2015

I never did do one of those 2015 wrap up posts did I?

Well here it is!  Better late than never I guess but 2015 was really a good year and here’s why:

  • My short film Corazón made its way to 3 film festivals, as of now has over 14,000 views on Youtube and received distribution on the Roku box.  Definitely a HUGH accomplishment.  If I do nothing else in life, I accomplished this goal and realized a dream with this film.  That can never be taken away.
  • I expanded my photography business and made the decision to work my tail off to take it to the next level in 2016 and become a full time creative services business.  I added new services, acquired new equipment and updated my website with new branding and a logo.
  • I started work on my first feature/film longer than a short but not long enough to be a feature.  I do know what will come of it, but I started.
  • I traveled to Arizona for the first time and loved it so much that I decided that I will retire there one day.  Yup.
  • I almost broke my finger and found out that I had tendonitis in my foot.  Both are now healed and doing well.
  • Because of my foot ailment, I discovered the benefit of daily stretching and yoga practices.
  • I learn to celebrate the victories, all of them.  No matter how small they might seem, it’s a win for the home team.

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  • Speaking of team, I built one.  Well,  I’m still in the process of building it but for the first time ever, I realized that in order to expand I need experienced people to help me.
  • I read more and cut back on my tv watching.  That in turn lead to me getting more work done.
  • I finally decided to finish my degree and enrolled in school.  I’m on track to finishing my bachelors degree.  Yay!
  • I made the decision that I think I’ve always know but was afraid to state out loud.  I’m not happy at my current place of employment and instead of complaining about it, I’m changing it and my situation.  I want to and will do what I love for the rest of my life and that includes telling stories via photography and other visual aids.  I’ve been giving my true passion maybe a good 40% of effort and that’s what I’ve been getting back.  I’m now dedicated to giving it 100% and that will allow me to do what I love full time for myself without a job that I dislike.  I don’t want a job, I want to create something that I will be happy doing for as long as I can while helping others do the same.  That’s what I’m dedicated to doing for this year and beyond.

2015 was a year of growth and change and 2016 will be even brighter!  Here’s hoping the same for every pair of eyes reading this.

Unveiling Visions: The Alchemy of the Black Imagination @ The Schomburg Center

Via The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture:

Unveiling Visions: The Alchemy of the Black Imagination is sure to satisfy the sci-fi/fantasy nerd in all of us. Curated by artist John Jennings and Reynaldo Anderson, this exhibition includes artifacts from the Schomburg collections that are connected to Afrofuturism, black speculative imagination and Diasporan cultural production. Offering a fresh perspective on the power of speculative imagination and the struggle for various freedoms of expression in popular culture, Unveiling Visions showcases illustrations and other graphics that highlight those popularly found in science fiction, magical realism and fantasy. Items on display include film posters, comics, t-shirts, magazines, CD covers, playbills, religious literature, and more.

The exhibition galleries are open Monday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., unless there is a previously scheduled program or event at the same time and preventing access to the space. 

Open now. Ends January 16th, 2016.

For full details and video features go herehttp://www.nypl.org/events/exhibitions/unveiling-visions

Kick start 2016 with Maggie Mistal’s Mastermind Program!

If there’s one thing that you should know about me by now, it’s that I do not endorse services or share product information that I don’t believe in.  I just don’t.  Maggie Mistal is someone that I believe in for a few reasons:

  1.  I know her (as in I know her in real life and not just on social media).  We both worked on the Martha Stewart Living Radio channel on Sirius XM a few years ago before the channel ceased production.
  2. I’ve actually watch Maggie build her empire.  While I was working at Sirius XM as an engineer, Maggie was an on air host of her own career advice show while building her brand and career consulting business.  She’s now a wildly successful career coach living her dream.  She doesn’t just talk it, she lives it.
  3. Maggie is an extremely encouraging, positive and powerful force that can not only help you succeed in your career goals but can help you figure out what those goals might be.

