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East2West Trends Chapter Nov. 10, 2013

Hello!!

Welcome back to East2West, and thanks for joining us today. This is Rosalyn, and I can’t believe that it is mid November!

I already witnessed a holiday event that you can read about below in my Entertainment section!

For now, let’s talk about POLITICS.

POLITICS

Alright millenials, I read this and found it fascinating! Is our generation completely jaded and apathetic? I still remember the hope, optimism and “yes we can” of when Obama was first elected. Now reading this, I can’t help but think was it just a love affair?

Link here: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/11/18/love-affair-over-obamacare-debacle-shakes-up-millennial-politics.html

The youth vote was instrumental in electing Obama as president, and I think this question raises a really good point for the future. “What kind of politician can speak to a generation that feels betrayed by big corporations, big government, and high finance, by deregulation and regulation, in both war and peace? “

No matter where you live, I like to think that every vote does matter. I also like to believe that there is hope for the future and our generation, but reading articles and blogs like the above make me wonder about how quickly big political changes on issues that matter most to us can realistically occur.

ENTERTAINMENT

Last night, I was able to attend the annual Christmas Tree Lighting at the Grove! Now this wasn’t just any tree lighting, because it was a Hollywood one! This meant that Mary J. Blige, Toni Braxton, Jewel, Gavin Degraw and CeeLo were all present and singing songs of merriment. All of these performers combined with a tree lighting and fireworks made it a beautiful night!

You can see pictures here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2509145/Mary-J-Blige-Jewel-festive-spirit-tree-lighting-ceremony-shopping-mall-The-Grove-LA.html

It was a great experience, but I would also like to share the behind the scenes perspective of it all. I searched the internet to see if anybody wrote about this as a news story or even blogged about it, but yet, I did not see anything and am surprised. Maybe it was just very LA, and I noticed because I’m not used to it all yet.

This was a live event, but it was not broadcast live. Therefore, this allowed for different takes and do overs of songs that could not be sung properly due to technical difficulties or maybe even the forgetting of words. I was so surprised when Mary J Blige took 3 times to sing the same Christmas song. It was almost painful to hear over and over. When she sang her second song, they had her redo it. I was blown away by this and annoyed that after standing for hours, we had to sit through the same song all over again for no real apparent reason other than her lack of energy. My theater teacher in high school would have been mortified. He always told me the show must go on and you must power through the song no matter what. Yet, here in LA, there were do overs and faked applause again.

Perhaps it’s just that people are used to being on set so they can listen to the same song over and over without feeling annoyed or perhaps this is just how concerts work here. When Jewel sang, she literally mid song said, “I’m going to need to do this again.”

I remember thinking it was a joke, but no, this was real life and in front of thousands of people.

The broadcast will be televised live and you will never see what actually went on because all of the takes that happened after the first one will be shown, but I couldn’t help but feel that in this day and age, someone with a camera phone would have posted this on a social media site and it would have went viral because it was just embarrassing.

Now I know we’re all human and we make mistakes, and we want to look and sound perfect in front of people, but this Hollywood Christmas lighting was just very overproduced!

That being said, I enjoyed the performers and am a big CeeLo fan. I loved that CeeLo took pictures with the audience after he performed. It’s refreshing to see fans get that attention too.

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FASHION

This week in Fashion, I loved Jewel’s dress at the Christmas lighting. She rocked the leather dress and made me think about the leather trend I have been seeing out here! Leather dresses, skirts, jackets, pants, faux or not, you name it and I’ve seen it! I’m wondering if it’s as much of a  trend right now on the East Coast too.

Christmas divas! Mary J Blige showed off her tattoos in a halter neck top while Jewel wore a cleavage enhancing dress at The Grove's 11th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Spectacular on Sunday

TECHNOLOGY 

Ok so if you would have told me that a picture going away in a few seconds on a smartphone would be a $3 billion dollar invention, I wouldn’t have believed you. Now every time I send a snap chat, I think about this young man’s net worth and the fact that Facebook offered him $3 billion for the Snapchat app, and he rejected the offer. This 23-year-old is making me feel very unaccomplished in life right about now!

Read about this here:

http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2013/11/13/snapchat-spurned-3-billion-acquisition-offer-from-facebook/

SOCIAL GOOD 

Movember is in full swing!

Now for those of you don’t know about Movember, I thought this video was great.

Men grow moustaches in November to support men’s health. For more on Movember and how you can help support the cause, click here: http://us.movember.com/

Also, with the winter Olympics just around the corner, I loved seeing the men participating in Movember #trending on Twitter.

http://www.teamusa.org/News/2013/November/11/Social-Media-Stories-Team-USA-Participates-In-Movember

Go #TeamUSA!

