Recently, a friend and I were talking about our childhoods, and how so many of our early experiences shape the complicated adults we become. How we can become triggered by seemingly innocuous events and find ourselves reacting to situations in unexpected and often irrational ways. He told me about being bullied in high school and how he does not think he will ever fully recover from the trauma of those years. He said he has “learned to deal with it” and “found a way to move on,” but that it still affects him every day and that he will never forgive the people who “tore his life to shreds.”His words and the pain on his face hit me hard. They brought to mind my own childhood, specifically my preteen years, when I was a bully. I have spent the better part of 40 years “forgetting” those days ― the people I have hurt, the damage I’ve done and the trauma I’ve caused. It all came flooding back. I thought, Am I a fucking monster?I did not start out as a bully. It was a choice. I was a good kid ― smart, funny and full of life. That all changed in the middle of sixth grade when I was 11 years old. I remember the moment with absolute clarity: It was during a recess break when I was wrestling with one of my classmates. He was one of the boys in my school who was maturing more quickly than the others, including myself. He was tall and ripped. He had the beginnings of a mangy mustache and a voice as deep as Darth Vader’s. He had me on the ground and was straddling my chest. My arms were pinned above my head. We were laughing. He smiled at me. I got an erection.It was the first time I experienced pure panic. I froze. Time stood still as he felt me against him and recognition swept across his face. I heard the words “holy shit” and “faggot,” and saw his smile disappear. I threw him off of me and ran. A single thought followed me: My life is over.From an early age, I knew that I was different from other boys, but I did not know that I was gay. I knew full well what being gay meant ― it’s hard to grow up in a small town full of machismo and testosterone and not know what being gay meant. I also knew what a “faggot” was and what a “queer” and a “butt pirate” were and all of those other colorful terms.I knew I couldn’t be any of these things. I believed that being gay was bad ― possibly the worst thing that someone could be. I knew it would get you ostracised, mercilessly bullied and beaten to a pulp. I also knew that it could get you killed. From an early age, I knew that I was different from other boys, but I did not know that I was gay. I knew full well what being gay meant ― it’s hard to grow up in a small town full of machismo and testosterone and not know what being gay meant. My decision to “not be gay” began that day. The change from happy-go-lucky preteen to disgruntled, petulant asshole happened virtually overnight. As the fear of being discovered began to consume my every waking moment, I set about to obliterate the old me and create someone new. I lived in a kill-or-be-killed world, where the tough feasted on the weak, and where being different made you a target. It was a world where only the strong survived, where you were either predator or prey.I knew people who were prey. They were different, and I thought they were weak. I saw what a living hell their lives were. I witnessed the endless torture they endured at the hands of the more popular kids ― the name-calling and the constant mental and physical abuse and how it affected them. This was not a life for me.In the course of just a few short months, I went from a bright, engaged student to an uninterested, disruptive presence in the classroom. My grades plummeted. I became cocky and combative with my peers, I dumped my old friends for a new, tougher crowd and I found myself a girlfriend. I did whatever I could do to deflect the attention away from me and onto somebody else. Thus began the bullying.I was not particularly big or strong for my age, so intimidation by force was not an option for me ― I found friends for that. What I did have was a quick wit and an uncanny ability to find and exploit weaknesses. I became a psychological assassin. For the unfortunate souls who were more noticeable, like the girl with the dark red birthmark on her face or the chubby boy with Coke-bottle glasses, it was easy. For others, I learned what I could about them and then struck when the opportunity presented itself.My most devious move came with Mike, the boy I was wrestling with when this all began. Why he never told anyone about what happened is beyond me. I still wonder why, when presented with such a golden opportunity, he did not expose me. Perhaps he was a decent, compassionate human being? Perhaps he was one of the good