Five Questions With An Indie Filmmaker: Velissa Robinson

Velissa Robinson is a filmmaker. You may have seen her short video piece, “The Love Life Of A Black Girl According To Velissa.” Or maybe you at least read the write-up about it on Indiewire. Or maybe you have seen her short film, “Also Seen In Men,” that proved to be a counterpoint to the stereotypes of deadbeat African-American fathers. And if you ever have the pleasure of conversing with Velissa, you will know that she is a born storyteller.

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Photo Source: twitter.com

Her newest project is a documentary entitled,Bad Hair.” This film (in production) is an intimate portrait of the Natural Hair Movement as seen through the experience of Karen Tappin-Saunderson, the entrepreneur and educator behind the brand Karen’s Body Beautiful. Velissa is currently holding an Indiegogo campaign to raise additional funds for her film. Learn more about the director and donate to her film, Bad Hair.

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Photo Source: Velissa Robinson – Do Not Copy

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There Is A Such Thing As Too Busy: Considering A Change

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Photo Source: campusphilly.org

Forgive me for leaving you.

It’s been months.

Life has been crazy busy, as I’m sure yours have been, too.

My life has been in a constant state of change for the past few months. You know that feeling when you know that something has got to change, but you don’t know how or when? If you’ve read this blog before, you know change and I don’t exactly get on like peas and carrots.

But…it’s time.

My duties in my second job as a Social Media Content Manager have been increasing. I’m learning so much about social media marketing! I love having a hand in helping people find quality services and products that they may not have known about otherwise.

And I’ve taken on a new position (crazy woman!) through early March helping with a social media campaign to raise money on Indiegogo for a documentary film that is in production. Note: You will see lots of info from me over the next few days about this project. And you just may thank me for putting you in the know about this intriguing film.

Am I doing work that I love? Yes. But what about my other loves? I’m not spending as much quality time with my family. I’m forcing conversations with JJ trying to pack as much quality conversation into less time to let him know that he is an important priority for me and that I care about him. Jeff has two jobs (downgraded from three) and we both plop into bed late at night (sometimes early in the morning) and fall into exhausted sleep. Date nights and social events have been out of the question lately.

My other responsibilities? Don’t get me started on how disorganized my house looks. Or how I’m dragging myself home from one job to start on another. Or how I’m trying to maintain the quality of my volunteer work as a Bible teacher because I deeply love and value the privilege. Or how I am THE worst daughter in the world and don’t call to my parents nearly enough. Exercise. Time with friends. Cooking dinner. All falling to the wayside.

Something has got to give.

So, I’m considering making the career move that I have been wanting to make for YEARS. I’ve been praying and trying to muster up the courage to do it. Will it happen? I am very hopeful. In the meantime, I’m dusting off old skills and trying to hone new ones. Leaving my day job and becoming a social media maven seems pretty scary right now. Not gonna lie.

We shall see…all in due time.

 

Los Angeles is For Music Lovers – 2014 Concerts

My family loves music. We often play music while cooking or doing chores. We share new music with each other as well as our bluntly honest opinions.

Music is the soundtrack of my life:  Singing “Them There Eyes” to JJ when he was a baby. Dancing like crazy with Jeff to Outkast’s “Bombs Over Baghdad (B.O.B.)” in high school. Family road trips singing Journey/Coldplay/Beyonce medleys. Jeff telling me that the lyrics to Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature” do not, in fact, include: “telepath is human nature.” Some of my favorite memories play in my head with a musical accompaniment.

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Five Ways To Be An Amazing Houseguest

During the holiday season, travel picks up as folks get more time off from work and look forward to spending time with family and friends. What’s better than being with the ones you love?  Not wearing out your welcome with the ones you love. Read on for five helpful tips to make sure that your time spent as a houseguest is enjoyable for both you and your host.

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The Big Talk

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Photo Source: blogs.voices.com

Talking to your children about sex. No parent wants to do it. If it was between that and a root canal, you wouldn’t believe how many parents would consider a trip to the dentist. Parents don’t want to think that their sons & daughters are interested in sex and kids may worry that parents will think they are perverts for asking questions.

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The Son & Sun End of Summer Round-Up (aka What I Learned This Summer)

Oh, hey!

How I’ve missed y’all! And since summer is a not-so-distant memory, here’s a Son & Sun style round-up list.

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Photo Source: pop.genius.com

1. Latch by Disclosure (ft. Sam Smith) and West Coast by Lana Del Rey were my summer JAAAAAMS! And they’re still not stale and old for me.  Of course you are welcome to disagree but, seriously, why would you??

2. When I say tablet, I mean something different from what everyone else does. I’m mean the one you write in with a pen or pencil. And everyone else…well, you know.

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The Sharp Point

by Deej Sharp

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A Teacher’s Take on Technology
It is undeniable that technology has changed the way students learn, and in turn it has changed the world of education as a whole. Textbook companies now offer online textbooks, individual teachers have websites where students can find the class notes for the day, and even some elementary school students take online courses rather than going to a traditional school.

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