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Hello #SOPA, Goodbye #SOPA

In Events!, Features, Life! on January 19, 2012 at 1:21 am


In a culture driven by piracy, tweets, and Facebook posts, there are very few conversations about direction, change, or innovation. In their absence, people spend countless hours socializing online. We are living in the digital age. It began as an idea to make information more accessible – it has transformed into a billion dollar dynasty, which allows sole proprietors to gain success and notoriety.

What began as simple dialogue and warning threats towards entertainment piracy, mainly movies and music, has now become the topic of the webisphere. And this isn’t Hollywood talking this is congress. A bill recently proposed titled SOPA/PIPA gives the government entitlement to shutdown any infringing US domain names, also having the capability to sue blogs, forums, and growing social networks. The proposed bill also gives the government the obligation to cut off funds to any threatening infringing websites by blocking and exterminating any US advertisements on the website. This mean popular web services like Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook were threatened. If the bill were passed they would have to censor their users or get shut down since they were liable for every users post.

Wednesday January 18th, 2012 websites went on self-imposed blackouts, creating the biggest digital protest in history. They were protesting a legislation that could violate the First Amendment of the Constitution, freedom of speech. Juggernaut search engines like Google put black bans across their name in protest of SOPA.

The US government was pursuing a head-on challenge against every music-loving, movie watching American who downloaded media. A very bold, and noble stand indeed, but for what? Money? Or control and power? Sounds like new world order type domination.

Stripping all moral and patriotic arguments, congress set the agenda that this is all about monetary advancement. The entertainment world has never seen such a decline in sales. The once unyielding business, where people were able to capitalize off their talents, is now at a stand still. They are in need of something big to happen – and what does America do when their most valuable, prolific business is in dismay – they scatter at any idea capable to fix the issue as fast as possible; hence, SOPA/PIPA.

No, I haven’t paid for a cd in the last ten years, unless it was for an artist who needed the 10 cents from my purchased cd as badly as I did. No, I don’t go to the movies on Thursday midnight showings anymore, unless it’s for a date.  The way we go about viewing and paying for material has changed. While the world continues to advance, the media industry sales strategies remain stagnant. The marketing plans are sitting in a 30-year old Jacuzzi, smoking old Cubans. Where’s the finesse?

It seems as though the government overthrows these arguments, dismissing the fact that as the digital generation continues to make strides.  Younger people have become more aware of how to monetize off their products than of the generations that preceded them. Only focusing on the monetary loss of free music and movies, the government fails to recognize the intellectual and historical gain.

The government fears the Internet because they cannot control it. The people took a stance against the legislation and with a little force got some of SOPA/PIPA biggest political sponsors to resign their support. The US government blinked first in a high-tech game of digital chicken.


Here are some tweets from people who took a stance:

Contributor: John Hurtado (@Mr_Hurtado)

“Remaking America: From Poverty to Prosperity”

In Events!, Features, Life! on January 15, 2012 at 1:49 am

On the topic of poverty, where do we stand as a country? The American Dream is now faltered by debt, record unemployment and financial ignorance. Remaking America, a panel of prominent minds, challenges the status quo of the US and the efforts of Barack Obama to combat poverty. The panel included, host and political commentator Tavis Smiley; Cornel West, Princeton University professor and author; Suze Orman, America’s leading authority on personal finance; Michael Moore, Academy Award®-winning filmmaker; Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America; Majora Carter, Urban Revitalization Strategist; Vicki B. Escarra, President and CEO of Feeding America, and Roger A. Clay, Jr., President insight Center for Community Economic Development.

A follow up to their successful 18-city poverty tour, the panelist hosted a nationally televised conversation at George Washington University on January 12, 2012, “Remaking America: From Poverty to Prosperity.”

