Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Beyonce/Feministing.

FB post of the day is by Anne Hirsch (mad-good South African comedian - blogged about her about a month ago here). This is it:

Booooya. Bye.

3000

I've hit 3000 views.

Thank you all very much. What a party.

Life is Wonderful

It takes a crane to build a crane

It takes two floors to make a storie
It takes an egg to make a hen
It takes a hen to make an egg
There is no end to what I'm saying

It takes a thought to make a word
And it takes some words to make an action
And it takes some work to make it work
It takes some good to make it hurt
It takes some bad for satisfaction

Ah la la la la la la life is wonderful
Ah la la la la la la life goes full circle
Ah la la la la life is wonderful
Ah la la la la la

It takes a night to make it done
And it takes a day to make you young brother
And it takes some old to make you young
It takes some cold to know the sun
It takes the one to have the other

And it takes no time to fall in love
But it takes you years to know what love is
And it takes some fears to make you trust
It takes those tears to make it rust
It takes the dust to have it polished

Ah la la la la la la life is wonderful
Ah la la la la la la life goes full circle
Ah la la la la la la life is wonderful
Ah la la la la

It takes some silence to make sound
And it takes a lost before you found it
And it takes a road to go nowhere
It takes a toll to show you care
It takes a hole to see a mountain





It's at times like these where I want to trust that the idea in this song that every bad has its good does actually work out even...

Friday, May 27, 2011

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Google Vocal Graphics.

In 3rd Year at UCT studying Theatre & Performance we each had to do a task called "Vocal Graphics" - a task that required us to create a clip from an action serial including an ad break and some form of music using only our voices. This was mine. Thought I'd have some fun with it and put it to some google images.


Enjoy.



Thursday, May 19, 2011

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Give a Hand to Democracy - Yellow Apron.

My little theatre group made this. Check us out on our website.



Wednesday 18 May 2011 - Voting Day.

YellowApron gives both a proverbial and a theatrical hand to democracy.

Politicians/Performers: Chantal Cherry and Anthea Gilfillan (and some of Cape Town's public).
Editor: Ella Gabriel
Music: The Beatles

Vote.

Madiba voted this morning. So should you.



Love, me and the BBC:

SouthAfricaNeedsYourVote

Monday, May 16, 2011

Good News.

If you saw my post about the petition against the passing of a law sending LGBTs to death in Uganda, read this:


Uganda's anti-gay law has failed! It looked sure to pass last week, but after 1.6 million petition signatures delivered to Parliament, tens of thousands of phone calls to our own governments, hundreds of media stories about our campaign and a massive global outcry, Ugandan politicians dropped the bill!   

It was down to the wire - religious extremists tried to push the bill through on Wednesday, and then convened an unprecedented emergency session of Parliament on Friday. But each time, within hours, we reacted. A huge congratulations to everyone who signed, called, forwarded and donated to this campaign - with our help, thousands of innocent people in Uganda's gay community do not wake up this morning facing execution for whom they chose to love. 

Frank Mugisha, a courageous leader of the gay community in Uganda sent us this message: 

 "Brave Ugandan LGBT activists and millions of people around the world have stood together and faced down this horrendous anti-homosexuality bill.The support from the Avaaz global community has tipped the scales to prevent this Bill going forward. Global solidarity has made a huge difference"

The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs' Office also wrote to Avaaz:

"Many thanks. As you know, thanks to a very large extent to the intensive lobbying and combined effort of you, other civil society representatives, EU and other governments, plus our delegation and embassies on the ground the Bill was not presented to the Parliament this morning."

This fight is not over. The extremists behind this bill could try again within just 18 months. But this is the second time we've helped defeat this bill, and we'll keep going until the hate-mongers give up. 

Transforming the deeper causes of ignorance and hatred behind homophobia is an historic, long term struggle, one of the great causes of our generation. But Uganda has become a front line in that struggle, and a powerful symbol. The victory there echoes across many other places where hope is desperately needed, showing that kindness, love, tolerance and respect can defeat hatred and ignorance. Again, a huge thanks to all who made it happen.





Stoked that 1.6million people willingly and openly supported some gay rights in Africa. Who'd have thought? Woop woop for us.


Thanks to everyone who participated.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Ugandan Law - consideration of the death penalty for people in love.

Facebook post of the day is by Lara Bye (my physical theatre lecturer). There is the following text, followed by the following video... which is why I follow her on facebook...

'Strange Fruit Hanging from the Poplar Trees. Billie Holiday's wrenching song about the lynching of black men. I put this up in support of the protest against the proposed execution of homosexuals in Uganda:


Which got me researching this proposed execution, which got me thinking, which got me angry, which got me here.


