THE SPOKEN WORLD PROJECT: AMSTERDAM is a film about the power of VOICE, LANGUAGE, MUSIC and the importance of the ORAL TRADITION.
In June of 2011, My son Omari Jazz and myself, Sharrif Simmons, were awarded an artist residency through the Open Ateliers program in Amsterdam’s Zuidoost (Southeast) “Bijlemer” district. On our way over to Holland from the United States, we developed a curiousity about the changing ways people were using (or not using) their voices in society. We decided to explore this idea further. After meeting independent filmmaker Heike Tjepkema, also a resident of Amsterdam, we embarked on a quest to discover the different and unique ways people are using their individual; as well as their collective VOICES. THE SPOKEN WORLD PROJECT: AMSTERDAM is the result of our time spent with the OAZO Residency Program.
This documentary asks the question: “HOW DO YOU USE YOUR VOICE?” In today’s technology driven society, dominated by social media, texting, Facebook, Twitter and non-verbal forms of communication, our traditional use of voice is rapidly changing. If we are not using our voices to socialize, educate and communicate, then what are we becoming? How do we preserve the Spoken World?
WE EXPLORE THIS QUESTION through interviews with actors, comedians, poets, artists, musicians, religious leaders, filmmakers, activists, vocal coaches and teachers. The documentary also follows our journey through the process. Capturing our difficult moments with no food or transportation and the help we received from friends and strangers. To date, our adventure has been a unique look into the current state of social evolution. Are we ready to live in a world without human voice? Are we evolving with the natural progress of science and technology? YOU DECIDE.
Omari Jazz has become a prolific music producer at an early age. At 16 years old, he was the youngest artist to be offered an artist residency with the OAZO program in Amsterdam, Holland. While there, he performed on RED LIGHT RADIOhttp://www.redlightradio.net/shows/omari-jazz/omari-jazz-june-28th
OMARI’s vision for the soundtrack is a collaboration with his father, Spoken Word Poet Sharrif Simmons. Together they will provide an audio-scape for the documentary while exploring the use of voice, music and sound-design.
Also see: http://vimeo.com/tag:Omari%20Jazz
WHAT WE NEED:
A successful fundraising campaign for the SPOKEN WORLD PROJECT: AMSTERDAM will allow us to purchase the following:
- Transportation and Lodging for 2
- Sound equipment
- Digital camera
- Daily Per Diem (food expenses)
- Editing program
- Mastering for the soundtrack
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RISKS AND CHALLENGES:
Most of the challenges we face with this project exist in the distance between the film makers. Omari and I are based in Birmingham, Alabama (Roll tide!) and Heike Tjepkema is in Amsterdam, Holland. This has caused delays in our creative process. Ironically, we’ve used Skype, Facebook and Yahoo to keep in contact and continue the project.
We’ve managed to come this far and plan on forging through with whatever resources we have.
WHEN WE ARE FULLY FUNDED: We expect there to be some challenges getting the project into festivals and screenings. As independent film makers, we are prepared to ensure that all of our rewards are met and the film is seen by as many viewers as possible.
To support this project please visit http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/sharrifsimmons/the-spoken-world-project-amsterdam
Model Search! We are looking for Local Models (professional or amateur) who are interested in participating in the 2014 Seagram’s Gin Calendar Model Search in Birmingham, AL.
Could you be Next? Have you modeled professionally or been told “You should be a Model,” then you just may have what it takes to Represent Alabama in the Nationally Published 2014 Seagram’s Gin Calendar?
- If you and/or anyone you know is interested please e-mail email@example.com:
- A full body shot and headshot (in jpeg or PDF format)
- A short bio of yourself (250 words or less)
Your full contact information OR model comp card, including name, date of birth, home address, email address, and telephone number.
Model Search contest winners will be featured in the Nationally Published 2014 Calendar and receive:
- $500 Cash Prize
- 4-day/3-night stay at photo shoot at an exotic location (Location to be determined)
- Fashion/style makeover
- Be 25 years of age or older by April 6 to participate (*photo ID required)
- MUST live in the state of ALABAMA in order to participate
Application materials MUST BE received by APRIL 11, 2014 11:59:59PM E.T.
“STAKES,” a romantic comedy that chronicles the journey between Jeremy Jacob and London McNeil, as they learn forgiveness is the final form of love.
Jeremy Jacobs, a hopeless romantic, is head-over-heels in love with his girlfriend London McNeil and assumed she felt the same way until his marriage proposal was rejected.
Fast-forward two years later Jeremy is a successful advertising executive who woos women at will. He is on top of the world, until his boss assigns him the biggest account of his career. Ready for the monumental task, he finds himself face-to-face with his new client’s representative, London. In a fury of emotions, their egos quickly take control, leading them into a wager that puts both of their jobs in jeopardy. With everything on the line, the two realize their love for each other hasn’t departed.
Find out more about the movie “Stakes” and how you can show your support!
Visit www.stakesthemovie.com to find out more and to make a donation to support this movie.
We are taking orders for the 2012 Classic Weekend Event Guide. Business owners and promoters the Annual Classic Weekend Event Guide is in production and waiting on you! If you want to promote your event, business or services to thousands of Magic City Classic fans the 2012 Classic Weekend Event Guide is the perfect publication for you.
We are proud to announce that the 2012 Classic Weekend Event Guide will once again serve as the official pre-game event guide for the Magic City Classic. This means you will get even greater exposure as guides are not only distributed in our regular distribution locations but also through official outlets and sponsors of the 71st Annual Magic City Classic.