About 1,500 people attended the discussion, sitting on folding chairs in the auditorium at GWU. The plan was not so much to analyze and find solutions to a broken nation and fix poverty, but speak on the subject on a national platform and inform. Smiley noted, “ In 3 presidential debates, not once has the topic of poverty in America been brought up.” And as the nation spends about a trillion dollars on warfare, and billions on unneeded revenue, said Cornel West, people continue to be laid off. “America doesn’t realize it yet, but the face of poverty has changed,” said Suze Orman, who ironically debuted her new debit card earlier that day, which came with much scrutiny. “Today, there is a highway into poverty, and not even a sidewalk out”

Smiley constantly was on the move with his questions, agreeing, and sometimes even looking puzzled at some responses. He switched left and right evenly spreading the questions out to whomever it corresponded to the best, yet always fondling back to West’s shoulders, for when he spoke, people listened.

Majora Carter, demanded more practicality when trying to fix America, she felt conversations like this aren’t being had in the ghetto, most specifically, where she was from, the Bronx. Smiley jumped at the word practicality, defending the discussion saying practicality has been spoken upon by each panelist with their own practical, real solutions… but we were here to remake America, not only the ghettos.

However, as Roger A. Clay, Jr. was quick to note the population of poverty for any other ethnicity has risen over the last couple of years. African American statistics have only been worst in the last 40 years, once before. But Michael Moore, donning an aged Rutgers University cap and a oversized Ralph Lauren sweater,  who is a white male, seemed more black than most of the panel at times. With a million dollar grossing documentary on 9/11 and countless debates with Bill O’Reilly on FOX News – you could argue Moore was a product of the urban community. He spoke empathetically, recalling tears the day he stepped into the booth to vote for Obama; using his national notoriety to speak through every African American, minority overused, and unappreciated working class man in the stands.  He was refreshingly informative, sometimes blunt, sometimes comedic, but always winning the crowd. There was an even a moment, where he asked Smiley what camera Obama might be looking at him through on TV. He then proceeded to plead not to wait any longer for change. “Obama, it is a blessing what these republicans are doing. Despite them may not liking you, they haven’t put anyone up against you that can beat you!” The crowd roared with applause. “Please utilize these next 4 years in office, as an opportunity to be Americas 21st century Roosevelt.”

The panel and discussion seemed shaky-legged after Moore’s soliloquy; but Suzan Orman never failed to recapture the focus, especially with the topic of school loans. The crowd silenced, no side conversations were had, and no one even dared to get up to use the bathroom -church was in session.

“Do you know the only debt that is impossible to eradicate in 99.999 situations, when filed for bankruptcy, is student loans,” the crowd of students and were grabbed by the neck. “Most educations are too high, a Stafford loan won’t cut it alone, forcing students to take out personal bank loans which have 15 to 18 percent interest, and even when the banks know your broke they salivate at that fact because a 40,00 loan soon becomes an 80,000 loan, and even if your broke they expect you to pay it.” The crowd seemed dismayed, however, not until Orman went on to say, “we no longer need expensive educations to blossom in the world, it only creates debt.” This was saying a lot from Orman, the financial guru.

Soon, the three-hour discussion came to an end. As the cameras cut off and the panel members finally found time to relax, I questioned myself -How could I help? What could I do, as a 20-year old college student with debt of my own? I’m still on the journey of finding myself. Three years ago, I lived in a ghetto surrounded by constant temptations and unambitious personalities, on a direct route to spiritual malnutrition and moral constipation. I was in high school, filling out applications for college. Now, three years later, I’m in Washington D.C. surrounded by a panel of budding journalist/bloggers, attending a discussion of some of the most intellectual people in America. Imagine another three years from now…starting off with a discussion of poverty.

Catch the rebroadcast of the discussion on PBS Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday (January 16th -18th).

Contributor: John Hurtado (@Mr_Hurtado)


In Events!, Fashion on September 8, 2011 at 4:24 am

 This year for Fashions Night Out NYC there are so many amazing events happening, but we’ve narrowed it down to 8 spots that we will definitely be hitting up. . . . 

1. BBC & Ice Cream: Pharrell Williams will be at the BBC store on West Broadway debuting the first Billionaire Girls Club T-Shirt! He’ll be in the store sometime between 6pm-11pm so keep your eyes and ears open. 