I recently spoke to Maggie as I myself and embarking on a new career chapter as I take my creative services to the next level and she mentioned her “Mastermind Group Program“.  You can read all about program herehttp://www.maggiemistal.com/services/monthly-mastermind-program/ 

I highly recommend this for anyone feeling like they need a change for the new year.  Whether it be a career change or other life changing goals, Maggie’s honest and inspiring advice can definitely help you on your journey.  Tell her I sent you!

The above image and video were not produced by Shavon Meyers.

My movie of the year award goes to: Creed!

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Besides him being on my future ex husband’s list, Michael B. Jordan, director Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station) and the entire cast and crew did an exceptional job on the film Creed.  Not only was it inspiring but it revamped an old classic with a completely different spin on it.  Since I can no longer watch films without picking every technical aspect of it apart (gift and a curse) one of the first OMG standout scenes for myself was the one take fight scene.  Genius!  Coogler broke down the scene and what it took to make it happen in the video below.  If you haven’t seen the film, do yourself a favor and support it because it is definitely worth every penny.

Go here to read full article via Business Insider: http://www.businessinsider.com/ryan-googler-breaks-down-creed-one-take-fight-scene-2015-12

It’s officially time for the only holiday music allowed in my house…

THE ONLY!  James Brown’s Funky Christmas album really is the only Christmas album that I can listen to in its entirety without wanting to vomit, therefore, it is the only Christmas music allowed in my house.  My party, I can do what I want.

Let the holidays begin!

Black community turns “food desert” into $2 million co-op!

This makes me smile.  People coming together to change something in their community that will benefit them directly.  Read all about how this community in Greensboro North Carolina came together to solve a major problem in their neighborhood here.

 

Article via Atlanta Black Star: http://atlantablackstar.com/2015/11/20/black-community-comes-together-to-turn-food-desert-into-a-2-million-co-op/

Ellis Island immigrant hospital tour (photos)

If there’s one thing that I love, it’s photographing out of the ordinary, off limit or once restricted (or currently restricted) locations.  For this photo excursion, I had the opportunity to take a guided tour of the recently partially restored immigrant hospital located in an area of Ellis Island that until a few years ago was off limits to the public.  The Ellis Island Hard Hat Tour features a look at several pieces of oversized artwork by artist JR for his Unframed Ellis Island project.  The over 90 minute tour covers sections of the once fully operational immigrant hospital on Ellis Island that cared for sick immigrants before they entered NYC.  The history behind the hospital is fascinating and JR’s larger than life images of immigrants entering Ellis Island provided a realistic and often eerie portrayal of the hospital.  Eerie because the areas that we were allowed to walk through, although were deemed safe, were definitely creepy as all hell.  I kept preparing myself for a ghost of some sort to walk past me as I clicked away at the decrepit rooms throughout the hospital.   I LOVED IT!  Every minute was filled with history, intrigue and of course the most creepy atmosphere that I’ve been allowed to photograph.  Apparently, JR hosts his own tours in which he has unrestricted access to the entire hospital to view all of his pieces.  If you’re looking for a new photography adventure that’s close to home (home being NYC or close to it) check out this tour before it gets too cold!

 

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I don’t remember our tour guide’s name but he was GREAT.  Super knowledgeable about the hospital and enthusiastic about the tour.

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The hospital had several mortuary refrigerators in a lecture style room in which doctors and surgeons examined bodies of the deceased.

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If you do take the tour, prepare to WALK.  This is just one of the hallways that we examined.

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JR’s work is hidden away in various rooms and areas of the hospital.  We only saw half of them because JR has many pieces located in places that are still off limits to the public.

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While on the tour, we ran into one of the workers shuttling a newly restored piece of equipment that was used to help soldiers coming from war with hand injuries regain use of their hands.

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You almost forget that this was once a beautiful and vibrant hospital caring for thousands of people.  Most of the rooms were left exactly the way they were left years ago.

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