guys? Regardless, he did not attack, so I did. I flipped the script and told everyone the erection was his and that he had tried to “stick it in me.” From then on, his nickname was “ass bandit” and his life was hellish.I survived the remaining two years of middle school this way: attacking first, capitalising on faults and imperfections and ruining lives. It was remarkably easy. The other kids in my school were all too willing to go along with the game because they, like me, had things to hide. Except it was not a game. People were getting hurt and developing emotional scars.I do not remember feeling bad about the suffering I was causing. So governed by the fear of my secret getting out, I ran a scorched-earth campaign against anyone I felt threatened by, consequences be damned. I did not believe I had a choice ― I thought it was a matter of life and death.When I entered high school, I was forced to adapt using new methods of survival. I ended up in a school on the opposite side of the city away from my friends, where I was suddenly a very small fish in a very big pond and nobody was afraid of me. Alone and vulnerable, I learned to blend in, to camouflage and disguise myself, to keep my head down and my mouth shut. Being invisible was easy and a lot less work than being a bully. I concentrated on my classes and on avoiding Chris, one of my classmates.  Chris Jones was the only “out” gay person in school and the only person I was afraid of. His audacity was overwhelming. How dare he have the strength to be himself, to live an authentic life, to be out and proud and fearless? I would lie awake at night stressing about how easily he could destroy my life. It would only take one glance ― a single moment of recognition ― and everything would come crashing down for me. He would know I was gay, a wolf in sheep’s clothing, and he would expose me for the fraud I was. It was equal parts fear and fascination. I longed to be seen ― by him or anyone ― but the terror that elicited was paralysing. In retrospect, what I really wanted was not to feel so utterly and completely alone. Today, I see the boy who did those terrible things hiding in the darkness near my heart. He is utterly and completely alone. I reach out to him, tell him that I love him, but I do not think he believes me. He knows that I am deeply ashamed. He knows that I am broken, and he doesn’t trust that a broken man can fix things. He is anxious and afraid and furtive. He runs. The adult me is all of these things. I battle with depression and a panic disorder. I often do not feel worthy of love. I run. I know what I did was wrong — terribly wrong — and in no way am I asking for absolution. There is a quote by Maya Angelou that reads, “I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.” I find some comfort in these words. What I did then was survive. It was all I knew how to do. I certainly “know better” now, but it is ultimately the “do better” that matters. Perhaps the act of “doing better” is where compassion and forgiveness lie. Doing better is accepting responsibility for my actions and apologising to those I hurt. I am truly sorry for the pain I caused, the scars I created and the trauma I inflicted. I know what I did was wrong — terribly wrong — and in no way am I asking for absolution. The idea of reaching out and trying to locate some of my victims and apologising directly weighs heavy. I want to, but I am afraid. I do not want to reopen any of their old wounds, but perhaps I am simply not yet ready to face the cold, hard consequences of my actions.Doing better means telling this story and starting a conversation. It is not easy to admit to these things in such a public forum. I both expect and accept the criticism that will come my way. A logical response to what I have done is anger and judgement. But past that, on the other side of that, I hope there is reflection and an openness to dialogue. We can only begin to effect change if we are willing to speak our truths, admit when we are wrong and start to listen to each other. Doing better means asking questions and challenging what we are willing to accept. What strikes me as most startling from those early days of bullying is that no one stopped to ask me what the hell was going on ― not my parents, not my teachers, not the school principal. No one. The change in my behavior was dramatic, and it did not go unnoticed by the adults in my life. I was punished with loss of privileges, groundings and detentions, but nobody took me aside and actually talked to me. I imagine I wouldn’t have told the truth, as fear controlled my every action, but perhaps a kind and caring conversation with a trusted adult would have made a difference. Why do we accept overcrowded