Recently, President Obama referenced the so-called “Wage Gap” during his State of the Union speech. And whether or not you like it, there’s good reason. It’s a popular topic for those pursuing total fairness in America (and globally).
The challenge the White House currently faces with this issue is that it’s incredibly difficult to pin down exactly why it appears that women consistently make less money than men. Despite continuing to play a larger role as a percentage of the workforce and leading men in attending college, graduating with an associates or bachelors degree, MA, Professional or Doctorate degrees, the belief within the Obama Administration is that women continue to make considerably less money than men.
But seriously, repeating the same goals with no plan for execution is incredibly disappointing… Read More…
Time for the annual trip down memory lane where I recap my favorite films of the year. The only requirements for ending up on this list are that it has to have been released in 2013, and I have to have actually seen it.
One of my favorite end-of-the-year activities is reading through screenplays made available online by studios, agencies, writers, and other folks. Here is a great list from the team behind The Black List. You should read about what they’re doing for writers, and check out their 2013 Blacklist. This is the best place to find the stories that will likely be heading to a theatre near you over the next couple if years, the ones that often come from out of nowhere to win Oscar’s.
Before I get into the films I loved this year, here’s a short list of films I haven’t been able to see just yet that I really want to see [UPDATED 1/3/2014], [UPDATED 1/19/2014]. Read More…
The NashvilleNext movement is moving forward, and there is a new way to get involved. And it’s happening right now.
Here’s a note from the folks running the show about the events happening this week through the end of the month.
Community input at public meetings around the city this month will help decide what our city should focus on as we create a plan for Metro Nashville’s future. Conversations in South Nashville and Madison this week have gotten the process started – join us at one or more of the events listed below and share what you would do if you were the “NashvilleNext Mayor.”
Childcare and snacks are provided!
- Monday, July 15: Crossings Event Center, 5130 Hickory Hollow Parkway, Antioch – doors open at 5:30. map to the Crossings Event Center
- Thursday, July 18: The Temple – Congregation Ohabai Sholom, 5015 Harding Pike – doors open at 5:30. map to The Temple – Congregation Ohabai Shalom
- Tuesday, July 23: North Police Precinct, 2231 26th Avenue North – doors open at 5:30. map to the North Police Precinct
- Saturday, July 27, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm: Sonny West Conference Center, Howard Office Building (formerly Howard School), 700 Second Avenue South – doors open at 9:30. map to the Sonny West Conference Center
Please consider attending one of these events if you can. It’s a great opportunity for Nashvillians to get involved, assuming you want to or care about the future of our fair city.
Seriously though, give it a thought! I’m planning to try and hit the Thursday event this week.
America celebrated July 4th this past Thursday.
Let freedom ring, right? The above video was taken July 4th in Murfreesboro, TN at a DUI Checkpoint.
People may argue for hours about whether or not refusing to roll down a window any further was justification for the actions by law enforcement in the video. That’s not the point of this conversation.
I wish my generation would #StandForSomething that didn’t involve the systematic elimination of babies that are the result of poor planning, bad timing, any crime, incest, or simply an inconvenience to be dealt with.
We ought to be better as a society regardless of what is currently the standard of expectation for what life is. Just because something is law doesn’t make it a right thing. As a nation, we have come to this realization before. I continue to hope that we will move in the correct direction on the life of unborn babies in this country. Not because it’s easier than abortion. Precisely because it says more about us to eliminate abortion than it does to accept it.
We should endeavor to protect life, not destroy it. This should be our task.
The Belcourt is the best place to see a documentary film in Nashville. It’s not because it’s the flashiest movie complex, or because they have the best popcorn. Its the only theatre that consistently brings documentaries worth seeing to the Middle Tennessee area.
This past week, the Belcourt showed a documentary titled We Steal Secrets: the story of WikiLeaks. The documentary film walks viewers through the organization of WikiLeaks and how Julian Assange started the world’s largest secret-spilling operation. That weekend I was able to see Dirty Wars, another documentary film about covert operations around the world conducted by a clandestine group known as JSOC as covered by journalist Jeremy Scahill.