Local Singer-Songwriter, JoJo Hammond

“A House Divided Is Gonna Tear Us In Two”

our ceo had lived in raleigh for just about a week, before wanting to check out the raleigh indie film scene. The triangle film community had a post about a music video filming in the north part of the city for a local singer-songwriter. Knowing very little, Kara drove over to check out the local crew and was taken away by the talent of the artist, jojo hammond. jojo has an amazing backstory of overcoming struggles of a troubled childhood and pulling herself out with the help of music. though jojo discovered her talent later in life, her lyrics are written from the heart and many are catchy and uplifting delivered with a voice that is powerful and unique.

 

Jojo’s Story:

“I didn’t discover my love for writing and playing music until I was older and locked away from the world. In the most obscure place I held a Martin in my hands . When I strummed it the heavens opened and angels came down and touched my soul. This is where my journey began.  I remember the first time I visited music row in Nashville Tennessee. I had come from Las Vegas on a Greyhound bus with nothing but a guitar, bag and 40 dollars in my pocket. I will never forget the feeling when I first saw the Old RCA studio where many a country hit had been recorded. Chills ran over my body as I thought about how Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Dolly Parton and all the country greats had walked along the same streets as I was walking with songs in their hearts and dreams to be found. “

-Jojo Hammond

 

MUSIC VIDEO LAUNCH – FRIDAY APRIL 12 AT 12PM

VIA MEETING STREET PRODUCTIONS & JOJO HAMMOND MUSIC SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES 

 

TRUCE MUSIC VIDEO BEHIND THE SCENES:

Once hearing the lyrics of TRUCE, Kara knew that this song had to be shared to the world. It needed the perfect music video to highlight her talent as a songwriter while still touching the heartstrings of the current status of the political and social world. Now a days, people are sick of horribly depressing news stories of murder, hatred and corruption, we all need to understand and accept one another. This theme is extremely prevalent in the lyrics, but needed to portrayed somehow visually.
The initial music video that was shot the day Kara met JoJo and her team was a positive, uplifting video about groups of people of all backgrounds coming together as one community. It was shot beautifully by Beth Knight and many others. The original music video direction was done wonderfully but then the 2016 Election happened as well as multiple protests and marches for Women’s Rights, Black Lives Matter and many other organizations and causes.  The attitude of the meaning of TRUCE became more focused on this aggressive and hatred in society and the video needed to reflect this change. So Kara and the Meeting Street Productions editors stepped in with a new vision. We collected Facebook Live videos from the Election and protests along with happy videos of Free Hugs and global kindness to form one extremely powerful message. The new video launches Friday 12pm on all JoJo Hammond Music and Meeting Street Productions social media pages.

While you wait for friday,

Go check out all jojo hammond’s music HERE!

“#GIRLBOSS” By Sophia Amoruso

It is well into March and to everyone’s surprise, especially my own, I have continued on my New Year’s Resolution to read more books. I have flown through novels, a poetry anthology, and lots of business books in 2017’s first three months. The business books have included, “Leave Your Mark” by Aliza Licht, “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey, and “The Business of Being Social” by Michelle Carvill & David Taylor. All of them were extremely interesting reads and have been or eventually will be reviewed on this blog, but none has been as truly motivating as “#GIRLBOSS.” For years, I have seen people hashtagging GIRLBOSS on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and even Instagram and not really understanding what it was all about. Eventually, the title popped up on my suggested reads on Amazon and I knew it had to be my next read. So what is #GIRLBOSS all about?

At seventeen, Sophia Amoruso decided to forgo continuing education to pursue a life of hitchhiking, dumpster diving, and petty thievery. Now, at twenty-nine, she is the Founder, CEO, and Creative Director of Nasty Gal, a $100+ million e-tailer that draws A-list publicity and rabid fans for its leading-edge fashion and provocative online persona. Her story is extraordinary—and only part of the appeal of #GIRLBOSS.

