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Brandon Tyson is a native of Buffalo, New York and was raised there most of his life. He was born in April during the year 1984. He has divided family routes with much family in the U.S and a good portion who are from Canada. Brandon enjoys Buffalo for its current progression toward the future and emerging leadership.

After graduating from Riverside Institute of Tech. High School in 2003 and abdicating his devotion to football, he then went on to Erie Community College in Orchard Park to continue his 2nd love which was working in entertainment. He graduated with an A.S. degree in Communication and Media Arts. There after he went on to the University at Buffalo to graduate with a B.A. in Media Study with a concentration in Film Production. His schooling has contributed to the strong interest he’s had over the years in film and stage acting along with producing.

In the beginning of college Brandon was fortunate enough to be introduced by a good friend by the name of Christina Hamilton to some seasoned professionals such as Michael Quinniey, Sufana Wajed, Rameer Green, and Tyrone Christopher just to name a few. They are the ones who introduced him to the hands on approaches of Production, Production Management and Coordination.

Currently Brandon is an ACTOR and still works with WNYMMP. Although having a migrant career, he still chooses to reside primarily in Buffalo.
 
“I feel that decisions are the most crucial part of every human beings life because it holds seconds between failure or success that could last a lifetime” –Brandon Tyson
 

Allison Minto joined UpFront TV back in 2007. While working there, she reported on movie reviews and participated on other various projects.
 
A Long Island native, Minto has a Bachelors Degree in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Political Science. Minto is a member of the Buffalo State's Rho Psi Chapter of the Pi Eta Theta national communication honor society. While in college, Minto served as the News Director of her campus news station, BSC-TV and wrote and reported stories for Bengal News Online, The Record and WBNY Radio.
 
During the summers, Minto continued her training by interning at WCBS and NY1 in New York City. She eventually became part in the initial launch of Time Warner Cable Local News Division, YNN Buffalo, working as a news assistant.

Minto has reported through some of Buffalo’s most at-risk neighborhoods. She reported stories on political events, veteran services, cultural events, neighborhood revitalization projects and community issues.
 
When Minto is not busy, she spends her time with family and friends. Minto enjoys dancing, running, traveling and trying exotic foods.
 

SheMisa Ali is a radio and TV personality, actor, writer, model, fashion designer and entrepreneur. SheMisa Ali is a 2006 Daemen College graduate with a BA in English-Communications/PR. SheMisa entered into the WNYMMP program in 2005 and she is currently the Director of Public Relations for the Western New York Minority Media Professionals Inc. SheMisa co-hosts several programs created by the media professionals such as Official Heat and Upfront TV and she is the host of Urban Legacy TV. She has also been the co-host of the morning show Inspirations on WUFO 1080 AM where she also worked as an Account Executive. Currently she resides between Buffalo, NY and New York City.
 

Frederika McClary is a magna cum laude graduate of Buffalo State College who majored in public relations and minored in creative studies. While at BSC she was a member of the Communications Honor Society and the student representative for the Communications Department faculty hiring committee. In addition, an on-air personality on the Late Nite Noise show. Immediately after graduation she was offered a position with the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) as a project organizer and relocated to New Orleans, LA. While there she has had the privilege and the honor of working on the United Teachers of New Orleans (UTNO) rebuilding project.  Her greatest accomplishment was developing a mentoring program with several of the regular public as well as charter schools through the Students at the Center Group.  The program allows high school seniors and graduates to mentor elementary and high school students in the areas of reading and writing as a medium for self expression. Most recently she was promoted to the national representative fellow program with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT).  This is a program that only has at the most two openings every two years.  Fellows are exposed to and trained on all facets of running various campaigns.  Frederika acknowledges that the labor movement is at a pivotal point and is excited about being a part of the reinventing and positioning process.
 

Allison Shorts is the proud daughter of Diane & Lambert Shorts. She was born in Tucson, AZ, adopted at birth and raised in Buffalo NY. Allison always had a passion for self-expression.  At the age of 15 she participated in a Glamour Shots contest where she won 1st place for a full modeling contract. From there her modeling took off. Upon graduating from Kenmore East High School, Allison belonged to Personal Best Modeling Agency and later with Launch Model & Talent. In 2006 Allison was signed to Model Services in New York City. While modeling, Allison continued to pursue her education at Niagara County Community College, where she received her Associate’s degree. Returning home to tend to her father’s ongoing illnesses, Allison joined a street team called "The Sweet Divas" affiliated to 93.7 WBLK where she eventually interned. Throughout her duration at WBLK she came in contact with Michael Quinniey and strongly admired and chased after a career in television. Allison now belongs to Upfront TV where she produces, edits and hosts her segment called "The All-Is-On Artist spotlight." Allison currently is finishing her education at ECC and has plans to become an on-air personality, producer & editor on CNN.  After a few years Allison will begin her own modeling agency and hopes to host her own television show and network.


Amy Nelson entered the WNYMMP program in 2005. Ms. Nelson is a 2007 Daemen College graduate with a BA in English Communications/PR. While in college, she worked with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in Depew, New York. She managed a public relations volunteer group for the annual gala, which grossed over $60,000 for CF research.

In addition to non-profit work she interned for the prestigious Eric Mower and Associates in Buffalo, New York. After several experiences in media she realized a career in teaching was what she was looking for. A current Golden Key International Honor Society member, she is pursuing a Master of Science in Childhood Education at the City University of New York Herbert Lehman College. Ms. Nelson works at her former elementary school in the South Bronx.

“Having a personal connection with the school and community I work in gives me a unique perspective that others do not posses. The training I received with the WNYMMP program has been invaluable to me.”