Thursday, September 29, 2011
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Monday, September 26, 2011
I challenge you to take sometime today and plan on what you want and be grateful for what you have to create great opportunities. If someone steps on your foot today, bumps into you, or who might even be rude to you just ignore them and internalize happy thoughts of gratuity and love. Radiate happiness in order to get MORE happiness. Create your Greatness and enjoy your Monday.
(Check out this little video... If we tap into our childhood it really assists in capturing true authentic happiness)
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Yesterday, we all said goodbye to the popular soap opera All My Children. I was one of those fans who sat on the couch and didn't leave until the final minutes aired. Once the show was over, I was full of sadness along with anger.
My head is still wrapping around the fact that 90% of these soap operas are cancelling one after another. It's still a shocker to me that it is all happening so fast. Guiding Light, the longest running soap opera in America was canceled. Another year came by and As The World Turns left our lives. Now we are saying goodbye to All My Children with One Life To Live right around the corner.
It still gets under my skin that one of the reasons that All My Children was cancelled and the reality lifestyle show The Chew is taking it's place was because the production cost would be 40% less than the soap opera's daily budget. I already knew the other reason was because of declining ratings. After all, reality television is all over the place. However, I would not remove a legacy from television just to increase the things going into my wallet because of this new reality show. I would keep it on television as much as fans want to.
Even when the ratings declined, the people that weren't watching it told them to keep it on the air. That's how much people love soap operas. So for all fans of soap operas all the world, let's save the soap operas. If we have to march for it, I would join without second guessing it.
Friday, September 23, 2011
INVITE - MOVIE SCREENING: Critically-acclaimed film PARIAH Screens in Conjunction with "OUT on the Hill"
A Q&A with Director Dee Rees and Producer Nekisa Cooper will immediately follow the screening.
A rousing success at its world premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, this deeply felt human drama is the feature debut of writer/director Dee Rees. Adepero Oduye portrays Alike (pronounced “ah-lee-kay”), a 17-year-old African-American woman who lives with her parents (Kim Wayans and Charles Parnell) and younger sister (Sahra Mellesse) in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood. A gifted student, Alike is quietly but firmly embracing her identity as a lesbian. With the support of her best friend Laura (Pernell Walker), she is especially eager to find a girlfriend. Wondering how much she can confide in her family, Alike strives to get through adolescence with grace, humor, and tenacity. Spike Lee is among the feature’s executive producers. PARIAH is slated to open in Washington, DC during January 2012.
To view the trailer click here: http://focusfeatures.
To download a printable screening flyer, click here.
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Thursday, September 22, 2011
Most artists nowadays, display the glamorous life in their music videos. . you know the fancy cars, money, mansions, beautiful women, extravagant vacations and parties. Rarely do you see artists depicting the reality that we common folk experience everyday or are at least exposed to more than what what is in the videos. I guess some can argue maybe that's the point, to take us out of reality for a second.
However, sometimes we need that harsh reality check and it seems like artists are just the person to give it to us now that their views and opinions hold more clout than ever before. With that said, more artists are now using their music videos as a platform to bring awareness to real issues that are affecting the community, especially the black community. Maybe through their words and creative vision, people will start to become more aware.
Below are just a few artists who have used their videos to shed light on serious issues:
Did you know that breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosis among African American women, and among women nationwide? If you haven't been directly or indirectly related to the disease, you might not show too much concern. You might think it will never happened to you or someone close to you. You might go as far as not taking the proper precautionary actions.
Last year, Eric Roberson used his video Still to spread awareness about the disease and just recently, Musiq followed suit and released his video for Yes, which he dedicated to breast cancer fighters. Musiq was also named the ambassador for Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Circle of Promise. Watch both videos below as Roberson and Musiq take a different approach in depicting the seriousness of the disease.
Homosexuality, especially among black men, is a sore subject in the black community. Recently, the topic of bullying has become a household term as a result of so many people committing suicide because of being bullied.
To shed light on this sensitive topic, Marsha does amazing job of walking us through the life of a homosexual black man as he is ostracized. It also serves as a personal testimony of Marsha's which shows how willing she is to make herself vulnerable by telling this story in hopes of spreading awareness of the negative effects of bullying.
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