This book made me want to walk with a purpose and take names. Sophia is motivating, not because she is naturally gifted at fashion (Which she is. You won’t catch me thinking I can start a fashion eBay store anytime soon), but because she works hard and hasn’t stopped. She realizes what it takes to start a business from nothing. She can do every job in a company but hires capable employees and leaves them to get their job done. One of my favorite stories from the book was when Sophia, as the CEO of this huge company, came in on Thanksgiving night and helped ship out all the orders for Black Friday. Impressive!

Obviously, I could tell so many other stories and great advice from this book, but then why would you have to read it?! So go on google or amazon or your local library’s website and get Sophia Amoruso’s “#GIRLBOSS.” You won’t be disappointed.

 

5 KEY TIPS FROM #GIRLBOSS

1. “When you believe in yourself, other people believe in you, too” -SA 

I completely agree with this one and pretty much matches my number one philosophy in business, “Fake It til You Make It.”

2. “If you’re frustrated because you’re not getting what you want, stop for a second: Have you actually flat-out asked for it? If you haven’t, stop complaining. You can’t expect the world to read your mind. You have to put it out there, and sometimes putting it out there is as simple as just saying, ‘Hey, can I have that?’” -SA

This is truly a problem that most women have, in business and in our personal lives. We think people under our thoughts. We all want something. We want to make more money or get more respect or be in a relationship. GUESS WHAT?! Demand it! Hold yourself to the standard that you strive for. Let me know what you want then go out and get it.

3. What’s beautiful about it is that if you love yourself enough, you don’t need the validation from anyone else” – Leandra Medine

 Leandra Medine from Man Repeller made a short appearance in the book. SA had many other #GIRLBOSSes do short essays about their experiences. This quote is extremely important to us Millennials that we think that every small thing we do should come with a round of applause and a participation trophy. But in the real world, THAT DOESN’T HAPPEN. We need to learn that getting a job done that we have pride in is the only validation we need.

4. “Compete with yourself. Be your own idol” -SA  

I love what Forbes.com has to say about this idea, “Simply, it is essential to set personal goals and be persistent (read: stubborn) on your road to achieving them. Revisit your goals, have your plan, execute, and repeat. It is a waste of time to compare your hustle or success to anyone’s but your own!”

5. “Never let go of your appetite to go after new ideas, new experiences, and new adventures. Compete with yourself, not with others. Judge yourself on what is your personal best and you’ll accomplish more than you could ever have imagined. Life stops for no one, so keep moving.” -SA 

It speaks for itself. Work Hard. Stay Hungry.

 

GO OUT & ROCK IT FUTURE #GIRLBOSS! 

 

 

HEY LAZY PEOPLE *Correction* resourceful PEOPLE!

 TO MAKE ALL YOUR LIVES EASIER, HERE IS THE LINK TO THE BOOK ON AMAZON AND A LINK TO FIND YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY.

HAPPY READING! 

 

Sources: Good Reads & Forbes.com

A Night At The Movies

Uptone Pictures’ 
A Night At The Movies 
Grand Opening / Open House 

On Thursday March 9th, our business partner, Mike Davis and his company, Uptone Pictures, had an Open House at our Wake Forest Studio. The event was to promote the studio in the Raleigh area along with a ribbon cutting ceremony with the Wake Forest Chamber of Commerce. Attendees could explore our editing suite, test out one of North Carolina’s biggest green screens, sound booth and stages. Local businesses were in attendance, such as The Wine Cellar and many others. We had a large turnout by many in the North Carolina film industry as well as many other local patrons. It ended up being a great networking event for those who attended. We hope that everyone enjoyed the night as much as we did hosting it! 

Take a Quick Virtual Tour of the Event & the Studio Looking Pretty:

Cary, NC Premiere of Nobodies

Cary, North Carolina Premiere of Nobodies 

During September, Meeting Street Productions created a short filmed, titled Nobodies. The production took 2 over night shoots with the call time at 5pm and finishing up around 5am, when the sun rose. Nobodies is a short film that explores questions of morality, what it is that makes someone a bad person, and what lengths people will go to for the sake of self-preservation. Nobodies juxtaposes two very different killers. One is a seasoned hitman; the other is a panicked college professor. The cast and crew of the project were amazing and it’s a project we are very proud of.

