Monday, March 31, 2008

From Santa Fe Springs to Los Angeles?


I remember it like it was yesterday. The date was Sept. 30, 1991 from the City of Van Nuys to the City of Santa Fe Springs. Now, it could happen again. Yes, there is talk again that I could move to Los Angeles away from Santa Fe Springs.

Talk about a move happened more than two years ago that never materialized. However, I do think that this time it will be different.

And I actually feel that this time it's actually a good thing. I wasn't ready to leave a city that has been good time and yet, I look at this as an opportunity. I know that during the (almost) 17 years of being in Santa Fe Springs I have gotten to know people and the city itself, but I know that moving from one city to the next will be something of a comfort.

I have been a long-time Cerritos College student, and the only thing that I will miss (if it happens) from being here is meeting all the people here that I have met. And if and when it happens, I know that that time I will not be as emotionally as I was when I moved five times in the first 10 years of my life.

How did I find out? My mom told me and said that hopefully within a year, we would be gone. You see the photo (at right) this is the newsstand I have frequently visited in the last two weeks.

It has an amazing assortment of magazines, from England to France to the U.S.A. It's on Hollywood & Cahuenga. Oh, well, I can't really be that upset about it because that means more visits to Hollywood.

Could this tattoo soon be real?


Now, I know that all of you have seen this picture (at right) but very soon this tattoo could become the real thing.

Yes, ladies and gentleman, I am actually thinking of getting this tattoo and having it permanent.

Seeing that this "fake" one turned heads when I walked around with it a more than a year ago and there was positive reaction to it, I figured why not? And why not?

I have everything I need...no not riches but fame. And besides who needs riches when you have fame! I admit this is my favorite picture. You were right Rosali.

Friday, March 28, 2008

An embarrassment...for Talon Marks


I never thought I would say this, but this week's Cerritos College Talon Marks issue was an embarrassment. The reason, is because of the having "only" four pages with two of the pages going toward pictures of the 29th annual Hoe Down Days. THIS, ladies and gentleman, IS the embarrassment.

The fact that spring break was in the middle of it could be the reason for the lack of content in the newspaper and that there seems to be the pattern of nobody wanting to write but this? Let me make thing one thing clear, I know that you could have done better.

I know that there are people who are learning and have learned throughout the semester, however that is not showing up in the publication. And sure, you can make the argument that the journalism conference is this coming week. But I think that you went as far as wanting to embarrass yourselves. No? I mean, why not because if you did...then there was no need for this week's issue.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Could Vela be worse then Villaraigosa?



In listening to Cerritos College President Dr. Noelia Vela yesterday at the ASCC Senate meeting yesterday, there are questions that I came up with during her address of the "allegations" and the Faculty Senate's "no confidence" vote against her. Vela, who basically said that there is an (in)direct communication between her and the Faculty Senate.


But I don't know what to really think about the situation but I do what to say this, while yes, she says that both sides have to communicate and yes, both sides need to do it soon, there is no way that we can do anything. IF the Faculty Senate felt there was a problem more than two years ago then, why is Vela STILL the college president? So, while Vela did ask a valid question of, "Why now?" Shouldn't she have been fired a long time ago?

Let me put it this way, former Coordinator of Judicial Affairs Patrick Callahan had a hidden agenda when he helped football players get financial aid with false information. As to the number of players that were helped was unknown, but like I said in a previous blog, there could be worse things that Vela could be doing. If that is the case, then I guess that makes Vela like Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Vela in an "affair?" Hmmmm.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Vela addresses no confidence "allegations"


Cerritos College President Dr. Noelia Vela addressed the allegations of the Faculty Senate's "no confidence" during the ASCC Senate meeting just now.

In her first public appearance at the meeting this semester, she said that there has been an direct miscommunication between her and the Faculty Senate in regard to the Faculty Senate accreditation, the Campus Transformation Committee and the concerns over the concern of the departments of those changes.

Vela, 58, who has been Cerritos' president since 2004, said that there was a reason behind each of the issue of department accreditation beginning with the presentation of the important of the $210 million GO Bond. Vela said that there was a fight for that money that would be use in order for Cerritos College is be use for the betterment of the college.

More than $30 million was going to be use for the Fine Arts building. However, once there was another look at it, there was less than $30 million. In that sense, it is what has led to the formation of the Cerritos College Master Plan and the concern with "The Hill" located next to the music and theater department. The result is, Vela says, is that there "is a need here at Cerritos."

