Anonymous asked: Getting, "Be unafraid to bleed a little" tattooed down my spine. It's the perfect motto in my opinion. What inspired u to write that six worder? And do I just submit the picture here when it's done? Thanks for the inspiration and all your wonderful words. <3
Well, first off, don’t send this message anonymously! Let’s see who you are! Send pictures when/if you do get the tattoo! One other person that I know of has gotten ink of my work, and that was exciting—so let’s see yours when it’s done!
Do you have a link to that six worder, by the way? I cannot remember how old that particular one is. At any rate I can say, for a fact, that it was about the need for sacrifice in order to get things done.
Nowadays folks believe they are entitled to everything; nobody thinks they need to sweat, work, bleed, fail, and repeat that process ten thousand times in order to get one baby step closer to their goals/dreams. It’s disgusting.
Of course the world is unfair! It’s the world—when was it ever fair? It is, by its very nature, designed to trick you and kill you! The brightest berries in the woods are not food and neither are the animals. But we must learn; we must find these things out the hard way, not just sit on a stump, alone, and wait for help.
This, because the internet.
"Somehow SHoP has managed to please both architecture critics and real estate developers—perhaps its most impressive trick of all."
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This SEO specialist can teach us all a thing or two about performance. It’s no wonder that when she’s not helping her clients improve their online presence, engage more customers, and reach new goals, this endurance athlete approaches her personal path as a runner, friend, sister and mentor with the same rigor. Her passion for troubleshooting data collection inconsistencies, determining significant metrics, discerning underperforming content, and identifying opportunities for improvement recently landed her a spot as one of iMedia Connection’s Hottest Digital Marketers of the year. Her personal philosophy of always to grow has seen her trajectory rise steadily, whether she is overseeing a team of analysts, measuring online conversions, or ticking off miles run, distances travelled and milestones reached
Two Airlines announced social media innovations recently: Virgin America’s partnership with Here On Biz, for example, provides passengers the means to connect with others on their flight – creating a social network that you use to reach others in range for a finite period of time and then dispose of - one of the first of its kind to take off (see what I did there) outside of tech-y hubs like SXSW. And, KLM is now allowing customers to pay for flights via direct message.
Both moves indicate that social media users in general are looking to social media to provide utility in the form of a solution or an individual interaction.
Finally. Can we now stop measuring likes and engagement and simply consider social media part of the COB? Can we measure solutions reached instead?
DYNAMIC AFRICANS: TREVOR STUURMAN.
No success story comes without a certain amount of passion and hard work. Trevor Stuurman is no exception. Over the past few years, the growth of Trevor Stuurman, the young stylist, style connoisseur and brand ambassador has been amazing. From becoming the first ever winner and representative of ELLE South Africa’s Style Reporter search, to working with top local brands such as Markham, Mr Price and Edgars, Stuurman seems to go from strength to strength.
But behind the man with lens almost always kitted out in eclectic patterns and his strong sense of young Africana cool is a man whose artistic and visual development has been a lifetime in the making. Part-time student, fashion stylist, photographer, visual artist, brand representative, and blogger, I recently chatted to Trevor to talk about how he manages to have his fingers in so many pies all at the same time.A visual slashy: film maker/ film post grad (Hons) student / photographer / stylist / art directorTell us a little bit about yourself - who is Trevor Stuurman?I am the results of my Mothers prayer.First ELLE Style Reporter in association with Blackberry.What initially drew you to the highly visual and interconnected worlds of fashion, art and photography?I would like to believe that it is something I was born for. I cannot remember a time in life where art and fashion did not feature.Every artist is not without a source of inspiration - what’s yours?For me, home is where the art is. My immediate environment and circle are my fountains of inspiration. So that is Kimberley, Cape Town, Johannesburg and the African continent as a whole. In terms of people that inspire me, my mother Naomi Matshidiso Stuurman is the first name that comes to mind and then secondly my people, Africans. I love how we (Africans) are resourceful and creative by nature.Absolutely! We live on a continent that’s teeming with such astounding diversity. But back to your professional life. Tell us a little bit about your time as an ELLE Style Reporter - the first one, too?The year I spent at ELLE has changed my life forever. My journey as an ELLE Style Reporter has to be one of the top highlights in my life. Winning the competition fast tracked my career in the fashion industry and gave me the price power to inspire others and especially those back home in Kimberley. This is probably the best prize ever. Lastly who has not dreamt of working alongside Jackie Burger?Indeed! So, since beginning your career in fashion and photography, what has changed - both for you, personally, as well as in the landscape of the local SA fashion industry that you’ve been exposed to?
Personally, the growth never stops. Everyday is a new and exciting door opens, sometimes it is overwhelming and intimating but it pushes me to keep conquering.In terms of the SA fashion landscape, I have noticed a movement/ trend of locals trying to reclaim African pride and aesthetic. This a movement that’s far more visible in Johannesburg as opposed to the laid back Cape Town. There is something fun and fierce about the Jozi fashion and cultural scene. The energy feels far more real and closer to home for me. Globally, the spotlight is on the dark continent. We are the centre of all attraction and inspiration which can be seen on most international runways and editorials.How important, and what role, does your identity as both a young South African and African play in your aesthetic?I am on constant quest to find answers to my African identity and more specifically my South African identity. It is the quest of finding my heritage that directs all my aesthetic choices and ultimately it directs and dictates my world.Besides working for ELLE as a street style and fashion photographer, what other projects have you been involved in?I have contributed to a number of fashion magazines such as Grazia SA, Edgars Club Magazine and Style Mania (Nigeria). I have also hand my hand in styling for leading menswear retailer Markham and also a music video for Spoek Mathambo I am currently a brand influencer and street style reporter for Sunglass Hut SA. Lastly I am a cultural researcher for commercials and local films.Lastly, where can you be found online/on social media?Twitter: @TrevorStuurmanIG: @Trevor_StuurmanThanks so much, Trevor!I highly recommend you follow him on instagram for tons of visual inspiration.
Today would have been Audre Lorde's 80th birthday. The writer and civil rights activist spoke with NPR's Carol Jones in February 1984.
"I am very, very interested in solving the differences that exist between me and straight black women, between me as a black woman and black men, between me as a black woman and between white women, between me and any of those people for whom the future has a general shape that the future has for me," she said. "In other words, for those people who are interested as I am interested in bringing about a future that all of our children can flourish in."
Check out yesterday’s post from nprchives, which features highlights from the NPR Archives, starting with 1984.
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