March 1st was the first public showing of Nobodies at the Cary Theatre in Cary, NC as part of the Triangle Film Club’s ‘Motion for Pictures Screening Series.’  The series has recently been expanded from featuring only local Raleigh projects to international shorts. This expansion made the night’s short films extremely different from one another.

 

Like I said before, March 1st was the first public showing of Nobodies. Many of the cast and crew had not seen the final product yet, including myself. I only had the images I had in my head from production  and what I had seen in the trailer. I was very excited to see what all our hard work had created! It was amazing how things can change with a soundtrack and color corrections. The night was darker, the lights were erier, and the crowd really got the dark humor of the film. At the end of all the shorts, the crowd voted for their favorite short and guess what….

 

Our film won! Overall, it was a great night even though we exited the theater to practically a hurricane rain storm outside. Also, the Cary crowd was not the only audience that is impressed with our short. Nobodies had been submitted to a variety of film festivals around the US and has started to get great feedback from the festivals.

 

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THE 59th ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS

Oh the Grammy Awards… how I love thee.

Hosted by James Corden of the late late show and broadcast on CBS, the 59th Annual Grammy Awards were a night of huge performances and awards. I know we have all been blasted with people’s opinions of the night through every medium possible: social media, radio, tv, etc. I wanted to give my quick two cents about the night and how much a night that honors all kind of music means to me. Below are the top 5 things I took away from Sunday night’s award show (other than the fact that queen B is great and adele is just as obsessed with b as everyone else is).

THE CHAINSMOKERS WIN… These guys are crazy and such pure pop party music and the best part of it, they know they are. They just love making fun music people like to dance party to. They don’t take themselves too seriously and it’s fun to see. Check out them freak out after winning a Grammy or them have to keep it together after getting photobombed by Skrillex.

 

 

I am not a huge fan of Katy Perry. I saw her in 2008 at Vans Warped Tour right when I Kissed A Girl came out and she was terrible. She had stage presence,  but she sounded horrible. Over the years, I think she has grown as an artist. She has taken down the show and has focused more on the meaning of her songs and what her influence as a pop star can do. I was really impressed with her performance and the killer stage show she put on. Check it out her, Katy Perry’s Performance.

 

Twenty One Pilots, as always, are as adorable as ever even now when they have hit huge success. Growing up in their neck of the woods and seeing them perform at their small local Columbus shows as well as the first opener to Walk The Moon and Neon Trees and now their bigger shows,  I knew they always had potential. BUT MAN, THEY HAVE TAKEN OFF! They are still so appreciative of their success,  humble about their hometown support, and  the message that any person,  from anywhere, can do anything.

“He said he told his band mate Josh Dun, “If we ever win a GRAMMY, we should receive it just like this…. This just goes to show that anyone, anywhere, can do anything.”

 

When these two started playing, I had to find out more about them. They were incredible! I wish the Grammys would step a little farther out of their comfort zone and have more variety of genres play at the awards, but Pop Artists bring viewership so I get why they do it. If you knew who these guys were, GOOD FOR YOU. If you did not, they are Gary Clark Jr. and William Bell, both extremely popular in their fields but not as widely known as the other performers that night. I spotify’ed them and now, listen to them a lot. YOU SHOULD TOO! 

 

My mother loves the Bee Gees so I have a soft spot in my soul for disco. I loved seeing how many people in the crowd were jamming out. Demi Lovato missed her time, because she was magnificent singing disco. I was sad that there was no dance break with John Travolta breaking it down Saturday Night Fever style. Oh well! Also, did anyone else think it was super random for the special disco moment. CBS is broadcasting it and they have the new Bee Gees documentary coming out soon, but really, it needed a 5 song medley? VIDEO HERE. 

 

Here is a list of all the winners and nominees for the night. You can also watch the entire show again on the Grammy Website.

 

I would love to know what you thought of the awards show: the performances, the presenters, the winners, the losers, ANYTHING! Comment on the blog or on social media  (Facebook or Twitter).

“Leave Your Mark” by Aliza Licht

In the beginning of the new year, I made a goal to read more books and specifically, business books. A friend recommended I read this book.  She is definitely more into fashion than I am, but I figured, why not.  Leave Your Mark by Aliza Licht is pretty much a beginner’s guide to the working world and business social media, though Aliza focuses mostly on the fashion industry. THIS IS TOTALLY A GIRL’S BOOK, sorry guys, but next book I pick up I will try to make it gender neutral. If you don’t know the author (I didn’t but my friend looked at me wide eyed when I said I didn’t, like UM DO YOU LIVE UNDER A ROCK?!) Aliza Licht is the “SVP of global communications at Donna Karan International and Twitter personality DKNY PR GIRL. Dubbed the ‘Reigning Queen of Social Media’ by Women’s Wear Daily, an ‘Elebrity’ by the New York Times, one of ‘Six Women Who Rule the Fashion World’ by TIME Style & Design and #30 on the NY Daily News’s Top 50 Most Powerful Women list.” Did you notice a trend? She is a beast in the social media and fashion world! Though coming from the entertainment industry, certain things did not cross over that Licht mentions in the book, many tips and stories were on point for many men and women looking to move into the working world. For example, how to write a killer cover letter and resume, what it takes to be an impressionable intern, she tackles office gossip and politics, being what kind of employee, being what kind of boss / mentor, and SO MUCH MORE. Intermixed with these tips, are personal stories of her internal struggle of finding her path in life (she started off planning on going to med school) and what it takes to be a strong female force in any industry.

I highly recommend this book, but if you’re too lazy to order it on Amazon or get it from the local library (wait, what? what is this thing you call a community library?), here are the biggest take-away lists from Leave Your Mark by Aliza Licht. 

 

Tips To Write A Killer Cover Letter: 

  1. Spell the name of the person you are addressing and the company correctly.
  2. Use formal writing etiquette. No exclamation points.
  3. Use a legible font, no bigger than 10.
  4. If you were recommended to the job or know someone in the company (that has approved you using their name, BIG POINT) then mention them in the beginning of your letter.
  5. One / Two sentences that summarize who you are and your experience. One line conveying why you want to work at that SPECIFIC company. *BONUS* cite one of the company’s recent accomplishments that you really admire.
  6. DOUBLE CHECK EVERYTHING! spelling, grammar, names, titles, addresses, everything. READ IT BACKWARDS so that your brain does not skip over the misspellings.
  7. Close the letter thanking the person for their consideration.

**She has tons more details and tips in her book, so these are just a tip of the iceberg**

 

 

TIPS TO WRITE A Stunning resume: 

  1. Start with your objective and tailor it SPECIFICALLY to the job (maybe even the company) you are applying.
  2. List each of the positions you have held, include your duties, accomplishments (use numeric examples, not just generalized statements) and the date you held the position.
  3. Use professional and sophisticated ways to describe your experience.
  4. Include multiple ways to contact you.

 

To make all your lives easier, here is the link to the book on Amazon and a link to find your local library.

Happy Reading! 

2017 Movie Releases & Expectations

you be the judge!

2017 movie RELEASES & expectations: 

1. Spider-Man: Homecoming (RElease day: JUly 7, 2017)

Kim’s thoughts: So after seeing Captain America: Civil War, I was very interested in where Marvel’s Peter Parker was going to go in his own spin off.  Rumors have spun, but with the young, goofy Spider-Man shown in Captain America and the young cast attached to this movie, I’m expecting tons of swinging action and teen angst.

 

2. transformers: THe last knight (RELEASE DAY: JUne 23, 2017)

Kim’s thoughts: With the release of the trailer back in December 2016, people have been confused about what the storyline of the new edition to the Michael Bay Transformers movie. I am definitely one of them. The beautiful imagery of the trailer captures the audience, but the incomplete and quick viewings of the new characters and locations frustrates. I wanted to know more, so to decide if I was going to go to the movie in theatres or just wait until it’s release on DVD or digital. When looking more into the productions, it’s quoted that Michael Bay had numerous cameras on set including, ” the Red 6K Weapon Dragon, the Alexa 65 IMAX rig and the IMAX Phantom 65, all of which are 3D cameras. In addition, there are several 2D cameras, some with spherical optics, some GoPro footage and also some stuff shot on film. So prepare to see the aspect ratio change a lot throughout the movie.”    If the trailer showed us anything (“Trailer uses 8 different aspect ratios in under 2 minutes”), we are in for a new kind of Transformers movie.

