The Sun & Moon’s Solar Eclipse

đź”… There are many ways to honor the sun. and after a morning of introspection and mediation to celebrate the harvest moon and the arrival of the fall equinox, the great solar eclipse of 2017 became a special carpe diem type of moment. For well wishes, I made a travel token with some marigold heads that my neighbor planted, aloe leaves, rosemary, and lavender. The intent is to give the moon, myself and the sun a little more gas to continue our universe travel.

Be that as it may, I didn’t have any special eclipse glasses – I just looked up and not so ironically, my sunglasses served me quite well.

From my perspective, circa the Henry Hudson River, it seemed as though the moon kicked it into 4th gear after 11:30 AM and the ‘path of totality’ (relatively) hit sprint mode. At around 14:45 ET, the sun in all its glory had an undeniable rainbowish glow around it – the type you see around the moon when it’s about to rain but a little more amplified. Did the moon or the sun bring the colors of the universe?

 

Meagan K. Cunningham, Hoboken, NJ

 

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NBA 2017 Rookie of the Year

Monday night’s NBA Awards was an incredible star studded evening. Drake played comedian and host, while Nicki Minaj performed with 2 Chainz. Since you’ve most likely been following the basketball season, you’ve seen a rise in popularity of the Milwaukee Bucks. The klout the Bucks have gained this season has grabbed my particular attention because I love un-trends and buzzer beater games. Talent without [too much] hype is where some of the best games take place. And although the Bucks tend to have a niche fan base, their determination on the court speaks for itself.

With that said, the Milwaukee Bucks have been relentless this year in their rise to the playoffs and Brogdon, undoubtedly played a major part in that success. Of course, his teammates are also to thank (i.e 2017 Most Improved Player, The Greek Freak, Giannis Antetokounmpo) but when a rookie dunks on Lebron James, and hits 87% of his free throws, there’s no denying star quality.

On Monday, Brogdon’s hard work, patience, talent, and sportsmanship, when he accepted the much deserved NBA Rookie of the Year award, lending his success to faith, his mom, and God. Brogdon is the first non-first-round draft pick to win the award.  I’m fortunate enough to have met this kind gentleman and couldn’t be more supportive of his and all of the Milwaukee Bucks’ success.

 

Check out the full list of winners here.

What do Nickelodeon and Home Depot Have in Common?

Earth Day Activity!! It’s Earth Day! Yayyy!!!

Making the best impact you possibly can on the environment is not trendy anymore,it’s critical. While I’m not a gardening aficionado, I am dedicated to the environment – trees,  air, sustainability, and water.

Being water and energy efficient, and anti-hazardous waste dumping, should be a concentrated priority not a political debate.

With the latest natural disaster being Louisiana (2017) and the two manmade disasters – Flint Michigan and Water Protectors on Standing Rock, taking an active role in showing gratitude and improving your environment is more important now than ever.

In the mid to late 90’s it was cool to clean up and care. Nickelodeon hosted The Big Help, Jerry McGuirea national campaign driven by American pop culture sweethearts, to clean up parks and towns like nobody’s business for one whole week.  It was cool for us kids to clean up alongside Rugrats or All That cast. And yes at eight and nine years old, I actually went. (I believe my mom has my autographed T-shirt somewhere.) I was a Nickelodeon fanatic– Legends of the Hidden Temple, Figure It Out, Wild and Crazy Kids, you name it.

Perhaps that’s why nearly a decade later, what companies and cities are doing to practice environmental awareness, gains my absolute loyalty and further inspires me to do what I can.

Here are a couple businesses doing good for the earth-

1.) The New York Times building in Times Square is energy efficient. The ceramic rod casing allows for energy efficient lighting and air conditioning. Check it out: here

2.) Drexel University‘s award-winning Lebow Hall has a green roof, high-efficiency mechanical equipment, daylight sensors to control artificial lighting and water saving toilets.

3.) All the B Corporations out there donating time and resources to nonprofits!

4.) And last but not least, me!

No i’m kidding. I’m not a business mogul yet, but I have been collecting wood to build a garden in my little North Jersey backyard and repurpose good materials.

I’m not great at it but I try. And with city living being tight, making the most of what you have can actually go a long way.

Being a grad student in the United States is tough right now, and I have found that even trying to garden is a huge relief and challenging at the same time. I don’t have a lot of money, want to cut down on waste, engage my artsy creative side, and practice what I preach. Why not start the spiritual journey of gardening?

