Month: August 2018

Creative Close-Up: Ethnic Diversity in Entertainment

8. 27. 18 Two major films have dominated the box office. Black Panther, which became a massive hit, grossed over $1.3 billion worldwide, breaking numerous box office records including the highest-grossing film by a black director and may I add was the second highest grossing film of 2018 behind Avengers: Infinity War. Then just recently, Crazy Rich Asians top the box office, which grossed $83 million worldwide. I’ve touched on this subject before a few years ago. Remember the Oscars? #OscarsSoWhite? Now that’s beginning to change. That’s great, but there is so much more to do. I’m not going to talk long about it. I’m just touching base because with the slow rise of ethnic diversity. With success of Black Panther and Crazy Rich Asians, I’m at least taking notice, well Hollywood is beginning to take notice. In this…well I should say racial climate, people are beginning to open up to seeing something different on the big screen. An African-American superhero, not only on the big screen, but small with DC’s Black Lightning, and an Asian female lead in …

Where To…Nowhere

8. 25. 18 Hello again…this month we’re not going anywhere. I’m too busy exploring what my city has to offer. You should do the same. Find out what your city has to offer in art, music, films…where I’m from, downtown has a lot to offer in live music, the university’s museum is located in that area, along with a center for performing arts. Music festivals could be happening near or in your city, go ahead and see what artists are playing. The city we live in has lots of great activities to do, we just have to find it. So go see that arthouse film you’ve heard about or see an indie playing in a venue in town, browse around an art museum to appreciate good art, or a night out seeing a play. Enjoy your weekend, be blessed.   Image source: rivercenter.org

Weeknd Updates: A Summit & Siminar

8. 25. 18 Hello everyone! Sorry for the late post, but this should make up for it. There is a summit and a seminar coming in September, courtesy of Artsy Shark. Credit source: Artsy Shark Art Business Summit Conquer the Changing Marketplace September 7-9th, 2018 Dallas, Texas Art is a Business, and Artists Should Run It The marketplace is changing—not just technology, but HOW art is marketed, bought, and sold. You, the Artist, are at the center of this. Take charge of your career, mesmerize your audience, maximize your extraordinary professional advantages and Sell-Sell-Sell. This is going to be an amazing event. Tickets are on sale now. Registration also includes early access to CHF’s Business Accelerator Digital Learning Portal. The Sooner You Register, the Better the Deal: Purchase Before Aug 31 (17th-30th) to save $45: Price: $350 From Aug 31 Onward (31st-Sep 7), get a great deal: Price:$395 Summit Leaders Carolyn Edlund Sales & Events Director, The Clark Hulings Fund Elizabeth Hulings Director, The Clark Hulings Fund Daniel DiGriz Education Director, The Clark Hulings Fund For even more information, please go to https://clarkhulingsfund.org/events/texas/ The Arts Business Institute and Pine …

TV Review: The Deuce

8. 24. 18 Hello everyone! I said I wanted to do a television series review. There are so many new shows that come out year after year, but only a few make it to green pastures. HBO’s The Deuce is one of those shows. I and my good friend, Elizabeth have watched the first season and we just finished watching it again before the second season starts early next month. So Lizzie is going to do the review of the series. Shelley and I have rewatched the first season of this series just to renew…OK, who are we kidding we liked the show. Set in the early 70’s in New York City, The Deuce is about the early years of the porn industry. George Pelecanos and David Simon, the men behind The Wire created the series.   James Franco is one of the stars of the series who portrays identical twins Vincent and Frankie Martino. Vincent is your run of the mill bartender who is now trying to pay off Frankie’s gambling debts. He opens up …

MidWeek Update: Conferences & Retreats in Literature

8. 22. 18 Wednesday. It’s time to catch up with some updates and we are diving into literature for some upcoming conferences and retreats. All thanks to AWP. Credit source: AWP (Association of Writers & Writing Programs) Idlewild Writers Retreat Pomfret, Connecticut, United States   DETAILS OCT 5 – OCT 8, 2018 Retreat SCHOLARSHIP: None Available CONTACT: Melissa Wyse EMAIL: info@idlewildarts.com WEBSITE: https://idlewildarts.com The Idlewild Writers Retreat offers writers creative space and community. Our retreat is held in the scenic Quiet Corner of Connecticut each autumn. Our 2018 retreat will be held October 5-8, with discounted early registration rates available. Our program offers creative time and space to write, along with opportunities to enjoy a community with fellow writers. Our retreat is held at a historic house (and former bed and breakfast), which offers beautiful spaces to write and to gather together, along with spacious accommodations. Writers will enjoy simple community meals sourced from local farms and markets, quiet time to engage with their own work, evening readings, workshops on mindfulness and creativity, and optional guided writing sessions. Our retreat is …

Shadow Spotlight: Professional Gamers

8. 20. 18 Hello, hope everyone enjoyed the weekend. It’s time to shine the spotlight on Professional Gamers. What is a professional or pro gamer you ask? Here is a clear definition… pro gamer – is basically one who played one game all the time and win at tournaments. but one who play games on the hardest difficulty, one who always on top 3 places at multiplayer – you can call it pro gamer too. pro gamer doesn’t have to go to a tournament to be a pro. PredatorRules. Pro is defined as professional – gamespot.com These guys and gals get paid a ridiculous amount of money to just play video games. Found a few videos to show you what they do, the life of a gamer, plus to see a list of the highest paid gamers.         This video was posted a year ago…     Ladies are making names for themselves too. Here is another video from a year ago…       If you think you have what it takes to be a professional gamer, then you really need …