2. Cappellini Menswear: R&B Singer Miguel will be performing at the Cappellini showroom. There will also be a chance to meet the designers and Miguel between 7pm-11pm. 

3. Famous Footwear: There will be a New York Fashion Week Casting call, at Famous Footwear on 34th Street. Judged by Vh1 Glam God INDASHIO & America’s Next Top Model Cycle 8 Winner Jaslene Gonzalez. The Winners will be able to walk the runway at INDASHO NY Fashion Week Show on Sept. 13th. The casting call will be from 6pm-8pm. 

4. Jeffrey New York: Meet Daniel Radcliffe and Rose Hemingway from Broadway hit musical How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, who will arrive at 10:45 p.m. at Jeffrey NY on 14th Street to meet fans and autograph the first 30 Fashion’s Night Out t-shirts purchased.

5. Lord & Taylor: At its Fifth Avenue location there will be an opportunity to meet Solange Knowles, designers Misook Doolittle, Vince Camuto, Heather Thompson & MUCH MORE. . . 

6. Macys Herald Square: Between 5:30pm -6:30pm there will be a chance to meet Tommy Hilfiger and Joss Stone on the 2nd Floor. There will be a Gucci Guilty Dance Party on the main floor. 7pm-8pm there will be a perfomance, and meet & greet with Kelly Rowland, followed by a performance by Joss Stone! 

7. Manolo Blahnik: Between 6pm-11pm There will be an unveiling of  a special shoe Sarah Jessica teamed up with Manolo in designing at the 54th Street Location. 

8. Sunglass Hut: For every sunglass purchase there will be a chance to meet Chanel Iman and take a picture with her. The event will be taking place from 6pm-10pm at the Fifth Avenue location. 

For more information on events and to plan your itinerary visit & follow @FNOnyc ! 

Von ! 

Top 5 Buzz Worthy Recap 7/17-7/24

In Events!, Life! on July 25, 2011 at 6:54 pm

From new borns, to tragic deaths, from terrorist attacks to rise of the throne, TVIA brings you our weekly buzz-worthy recap of all the happenings that caught our eye!

5. The beautiful Ms. Lauryn Hill gave birth to her sixth child on Saturday theres no reports of her new baby boys name but he is healthy & probably already has lots of swag. 

4. Oslo, Norway got hit with a huge terrorist attack. Many were effected by this tragedy . . . . including  prince! He had to reschedule a couple of his Norway performances for the 2nd & 3rd of August. #wecare

3. The season  premiere of the final season of Entourage had everybody buzzing with excitement Sunday night. The final season will only have 8 episodes & is anticipated to be one of the best seasons yet!

2. Amy Winehouse passed away on Saturday at the age of 27. Many are speculating that drugs MAY be the reason, but authorities released a statememt saying there were no drugs found in her apartment along with her body. Regardless of the cause of death this is a great loss to music & we wish her family well.

1. Jay-Z & Kanye are determined to take over the world so on top of releasing their dope new track ‘Otis’ they’re now embarking on a 24 city tour & officially calling themselves and the tour “The Throne”. Their album ‘Watch the Throne’ will be available on iTunes on August 8th and tickets for their tour go on sale that same day.

Tour Dates. . .

Sept. 22 – Detroit, MI – Palace of Auburn Hills

Sept. 24 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre

Sept. 25 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre

Sept. 27 – East Rutherford, NJ – Izod Center

Sept. 28 – East Rutherford, NJ – Izod Center

Sept. 28 – Washington, DC – Verizon Center

Oct. 4 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center

Oct. 6 – Chicago, IL – United Center

Oct. 7 – Chicago, IL – United Center

Oct. 8 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Center

Oct. 10 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center

Oct. 13 – Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome

Oct. 14 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena

Oct. 16 – San Jose, CA – HP Pavilion

Oct. 17 – Sacramento, CA – Power Balance Pavilion

Oct. 19 – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center

Oct. 20 – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center

Oct. 21 – Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena

Oct. 25 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center

Oct. 26 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center

Oct. 29 – Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena

Oct. 30 – Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum

Nov. 1 – Baltimore, MD – 1st Mariner Arena

Nov. 3 – Boston, MA – TD Garden

Von ! 