I bought some spinach and oriental poppy seeds in January and started one of several attempts to grow them.

I highly recommend splurging on a few things from Home Depot -small pots (.97), one big pot ($6), two small flower trays ($4 ea.), a bag of decent soil ($4) and a rose bush or lavender plant ($9).  Roughly less than $30. Shave off one flower tray or bush and you’re closer to $20. Lavender is more of a medicinal recommendation, but the bottom line is take few dollars and give it try. Also, don’t treat it as a one-day activity, tend to it daily and look for changes or if the soil is wet enough. Read the seed packets to know when sprouts should be happening or how much sun is appropriate.

Lastly, keep your eyes peeled for simple opportunities to repurpose. From left over Folgers coffee containers, banana peels, or other peoples wood disposals – reduce, reuse recycle!

Here’s what to gather over the course of a month (qty.):

(2-3) Different sized wood pallets (seriously look around and you will see them everywhere and unless they’re piled up next to a dumpster, I always ask when I can)

(4 – 5) Bricks , it literally started with me finding a regular red brick in the middle of the street but can buy them at Home Depot for .97. Use the bricks as a foundation so your garden bed is lifted off the ground.

(1) Christmas Tree from 2016 – seriously everyone should cut up their Christmas Trees and build a garden or reuse the branches to put under your garden bed or in the bottom of the pot. I believe Christmas Trees are considered “organic matter.” (I’m cutting mine eventually)

(2) Bags of decent dirt. I highly recommend Vigoro ($3.77), Miracle-Gro dries out faster in my experience.

(2) Bags of rocks or clear flat gems from dollar tree to create “drainage” for my plants. Seriously $2.13 goes a long way. (If you can use real sand that’s more advisable, but im     DIY all the way baby)

(4) Planks of wood from someone’s house in NJ (looks like it came from a swing set or treehouse) – Although it was out for trash, I still asked.

(3) Home Depot terra cotta pots or plastic pots (Get one medium-large one to start)

(3) Poland Spring water containers – they serve as very primitive rain water catchers which I then use to water my plants. Did you know filtered rain water is better to drink than tap? True story.

(1) Light weight work gloves from dollar tree or wherever

(2) Solar lights from dollar tree (optional decoration)

(1) Iron Bookshelf  my dad threw out months ago (yes, I even scalp my family and usually see shelves out for trash everywhere)

Happy Earth Day!

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Ever wonder what those arrows on every single piece of plastic in your house means? Find out: http://naturalsociety.com/recycling-symbols-numbers-plastic-bottles-meaning/

See you in D.C. : Women’s March on Washington for All

I think after this I can call myself a civil rights activist. Being a wonderful woman and having the rights to my own body is a right not a privilege. And after marching against global warming, and for black lives matter, I’m finally marching for equality of all shades – marriage, salary wages, opportunities, religious freedom, and the betterment for future generations.

Why education isn’t our common ground and most dedicated ‘nothing-but-the-best’ focus, as Americans and Politicians, is like totally inexcusable. Totally.

You know a country is in bad shape when history classes are the enemy of Conservative legislation, public schools are on the endangered species list, and for-profit charter schools known to produce low test scores and embezzlement scandals, make up over 6,000 schools in America. Not only that, the Washington Post, found women earn only 79 percent of what men earn, and Forbes reported that women still earn less than men, even in the same job role. Like seriously – where am I? Who’s this so-called “American dream” for?

ANYWAYS! On January 21, 2017, a day after we officially become the Divided States of America, I’m joining more than 2.5 million women (nationally) at the Women’s March on Washington. I couldn’t be more excited to march with my sisters. Something about taking part in a march on Washington D.C is really empowering. To me, it’s saying we’re here, we’re watching you, you’re out numbered, and we’re not going down without a fight.

The thing that waters down my enthusiasm about marching, is how many women young and old, think the million of us activists are marching for abortions and not healthcare. Politfact revealed that 97% of Planned Parenthood services are mostly Mammograms and preventive care. My mother knew I was weird about talking about private parts and she also, very unselfishly, knows she isn’t a doctor. My mother is the one who recommended Planned Parenthood to me at 15 years old. Fourteen years later, I think that decision saved me (and by default, my friends) from being a disadvantaged statistic.

So why am I marching? I want to know why women’s bodies are more debated on than the well-being of the American school system? Why are there so many other women in the belief that lawmakers know what’s better for a woman’s body than that woman or doctor? Is it their lack of education or the wrong education?  You tell me.

Women marched for women’s rights in 1970, 1978 and more. This isn’t because Hillary won the popular vote and Trump won the electoral college, so throw the “sore loser” elementary banter away. It’s bigger than that.

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It’s almost 40 years later and women are still fighting for permission to go to reputable and safe women’s care specialists ANDDDD people still can’t marry who the heck they want to marry (wooooszaaa.)

Deep down I pray for the safety and support from our new White House-elect.

If there happens to be any teen girl reading this and need help for ANY reason, Planned Parenthood is a safe haven to discuss assault, pregnancy prevention, vagina uncomfortableness, bullying, or to LEARN more about the female body (like if your parents don’t talk about it). You can visit https://www.plannedparenthood.org/ and find your nearest center.

Us proud feminists, men, women and gays, will be marching with flags a blazin’! See you there!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSerZR1bf1Y

Women’s March on Washington Info: https://www.womensmarch.com/event-details

Remembering Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.

I was wished a “Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day.” The gesture was considerate with all good intent but this is not a happy day. This  day is a reminder that “This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.

But 100 years later, the Negro [the woman, the minorities, the gays, the children, and the student] still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later…

…the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself in exile in his own land. And so we’ve come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.

When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men – yes, black men as well as white men – would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. ”

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speech: http://www.npr.org/2010/01/18/122701268/i-have-a-dream-speech-in-its-entirety

Although I’m tired of marching, and yes I have marched a few times, I will march on Washington with my sisters to show that we deserve better than the 2017 president-elect.

My Favorite Victoria Secrets Fashion Show Moment Ever

This VS Fashion Show performance was so fun, flawless, and sexy. Confession: It also made me a Bieliber. I’d be lying if I said I don’t perform to this song all the time – either in my apartment Cameron Diaz/Charlie’s Angels style  or while I run in the park. Victoria’s Secret “PinkBall” segment in 2012 just truly stands out as my moment of every girls dream come to life with the best soundtrack.

Check out my favorite VS Fashion Show moment to date:

 

 

*Dec 2016 is about to start!! Let’s go!*

Open Letter: America, You Fools

November 9, 2016

Dear America,

Donald Trump will never be my president. He has no respect for presidents before him, nor does he have a drop of genuine human compassion. He won commander-in-chief, fairly, by electoral vote. I do not deny that part.

I will not salute his hatred, bigotry, or predatation on the disadvantaged middle class.

As I sob and sob and sob, there are two things I have going for me. One- I have no kids, so I can leave and seek asylum in another country, if that’s the way it works but ultimately you can run but you can’t hide. Two- I have several degrees that might be worth something someplace.

In a way, it sets us free.  No more tactics for growth. No more progress. No more hope for a better, racist-free, adequate-waged, informed, strengthened society.

The beautiful country and planet we once had, is now in the hands of monstrosity. Between coal, oil drilling and women’s equality, we are headed for decay. Those of us bearing the weight of trying to relay messages that an experienced woman with friends in several places is the only one who can salvage us, lost.

Correspondents like Trevor Noah, Samantha Bee, John Oliver, Bill Maher, Viceland, Van Jones, Occupy Democrats, Now This, Up Worthy and various other fact stating progressive outlets, did the reporting mainstream media neglected to do- cover policy not antics. Therefore, we’re unable to break the looming shell of illiteracy that plagues our nation.

Instinctively, I want to blame independent party voters. They are among the most identifiable group who hijacked votes in crucial states in order to “restore” 5% of the independent party for the sake of trying to attain funding. It was the wrong time in the wrong place.Your beliefs in a rogue democracy have dragged the world to its grave. Congratulations. We told you Trump supporters would over shadow your vote… we told you their dedication to Trump’s ego and lies, are stronger than ANY reason. And now, independent voters made the biggest mistake of all of our lives.