classrooms where teachers do not have the time or energy to provide proper care to their students? Why do we accept underfunded schools without guidance or peer counselors? Why do we accept the adage that “boys will be boys” and that those being bullied need to “grow a thicker skin” when we know better? Bullies do not become bullies by accident. The behavior is not acceptable, but the reason behind the behavior is something we need to examine, talk about, treat and hopefully change.Ultimately, though, doing better begins with myself ― with ourselves. It includes reminding myself to be gentle with myself and to practice self-love and self-care. It includes the continued commitment to speaking my truths, to exposing the ugly and raw parts of myself, to sharing my shortcomings with others in the hope that we can all feel a little less alone. Finding compassion and forgiveness for the childhood bully that I was is not going to happen overnight. There is a lot of shame to work through and a lot of guilt to process, but if I am diligent in “doing better,” I trust that I will get there in the end.This article first appeared on HuffPost PersonalHave a compelling personal story you want to tell? Find out what we’re looking for here, and pitch us on [email protected]’s Changed Our Sex Life Forever. Here’s How We Make It WorkI’m A Migrant In The UK. Covid Means I Don’t Know When I’ll Next Visit HomeI Laughed At The Jokes White People Made About Me. I’m No Longer Laughing
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Any RuPaul’s Drag Race devotee will tell you that, above all others, the Snatch Game is the one challenge every participating queen really wants to win.Every series, the challenge has proved to be make or break for the contestants, with many becoming frontrunners for the crown after successfully impersonating a celebrity and – most crucially of all – making RuPaul laugh.The question is, who provided the best Snatch Game performance ever?Well, with 10 years’ worth of Snatch Games to pick from, here are the 20 of most successful impressions in Drag Race herstory...20. Alexis Michelle – Liza Minnelli (Season 9)Drag Race fans had been waiting nine long years for a contestant to impersonate Liza Minnelli, with the task finally being taken on by Alexis Michelle, whose all-kicking, all-name-dropping, all-gushing performance earned the Broadway diva the win that week. Best line: ”Mama played the Palace and I sat right in the fourth row, Ru. She sang right to me. And to all the other homosexuals.”19. Sasha Velour – Marlene Dietrich (Season 9)RuPaul might not have been especially impressed by Sasha Velour’s version of this Hollywood icon (“this is going somewhere I can tell,” he commented halfway through one of Sasha’s lines that we actually found funny), but we thought this silly reimagining of Marlene Dietrich was a great choice, and a very Sasha Velour one, at that.In fact, we’d probably have given her the win had we been on the judging panel. Best line: ”I found this question kind of unfair because, as you know, I rarely know these new things, I rarely leave my house... and I died many decades ago.”18. Trinity The Tuck – Caitlyn Jenner (All Stars 4)By the fourth All Stars series, RuPaul decided to shake things up with the Snatch Game, switching the format up from The Match Game (or Blankety Blank as we know it) to the The Dating Game (or, as it was called in the UK, Blind Date).One of the potential celeb singletons looking for love was Caitlyn Jenner, as impersonated by eventual winner Trinity The Tuck, who nailed the Olympian and reality star’s mannerisms, voice and love of all things Malibu. Best line: ”Hurry up, sweetie, you lost.”17. Bianca Del Rio – Judge Judy (Season 6)Bianca Del Rio set herself a major challenge by impersonating one of RuPaul’s personal heroes, but it was one she definitely lived up to. Clearly, this performance is one of Ru’s favourites – Bianca was invited to reprise her Judge Judy role during season 10′s Snatch Game.And while many might be surprised to see this classic impersonation fairly low on our list, it’s a testament to how many iconic performances there’ve been since the first Snatch Game in 2010.Best line: ”Did you forget you were coming to court today? You look like a damn roll of scotch tape.”16. Katya – Björk (All Stars 2) Taking on an off-the-wall character like Björk allowed Katya, one of Drag Race’s most unpredictable queens ever, to really tap into her unique sense of humour and have some fun.Not only did she give some wacky answers, there was some great physical comedy moments too – not least when she took a bite out of her question card and blew bubbles at Alaska’s Mae West (more on her later on, too).Best line: “I’m