Month: February 2016

Oscar 2016 Winners

February 29 / 16 Hello….Good Morning! Most of you guys probably didn’t see the Oscars last night. I saw bits and pieces, but I did get to see who won Best Supporting Actor, Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Picture, and so on. Here are the winners for the main awards….   BEST ACTOR – Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant (finally!) BEST ACTRESS – Brie Larson, Room BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR – Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS – Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl BEST DIRECTOR – Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, The Revenant BEST PICTURE – Spotlight   If you want to know what other awards were given, go to oscar.go.com. Enjoy your Monday….be blessed!                     featured cred: hdwallpapersfit.com Advertisements

Scene Weekend: Silver Scream Fest 2016

February 27 / 16 Good Evening friends….I found this festival last night and for those of you who are horror fans, this should be a treat. Read on….. (cred: Silver Scream Fest) SILVER SCREAM FEST 2016 March 4 – 6, 2016 Roxy 14 85 Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa CA 95404 Welcome to the first annual awards-based competition calling for both films and comics! Famous Monsters has partnered with the Santa Rosa Entertainment Group to seek out the next generation of great genre filmmakers in order to share their creations with the world! Designed to discover new talent, unite the entertainment community, and encourage genre conversation, the annual SILVER SCREAM FILM & COMIC FESTIVAL is a three-day event comprised of film screenings, award ceremonies, social gatherings, and celebratory parties. SILVER SCREAM FILM & COMIC FESTIVAL is now accepting feature and short length films, animations, screenplays, and comic book or graphic novel submissions.   Guests: Rick Baker – The man responsible for the amazing makeup effects for An American Werewolf in London, who won an Oscar for …

Reflections: Keeping Black History Alive

February 26 / 16  Hello! February is winding down and it’s time to reflect. I’ve decided to this with poems. Poems always reflect what the poet is saying. They are writing from a place of experience, a place of pure emotions and letting the reader know their story. I think I’ve said this before, this generation and the next generation need to know what our ancestors went through for us. How we are able to vote, to speak, to get the best education, the jobs…..we have our ancestors to thank for that and I want future generations to see that as well. Here a few poems to reflect on Black History….enjoy your Friday and be blessed.   On Liberty and Slavery BY GEORGE MOSES HORTON Alas! and am I born for this,    To wear this slavish chain? Deprived of all created bliss,    Through hardship, toil and pain! How long have I in bondage lain,    And languished to be free! Alas! and must I still complain—    Deprived of liberty. Oh, Heaven! and is there no relief …

Scene Wednesday: CORE Call for Entries

February 24 / 16 Hello and Good Morning! As you know, I’m always on the hunt for opportunities to pass along to you guys. Just one post to share today and that is for CORE New Art Space. Read on….   (cred: CORE New Art Space) REPURPOSE  Call For Entries This show is for all the Marcel Duchamps, the Robert Rauschenbergs and Jasper Johns of the world, artists who rearrange, re-glue, re-engineer, or repurpose ready made materials of a non-precious nature into works of art. 2-D and 3-D artists are encouraged to apply. Dumpster-diving is not required but being a visionary able to re-imagine materials intended for one purpose into another is highly preferred. Images – Minimum: 1, Maximum: 3, if 3-D you may submit 2 shots per piece JUROR  Theresa Clowes has been exploring the properties of textiles for more than 20 years. In addition to being a professional artist, she is also an experienced teacher. Clowes was a Senior Instructor at Colorado Academy for 10 years and is currently the Chair of Fine Arts …

Creative Close-Up: Conclusion of Music Streaming

February 23 / 16 Morning! Did everybody enjoy their weekend? I did…in fact, mine was pretty long and it looks like it will come to an end (boo!). Well, it was good while it lasted. You guys remember when I was talking about music streaming? Well, I’m putting a bit more cents into this. Now we know that all music streaming services have their pros and cons. Here’s the load down about each…. Apple Music: 3 1/2 stars. The good thing about Apple Music is the sound. It’s clear and crisp, just as I like it. The price of paying $9.99 a month is not that bad. The only thing that bugs me is that my original iTunes Library has been messed with. When you upload your the cds you’ve bought and spent time to build your library up and then to have changed around is frustrating. Then there is iTunes Match which you would have to pay $24.99 per year is a bit much and to be honest, I really don’t want to do …

Celebrating Black History Month / Music: A Look in the Present

February 22 / 16 Hello! We’re now into the final leg of celebrating Black History Month. We’re getting into Music, but I’m not looking to the past, I’m looking in the present, those that are getting our attention now. Here are a few that have already or about to break into the music scene….   Anderson Paak Janelle Monae Johnny Rain Lianne La Havas Kenzie May http://www.andersonpaak.com http://www.jmonae.com (site may be hacked…) odrepublic.com http://www.liannelahavas.com http://www.kenziemay.com You can find their music on iTunes, Spotify, Tidal, and other music stream services. I hope you enjoyed their music as much I did listen and putting this post together. Enjoy the rest of your Monday, be blessed! photo cred: glenford nunez for pitchfork.com, billboard.com, feministing.com, hotnewhiphop.com, nonesuch.com and afropunk.com

Scene Wednesday: VONA Voices & Arts & Letters

February 17 / 16 Hey there again! If you have inching writing fingers this could be for you! (cred: University of Miami and Georgia College) VONA Voices Writing Workshop for Writers of Color Where do writers of color go: For community? For support? For growth? For mentoring with renowned writers of color? University of Miami’s VONA/Voices Summer Writing Workshop Join Patricia Smith, M.Evelina Galang, Tananarive Due, Willie Perdomo, David Mura, Faith Adiele, Elmaz Abinader, Minal Hakratwala, Andrew X. Pham, and more in a week-long workshop on June 19 – 25 & June 26 – July 2 Applications are available via our website January 1 (you still have a chance!) For more information: http://www.as.miami.edu/VONA University of Miami / College of Arts & Sciences     ANNOUNCING THE 18TH ANNUAL  ARTS & LETTERS PRIZES COMPETITION Rumi Poetry Prize & Fiction Prize / Susan Atefat Creative Nonfiction Prize Prizes judge include Carol Frost (poetry) Faith Adiele (creative nonfiction) Kate Christensen (fiction) Prize Winners receive $1,000 each and publication in Arts & Letters Non-Winning entries are considered for regular …

Celebrating Black History / Literature: Toni Morrison

February 15 / 16 Hello….Monday is here, Shadowbox is continuing its celebration of Black History Month. Now we’re looking at literature and who better to represent than Toni Morrison.   Born Chloe Ardelia Wofford. According to an interview, She received the baptismal name of Antony, which became the basis for her nickname Toni, when she became a Catholic at age 12. Her best known novels are The Bluest Eyes (1970), Sula (1973), Song of Solomon (1977), and Beloved (1987) to name a few…. Commissioned to write the libretto for Margaret Garner, a new opera performed in 2005. Won the Pulitzer and American Book in 1988 for Beloved. Received the Nobel Prize in 1993 and the Presidential Medal for Freedom in 2012. She also wrote a few children’s books with her late younger son, Slade Morrison, such as The Tortoise or The Hare, Little Cloud and Lady Wind, and The Big Box. Her latest novel: God Help the Child. If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, you …