Support KickStarter project SAVING DAISY film

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This documentary will follow Daisy Coleman’s journey of healing from lifelong trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, using EMDR

Saving Daisy will pick up where the Netflix film “Audrie & Daisy” left off.

This documentary will follow Daisy Coleman’s journey of healing from lifelong trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, through treatment using EMDR (eye movement desensitization reprocessing) Therapy.

Millions of people from all over the world came to learn about Daisy’s sexual assault when her story went viral and was followed by a feature length documentary.

But that was only the beginning of her journey as a survivor.

With this film, Daisy has joined forces with a team of filmmakers and fellow survivors to follow her vulnerable PTSD recovery process, in an effort to inspire other survivors and their families in recovery.

They will follow her through her EMDR treatment to unlock the layers of trauma from her assault, the tragic death of her father prior to the assault, as well as the recent sudden loss of her younger brother.

Daisy has faced more trauma in her 21 years than anyone should ever be faced with in a lifetime, but this film will prove to survivors everywhere that healing is possible.

The goal and objective of this project is to record the impact and measurable results of EMDR treatment on a rape survivor and use this research and findings to ultimately create a narrative feature film based on Daisy Coleman’s life and recovery through EMDR.

In multiple research reports from 2015-2018, EMDR has shown the most long term and positive results in reducing PTSD trauma and triggers, specifically in rape survivors and trauma victims. 

Daisy has already attended a consultation session with her new EMDR specialist Dr. Heather Westbarn and is ready/excited for the next phases of her treatment. 

One of the most important goals of this process is to get Daisy the treatment she needs and deserves, so that she can thrive and fulfill her highest potential. 

But Daisy being who she is, wants her journey to be able to help others as well, so the making of this short documentary will bring awareness to EMDR as a treatment tool for assault survivors and give them the hope and will to want to thrive too.

This short documentary will become part of the learning tools offered by SafeBAE, the national organization that Daisy helped to found in 2015, which works to prevent sexual assault among teens.

Its already hard to talk about sexual assault, and no one even knows where to start when it comes to healing.

Daisy is a female artist, hero and advocate whom is brave in being vulnerable enough to share this next part of her journey.

In addition to this kick ass woman in this film, the filmmakers are approaching the industry at a new angle. 

This is a pivotal moment for everyone involved in the project and everyone involved wants you all to be apart of this beautiful project. 

Those involved are not just doing this for the sake of the film, they are also making this to spread awareness about this incredible therapy and prove to survivors that they can heal. 

This is also not the only thing under their belt, as mentioned above, in addition to this documentary they have a feature film in the process, being written with many celebrities attached, based on Daisy’s life and a tribute to her younger brother Tristan Coleman, whom passed away on June 19, 2018. 

Hitting the goals for this project will not only help heal Daisy but also ensure more projects around this issue in the near future.

For more information and to follow this project visit savingdaisyfilm.com if you could donate anything they would be grateful, and if you can’t, please just spread the word and like the project.

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Swedish Pop Duo I AM KARATE Release Video for New Single ‘News’

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Highly acclaimed Swedish pop duo I Am Karate have released the video for their new single ‘News’. The video premiered with CelebMix who said, “I Am Karate are a fast rising pop duo from Sweden who are ready to takeover the world with their anthemic sound and slick productions. Their latest release ‘News’ is a massive pop anthem mixed with shimmering production, a bouncy tropical rhythm and a gigantic earworm of a chorus.”

The video features the pair’s lyrics, addressing a state of mind of their generation, scrawled in multicolour across pavements, buildings and more.

Regarding the single I Am Karate say, “This song is about a character who will do whatever it takes to shine in the spotlight on/at whatever (Instagram, work, etc.) She just wants people’s attention and it turns into a twisted self-destructive chase for her. We wanted to poke on that state of mind of our generation that has gotten so normalized by the emergence of social media and question what the hell we’re doing.”

The Stockholm duo (Erika Soldh Ahlström and Marta Petterson) have released a slew of singles which have seen them achieve huge praise from the likes of The Times, The Guardian and many more.

‘News’ is out now through the pair’s own label I Am Karate Music, and their hits have seen them win the Best Unsigned Award at the highly revered GAFFA Awards in their home country.

“Dark, shiny electropop from the Swedish duo — think Robyn produced by James Blake.”
The Times

“I Am Karate martial their artistry with aplomb. They will chop your head off, in the
nicest possible way, with their marvellously maudlin and mordantly mellow
mid-tempo melodies.”

The Guardian

“Your new favourite duo”
The 405

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Curacao dona recaudación de fondos FUERZA GUATEMALA

Curacao dona recaudación de fondos FUERZA GUATEMALA

Además, la cadena de tiendas ofreció transferencias de dinero gratis a Guatemala en el pasado mes de junio, e igualaron las donaciones de la comunidad dólar por dólar.

