By Billy LePage
Regardless of your political stance, we can all agree that 2017 has been a tumultuous and unprecedented time in history. In periods of uncertainty, it is important to focus on goodness and embrace positivity.* While it may seem like there isn’t much else going on right now besides political debates, this list proves otherwise.
*Focusing on goodness doesn’t mean complacency!
Enjoy some of the moments that made me smile in 2017.
1. A record number of People of Color nominated for Academy Awards
The nominees for the 89th Academy Awards were announced on January 24. Not only was there a Person of Color (POC) nominated in every acting category, but we saw far more representation than ever before in other categories like Directing, Writing, and Choreography. Films like Moonlight, Fences, and Hidden Figures are expected to receive high critical acclaim. Historically, minority talent has been underrepresented at the awards show. Tune in on February 26 at 7pm EST to celebrate these achievements!
2. Beyonce is pregnant…with twins!
“We would like to share our love and happiness. We have been blessed two times over. We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two, and we thank you for your well wishes.” — The Carters
The BeyHive is swarming about Queen Bey’s Instagram announcement, which quickly became the most liked photo on the app—ever. The singer is expecting twins with her husband of 9 years, rapper and producer Jay-Z. Notorious for their privacy, the couple has not made any public appearances in several months. Beyoncé released additional photos on her website, including shots with her 5-year-old daughter and soon-to-be big sister Blue Ivy. Congrats, Bey!
3. This photo of POTUS Barack Obama windsurfing in the British Virgin Islands.
4. Russian firefighters saved 150+ pigs and piglets from a burning barn
5. Ben & Jerry’s releases 3 new flavors
6. Lady Gaga’s Superbowl half-time performance
The performer had big shoes to fill following two years of superb half-time shows (Beyoncé and Bruno Mars), and she delivered!
“It was a show of shiny costumes and big smiles, of a huge group of dancers all sharing the same moves, an outpouring of energy that was eager to please everybody.” — Jon Pareles, The New York Times.
Patriots and Falcons fans might not be on good terms, but we can all agree that we’re thankful for a new arsenal of memes. Miss the performance? Watch it here.
7. TEDxBU is only a month away!
T-minus 39 days until one of the best events of the spring! Did you miss the deadline to apply as a speaker? Stay tuned for details on how to attend coming soon. This will be the best TEDxBU yet!
Today marked the first annual TEDxBU! Our entire team would like to thank everyone involved for their support. The speakers (some whom traveled from the other side of the earth), the attendees, our sponsors, our mentors, and OUR VOLUNTEERS! Without all of these people this event would not have been the success it was. We thank you again and look forward to growing and seeing you again in 2016!
Technology. Entertainment. Design. Independently Organized. Boston. University.
Acronyms can mean a lot of things. They can create new words or slurs based on a group of words. At Boston University, we have more acronyms than we know what to do with. There are BU (Boston University) students in CAS (College of Arts and Sciences) studying BMB (Cell Biology and Molecular Biology) and students in SMG (School of Management) that could be going to the UPO (Undergraduate Program Office) to seek information about their OB (Organization Behavior) concentration. Students can seek assistance at the ERC (Educational Resource Center) or the CCD (Center for Career Development). It is important to slow down sometimes and break these acronyms down because they pack so much information in such a simple string.
As a independently organized event, as noted by the 'x', TEDxBU strives to embody TED's message: to spread ideas worth spreading. The first conference existed were Technology Entertainment and Design converge and the current themes are much broader. Our offshoot event acknowledges these areas of study but focuses on a topic much closer to our hearts: Boston University.
Much of our speakers have spend time studying at Boston University. Some have studied four years and graduated with a Bachelors, others are three years into a doctoral program. Others are professors or directors at BU and others are still undergraduate students. A few have not spent time inside a BU classroom, but their spark addresses Boston University, such as analyzing the education system that allowed many students to reach the caliber of an admitted BU student.
Our speakers and guests will be the words that create TEDxBU. They will share their sparks, whether it is redesigning the current society or education systems or levering entertainment media to spread a message. Although individually we all mean and stand for something different, together we can mean something.
Together, we are TEDxBU.
Interesting in applying to be part of the audience? Apply for a ticket here
I wished him “Happy Birthday” on his last birthday.
Last year, to open his photography exhibit, "Secret Selves" at the GSU, Boston University, Leonard Nimoy skyped in for a Q&A about his work. I had gone because I loved the character he played on Star Trek, everyone's favorite half-Vulcan Mr. Spock. Right before the Skype feed began, the curator of the show suggested to us not to mention anything Star Trek related as "Mr. Nimoy is only accepting questions about his exhibit please."
This isn't surprising considering Mr. Nimoy's first autobiography is entitled, "I am Not Mr. Spock."
Nimoy was able to lead us through his thought process of making "Secret Selves" without mentioning Star Trek, because the franchise is irrelevant to what was he was currently propagating. In his photography work, Nimoy looks to help viewers find beauty in themselves. Specifically in "Secret Selves," Nimoy sought to express the side of his models that they have never shown to anyone before. This very intimate expression of his models allows viewers to reflect on their own selves and souls and question what they intentionally, or even unintentionally, hide from others.
One person had stepped up to not ask Mr. Nimoy a question, but rather to thank him for his work. The speaker had engaged with Nimoy’s project, “The Full Body Project”, which aided her in a battle against a negative self-image and low self-confidence.
To describe the The Full Body Project, Mr. Nimoy is often quoted by saying “The average American woman weighs 25 percent more than the models selling the clothes. There is a huge industry built up around selling women ways to get their bodies closer to the fantasy ideal. Pills, diets, surgery, workout programs... The message is ‘You don't look right. If you buy our product, you can get there.’” (1)
For the final question Mr. Nimoy was asked what his “secret self” was. He laughed and described how that questions always pops up, yet he doesn’t have an answer for it. I know my answer may be very different than his, but it is the same as thousands of now 20-somethings: someone who loves to dress up in a blue shirt and pointy ears who always makes most logical decision, while still struggling to understand emotions.
Mr. Nimoy signed off similarly to his famous character and undoubtedly these words will remain associated with him forever, “Live Long and Prosper”
I believe his message, his spark, is something a bit simpler: “You’re beautiful”
At TEDxBU, on our speaker session themes is Individual Identity. Speakers will explore struggles they have experienced because of an identity they embrace. As Mr. Nimoy’s work inspires people to embrace their body and souls, the speakers during this session will speak about how embracing their identity is the best thing they could have done.
Goodbye Mr. Nimoy.
Please follow this link for more information about Leonard Nimoy’s photography:
Also try googling some of his collections:
The Full Body Project
FOUR - The event will be held on 4/4/2015 at BU Central.
TWELVE - There will be 12 speakers all discussing a myriad of subjects that they are passionate about. These speakers includes current members of the BU community, alumni, or just downright inspiring human beings who have gone off to accomplish great things!
THIRTY-SEVEN - Only 37 days left until TEDxBU. Insane.
ONE HUNDRED - There are 100 open seats available so if you’d like to attend, apply today! Check out the site's home page for the application.
Get X-cited, Boston University.
It takes one spark to ignite a fire.
The individual is the simplest but most powerful single entity in a movement of change and transformation. The theme of TEDxBU this year is SPARK; the single spark that ignites a cascade of positive, meaningful effects. Your ideologies and actions inspire those around you to foster their own sparks to keep this momentum alive. The selection of speakers and performers at TEDxBU this year will discuss and demonstrate what their spark is and how they used their inspiration to spark change in their communities and the world around them.
It takes one spark to ignite a fire.
So, what’s yours?
TEDxBU | 2015