#GWR11 “Music is Universal. Education Should Be Too.”

In Events!, Music on June 13, 2011 at 3:13 pm

Nina Sky Takes the stage

From volunteers at last years first annual kick-off, to this year covering the event  -TVIA took the Girls Who Rock 2011 Benefit Concert.  Equipped with a bigger venue and a bigger audience,  it proved the social media efforts, which play a huge part in the GWR marketing,  really paid off. The guests were buzzing with excitement, and eager to see the performances from the talented artists scheduled to perform Friday, June 10. We couldn’t stop discussing Nina Sky’s fashion sense, JoJo’s soulful pipes, Kimberly Nicholes ravishing rendition of Dirty Diana, & Data the dancing robot that swooned onlookers. Other featured artist included:  Nikki Jean and Eddy – DJ Kiss brought the noise, while Emcee Touré hosted the show. After the hustle and bustle finished downstairs with press, everyone made their way up the stairs of the Gramercy Theater in NY for some entertainment.

The purpose  for the event wasn’t to just enjoy music or eat hor dourves sponsored by POP chips – GWR11 is the media vehicle to bring awareness to She’s the First, a non-profit helping girls in the developing world be the first in their families to graduate. The money raised will help sponsor girls at the Arlington Academy of Hope in Uganda. Founders John and Joyce Wanda, natives of Eastern Uganda, made their way to meet and greet potential sponsors, as they smiled for the cameras in commemoration of their work.

John Wanda, Cofounder of Arlington Academy of Hope in Uganda

John spoke and left the audience in awe by his charm and dedication to the cause. It is has been proven that educated women are more likely to uplift others in their community or village. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said the following about the importance of women’s education: “Literacy transforms the lives of women, their families, communities and societies. Literate women are more likely to send their children, especially their girls, to school. By acquiring literacy, women become more economically self-reliant and more actively engaged in their country’s social, political and cultural life. All evidence shows that investment in literacy for women yields high development dividends”.

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Going from volunteers to spectators there was a special appreciation for Founder of She’s the First, Tammy Tibbetts  and board member Cynthia Hellen, as we witnessed the vibrant artists they hand picked especially to empower women. We were happy to be in attendance, supporting She’s The First. Get connected- @GirlsWhoRockNY  @shesthefirst  @AAHUganda –Stay aware.

Who Runs the World??!…

Von & Iman!

Wordspit the Illest Live at Bamboozle 2011

In Events!, Features, Music on May 13, 2011 at 4:12 pm

Runner up at The Break Contest 2011, Wordspit the Illest got the once in a lifetime shot to perform at Bamboozle 2011 amongst some of todays hottest stars. Check it out!

Like  the band on FACEBOOK and visit

We The Illest! 

Von ! 

My Song the Way I Sing It

In Events!, Features, Life! on May 12, 2011 at 6:43 pm

This Saturday May 14th, 2011 My Song The Way I Sing It will be showing at Theatre 80 for its second year anniversary. Last year KarynRose Bruyning wrote this off broadway production that explores some of the hardships that many females face on a daily basis. My Song the Way I Sing It sets out to illustrate the way women percieve themselves and the way men’s perspectives may clash. TVIA had the privelage of speaking with the Director KarynRose Bruyning check it out: 

What inspired you to create this play? 
A close friend of mine called me complaining about the state of black theatre. She said that since I was learned, a theatre lover, and writer that it was my responsiblity to do something.  I had been doing theatre acting since I was about 9 but as I got older I found it more difficult to find plays that said anything that respresented me now. In NOTE ON COMMERICAL THEATRE,  Langston Hughes writes, “ …someday somebody’ll stand up and talk about me and write about me and sing songs about me…and put on plays about me, I reckon it’ll be me myself” I took my friend’s words, combined with that of Langston Hughes, andMY SONG, THE WAY I SING IT was born

Would you consider this a production for viewers of all ages? 