Vela, states that these allegations against her began back one or two years ago but the question she had is, "Why now?" All in all Vela says that there needs to be a resolution to the "allegations" and a line of communication between the Faculty Senate. Within the Faculty Senate and its members there is a claim of having invited Vela to its meeting 21 times. But Vela says, "there is a difference between our communication." The way that she has been invited according to her, is by the "Faculty Senate Meeting minutes at its meeting."

Bottom line for her is that both sides need to talk, but she questioned it when she asked, "Is it about change?" "What do I need to change?" and so on because she says not to make this "my" resolution but "our" resolution. In regard to the "no confidence" vote that was taken by the Faculty Senate were the votes were: 24 votes for no confidence, 4 votes for concern and 1 vote for confidence she was asked if the vote was a political attack. Her response: "I believe that, that's part of it." She didn't elaborate.

More: Vela admitted that there was one time where she raised her voice toward the Faculty Senate in order to get the approval of the GO Bond for the use of the money and its Campus Transformation and its accredation and that was when former Cerritos College student Josh Franco was its student body president.

Stabbed her in the back? Hmmm...

Stay turned for my opinion...

Monday, March 24, 2008

Looking for ways to write, even if it's for free


I just e-mailed someone from the Long Beach Press Telegram. I was thinking that perhaps I could ask them if they didn't mind any story ideas from someone on the outside. I honestly don't know what I am thinking.

I'm a (almost) 28-year-old, yoga-practicing, meditation-practicing, former Talon Marks student, and a current Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance supporting, Madonna-obsessing fan, with a bitchy-at-best attitude.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Celebrity sighting in Hollywood


I don't know if you can call it a celebrity sighting but I guess being a television reporter is, isn't it? Yesterday, television reporter Gayle Anderson. Anderson, from KTLA 5's television station was at a newspaper stand buying numerous magazines.

I decided to stay away from her because to be honest, I wasn't that impressed and besides in Hollywood it's not uncommon to see celebrities walking down the street in Hollywood. There was a crowd of 20 people who walked by Anderson and were unaware of her.

Fans tend to go for the movie stars instead. Well, at least for me it would be the one-and-only Madonna.

They're normal...or at least we think they are (with the glasses and all).

Happy Easter everyone!

And tomorrow, a return to school...seven weeks to go.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Even 10 years later, high school will always be a bitch


This year marks 10 years since I left Santa Fe High School. And in going through the only yearbook I bought, I read the following note from someone who was a classmate and it reads:

Norma,

Well, the year is almost out. I have known you since our freshman year. And you have always been smart. I was surprised to hear that you are not graduating. I always thought that you were going to a UC and become rich. Anywayz, I hope you have a cool summer, and stay nice.



As you can read, I admit that I didn't graduate with my class in 1998, but as I have read these words numerous times these words have been inspiring and fire-burning motivation.

And has for the person who wrote it, she said that she thought I was going to be rich, but, she forgot I AM famous!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Turning into a Hollywood maven


I'm turning into a Hollywood maven. Why, you ask? Well, been to Hollywood more time than I can count, and yes, ladies and gentleman I have found the 1994 Details magazine that I was looking for with of course Madonna on the cover. At the time of this issue the cost for the magazine was $2.

Oh God! That tells you how old I am. Anyway, still waiting on the Dazed and Confused magazine because it is still not out yet.

I know that I was suppose to take a week off from school with this being spring break and all, but as you can see I’m still writing. Hope you don’t mind, and besides if going to Hollywood means that I keep you updated on what I’m doing, then how can my life NOT be exciting?

Update: Here is a better enlargement of the 1994 Details magazine. But I still think even 14 years later she is still beautiful.



New: Here is the May issue of Britian's Q Magazine. The photo taken by famed photographer Steven Klein is spectacular. There are at least two magazines I'm missing so far.

The Dazed and Confused which I'm still missing, and then the upcoming Elle and Vanity Fair magazines. SHE is going all out; with much publicity. But with any magazine she is on it is cool, and refreshing.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Madonna items and more on Norma Shearer


Here is Madonna's upcoming album Hard Candy to be released on April 29. Anyway, know that I have an idea as to what it looks like I can't wait to hear the full version. Aren't you? But what I love is how different the cover is from that of Confessions on a Dancefloor. And remember this is the last LP under the Warner Bros. Records contract after 25 years. After this Madonna will go to Live Nation for a 10-year-three album commitment.

