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Monday, April 26, 2010

the Roots Dominate Earth Day 2010

By Environment Man & Holly Wood

Not only did they rock their own set, the Roots provided back up for Sting, John Legend and some of the other acts performing at the 40th Earth Day celebration on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. What a band. Just when we thought that musicianship was OUT, the Roots bring it back in. We hope they get props for their flawless work. From rock to rap to reggae, the Roots rocked the greenhouse on the Mall.

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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Green Collar Comedy Show

By Susie Centsativ

The "Green Collar Comedy Show" is a new Showtime Showcase that features alternative political comedy. The standup routines include ecologically and progressive-minded performers who are "changing the comedy climate, one recycled joke at a time!" The 60 minute show is rated TVMA and featrues graphic language and adult content.

Some of it is pretty funny sometimes. But some of it is goofy too. But that is okay because sometimes we environmentalists are goofy. I guess I should say 'we greenies' now because 'green' has replaced 'environmental.' (Showtime-Green Collar Comedy Show)
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EPA's Lisa P. Jackson on "Late Show With David Letterman"

By Environment Man

EPA Administrator Lisa Perez Jackson, left, was interviewed by David Letterman on Earth Day (April 22, 2010). Letterman joked about Jackson's former job as head of environmental protection of New Jersey, "monitoring the environment of New Jersey, or the United States, which is a bigger job?" Jackson replied, "Well, you don't want to send a rookie in to do heart surgery."

Jackson insisted that mitigating climate change is not "hopeless," as Letter stated. Administrator Jackson was delightful and funny, while slipping in some environmental facts and figures. She's a natural. Letterman seemed to genuinely enjoy the interview too. Quickly responding to the New Jersey question without insulting the state was typical of Jackson's quick mind. President Obama is well served by having such a sharp presence at the U.S. EPA.

Arriving at Ed Sullivan Theater
[Celebrity Arrivals At "Late Show With David Letterman" - EPA Adminsitrator Lisa P. Jackson visits 'Late Show With David Letterman' at the Ed Sullivan Theater on April 22, 2010 in New York City. Photo: Jeffrey Ufberg, Life]
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Thursday, April 22, 2010

ColoursTV: America's Only Multicultural Television Network

Get vivid, truthful, and intelligent entertainment when you want it.

Their extensive lineup of multicultural programs can be viewed 24/7 on their network and on their web site.

Whether your interest is in politics, arts, music, movies, current events, education, travel, or sports, you will find it here with an intelligent and colourful twist. Colours strives to connect cultures through original programming that can’t be found anywhere else.

CoLours: America’s only multicultural television network.
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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

917 Films Launches New Web Sight

From Jae

Just writing to announce the launch of 917 Films new online home -

This is where to go to stay in the loop on the latest news, projects and goings on of your favorite NYC/Hollywood hybrid, independent film company. Also, there are links to our 917 Films social network on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. Keep linked up with us - fan us, follow us, friend us, what have you - and please, since we're trying to reach as many people as possible, feel free to pass this on to those you think may be interested in the type of work we do, or are simply down for some new, exciting, independent cinema.

A lot of big things are happening and much more is on the way...Let's take this viral, people. Many thanks to all who made this possible with their love, dedication and support! Again, it's http://www.917films.com/ and it's where to go for thoughtful and creative independent film.

917 Films specializes in the total creation, from development of a concept to final cut, of character-driven cinema that is entertaining, energetic, unflinching and most expressly – true. We intend to use the camera’s lens, whether it be in narrative, documentary or new media formats, to tell stories that not only stimulate viewers’ senses but compel them to think, discuss and be moved by real issues that effect all of us in today’s world. It is our fundamental view that honesty – emotional, intellectual or otherwise – is not a special effect.
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Todd Bridges Deserves A Big Budget Movie

By Holly Wood

Todd Bridges, right, was on a morning talk show awhile back after another young child star died from a drug overdose. He represented himself very well. Rejecting victim status and showing his strength, he made a very compelling statement: "Robert Downey, Jr. was given a second and third chance. Why shouldn't Hollywood give him another chance?" Bridges was reluctant to assign race to the dichotomy because he is aware that such statements will not serve him well in getting roles.

Yet one can see the strength in Bridges. One can see that he deserves to be allowed to practice his craft at the highest level. Todd was awesome on "Different Strokes." And he was a kid. I hope he is given even a fraction of the vast opportunites opened up to Robert Downey, Jr. We're with you Todd. We know that all you need is a break. Heck they even let John Travolta back in. We would also be willing to bet the farm that you can act rings around Will Smith. Shame on you shameless Hollywood for not utilizing this great talent. Todd has overcome great odds and appears to have come through it to be a very responsible husband, father and all around family man. Give Todd a chance to show what he can do.
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Friday, April 02, 2010

Greenwash Guerrillas

By Environment Man

The Greenwash Guerrillas is a movement of people using non-violent confrontational tactics (throwing pies could be assault) to expose the widespread use of greenwashing in our society. The Greenwash Guerrillas draw from a long tradition of social justice street theater and humorous performance art. Greenwashing is running rampant, particularly in Washington, D.C. Every industry has formed its own 'clean, safe, green, reliable something or other' in order to completely control its 'green' message.

Hey. This takes potential money away from groups such as ours. If you're sympathetic to capitalism and accept the need for corporate industrial production, greenwashing targets should contract it out to 'real' groups. After all, the foundation community will not fund you if you do not drink their Kool-Aid. So if corporate America greenwashes their own operation, that weakens the potential for real alliances with sympathetic groups. And you open yourself up to attacks by the Greenwash Guerrillas. They even pied Tom Friedman for goodness sakes (see video below).

Greenwash (a blend of green and whitewash) is a term that is used to describe the act of misleading the public regarding the environmental practices, dishonest attempts to appear beneficial to the planet. Individuals, companies, or practices may use greenwashing in products, practices, events, journalism, and of course advertisements.

Guerrillas use unconventional tactics where a small group confronts a larger and less mobile foe. The Guerrilla may draw their opponents into terrain unsuited to them or alternately use mobility, advantage and surprise to expose power holders within their own areas of comfort.

The Greenwash Guerrillas 'got' the DC/Maryland utility Potomac Electric Power Company (PEPCO) on April Fool's Day by sending about 3,000 fake letters to customers that appeared to show Pepco swearing off coal from "mountaintop removal" mines. The letter directed customers to http://www.pepco-green.com/, a Greenwash Guerrillas Web site that carried similar messages. The Guerrillas also posted a fake PEPCO Web site (looks very official too).

Thomas Friedman, the author and NY Times columnist, was invited to Brown University to give a keynote speech on Earth Day in 2008 and was pied by the Greenwash Guerrillas.

(Greenwash Guerrillas Wordpress, Wash Post, 2/1/10)

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