pop culture

Being Ron Swanson in a Leslie Knope World

By |October 15th, 2012|

Don’t worry. This post isn’t about politics. Or Indiana. Or hunting. Or turf & turf. It’s about disposition. I identify with Parks and Recreation’s adorable curmudgeon Ron Swanson in disposition.

I’m not as stolid as Ron Swanson. I smile much more often. I express emotion with […]

Indie Artist Showcase: Penguins VS Possums

By |September 16th, 2012|

Since leaving my freelance staff position with IndyConcerts.com, I’ve found myself missing the world of indie music. Combine that with the closing of Locals Only and the end of Spoken Soul Food Sunday poetry jams at Midtown Arts, it seems like the nearby stages supporting […]

Creating Something from Nothing — The Art of Rap Review

By |June 21st, 2012|

Music documentaries are plentiful to the hardcore fan searching to know more about their favorite artist or movement. But great music documentaries are much harder to come by. So imagine my delight when Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap not only met my expectations, […]

In the World Of … The Creative Edition

By |April 30th, 2012|

Human beings are creative by nature. Even when you reply to an email, tweak a dinner recipe, or arrange books on a shelf, you’re engaging your imagination to create something new out of something old.

But then there are those who’ve turned their innate creativity into a profession. Interior designers, sculptors, novelists and the like are the odd breed who decide to pursue a lifetime of trading creativity for money, and it’s not easy.

Nothing hammers home that reality more than the World’s Longest Invoice, a project spearheaded by the Freelancers Union. The World’s Longest Invoice shines a light on the absurdly large number of invoices that go unpaid every year by the ilk who depend on the creative professional to meet their needs.

As of noon on April 30, 2012, the World’s Longest Invoice included over $12.5 million

The Unlikeliest Role Model

By |March 7th, 2012|

I’ve never celebrated Women’s History Month. As Fajr Muhammad mentioned last week, to me, every month is Women’s History Month and my education about female leaders and pioneers wasn’t lacking as I grew up. Whether it was in a classroom or a casual conversation at […]

Steve Jobs Is Not My Homeboy

By |February 18th, 2012|

When I laid out my business goals for the Year of the Dragon, I expressed the need to finally replace my home computer. In the brief item detail, I included a link to the official Apple website where it provides information on the little engine […]

Inspire And Reflect: 2 Broke Girls

By |January 19th, 2012|

Growing up, I didn’t see many TV characters that I could relate to. I thought Becky and Darlene Connor were simply horrible human beings. Rudy Huxtable was too adorable and placating, and Jennifer Keaton was too bland and uninteresting.

It wasn’t until a little animated spinoff […]

When Did We Become So Fearful of Change?

By |November 19th, 2011|

It seems the web has been all a buzz with rejection lately. No, I’m not talking about the legitimate grievances like Occupy Wall Street or the European Debt Crisis.

I’m talking about the virtual protests regarding anything that asks us to change. Whether it be Netflix […]

How Burn Notice Taught Me to Strategize My Freelance Business

By |December 21st, 2010|

We learn how to strategize thanks to a variety of methods. Sometimes we learn by reading (Sun Tzu’s Art of War), by trial and error (playing chess), or by mimicking others who came before us (creating plays for our recreational football team). But if you’re […]