Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Monday, February 21, 2011
L.I.V.E. Live to Inspire Via Education Hip Hop Festival at Ryerson University is the FIRST-EVER, education-focused Hip Hop festival in Canada, entirely run by students.
Local and international artists and educators will treat attendees to captivating exhibits, live artistic demonstrations, thought-provoking discussions, a fashion show and concert.
L.I.V.E. groundbreaking event is open to EVERYONE. There is FREE ENTRANCE with canned/non-perishable food and/or clothing donation(s).
Special Guests Include:
DJ Ali Shaheed Muhammed (of legendary Hip Hop group, "A Tribe Called Quest")
Ernie Paniccioli (pioneering Hip Hop photographer)
Joseph "Deadlee" Lee
Professor & Icon Ron Nelson
Ryerson Professor & Artist, David Brame
Mark V. Campbell
Dr. Andrew Dubois
Dr. Remi Warner
Griz on the Grind
REGISTER NOW at http://www.livehiphopfestival.blogspot.com/ to secure a spot at any of the exciting events held during the week-long festival!
PLuSH Embassy will see you there!
Andy Warhol Collection...
“One Life, One Love, A Powerful You!”
Our goal is to donate a $1 to a local and international charity, for every tweet that includes "#empowoment" The local charity will be Honey Shine Mentoring Program (a program of Alonzo Mourning Charities, http://www.honeyshine.org/), and the international organization will be the Global Fund for Women (http://www.globalfundforwomen.org/). Each organization supports women and girls, who are experiencing challenges and difficulties, at different points in their life and utilizes various resources to empower these women and girls to live their best lives.
Join us on March 8, 2011 on http://www.twitter.com/ for the EmpoWOMENt Tweet-A-Thon from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Please be sure to use hashtag “#empowoment” on that day.
Social Esquire is a team of successful and talented young female attorneys located in the South Florida. We organize exclusive events that bring together diverse groups of professionals, entrepreneurs, and the upwardly mobile. Each individual female attorney brings a touch of creativity and excellence that distinguishes this group from any other. Attorneys by trade, Social Esquires by heart, these dynamic women color outside the line, live outside of the box, and plan events beyond your expectations.
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Sunday, February 20, 2011
These illustrations were done by, none other than, Vanity Fair Magazine's Fashion & Style Director MICHAEL ROBERTS who joined Vanity Fair as fashion and style director in 2006. He has also published four books of illustrations: The Jungle ABC (Callaway, 1998), Mumbo Jumbo (Callaway, 2000), Snowman in Paradise (Chronicle, 2004), and The Snippy World of New Yorker Fashion Artist Michael Roberts (L7/Steidl, 2005).
Thursday, February 17, 2011
THR features the 'biggest names in the business, both on screen and off, who have made a mark during our 80-year history.'
Halle and Sidney were recognized for being the first African-Americans to win Oscars for best actor and actress.
The covers celebrates those over the age of 80, but THR made an exception for Halle, 44,
Shortly after funding fell through on a film project, Clomax decided to keep himself busy by creating the web series entitled “12-Steps to Recovery” about a newly-single man dealing with a difficult break-up. “I felt the need to do something to show investors I can be trusted with a million dollars to direct a film and felt a short was not enough,” said Clomax. But what started out as a small, online project has turned into a successful, funny and well-written show about relationships in New York City. “I wanted to write something that everyone could relate to,” said Clomax of his idea to write about dating. “I used a lot of my own experiences and those of my friends as a starting point,” and it ultimately paid off.
12-Steps to Recovery centers around Parrish Diaz (Kaleber Soze)- a recently-dumped man mourning the loss of his relationship- and his friends Blue (Stephen Hill) and Dani (Erika Myers), who try to snap Parrish out of his depression by setting him up on a dozen blind dates.
Luckily for Clomax, the audience was laughing and loving every episode, and soon after the industry took note. After handing out promotional material for 12-Steps to Recovery at film festivals and following up with key people, the web series was picked up by the Black Broadcasting Network and can be seen On Demand wherever BBN is available. “I’m definitely thankful,” said Clomax. “By doing the web series I was invited to join the Writers Guild [of America]…it has allowed us to get on TV and it has definitely opened doors for other projects.”
Those new “opened doors” include collaborating with legendary funny-man Paul Mooney, who will be joining the 12-Steps cast as Parrish’s father. “Paul Mooney thinks my show is funny is exciting!” said Clomax. “I really look forward to working with him and directing him.” He has also been approached by others looking for tips on producing a successful web series. Together with producer Emelyn Stuart, Clomax is organizing a one-day seminar on web series’ from conception to production.
His number one piece of advice? “You have to pay to play. If you don’t invest in yourself why should anyone invest in you? If you’re not willing to spend some money to get quality production why should an investor do so? You have to do for self.” Clomax’s philosophy stems from seeing actors like Clint Eastwood and Sidney Poitier step behind the camera and take control of their careers. His admiration for Eastwood and Poitier and their work served as Clomax’s own inspiration to go to film school.
But Clomax doesn’t subscribe to the idea that everyone needs film school to be a filmmaker. He does, however, emphasize a need to learn the fundamentals whether it’s from a book or a seminar or a mentor, or the work won’t be the best quality.
“Especially people of color- we have to raise the bar,” adds Clomax, noting an outcry from the African-American community at yet another Oscar season with no nominations for Black actors, to which he replied, “but who deserved a nomination? There was nothing [Oscar-worthy] out [this year]!”
As for 12-Steps to Recovery, Clomax said, “I know how Season One is going to end. I know what’s going to happen with [Parrish’s] love life. The structure of the series has been created.”
Thursday, February 3, 2011
"Freedom is believing that you deserve a significant placement in the grand scheme of the universe. Being number 1 in your individual race is your responsibility to your given cause. Listen for the signal, run the course and finish on top."
"The freedom to let go is as powerful as the freedom to love. Emptying the secret place we call our heart allows us new space for better and greater."
"I've looked in the mirror and said to that reflection, 'leave me alone would you?!' And it looked back at me and said 'I'm not your friend honey, I'm your life! As quiet as it's kept, I'm a brown-skinned Rock Star in my head. Nobody knows it but me."
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
MAKEUP: Sam Fine
SET DESIGN: Sam Cook
Manish Arora sequin coat: $5,776, http://www.beyond7boutique.com/
Versace red gown with cutouts: $6,295, http://www.versace.com/. Alexandre Herchcovitch red platform pumps: $217, http://www.herchcovitch.uol.com.br/