Material Developer (Books/Video/DVDs/Websites)

Multi-media Planner/Producer/Director/Writer/TV Station and Production Facility Manager

On-air TV, radio host and Master of Ceremonies & Speaker

Master Event, Meeting Planner, VIP Hospitality Service Provider

Community, Economic, Small and Medium Size Business, Development and Assistance


EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

System Analyst, Freedom National Bank; (NYC 69-71)

National Youth Development and Student Affairs Director, National Urban League (NYC 71-79)

Research Director, Booker T. Washington Foundation (D.C. 80-88)

Producer/Director/Foundation Executive/Principle Investigator/Project Manager the National Center for Neighborhood Enterprise (D.C. 88-89)

Chairman, General Manager and Chief Instructor Orlando Tech, Orlando TV. Orlando Tech (91-03)

CEO, Rising Star Telecommunications, Inc. (76-04 turn keyed to client)

CEO, EDI Secure (02-04 turn keyed to client)

CEO, Director/Trainer/Instructional Material Designer, KweliWorks Institute, (75 to Present)

Independent Luxury Town Car Chauffeur (2005-Present)


SELECTED MAJOR ACHIEVEMENT

Raised over $40 million dollars from and for various non-profit agencies and foundations in community and economic development: Ford Foundation, Food and Drug Administration, Department of Defense, Department of Commerce, USAID, Department of Juvenile Justice, Control Data, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Energy, Ford Foundation, Department of Commerce, Orange County Department of Health, University of Central Florida and The Center for Disease Control.

Raised over $10 for private capital R&D ventures, Live TV, satellite telecast, web cast, instructional and activities and training programs and television studios.

Developed curriculum and training program that place over 100 graduates in film, TV, computer generated graphics industries. Chairman/Chief Instructor

Developed Empowerment Training Program including the Empowerment Game/

Winner HEW Best Instruction Material Award including “What You Don’t Know Could Hurt You series Community Educator’s Handbook. (77-80) (Client: FDA) Prod/Writer/Editor

Developed and Hosted: “The KOOGE Show: Empower Yourself” Radio Show and CD/DVD series Producer/Director/Host

Produced Award winning 02-04 Teen Pregnancy Prevention Campaign, (Center for Disease Control and Orange County Health Department (02-03)

CEO, Coordinated R&D effort that produced Internet Filters for business, families and children, GlobalProtector.net

CEO, coordinated R&D effort that produced and secured patents for financial transactions systems over the Internet and other telephonic systems. EDI Secure

Producer/Director researched and developed  “Not Here! You Don’t” anti-drug satellite teleconference and documentary (client: Department of Justice, 1989) Prod/Dir/Writer


PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND AWARDS

Presidential Small Business Advisory Committee, (2003), current member

Winner of Florida Motion Picture and Television “Association, John Hugh Award, for lifetime body of work (2004), Producer/Director/Education

4 Crystal Reel Awards, for Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Campaign (2003)

National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), Gold Medal (02)

NRCC, Business Man of the Year (01,02 and 03).

Technical Educator of the Year, Orange County, ACTE (02)

Florida Motion Picture and Television Association, past director (7 years)

WMFE-TV, past community advisory committee member (03)

Winner of VICA Television, gold medal state championship, AdVVVvisor/Coach (1994)


EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

Rice High School (1967,regents Diploma, national Merit Scholar)

New York University (67-71, Journalism Program, 88 credits)

National Urban League, Executive Leadership Training Program (75)

University of Central Florida (99-01 -12 mandatory teacher credits)

Franklin Covey 7 Habits (01) Certificate,

Orlando Chamber of Commerce, Orlando Leadership Class # 61 (03)


KOOGE, PRODUCER/DIRECTOR/MEDIA CONSULTANT SELECTIVE CREDIT SHEET


TV/RADIO/VIDEO/DVD SERIES (Over 500 episodes)

The KOOGE SHOW: Empower Yourself! Producer/Director/Host (50 episodes live on radio and taped for video/DVD 2002-2003)

Live Broadcast Ocoee City Council Meeting, Special Sessions, & Political Debates Producer/Director (client: City of Ocoee, 210 episodes; 3 to 5 hr weekly broadcast; 92-97)