down for anything, especially, I’d like to eat her hair, it reminds me of pastrami.”15. Pearl – Big Ang (Series 7)A seriously underrated Snatch Game performance was Pearl’s impersonation of the late Mob Wives star – which somehow wasn’t even ranked among RuPaul’s favourites of the week.Pearl gave some great answers as Big Ang, but it was her off-the-cuff moments that really made us howl. Best line: “I had a rough childhood, OK? I wasn’t watching fucking Batman And Robin.”14. Monét X Change – Maya Angelou (Season 10)On another series, Monét X Change would have absolutely walked the Snatch Game with her Maya Angelou impression, which saw her reading her fellow contestants, taking a quick snooze and reciting a soliloquy in the middle of everything.Monét had some stiff competition from Aquaria during her series, but this was a performance that still holds a special place in Drag Race fans’ hearts. Best line: ”I will not hesitate to put thou in a ditch, ’cause Maya Angelou ain’t no punk bitch.”13. Kennedy Davenport – Little Richard (Season 7)Playing a male character on the Snatch Game is always a bit of a risk, but it’s been successful for recent winners like Shea Couleé, The Vivienne and BenDeLaCreme.The first to really thrive when playing a man on the Snatch Game was Kennedy Davenport, and while she did have to share her win, we think in hindsight Kennedy was the definite star of her Snatch Game.Best line: ”Wooooo!”12. Pandora Boxx – Carol Channing (Season 2)It’s been more than a decade, but Pandora Boxx’s performance in the very first Snatch Game definitely still stands up as one of the all-time greats.Her madcap version of Carol Channing brought a wackiness and irreverence many have tried to replicate in the 11 years since, but only few have succeeded to impress RuPaul quite like Pandora managed it. Best line: “I just wrote, ‘I’ve got a lovely bunch of coconuts’.”11. Bimini Bon Boulash – Katie Price (UK Season 2)It’s still pretty fresh in our memories which is why we’re reluctant to give Bimini’s Katie Price too high a placing on this list... but we have to hand it to her, she had us laughing out loud.The Pricey has worked with both RuPaul and Michelle Visage in the past – who were both impressed with the way Bimini nailed not just the former glamour model’s personality, but her mannerisms and very unique way of speaking, too.Bimini – you had us at “nipples”.Best line: “You might have heard in the press, I’ve had a hectic year. My implants got held at gunpoint in South Africa, I walked in the stables and caught my horse cheating on me again... so I didn’t have time to write anything.”10. Chad Michaels – Cher (Season 4)Chad Michaels is probably the world’s most famous Cher impersonator, so when the Snatch Game came around, all eyes really were on her to get it right.Of course, series four was the year Snatch Game really descended into total bedlam, but the chaos created by her castmates allowed Chad – as Cher – to rise above the mess surrounding her, and that’s when she truly shone. Best line: “I don’t give a rat’s ass, because this game is boring the shit out of me! I don’t know why they book me on these chicken shit gigs. I’m a fucking Oscar winner.”9. Jujubee – Eartha Kitt (All Stars 5) Eartha Kitt had been attempted twice before with varying results when Jujubee stormed the Snatch Game Of Love with this laugh-out-loud impersonation that may not have won the overall challenge (seriously… how?), but did inspire its own meme. Best line: “I would sensually walk to the thermostat, and turn up the thermostat to a sensible 74.”8. BenDeLaCreme – Dame Maggie Smith (Season 6)Weirdly, nothing about his impression actually resembles Dame Maggie Smith or her Downton Abbey character all that much, but that’s not really what this performance was about.It’s BenDeLaCreme’s excellently-delivered answers that really shone during this challenge, whether she was admonishing Nicki Minaj or struggling to grasp the concept of social media (“Am I to believe that one just tears one’s phone out of the wall and carries it with them?”).Best line: “A libation flavoured with citrus — can you imagine such a thing?” 