However, we, the greater gooders, were failed by so so so many others. Namely,

  • Blacks who were under the impression that voting for Hillary was the wrong vote to cast because of her husband or the ambiguity of what she brings to the table. In my personal opinion, the majority of people no matter what color or party they are, choose their own ignorance. Also, Blacks who were for Trump. Why is this a thing? Because eliminating an already tanking social security and wages is not worth your vote? Why did black men vote for Trump? You and your families are most at risk for incarceration, and if they’re already incarcerated they’re not getting released. Congratulations, you’re now a slave again. You’re ungrateful and a disgrace to all the educated black women/men who have struggled for decades to end systemic racism. You opted not to elect a figure who would improve that legislation.
  • Moms and women, the 42% that voted for Trump for whatever reason. You voted against maternity leave and equal wages. Is that because you’re a stay at home mom or one making less than $12 an hour, or because you think every woman should be a mother so the ones enjoying a parentless life are a slap to your family? Or are you just a helpless victim of male domination. How could you take the opportunity away from a generation of women wanting more time off, for dads and moms with their infants… How could you honestly cast a vote believing that Hillary, a mother, grandmother and literally a child activist was the wrong choice?
  • Floridians who are brainwashed. Mostly the FCC failed you for allowing your governor to censor the information but climate change and global warming. Your state is experiencing shrinking coasts and drastic storms. Florida is singlehandedly the first state, after Louisiana, to experience the travesty of climate change. Blacks in Florida, thousands who chose not to vote, how could you do that to Trayvon?
  • Young people, ah yes, the non voters. They couldn’t put aside their pride or cell phones. They “don’t want a government” or “are sick of the establishment.” Then exactly why are you here? Why are you a student? Why are you an employee? Why haven’t you started your own business? Because you can’t do it alone you fools. You’ve grown up in a land that has forsaken education to repaint the United States as perfect. Congratulations, you put the worst threat to the United Stated and the world to become up as commander-in-chief. You’re officially more controlled  by “the establishment” than ever before and that land and many others you abandoned, is about to sink. You chose yourself over peace, you still feel good about that. Or is ignorance still on fleek?
  • Hispanics, although many turned out in record numbers, 28% of Hispanics voted for Trump. Are other latinos not worthy of the path of success you’re clearly enjoying?
  • Michigan, a clearly decaying state, while it held on tight until late hours, you chose quite frankly just elected contaminated pipes over a rescue mission.
  • Lastly, many of us raised in the catholic church, but are now ambitious were let down. Anyone who voted for Trump voted for the perpetuation of hate and greed. Pope Francis, an avid philanthropist and the leader of the Catholic Church, said “the man is not a christian.” The ungodly words that have come out of his mouth “I can shoot someone and the middle of fifth avenue and no one would care.” “I moved on her like a bitch, she was married.” “I would date my daughter” the greed of Donald Trump not paying 19 years worth of taxes…. He definitely has given anything to the church… What happen there? Eliminating Planned Parenthood means more than the 10 commandments, because assault is all too preferred in the church. Why are you so blind to the belief that Christ died for our sins and only God shall judge?

Why is it that people want to see it all go under. In the most literal sense, our seas are rising and the world is drowning or suffocating. The progress we’ve made in terms of affordable health care, a condition that only plagues America. The regression we’ve made when it comes to education. Why is it that people chose to be less than great? Why doesn’t love trump hate? Why?

The democratic counter argument that America is already great is a lie. I wanted to believe we could win with that but It’s a bold-face lie. America is not great, that’s how Trump won. America is good but we are not great. We are less educated than other countries, we lack the socialism necessary to balance the economy and its clear that professionalism means nothing when it comes to holding the highest office.

Melania Trump may be our only hope. Real talk. It’s clear she wants to do the right thing but is anchored by the disease of her husband. Donald Trump will never be my president. He is the president of the United States but he is not my leader.

In her concession speech Hillary Clinton quoted Galatians 6:9 saying “Let us not grow weary in doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”

Powerful but still heartbreaking words for the majority of us…

“To all the women and especially the young women who put their faith in this campaign and me, I want you to know nothing has made me prouder than to be your champion.

And to all the little girls who are watching this – never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity.”

As I continue to live in what is now a foreign nation to me, I will try to remember Hillary’s empowerment and Obama’s clear soothing clarity. As I transition into becoming a hologram of the yester-American, I will attempt to cast an open mind but ultimately it is the coming of Christ himself that will save me and maybe a few other from complete despair.

I wish you all the best.

Love and light,

Meagan K. Cunningham

Still With Her … Elections 2016

Well here it is, November 8, 2016, the night before (blog later continued on the night of) the most vital election of our time. An election that can decide whether nations go forward economically…. or backward developmentally.

