Dr. Janice L. Franklin is a professor of Humanities and Music at Mountain View College in Dallas, Texas. Her ct of sound and music in those domains, and in identity among minority groups within the United States. She earned her Ph.D. in Humanities-Aesthetic Studies from the University of Texas at Dallas. Dr. Franklin is an accomplished musician, holding a Bachelor’s of Music and a Master of Arts in Music with a piano performance concentration. Dr. Franklin has extensive professional experience in musical theatre as a music director and producer in Dallas and New York, and in jazz performance through ensemble and recording studios. She was twice nominated for the Leon Rabin Outstanding Music Director award. As a composer, she has created and produced two original musical theatre works. Dr. Franklin has served President of the Board of Directors for S.T.A.G.E., and as a Board member for several arts organizations.
Dr. Franklin is the Coordinator for Humanities at Mountain View College. She was recognized by Mountain View College and by the Dallas County Community College District through the award of the DCCCD’s highest honor for excellence in teaching, the Minnie Stevens Piper Excellence Award 2010. This recognition was highlighted in the University of Texas at Dallas Alumni publication for UT Dallas Magazine - Winter 2012. She teaches Music Literature, Jazz Piano, American Minority Studies, Popular Culture, and Fine Arts Appreciation.
John Spriggins is a professor of Arts and Humanities for Dallas County Community College District. Additionally, he teaches Fine Arts for Tarrant County Colleges. John is also a practicing visual artist in the medium of painting and collage. His artwork focuses on the use of color, text, and the singular image. He synthesizes his background in painting, illustration, and graphic design to create visual dialogue of varying subject matter and themes. John’s passion for teaching is equally matched by his zeal for art. His goal in the classroom is to expose his students to the world of art in a fresh and exciting new way.
Puerto Rico native Jorge Ginorio is an accomplished percussionist, educator, & clinician. He specializes in traditional & contemporary applications of rhythms & instruments from Africa, the Caribbean, & the Americas. His diverse musical background results in a unique blend of creativity, versatility, and skills that enhance all styles of music.
As a graduate from the prestigious University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, Jorge's practical education has continued through the years with extensive studies in Afrocuban, Brazilian, Afropuertorican popular & folkloric percussion. Including studies at Escuela Nacional de Arte in Havana, Cuba, where he's had the opportunity to study with some of Cuba's master percussionists, including: José Luis Quintana "Changuito", Carlos Aldama, and the late Regino Jiménez.
Throughout his career, Jorge has had the honor of performing, touring, and recording with many diverse artists such as: Alex Acuña, Tom Braxton, Ignacio Berroa, Brave Combo, Cindy Cruse-Ratcliff, Aretha Franklin, Carlos Guedes, Mark Harper, Israel Houghton, Derrick Horne, Airto Moreira, Andy Narell, Pan Ramajay, Pieces of a Dream, Rob Rose, Dave Samuels, Poncho Sánchez, Selah, Bobby Schew, Michael Spiro, Fletch Wiley, and Charlie Zaa, to name a few.
As an educator/clinician he keeps extremely active conducting lessons, clinics, and workshops. He has presented at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmaster Association, as well as in universities, colleges, cultural centers and music stores. Currently Jorge is an adjunct faculty member at Mountain View College, where he conducts the World Drumming & Latin Jazz Ensembles and continues to be an integral part of the Dallas/Fort Worth musical scene as a freelance and studio musician.For more information on Jorge, please visit:
EducationTexas A&M Commerce, Commerce, TX. M.S. SociologyEast Texas State University, Commerce, TX. B.S. Criminal Justice
Teaching ExperienceDallas County Community College, Dallas TX. January 2001 – PresentTarrant County Community College, Arlington, TX. January 2001 – PresentCentral Texas College, Killeen, TX. May 2005 – Present
Study/Research InterestRace and EthnicityCultural StudiesSociology of SportsCriminal Justice and CriminologyAfrican American Studies
Mr. Babatundé is an accomplished actor, director, and writer whose theatrical career spans the regional-off-Broadway to international stages of the worlds of film and television. He has been a resident company member of several prestigious theatrical institutions throughout the country including the Trinity Repertory Company-Providence, R.I., Alley Theater-Houston, Texas, La Mama Theater- N.Y., and the Dallas Theater Center. He has served as founder and artistic director of Vivid Theater Ensemble of Dallas and is presently founder of Ebony Emeralds Classic Theater Company. Mr. Babatundé is a native of Brooklyn, New York. Although Mr. Babatundé has a national presence, he chooses Dallas as his artistic base and continues to mentor aspiring artists throughout the metroplex. He has served as acting coach for celebrated recording artists such as Regina Belle, David Peaston, Allyson Williams, and the late great Phyllis Hyman. He was the first African- American to direct for the Dallas Shakespeare Festival in the celebrated diverse production of “Taming of the Shrew” in 1993.
Most recently Mr. Babatundé had the distinction of playing Doug in the critically acclaimed Southwest premiere of “Dividing the Estate” for the Dallas/ Fort Worth metroplex Horton Foote Theater Festival. His work has been awarded with a D’ Magazine citation, Providence Journal, Dallas Observer Best of the Best- Best Actor award (the first African-American to receive this distinction), 1991 and 2004 Dallas Critics Forum Award, KRLD community service award, 2004 Legacy of Success-Alvin Ailey Performing Arts Award, and the 2008 Jubilee Theater Mendie Award for his production of “Blue”. He has been the recipient of the prestigious Individual Artists Grant Award from the Palm Beach Cultural Council to create a new works “Harvest of Voices” based on the quaint and diverse Florida towns in Lake Worth, Belle Glades, Fort Lauderdale and Delray Beach, and the 2010 Audelco Award for Excellence in Black Theater for his direction of “Blind Lemon Blues”’ off-Broadway at the York Theater.
Mr. Babatundé holds a Master of Arts degree in Humanities from the University of Texas at Dallas. Mr. Babatunde serves as adjunct professor at Mountain View College and as a lecturer at the University of Texas at Dallas.
Darius Ajai Frasure, Professor of English
Darius Ajai Frasure, Professor of English at Mountain View College in Dallas, Texas, and 2016 Minnie Stephens Piper/DCCCD Excellence in Teaching award winner, is a proud graduate of Paul Quinn College, Luther Rice Seminary, and National University. He is deeply involved in the literary arts and education community in the Dallas, Fort-Worth area. His work has been awarded and recognized by the Dallas Independent School District, Big Thought, The Hudson Foundation, A.W. Brown Fellowship-Leadership Academy, the Dallas Education Foundation, Mountain View College, the Dallas Community College District, The League for Innovation in the Community College, the Dallas Public Library, the Business Council for the Arts, the Writer’s Garret, UNT Dallas, Tarrant County Community College, Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, The Dallas Institute for the Humanities, and the U.S. Department of Education. His poetry has appeared in literary journals, The Manila Envelope, The Lion’s Roar, Illya’s Honey, Red River Review, and the 2016 Dallas Poets Community anthology, Cattlemen & Cadillacs. In addition, he read for season five of Dallas’ story-telling show, Oral Fixation (An Obsession with True Life Tales); he has one spoken word album, Spoken Pieces (2010), and one collection of poetry, stained glass medusa (2015).
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