 

3. beauty & the Beast (RELEASE DAY: march 17, 2017)

Kim’s thoughts: Social Media has been blowing up from people of all ages about their excitement for this movie. The pre-release ticket purchases are huge and looking to surpass Finding Dory. The two things that have been keeping my excitement in check are the chemistry between Emma Watson and Dan Stevens and if their star-crossed love will come across on screen. Other than that, Steven’s Beast was created through a two-step CGI process and I work that I will be distracted about the computer generated magical beast (does he look fuzzy enough? Why isn’t his fur blowing in the wind or moving while he is dancing?) to focus on the love story.

 

 

4. Baywatch (RELEASE DAY: may 26, 2017)

Kim’s thoughts: In the lamest way possible, I’m so excited for this movie. I loved the original TV series. Watching re-runs from the library or broadcasted on random late night channels. With the production seeming to not take themselves too seriously, this movie seems to be going along the lines of 21 & 22 Jump Street, a nod to the older show with some new comedic releases.  OR it might be that I’m just really excited to see Dwayne The Rock Johnson on a Jet Ski and Zac Efron shirtless. Does it really matter?

 

5. Wonder Woman

(RELEASE DAY: JUNE 2, 2017)

Kim’s thoughts: With so many political and racial tensions in the world today, Gal Gadot playing Wonder Woman is a perfect, stick it to the man decision. According to IMDB, “Gal Gadot is an Israeli actress and model. She was born in Rosh Ha’ayin, Israel, to a Jewish family (from Poland, Austria, Germany, and Czechoslovakia). She served in the IDF for two years, and won the Miss Israel title in 2004.” If you didn’t prove that she actually might be Wonder Woman in real life, she also is a wife, mother (have you seen her abs?!), and a motorcycle enthusiast (she owns a black 2006 Ducati Monster-S2).

 

 

There are so many movies I could talk about (and I may in a future post), but we would love to know what you are expecting from the upcoming 2017 movie releases even if they are not mentioned above.

Please comment on this post or on Facebook or Twitter.

 

Logging Off

Loggin’ Off

With the new year and the end of the fiscal year, so many people have been working overtime to get a step up on the competition. Americans work a lot longer and harder than many other countries (see chart below). We spend hours sitting at desks with bad posture and staring at a computer screen. We spend our lunch hour hunched over our smart phones and microwavable meals or fast food. After 9 hours in a badly lit office, we leave our desk and continue to flick through our social media as we drive home.  We flop off our work shoes and grab to remote to turn on that unremitting glow of Netflix or our favorite TV show. Nonstop, we check through SM and work email until we finally go to sleep. I wonder why Americans have such trouble going to sleep at night and wake up still feeling tired?!?!?

So what can Americans do? Obviously, quit our jobs, throw our phones and computers out the window, and move to the forest??!?!  NOT! I am no doctor or psychologist but for the past month, I have slowly cut my screen time in half. I have stopped binging on TV shows after returning home from work on weekdays. Instead, I have gotten digital audiobooks to listen to at home instead of TV or have consistently gone to work out classes that previously I was too tired to go to.  I eat better, sleep better, and have more energy. We all work on computers now a days and we cannot change that, but spending our free time away from the glow can be a refreshing and healthy change. Here is what It’s Time To Log Off said were 5 benefits of stepping away or decreasing your use of technology.

#1 YOU FEEL LESS ANXIOUS

Social media has been rapidly overtaking our lives as an average user can end up checking their smartphone up to 150 times a day. This habit proves that our generation is growing a dependency for our smartphones as strong as our need of basic and essential needs like food.

It might seem harmless but it could actually be the reasons for your depression or anxiety. A new study published has linked this persistent use of our smartphones with higher rates of anxiety and depression. Another found a correlation between heavy Facebook use and depressive symptoms, including low self-esteem.

