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Does anyone know how panels/panelists are chosen for VidCon?

I’m putting something together, and I can’t find that information on their website.

posted Aug.22.14 + 2 notes + reblog
marsofbrooklyn:

journolist:

Parents of Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis Share Their Loss at the United Nations

Sitting in meetings in the United Nation’s ornate Wilson Palace by the shores of Lake Geneva in the shadow of the Alps seems an odd place to discuss racial discrimination in the United States.
But the problems of racial discrimination quickly hit home at an event earlier this week that hosted the parents of Travon Martin and Jordan Davis, two unarmed young black men killed by armed white men claiming to be acting in self-defense. Made all the more powerful as it came on the heels of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., their affecting and often harrowing testimony immediately erased the distance between Switzerland and the United States. It made the discrimination present and underscored the importance of the work being done here at the U.N.’s review of the U.S. record of racial discrimination.

Read more here. 

YASSS!!! The world needs call the US out on its shit!!!

marsofbrooklyn:

journolist:

Parents of Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis Share Their Loss at the United Nations

Sitting in meetings in the United Nation’s ornate Wilson Palace by the shores of Lake Geneva in the shadow of the Alps seems an odd place to discuss racial discrimination in the United States.

But the problems of racial discrimination quickly hit home at an event earlier this week that hosted the parents of Travon Martin and Jordan Davis, two unarmed young black men killed by armed white men claiming to be acting in self-defense. Made all the more powerful as it came on the heels of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., their affecting and often harrowing testimony immediately erased the distance between Switzerland and the United States. It made the discrimination present and underscored the importance of the work being done here at the U.N.’s review of the U.S. record of racial discrimination.

Read more here

YASSS!!! The world needs call the US out on its shit!!!

sidleyparkhermit:

For those who are interested, here’s the firsthand account from the Amnesty observers’ team, who are still in Ferguson, of what they experienced last night. You can also find some of the personal Twitters of the team members on that page.
If you’re just catching up, this is Amnesty USA’s press release from when they first dispatched observers (their own link is broken) and a more personal blog post from a member of the delegation.

sidleyparkhermit:

For those who are interested, here’s the firsthand account from the Amnesty observers’ team, who are still in Ferguson, of what they experienced last night. You can also find some of the personal Twitters of the team members on that page.

If you’re just catching up, this is Amnesty USA’s press release from when they first dispatched observers (their own link is broken) and a more personal blog post from a member of the delegation.


Jenny Slate guest-stars as Bianca in the season two “Undercover” episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine 

Jenny Slate guest-stars as Bianca in the season two “Undercover” episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine 

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winterthirst:

chris evans + left boob + text posts aka i’m so sorry

I think an important thing to understand about Hollywood blockbusters is that they are almost never flukes; they are preordained. Sure, we have the occasional surprise indie hit, but you need a lot of money and marketing behind you to become a blockbuster. Just look at the top ten films in each of the last five years: nearly every single one had a budget of more than $100 million (a lot of them were also sci-fi/fantasy films).

Meanwhile, there hasn’t been a single film released this year starring a person of color with a budget of more than $50 million, let alone a sci-fi film, which is naturally going to be more expensive. The same goes for most of the last decade. So for anyone who might say “people just don’t watch sci-fi movies starring people of color,” or “there’s no evidence that this would work,” the truth is that we have no evidence that it wouldn’t work.

— Imran Siddiquee, Director of Communcations for The Representation Project, on why there’s so little diversity among top-earning sci-fi and fantasy movies. (via leeandlow)

beeishappy:

Phillip Agnew of The Dream Defenders. The Dream Defenders is a human rights organization that’s building leadership and power among young people of colour to challenge racism in their communities.Phillip Agnew on All In

last day of my internship and I’m sitting in the theatre listening to a live orchestra workshop a new opera which is like

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:’)

posted Aug.21.14 + 2 notes + reblog

Timeline of a tragedy: The Michael Brown story so far

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Violence continues to erupt in Ferguson, Mo., more than a week after the fatal shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown by policeman Darren Wilson. The 18-year-old’s family demands justice be brought to their son with the arrest of the six-year veteran officer. Protesters have clashed with authorities as control over security shifted from local police to St. Louis County officers to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Gov. Jay Nixon has since called in the Missouri National Guard. And the Brown family continues to prepare for the teenager’s funeral arrangements amid completion of three separate autopsies.

http://on.msnbc.com/1vepKqA

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          did i step on your m o m e n t?

