Polymath who is a Scholar of God and Teacher of God.
Denzel D. Burnside IIIDenzel is a Polymath (Consultant/Activist/Teacher/Creative/Writer/Spiritual Pioneer), born and raised in Miami-Dade county where he graduated from Coral Reef Senior High School in 2001 then later attended FAMU, but returned to finish at Florida International University.
He is currently rebuilding his Multi-Media and consulting company DB3 Media, LLC. He working on launching his ministry entitled Ellee’s House Ministries, Inc. which will attempt to minister/teach to the Christ-centered and spiritual needs of the Millennial generation with a “Down Home Southern gospel,” feel to it. Along with preparing for his ordination through the creation of his ministry and several non-profits. He will focus on creative engineering of artistic and business development, which will inspire the fullness of Truth within people, building deep transformation & spiritual understanding, and fostering innovation through cross cultural dialogues while economically uplifting “The Village,” that he has been blessed to be apart of within Miami-Dade. His work involves social architecture & creative engineering; which includes community engagement & activism, youth empowerment & mentor-ship, innovative education and political strategies, social media advocacy, public speaking & teaching, and economic development.
Denzel began his corporate career by accepting a position with Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd. During his tenure, he held several positions, starting off as a Reservations Agent to a Supervisor then later an Inside Sales Representative for the West Coast. Quite the accomplishment at the age of 23. As an Inside Sales Representative, he learned how to effectively manage and develop marketing/sales plans for over 320 travel agencies producing territory revenue of over $35 million annually. He created marketing plans, business plans, co-op marketing materials, and traveled to the West Coast at least three times a quarter to meet with travel partners.
Simultaneously, he continued his collegiate studies at Florida International University. While employed with RCCL, Denzel had the pleasure of hosting ship tours for Essence Magazine, ship launch parties for Spike Lee’s 40 Acres and Mule company, and traveled to several to destinations conducting workshops within Caribbean and European countries.
During the final year of employment with the Miami-based cruise line, his rededicated himself to his craft. He attended the American Black Film Festival on Miami Beach where he took the Actors Boot camp class with the legendary Bill Duke. While there, he participated in the Nickelodeon Pitch Contest. Denzel was the first of over 200 to submit a pitch AND receive payment on the spot for his premise for the cartoon Danny Phantom. He instantly gained the respect of Nickelodeon executives who asked him to submit ideas for other shows for several months and mentored him for their writing fellowship program.
After losing his employment at RCCL, he took the business acumen he developed to pursue his business endeavors. Additionally, he changed his major from Business to Liberal Studies with focus on Religion and Politics. His minor is in Business. In 2009, he launched DB3 Media and its corresponding internet network, DB3tv.com. The premise of these entities were 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 on how to work collectively on a short film called, “72 hours.” The film took three days to shoot, and premiered at FIU to more than 1,200 students; admission was $10 per person.
During the same time several students requested him to help moderate and host forums, pulling the collective African Diasporas together and to leading to the creation of the Black Student Union – a club that only garnered a $150 budget. He also presented and debated the idea to Administration and the Student Government Association, making it a stand-alone council. In its first year as council, it garnered a budget of $45,000 up to $65,000. Granting student on campus the opportunity to perform in leadership and management of organization that will prepare them for the next step into their professional life. He is frequently involved with Black Student Union offering strategy and advice on how develop the Black/Pan-African community on campus.
Denzel is also founding member of Johnny L. King lodge #767, Prince Hall Affiliated Freemasonry. He was subsequently elected as The Most Worshipful Master or President. Through his leadership of the lodge, he held prayer breakfasts to honor several community leaders as well as a Black Men of South Miami-Dade 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 also 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 also a board member of 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. It is his belief that he’ll effectively take all of the experiences and knowledge, and divine anointing to change the world, one conversation at a time.
If you would ask him to describe himself he would say that God uttered once,” 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.”
• “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.
• Intro 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 on October 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.
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