Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Columbia Gets Schooled

Bonnie Fuller, editorial director of such journalistic pantheons as Star, Celebrity Living and Globe (aka: Queen of Crap) was invited to Columbia'’s Graduate School of Journalism, yes folks, journalism.

Amanda Millner-Fairbanks, the person responsible for lining up speakers for the Columbia SPJ chapter was under the assumption that the Columbia SPJ chapter needed some much needed professional advice about... sensationalism.

Millner-Fairbanks has been quoted as saying, "Fuller, is sort of the mother hen of this new form that'’s taken hold and is very profitable," thus justifying the speaking engagement.

Evidently, we don't have enough snakes in the pit to stalk, mislead, or spin bold-face lies about decent citizens. After all, don't we get enough of that from the current administration?


Perhaps There Is Hope

Alberto Gonzales spoke before law students at Georgetown today, justifying illegal, unauthorized surveilance of US citizens, but during the course of his speech the students in class did something pretty ballsy and brave. They got up from their seats and turned their backs to him.


Monday, February 06, 2006

Self-Esteem: The Rite of Passage

Watching the Superbowl with my husband last night, I was reminded of a recent conversation I had with a local artist, Annelies, about young girls and self-esteem.

To my delight, Unilever, with the brand Dove, has begun just that. Watch their commercial on AdAge.

Hmm... how about Dove partnering with the National Boys & Girls Club? That would be a great start -if they haven't already.

Wake County Women's Center Art Show

Currently, I am involved in a multi-artist show benefitting Wake County's Women's Center. It's being held at the charming Percolator Lounge thru the end of February. Since my work seems to be catching some attention, my framed cats, dogs, birds, and flowers are frequently rotating.

We had our artist reception this last Thursday that included some notables like Marina Bossetti, Jeanne Rhea, Elizabeth Galecke, and Annelies that produced some decent money for the center.

While talking with Annelies about her body casts, I found it interesting that her take wasn't just about pregnant women, but women of all shapes and sizes and to highlight their individuality -not what Hollywood imposes. Falling right into my intensity, we agreed that there may be another women's movement ready to burst as in the 60's, but believing most of it will help by the support of the Indy Film makers.

Young girls and women have such pressure from advertising from even more venues than I had growing up, swirling in the eddy of hopeless dread.

What I'd like to see
I'd like to see a grassroots movement happen- specifically to benefit young girls.