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What Do Teen Girls Want? (And How Do Novels and Films Portray Them?)

What Do Teen Girls Want? (And How Do Novels and Films Portray Them?) | hooked on creativity | Scoop.it
When you’re a teenage girl, it’s hard to know the shape of your own sexuality. Before you can even begin to suss out its contours from within, you feel such pressure from without. Parents want to deny it. Your friends want to egg it on. Authorities want to control it....
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Toni Morrison on How to Be Your Own Story and Reap the Rewards of Adulthood in a Culture That Fetishizes Youth

Toni Morrison on How to Be Your Own Story and Reap the Rewards of Adulthood in a Culture That Fetishizes Youth | hooked on creativity | Scoop.it
"True adulthood... is a difficult beauty, an intensely hard won glory, which commercial forces and cultural vapidity should not be permitted
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Haunting scene on Irish beach remembers the children among Gaza's dead

Haunting scene on Irish beach remembers the children among Gaza's dead | hooked on creativity | Scoop.it
There's a new art installation on a beach in Ireland to remind people of the children who died in the conflict between Israel and Gaza last year.
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The silent drama of photography

The silent drama of photography | hooked on creativity | Scoop.it
Economics PhD Sebastião Salgado only took up photography in his 30s, but the discipline became an obsession. His years-long projects beautifully capture the human side of a global story that all too often involves death, destruction or decay. Here, he tells a deeply personal story of the craft that nearly killed him, and shows breathtaking images from his latest work, Genesis, which documents the world's forgotten people and places.
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What Happened, Nina Simone? How the Civil-Rights Era Made and Broke Nina Simone

What Happened, Nina Simone? How the Civil-Rights Era Made and Broke Nina Simone | hooked on creativity | Scoop.it
A new documentary explores the High Priestess of Soul’s inimitable voice in song and activism.
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Marianne Jean-Baptiste: 'It's not a sob story - I could have stayed in the UK and fought it out'

Marianne Jean-Baptiste: 'It's not a sob story - I could have stayed in the UK and fought it out' | hooked on creativity | Scoop.it
She was brilliant, she was versatile, she was Oscar-nominated for Secrets and Lies. So why couldn’t Marianne Jean-Baptiste make it in British movies? It’s something she really, really doesn’t want to talk about
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B. B. King’s Inimitable Sound - The New Yorker

B. B. King’s Inimitable Sound - The New Yorker | hooked on creativity | Scoop.it
No one made a guitar talk as King did—as an extension of his entire soul, an instrument of human expression.
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Canadians can innovate, but we’re not equipped to win - Jim Balsillie

Canadians can innovate, but we’re not equipped to win - Jim Balsillie | hooked on creativity | Scoop.it

Jim Balsillie is a co-founder of Research In Motion, now BlackBerry Ltd. He currently invests in and mentors five Canadian technology companies.

 

"One frigid morning this January, I broke into a cold sweat thinking about the future for Canadian entrepreneurs. At a patent conference with some of the world’s foremost innovation experts and practitioners, the lead strategist from one of the world’s most valuable technology companies announced: “We don’t sue Canadian companies until they start to matter to us. The money is not worth it when they’re small and we don’t want to look like a bully. We wait until they get big enough, then we go after them. And we kill them.”

 

"What I learned in 20 years of growing Research In Motion from an idea into a global business with $20-billion in sales is that, in the realm of generating wealth from ideas, Canada isn’t equipped for global competition. This lack of capacity is no longer optional, because low commodity prices and the steady decline in manufactured exports (due to competition from low-cost countries such as Mexico and China) have placed Canada at a competitive disadvantage.

"The good news is that Canadian entrepreneurs have the potential to generate great wealth. Our innovators and entrepreneurs are world class. Their desire to grow a business here benefits every Canadian. But if we don’t create an ecosystem where they can flourish, Canada’s prosperity is at risk."

