Rising playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney takes his own, wary path to L.A. - LA Times Tarell Alvin McCraney, one of the brightest American playwrights to come along in some time, showed up for our interview at the Geffen Playhouse with the buttoned-up demeanor of someone about to give testimony before a grand jury. He occasionally smiled during our hour-long conversation. At a few points there were hints of laughter. But these were fugitive moments. Polite, soft-spoken and admittedly shy, he so rarely lowered his guard that I couldn't help feeling as though I were sitting at a judge's bench. But when you're young, gifted, gay and black and the theatrical world is toasting you as the next great one, it makes sense to proceed with caution. A native of Miami, where he still lives, McCraney was in town for the start of rehearsals of "Choir Boy," which opens Sept. 26 at the Geffen Playhouse. To break the ice, I asked him what he had been doing this summer in England, a trip he had mentioned when we were scheduling our meeting. Yet McCraney was incredibly well prepared.
How Facebook’s newest teen engineer supported his family with apps until cashing in There’s nothing that highlights the fact that Silicon Valley is the new Wall Street, gold rush, colonial settlement — insert your American Dream rags-to-riches historical moniker here — quite like the story of 18-year-old Miami resident Michael Sayman. This week, Facebook hired Sayman as one of its youngest full-time engineers in history. He wouldn’t tell me his salary, but admitted his friends are already pressuring him to “buy a Tesla,” which he won’t do because he’d “rather save the money.” Before you go throw up at the idea of a teenager buying himself a Tesla off tech riches, there’s few people who deserve that luxury quite as much as this kid. I met Sayman four months ago, when the then 17-year-old developer caught Mark Zuckerberg’s eye. He had poured the last year of his life into building the game, which was a version of charades. “I’m beating Starbucks, Luminosity, Fitbit, Lyft… oh my gosh, it’s number 123 in the overall app store ratings!”
quote Media Influence on Youth Young girls are being deluged by media images of skinny models: Girls are becoming weight conscious as young as 8 years old 80% of 9 year olds are on diets Eating disorders have grown 400% since 1970 In a recent survey by Teen People magazine, 27% of the girls felt that the media pressures them to have a perfect body. A 1996 poll conducted by Saatchi and Saatchi found that ads made women fear being unattractive or old. By the time a young person is 17 years old, they have received over 250,000 commercial messages through the media. 69% of girls in one study said that magazine models influence their idea of a perfect body shape. Many males are becoming insecure about their physical appearance as advertising and other media images raise the standard and idealize well-built men. Researchers are seeing an alarming increase in obsessive weight training and the use of anabolic steroids & dietary supplements that promise bigger muscles and more stamina for lifting. S-e-x.
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5 Reasons To Write A Letter To Your Future Self | This Is QuarterLife In March, I turned twenty-five years old, and on that most dreaded day I received a letter from my twelve year-old-self. At twelve, I distinctly remember listening to Britney Spears’ “Ooops I did it Again,” consuming Fruit by the Foot, surviving Y2K, and wearing checkered school jumpers that came down to my knees. It was that magical time right before pimples started growing uncontrollably and watching Saturday morning cartoons was still acceptable. Reading my letter evoked a lot of emotions in the span of two minutes. Aside from the obvious hilarity that comes out of a twelve year-olds mind, it amazed me how much my twelve year old self seemed to know about life. 1) It reminds you of who you once were We’re always growing and changing — you’re not the same person now that you were at 15, and at 35 who knows what new interests, goals, and people will be a part of your life. 2) Writing a letter helps you reflect 3) Writing can help us to know ourselves better
The 8 Skills Students Must Have For The Future Editor’s note: This is a revised version of an article written by Katie Lepi that originally appeared on June 7th, 2014. We believe this information is still highly relevant, but we wanted to update it with the latest thinking. To do that, we invited writer Michael Sledd to take the reins. Education has traditionally focused on the basic “3Rs” of reading, writing and arithmetic. However, as the ever increasing pace of technological innovation drives changes in the world, educators must re-evaluate whether the skills they teach truly provide their students with the best opportunities to succeed in school, the workforce, and in life overall. This naturally leads to the question of what those skills are or will be, and while there are other excellent suggestions out there, Pearson’s 2014 edition of “The Learning Curve” report lists the 8 skills below as those most necessary to succeed in the 21st century. Understanding and Teaching These Skills Leadership Digital Literacy Communication The U.S.
Tess Munster, un mannequin taille plus en voie de changer l’industrie (Instagram)Tess Munster a 29 ans et est originaire du Mississippi. Aujourd’hui mannequin taille plus, elle est la femme derrière le mouvement #effyourbeautystandards, l’idole de milliers de femmes et d’hommes, le fantasme de plusieurs et une pionnière dans son domaine. La jeune femme, qui vit à Los Angeles, vient d’être signée chez Milk Models, devenant ainsi la première femme de sa taille à être signée par une agence de ce calibre. Tess mesure 1,52m, soit 5 pieds 5 pouces, et porte une taille 22, des mensurations jusqu’ici jamais vues chez un mannequin représenté par une agence majeure. (Instagram) La jeune femme rêve d’être mannequin depuis qu’elle est enfant, mais se heurtait toujours à des portes fermées en raison de sa grandeur et de son poids. Tess est l’instigatrice du mouvement #effyourbeautystandards, qui signifie « f**k vos standards de beauté », qui prend sans cesse de l’ampleur.
35 Things To Do Instead Of Spending Money Life Lessons I Wish I'd Learned In My 20s If you want to put your success on the fast track, study what has worked for people who've come before you. Find someone you admire or someone who's doing what you'd like to be doing, and start your Read For a long time, I was completely convinced that The Good Life looked like this: Yearly international vacations at luxury resorts Impressive, four-course meals at trendy restaurants Double-take worthy jewelry and a certain brand of red-soled shoes But these days, I place a lot more value on freedom and time … Time to pursue my passions, hang out with my honey, drink wine with my ladies and hike through the Hollywood Hills as the sun sets. Sounds nice, right? Here are 35 of my favorite ways to do just that. 1. They’ll make your space look lovely and welcoming and you can cut them later to display in your home. 2. Have fun all alone or invite friends to join. 3. 4. What happens if you put the loveseat under the front window? 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12.
Your Words Matter Your Words Matter. I had a teacher who once told me I would most likely be a college dropout. Her words mattered. When I told my wife I wanted to write a book and she said without blinking an eye, “Do it.” I told my daughter the other day how proud I was of her for writing a full sentence! My words mattered. And when I hear back from the teachers and parents that read this blog, I know my words matter. “Learning how to use language effectively will be the most valuable skill you will have to use for the rest of your life.” Woah. Want to get a job? Want to get married? Want to sell something? What Are We Teaching Our Children About Their Words? The problem I see across the board in schools and in the workplace, is that most people rarely think about the power their words have to make a positive impact. DON’T use your words to bully another person (important). or DON’T use contractions (not that important). Your Words Matter To matter means to be of consequence or importance to others.