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THIS IS WAR

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ok i’m running SUPER MEGA LATE for work but y’all

if my women on vidcon panels gets loads of notes while my poc on vidcon panels stays at seven, i’m gonna be really, really angry

posted Aug.21.14 + 1 notes + reblog
kuanyinhelpme:
I saw your post on women on vidcon panels and I was wondering if you'd answer a question, because I wasn't there but I'm curious: were there any trans panelists at vidcon? or any non binary ones?

[women on vidcon panels post]
[also relevant: poc on vidcon panels]

hi!! first i wanna link again to this ask and reiterate that because i’m still not familiar with every single panelist who was at vidcon this year, i had to assume a LOT about identity based on visual presentation. which is, obviously, very problematic. i couldn’t (and still can’t) figure out a way to make the same point given my lack of connections and resources. this shortcoming of my research/data is important to articulate because, obviously, this means i probably misgendered at least one person – maybe because they haven’t come out publicly, maybe because i just didn’t do enough research. gender identity is first and foremost a private and personal matter, so really there’s no way for anyone to know, really, how anyone – including youtubers – identifies.

that being said. it’s been a few months since i put that report together, but i think i remember only one panelist at vidcon having publicly come out as trans – gigi gorgeous. she was on two community track panels: LGBT+ on YouTube and A Focus On Beauty. i don’t think there were any panelists who publicly identify as non-binary (though, again, i could be wrong!)

in terms of gender non-conforming people, miles jai was also a panelist on the LGBT+ on YouTube panel. the youtube wiki (which i believe is an unofficial source) describes his presentation as cross-dressing. according to my (limited) research, miles prefers he/him/his pronouns, so i counted him as a man when putting together that gender report.

posted Aug.21.14 + 2 notes + reblog

mellowblueness:

Last week, I posted a similar infographic about the representation and presence of women on community panels at this year’s VidCon. As I said in that post, panels are a quick measure of whose voices we value on what topics. Here, the picture is clear: POC voices are not valued when it comes to the production of online video.

I’m struggling to be articulate about this, because it makes me really, really mad. I don’t know what else I can say, except that VidCon needs to fix its shit. VidCon has the opportunity to really be a platform to elevate so many voices that aren’t usually heard – instead, it’s chosen to elevate the voices of YouTubers like Shane Dawson and Corey Vidal. And I’m sad about it, and furious about it, and fed up with it.

If you don’t want to read the full break down of the panels and panelists, here are some “highlights”:

  • There are only 2 panels composed of more POC than white people: “Diversity on YouTube” and “How to Vine”
  • "Diversity on YouTube" is the only all-POC panel
  • Of seven panelists, there are 2 POC on the “Women on YouTube” panel
  • Of seven panelist, there are 0 POC on the “A Focus on Beauty” panel
  • Of eight panelists, there are 0 POC on the “A Guide to Vlogging” panel

FULL LIST OF PANELS*

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My analysis of the representation of women on community track panels at this year’s VidCon is making the rounds, and I want to make sure that this one isn’t lost in the shuffle, so I’m tagging some of the “big” bloggers who’ve already reblogged the other one (ehmeegee italktosnakes foundhergrail).

The conversation about whose voices we value and prioritized in this community that is still very much being shaped is a REALLY IMPORTANT one, and POC voices need to be heard too.

One of the most interesting data points here to me is the absurd number of VidCon panels featuring just one POC voice– especially in comparison to the number of panels without any POC. The former category is TWICE the size of the latter. And while I guess featuring one POC is better than featuring none, this feels a lot like tokenization. It is tokenization. And it’s really, really infuriating.