July 7, 2016
Vijaya Prasad

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Curry strikes again

During the most recent NBA Championships, Steph Curry + company got in some trouble with the media for what was viewed as poor sportmanship. Tempers flared, tweets composed, referres were accused of showing preferential treatment. Social media can backfire, not the first time, not the last.

Curry is one hell of a basketball player (2016 MVP for starters), he’s a great dad (to the very precocious daughter, Riley)…but did you know he’s a Girl Scout?

Okay, not really – as a one-time girl scout, I feel confident stating that the Girls Scouts association would have a problem with him not fitting the traditional demographic…but he sure had fun pretending he was selling girl scout cookies to surprise some kids with an overnight basketball camp. Check out the video below –  whether or not you’re a Warriors fan, it’s a really sweet gesture! Just Curry being Curry!

June 29, 2016
Vijaya Prasad

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staying current to avoid a faux pas

With all the turmoil that’s been going on the last few months, it’s easy to want to crawl under a blanket and wait for the world to stop fighting itself. Paris. Brussels. Orlando. And now yesterday’s act of terror at Istanbul Ataturk Airport.

Life does go on, people will continue to travel – but there is a time to pause, a time to acknowledge the tragic and senseless loss of life. From a social media perspective, while emails and marketing initiatives get programmed and scheduled ahead of time, someone needs to be on the ball about perhaps places not to market in real time. Emails like this one – beyond basic insensitivity – are puzzling.

Is Travelocity trying to support Turkish tourism or is it simply ignoring the fact that 41 people died and hundreds were injured? A simple check on places with major recent terrorist attacks (and this one was about 24 hours ago) would’ve helped the travel booking company avoid a faux pas – and not advertise a location that was the host to major bloodshed.

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June 28, 2016
Vijaya Prasad

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baby daddy aka it takes a village

If you took the 1980’s film Three Men and a Baby got updated, diversified the cast to add a female best friend, and a single grandmother in denial, you’d get the Freeform Show Baby Daddy. 

A Deadline article noted

The lines between family and friends are so wonderfully crossed in ‘Baby Daddy.’ You can always count on the Wheeler clan for a big laugh along with heartfelt moments,” said Karey Burke, executive vice president, Programming and Development, Freeform.

While the show has a predictable nature to it and often goes for the obvious jokes, it’s easy to see why it fits into the Freeform lineup. It’s a feel-good sitcom that literally shows it takes a village to raise a child. Its success is confirmed in the show’s recent renewal for its sixth season – which would bring the show to a grand total of 100 episodes!

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TAHJ MOWRY, CHELSEA KANE, JEAN-LUC BILODEAU, KAYLEIGH AND SURA HARRIS, DEREK THELER, MELISSA PETERMAN (picture from abc press site: disneyabcpress.com/freeform/shows/baby-daddy/photos)

June 22, 2016
Vijaya Prasad

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a civil and social engagement

It’s not news that our House and Senate have chosen to not do their jobs in representing the people who elected them. Imagine for a minute that you refused to do your job. You simply didn’t feel like it. You show up at work but instead of doing you job, you do whatever it is you wanted to do. Chances are you’d lose your job sooner or later.

In the wake of the Orlando tragedy, I was naively hoping that there would actually be a meaningful and long overdue conversation on gun control in the US. That perhaps, this close to an election, something good would come out of an act so heinous.  It seems that at least some members of Congress are showing leadership. Earlier today, the Democratic Congressman from Georgia, John Lewis led a sit-in – from cnn.com

In a move rich with historic symbolism, the civil rights icon and Democratic congressman from Georgia led a dramatic protest inside the House of Representatives. He and fellow Democrats sat down at the front of the chamber in an unusual demonstration of civil disobedience challenging Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan.

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Whether the sit-in will lead to real change is yet to be determined. Republic Congressman Ted Poe (thanks Texas) declared a recess after the sit-in started which in turn cut the live feed that CSPAN normally airs.

This is one of those times where social media worked for good! The network was able to
take advantage of Rep. Scott Peters’ (D-Ca) Periscope stream and broadcast footage. Periscope jumped on it and created a specific channel for viewers to follow the bill online.

When the feed ended, CSPAN switched to FacebookLive.

#NoBillNoBreak is currently trending on Twitter and on Facebook – it’s a good sign that there’s a conversation around the activity. That the public is paying attention, and that our chosen “leaders” can’t avoid their responsibilities, not this time. Not with the public watching and talking about them.

 

June 20, 2016
Vijaya Prasad

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For Northeast Ohio

The Cleveland Cavaliers made history last night with their first NBA Championship win over the Golden State Warriors after having reached the playoffs 20 times- and it was a chance to see grown men cry. This ad for Nike from Wieden + Kennedy might make you cry as well – here’s a great ad that makes you want to be better, strive for more, and maybe do it in a pair of new Nikes…

June 2, 2016
Vijaya Prasad

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Texts from the Past

It’s no secret that this seemingly never-ending presidential nomination process has hit new lows. Some Bernie fans are convinced they’d never vote for Hillary if and when she gets the nomination because she’s a woman and thanks to Trump it’s once more acceptable to openly sexist, racist, bigoted, xenophobic, etc. My political allegiances aren’t disguised here. But there is something that might remind us of Hillary’s more carefree days – when she and Meryl ruled the world and compelled the boys to toe the line…at least on Tumblr.

It’s TextsfromHillary and 4 years later, it’s still as amusing and certainly more relevant. The guys running the site retired the site when Madam Secretary herself texted them – but for a walk down memory lane or if you missed it the first time, it’s well worth a look.

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from the site – Texts from Hillary: premonition or prediction? 

June 1, 2016
Vijaya Prasad

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Mimosas, Omelettes, and Time Inc

If you’re a fan of brunch – and who doesn’t love eating and day-drinking with friends, you’re in a for a perfectly sugared beignet! Mimosas, a personal brunch staple, are believed to have debuted around 1925 (another win for the roaring 20’s!) but Time Inc.‘s new blog on breakfast and (you guessed it) brunch, Extra Crispy was announced today. From the site:

Welcome to Extra Crispy. Through bloody marys, sweat, and beers, our editors, writers, designers, and developers have worked hard to create a place where food looks good and feels accessible. We’ll be exploring plenty of the stuff you’re counting on—like bacon, coffee, and booze—but we’ll also be turning over unexpected stones to hopefully get you thinking about breakfast outside the (cereal) box. With minimal puns. Mostly.

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Blood orange mimosa anyone? Cheers!

According to  Business Wire

Extra Crispy is a multi-platform brand with a digital property, social media presence on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest and live experiences.

It’s pretty timely – something contemporary in the age of Pinterest and Instagram  – brunch says weekend, walking to the Park or Farmers Market (if you’re Cali based like I am), or perhaps a lazy mimosa after a hard Orange Theory Fitness class. Breakfast might be that thing that you grab with your coffee on your way out the door for your morning commute.

Is it me or does their site have you craving a Greek egg-white omelette with a mimosa…

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