 

#2 YOUR HAPPINESS INCREASES

Do you sometimes envy your friends for their posts on social media? It has been proven that social media makes 7 million Brits feel sad and excluded as they look at their friends’ perfect lives online.

29% of UK children have started to feel that their parents don’t listen to them properly as they believe that their priorities have shifted, placing social media, calls, emails and texts higher up than their own children.

Once you log off from social media you find that you stop getting wrapped up in your friends ‘perfect’ lives and get a chance to spend quality time with your loved ones. The retreats we offer  at Time To Log Off have been shown in a study to increase happiness and this would be beneficial for you and your family.

 

#3 YOU HAVE MORE FREE TIME

Social media clearly has control over parts of our lives. The average user logs 1.72 hours a day on social media alone. Another 69% of UK children say their parents spend too much time on their mobile device at home and 60% of UK parents believe their child does the same.

With 80% of smartphone users agreeing that checking their phone is the first thing they do in the morning, you can really start to see the power social media has over us. 95% of adults in a US study also admitted that going on social media is one of the last things they do before going to bed.

All of these statistics highlight how much time we spend glued to our digital devices. Going cold turkey and cutting out all tech might seem daunting, but logging off from social media frees up 1.72 hours EACH DAY for you to spend time with friends and family.

 

#4 YOU GET MORE DONE AT HOME

Children and teenagers are more and more involved with social media and 40% of teens do not complete homework because of time spent online.

A link has similarly been found between extreme use of social media and poor academic performance. Putting a ban on social media results in you having more time for homework and in turn improves your academic performance.

 

#5 YOU BECOME MORE ATTENTIVE

The act of just receiving a notification, even if we don’t respond to it, is enough to severely distract us. Likewise, our attention spans have significantly declined since smartphones existed and we now normally lose concentration after eight seconds, which is, in fact, lower than a goldfish.

Now, before you argue that a decrease in attention span is made up by our increased ability to multi-task, Research from MIT and others, proved that multitasking doesn’t work – because the brain doesn’t work that way.

 

OTHER SOURCES & YOUR EXPERIENCE:

This is only my experience with a technology detox and would love for you to share yours with us on this blog or social media (funny as you read a blog online and share it with us on social media). There are so many sources of different ways to lessen the control of technology has on your life : CS Monitor, Its Time To Log Off,  & Because I’m Addicted. 

Hidden Figures Movie Review

THE Movie as a whole

Coming from a public school education of the Space Race, Hidden Figures shed light on a whole subject line I had never been introduced to, Racism intermixed with the Space Race. The 1960’s were a time of uncertainty with racial tensions, Russian intelligence and scientific advancements. All of these topics have been touched on in numerous other movies through the years, but never have they been touched on all together. To not spoil the movie (come on we all know at least the outline of the story from History Class in High School), I will just simply put the marketing tagline of the movie to get you some background: “Based on the untold true story (of Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughan). Meet the women you don’t know, behind the mission you do.” This tagline fits the movie perfectly because the plot line is beyond simplistic in a good way. The well known and predictable plot is portrayed beautifully by director, Theodore Melfi, and allows you to focus on the incredible costume design and witty dialogue.

“There is something to be said for a well-told tale with

a clear moral and a satisfying emotional payoff.”

– New York Times

Additionally, the simple plot allows the injustice and mistreatment of the 3 main protagonists to take a front seat to suspense and surprise. Or that’s what I thought….  while in one of the last scenes, John Glenn is momentarily out of communication range with NASA as he plummets to Earth in Friendship 7. A girl about 15 years old sitting next to me turns to her friend, to whom she had been annoyingly talking to the entire movie, and stated, “What if he doesn’t make it?” with her hand across her heart and concern in her eyes. YUP! That really did happen. Don’t worry young girl, John Glenn did make it safely to Earth and lived to the ripe old age of 73 and died last month (doesn’t she have a TV or radio? Even Facebook News had it trendy).