7. Gigi Goode – Maria The Robot (Season 12)If there’s one thing Snatch Game is good at it’s singling out which of the queens are one-trick ponies, and with her performance as Maria The Robot (not to be confused with her sister, Sophia), Gigi Goode proved that was one label that did not apply to her.Primarily known as a fashion queen until that point, Sophia Maria showed Gigi had not just wit in her arsenal, but physical comedy too.Best line: “One second, searching… OK, here’s what I found. She’s my sister, bitch.”6. Tatianna – Britney Spears (Season 2)The very first Snatch Game winner is still one of the best impersonations the challenge has ever spawned. Admittedly, some of the near-the-knuckle jokes at Britney’s expense might not fly in 2021, but for the most part Tatianna’s performance is a loving tribute to the iconic pop singer.There’s no denying Tatianna really nailed Britney’s mannerisms, too, which is what makes this impression such a stand-out.Best line: “I got lost!”5. Bob The Drag Queen – Uzo Aduba/Carol Channing (Season 8)Nailing just one character on Snatch Game is hard enough, but comedy queen Bob The Drag Queen did one better and pulled off two celebrities in one. Since Bob, a few other queens have tried to maximise their time on the Snatch Game panel by switching characters halfway through, but none have managed it with quite as much finesse as Bob – or done it with two stars as vastly different as Uzo Aduba and Carol Channing.Bob’s Uzo was pretty spot-on, but it’s her Carol Channing that earned her the win… not to mention a video from the woman herself at that year’s Drag Race finale.Best line: “From here, I couldn’t tell if you were Della Reese or Luther Vandross. I couldn’t see, these aren’t even my good glasses.”4. Aquaria – Melania Trump (Season 10)Who would have thought that the fashion-forward model-esque Aquaria would not just pick Melania Trump as her Snatch Game character, but also deliver one of the most glowing performances the long-running challenge has ever seen?Aquaria served not just brilliant rehearsed comedy and blink-and-you’ll-miss-it smart details, she also bounced off her fellow competitors and thought on her feet with hilarious results.It’s not often we’re calling for more of anyone with the surname Trump on our TV screens, but we’d happily have watched another episode of Aquaria’s Melania. Best line: “No wonder my husband is complaining about Chyna all the time.”3. Jinkx Monsoon – Little Edie (Season 5)It felt like despite her obvious success and talent, Jinkx Monsoon spent much of her Drag Race journey proving herself to some of her opponents, who questioned her abilities. Case and point: when Jinkx announced she’d be channelling Grey Gardens for the Snatch Game, many of her competitors rolled their eyes and doubted whether she’d be able to outshine any of their characters, which included pop divas like Janet Jackson, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift.Suffice to say, Jinkx ended up stealing the show, and setting a new standard when it came to Snatch Game.Best line: “Quite the scandal actually… it was in all the magazines at the time.”2. Alaska – Mae West (All Stars 2) The first ever All Stars Snatch Game was probably the strongest the show has ever had, with Katya, Alyssa Edwards and Ginger Minj among the queens who really shone during that year’s challenge.Let’s be honest, though… no one could have come close to Alaska’s bawdy interpretation of Mae West, which took the star’s frequent use of innuendo and turned into something completely explicit (who could forget what Alaska did to the line “why don’t you come up and see me some time?”).Best line: “I beat around the bush all the time, what are you talking about, ohhhhhh?”1. The Vivienne – Donald Trump (UK Season 1)Call us biased, but we had to have this performance from the UK’s very own Snatch Game at the top of our list. Admittedly, we were initially disappointed when we saw The Vivienne had picked Trump, as it meant we were deprived of seeing Cilla Black or Kim Woodburn on the RuPaul’s Drag Race stage.However, there’s no denying The Vivienne’s Trump was a complete triumph, thanks to a mix of quick thinking, smart choices and a spot-on impersonation even Alec Baldwin would be impressed by – in other words, the perfect combo for any queen taking on the Snatch Game.Best line: “I thought I’d ignore the game and just try and cover my own back. So, all tea, no collusion.”All 13 seasons of RuPaul’s Drag Race are available to watch on Netflix, with new episodes of Drag Race UK every Thursday evening on BBC Three.READ MORE:Bimini Bon Boulash's Katie Price Impression Was So Good Even Bafta Has Endorsed It'At Least It Was Memorable': Tia Kofi Speaks Out About Her Time On RuPaul's Drag Race UKBing Bang Bong! Drag Race UK's United Kingdolls Are On Course To Break The Top 40 This Week
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(University of Maryland) In a new paper published in Applied Economics Perspectives and Policies, University of Maryland researcher Jim MacDonald presents a detailed history of the consolidation of agriculture in the US based on 35 years of data, with implications for all sectors of agriculture moving forward. Data show a steady shift to fewer and larger farming operations across crops, dairy, and livestock.