I think that there is a level of “living” that is necessary to truly appreciate this play. 15 and up is generally the best audience. I love to hear from mother/daughter duo’s after the show. Some have even said that it has helped them to understand each other better. My favorite responses usually come from the 55 plus crowd. They have a wisdom about them.

What has changed in the production between last year and this year? 

WOW! What a question?! The first thing that comes to mind is that now we kinda know what we are doing lol!. When I started out I had a few monologues, a vision in my head, and that’s about it. I  nervously went to a friend of mine, Kali Johnson and asked her to produce it and she  surprisingly said yes. We went on to wing it from there. We called up friends for favors and stumbled upon some amazing actresses. After that first staged reading at Bridge for Dance on May 16, 2009 we knew that something special was happening. Since then, the script has been finessed and the vision in my head is now realized on stage.

What message do you want viewers to walk away with after seeing “My Song the Way I Sing It”? 

I want all of my viewers to walk away understanding the importance of using your voice and speaking for themselves. The extra treat for my male viewers is that that get to walk away feeling like they got a chance to hear the things that women talk about that they are never otherwise privy to.

Considering the tone of the play would you consider yourself a feminist? 

I honestly go back and forth on the title. I am a woman so I am always going to be sensative to women’s issues and empowerment. The problem with being deemed a feminist is that it is commonly used as a synonym for anti-male which I am absolutely not. I would say that I am pro woman, our growth, and our understanding of how to best live with our male counterparts in order to insure a more positive and productive society.

This play can be compared to “For Colored Girls Who’ve Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf” do you feel that you have big shoes to fill with creating something that is so similar in topic?

No. I don’t seek to fill Ntozake Shange’s shoes in the least. I stand on her shoulders. Her voice game me permission to speak mine. I look at “For Colored Girls…” much in the same way that Ntozake has said that she looked at Judy Grahn’s The Common Woman.  It serves as a model upon to which to build and reminds me that I’m not alone in my quest to continue to give women a voice. I do think that it’s pretty badass that people have even ventured to mention my work in the same conversation as a piece that has managed to be a Broadway darling, movie box office hit, and continue to penetrate the souls of women for over 30 years. If my work makes you feel in the same way, then I guess I’m doing something right!
Do you plan on producing more plays in the future? 
ABSOLUTELY! I’m working on a producing (co-writing one as well as my own solo show) a series of one woman shows in the Spring of 2012. I am also preparing to start work on a couple short films. I am excited about the future.
To learn more about the play go to & be sure to LIKE the play on FACEBOOK!
Von !  

TVIA Attends the Royal Wedding

In Events!, Life! on May 2, 2011 at 1:06 pm

On April 29th, 2011 TVIA had the privilege of attending the Royal Wedding. Needless to say it was a rather long day, but we loved every minute of it. We arrived early at West Minister Abbey to witness Prince William and Kate Middleton arrive in style. Bystanders lined the streets, as marching bands came down in celebration of the glorious event. Some people camped out for days to witness this historical event, while others were just arriving. In support of this Royal Union people travelled from all over the world including places like; Canada, U.S., Africa, Dublin. From toddlers to people in their prime, it joined generations of people from all ages. Also in attendance was Elton John, David Beckham and his ‘Posh’ wife Victoria Beckham, along with a host of other Royals and celebrity acquaintances. Dressed in the latest fashions, custom suits, and lovely hats (we loved how the Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice of York wore their hair adornments). Kate wore a vintage inspired Alexander McQueen dress designed by his apprentice, Sarah Burton, beautifully crafted with lace bodice -it was the perfect dress for her slender build.