This election week is like running into a police station after being chased by the scream killer on Halloween night – you’re safe. Oorrr suddenly ….the cops  at the station whom were protecting you, hear something outside and instruct you to “stay here.”

It literally feels like a horror movie. The nation is just as divided as it was in 1959, only now, people who shouldn’t be so disillusioned, are out of their minds.  The United States has four candidates for president Hillary Clinton, Gary Johnson, Donald Trump and Jill Stein.

Gary Johnson knows no foreign leaders. Jill Stein is down to talk about whoever and 9-11 and Donald Trump is a reality TV star.

Clinton, despite having for over 23 years of experience on Capitol Hill, is fighting like hell for the United States’ Commander in Chief  against a real estate businessman/ reality TV star.

For the past few years, America has been on the brink of a total social and environmental meltdown to say the least.  Wages are low and unequal, but cost of living is high, blacks are being inexplicably gunned down by law enforcement, and massive floods and droughts caused by coal and are happening frequently ….not to mention terrorism is alive and well.

AAANNNDD there are a million x million people whom  want to see it all get worse. Seems like decency and respect  for anything has become public enemy.

Moms are voting to not have extra time home with their new born babies. It’s mental.

United States is losing their marbles.

It’s daunting and completely uncomfortable.

There’s a good number of us I pray who want to get the earth right. With NASA reporting conditions of the world, we pray the vote withholds.

Nov. 9th ….

Why? Why would Florida do it? Because they’re brainwashed that sea level rise is not affecting their coasts or are they dragging the world down in it?

No U.S. coastal living. No Texas? Surely their crops are suffering.

However, One Fox News female guest reporter gave me hope bringing my dreams in politically correct terms saying “politicians are buying on Hillary selling on Donald Trump.”

Ana Marie Cox, Trevor Noah Comedy Central – “We’re more racist, more sexist, more divided than I’d like to believe. I’m heart broken.”

11/9/2016  11:28…

Don’t you see… we really are stronger together.

–Meagan K. Cunningham

Alton Sterling

 damn. A young boy crying for his father…. shakes me up a little </3. I am a positive person, a friend to all, even the judgmental ones. in a world where there is so much distance created by smart phones and mass media, what the hell do I have to lose by having a 40 minute conversation with someone walking their dog, or crying in a bathroom… time? Well time is of the essence and a gift not afforded to many, so might as well lend an ear or a shoulder.
Here is this kid is falling apart amidst trying to be a rock next to his mother…. I started going back to church (a really great one too) like three months ago. The world is a tough place man and people are here trying to get us. Especially for an unconditional lover and optimist like me. I’ve cried for people I don’t know, pain and loss is that strong. I also cry for people who support these barbaric acts, the victims, and the perpetrators. I struggle to come to terms with free will means that hate has a place too and divine intervention is on its own time.
It’s really rough but I pray everyday that one day this will stop. That the hunt for black blood will stop and that domestic terror will end. I know that peace will come. I know it will. God is watching. Plus, with social media, now the world sees how “beautiful and free” America is. Now, they know. Sad we have to go through this. We’ve had great leaders die in the name of civil rights and we will continue to press on in your name. To #AltonSterling‘s son…. I’m sorry you lost your dad, little brother. I really am. This will not go unnoticed and your dad did not die. His life will be remembered and his name will be resurrected in the talks to come. #restinparadisealtonsterling #blacklivesmatter #yourdadmatters

Chris Rock For the Win: Oscars 2016

I think Chris Rock just became a hero.

Here it is the biggest night in Hollywood, glitz, glam and the truths of #OscarsSoWhite, then consequently #HollywoodSoWhite, has gained national attention and social momentum. In the crux of the hype? The host.

After a particularly painful past few years of people of color being subjects of violent police brutality and judicial injustice and two weeks after Beyonce’s (pro-black not anti-police) Super Bowl performance; a black Chris Rock is given the mic to open a legendary televised all-white award ceremony, in a predominantly all-white room and address the concerns of a famous and non-famous mourning black community WHILE hosting a program that at the end of the day needs to make its ratings. Chris Rock had a huge responsibility on his shoulders this Oscars around.

The articles were out, “The Oscars place all hope on Chris” etc. etc. etc.

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My thoughts? -What the hell are they hoping for? The damage is done, the secret’s out. “You can’t put the toothpaste back in the tube” as my professor says.

To top it off, out of all people? Chris Rock. Gag me.

Admittedly, Kevin Hart would be a worst host for this, but they couldn’t get someone else?