But on International Women’s Day (IWD), which is on March 8, 2020 this year, it’s even more important to take a stand for women’s equality.If you’re not familiar with it, International Women’s Day began in the early 1900s and is a “a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.May we raise them.” –Unknown “To tell a woman everything she cannot do is to tell her what she can.” –Spanish Proverb“Well-behaved women rarely make history.” –Eleanor Roosevelt“A charming woman doesn’t follow the crowd; she is herself.” –Loretta Young“The best protection any woman can have is courage.” –Elizabeth Cady Stanton“Where there is a woman, there is magic.” –Ntozake Shange“You were given this life because you are strong enough to live it.” –Unknown“Women are the largest untapped reservoir of talent in the world.” –Hillary Clinton“A girl should be two things: Who and what she wants.” –Coco Chanel“She wasn’t looking for a knight.Not the victim.” –Nora Ephron“Girls should never be afraid to be smart.” –Emma Watson“Life is tough, my darling, but so are you.” –Stephanie Bennett-Henry“A strong woman looks a challenge in the eye and gives it a wink.” –Gina Carey“Your life isn’t yours if you constantly care what others think.” –Unknown“If you have a dream, make it a goal.” –Unknown“Sometimes it’s the princess who kills the dragon and saves the prince.” –Samuel Lowe“Little girls with dreams become women with vision.” –Unknown.“If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.” –Katherine Hepburn“She believed she could, so she did.” –Unknown“We realize the importance of our voice when we are silenced.” –Malala Yousafzai“If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it.” –Margaret Fuller“Sometimes it takes balls to be a woman.” –Unknown“A successful woman is one who can build a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at her.” –Unknown“If you want something said, ask a man.But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult.” –Melinda Gates“We all have a ‘Wonder Woman’ inside of us.” –Unknown“I can and I will.A woman must do what he can’t.” –Rhonda Hansome“I want every girl to know that her voice can change the world.” –Malala“Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.” –Maya Angelou“Females are strong as hell.” –The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt“Real queens fix each other’s crowns.” –Unknown“There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.” –Michelle Obama“There is nothing stronger than a broken woman who has rebuilt herself.” –Hannah Gadsby“Some of us are becoming the men we wanted to marry.” –Gloria Steinem“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” –Eleanor Roosevelt  “There’s something about a woman with a loud mind that sits in silence, smiling, knowing she can crush you with the truth.” –R.G.Just be you.” –Brene Brown“Be the woman you needed as a girl.” –Unknown“And one day she discovered that she was fierce and strong and full of fire, and that not even she could hold herself back, because her passion burned brighter than her fears.” –Mark Anthony“She remembered who she was and the game changed.” –Lalah Deliah“Her soul is fierce, her heart is brave, her mind is strong.” –Unknown“The strongest action for a woman is to love herself, be herself, and shine amongst those who never believed she could.” –Unknown“She’s everything; even when she’s treated like nothing.” –R.H.
A tipple (or many) and a typewriter was a potent combination for some of history’s best known authors.William Faulkner enjoyed a whiskey while writing.Ernest Hemingway’s affection for booze was the stuff of legend.Even Maya Angelou credited a little sherry with kickstarting her creativity.Stuck writers have used all manner of inspiration, both natural and otherwise, to break the block.Interestingly, John Carpenter, creator of the legendary Halloween films, employed The King of Beers as his secret writing weapon of choice.
The history of television ratings is of great interest to me because—to quote Maya Angelou—”if you don’t know where you’ve come from, you don’t know where you’re going.”Market research firm The Nielsen Company, founded in 1923, is perhaps best known for its ubiquitous television ratings, but Nielsen actually started out measuring radio ratings before moving to TV in 1950.Audience shares were initially calculated using paper diaries where customers wrote down the shows they watched and when.Nielsen then used these diaries to compile statistical models that approximated viewing numbers.Of course, as technology evolved so too did audience measurements, and just as paper maps gave way to GPS, Nielsen’s strategies similarly developed.The company now forecasts ratings using a variety of television meters and set-top-boxes that remotely monitor TVs to see what shows and ads people are watching and for how long.
While enjoying a lovely dinner with an old family friend last week, he relayed his version of a classic Maya Angelou quote to me:“You know, you meet so many people throughout your life.And you never really remember what they said or what they did, but you always remember the way they made you feel.”For decades, content marketers have been tasked with meeting buyers along their journey, striving to create best-answer content that satisfies curiosity, encourages brand engagements, and paints their product or service as the solution buyers are looking for.But the question every marketer needs to answer is: Is my brand delivering experiences that leave a lasting impression?So, you aim to create best-answer content based on search demand and topical relevance.
"Beychella" shook the internet in 2018.Singer Beyoncé reunited with her former group Destiny's Child at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California.The rousing performance is now the subject of a Netflix documentary due out on April 17.Netflix released a trailer for Homecoming on Monday.It promises a deep dive into the concepts that powered the set, which combined Beyoncé's history of hits with an homage to the historically black colleges and universities in the US.The trailer is full of behind-the-scenes footage and clips from the show set to a voiceover by poet Maya Angelou.