Kate's Carriage

Loud speakers projected every word uttered inside of the church, as the prince and his soon-to-be wife humbly said their vows; outside everyone stood frozen listening in fascination and awe. As Kate and William tied the knot, two elderly women started to speak of Princess Diana and were brought to tears as they recalled the late beauty. As the couple left the church it was mayhem to catch a picture of the bride in her carriage. It was even more of a hassle to make it down the street to Buckingham Palace to see the long awaited kiss of the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Eager attendees rushed the streets and crowded Buckingham Palace awaiting 1:25 p.m. when the Royal couple would open the balcony doors and take their first steps together in front of the world. As fans got restless they started to chant “We want Kate! We want Kate!”; some how we managed to be in the very front and had a perfect view. As they stepped out onto the balcony along with the queen, and most of the royal family; they waved in total bliss as they smiled and shared two beautiful kisses. After the British Airforce paid their respects with flyer jets, the couple shortly made their way back inside the palace.

It was quite an experience to witness such an historical event and TVIA was more than happy to be in attendance that day. When Prince Harry decides to wed, we suggest wearing comfortable shoes…or risk getting a royal bunion from long hours on your feet. All in all the fairytale of the commoner getting her prince came true and we hope they live happily ever after!

Von & Iman ! 

Vibe Magazine Ultimate Blogger Search

In Events!, Life! on April 4, 2011 at 7:23 am

Ultimate Blogger Search

Hello Darlings, this is a #TVIA emergency we need all you guys support to help us win Vibe Magazine’s  ‘Ultimate Blogger Search’. This contest is for established blogs with a unique voice and a chance to win a weekly post on We are always looking for a chance to expand our site and fan base to share the dopest trends from LA to the UK and beyond. Like the link: TVIAUlitmateBlogger as if your liking a page on Facebook and get us one step closer to the finales. Share on your personal Facebook page: and RT to @VibeMag and let them know you want us to be considered for the spotlight on their site. Thank you for the support and continue to watch our growth.

Von & Iman!

The Top Five Tours of 2011 !

In Events!, Music on February 20, 2011 at 4:49 am

I couldn’t help but notice that this year some pretty amazing artists on tour. After hearing about so many I narrowed it down to five artists that everyone must see in concert this year if the universe allows it.


First up is Katy Perry. In 2009 she had her first international tour, Hello Katy, that covered Europe, North America, Asia, and Australia. This time around she’s doing another worldwide tour called The California Dreams Tour ! The tour kicks of on the 20th of February in Portugal, going all the way to the 8th of November in Dublin ! Check out her website for official tour dates


Needless to say Lady Gaga is having quite  run in her career. With many awards under her belt its hard to believe that she’s been on tour non stop since November 2009. The Monster Ball Tour serves as the second part to the Fame Ball Tour. With a plethora of impressive opening acts like Jason Derulo, Far East Movement, Kid Cudi, and more this is guaranteed to be to be a show you  wouldn’t want to miss. The tour picks up in Atlantic City on the 19th of February and ends on the 6th of May in Mexico city. Check out her official website for more details.


This is Sade’s first tour in ten years. If you’re a true fan of Solider of Love which stayed number 1 on the charts for three weeks, you want to be there. Not to mention that for the last half of the tour John Legend will be attendance ! The tour kicks off in France on the 29th of April, and ends in California on the 30th of August. Check out Sade’s official website for more dates & details.


Number Ones Up Close & Personal is Ms. Jackson’s largest world tour by far. Janet is hitting 35 cities in honor of her 35 number one hits. There will be a song dedicated to each city, and one person from each city will receive a free copy of her CD Number Ones. Visit her website for more info, and click this LINK to pre order tickets, and VIP Packages for the March, and April shows. The tour got an early start on the 4th of February in the Philippines, and ends on the 9th of July in Monaco.


How could the touring KINGS U2 not be number 1. The 360 Tour started in 2009 in Europe. The fifth leg of the 360 Tour started on the 13th of February in Johannesburg, South Africa, and the seventh and final leg of the tour ends on the 3rd of July in Canada. Visit the U2 website for further information & take the poll below !

Von !


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