El jueves 26 de julio, 2018 Curacao presentó un cheque con dicha donación a la Cruz Roja Americana en su tienda de Los Ángeles.

Durante más de 35 años, Curacao ha ayudado a la comunidad latina a fortalecer sus vínculos con los Estados Unidos a través de sus productos y servicios.

También apoyan a la comunidad a través de la Fundación Curacao, con iniciativas que van desde la ayuda a las familias necesitadas a permitir que la próxima generación prospere a través de becas.

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WATCH: Justin Timberlake’s New “Supplies” Video | @jtimberlake #SUPPLIES #newmusic

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Good morning, everyone!!

This morning has been FANTABULOUS so far because my number one, Justin Timberlake, dropped a new track – “SUPPLIES” –  from the upcoming Man of the Woods album! It is SOOOOOOO good!

DT01KlJXkAAe8f6[1]“Supplies” is the second track that has been released so far and the sound deviates entirely from the previously released track, “Filthy.” This one takes on a more hip hop vibe as opposed to that dance/EDM-type sound found in “Filthy,” and it only proves that Justin really got creative on this album.

The video (see below) has a post-apocalyptic theme featuring Eiza González and some odd special effects, but it actually works with the song.

Now, I’m low-key salty that there was a private listening party in New York this past Tuesday that I wasn’t at, but I’m just excited for the promotional content JT is providing leading up to his Super Bowl halftime performance and the new album. I’ll take what I can get! Now excuse me while I put “SUPPLIES” on repeat for the rest of the day.

WATCH: Justin Timberlake’s New “Filthy” Video | @jtimberlake #filthy #newmusic

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It’s here, ladies and gentleman!!

The first single & futuristic video from Man of the Woods has dropped and it certainly has people talking. There was a lot of speculation this week surrounding the announcement of the forthcoming album, but I don’t think anyone was expecting the vibe from “Filthy.”

The song was co-written with Timbaland, Danja, James Fauntleroy and Lawrence Dopson, with Timbaland and Danja co-producing the track.

“Haters gon’ say it’s fake. So real.”

“I guess I got my swagger back/I said, ‘Put your filthy hands all over me/And no, this ain’t the clean version.”

“Your friends, my friends/And they ain’t leavin’ till six in the morning.”

People assumed that the new album would have a country sound, considering the title of the album, but “Filthy” has more of an electronic vibe that might even transport you back to his FutureSex/LoveSounds album. To be honest, I’m feeling this one more than I was feeling “Suit and Tie” when it first came out, but that one grew on me big time. Artists evolve, people. Let it happen.

According to Rolling Stone’s website, “Timberlake plans to release three other videos in the weeks preceding the album release. Three different directors helmed the other clips, which will be out weekly starting January 18th.”

Man of the Woods has a February 2nd release date and, with any luck, we’ll see him performing some new music when he headlines the Pepsi Super Bowl LII Halftime Show on February 4.

Have you heard it yet? Let me know your thoughts. Also, check out the video for “Filthy” below! Not sure about you, but this song will be stuck in my head all day now. Not that you went anywhere, but welcome back JT! It’s been way too long!

Disney’s Empowering #DreamBigPrincess Photography Campaign To Be Exhibited At United Nations Headquarters In New York

 

Six-week showcase hosted by UNICEF, Girl Up and Disney will feature inspiring images from female photographers created to encourage kids around the globe to dream big 

 

#DreamBigPrincess photos shared on social media generated 1 million likes and shares in just 5 days, enabling a $1 million donation from Disney to United Nations Foundation’s Girl Up program

Disney announced that its series of empowering #DreamBigPrincess photographs will be going on display as an exhibit at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City through the first week of January in collaboration with Girl Up and UNICEF, the UN Children’s Fund.

The images captured by nineteen female photographers from fifteen countries showcase the inspiring stories of real-world girls and women, as part of Disney’s Dream Big, Princess initiative launched in 2016, which taps into the power of Disney Princess stories to encourage kids to follow their dreams.

“This initiative is about celebrating the positive impact of strong female role models, whether that’s Moana, Tiana or one of the amazing real-world subjects of the #DreamBigPrincess images. We’re thrilled with the response to the campaign and excited to partner with Girl Up, at the United Nations Foundation to showcase these powerful images to such an international audience,” Jimmy Pitaro, Chairman, Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media, said.

The display will feature the compelling images from the campaign’s award-winning photographers and their subjects, who have turned their dreams into reality.

From the youngest ever speaker at the UN to a gold-medal-winning Chinese Paralympian, the founder of the first female cycling team in Bamiyan, Afghanistan, a teenage author of a STEM coding book for kids, and a young surf champion from Brazil, the images spotlight a diverse range of stories to connect with kids and families around the world.As well as inspiring kids with positive images and the stories behind them, the campaign aimed to make a tangible difference for girls who face challenges in achieving their dreams, through a collaboration with Girl Up, at the United Nations Foundation.