That’s A Wrap,  Producer/Director/Host (client: Orange County Public Schools, 39 episodes; 94-02)

The West Side Community News, Producer/Director (client: Orange County Public Schools 13 episodes: 91-94)

The Plot Thickens Movie Review), Producer/Director (client: Orange County Public Schools; 100 episodes: 92-02)

The Plot Thickens Adventures, Producer/Director (client: Orange County Public Schools 50 episodes: 92-02;)

On The Verge: Live to Tape (Art and Performance Show: Jazz, Rock, Blues, Gospel Bands, Dance Troupes, Poetry and Story Telling Producer/Director (client: Orange County Public Schools; Producer/Director/Host 75 episodes client 92-02)

The Plot Thickens Adventures, Producer/Director (50 episodes1994-2002)

Inside Track (Interview Show) e Show: Jazz, Rock, Blues, Gospel Bands, Dance Companies, Poetry and Story Telling Producer/Director (client: Orange County Public Schools; Producer/Director/Host 75 episodes client 92-02)

New Generation TV Show (client: JJ Whispers Night Club, Producer/Editor (1993-1994)


SATELLITE TELECONFERENCES

Not Here! You Don’t! - Anti-Drug Satellite Teleconference (5-hour, 30 city interactive, BIZNET), Producer(client/sponsor: National Center for Neighborhood Enterprise/Department of Justice, 1989)

We Made It Happen! The Revolution in Public Housing Teleconference (2/13, 22 city interactive, BIZNT, including President Reagan, Producer, (client/sponsor: National Center for Neighborhood Enterprise/Department of Housing and Urban Development, AMOCO, Control Data, 1985)

If Not Us, Who? – Self-Help Teleconference (2/13 hr, 10 city interactive, National Press Building) Producer (client/sponsor: Control Data, Saife Foundation & the American Enterprise Institute 1982)


WEBCASTS (over 500 hours of web casts)

GLOBALPROTECTOR.NET: Product launch and rollout, 7 days in May 2001,2002, 2003 (International, 24 hour interactive live and taped web cast) Producer/Director (client: GlobalProtector.Net 2001, 2002. 2003) 

Alazali Report and Feedback: April, 2001, 2002, 2003 Producer/Director (client: GlobalProtector.Net 2001, 2002. 2003)

Alshams Report and Feedback: April, 2001, 2002, 2003 Producer/Director (client: GlobalProtector.Net 2001, 2002. 2003)


MUSIC VIDEOS

Dangerous World 3-minutes.60 & 30 second versions, Producer/Director (02)

Paraphernalia 4-minutes Producer/Director/Host

The Rude Awakening 3-minutes Producer, 01)

If, Producer/Director (client: Orange County Public Schools, 00)


CONCERTS, AWARD SHOWS AND EXHIBITIONS

Orlando: Ready to Roll: FMPTA Day at City Hall (all day concert, Industry, talent showcase, equipment, demonstration & exhibitions) Chairman/Producer/Director (1998)

Lorton Chiles’s Help A Child Awards at Universal Studio Producer/Director (client Help A Child Foundation: 02-3)

Jammy Awards,  Producer/Director/Host (client: JAM Magazine 92-4)

African Children’ Choir Concert, Producer/Director (client: Orange County Public Schools, 1994)

Public Enemy in Concert at JJ Whispers Producer/Director (client: Public Enemy, 1992) 

Hurricane Andrew Relief Concert at JJ Whispers, Producer/Director (client: Orange County Public, 1997)

Keeping the Dream Alive Alumni Award Ceremony, (guests: Congressman Rangel and Lou Gosset, client: Sterling and Telepromter Cable Company, New York, 1978) -02)


TV Commercials, PSAs and Radio Spots

Messages from Youth and If Not You, Who – TV & Radio Spots, Our Story – 100 spots in 60, 30, 15 and 10 second versions in English and Spanish, Executive Producer/Director (Client: Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coalition and Orange County Health Department under a grant from the Center for Disease Control 2002-2005 Campaign)

