Feminism & TV: Is This Even Necessary?

Originally posted on Black Girl in Media:

Greetings, all! This is the very first blog post for Black Girl in Media and I couldn’t be happier. I have great things planned for this blog, and I hope you all come to enjoy the ride just as much as I do.

I need to confess something important – this blog kind of happened by accident. It started as a class assignment – creating a niche blog – and kind of exploded on its own.

But really, before I dive into any specifics about my project, why don’t I backtrack a bit?

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99-Year-old Lillian Weber Makes a Dress for a Small Child in Africa Every Single Day!

Originally posted on Kindness Blog:

In the past two years, Lillian has made more than 840 dresses and she plans to make 150 by next May. The reason for this date is that Lillian wants to make her 1,000th dress on her 100th birthday which is at the beginning of May!

Lillian Weber

Jim Schaefer gets a celebratory birthday photo of Lillian Weber.

Lillian says she starts work on a dress in the morning, takes a break during the midday, and puts the finishing touches to it in the afternoon. She loves making the dresses even though she knows she will never see a little girl wear one.

Lillian Weber

“I could probably make two a day, but I enjoy just doing the one. It’s just one of those things I guess. I learnt how to do it and then I thought why not put it to good use?!”

For more information, please see Little Dresses for Africa

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Hair Stylist Spends his Sundays Cutting Hair for the Homeless

Originally posted on Kindness Blog:

Every Human Life Is Worth The Same’

Mark Bustos is a hair stylist at an upscale salon in New York City, but not all of his clientele have to be wealthy to get a quality trim. Sometimes, they don’t need a penny.

mark bustos haircuts for the homeless

Bustos spends every Sunday — his only day off from work — venturing through the city in search of anyone in need who’d appreciate a haircut. Approaching each person with the same, simple phrase — “I want to do something nice for you today” — Bustos provides cuts to up to six people every Sunday, capturing many stylings on his Instagram account.

mark bustos haircuts for the homeless

Bustos has been cutting hair for the less fortunate since May 2012, when he traveled to the Philippines to visit family members. While abroad, he paid an owner of a barbershop to rent a chair and provide services to impoverished children in need of a fresh…

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Another View of Ferguson — Kindness, Generosity and Compassion

Originally posted on Kindness Blog:

Day after day, most of the images and stories from Ferguson, Missouri, have been depressing.

The quiet Midwest suburb appears to have devolved into a place where armored vehicles patrol streets, people can’t stop fighting, arrests are commonplace and tear gas pollutes the air.

Mike Knox has been staying at his barbershop until 4 a.m during the Ferguson protests to ward off looters

Mike Knox has been staying at his barbershop until 4 a.m during the Ferguson protests to ward off looters

But there is actually good happening in Ferguson. There have been some extraordinary acts of kindness and generosity from people trying hard to hold their city together.

White, who lives in St. Louis County, walked a mile to give free water to protesters.

“We pooled together as a community to bring this,” she said. “So, we can stay…

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Brands In The Digital Age

Originally posted on Danni Hamson:

Rich Keith a well-known journalist, editor and publisher, conducted a talk at Bath Spa University about how to build brands in the digital age. After the lecture I decided to do my own research and add to the discussion on the web. I knew this was going to be an interesting topic as branding has changed over the last few years.

Before the internet was created, traditional branding mediums included TV, radio, magazines, newspapers and cinemas and it involved more of the company and what they wanted their brand to advertise for them. Technology has brought about new cultures and behaviours over the last 10-20 years, has this changed how people perceive brands?

Havas Media conducted research that reveals, most people worldwide would not care if 73% of brands disappeared tomorrow. This means that companies have to rethink their strategy when it comes to branding, as it is now more…

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The Ripple Effect: transmedia strategy at work

Originally posted on Jacquelyn Astorga:

A few months ago, I posted about my transmedia strategy and how I would use different social media platforms to promote and share my work.  The concept is simple:  use a blog or website to share portfolio work, and then spread it further through professional and personal social networks.  So that is exactly what I did.  

I recently posted about my conceptual project, the Bridgeport Smilebooth here on the site.  I then sent the link out via twitter, and the next day received a phone call from Casey Cora, a reporter for DNA Info to talk about the project.  The write up is here, and I’m overwhelmed by the positive response and encouragement I’ve received.

My school picked up on it, and have been promoting the DNA Info piece on their own social media platforms, and if that wasn’t enough I received an email from a booking…

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Are you ready for transmedia?

Originally posted on Fiction 4 Writers and Readers:

DaydreamingOkey dokey.  I’ve pretty much got the Facebook thing down. And I’ve been known to Tweet fascinating facs about my latest books and such. I’ve even been known to whip up a book trailer or two. Obviously, I’ve made a stab at blogging, as you can tell. So when I read an article in the latest Romance Writer’s Report about getting on the transmedia bandwagon I naturally said, “Er…the WHAT?”

After reading up on the topic I can tell you that transmedia is all the rage with technosavvy readers and writers. As I understand it, transmedia is a way authors use multiple media plaforms to enhance their stories. Examples?

-interactive ebooks that expand on the printed book

-online episodes with supplementary material

-web comics

-blogs “written” by secondary characters

-fictional websites for points of interest in your novel.

All the examples are ways to help expand the story so readers can…

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