As for this magazine cover, it should be out there in the city of Hollywood. I have to wait (at least) until tomorrow. But I love the cover. It is different and damn she is a Rock and Rock Hall of Fame inductee. I will see if Hollywood has it.

And finally, been reading up on the former Hollywood star Norma Shearer and the following quote is my favorite and it states:

"It is impossible to get anything major accomplished without stepping on some toes. Enemies are inevitable when one is a 'doer.'---Norma Shearer.

A little 411 on Shearer, born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on August 10, 1900 and died in Woodland Hills, California on June 12, 1983 at the age of 82 from pneumonia and Alzheimer's disease. But she was born to be a star. That's funny, so am I.

Monday, March 17, 2008

I found Norma's star on the Walk of Fame


I knew it! Ladies and Gentleman, I have found the Norma star on Hollywood's Walk a Fame today. No, no, not me, but Academy-award winning actress Norma Shearer that's who. Her birth name is Edith Norma Shearer but in Hollywood it's Norma Shearer and I took a photo of the star with my cell phone camera.

I knew I wasn't crazy because I had seen it five years ago and it took me that long to find it. The star is located at 6636 Hollywood Blvd. (between Hollywood & Cherokee) and when I saw it I was like, "That's me!" I was saying it to myself when two people walked away and looked at me and I said it was because she had my first name.

Note: Here's more. I found her that's what is important, right? First, I have to say that she was beautiful before retiring in 1942. And to be considered a pioneer of feminist for the roles that she played, that being single and not a virgin? Wow. Anyway, as a result of finally finding her star on the Walk of Fame it has led me to wanting and having to find out more about her.

I will do that tonight and tomorrow. Besides, if this Norma has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame why can't I? The only difference is it will be Palacios not Shearer.

Saturday's Protest and Madonna magazine


Saturday's protest in regards to the fifth anniversary of the Iraq war was interesting if not, politically driven. More than 2,000 people filled the streets of Hollywood at the corner of Hollywood and Vine.

In addition, it was good to see former Talon Marks staff writer Erick Galindo and Tanya Bermudez. I haven't seen both in a while but they were taking photos and video. Cool. And I had my picture taken more than once. The end result was having to take my own photos with my cell phone. That was okay.

Well, while in Hollywood I was able to take a glimpse of the new April issue of Interview magazine but I waited until yesterday to buy it. I love the cover photo. So, yes ladies and gentleman, I have the magazine. Now, the only one I'm missing is the Dazed and Confused magazine.

That's next on the list as well and Elle and Vanity Fair magazine. By the way, I love the Hard Candy album cover...

Friday, March 14, 2008

Vagina Monologues Night 2

I felt better after last night's finale of "The Vagina Monologues" because I did something I thought I would never do; that is let my hair down and control the stage instead of the stage controlling me. As I read my monologue I thought of all the things I could have said after but instead let my performance speak for itself.

It was my time to shine and I did, god damn it. However, I am forever grateful to every Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance member who was there to support, listen and gain knowledge about the importance of ending violence toward women, girls, boys and men around the world. I am forget grateful and it the debt of the FMLA for giving me the opportunity to express myself like I thought I never could.

The one person that should be praised for this is of course Eve Ensler who had the balls to go out there to speak to women around the world about their vaginas and her continued work of its important message.

Besides, as I said before the stage was mine, motherfuckers!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

A week off to recharge

Next week is Spring Break at Cerritos College but I will return with more campus news if not before (or tonight). See you in a week (if not before)

Norma

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Vagina Monologues Night 1

I did it! That's all I can say as Cerritos College's Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance took over the reigns of the Teleconference Center last night and will again tomorrow night. The turnout was great and hopefully those who attend will have been inspired my what they hear, what they saw and what they can do.

However, the night wasn't without its controversy. Apparently the Teleconference was doubled-book at the same starting hour. How was the FMLA suppose to know. Yet, there was a call to place the instructor who had a presentation in another room. But as for the performances last night, I have to say that I was impressed, with everyone...they did a kick ass job. As for me, I think that I could have done better and I will. That's it...

