Posts Tagged ‘Raffi’

Weekly Roundup: Carolina De Robertis, Dr. Robert Bullard, Raffi Cavoukian

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

Happy Tuesday everyone! Catch up with latest news from some of our headlining speakers:


Hats off to Carolina De Robertis, whose novel The Gods of Tango has received a Stonewall Book Award — the Barbara Gittings Literature Award, from the American Library Association. The book also was named a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year and one of NBC Latino’s Ten Best Latino Books of 2015.


Dr. Robert Bullard’s piece for the environmental magazine Ensia answers the important question “In 2016, how can environmental issues become everyone’s issues?”  Read what he has to say about what we can learn from the Environmental Justice framework.


On Saturday, Raffi went back to his singalong roots when he performed Baby Beluga, as he does at every concert, at the Royal Theatre in Victoria, BC. Check out the write-up in which he shares his thoughts on his new album Owl Singalong, balancing his political beliefs with his pop star role, and embracing an “every day is precious” philosophy.


And those are the stories for this week! Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with the latest from all of our speakers, scientists and change makers!


Trending Now: Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, Raffi Cavoukian, Bruce Campbell

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

Happy Tuesday! Check out the latest news from some of our awesome speakers: interviewed Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson and got a sneak peek at the second season of his show StarTalk as he chats about a few of his guests and topics for the new season, which premiered this past Sunday on NatGeo.


The world of children’s music will get an exciting new addition from an old favorite, Raffi Cavoukian, when his upcoming album Owl Singalong premiers this January. Read what he has to say about the album, his philosophy of child honoring, and his passion for music in this interview, and be sure to check out the first single from the album and keep up with the latest news here.


Halloween is right around the corner, which is perfect timing for the television premiere of Ash Vs. Evil Dead based on the cult horror film series starring Bruce Campbell. Take his survival advice for first-time horror-movie characters check out what else Ash has been up to before the series premiers on STARZ on October 31st!


That’s all for this spooooooky week! Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with the latest from all of our speakers, scientists and change makers!


Weekly Round Up: Kathleen Hanna, Raffi, Dr. Ainissa Ramirez

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

Happy Tuesday! Hope you’ve all had a great summer. Here’s the latest from some of our fantastic speakers that are making waves:


Start your week right by listening to the previously unreleased “Ocean Song” from Bikini Kill and let frontwoman Kathleen Hanna rock your socks off!


In other music news, beloved children’s singer Raffi gets political in his new song, calling for the return of Democracy to Canada. Check out how he hopes it can motivate young voters.


Finally, the esteemed Dr. Ainissa Ramirez generously donated a selection of books to “the little storefront library from my youth,” the Marion branch of the Jersey City Public Library, where they were much appreciated.



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That’s all for this week! Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with the latest from all of our speakers, activists, scientists and change makers!



Week in Review!

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Check out the latest updates from our awesome speakers and activists:


The Final Four is set to get underway in Indianapolis this weekend and Indiana’s new law protecting businesses that turn away gay and lesbian customers on religious grounds is going to be a major topic. Wade Davis, a former NFL player and executive director of the You Can Play Project, expects to add to that conversation when his organization hosts a panel the prior to the national semifinals.


FX has announced that Bruce Campbell has been cast to portray Ronald Reagan in the upcoming second season of the FX drama Fargo.


Raffi Cavoukian has released children’s albums in five decades, starting with Singable Songs for the Very Young in 1975. Now, after 12 years between albums, Raffi has released Love Bug!





That’s all for this week — be sure to follow us Facebook and Twitter to keep up with the latest!


Weekly Round Up: From Gender Equality to Net Neutrality

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Happy Tuesday!


Looks like our neighbors on the East coast are bracing for another snowstorm over the next few days, stay safe and stay warm!  We hope that everyone celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King’s Birthday!   We honor his legacy and work and encourage folks to remember him in giving back to their communities.


Here’s a look at what some of our speakers were up to this past week.


The reimagined Cosmos series starring Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson will premier March 9th on FOX!  Seth MacFarlane-the show’s executive  producer and star Dr. Tyson  talk about the show with USA Today, Deadline, Hollywood Reporter, the Wrap, the LA Times, Zap2It, Channel Guide, TV Equals, Chron, Mother Nature Network, National Monitor, Engadget, and International Business Times.  Whew!


Five years out from the signing of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, Ledbetter herself takes to the pages of the Washington Post to urge further action toward closing the gender pay gap.


In the pages of the New York Times, Dr. Stephanie Coontz responds to Maria Shriver’s star-studded offering, A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink, taking the reader through the gendered economy of the US, past and present.  “Whether they realize it or not, men now have a direct stake in policies that advance gender equity.”


Mother Jones asks Kathleen Hanna to share what she listens to, 16 years after Bikini Kill.  She tells the Guardian, “I don’t feel like an icon at all, more like a singing social worker, or a person with a bizarre back story..”  At the Rumpus, she answers questions on topics from technology and recording processes available in her different musical projects to her abortion at age 15, paid for with her McDonald’s wages.


At the Huffington Post, law scholar Spencer Overton avers that a bipartisan Voting Rights Act is possible.


“I was born in a culture where music was breath,” quotes Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon as saying.  “If you start to sing as soon as you start to talk, then there’s no separation between talking and singing.”


The Mathematical Association of America awards Steven StrogatzJoy of X its 2014 Euler Book Prize for showing “that these subjects have a beautiful side, a playful side, a mysterious side, and a practical side even in our present-day cyberculture.”


At io9, Annalee Newitz shares the results of a tech company’s experiment, proving that “booth babes” do not increase sales.  She also covers the latest threat to net neutrality.


Tucson Weekly takes a retrospective on Ted Conover’s landmark 1987 book Coyotes, wherein the author joined migrants struggling to cross the US-Mexico border, marveling that the tome, with all its tales of desperation, “is now a quaint anecdote compared to the unimaginable horror today’s migrants face in an era of increased post-Sept. 11 anti-terror border vigilance and drug-running sociopaths.”


Anticipating his performance in Nanaimo, its newspaper writes of Raffi, “Whether it’s singing ‘Bananaphone’ or calling upon the Canadian government to consider ‘reasonable regulations on the Internet,’ Raffi’s endeavors are often aimed at making the world a better place for its youngest inhabitants.”  Similarly, Kelowna’s newspaper interviews Raffi in anticipation of his appearance, asking what about children he finds inspirational.  “Children are the embodiment of joy. They seek meaning in life and they do it in wonder-filled ways.”


Did you know there are nearly 5,000 extant varieties of potato?  Peppered with fun facts about the tuber’s history, Charles C. Mann at the Smithsonian writes how this New World crop fed empire and gave rise to modern industrial agriculture.


That’s all for now – be sure to check back on Friday – our weekly Friday videos are back starting this week!!