When the MeToo movement went viral last year following a tweet by actress Alyssa Milano, nobody was more surprised than Tarana Burke.Suddenly, the work and activism she had led for years in quiet anonymity had gained a global audience that she could have never imagined.And yet, after fighting for a cause mainly aimed at African-African girls and women, she saw the baton being seized by famous white women, and then watched as its intentions were distorted by the media.Burke’s story of social media’s role in the movement underscores the complexities of the how such technology intersects with grassroots politics, particularly when race and gender are central factors.In describing how she reacted to MeToo’s virality, Burke said that rather than start a battle over ownership, she felt the need to put the mission first.Since then, she has been simultaneously trying to push the issue forward by riding its social media wave, while also fighting to keep the focus on its original mission of helping sexual assault victims.
This interview is with Maury Rogow, CEO of Rip Media Group, a multimedia marketing agency that uses video storytelling to build brand awareness and profits.Now she’s 13 months old and learning four languages.Seeing her learn sign language has been particularly incredible—kids’ motor skills are far beyond their verbal skills.Another proud moment happened when we won a bid against five global agencies to represent a $16 billion company.My team and I followed our normal creative process, called "The Idea Factory"; we created distinct, brand-building ideas for their company.We each bring value to the table, so I prefer to look at working relationships as partnerships.
Dr. Maya Angelou had an incredible life, and Wednesday's Google Doodle celebrates it.Angelou is now known as a world famous author and poet who published seven autobiographies and several books of poetry, but her early life was traumatic.At the age of 7 she was sexually abused and raped by her mother's boyfriend.He was released from jail after one day.Four days later he was murdered, and Angelou became mute for five years.Later Angelou would say, "I thought, my voice killed him; I killed that man, because I told his name."
Maya Angelou wrote about a car ride in Ghana with Malcolm X.It was the height of the Civil Rights era, and Angelou was expressing her disdain for a particular activist’s lack of faith, and isolation from the Black American struggle.We need people on each level to fight our battle.But the organizing principle — the Big Why — is the same: every issue we are grappling with is a critical element of culture change.Nearly every conversation — from boardroom discussions with agency leadership about innovation, diversity or even family leave to the powerful declarations of TimesUpAdvertising to ongoing social media posts and conversations about justice and equality over at Diet Madison Avenue or Girls Day — is in service to the same fundamental question.This is why those who are not necessarily members of “in groups” — young people, people of color, women, immigrants, creatives, among others — can be such effective change agents.
Standing in front of Joe Louis's gravestone with my dad, we both took a moment.He, because a kid born in to a poor Geordie mining community had come so far and was now stood before an idol's grave in Arlington Cemetery, Washington D.C and me, because I love and respect my dad and know boxing and this moment, meant so much to him.When I was a child, ITV showed fights on a Saturday night; Mike Tyson, seemed fearless in the face of all challengers, like a super-charged Scrappy Doo, using his right fist to send Michael Spinks crashing to the canvas - one of many mind-blowing knock outs; a little before my time but still in my consciousness were fights between Hearns, Hagler, Duran and Sugar Ray Leonard and I watched 'Rocky 2' on a loop.I hate seeing a scrap in the street, I don't watch horror films and yet I am drawn to boxing.It fascinates me that two people can step in a ring and inflict pain upon each other when they may not know each other and certainly haven't done anything to warrant such violence and then after pummelling each other, can shake hands, hug and walk away.It is one of the oldest sports and one of the most straightforward, having little of the complexity of rules that govern cricket, football or golf.
Politicians tell a lot of stories in their campaign speeches, and there's a not-so-secret reason why: if you convey your message through a dynamic story or metaphor, it has a better chance of resonating with your audience than if you were to simply state the facts.Author Maya Angelou captured this idea best when she said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Compelling stories have the power to engage every audience — your customers, your employees and your investors.Your story makes you human.A hard sell approach will only repel customers, but an emotional narrative pulls people in.You’ll slowly move away from the role of seller and create the foundation for a lasting professional relationship.Related: 5 Ways to Be a Better Listener
The Tree of 40 Fruit produces just the right amount of fruit from summer into fall.Poetry enthusiasts, here’s a list of the most anthologized poems of the past 25 years.How much time Benjamin Franklin, Maya Angelou, Haruki Murakami and other famous creative people spent/spend on their work, plus eating, sleeping, etc.And speaking of creativity, a list of literary would-you-rathers.Photo: The late poet and author Maya Angelou.