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A Start to End Pornographic Performances in Music Videos

August 19, 2014

Girl in Pink MusicTo stop misogyny, will music videos  have the same rating system as other forms of media, like television and film?

The End Violence Against Women Coalition, Imkaan and Object think that a rating system may be the answer.  They  recently published a report, called Pornographic Performances, condemning the portrayal of women in pop videos as hyper-sexualised and “endlessly sexually available” objects.

Those who view such videos have been found to have an associated tolerance of racist, sexist and even rape-tolerant attitudes, the research states.

The three organisations advocate compulsory age ratings for all music videos, to ensure there is consistency in the regulation of music videos viewed online and on hard copy, as with film. Sarah Green, of the EVAW Coalition, said:

“Some forms of media, such as television and film, are well regulated and our society accepts and supports this. Other forms like music videos are getting away with very little scrutiny and as such seem to be competing for who can most degrade and insult women.  If the ‘creative’ people who make them won’t stop this, regulators should rein them in and implement age ratings.”

In addition, the paper highlights the portrayal of Black women as “wild and animalistic” hypersexual objects. Regardless of the genre of music, the report states that “racialised tropes are deemed marketable.”

Don’t Miss Tigerlily Foundation’s Pink Boa Event

August 18, 2014

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The Tigerlily Foundation is pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Pink Boa 5k Run/Walk, on September 14, 2014, at 8:00 a.m. at  Fairfax Corner. The race will start at the Fairfax Corner Pavilion, 11945 Grand Commons Avenue, Fairfax, Virginia. Registration is open, and participants can sign up as individuals or create teams.

This event will bring together more than 500 participants from around the Washington, DC Metropolitan area to raise funds to support young women 15 – 40, before, during and after breast cancer.  Tigerlily Foundation’s programs provide education, buddies, buddy bags, meals, financial assistance and support to young women.  Tigerlily’s Pink Boa 5K Run/Walk will be hosted by Lesli Foster, Anchor WUSA9 and Allyn Rose, Ms. District of Columbia 2012.  Visit our Pink Boa 5K website to register as a participant, join a team, sponsor, donor, fundraise, volunteer or help us spread the word.    We’ll have giveaways, music, fun activities, and lots of friends from around the beltway and there will be lots of fun to be had!   Sponsorships and vendor opportunities available.

Visit the Pink Boa 5K website or email pinkboa5k@tigerlilyfoundation.org.

Farafina Kan Birthright Celebration in Washington, DC

August 15, 2014

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Farafina Kan: The Sound of Africa is proud to present BIRTHRIGHT: 10th Anniversary Celebration – an elegant evening of pure energy & sheer grace in honor of the spirit of sharing and cultural legacy inspired by West African Dance and Drumming. On this night, attendees will witness intergenerational performance and the stellar result of an active and intentional transmission of African cultural values, performance, movement and rhythm from one generation to the next with performances by the entire Farafina Kan Family.

Performances will be given by the children’s ensemble (ages 3 – 7), the youth ensemble (age 7 – 12), the junior company (ages 13 – 19), and the adult professional company.

BIRTHRIGHT is sponsored in part by Busboys and Poets and The Anacostia Art Gallery and Boutique, and will take place on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at the University of the District of Columbia Theatre of the Arts. The celebration kicks off with a Red Carpet & VIP Reception beginning at 5:30 pm sponsored by Diamond District Wines, Koncious Caterers and Asli Pure co-hosted by the Honorable Omar Arouna, Ambassador to Benin with a live performance by the DuPont Brass Band. Other dignitaries and special invited guests include other African Ambassadors, Mayor Vincent C. Gray, Members of the DC City Council, and other elite cultural stakeholders of Washington, DC.

The doors open to the general public at 7:00 pm and the concert starts at 7:30 pm. Tickets for the VIP reception and concert are available exclusively at www.FarafinaKan.com.

Mental Health the Focus for Youth Day Celebrations

August 15, 2014

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Mental Health Matters is the theme of International Youth Day (IYD) 2014. Although an estimated 1 in 5 young people experience one or more mental health conditions, many are afraid to speak out and seek the support they need, due to the stigma doing so can entail. Taking place on 12 August, the IYD event will bring together young people, youth organizations, Member States, civil society and UN entities to discuss the issue of youth and mental health.

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The Cultured Bride

August 14, 2014

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The Cultured Bride is proud to present the First Multi-Cultured Bridal Fayre in Luton, Bedfordshire catering for Brides & Grooms in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire & Buckinghamshire.

To be held on Sunday 21st September 2014 at the prestigious Crescent Hall, Luton, it will be a bride’s one stop shop for all things wedding! From wedding dresses to place cards – great suppliers from in and around the area will be exhibiting. To know what/who is hot in the Wedding Supplier Industry you need to be there, so register for your FREE ticket here.

We aim to showcase service providers from all ethnic diversities: African, Caribbean and Asian backgrounds, showcasing services in Decorations, Entertainment, Clothing & Accessories, Cakes, Hair & Makeup, Photography & Videography, Wedding Planners and lots, lots more.

Did You Know That Today is International Youth Day?

August 12, 2014

International Youth Day 2014Today is International Youth Day, an opportunity to highlight the care, health, housing and other social service needs of youth around the world.

On 17 December 1999, in its resolution 54/120, the United Nations General Assembly endorsed the recommendation made by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth (Lisbon, 8-12 August 1998) that 12 August be declared International Youth Day.

The theme of International Youth Day 2014 is “Youth and Mental Health:”

“As we mark International Youth Day 2014, let us enable youth with mental health conditions to realize their full potential, and let us show that mental health matters to us all.”  Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

It is imperative that we not only develop programs that specifically meet the needs of youth from diverse backgrounds and socio-economic circumstance, but that we enlist youth themselves in this work.

If Not Now, When?

August 12, 2014

While the Obama Administration is credited with the creation of the first ever White House Council on Women and Girls, Black girls are not included in the “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative which includes several million dollars in community-based funding initiatives for boys.  Funding for the program has recently been expanded.

“We cannot pass the burden of invisibility to yet another generation of our girls of color…  This erasure simply adds to the crisis that girls of color face, forcing them to suffer in relative silence.” Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw

Following the letter released last month from 200 Concerned Black Men addressed to President Obama, posted here is a letter from over 1,000 Girls and Women of Color calling for their inclusion in the President’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative. The letter is signed by girls and women of all ages and backgrounds, who range from high school teenagers, to professional actors and playwrights, to civil rights activists and organizers, to university professors and philanthropists. In writing the letter, they stress that any plan for uplifting communities of color must not compromise or come at the expense of the lives of girls and women of color, and they emphasize that any program designed to improve communities of color cannot target only half of its population.

Activist Angela Davis, author Alice Walker, and actress Rosario Dawson are reported to have signed the letter, along with numerous others.  You can sign it, too.

Read the entire article and letter HERE.

Sign on to the letter HERE.

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