Denzel is alumni of Florida International University (FIU) and Florida A & M University (FAMU), is currently rebuilding his Multi-Media and consulting company DB3 Media, Inc. and launching Ellie’s House CDC along with Ellie’s House Ministries, Inc. Burnside’s goal is to minister and fulfill spiritual needs of the millennial generation with a “down home southern gospel,” feel. He was born and raised in Miami-Dade County where he graduated from “Miami’s Mega Magnet,” Coral Reef Senior High School.As a polymath, his involveme
Denzel is alumni of Florida International University (FIU) and Florida A & M University (FAMU), is currently rebuilding his Multi-Media and consulting company DB3 Media, Inc. and launching Ellie’s House CDC along with Ellie’s House Ministries, Inc. Burnside’s goal is to minister and fulfill spiritual needs of the millennial generation with a “down home southern gospel,” feel. He was born and raised in Miami-Dade County where he graduated from “Miami’s Mega Magnet,” Coral Reef Senior High School.
As a polymath, his involvement focuses on social architecture and creative engineering; community engagement and activism, youth empowerment and mentoring, innovative education and political strategies, social media advocacy, public speaking, and economic development. While working for Royal Caribbean Cruise Line as a Sales Representative, Burnside attended the American Black Film Festival on Miami Beach, and attended the Actors Boot Camp with legendary actor Bill Duke. At the event, he participated in the Nickelodeon Pitch Contest, and his was the first of more than 200 submissions to pitch AND receive payment on the spot for his premise of the cartoon “Danny Phantom,” instantly gaining the attention and respect of Nickelodeon executives, who asked Burnside to submit ideas for other shows and provided mentoring via their writing fellowship program.
Prior to graduating, Burnside changed his studies from Business to Liberal Studies, focusing on Religion and Politics. In 2009, he launched DB3 Media and its corresponding internet network, DB3tv.com. The premise was to create low budget web-shows, stage plays, and films with college students interested in acting, writing, and directing. He trained novice actors and film crew and collectively, they created a short film called, “72 hours.” Filming was shot over three days, and premiered at FIU to more than 1,200 students.
With his new found popularity growing, Burnside was widely requested to moderate and host forums, pulling together the collective African Diasporas and leading the creation of the Black Student Union – a club that only garnered a $150 budget. He also successfully presented and debated the idea to administration and the Student Government Association, making it a stand-alone council. In its first year as a council, it garnered a budget of $45,000 up to $65,000. He is frequently involved with the Black Student Union offering strategies on how to develop the Black/Pan-African community on campus.
A founding member of Johnny L. King’s Lodge #767, P.H.A, he was subsequently elected as the Most Worshipful Master, and through his leadership efforts, the lodge has hosted a variety of events, including prayer breakfasts to honor community leaders, and a forum at Second Baptist Church to discuss the rampant gun violence-taking place in the community. (NBC 6 Miami profiled this event, and interviewed him about his views).
He has hosted spoken word events at FIU and University of Miami for feature poets such as HBO Def Poet Amir Sulaimin, Def Poet Bridget Gray, his mentor and friend Def Poet Will “Da Real One” Bell and others. He is a board member with the Black Film and Media Group created in Miami to help black filmmakers receive assistance with their projects. His goal with this forum is to educate, empower, and evoke a call to action through conversation and understanding.
If you ask Denzel D. Burnside III to describe himself, his response would be, “God once uttered, ‘He is a Teacher and Scholar of God, but not by product of religion. Servant and Defender of the Abrahamic religion, but set free to bring bear witness to The Truth, The Way, and The Light of ‘understanding,’ through Christ Jesus of Nazareth.’”
Student Activist News Clips
2014“Men of Distinction,” which is an event allowing progressive black men from the community to speak to youth at Frank C. Martin Elementary school about career goals. February 14, 2014.
Featured interview in a series focusing on Mental Health entitled “Strictly Confidential,” discussing the stigma that accompanies the term “mental illness,” and few realize that is an umbrella for a multitude of behaviors and disorders. This focuses on my story and journey presented on YouTube on June 22, 2014.
Teacher/Collaborator for Liberty City Freedom School presented by Dream Defenders at Belafonte Tacolcy Center in the neighborhood of Liberty City in Miami, Florida on August 13-15, 2014.
Moderator/Host for “Brother 2 Brother,” Community Forum on Domestic Violence focusing men who have been abused and have abused at St. Peter’s Missionary Baptist Church on October 24, 2014.
Featured Panelist for “Brother 2 Brother,” forum on Domestic Violence to allow for black men to discuss the affects of domestic violence at Miami-Dade College Homestead Campus on October 27, 2014.
Featured Panelist for “Institutionalized Racism: The Road to Social Justice,” presented by NAACP, the brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha, & Sisters of Omega Phi Beta Sorority at Florida International University on October 22, 2014.
Featured Panelist for “Time To Talk For Real,” created by Venus Hedgemond and presented by Believers of Authority Ministries, Inc. Coconut Grove Ministerial Alliance on October 26, 2014.
Keynote Speaker for 5000 Role Models of Excellence at Richmond Heights Middle School on October 6, 2014.
Motivational Speaker & Minister for “Men Going Home Program,” at State of Florida Prison Facility on November 12, 2014.
Host and Moderator of the film screening “Hidden Colors 3,” to discuss the rules of racism and collegiate empowerment at Florida Memorial University on November 18 & 19, 2014.
Host and Moderator-The Black Professional’s Solution: Town Hall Meeting to discuss #blacklivesmatter presented by Woodson Institute on November 30, 2014.
