Diversity of Experiences
Being told “you have a voice for radio” her whole life, it was only natural that Barbara enter her radio career a year after graduating in September of 2006, eventually becoming known as Roxie Digital in the summer of 2014. Roxie is currently a syndicated host on SoundChat Radio Networks which broadcasts live on 93.5FM NY’s Caribbean Voice, Adjunct professor at Iona College in New Rochelle, and Doctoral student at her alma mater, St. John’s University Queens Campus. Intrigued by storytelling and connecting with people, she used her platform and powerful voice to inspire others off the airwaves through founding her own non-profit called the Self-I-See, and co-founded an initiative called the #NoDisrespectCampaign. Self-I-See focuses on language positivity, strengthening self awareness and fostering cultural pride in the classroom, while the #NoDisrespectCampaign focuses on self respect and respect for others in and out of the classroom. From the legendary WWRL 1600AM to WBLS 107.5FM, she used the power of these brands to build up her own and become one of the most sought out NYC event host, keynote speaker, and leader in community activism. Growing up in a strict Caribbean household, Roxie proudly embraces her culture and uses that proud to catapult her into her lifetime work of owning media in her family’s native country of Haiti.
In 2017, Roxie was awarded a citation from the Brooklyn Borough President, Eric L. Adams recognizing her work with her initiative the #NoDisrespectCampaign motivating her work with youth in public speaking and entrepreneurship, and leading to the creation of her own nonprofit called “Self-I-See.” Additionally, Roxie is a recipient of the Power Women in Business, Top 25 Women in Sales and Marketing and Rising Star B.E.L.L (Bring Excellence at a Local Level) Award. Roxie’s dedication and activism landed her several new professional opportunities this year including on air TV projects as a co-host on Cheers To Harlem with Mama Jones, working exclusively with Job and Business Academy at the Queens Public Library Central branch in Programming and Outreach as aLearning Support Specialist and Workshop facilitator, and member of the United Nations Association-USA Brooklyn Chapter.
Roxie holds two Masters degrees from the New School University in both Media Studies and Organizational Change Management, and with her current role as Doctoral Student of Instructional Leadership at St. John’s University Queens Campus where she also received her bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts and Linguistics, her goal is to expand on educating global entrepreneurship in the areas of media, cultural responsiveness and engagement, and curriculum development.
Furthermore, Roxie is a former on-air personality and has been heard on legendary New York radio stations like 95.5 PLJ, Radio 103.9, WBAI 99.5, 107.5 WBLS, WWRL 1600AM, 102.3 WBAB and 106.1 WBLI just to name a few. With her 15+ combined years of experience in the radio and public speaking arenas, Roxie continues to use her voice to be the change she wants to see.