Tuesday, October 25, 2016

7 Film Photographers I LOVE

FujiColor on Canon

Some of my favorite film photographers have been posting new work, which has been inspiring me to reinvest in my love of film.  Just bought a bazillion rolls of film of ebay and amazon.
*Yay for new work*

Here's a list of seven photographers I am currently loving. Hope they inspire you too!

All her photos have an irresistible nostalgic feel.

I've been following DC Metro Moments for ages, and it has never stopped being one of my faves! Great balance of light and shadow, solid compositions, and pretty Kodak Porta! 

All of Laurens photos look like their are straight out of a movie--love the consistent mood in her work.

I've been following Chrissie's work for the last 6 years and she just keeps getting better and better. I love her recent Instagram posts, from her adventures camping and traveling. Even more great work here: http://www.chrissiewhite.com/earthcamp

I wish Natalie posted online more! Looking at her work, I feel like I'm peering into her diary. Each photograph feels so personal and I love that. 

I really cannot Daniel believe he is younger than me! So much talent.
I love how he uses multimedia to elevate his photo work. Everything he makes feels so thoughtful.

I love the humorous, ironic, and sometimes sexual feel to Andre's work. I also fell in love with flash looking at his work! Very vibrant photos.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Playing in the Park

I spent an afternoon hanging out with these really cute, amazing kids. I chased them around the park and snapped photos of them. It was endlessly fun. I'm so glad I could take a break from school work and responsibilities for a minute.<3

September 2016

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Exploring Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Huge thanks to my friend Felipe for taking these awesome photos of me in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It's such a vibrant and colorful city. So happy I went and hope to come back soon. 

More of Felipe Araujo's work

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

DC Music Scene

June was Black Music Month. There were a number of jazz concerts, street performances and festivals with lots of representation. I took photos and videos which were published on www.wusa9.com and used on television. Enjoy. 

Photos/Video/Editing/Interviews by Murugi Thande

The DC Jazz Festival was lit
Interview with Raydar Ellis from the Revive Big Band
Interview with The Chuck Brown Band
The Unknowns
A band called "The Unknowns" drew in a large crowd at the Farragut North Metro Station. When I filmed them,  the lead singer winked at the camera during his performance. Charming *hehehehe*

Monday, June 27, 2016

A week of awards

This week I was honored to accept an incredible slate of awards: a Gracies Award, an Emma Award, and the Betty Endicott Scholarship. I have never cried more tears of joy in my life. I really can't believe everything that happened!

I wanted to take a moment to say thank you. Thank you to the Alliance for Women in Media, The National Capital Chesapeake Emmys, The Emma Bowen Foundation, The Grand Hyatt Hotel, WUSA-TV, and American University.

Thank you to my family, my friends, my professors, my peers, my colleagues and everyone else who has walked into my life. Each and every one of you made an impact and I'm in tears thinking of it all. Thank you so so so much. I am forever grateful!

The Emma Awards
An Emma Award for Influence.
 With ABC News Correspondent Gio Benitez!
Watch him on Good Morning America, 20/20, Nightline, and World News Tonight
He wrote an amazing post about me on Instagram! See it here: http://bit.ly/28WFNag
With CBS New York Anchor Kristine Johnson
Moments like this remind me why I love being an Emma Bowen Foundation Fellow!
With Tony Ambrosio, Senior Executive Vice President of CBS Corporation

The Gracies
Holding my Gracie Award for Outstanding Online Producer
Me and my younger brother!
With my friends from the Alliance of Women in Media at the Grand Hyatt Hotel!

The Emmys
Acceptance Speech
He's my brother and best friend
The BEST date any girl could ask for: MY DAD !
 With American University alum and long time News Anchor Derek McGinty
Star Investigative Reporter, Erin Van der Bellen
Me and this future doctor!
 American University takes on the Emmys.
Andrea McCarren and Bunce the dog! Bunce won his first Emmy!!

Friday, June 17, 2016


In mid-May, I pitched the idea of creating WUSA9's first-ever LGBT pride campaign to company executives. I saw that we had to step up as leaders in the Pride movement, or else we would be doing a huge disservice to our LGBT friendly market. In the weeks since, I've been working stories on LGBT issues and talking to some of the community's leading activists, like "Orange Is The New Black" star Laverne Cox. This work has been published by WUSA9 and shared internationally. Just wanted to share it on my blog today.
Video/Photos/Lighting/Editing/Writing by Murugi Thande | Laverne Cox Interviews Maya Lewis
Laverne Cox spoke out about LGBT rights

OITNB's Laverne Cox celebrates Capital Pride in DC
Story: http://on.wusa9.com/1szZawD
Laverne Cox: "Trans Lives Matter"
Story: http://on.wusa9.com/1YxskZu
OITNB's Laverne Cox has advice on how to be an LGBT ally

