Friday, September 27, 2013

Friday's Flashback: Pearl Jam's "Jeremy"

Happy Friday! I don't know about all of you, but I'm ready for the weekend. While I look forward to most weekends I feel the need to embrace the ones that bring moderately warm temperatures as I make my way through the fall season. 

Since I've started this feature I realized that I haven't posted any alternative/rock videos. Today will change that. I'm bringing you back to 1992, when Pearl Jam released Jeremy. The song quickly rose to the top of the "alternative/rock" music charts thanks in part to the heavy rotation of the video on MTV (ah the good ole' days when MTV still aired videos).

According to Wikipedia, The song was inspired by a newspaper article Vedder read about a high school student that shot himself in front of his English class.

I selected this video for this week's Friday's Flashback because although the video is 10 plus years old, the topic is still very relevant, especially when you think about issues like cyber bulling (an epidemic with young people) or our nation's mental health crisis. Thanks to a plethora of tragic news stories on television, radio and in social media, we know that both adults and children are falling through the cracks.

It's easy to say it's not my problem, but if we keep on doing that, eventually it will become our problem. As you get ready for the weekend, think about people you may know who struggle with mental illness. If you recognize a problem with a friend or family member, don't ignore it. Below are some online resources that can help. 

Friday, September 20, 2013

Friday's Flashback: Alanis Morissette "You Oughta Know"

TGIF! It's been a long week for me. I'm so glad it's Friday and am thrilled to share Alanis Morissette's "You Oughta Know for this Friday's Flashback video. This video was a wake-up call for the opposite sex! I remember how it touched a cord with women of all ages and across the globe. Daytime and night time shows were talking about it and it made Morissette a star. Her candidness shocked many while others thought it was long over due. I fall in the latter camp.

If you dated a douche bag, were recently dumped, or headed to divorce court, you probably connected with this song on a personal level. If not, the song is still kick-ass! Today, you may be going through any of the above and if that is the case this song will still speak to you. It still speaks to me! It's timeless because whether we like it or not, most women experience relationship drama and Morissette reminds us that it is okay to be angry and let the world know!

It looks like it is going to be another warm weekend here in the northeast. YEAH! I say keep the warm days coming. Enjoy the video and have a good weekend. Remember, that while we think people "oughta know" sometimes they need a reminder.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The ProduceHERS Fall Women's Artists Showcase Call to Artists

The ProduceHERS, a collaborative effort created by Halima Flynn and Aaliyah Miller aimed at producing new works and building audiences for female theatre artists - will be back with a Women's Artist Showcase on Sunday, October 27, 2013. 

Last November 17, The ProduceHERS presented their first Women’s Artist Showcase featuring the work of Anne Witkavitch, author of Press Pause Moments: Essays about Life Transitions and Women Writers; Dana Astmann, photographer, musician and writer; and Aaliyah Miller, author of Quarter Year Dilemmas

ProduceHERS Women's Artist Showcase
at the New Haven Public Library (March 2012).
The theme of this year’s showcase is to raise awareness about domestic violence and is presented as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, men whose work addresses Domestic Violence Awareness are also invited to participate as feature artists. 

We are seeking powerful, motivated and dynamic men and women who are visual artists, poets, actors, solo musicians, acoustic singers, actors, crafts people and writers to participate in an artistic showcase and networking opportunity. It is our goal to open the ears and hearts of our community to powerful, poignant, and passionate artists who are hard at work, writing their own destinies! Share your passion, dream, and process with the community and fellow artists. 

  • Are you working on a book?
  • Do you have a chapter you want to share, a selection of songs, poems or a monologue, you would like an audience to hear?
  • Are you a visual artist who would like to share your latest works?
  • Are you an artist or crafts person interested in presenting your works for sale?
  • Other? 
If you answered yes to one or all questions, we encourage you to submit your work! Send us the following materials to or online at 

  • Short Bio – Max 75 words
  • Sample of your work
  • Relevant media coverage about your work 
Don't forget to Save-the Date: 

Event: The ProduceHERS Women’s Artistic Showcase
Time: 1:30-4:30 p.m.
Date: Sunday October 27, 2013
Location: Yale Health, 55 Lock Street, New Haven

Friday, September 6, 2013

Friday's Flashback: Janet Jackson's "That's the Way Love Goes"

My godsons outside of Boston's Museum of Science.
Happy Friday everyone! Sorry I missed last week's Friday's Flashback. I was busy gearing up for a weekend with my two godsons Malakai and Noah and I let the time get away from me. I  started the post but didn't finish it. While I enjoyed the quality time I spent with both boys, I'm glad to be back this week.

Janet Jackson hasn't topped the music chart in recent years, but it doesn't stop her from being a pop star icon. The last major media coverage you may remember on her was the infamous wardrobe malfunction at the half-time performance with Justin Timberlake at Super Bowl 38. I believe the incident was planned and not a a malfunction but it doesn't really matter at this point. Janet like the predecessors before her (Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Dionne Warwick, etc.) have laid a strong foundation for today's pop solo female artists like, Britney Spears, Ciara, and others.

While I have many favorite songs and videos from Janet, Ms. Jackson if your nasty, I've decided to select "That's the Way Love Goes" as this week's Friday flashback. I love the song and video because Janet reintroduced a more sensual and smooth, yet fun-loving and still sexy self. I feel like she was telling the world she grew up and wasn't ashamed of her evolution. It was tasteful unlike the recent Miley Cyrus' performance on MTV's VMA show that showcased her evolution from kid superstar to adult female artist coming into her own. While I get where Miley was going, she really missed the mark in my opinion.

The video also features a cameo from Jennifer Lopez who was coming up in entertainment and pushing past her Living Color "fly girl" persona.Well that's all for now. Enjoy the video and have a good weekend!