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The following feature is excerpted from LIFE The Rolling Stones: Their Rock ‘n’ Roll Life, available at retailers and on Amazon.
Of the many things that Mick Jagger has said in public—aside, that is, from the lyrical improvisations and the onstage declarations he has made across more than 2,000 live performances over 56 years—among the more enduring is this bit of bravura from 1975: “I’d rather be dead than sing ‘Satisfaction’ when I’m 45,” he told People magazine. Jagger was 31, and he and the Rolling Stones had recorded the game-changing single 10 years before, in the early stages of a decade in which the band reframed the blues, the British Invasion and rock ’n’ roll itself. The hubris of Mick’s comment, the implication that there were other worlds to be conquered and, more ominously, that the Stones might leave behind the world they had forged, struck the metaphorical chord. “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” was the band’s axe-grinding soul: Keith Richards came up with the hook and the title while drifting to sleep one night and recorded it, bare bones, on a cassette player by his bed. Jagger later wrote the lyrics poolside at a Tampa hotel while the band was on tour. Add drums. Add bass. Book it at 3:45. When the song landed in America in June of ’65, it went to No. 1 and stayed there.
Jagger certainly was singing “Satisfaction” at age 45 (actually he’d just turned 46), snapping it out as a set-closer on the Stones’ bristling Steel Wheels tour in 1989. He was singing it onstage in 2015 as well, as a guest of Taylor Swift, who was born in 1989. Over the many years, Jagger’s “I’d rather be dead” pronouncement has evolved away from arrogance and toward happy irony. He and Richards both turn 75 this year, and as the Stones opened their 2018 tour, with dates in the U.K., there was “Satisfaction” on the set list—the predetermined final encore, the classic and quintessential rock ’n’ roll song.
Despite the portentous demise of guitarist Brian Jones in 1969 and the band’s historical fondness for hard drugs, despite the departure of backbone bassist Bill Wyman in the early ’90s, and despite the Keith-vs.-Mick feuds that have long dotted the landscape, time has remained improbably on the Rolling Stones’ side. They’re not only still together, they’re still more or less doing what they’ve always done. Their latest album, 2016’s Blue & Lonesome, by way of example, is made up of covers of songs written by the same folks the Stones were covering 50-some years ago—blues colossi like Willie Dixon and Howlin’ Wolf.
And of the 19 songs that anchored the 2018 tour, 17 of them were Jagger/Richards numbers composed during the 1960s and early 1970s, soul-lifters off of one monumental album after another (Beggars Banquet, Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers . . .) Another song on the list was 1981’s “Start Me Up,” which, along with “Satisfaction” and “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” hinges upon one of the Richards riffs that have burrowed unstoppably into auditory history. Keith, in 2018, is still out there on his Fender, after the sound. Mick is still glorious: preening and plaintive. Charlie Watts still swings, driving the action, cool on his simple kit. And that’s still Ronnie Wood playing the tasty guitar. Ladies and gentlemen: the Rolling Stones.
They’ve aged of course, to be sure, and some fans grumbled about the U.K. shows. A ticket at 250 quid? Reviewers allowed that there were some imprecisions in the gigs, some softened edges. Yet by and by the crowd and the critics could not help themselves. They’d been elevated. And they were acutely aware, as the old Stones ripped through the songs that will never die—“Sugar,” “Shelter,” “Sympathy”—that even now you could see and hear straight into their beating hearts. Straight into the heart of, yes, that’s right, wait for it, the greatest rock ’n’ roll band in the world.
‘I do not need a 40-year-old white dude to tell me what didn’t work for him out of a Wrinkle in Time. It wasn’t made for him.’
As the inner workings of Hollywood have slowly come to light with the Me Too movement out in full force and more minority representation trickling onscreen, things seem to be gradually changing for the better. From Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins smashing box office records to Get Out becoming the most profitable film last year and even an Arab female director scholarship raising POC voices, Brie Larson has highlighted one overlooked area that needs to be worked on next.
Namely, the mainly white and male industry of film journalism.
Brie was honoured with a Crystal Award for Excellence in Film the other night and used her speech to draw attention to the issue. She quoted a recent study of review site Rotten Tomatoes, saying, ‘67 percent of the top critics reviewing the 100 highest-grossing movies in 2017 were white males; less than a quarter were white women; less than ten percent were underrepresented men. Only 2.5 percent of those top critics were women of colour.’
But you might be wondering, why does that matter? Well, given that the US population is much more diverse than that (‘30 percent white men, 30 percent white women, 20 percent men of colour and 20 percent women of colour’) and it’s impossible not to have your own upbringing/identity affect your reviews in some way – it only make sense that we need more diverse voices speaking about films. Especially when they’re films especially aimed at minorities, as Brie pointed out.
Using the recent film Wrinkle in Time directed by black female director Ava DuVernay, she explained, ‘I do not need a 40-year-old white dude to tell me what didn’t work for him out of a Wrinkle in Time. It wasn’t made for him. I want to know what that film meant to women of colour, to biracial women, to teen women of colour, to teens that are biracial. These are just facts these are not my emotions. I want to know what my work means to the world, not a narrow view.’