Anyways I must stop with my confusion with the young generation to also highlight the incredible acting and characters of the 3 women and a few supporting men in the movie. Taraji Penda Henson plays Katherine Johnson in a powerful performance that made me want to relearn high school math to show up the men of the world. Additionally, Octavia Lenora Spencer played Dorothy Vaughan, a woman who had the intelligence and eye for the future to train herself and the women to program computers in order to have job security. Not only that, she was so strong that she did the job of a supervisor without the recognition or pay until she was indispensable and NASA caved.  DAMN! Don’t mess with this lady. She out smarted NASA. Last of the powerhouse women was Janelle Monáe Robinson, who played Mary Jackson. Mary Jackson was the first African-American women to become a NASA engineer. Janelle portrayed this spunky and determined women beautifully. She never backed down and got where she wanted to go through hard work, intelligence, and fortitude.  Now for the men. Though I do love Jim Parsons (Big Bang Theory) and Glen Powell made an adorably nerdy John Glenn, Kevin Costner took the cake of lovable men characters as Al Harrison. Al Harrison is Katherine’s boss and the director of the space task force. He has one goal in mind: GET TO SPACE. He is a dynamic character that at first doesn’t realize the inequality that Katherine has to go through because of his narrow mindedness on his goal.  Through Katherine’s hard work and skill, Al opens his eyes to the problems and in the end, doesn’t what gender or color the person has as long as they can do their job; “Here at NASA, we all pee the same color!” (Kevin Costner as Al Harrison).

the only true DISAPPOINTMENT

Though some critics have found faults with the simplistic storyline and predictable plot, my only complaint I had with the movie was the repetitive soundtrack. When hearing that Pharrell Williams was a Producer and Co-Music Director on the film, I was extremely excited for the interesting soundtrack that would be attached to Hidden Figures. Instead, what I found was a lot of similar sounding songs almost all sung by Pharrell Williams. The songs are great, don’t get me wrong, but the upbeat vibe that most Pharrell Williams songs give off were ill placed in some of the more tender scenes. This was not the case for all the songs. The frequent reprisal, of “Runnin’ ” every time Katherine Johnson went shuffling to the colored women’s bathroom across campus (in heels and a pencil skirt, no less), was a welcomed reminder of the absurdity of ‘Separate but Equal’ laws of the time. Overall, the repetitive but still catchy music did not take away from the overall heartfelt and important story of Hidden Figures, but just made this girl (who loves movie soundtracks) a little sad that Pharrell Williams did not stretch his songwriting to create a more interesting soundtrack.

 

hear other opinions

NY Times Review, AV Club Review, & Variety Review

 

The 2017 Golden Globes

 

Though winter may be my LEAST favorite season, one thing I do love about winter is AWARDS CEREMONY SEASON!  I can only dream of donning a designer dress on the red carpet as 100,000 gawk about if me or Emma Stone wore it better (she definitely would), but every award Sunday comes around and I spend hours sitting on my couch dreaming about their glamorous lives. This past Sunday was the Golden Globes and I’m happy to say the show did not disappoint. Not because I thought the best movies, directors, or actors won, but because there was a message of gratitude and hope by everyone in attendance. It proved that even if this negative world in crashing down around us, there is a glimmer of hope in Hollywood (yes, Hollywood) to support the strong women, minorities, and everyone else who is under or misrepresented in today’s society.

Below are some of my favorites:

“This is for all the women, women of color, and colorful people, whose stories, ideas and thoughts are not always considered worthy and valid and important. But I want you to know that I see you. We see you.”

— Tracee Ellis Ross upon winning best comedy actress

 

“Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners, and if you kick us all out, you’ll have nothing to watch except for football and mixed martial arts, which are not arts.”

— Meryl Streep upon winning the Cecil B. DeMille Award

 

“While I was singing and dancing and playing piano and having one of the best experiences I’ve ever had on a film, my lady was raising our daughter, pregnant with our second, and trying to help her brother fight his battle with cancer.If she hadn’t taken all that on so that I could have this experience, it would surely be someone else other than me up here today.”

-Ryan Gosling after winning Best musical or comedy Actor

So many people had powerful wins and speeches on Sunday Night. Find the complete list of winners HERE