Panelist/Judge for Journalism and Broadcast students media competition projects at Florida Memorial University on December, 3 2014.
Host/Speaker for Town Hall/Rap Session to discuss the racial tensions with the Black Student Union at Coral Reef Senior High on January 29, 2015.
Host/Moderator/Speaker for African Student Organization: Conversation Party to discuss black men issues and cross-generational bridges at Florida International University on February 4, 2015.
Introduction Speaker presenting State Senator Dwight Bullard at Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist in West Perrine on June 21, 2015.
Speaker/Teacher at Sankofa Cypher. “Overcoming Mental Imbalances: A spiritual journey by Denzel D. Burnside III” July 18, 2015.
Creator and Moderator of “Black Men Don’t Speak,” Forum at the Black Professional Summit presented by the Florida International University’s Black Alumni Association on September 19, 2015.
Featured Panelist and Keynote Minister for “Time to Talk for Real!”
A domestic violence event put together by Venus Hedgemond Miller on October 2015
Consultant, Mentor, and Advisor to FIU’s Black Student Union. Assisted in restructuring in October 2015. Coordinated with student leaders to speak and offer solutions about racial justice issues on campus before the University President Rosenberg.
Speaker at Branches Youth Program at Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church on October 2015.
Speaker for Community Healing Days hosted at Florida Memorial University (FMU) on October 16-18 2015.
Featured Guest Minister/Visionary on Geralda Larkin’s Internet TV show Train, Transform, & Transition on October 2015.
Featured Panelist at “Community Healing Days,” providing a personal testimony about Crisis intervention/Mental Health treatment and advocacy at Florida Memorial University on October 16, 2015.
Mentor/ Role Model for Sant La Haitian Neighborhood Center with the Youth and Family Advocacy started on November 16, 2015.
Featured Cook & Guest Speaker at the Socratic Circle (Men’s Group) hosted by Dream Defenders and Roots Collective on December 2015.
Judge and Panelist for Florida Memorial University’s senior broadcast projects on December 9, 2015.
Featured on NBC 6 in relation to “Gun Violence,” taking place in Richmond Heights December 31, 2015.
Guest Speaker at Sant La Neighborhood Center with Youth and Family Advocacy on January 2016.
Host for Youth Empowerment Day at Peacock Park on January 30, 2016.
Speaker for Men of Distinction organized at Frank C. Martin K-8 Center on February 17, 2016.
Speaker and Eulogist at the funeral Nicole Lynette Brown-Seabrooks on behalf of the alumni of Coral Reef Senior High School on February 2016.
Guest Panelist and Speaker at Miami-Dade College Homestead Campus on “Black Lives Mattter,” on February 2016.
Social Justice Speaker at Second Baptist Church One Family Worship held at the BankUnited Center at University of Miami on March 13, 2016.
Host, Volunteer, and Campaign Surrogate for State Senator Dwight Bullard’s re-election campaign at “Movies in the Park,” held at Richmond Heights Park on March 23, 2016.
Host/Speaker of March Madness Youth Basketball Tournament and Breakout Session held at Richmond Heights Park on March 20, 2016.
Featured Panelist on “Black Lives Matter,” forum at Miami-Dade College Inter-American Campus on March 26, 2016.
Moderator and Host at “Black Male Leadership Success Summit,” held at Miami-Dade College Wolfson Campus on April 2, 2016.
Speaker at “Fatherhood Initiative,” held at R.R, Moton Elementary School on May 13, 2016.
Speaker at “Career Day,” held at Miami Heights Elementary School on May 20, 2016.
Speaker at “Career Day,” held at West Homestead Elementary School on May 25, 2016.
Advisor and consultant at “Richmond Heights Alliance,” Meeting held at Second Baptist Church on May 26, 2016.
Hosted and moderated “a conversation party/fundraiser,” for State Senator Dwight Bullard for re-election in District 40 on June 25, 2016.
Eulogist/Speaker at the funeral of Miami-Dade County Corrections Officer Adrian Foster on June 10, 2016.
Empowerment speaker at Miami Dade County’s Teen Court on June 2016.
Panelist and commentator at “3 rd Annual Meet the Candidates Forum,” at Second Baptist Church taking place on June 25, 2016.
Guest on Hot 105’s (Cox Media) Hot Talk with Jill Tracy to discuss Police Shootings on June 2016.
Organized and Hosted a “Meet and Greet with State Senator Dwight Bullard,” with 25 Africans students from The Nelson Mandela Fellowship program on July 2016.
Invited to address the Miami Dade County’s Black Advisory Board on July 13, 2016.
Hosted and moderated a candlelight vigil for the life of De’Micheal Dukes sponsored by Mother’s Fighting for Justice on July 21, 2016.
Panelist and Speaker at Breaking Out: Brunch Fundraiser presented by Joe Wesley on July 17th, 2016.
Guest on Hot 105’s (Cox Media) Hot Talk with Jill Tracy to discussing “What do we tell our son’s?” June 2016.
Speaker at Florida Memorial University’s student leadership conference on August 4, 2016.
Invited to speak by Tracy Martin on “Mental Health in the Black Community,” along with “The Whitehouse Fatherhood Initiative,” at The Trayvon Martin Foundation’s Circle of Father’s Men’s Conference on August 06, 2016.
Keynote Speaker at “Annual Youth Legal Education Summit 2016,” with Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust held at University of Miami on August 8-9, 2016.
Keynote Speaker on “Civic Engagement and Community Activism,” with the Honors College at Miami-Dade College held at Wolfson Campus on August 10, 2016.