Archive | April, 2013

Do You Know My King?

28 Apr
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Consortium 12-12

26 Apr

Consortium 12-12

“Forever Hungry and Forever Satisfied”

26 Apr

Mandela honoured by film installation in Times Square

24 Apr

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A film installation celebrating Nelson Mandela is taking over the electronic billboards in New York’s Times Square.

The short presentation was commissioned by the Tribeca Film Institute, the arts organisation co-founded by Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro.

Inspirational quotes will played across many of Times Square’s screens this month to celebrate the anti-apartheid leader’s 95th birthday in July.

Mandela’s grandson Ndaba said it would “remind us of our humanity”.

He added that his grandfather approved of The Power of Words installation. “If he doesn’t support something, he’ll let you know,” he toldReuters at the launch.

The 30-year-old worked with his cousin Kweku and filmmakers Nabil Elderkin, Andrew van der Westhuyzen and Gregory Stern to choose quotes from Mr Mandela’s speeches.

The three-minute presentation will be shown every night just before midnight as part of a series of installations which have already featured Icelandic singer Bjork and British conceptual artist Tracy Emin.

Emin, who was featured in February giving a Valentine’s Day message, said the project was “really brilliant”.

Mr Mandela, who spent 27 years in jail for fighting white minority rule, was freed in 1990 and became South Africa’s first democratically elected president in 1994.

He stepped down after one term in 1999.

He recently suffered from health problems and spent more than a week in hospital for a recurring lung infection earlier this year.

The former president will celebrate his 95th birthday on 18 July.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-22261953

How I got accepted into 7 law schools & then had to choose just one…

24 Apr

Yelena Bosovik

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You know that moment? When you stretch a rubber band to its max and you can just feel that if you stretch it for even a fraction more, it will snap in two? That’s the moment God loves to work in most. In our human terms, it’s the point where you rest your hands in defeat, acknowledging there is no way that you can humanely solve the problem any more.

After months of tension, God took me to that moment one Friday, not long ago. April 5 by 5:00 pm…that was the deadline by which I had to make $250 non-refundable deposit to the law school I plan to attend. If I didn’t, I would lose my seat in the incoming class as they began to pull applicant from their waiting lists.

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Look on the Bright Side of Life !!!

21 Apr

Discerning Providence

20 Apr

Vinoth Ramachandra

It has been fashionable in some Western intellectual circles to scoff at the 18th-century Enlightenment doctrine of Progress. Where Progress was understood as the inexorable march of freedom and rationality throughout the world, with Western industrial societies leading the triumphant march, such scoffing was (and remains) necessary. Two barbarous world wars, followed by several proxy wars, all emanating from the scientifically and technologically most advanced nations, surely put paid to that myth.

However, we are soon approaching the twenty-fifth anniversary of 1989- that remarkable year which was  a huge rebuke to historical determinism, whether of the optimistic or pessimistic kind. That was the year when, with the tearing down of the Berlin Wall, the metaphorical Iron Curtain collapsed. A whole generation witnessed the truth that no power on earth is impregnable, nor is history closed to novelty, surprise and sheer reversals of direction.

Whatever the social and economic…

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