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

I'm ready for my close up

Performances of Eve Ensler's "Vagina Monologues" presented by Cerritos College's Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance will begin at 6 p.m. There will be a run through of the performance at 4:30 p.m. I am ready for my close up. I am nervous but I guess that is part of the thing of performing. You get butterflies and end up using the restroom as comfort.

Anyway, I'm here at school. Just waiting and hoping I don't forget my lines. Incidently, I didn't really sleep last night, I was excited. I will report what happens and how it turned out. As for the interview on Friday, I'm excited, can't wait.

Norma

Monday, March 10, 2008

Hollywood first, and then performance that night


I'm going to Hollywood in pursuit of the April issue of Interview Magazine with Madonna on the cover. I love the cover. IF YOU see it before I do, let me know, will you? After that, it's time for the performance of my life, The Vagina Monologues.

Ah, I'm nervous and hopefully you come out and see it.

Norma

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Internship interview and Dress Rehearsal

Hey all:

Here is some news for you. I have a summer internship interview for the Marketing and Communication position at the Ford Theatre this coming Friday. I'm so excited. And yet, I am nervous. Who knows what will happen. Could this possibly be something that will turn what I'm studying into something long-term in the future? I don't know but I can't wait to find out...

Here is the email:

Hi,

I;m glad you're interested in a Summer Internship with us. At your interview next Friday, March 14, you will meet with me and Linda Chiavaroli, the Director of Communications to discuss your resume and qualifications for the internship. Below is the information regarding your interview:

LOCATION:
1055 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 800 (8th Floor)
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Let me know if you need to change our appointment, otherwise I'm looking forward to meeting you next Friday, March 14.


Speaking of being nervous, the cast for "The Vagina Monologues" have a dress rehearsal Monday night and we will wear all black. I'm nervous but I think once the spotlight is on me I'll be okay.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Hip-Hop Panel Round 2

Note: Photos coming soon (I hope...)


WARNING: Video contains explicit language.

Last night was just fabulous at the Cerritos College Teleconference Center as the spotlight was on the influence of hip-hop music in society. It was in regards to the celebration of the 22nd year of March's Women's History Month.

Led by arts instructor Julie Trager more than 130 people jammed into the room and heard from four panelists about what the meaning of hip-hop is, what its influence is and the message that it represents. The four panelist were:

Sohail Daulatzai

Sohail Daulatzai is currently a professor in African American Studies and Film and Media Studies at the University of California, Irvine. His published work explores the relationships between Islam, race and popular culture and he is currently working on two books: Return of the Mecca, which explores the history of Islam and diasporic Black radicalism through social movements, jazz, sports, cinema, literature and hip-hop culture; and Born To Use Mics (with Michael Eric Dyson) on Nas’ 1994 album Illmatic. He is currently in production on a documentary film on Islam and hip-hop in the United States, and is one of the executive producers of the forthcoming hip-hop album entitled Free Rap, which is inspired by the prison writings of Imam Jamil Al-Amin (formerly known as H. Rap Brown) and will feature Mos Def, Pharoahe Monch, Zack de la Rocha, Chuck D, dead prez, Jurassic 5, Dilated Peoples, Zion I, Wise Intelligent, Ghostface Killah and numerous others.


Oliver Wang

Oliver Wang is an assistant professor of sociology at CSU-Long Beach. He teaches on popular culture and race/ethnicity. He also is a frequent contributor on pop music and culture to NPR, the Los Angeles Times, Wax Poetics, Vibe Magazine and others. He is the editor and co-author of Classic Material: The Hip-Hop Album Guide and hosts the audio blog, soul-sides.com.


Ebony A. Utley

Ebony A. Utley, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at California State University, Long Beach where she teaches courses in rhetorical criticism and hip hop criticism. She earned her B.A. in Speech Communication from Indiana University, Bloomington. Her M.A. and Ph.D. in Communication Studies were granted by Northwestern University. Current hip hop projects include essays on Snoop Dogg, Lauryn Hill, and Tupac Shakur as well as a book manuscript titled "The Gangsta’s God: Deciphering the Divine’s Role in Rap" and an edited volume of hip hop criticism titled "The Hip Hop Jam: Messages and Music." She is also conducting interviews for a qualitative study on black women and love. In addition to teaching and writing, Dr. Utley has shared her interests in African American culture, hip hop, and urban history through numerous lectures and conference presentations.