John Legend has a soon-to-be-dad glow so that’s a no go. Will Smith, well with Jada somewhat leading the celebrity Oscar boycott, Will’s probably not a good idea.…. Who else? Common brings a little too much of something, wonderful man – but he’s has an air that white Hollywood might not be feeling. Bernie Mac, rest his soul, may have been a great option.

Ok ok ok… The Academy needed someone strong, serious, and seasoned but really funny – Chris Rock FTW. However, he doesn’t really pull me to the screen. I like him, he’s a go-with-the-script kind of guy. Animated but not that bold.

Then I read a tweet, or the tweet read me?

 

Wow, that’s it. Granted, Chris Rock’s unusual semi-silence and ABC’s constant repeat promo lead me to believe there may be something more in-store but it just didn’t occur to me that that’s what every one of us (the hurting, the uncertain, those seeking light) wanted. I wanted him to address the elephant in the room. So at 20:28 I tuned in to The Oscars. “Lights, camera, action” and five, four, three, two…..” It was like I could feel the jitters of Chris Rock’s gut as the pre-roll sizzle reel ended.

Out walks Chris.

click link and scroll down –

http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2016/02/28/how_chris_rock_s_opening_monologue_addressed_oscarssowhite_video.html

I felt saved. I felt vindicated in a sense that Chris Rock made that opening work in ways no one else ever would. He had poise, delivery, personality, humor, and history. But most importantly, he was able to communicate to his peers and The Academy emotion and a call to action.

On the behalf of  The Academy, pinning all hope on Chris Rock, is weak and unrealistic. Take some responsibility for the decisions that were made to exclude minorities in this production. Clearly this has been thought out over the course of six decades.

However, I look forward to the changes that have been promised. Tonight’s intro was a moment I felt a part of and I thank Chris Rock for making that happen and making it real. Oscars 2017 be ready.

***Disclaimer: I wish I could embed the video but The Oscars made the video private or n/a on YouTube (so you have to watch in on their site with their advertisements and WordPress doesn’t allow for embeded codes from other sites***

 

 

Social Media in the San Francisco tech scene

Last month I had the pleasure of being the Social Media Coordinator for DeveloperWeek San Francisco, a tech exhibition produced by DevNetwork and it was suuuper fun.

If you ever have the opportunity to produce an event that’s not you or your gf’s wedding, do it. Event producing is riveting on all levels… the good kind of stress if you will.

I arrived in San Francisco during the first leg of DeveloperWeek’s Hackathon where coders from the bay area get into teams to build an application or service

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using an open source platform from a specific company. The companies sponsor a prize (usually money) for the best use of their platform. It’s intense but the creativity and individuality that perseveres through the challenge is impressive.

The most fun took place at the following Tuesday at DeveloperWeek   on San Francisco’s Embarcadero at PIER 27. It is possibly one of the best venues to throw an event, especially with this kind of crowd. It’s on the water, lots of room to walk around and more than a fair amount of power outlets. The coastal ambience combined with tech savvy professionals gave way to tons of positive exchanges at DeveloperWeek. Interacting with data companies like SmartBear, AeroSpike, Dice Tech Jobs, Cloud Elements, Built.io, Sabre, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft’s powered OneNoteDev, and IBM’s BlueMix crew, was genuinely an honor and a pleasure. Each company’s representative was more than willing to showcase and explain in ‘layman’s’ terms what their unique service offers to the dataverse, not to mention they also hooked me up with tons of tech swag!

While I loved stocking up on t-shirts, glasses cleaning cloths, sunglasses, USB ports and even hot sauce, the interactive Robotics Expo was a big highlight.

Aldebaran designed Nao, a robot that’s be fun to be around (Gangnam’ Style), responds to basic commands, and helps kids learn how to code. And don’t worry, if Nao falls over, which happened in the process of fist bumping of a 7 year-old, Nao gets back up without any assistance. I mean, what is this new friend living amongst us? Whoever he is, he’s smart and can dance, that’s for sure.  https://www.youtube.com/watchv=7G5Q0iwPZWw&w=420&h=315

Also in the Robotics Expo was this really cool interactive 3-D video game looking thing called a haptic device from Force Motion. It’s a joystick setup that allows you to physically feel through a computer. For example the joystick was “a ball” bouncing on surface (or material) similar to a 3-inch layer of jelly grout sealant. You moved the joystick up and down as weighted vibrations pulse on your hand. Taking it a step further, the rep, François, instructed me to push the ball through this surface. Timid and reluctant, I had to apply more force to the ball through the layer. It felt weird bro, but it was really intriguing. –Imagine sitting at a computer, looking at a big latex birthday balloon and squeezing an arcade style joystick until POOF the balloon pops! No loud noise, no latex pieces, just the sensation in your hands. Super creepy but accurate.

The DeveloperWeek conference had a lot of highlights, especially with Hackathon and the inclusion of @GirlDevOrg. From a PR perspective, the companies that were active on social were even more pleasant in person and for an amateur tech lover there were tons of engaging activities. For the advanced level techie, coder, data evangelist, API engineer, the talks and workshops with the industry’s most innovative companies, I’m surewas equally rewarding.

Overall, being the social media manager for a San Francisco’s largest tech event series was completely unforgettable and remarkably engaging.

As always, I have PR advice that is applicable to any business. Whether you are a corporate giant or new startup, make sure your social media coordinator is present at your events. Having your PR rep or social media manager take the time to talk to exhibitors and try the gadgets, or software creates a much more personal and credible experience with your digital audience. Your rep shouldn’t be intimidated to look silly wearing VR goggles or playing the raffle games. Relying solely on preloaded content on scheduling platforms, isn’t going to create an optimizing experience for all of the stakeholders. Your rep should be knowledgeable about industry trends and topics, and be open to following your online community back. Boost social strategy with face-to-face conversations.

Fleishman Hillard attended San Francisco DeveloperWeek and ranked its tweets in order of hashtag popularity. Take a look!

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Jourdan Dunn is the First Black Model to Cover British Vogue in 12 Years

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Let’s hope this is a sign of good things to come in 2015: London-born Jourdan Dunn just announced via Instagram that she scored the February 2015 cover of British Vogue.

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The significance? This will make her the first black model to score a solo cover in over 12 years, the last being Naomi Campbell in 2002.

“I’m so Happy to finally say I’M ON THE COVER OF BRITISH VOGUE!!!” she wrote alongside a picture of the cover, on Instagram.

MORE: 30 Black Models Who Made History

The cover announcement comes just weeks after The Fashion Spot called out a variety of major women’s magazines for failing to feature a diverse group of women on its covers over the last year, particularly signaling out British Vogue.

Dunn has been vocal about racism in the fashion industry in…

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101 Things I Will Teach my Daughter

“Find friends who are ok with holding your hair back & Be so passionate that people think you might be a little insane.”

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  1. The most beautiful thing you can do is smile.
  2. Embrace whatever genre of music you enjoy listening to. Don’t let anyone tell you it’s “not music.”
  3. But just know there will never be a better song than “In the Air Tonight” by Phil Collins.
  4. It’s ok to think another woman is beautiful.
  5. Don’t be catty to other women. You’ll need them when we all overthrow the world together.
  6. Don’t let any man convince you that he is powerful enough to change you.
  7. Even if he bought you dinner, you owe him nothing. 
  8. The amount of pride you feel when you look good in your bikini for 20 minutes is far less than the happiness Taco Bell can bring you. I promise.
  9. Develop a lust to see the world around you.
  10. It’s ok if you don’t want to play princess or put on makeup.
  11. But it’s ok if you do, too.

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A night with the cast of ‘Jackass 3-D’

A college reporter’s account of the press screening of Jackass 3-D and the one event that made introduced me to the world of entertainment press.

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By Meaghan Cunningham / Asst. Inscape Editor

By Meaghan Cunningham / Asst. Inscape Editor

Through Oct. 8 and 9, Paramount Pictures allowed college press an amazing opportunity to attend the “Jackass 3D” pre-screening and interview the stars of the film.

The crew reunited for their 10 year anniversary to make “Jackass” in 3-D.

The all star cast includes: Bam Margera, Johnny Knoxville, Jason “Wee Man” Acuna, Preston Lacy, Dave England, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Ryan Dunn, Ehren McGhehy and the director Jeff Tremaine along with multiple guest stars.

On Oct. 8, I attended the press pre-screening of the movie at Mann’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

At the showing, the audience was provided with complimentary soda and popcorn.

As the theatre quickly filled up everyone was given the option to sit in the regular theater seat or a “D-Box” motion seat. I took the “D-Box” seat and enjoyed the action as if…

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