This is what I received from Avaaz today (a donations funded charity organization):


It's monstrous -- thousands of Ugandans could face the death penalty -- just for being gay. On Wednesday, Parliament may pass a law that punishes homosexuality with death –we have 48 hours to act.

We've stopped this bill before, and we can do it again. Ugandan President Museveni is scared of losing valuable international aid from the West -- after a massive international outcry last year, he stopped the bill from coming to a vote. But political unrest is mounting in Uganda, and religious extremists in Parliament are hoping confusion and violence in the streets will distract the international community from a second push to pass this hate-filled law. We can show them that the world is still watching. If we block the vote for two more days until Parliament closes, the bill will expire forever.
With 48 hours to go, every moment counts. Over half a million of us have already joined the call -- let’s get to one million voices against Uganda's gay death penalty in the next 48 hours -- click here to take action, then forward this email to everyone:
http://www.avaaz.org/en/uganda_stop_homophobia_petition/?vl 
For Frank and thousands of others, being gay in Uganda is already dangerous and terrifying. They are regularly harassed and beaten, and just months ago, Avaaz colleagueand gay rights activist, David Kato, was brutally murdered in his own home. Now LGBT Ugandans are threatened by this draconian law which imposes life imprisonment for people convicted of same-sex relations and the death penalty for “serial offenders”. Even NGOs working to prevent the spread of HIV can be imprisoned for “promoting homosexuality” under this hate-filled law. 
Right now, Uganda is in political turmoil -- in the wake of the Arab spring, Ugandans across the country are taking to the streets, protesting high food and gas prices. President Museveni has responded by violently cracking down on the opposition. This upheaval has provided religious extremists in Parliament the perfect chance to slip in the shelved anti-gay bill just days before Parliament closes and all proposed laws are wiped from the books.
Museveni backed away from this bill last year after Obama called it an 'odious' law and international pressure threatened Uganda's aid and support. With violent protests sweeping the streets, Museveni is more vulnerable than ever. In the next 48 hours, let’s build a massive international outcry in support of respect for human rights, justice and tolerance and against the anti-gay death penalty law. Together we can save lives by stopping this bill -- sign below, then tell friends and family:
http://www.avaaz.org/en/uganda_stop_homophobia_petition/?vl 
Earlier this year, we stood in solidarity with Uganda's equality movement to show that every human life, no matter what creed, nationality or sexual orientation, is equally precious. Our international petition condemning the gay death penalty law was delivered to Parliament – spurring a global news story and enough pressure to block the bill for months. When a tabloid newspaper published 100 names, pictures and addresses, of suspected gays and those identified were threatened, Avaaz supported a legal case against the paper and we won! Our community has funded security for gay rights activists and operational funding for gay rights organizations. Together we have stood up, time and time again, for Uganda’s gay community -- now they need us more than ever. 

I think this is - as Obama said - an 'odious' law. In fact, it's much worse than odious. It's cool that we can affect the final decision from our bedrooms.




Peace. X

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Girl, Interrupted.

I watched Girl, Interrupted again recently.


I'm in constant conflict with myself over which Angie film is my favourite and why and every time I watch one of the good ones, I can't believe how brilliant she is. Her first scene in the film is a moment of acting genius (in my opinion). She layers so many different emotions and they burst out of her one after the other in a way that makes such sense but that is so unique of Angie's Lisa.

I implore everyone in the world who is more concerned with the tabloids' 'Brangelina' and their 'orphanage' to watch films of hers like these and then ask yourself why all that superfluous crap about whether or not the couple is happy and what Jennifer Aniston has to say about it really matters at all. Art is art is art is art. No one goes around cursing, picking sides and debating over the trumpery of Picaso, Chekhov or Hans Zimmer's personal lives. So this is my plea for everyone to let Angelina be and watch her films. That's all.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Jason Oosthuizen

FB post of the day - by Tara Notcutt - is a drum cover of Eminem and Rihanna's 'Love the way you lie'. Makes me wanna be a drummer again. Wowaweewa. Watch it; it's awesome.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

My Friends + Grammy Winner = makesmefeeldope.


I've blogged about them before. They're a great band called The Windy City - beautiful music, beautiful boys, beautiful video. Right here:




Catch their website here: thewindycity.co.za

Over and out.


Sunday, May 1, 2011

All Shall be Equal Before the Law.

Some friends and I have come together to form a little group called the yellowapron and this is our first video. We're basically trying to just kickstart forward while we're still studying, working with fusing all the arts (drama, dance, music, multi-media and art) and making non-arts people watch and enjoy what we're doing. Piece of cake.

Have a look: