Ava DuVernay (Middle of Nowhere and I Will Follow) has a great way of storytelling that keeps things interesting and real; allowing you to connect with the characters. When I first watched Say Yes, it absolutely made my day. There are so many details about the film that speak to me; the music, the angles, the fashion, and above all the reminiscent feeling it evoked. Say Yes transported me to different moments in my life throughout the film. It was amazing. I reflected on the atmosphere of open mic and poetry nights I used to frequent at the Five Seasons and Eden’s Lounge. I remembered the Urban League happy hours and NSBE events I attended. I thought of nights out with my friends listening to live music at Bohemian Caverns and Club 347. I even recalled engagement parties I’ve attended to celebrate friends and the fun and excitement of seeing familiar faces and meeting new people. Simply put, this film brought back memories and made me smile.
It was awesome seeing the colorful and vibrant clothing of Duro Olowu throughout the film, as well as some jewelry I have stalked on ShopBop in the past. Kali Hawk and Lance Gross looked incredible. The Say Yes soundtrack was energizing and I immediately downloaded the songs by Bells Atlas, B.Jamelle, and Dotmatic. Check out the short film and share your thoughts!
SAY YES explores the power of the affirmative, and the beauty that blossoms from embracing life. Inspired by the Fashion Fair lip color called Say Yes, award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay created this vision of what happens when you welcome the unexpected.
I recently came across the very cool Topaz and Arrow workshops held in D.C. by founders Virginia Arrisueño and Morgan Hungerford West. The workshops have been held monthly at the Ulysses Room, a loft space at the 52 O Street Artist Studios, in Washington, D.C.
This is a great opportunity for visual merchandisers, aspiring stylists, and folks that just like to “make stuff” to learn from pros. Virginia is founder of DeNada and a University of Maryland grad with a fiber art focus. Her creative talent and technical skills have been recognized by several awards, including the Sadat Art for Peace Award, delivered by Nelson Mandela, as well as, first prize in Viridian Artists, Inc. National Competition.
Morgan, the other half of Topaz and Arrow, writes art and lifestyle blog Panda Head, and works in the realms of art direction and art production in Washington, DC. Her installations have been featured at the French Embassy and the Textile Museum; her line of handmade teepees and teepee covers is carried by BHLDN
October’s workshop, Curation, Backdrops, and Filters:A Photo Styling Workshop with Topaz + Arrow, will take place on Sunday, October 27, 2013 1pm-3pm.
I love looking at the beautiful, awe-inspiring photos of the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater over the years. The Alvin Ailey Dance Theater is such an inspiring force in modern dance. The choreography of each performance, as well as the grace and form of the dancers, is incredible. Below is a clip from one of the dance company’s most popular performances, Alvin Ailey’s Revelations.
Have you seen the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater perform? If so which, performance is your favorite?
In this TED talk, Simon Sinek talks explains that the way great leaders inspire all comes down to the reason “why”. I first heard this talk a couple years ago at a training on Agile Testing. The instructor discussed using the “Power of Why” to lead and inspire various members of the team. I ended up revisiting it again recently when thinking about the “why” in my personal pursuits. Simon gives a great talk. He also uses Apple as his main example/muse in explaining the Golden Circle and it works. Definitely worth the 18 minutes. Share your favorite moments below! Enjoy!
I’m happy to be back with another Kickstart Your Week post! Note: Although I work in IT and took programming courses in school, I am not an App Developer. However, when I saw this Kickstarter campaign I was absolutely blown away! It is really an incredible thing. AppSeed uses computer vision to make the process of going from a sketch to a prototype faster and smarter.
Using OpenCV, AppSeed:
- Captures your sketched design
- Identifies contained areas of your sketch and allows you to make them into a number of UI elements, including: Buttons | Maps | Streetview | Form text inputs with more to be added based on your feedback
- Allows you to run the prototype on your mobile device
- Allows you to share the prototype as an HTML5 prototype with others
- Send the designs to a layered Photoshop file for editing
Image from AppSeed Kickstarter page
As of October 5th, AppSeed already reached funding but I still thought I would share this with you because you can get in on the Kickstarter action until October 9th. To state the obvious, this is for individuals interested in creating prototypes for mobile apps.
According to professor and AppSeed creator Greg Goralski in his interview with Forbes-
“[AppSeed] is made for people that create apps professionally. It is built for the studio environment and to assist in the professional creative process. To allow for more iteration, more brainstorming, to get better ideas at the beginning of a project. As a teacher, I also see this as a great learning tool.”
Once you watch the video, it’ll all become clear. LOL
So if you were ever or are currently interested in creating an app or at minimum hand drawing an idea for an app to give to developer to create for you- it’s worth at least the $8 level of investment.
In Western society, it is pretty unusual to hear someone say that they love their job. It is equally rare to hear an individual talk about how excited they are to get to work. In fact, you are more likely to hear “Thank God It’s Friday!” And if you are anything like me, you’ve probably said it on various occasions (if not weekly) yourself. But what if you did like your job? What if one day you got a different job (a great job) or were even at your current job (also a great job) but you were so used to complaining about your jobs that you just didn’t notice the shift?
You wake up and realize that you are good at what you do (if not great) or that you can be even better at it. You have great hours, good coworkers or employees, and tons of [insert that magic thing you look for in a job here]. Life is short so pay attention to yourself as you grow and change. Now I’m definitely not saying stick with an unfulfilling job by any means but before you start job bashing just think on things a bit. Of course, do what you love. However, it is important to remember that what makes someone else happy may not make you happy. It may look [insert alluring adjective here] but it may not be what you really want. The grass you are in may just be the greenest grass for you. Don’t let society or others determine what happiness should look like for you. Decide what happiness looks like for yourself. Check out “What if surfing was your job?” by Seth Godin. He uses surfing as a great example to drive the point home. Happy Friday!
Poem by Suskin
I first heard about the Poem Store after coming across an article entitled, The Poem Store with Empty Bookshelves. I was already intrigued by the Poem Store because well, I’ve never heard of a “poem store” so I had to click and read more. Jacqueline Suskin is a traveling American poet. She takes her typewriter with her on the road and sets up shop enriching the lives of the people she meets with the written word. Passersby talk with her and share their thoughts on a topic and she writes an original poem for them on the spot using her typewriter.
Since Jacqueline is using a manual typewriter and individual pieces of paper, she does not have a copy of all of her work and encourages those who have received a poem to post them on her site. She gives her poems away and in turn receives a donation. This is such a beautiful concept. Below is one of my favorites from Jacqueline Suskin’s website.
Poem by Suskin
I really appreciate a good poet’s ability to capture moments and emotions in such few words. The last book of poetry I read was Inner Course by Toni Blackman. I bought it several years ago and it is one of my favorites. Hmmm… I am thinking about the poem I am going to request and what the topic could be. Do you have a favorite poet? If so, who is it?