October 31, 2013 |
"Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I'm 64?" sang a twentysomething Paul McCartney in his semi-confrontational love song, an interrogation of romantic commitment through the trials of physical decay. For Jason DaSilva, the documentary filmmaker behind "When I Walk," McCartney's question is neither abstract nor remote. Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at age 25 and robbed of his mobility and motor skills in a frighteningly short spell, DaSilva can't help asking his girlfriend over a bowl of noodles whether she'll feed him when he can't hold a spoon anymore.
October 29, 2013 |
Each year, four women in journalism are saluted for their guts and their tenacity by an organization created to spotlight such singular courage. The International Women's Media Foundation is holding a 2013 Courage in Journalism Awards ceremony tonight at 8:30 PDT at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The event will be streamed live here. Actress Olivia Wilde and Glamour magazine Editor Cindi Leive will co-host, with award presenters including Maria Shriver and Marcia Gay Harden. The women being honored are Afghan journalist Najiba Ayubi, with the Killid Group; Nour Kelze, a photojournalist for Reuters in Syria; Bopha Phorn, a reporter for the Cambodia Daily; and Edna Machirori, a longtime journalist in Zimbabwe.
October 14, 2013 |
Down to 11 players after two injuries, Burbank Bell-Jeff players could have quit during their football game against St. Monica. Instead, they displayed the kind of determination that inspired the father of a St. Monica player to write in an email, "On Saturday night, I witnessed one of the finest displays of human character I have ever seen in my life. " The team had to forfeit four earlier games because of lack of enough players, but first-year Coach Lance Fauria continues to field a team with players who want to play.
October 4, 2013 |
A vast scholarly literature spanning more than six decades exists on the subject of leadership. The characteristics of effective leaders have been pored over, cataloged and debated. Among them, one trait stands out as axiomatic: Effective leaders take responsibility for problems around them; they do not shift blame to others. As Winston Churchill put it, "The price of greatness is responsibility. " Indeed, studies show that taking responsibility is one of the key traits people expect from a leader.
August 28, 2013 |
The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom 50 years ago was not only a galvanizing moment for African Americans and civil rights. It was also a watershed moment in popular music. Before that hot summer day, pop music was mostly about a catchy tune and a memorable lyric. Since then, it became commonplace for songs with a social message to race up the sales charts. The Beatles and James Brown did it in the '60s, and urban rappers, country singers and alternative-rock bands continue speaking out today.
August 14, 2013 |
The patience stone ( syngue sabour) of Persian mythology is a magical black stone that receives the problems of those who confide in it. According to myth, when the stone has absorbed all the pain and suffering of the person, it will shatter and free the individual from his or her woes. In writer-director Atiq Rahimi's new film, "The Patience Stone," which opens Friday, the legendary object takes the form of the comatose husband of a Muslim woman (Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani)