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Lessons From Fancy Dark Chocolate

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Thanks to a wonderful experience at yesterday’s 8th Annual Luxury Chocolate Salon in Pasadena, I learned something new about myself. What I learned there has nothing to do with eating chocolate.

1. I’ve learned that genuinely complimenting people makes me feel happy.  This sounds like a no-brainer to do and yet I have to make a conscious effort to give…

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SMWLA Highlights: What’s Good?

Social Media Week LA Highlights: What’s good?

For this week  I purposely haven’t scheduled more than two panels to attend each day. If there were others I stumbled upon outside of that then I just went with the flow. It has turned out wonderfully.

SMWLA Panel 9/23

Erik Deutsch (PRSA-LA moderates a panel with Michael Slate (KPFK Pacifica Radio), Stacey Leasca (LA Times Social Media Editor), Chris Schauble (KTLA 5 Morning News Anchor)

I started Tuesday…

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Social Media Week LA Livestream + My Top Picks

Turns out there’s a livestream of Tuesday’s SMCLA noon panel. If you missed it live, you can watch it now… or later. For those attending Social Media Week LA either in person or online via livestream, here are my top event picks for the rest of the week.

Wednesday 9/24
  1. Working from Home: Trisha Hershberger Shows you How to Shoot
    PST: 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
    Trisha Hershberger, Host on SourceFed (Streamy…

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Social Media Week is Here!

Social Media Week (@SMWLA) is Here!

Social Media Week is happening in LA and quite a few other cities this week. Now’s the time to fill your schedule with panels, workshops, parties, and other events to connect with other and learn best practices in the industry. Are you in Los Angeles and would you like to join the fun?

Register here: http://socialmediaweek.org/losangeles/attend/

Get 25% off your pass using the code SMClubLA!

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Sep 8

behind-the-book:

High School Reading List

Back in May, the #weneeddiversebooks campaign lit a fire to fulfill the desperate need for diverse books in children’s literature. Behind the Book has always championed efforts to find diverse authors and protagonists that will appeal to students since we serve communities of color. For your enjoyment (and enrichment), we’ve created an epic list of diverse books to reflect the diversity in our city; here’s our list for high school students.

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Drown by Junot Diaz

Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

The Chaos by Nalo Hopkinson

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

The Living by Matt De La Peña, a Behind the Book author

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin

The Pearl that Broke Its Shell: a Novel by Nadia Hashimi

Mare’s War by Tanita S. Davis

A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea by Dina Nayeri

The Book of Unknown Americans: a Novel by Cristina Henríquez

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah

Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal by Margarita Engle

Naughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman

The Icarus Girl by Helen Oyeyemi

For descriptions, click the read more!

(Click the following links to be directed to the Kindergarten, (early) Elementary and Middle Grade lists)

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Sep 8
fyblackwomenart:

"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you."-Maya Angelou
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Alicia Melanie does not see herself in art galleries. She paints on mirrors to convey that fact. Mirrors that bear frames that emulate paintings of the renaissance period- however, with black faces.
 : : submission : :

fyblackwomenart:

"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you."-Maya Angelou

www.AliciaMelanie.com / www.thevisualboard.tumblr.com / http://www.aliciamelanie.com/mirror-pwww.AliciaMelanie.com / www.thevisualboard.tumblr.com / http://www.aliciamelanie.com/mirror-p

Alicia Melanie does not see herself in art galleries. She paints on mirrors to convey that fact. Mirrors that bear frames that emulate paintings of the renaissance period- however, with black faces.


 : : submission : :

Sep 8
hollyblack:

ivegotthekittens:

malindalo:

From today on Twitter: I often see “I wish [bestselling writer] would include POC/LGBT characters!” But There are other writers who do this. Support them.

So, you’re suggesting I read books by authors I do not like, and/or that deals with subjects I am not interested in, simply because it has a PoC/LGBT character? 
I wish certain authors would have diverse characters because these are the ones writing books I’m actually going to read. 
And I wish bestselling artists would because no matter what their next book going to be about, it would get many readers and a lot of publicity. 
Can you imagine what it would have been like for PoC and LGBT to have their group represented as one of the trio in Harry Potter? Or even just make Dumbledore openly and obviously gay? 
This is what we need. It’s not that the public isn’t aware such people exists, but they are never in the mainstream media. Correct me if I’m wrong, but seems to me this is what all those PoC justice posts are preaching. 
And best selling authors are the main streams of books, so we want them to include these characters. 

Seriously? Do you honestly believe that bestselling books are anointed and raised up by some divine hand? Like THE CLAW HAS CHOSEN? And for some reason the claw keeps choosing straight white cisgendered protagonists written by straight white cisgendered authors? REALLY?
Best selling authors don’t just HAPPEN to be in the mainstream media. Selling a lot of books MAKES someone a bestselling author and GETS mainstream media attention. But books are sold one at a time to readers who make choices about which books they want to support.
If you want more diversity, you have to buy more diversely.
And, look, I love me and I want everyone to read all my books all the time, but reading a book with a diverse cast written by JK Rowling or myself or any other white straight cisgendered writer isn’t the same as reading a book written by a person of color or a LGBTQ+ writer. It’s the difference between a secondary source and a primary source. But if you feel that FOR SOME REASON you can be absolutely sure that you’re not going to like a book you haven’t read because it isn’t already a bestseller, then I guess that’s you, but please, please, please don’t act like it’s some kind of positive political act.
And don’t you dare talk that way to Malinda.
 

hollyblack:

ivegotthekittens:

malindalo:

From today on Twitter: I often see “I wish [bestselling writer] would include POC/LGBT characters!” But There are other writers who do this. Support them.

So, you’re suggesting I read books by authors I do not like, and/or that deals with subjects I am not interested in, simply because it has a PoC/LGBT character? 

I wish certain authors would have diverse characters because these are the ones writing books I’m actually going to read. 

And I wish bestselling artists would because no matter what their next book going to be about, it would get many readers and a lot of publicity. 

Can you imagine what it would have been like for PoC and LGBT to have their group represented as one of the trio in Harry Potter? Or even just make Dumbledore openly and obviously gay? 

This is what we need. It’s not that the public isn’t aware such people exists, but they are never in the mainstream media. Correct me if I’m wrong, but seems to me this is what all those PoC justice posts are preaching. 

And best selling authors are the main streams of books, so we want them to include these characters. 

Seriously? Do you honestly believe that bestselling books are anointed and raised up by some divine hand? Like THE CLAW HAS CHOSEN? And for some reason the claw keeps choosing straight white cisgendered protagonists written by straight white cisgendered authors? REALLY?

Best selling authors don’t just HAPPEN to be in the mainstream media. Selling a lot of books MAKES someone a bestselling author and GETS mainstream media attention. But books are sold one at a time to readers who make choices about which books they want to support.

If you want more diversity, you have to buy more diversely.

And, look, I love me and I want everyone to read all my books all the time, but reading a book with a diverse cast written by JK Rowling or myself or any other white straight cisgendered writer isn’t the same as reading a book written by a person of color or a LGBTQ+ writer. It’s the difference between a secondary source and a primary source. But if you feel that FOR SOME REASON you can be absolutely sure that you’re not going to like a book you haven’t read because it isn’t already a bestseller, then I guess that’s you, but please, please, please don’t act like it’s some kind of positive political act.

And don’t you dare talk that way to Malinda.

 

Sep 6
Happy National #ReadABookDay!

I am reading The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennett by Bernie Su and Kate Rorick. What are you reading?

Happy National #ReadABookDay!

I am reading The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennett by Bernie Su and Kate Rorick. What are you reading?

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Perpetual Calendar, 2013 | by Arina Pozdnyak

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