Brie was very careful to bring up not once, but three times that she wasn’t saying that white male critics shouldn’t have a voice as she said repeatedly, ‘Am I saying I hate white dudes? No I’m not.’
She continued, ‘What I am saying is that if you make a movie that is a love letter to women of colour, there is an insanely low chance a woman of colour will have the chance to see your movie and review your movie. We need to be conscious of our bias and make sure that everyone is in the room.’
The entire room apparently broke out into rapturous applause, according to Deadline. Brie also explained that this was a really crucial issue for her, because it was basically off the back of favourable reviews of her film Room that her career exploded.
‘Good reviews out of festivals give small independent films a fighting chance to be bought and seen,’ Brie said. ‘Good reviews help films gross money. Good reviews slingshot films into awards contenders. A good review can change your life. It changed mine.’
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Brie (and Sundance Film Festival and TIFF through her) dropped the mic however when she revealed that the two festivals would be committing ‘at least 20 percent of their top level press passes’ to ‘underrepresented critics’.
She then called on other films to do the same in their press screenings and coverage by reaching out to three underrepresented males, three white females and three underrepresented females so that the ‘average critic pool would match the US population in just five years’.
She ended, ‘Female and underrepresented critics can’t review what they don’t see. Many are denied accreditation or access to press screenings. Please make sure that these invites and credentials find their way to more underrepresented journalists and critics, many of whom are freelancers.’
I just spent a little over a week away from home for a professional development conference, which meant I was forced to communicate with my 3-year-old son by FaceTime.
The expectation is always that FaceTime (or your video chat service of choice) will go very, very well. It will be a tender moment of connection between mother and child. It will be a meaningful exchange in which distance is transcended in mere seconds. It will be the best part of the day.
The reality, however, is that FaceTime with a toddler is a digital hellscape.
There is no good way to FaceTime with a toddler because:
1. He expects Paw Patrol when he looks at a screen.
2. I am not Paw Patrol.
Whenever this realization hits my child, he looks at me with the same expression I reserve for the DMV when I’ve made an appointment and still end up #87 in line. The only difference is that I’ve learned to stifle my screams. Beyond that, there’s a performative aspect to FaceTime that makes these conversations feel phony.
I was ready to call it quits after a night of him running circles around the iPad, ignoring me in favor of his toys, then a meltdown when I said I was going to hang up. Yet I missed my child. I still wanted to connect with that stinky little muffin of mine, so I tried and tried again until we made it work.
During that time away, I picked up a couple of tricks for making FaceTime chats as painless as possible for kids of any age. Maybe some of them will work for you and yours:
• Have good lighting. Sometimes this can mean doing FaceTime in the bathroom. (Really, some hotels rooms have perfect selfie light, which also means it’s perfect for a video chat.) As long as you’re not pooping, you’re all good.
• Don’t FaceTime in a busy place. Don’t set up for a chat in the hotel lobby or a coffee shop, if you can help it. The noise and people are too distracting for both you and your child.
• Make eye contact. It can be pretty tempting to look at your own little video square to keep tabs on how hot you are, but stay focused on the kid.
• Bring a book. And by that, I mean a book to read to your child. I like to tuck a few slim Golden Books into my luggage and continue our bedtime story routine, even when I’m away. I hold the pages up as I’m reading, LeVar Burton-style.
• Share a meal. Sometimes conversations with my son feel stilted, as though he has to perform for me. Having a snack or a meal together can take some of that pressure away — even if the bulk of time is spent with him shoveling oatmeal into his mouth.
• Be active. Turn up some music and have a dance party. Sing some songs together. Play peek-a-boo.
• Whatever you do, don’t toss a hotel robe over your head and say, “Uh-oh. Mommy disappeared and is never coming home” — no matter how tempted you are to stay in the land of room service.
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We pretty much all have things we want – and more often than not they are things we could get… if we put in more of the time and effort necessary to get them. But too often we spend that time on other things – things we wouldn’t claim are more important, but we show what’s important to us by what we consistently spend our resources on. It’s not that we are bad or stupid – we are unconsciously trying to keep ourselves safe. I hope this will help you change your mind about what you spend your valuable time on.
If you are new to tapping, it will be beneficial to also watch the first episode in the “Tap Out Your Fears” series — which explains the basics of EFT — click here.
As with any of my tapping videos, this is an abbreviated process for releasing uncomfortable feelings and enhancing good ones. Some folks may find their fear dissolve after just one tapping session, but for others, it will take some repetition, bringing the discomfort down little by little each time. (Still others may uncover specific issues that are best addressed directly with a wellness practitioner.) In any event, this brief video should help at least take the edge off the discomfort, freeing you up to enjoy life much more. Let us know how it helped you!
For a picture of the tapping points — and more info on EFT — click here.
Tapping can sometimes bring up long-buried emotions, which is why I state that, before tapping along, folks must take full responsibility for their own well-being. For more information about that, please read this disclaimer.
Until next time, feel free to tap along with any of the many videos I have on YouTube or the many recordings I have at www.TapWithBrad.com.
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