As a result of gun violence affecting my hometown and around the US, I was motivated to speak to a group of young students about the importance of expressing themselves creativity and being leaders amongst their peers. I am in support of Essence Magazine’s Guns Down Campaign to help President Obama pass stricter gun control laws. In addition to supporting our President through Congress, I believe it takes great love and respect for one another and rebuilding the family structure to get to the core of the problem. Laws won’t fix our country’s issues completely but good morals instilled from a young age will.
The note reads:
“I am concerned about the thousands of children who lose their lives to gun violence every year. I am concerned that gun violence disproportionately impacts communities of color, devastating families and robbing so many of our children of their future.
Mr. President, I support your initiatives to curb gun violence, include restrictions on assault weapons, strengthen mental health care for young people, universal background checks for gun purchasers, stiffer criminal penalties for gun trafficking and funding research on the causes and prevention of gun violence.
Mr. President, please share with Congress my support for your initiative to end gun violence. Together we can ensure a bright future for all our children.”
Let’s make a difference today! Join me and others here.
Thanks for all your help!
As someone who believes in dreaming big and inspiring others (especially the youth), discovering the photo project “Future Presidents” by Mr. Matthew Jordan Smith really touched me. I had the pleasure of meeting him at my first PhotoExpo in 2009. On top of being an iconic photographer, he’s such a nice guy! I’m proud to back his amazing project.
Click following link to check out “Future Presidents”:
Keep dreaming big!
More photos here
Great show! Proceeds benefits One Billing Rising and The Atlantic County Women’s Center.
Why can’t two people in love legally be together? What’s it to someone else how a couple wants to spend their lives? Those claiming to be standing for God’s word, how is supporting “love” against God’s word? God is love. Love does not discriminate. No matter who finds it. Everyone should have equal rights. Plain and simple.
“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” – Jimi Hendrix
It seems that Mother Nature got a case of amnesia again. On the second day of Spring, she brings back beautiful winter weather!
With the way mother nature’s been so unpredictable lately, who knows, you may be able to use these tips soon again! Also, a facebook friend’s poorly exposed snow photo from today inspired me to share some helpful tips for those who want to take better snow pictures and have manuel settings on their cameras.
The best snowy photos always have a beautiful bright, white look. And you really don’t need a super expensive lens or camera to get great snow pictures! To achieve this look, you must first:
Set the white balance in manuel settings to omit any unrealistic color cast. One could opt for a “cool tone” or a “warm tone” while taking snow pictures but that’s something you’ll have to decide based on what looks better to you. Typically, the cooler the tone or color cast, the more realistic, however, adding a splash of warm tone can give your winter pictures a fresh and vibrant look. Again, try it and see what you like.
The aperature must be at the smallest opening, which is at the lowest number possible – 2.8, 1.4 etc. If you don’t have an aperature that hits these numbers (usually, more expensive lenses will come with an amazing aperature range) don’t fret! You’ll just have to rely on a steady hand, tripod or nearby bench to hold camera still while clicking the shutter button. This long exposure helps compensate for lenses that have really small aperature numbers.
At this point, you will have successfully captured great quality snow pictures. However, for a more dramatic look, you may want to play in color and contrast in the post production stage using any camera editing software program, i.e., basic iPhoto or advanced Adobe Photoshop, Aperature or Lightroom.
I hope this helps! Any questions, please feel free to let me know in comments below.
Check out some of my shots from today’s Spring Winter Wonderland.
Hopefully it’ll start behaving like the “Spring” we’re use to in the coming weeks.