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Visual Activism

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by Andrea K. Scott

In 2006, Zanele Muholi, the South African artist—she prefers the term “visual activist”—took a photograph of her friend Busi Sigasa, a poet and political advocate who contracted the H.I.V. virus after being brutally raped by men she considered friends to “cure” her of being lesbian. Sigasa died less than a year after the picture was made. She was twenty-five.

The portrait is the earliest image in Muholi’s incandescent “Faces and Phases,” an ongoing series documenting black African lesbians and trans men, sixty of which are the heart of the artist’s first major show in the U.S., at the Brooklyn Museum. In the past eight years, more than two hundred and fifty people have gazed frankly, shyly, proudly, defiantly at Muholi’s camera, including the artist herself. “I’m one of us,” she told me recently. “I’m not observing from a distance. It’s not just me who is here at the museum; we are here. My photographs portray people who are participating in making their own history.”

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The day I stood up alone

The day I stood up alone | hooked on creativity | Scoop.it
Photographer Boniface Mwangi wanted to protest against corruption in his home country of Kenya. So he made a plan: He and some friends would stand up and heckle during a public mass meeting. But when the moment came ... he stood alone. What happened next, he says, showed him who he truly was. As he says, "There are two most powerful days in your life. The day you are born, and the day you discover why." Graphic images.
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Two dozen writers join Charlie Hebdo PEN award protest

Two dozen writers join Charlie Hebdo PEN award protest | hooked on creativity | Scoop.it
Authors including Junot Díaz and Joyce Carol Oates sign letter protest PEN America’s freedom of expression award for French magazine

 

More than two dozen writers including Junot Díaz, Joyce Carol Oates and Lorrie Moore have joined a protest against a freedom of expression award for Charlie Hebdo, signing a letter taking issue with what they see as a “reward” for the magazine’s controversial cartoons.

In their letter the writers protest against the award from PEN America, the prominent literary organization of which most of the signatories are members, accusing the French satirical magazine of mocking a “section of the French population that is already marginalized, embattled, and victimized”.

Twenty-six writers, including Pulitzer and National Book Award winners, joined six others – Peter Carey, Michael Ondaatje, Francine Prose, Teju Cole, Rachel Kushner and Taiye Selasi – who had previously withdrawn from the PEN galacelebrating the award. The letter condemns the murder of 12 Hebdo staffers by Chérif and Saïd Kouachi, two extremists enraged by the magazine’s cartoons of the prophet Muhammad.

But the writers also criticize the decision to give an award to Charlie Hebdo.

“There is a critical difference between staunchly supporting expression that violates the acceptable, and enthusiastically rewarding such expression,” the letter reads.

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Academics should not stop writing (essay) | InsideHigherEd

Academics should not stop writing (essay) | InsideHigherEd | hooked on creativity | Scoop.it

"Surprisingly, but maybe not surprisingly, many of us have colleagues who do not write. I mean by this not colleagues who are unable to write, though I have heard in a former job an unkind administrator who thought this true of everyone but himself. I am referring to persons in the academy, even in the field of English, who do not write critical articles, poetry, book reviews or any of the usual suspect activities associated with the profession.

"When I say unable, I mean those who seem to never manage to sit down and write anything that they can share with colleagues, friends, family or even the least-read publication. One of the reasons can be lack of time, or at least that is one often given. Another could be that one is working at a college that emphasizes teaching and so writing is not a priority, or, if one is very cynical, that one has tenure and so does not have to write, which often seems to go hand in hand with being unable to write or find the time to write. After all, Netflix and Amazon Prime on the Roku await just inside the door after a day of teaching and grading essays and attending a meeting or two. Everyone needs a break and to relax, right, and who would associate writing with relaxation?

"The answer is all too few are taking this rewarding plunge. Several institutions of higher learning exist where many faculty hardly write. But it does not have to be this way."

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Why intellectual property matters (also) in business - Business Review

Why intellectual property matters (also) in business - Business Review | hooked on creativity | Scoop.it

Interview with Claudia Jelea, intellectual property attorney   Every April 26 we celebrate World Intellectual Property Day.