Official Oscar night Celebration Concert at the Hard Rock, Producer/Director (client: The Variety Club of Orlando, 2001)

Gaffer’s Car Giveaway at Opening of West Oaks Mall, 60 seconds) Producer/Director, (client: Gaffers, 95)

Orlando Ready to Roll Concert and Exhibition, Producer/Director (client: Orange County Public, 1997)


Training & Instructional Videos

UCF Driving Cart Safety Video  - 15 minutes, Producer/Director/Host (client: UCF, Campus Police Department, 02)

Our Story, Aids in the Black Community Play, 80-minutes, Producer/Director (client: Farm Workers of Florida 02)

I Choice to Know – 15 minutes, Producer/Director (client: Orange County Public Schools, 01)

Dr. Griffin Word Views: “Real World Economics” 1- hourProducer/Director (client: Public Enemy, 1992) 

Teen Court Producer/Director -1/2 hour (client: Orlando Juvenile Courts, 00)

What You Don’t Know Could Hurt Series – 8-minute Videos, Posters, Brochures on preventive health topics: safe food handling, reading labels, dangers of non-prescription drugs and safe use of cosmetics for low literacy consumers Producer/Director (client: Food and Drug Administration, 1977-80)


Corporate/Political  & Promotional Video

Heart to Heart, OTV health promo, 8-minutes, Producer/Director, 01)

Orlando Tech promo, 8-minutes, Producer/Director, 00)

The Right Choice – Proposal for City Management of Golf Course, 8-minutes Producer/Director (client: Dubsdread Golf Course 95)

African Children’ Choir Concert, ½ hour  Producer/Director (client: Orange County Public Schools, 1994)

Public Enemy in Concert at JJ Whispers Producer/Director 1 hour, (client: Public Enemy, 1992) 

Hurricane Andrew Relief Concert at JJ Whispers, 2-hour, Producer/Director (client: Orange County Public, 1997)

Workforce Skills Project – 12-minutes Producer/Director - 8-minutes, (client: Valencia Community College, 1997) guests: Congressman Rangel and Lou Gosset, client: Sterling and Telepromter Cable Company, New York, 1978)

Sharon Pratt Dixon-Tough & True – 8-minutes, Producer/Director/Media Consultant (underdog Dixon beat Mayor Barry to become Mayor, 1989)


MASTER OF CEREMONY, GUEST OR FEATURED SPEAKER AND EXPERT WITNESS (over 100 appearances)

ACTE Teacher of the Year Awards, Host  (client: Association for Career and Technical Education, ACTE Orlando Chapter, 98)

A Healthy Future Depends on The Choices You Make and the Chances You Take Pregnancy Prevention Champaign Launch at the Enzian Theater. Executive Producer and Master of Ceremonies (client: Teen Age Pregnancy Prevention Coalition, 02)

Rising Star Studios Launch,  Producer/Director/Master of Ceremony, 2003)

Expert Witness before Congress, Black Mayors, White House Conference, Federal Communications Commission, Congressional Black Caucus, USAID

Feature Speaker at numerous Civil Rights Demonstrations, corporations and colleges


BOOKS

NUL Media Action Guide Writer (1973)

Community Educator’s Handbook Editor/Co-writer (1979)

The Waiting Work Force (Public Policy Paper), Co-Writer with Ron Brown (1980)

The Empowerment Game Series (Writer, Works in progress):

Empower Yourself: Master Guide to Empowerment (Volume I)

Empower Yourself: Avoiding Deception (Volume II)

Empower Yourself: Avoiding Betrayal (Volume III) 

Empower Yourself: Conquering Your Fears:  False Evidence Appearing Real (Volume IV)

Empower Yourself: Establishing Core Values (Volume V)

Empower Yourself: Understanding and Effectively Working With Different Personalities (Volume VI)

Empower Yourself: Understanding and Effectively Working With Different Personalities (Volume VII)

Empower Yourself: 101 Words, Phrases and Attitudes That Will Keep You From Getting To the Top Or Staying There (Volume VIII)

Empower Yourself: FOCUS: Getting Into the Zone (Volume IX)

Empower Yourself: The Art of Ethical Persuasion (Volume X)