The event guide will be distributed days prior to the Magic City Classic offering you an opportunity to reach Classic fans well before they reach the Magic City.
For more information and advertising rates download the 2012 Media Kit or contact Russ at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (205) 218-0605.
The deadline to advertise in the 2012 Classic Weekend Event Guide has been extended to Friday, October 5 , 2012.
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It was great to have the opportunity to sit down and talk with some very inspiring young men that call themselves Black ROC Investment Group. What really peeked my interest about this group is how they have taken a very simple idea that many people seem to miss. Power in numbers.
Black ROC is an investment group which consist of several African American men that have the vision of investing in minority businesses while Reaching Our Community (ROC). These guys are not from wall street or ivy league business schools. They are products of their communities. They are blue collar workers, family men and visionaries. The members of Black ROC Investment Group are coal miners that earn an honest living. They work together in a dangerous environment and make good money. Through their friendships at work they each saw a need to help small business owners and invest in their communities. This is what led them to come together outside of the coal mines and form Black ROC Investment Group.
I shared with the group the story about A.G. Gaston from the book Black Titan. Who just like these young men worked in the coal mines. A.G. Gaston’s business empire started out of the coal mines as he would loan money to his co-workers and later sell insurance to the same group. A.G. Gaston went on to become on of the wealthiest African American business men in the world. The future looks great for Black ROC.
THE LABOR DAY TAKEOVER
Join the gentlemen of Black ROC for the Labor Day Takeover which takes place on Sunday, September 2, 2012 at Merienda Lounge. This is the coming out celebration for the group and will feature free drinks and VISA card giveaways along with a great time.The event will be hosted by Young Dil of 95.7 Jamz.
Visit Black ROC Investment Group on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/blac.roc.5
Tax Free Retirement Seminar hosted by Greg Smith of Synergy Financial Partners and Mahari A. McTier of McTier Settlement Company.
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Even though the economy shows signs of recovery, many dedicated and experienced professionals still find difficulty gaining meaningful employment opportunities. To assist these gifted individuals, THE COMMUNITY ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT SERVICE will host its 2012 CAREER FAIR AND ENTREPRENEURS SEMINAR.
WHEN: Saturday, April 14th, 2012
8:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
WHO: Metropolitan Birmingham and surrounding cities
WHERE: The Campus of The Guiding Light Church
1800 John Rogers Drive
WHAT: CAREER FAIR WITH COMPANIES OF ALL SIZES
ENTREPRENEURS SEMINAR DISCUSSING
- “Basics in Starting a Business”
- “Managing Your Business”
- “Created to Excel”
- “Financing Your Business”
HELP US SPREAD THE WORD! All are welcome for this FREE CAREER FAIR AND ENTREPRENEURS SEMINAR on Saturday, April 14th, 2012, 8:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. There will be a media team on site to assist with your live Saturday morning newscasts, as well as, sound bytes from the seminar facilitators before, during, and after the event. For assistance with your media needs contact, Leria Jordan at 838-1386, Ext. 213 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Earlier this month, the White House Business Council and SBA held an Urban Economic Forum in New York City to help small businesses create an economy built to last. The Urban Economic Forum is a multi-city series designed to connect urban entrepreneurs and business owners to local and national resources and networks they need to start, grow and create jobs. The next city we are hitting up is Birmingham, Alabama on March 5.
The Urban Economic Forum in Birmingham will be live streamed at White House Live and you can follow and join the conversation on Twitter, use the hashtag #UrbanEconForum. The forum kicks off at 10 AM EDT with Birmingham Mayor William Bell. Next up, we’ll have three panel discussions:
- Profiling the Urban Entrepreneur
- Investing in Urban Entrepreneurs
- The Case for Urban Entrepreneurs
Speakers and panelists for this forum include:
- Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President, White House
- Marie Johns, Deputy Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration
- Ari Matusiak, Executive Director, White House Business Council, White House
- Chris Masingill, Federal Co-Chairman of the Delta Regional Authority
- Susan Matlock, President and CEO, Innovation Depot
- George French, President, Miles College
- Joshua Watkins, Executive Director, Birmingham Angel Network
- Kim Nelson, Executive Director of eGovernment, Microsoft
- Bill Horton, President, Regions Bank
- Christopher C. Womack, Executive Vice President and President of External Affairs for Southern Company
The next Urban Economic Forum is scheduled for March 22 in Los Angeles, California. Stayed tuned for more information.
Times are tough and many of those that have a job could often use a second one simply to make ends meet. Getting a second job could be more stress and strain than you want to deal with but BlackCareers.com has listed 7 opportunities that maybe a good fit for picking up some additional income without a lot of headaches.
And the top 7 are ….
- Cosmetic Laser Technician
- Child Care Provider
- Futures Trader
- Sales Consultant
- Mystery Shopper
Speaking from experience I know bartending and other wait staff and service related jobs can be a good source of part-time income. I can also vouch for freelance work. I have friends that would suggest opportunities in grooming if you have the credentials such as barbers, hair stylist and nail technicians. I think another opportunity for this list would be lawn care and cleaning services for homes and buildings. For those that have the educational requirements and don’t mind taking work from the second job home consider opportunities as an adjunct instructor or part-time professor at a local college. These are opportunities you could do after you get off your full time job or on the weekend.
In my opinion if you want, need or must have a second job it should be one that takes you away from the stress of your full-time job but not as demanding. Try to find a part time job that allows you to escape from stress and not put too much thought into what you are doing. Unfortunately these options may not the best paying jobs but it will keep you sane while giving you some extra cash.