 

"Why is intellectual property (IP) so important to be celebrated worldwide?" 

 

Because IP is about the new and the new is our future.

IP has a universal value as it is strongly linked to evolution, innovation and progress of the society. It refers to intellectual creations such as: books, music, software, databases, film, painting, photography, advertisements, maps, drawings and other literary and artistic works, inventions, designs, images, trademarks, names used as brands, etc."

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Nikki Giovanni on What Amoebae Know About Love as Our Human Condition

Nikki Giovanni on What Amoebae Know About Love as Our Human Condition | hooked on creativity | Scoop.it
"We live in a world requiring light and Darkness ... partnership and solitude ... sameness and difference..."

“For one human being to l
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Atticus Finch's racism is no shock – many real-life white allies were hypocrites | Kimberly C Ellis

Atticus Finch's racism is no shock – many real-life white allies were hypocrites | Kimberly C Ellis | hooked on creativity | Scoop.it
The discrepancy is only surprising for those who think white people who engage in progressive actions can escape white supremacy
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Photographer Jimmy Nelson criticised by indigenous people and Survival International

Photographer Jimmy Nelson criticised by indigenous people and Survival International | hooked on creativity | Scoop.it
Jimmy Nelson’s glamorous portraits of African, Asian and Amazon groups dismissed as ‘wrong’ and ‘just a photographer’s fantasy’
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Gorgeous portraits of the world's vanishing people

Gorgeous portraits of the world's vanishing people | hooked on creativity | Scoop.it
When Jimmy Nelson traveled to Siberia to photograph the Chukchi people, elders told him: "You cannot photograph us. You have to wait, you have to wait until you get to know us, you have to wait until you understand us." In this gorgeously photo-filled talk, join Nelson's quest to understand -- the world, other people, himself -- by making astonishing portraits of the world's vanishing tribes and cultures.
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How the Other Elizabeth Taylor Reconciled Family Life and Art - The New Yorker

How the Other Elizabeth Taylor Reconciled Family Life and Art - The New Yorker | hooked on creativity | Scoop.it
The underappreciated English novelist sold her first book a few months after an actress with the same name became a star.
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Cape Verde’s Newest Voice Sends Message to Girls | Inter Press Service

Cape Verde’s Newest Voice Sends Message to Girls | Inter Press Service | hooked on creativity | Scoop.it
Elida Almeida, whose music carries a serious message “about the importance of overcoming setbacks, avoiding unplanned pregnancy and following one’s dreams”. Credit: Brian Cook/Golden Sky Media

PRAIA/PARIS, Jun 11 2015 (IPS) - Elida Almeida is Cape Verde’s newest star, with thousands of fans in Africa and Europe. She sings, dances, plays the guitar, tells jokes, and makes her audiences laugh as well as groove. But behind it all, her music carries a serious message, about the importance of overcoming setbacks, avoiding unplanned pregnancy and following one’s dreams.

Now 22 years old, Almeida was discovered by the same record producer who launched Cesária Évora, and people who see her in performance or listen to her outstanding debut album – Ora doci Ora margos (Sweet Times Bitter Times) – will be struck by her maturity.

Her talent is undeniable, and the audience at a recent concert in Paris, France, evidently recognised her value, judging by the waves of affection directed her way.  They sang along, danced along and recited along to the music Almeida performed.
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Dartmouth company SimplyCast offers student debt relief for new hires

Dartmouth company SimplyCast offers student debt relief for new hires | hooked on creativity | Scoop.it
Talk about an offer too good to refuse — the president of a Nova Scotia information technology company is offering to make student loan payments for half a dozen new hires.

 

Summary from Academica Top Ten - 15 May 2015

NS company offers to pay student loan debt for new hires

An information technology company in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia is offering to pay the student loans of six new hires. SimplyCast was started five years ago by President Saeed El-Darahali, a Saint Mary's University alum; his company now employs more than 30 people, with the majority being under the age of 30. 40% of employees got their start with the company as co-op work students. A student loan recipient himself, El-Darahali calls it a “win-win situation” when a company invests profits back into its “most important asset.” Students Nova Scotia applauded the initiative and expressed hope that others would adopt similar policies, a statement echoed by El-Darahali, who noted that he unfortunately cannot hire everyone who has applied for the positions. CBC

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: 'Fear of causing offence becomes a fetish'

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: 'Fear of causing offence becomes a fetish' | hooked on creativity | Scoop.it
In closing lecture at the PEN World Voices festival, author critiques ‘dangerous silencing’ in American conversation and Bring Back Our Girls narrative
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Faulkner Onstage: Southern Gothic - Elevator Repair Service Interprets "The Sound and the Fury"

Faulkner Onstage: Southern Gothic - Elevator Repair Service Interprets "The Sound and the Fury" | hooked on creativity | Scoop.it
Elevator Repair Service performs the Benjy section of “The Sound and the Fury.”
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How mindfulness meditation is infiltrating the corporate world | SharpBrains

How mindfulness meditation is infiltrating the corporate world | SharpBrains | hooked on creativity | Scoop.it
I thought I’d read every­thing about mind­ful­ness, but this was news to me: Steve Jobs was a med­i­ta­tor. Back in 1981, long before mind­ful­ness med­i­ta­tion became a pop­u­lar sub­ject of sci­en­tific inquiry, Jobs, the cofounder and pub­lic face of Apple Com­put­ers, was already prac­tic­ing mind­ful­ness as a way to calm his mind, stay focused, and feel happier.

Accord­ing to David Gelles, busi­ness reporter for the New York Times, Jobs is not some lone outlier—the num­ber of busi­ness lead­ers embrac­ing mind­ful­ness is at an all time high, and grow­ing. To write his new book, Mind­ful Work: How Med­i­ta­tion Is Chang­ing Busi­ness from the Inside Out, Gelles trav­eled the coun­try, talk­ing to large and small busi­nesses and cor­po­ra­tions, to uncover how mind­ful­ness meditation—far from being a fringe practice—is going mainstream.
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Did Joseph Conrad Base the Legendary Mr. Kurtz on Robert Louis Stevenson?

Did Joseph Conrad Base the Legendary Mr. Kurtz on Robert Louis Stevenson? | hooked on creativity | Scoop.it

A new theory on the origins of the legendary character from Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness.By Matthew Pearl

The gleaming white skin and hairless head. The emaciated body carried out on a stretcher. The worshipful natives on every side, fulfilling even the most capricious commands. The almost spectral character of Kurtz, from Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, seems like one of the author’s most improbable figures. We never so much as learn his first name. But was he based on a real person?

Many scholars think so. Over the decades, research has led to viable prototypes in several members of King Leopold’s colonial government in the Congo—the setting for the 1899 novel—and other individuals Conrad might have encountered while traveling through that region.

Three years ago, I stumbled across a potential flesh-and-bone Kurtz of my own, in an unlikely place, and without consciously looking. I was just beginning to draft my new novel, The Last Bookaneer, about rival literary pirates infiltrating Robert Louis Stevenson’s life in the Samoan Islands in 1891. To prepare my approach to Stevenson’s character, I reread Heart of Darkness in search of parallels between the ways in which Conrad’s immortal character, Kurtz, “goes native” and Stevenson’s striking experience as a European in tropical exile.

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TV Makes Big Strides in Diversity, but 2 Key Groups Are Left Behind: Native American & American Muslims

TV Makes Big Strides in Diversity, but 2 Key Groups Are Left Behind: Native American & American Muslims | hooked on creativity | Scoop.it
While television has become more diverse with the help of shows like "Empire," "Fresh of the Boat" and "Black-ish." However, the Hollywood landscape is far from smooth for minorities.
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