Stayed tuned for my East Coast counterpart’s post below!

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Thanks Rozzy and welcome welcome to this weeks ‘episode’ of East coast trends!

POLITICS

On November 22, 1963 John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. This Friday marks the 50 year anniversary of his death. I had a chance to watch the NatGeo film Killing Kennedy which takes us through the perceived plot by Lee Harvey Oswald to kill President Kennedy. There are a number of memorial events happening around this country this week. Take a look here for some happening on the East coast: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/11/17/jfk-anniversary-events/3576133/

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‘Fun’ fact of the day: Of all of the attempted assassinations on U.S. Presidents, five have been successful:

1) President Abraham Lincoln – April 14, 1865

2) President James Garfield – July 2, 1881

3) President William McKinley – September 6, 1901

5)President John F. Kennedy – November 22, 1963

ENTERTAINMENT

So whooo out there has been keeping up with Justin Bieber’s 10 week song series!? For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, Justin Bieber has committed to releasing one song every week for 10 weeks, calling it ‘Music Mondays’ a bit like Kanye West’s ‘G.O.O.D. Friday’s that took place in 2010. We are now in week seven of 10 and this weeks release, a collaboration with R. Kelly is called PYD (Put You Down). Read more about the Bieb’s endeavor here: http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop-shop/5747953/justin-bieber-announces-10-week-music-mondays-release-series

Justin Bieber – PYD (Audio) – YouTube

In other news, we allll know that the countdown started the day after the first film was released but last Friday was FINALLY the one week countdown to the release of the second Hunger Games film, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Check out the trailer here:

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=keT5CRhhy84

FASHION

I am so excited to report on this. this week. I have the distinct opportunity to attend a fabulous event in New York this weekend which is likely to include a red carpet, photographers meant to capture much more famous people than myself, and some high fashion. Best of all the event will raise millions of dollars to provide support for AIDS in Africa.  So what does that have to do with fashion, you ask? Well, in the midst of making travel plans I all of the sudden thought, ‘what does one wear to such a swanky red carpet type event?’ This is when I started regretting not reading more books in the Gossip Girl series because surely they would have educated me on attire and etiquette for such events. But that’s when my fabulous Jersey roommate suggested a company called Rent the Runway. At rentherunway.com you can rent amazing dresses from a variety of designers at  relatively low prices. You can also rent bags and accessories and buy the major interior necessities like slips, spanx, tunics and bras. They also ship you the dress in TWO SIZES! I need to meet the girls that created this and hug them. A hint for my fellow frugal aspiring fashionistas out there. Here is a link to some promo codes you can use when you rent a dress at renttherunway.com – $25 off your first purchase 🙂

Here’s a sneak peak at what I’ll be strutting down the red carpet

dress for auction

TECHNOLOGY

Facebook has recently (again…as if it ever stopped) become the talk of the town with their substantial offer to buy out Snapchat and consequential rebuff from Snapchat founders, leaving on the table behind them more than $3billion. In any case, Facebook continues to increase the number of features they offer users. I think we’ve all asked ourselves, is Facebook on its way down? Is it going to become so massive and convoluted that it takes on a virtual MySpace persona? We’ll see. But for now they’re testing a new feature that allows users to know when their friends are online using their mobile phones or via the web. Hmmm, seems a bit trivial at first thought and quite unsubstantial but apparently this is Facebook taking a  “unified communications” approach and will help “[create] ways of letting people seamlessly integrate their mobile messaging and desktop messaging applications and services — partly so people stayed connected all the time, and partly so that they knew where their messages were ending up.” Fair enough. Facebook is also partnering with an organization called SportsStream to offer users better more applicable results deciphering searches more effectively and and providing teams with disaggregated content to be able to embed on their sites.

More on the test feature: http://techcrunch.com/2013/11/18/web-or-mobile-facebook-tests-a-new-chat-feature-that-shows-where-friends-are-online/

More on SportsStream: http://techcrunch.com/2013/11/18/facebook-sports-data/

SOCIAL GOOD

Readers, we have entered a new era of personal photo taking into a new iteration of ‘selfies’ (i.e. pictures you take of yourself). There is now something called the ‘unselfie’ where ironically you are still taking a picture of yourself, but you selfie has a purpose and outcome for good. I’ve been seeing tons of articles and photos go up in response to Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda in the Philippines asking people to take action to support those who were affects. Want to get involved in the ‘unselfie’ movement? RYOT.org one of my favorite media sources out there can tell you how: http://www.ryot.org/instagram-unselfie-help-typhoon-haiyan-victims/470085

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Until next week!

XoXo

Sara

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