As a part of the campaign, I took over the WUSA9 Instagram account from Friday, June 10th to Tuesday June 15th. I went to the Pride Parade and Festival and asked people about their LGBT EXPERIENCES -- including some response to Sunday's tragedy and a young woman who came out for the first time. Visit their instagram: http://bit.ly/1rtcMIU

News Stories
Video Journalism

Special thanks to Sonia, Greg, Sandi, Bill, Maya, Francis, Marcel, Erin, Jessie, the Emma Bowen Foundation and all of the interviewees for helping me. This project would not be what it is without you.
WIth Actress, Producer, Activist and Laverne Cox who plays Sophia in Orange is the New Black
With Entertainer/Activist Stephanie Frosch and Buzzfeed Video Filmmaker Taylor Freeman
Writer/EBF Fellow Maya Lewis interviewing Ross Mathews, TV Host of Hollywood Today Live

Monday, June 13, 2016


ME: What did your mom first say when you told her you were a lesbian?
HER: "She said, 'just make sure she doesn't break your heart,'" -Kiera (middle), 15

ME: What would you say to someone your age who lives in a city that is not as accepting as DC? 
HER: “I would say try to go somewhere that is more accepting. Or go on the internet, because there’s a lot of online communities that are really accepting and really friendly.” -Randy, 15

ME: It's #LGBT pride week, what makes you proud to be #lgbtq? "
HER: Just having that support around you and knowing there are other people with you. It's more acceptable now and people don't really care, I like that." -Mary, 15

ME: What would you tell her if she came out as trans or lesbian?
HIM: "I would say, 'Thank you for telling me.' I wouldn't tell her anything particular. I am fine as long as she is happy." -Luis, 34 with Sophia, 2

ME: Like the @ladygaga song, 'Born This Way,' do you believe you were born this way?
HIM: "I believe that as far I could remember I was gay. People have the right to chase whatever it is you want to chase because you can't help who you are. Everything is built for a reason." -Darius, 22

ME: What would you say to a teen who is nervous about coming out?
HER: "Fuck it. Do it. Don't be scared, be who you are." -Phylicia (right), 28

HER: "We are all human, we are all the same, there should be no title to who you are." -Lauren, 18
ME: How did your dad react when you told him you were LGBT? 
HER: "Well, he didn't have a problem with it. He just thought that my goddaughter was my girlfriend, which she definitely wasn't." -Leisha, 19
ME: What would you say to your high-school self, before you came out? 
HIM: "Don't be afraid to be yourself. You may think some people may not like who you are, but you have to stay true to you. Staying true to you are will be the most rewarding thing that's happens in your life." -Rahkai, 20

ME: How did your parents feel after they found out you were bisexual? 
HER: “My mom was like, ‘Are you sure this isn’t just a phase? I mean, you were in that environmental club for a while.’ I’m like, ‘I’m sure this isn’t just a phase mom.’ She just kind of hoped it would go away. And you know, it didn’t.” – Trish, 46

ME: What would you say to your daughter if she told you she's in love with a woman?
HER:"I stand behind you 100% and love you unconditionally."
-Chase (mom), 21

HER: "This year, I think we should do whatever we want with our clothing and express ourselves. It's a good year to be out," -Raenita, 25
ME: Why is it important to celebrate lgbt pride?
HER: "It's important because it gives the lgbt people a place to come together, especially in DC where there is a big community. It is more impactful when we are together. When we don't all come together, it can feel like you are all by yourself." -Briana, 19

 "What happened in Orlando last night is heartbreaking and tragic. I'm originally from Florida but I'm here today in DC celebrating gay pride. No one should ever endure that loss." Alexis, 26

HER: "I'm not out."
ME: So is talking to ME right now, your first time coming out?!
HER: "I guess, hahaha," -Sara, 21

ME: It's been a year since gay marriage was legalized in all 50 states, how has that impacted your life? 
HER: "We felt a lot better about getting engaged. We actually got engaged a few weeks after because it didn't feel as weird. But you know, there's still a lot of prejudice." -Brooke, 22
HER: "I love daddy. And I love papa,"
-Sasha, 2
HIM: "At the end of the day, we are all human beings. Your sexuality has nothing to do with who you are as a person. Taking someone's life, just because you don't agree with someone's lifestyle, is really sad. It's disheartening," -Raymond (right), 38

HIM: "As a disabled and queer person, inclusion is really important because my life is the intersection of these two identities," Diago, 24
ME: What is your one favorite thing about her?
HER: "Everything but mainly her eyes and personality." -Laura, 31 (right), next to Elisa, 31
HIM:  "First Pride ever being out," -Tre, 23
 HER: "I've experienced a lot of bullying but I have come a long way from that place. Because I've been out for so long, everyone I know accepts me." -Allie, 26
ME: What would you say to her if she told you she likes girls?
HER: "I think I would want her to feel open enough with me to talk to me about what was on her mind." -Mia (mom), 35
ME: What was your most heartbreaking relationship? 
HIM: "He cheated on me. I found out from my friends and they showed me pictures. He lied to me...it was pretty hard." -Ray, 22