Melange Lavonne

Melange Lavonne, an openly lesbian hip-hop artist, brings all of herself — including her sexual orientation — to her music despite the fact that hip-hop is often experienced as misogynistic and homophobic. "I'm trying to get a message across, trying to spread awareness … about what I've endured and what my friends have gone through," said Lavonne, who has been the victim of anti-gay discrimination herself. In addition to writing songs, dabbling in music production and touring with HomoRevolution, she's also done some modeling and acting. She is predominantly a Hip-Hop lyricist and is currently working on a new CD. She has toured extensively and has appeared on a version of Showtime at the Apollo. Her outspokenness definitely carries over to her music as well as her online blogs on her myspace. Her song "Sick Sad World" decries racism, abuse, poverty, anorexia and prejudice. Lavonne is clearly in love with the genre. She calls herself the "wife of hip-hop creativity and originality" and adds, "I'm married to hip hop; it's my dedication."

Kristine Wright

Kristine Wright received her Ph.D. in Sociology from UC Irvine. Her areas of interest include Social Stratification (race, class, gender), urban education, media and popular culture. She teaches "Sociology of Pop Culture - Examining Hip Hop" class at UC-Irvine, a course she created and began in Spring 2001. Through a case study of hip hop, the class examines various social issues. She also writes commentaries on hip hop issues published on various web sites (including daveyd.com and blackelectorate.com), under the title: Rise Up Hip Hop Nation.

Kristine grew up with hip hop (literally). Her interest in hip hop today lies primarily with the people who create it and their social and political freedom from oppression. For Kristine, hip hop has and always will be foremost about the people it represents and their struggles.

As an audience we watched Ice Cube's latest song from his upcoming album...while I don't have a problem with what the song says I still think that he could have been strong. What is interesting is the way in which the video intergrates current events with the popularity of hip-hop music.

Would I go again? HELL, YES!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Meet her at the Aquarium then she moved


Media Credit: Sarom and Marques Rice

Meet the newborn to Sarom Rice, a former Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific employee and someone I met when I volunteered there from March 2005 to September 2006. Anyhow, the baby's name is:

• Ayla Kristine Rice
• DOB: Feb. 4 2008 @ 11:40am
• 6lbs 7oz, 19.5 inches

Congratulations! In meeting her the first time at the Aquarium I have to say that at least she tolerated my obsession with Madonna. I know. I know. It's a handful to put up with, but you did, like no one else.

And she was always nice to me. For that I will forever be grateful to her. In return, I tried to do the same and yet, I was sad that she left.

But in knowing that there is no way to perdict the future, maybe one day her and I will see each other again. So, who knows? THANK YOU!

Vela's job in the spotlight (continued...)

Cerritos College President Dr. Noelia Vela's Academic Leadership Survey was in the spotlight today and it gave an overview as to the confidence (and in the end) no confidence of her duties as its president.

Doesn't look good from a distance and with 35 pages of information it is longer than the Constitution of the United States of America. Simple fact is the Faculty Senate heads say she is not doing her job. Then there should have been an impeachment.

Wasn't that suppose to happen to U.S. President George W. Bush?

Is MySpace really the enemy?


The issue of MySpace drew my attention with this week's edition of the Cerritos College Talon Marks. Is there concern with the popular web site as addressed by this semester's managing editor (pictured below)?

Apparently. But wait, the Talon Marks publication currently has a MySpace page, doesn't it? The issue of MySpace has been addressed before and while yes, I do agree that those at Cerritos who have MySpace are glued to the seat like those in Las Vegas, what are you going to do? Shoot them.

As stated on your blog: "I hope this page will be an efficient way to reach students with our stories.

I think we have a nice-looking page now. The other night, I finally found a code to get rid of the "Who I'd like to Meet" text.

I'm proud of the design. I spent a lot of time on it with a lot of trial and error and I'm happy with the end result.

We may tweak something here and there but for now, I think it's a good look.

Hopefully, we can come up with some exclusive content to give students a reason to add us."


The above statement is the point. So, what's the problem?

Monday, March 3, 2008

BodyWorlds and performances next week


IF you have never seen BodyWorlds, you will have that opportunity starting on March 14 at the California Science Center. Yes, this exhibition will make a return to Los Angeles again. I think we are going. Again.

Amazing pieces of the human body...GO SEE THIS!

And finally the Vagina Monologues are coming next Tuesday and Thursday. Am I ready? NO! But I hope to be by then.