For each like or post of a #DreamBigPrincess photo during the campaign timeframe, Disney donated $1 to Girl Up to support girls’ leadership and empowerment.
Since their release in August, the images have been liked and shared millions of times online, enabling Disney to donate $1 million to Girl Up.

“#DreamBigPrincess really caught the collective imagination and we are so grateful to everyone who liked, shared or created their own inspiring image to support the campaign,” Girl Up Director Melissa Kilby said. “The $1 million will help give thousands of girls around the globe the tools they need to achieve their goals and advocate on behalf of others.”

The campaign brought the #DreamBigPrincess message to life in a multitude of ways, including highlighting women who’ve achieved success in the face of adversity, young Girl Up Teen Advisors who’ve already helped make a positive impact on the world, and girls at play who illustrate the importance of imagination in childhood.

Thousands of people also posted their own inspiring images using #DreamBigPrincess, a select number of which will be exhibited alongside the original photographs at the United Nations and supported by UNICEF, which works to protect children’s rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential.
A core component is to advance gender equality and the rights of girls.

“Imagine a world where every girl follows her dream, and is safe, healthy, and can go to school,” Paloma Escudero, Director of Communications for UNICEF, said. “It is our collective duty to help make this world a reality and empower girls to reach their full potential.”

In 2016, Disney launched “Dream Big, Princess”, a campaign that encourages kids everywhere to dream big by highlighting key story moments and the inspiring qualities that each Disney Princess showcases through her adventures, such as Merida’s bravery, Cinderella’s kindness or Tiana’s perseverance.

While each princess has her own unique and admirable qualities, what they all have in common is resilience and an ability to triumph over adversity to make their dreams come true.
The Dream Big, Princess content series, which runs across Disney TV and digital networks globally, brings together a host of empowered moments from beloved Disney movies with the stories of real-life young role models, who have dreamed big and achieved their goals to show kids what’s possible.The exhibit is proudly presented by UNICEF, United Nations Foundation Girl Up, and Disney, and co-hosted by the Permanent Missions of Brazil, Germany, India and Kenya.

The exhibit will be open for public viewing in the UN visitors lobby via pre-scheduled guided tours Monday-Friday or on the weekends via a UN security pass.
For more details on hours, location and security clearance please visit visit.un.org/content/location.About The Walt Disney Company:
The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international entertainment and media enterprise with four business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, and consumer products and interactive media. Disney is a Dow 30 company and had annual revenues of $55.6 billion in its Fiscal Year 2016.

About Girl Up
Girl Up, the United Nations Foundation’s adolescent girl campaign, supports the empowerment of girls everywhere. Since its launch in 2010, Girl Up has funded UN programs that promote the health, safety, education, and leadership of girls in developing countries and built a community of over half a million passionate advocates. Our girl leaders, representing more than 1800 Girl Up Clubs in 90 countries, stand up, speak up, and rise up to support the hardest to reach girls living in places where it is hardest to be a girl. Learn more at GirlUp.org.

About the United Nations Foundation
The United Nations Foundation builds public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the United Nations through advocacy and public outreach. Through innovative campaigns and initiatives, the Foundation connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The Foundation was created in 1998 as a U.S. public charity by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner and now is supported by philanthropic, corporate, government, and individual donors. Learn more at unfoundation.org.

About UNICEF
UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, to build a better world for everyone. For more information about UNICEF and its work for children visit unicef.org.

Oscars Are Black And White, But Not Brown

Watching last week’s Golden Globe Awards, and noting the number of nominations for “Moonlight,” as well as seeing now awards-season-regulars like Denzel Washington, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer (“Fences” and “Hidden Figures”) breaking bread with the Goslings, Streeps and Afflecks, one may be led to believe that last year’s ugly #OscarsSoWhite controversy is well behind us.

And, yes, the awards season’s diversity has indeed come a long way… if you’re African-American.

That’s huge.

And overdue.

It’s a great change for the better, for all of us.

But, according to Merriam-Webster, the word diversity means “the inclusion of different types of people (as people of different races or cultures) in a group or organization.”

One must reasonably extrapolate that “different types of people” doesn’t mean just black or white.

So I can’t help but ask, where were the Hispanics, who after all make up 17% of the overall US population and a quarter of the US theatrical revenues?  Where were the Asians, who Hollywood is more-than-eager to woo, most notably for China’s expansive box office (over $6.8 billion in ticket sales in 2015) and investment dollars?

Surely, as Latinos, we ought to have been happy with Sofia Vergara’s notable appearance on the show, despite the over-the-top, slightly racist “anal” joke.

One would have hope that humor centered on Hispanics mispronouncing English went out with the Eisenhower era.

We should have been pleased that Diego Luna was able to say a few words in Spanish on national television.

Two foreign-born, Hispanic actors were called upon for comic relief and to give out awards — but not receive them.

Too bad, apparently, the John Leguizamos, Michael Peñas, America Ferreras, Eva Longorias and Danny Trejos of our industry would do better if they were to affect stereotypical accents.

Otherwise, Latino actors are relegated to the sidelines, if not invisible.

Where were the actual Latino nominees in the fancy dresses and tuxedos? Surely, we can’t be waiting for Alfonso Cuarón or Alejandro González Iñárritu to direct another movie before we dare to nominate a Hispanic filmmaker.

Surely, it can’t be that the last Hispanic actor to actually win a Best Actor Oscar was Benicio del Toro seventeen long years ago, in 2000?  And surely it can’t be that the last time a Latino actor/actress was even invited to the Oscars as an acting nominee was in 2011, when Damian Bichir received a Best Actor nomination for “A Better Life.”

According the MPAA, there is an average of 600 films created in the US every year.

You don’t need a calculator to clearly see the imbalance.

Then there are the Asians, or, perhaps better said, then there weren’t.

Outside of Dev Patel (Lion) and Riz Ahmed (The Night Of), there seemed to be zero other Asians invited to partake of the champagne at the Beverly Hilton this year.

But is this lack of true multiculturalism the fault of either the Hollywood Foreign Press or the Academy? No, it’s not.

Those institutions reflect what our industry does, and the truth is that opportunities for Hispanics, both in front and behind the camera, are few and far between.

This is an absurd and perilous disconnect, given the composition of the audience.

We, the Hispanics, are taken for granted.

We are woefully underrepresented in every movie, in every studio, and in every department, even in the marketing departments, regardless of our being the alpha consumers and the key drivers of many genres.

Some socially-aspiring studios have instituted “multicultural departments.”

But the bold fact is that they have very little, if any, power, and historically have proven to be inefficient at opening doors or access to jobs for other cultures, and appear to be gate keepers imposing further limitations upon my culture and my people in getting chances in our industry.

It is not good for our film industry’s business to keep ignoring the reality of the consumer.

No wonder audiences are migrating to other forms of entertainment, and no wonder we are in a sad, declining and, it pains me to say, decadent moment in our history.

It is short-sightedness on the part of our movers and shakers, who may oppose the building of one politically-charged wall, that they themselves have built an invisible wall around the industry that denies access to new blood and new sensitivities.

This is a terminal illness for our business and for the relevance of the Academy Awards.

Check the ratings: Latinos, the alpha consumers of films, don’t care much about watching the Academy Awards.

Our industry, like our country, was built by immigrants for immigrants.

Immigrants made the movies and immigrants filled the nickelodeons, a primary source of surging energy that made America, America and Hollywood, Hollywood.

Our industry was not born from a privileged and powerful establishment; it came from immigrants, starting with the Jewish immigrants who invented Hollywood, then bolstered by the Italians, the British, the Germans and so on… each of whom helped provide the mother of all sources of energy for our industry:  their cultures.

Culture is the source of storytelling, and storytelling is the essential element of our art and industry.

Culture matters.

It is in fact essential to our industry, and by not opening the doors to a true multicultural cinema we are killing that industry.

Just look at the constant drop in admissions.

And finding ways to increase revenues by raising the ticket price is bread for today, but hunger for tomorrow.

Denying the decline of our industry is just as myopic and foolhardy as denying climate change.

Open the doors to true multiculturalism, not just black and white, not only the establishment, but for all of us.

It will regenerate our decaying business and we will all reap the benefits.

If not, we have a rapidly diminishing window of time before going to movies becomes irrelevant to the real world.

I am optimistic that this change can be made to occur, because the one color that Hollywood unquestionably understands is green.

As an Academy member since 1993, I would like to be surprised this year with some true multicultural presenters at the Oscars show.

The Academy holds the key that can offer what the industry has not: the opportunity to be visible.

Plant the seeds, my beloved Academy.

Start by encouraging the show’s producers to be inclusive in their writing room.

Join with the producers in assuring that Latino actors are on the list of possible presenters.

By including the Eugenio Derbezes and the Kate del Castillos as presenters, you will see a new flowering business for all and some interesting ratings shifts.

Santiago Pozo
Founder & CEO Arenas Entertainment,
The oldest Hispanic company in Hollywood

Santiago Pozo is founder and CEO of Arenas Entertainment, the oldest Hispanic company in Hollywood. He is also a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and serves on the Public Relations branch executive committee.

This article was featured on Deadline Hollywood on Jan. 23, 2016:
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