Nightbirde, Who Wowed AGT Audiences, Dies At Age Of 31


Nightbirde wowed TV audiences on America's Got Talent singing about her cancer journey. The artist died on February 19 after a four year battle with cancer.
Nightbirde (Jane-Marczewski) wowed America’s Got Talent audiences

Nightbirde, real name Jane Marczewski, wowed America’s Got Talent audiences last summer with her original song “It’s Ok,” which the singer shared was about her ongoing cancer journey. The performance ended in a standing ovation and a ‘golden buzzer’ from Simon Cowell himself. Continue reading “Nightbirde, Who Wowed AGT Audiences, Dies At Age Of 31”

My Favorite Thing Today

I don’t watch America’s Got Talent on a regular basis, but I’m glad I saw this.

It’s best that I not explain anything in advance. Just watch and listen. You’ll know why.

And yes, I know I’m a tad behind.

Photographer Reveals The Super-Heroes Within These Kids With Illnesses

And then, you see folks doing this.

Photographer Josh Rossi used special photo shoots to reveal the super-heroes these kids with illnesses and disabilities truly are.

More of this, please.

The Super Bowl Commercial FOX TV Didn’t Want You To See

This is truly the Super Bowl commercial FOX TV didn’t want you to see.

While the first half of this spot by 84 Lumber, debuted during the Super Bowl last night, viewers were urged to see the second half online. Titled, “The Entire Journey,” the commercial chronicles a mother and daughter’s symbolic migrant journey towards becoming legal American citizens.

FOX TV apparently told 84 Lumber the image of an actual wall was too controversial for their viewers.

I really encourage you to watch the full 5 minute video. The tag line at the end hits it.

If this doesn’t affect you, it probably says something about your perspective on the world.

Student Director Crafts Moving Spec Spot For ADIDAS

Bravo to student filmmaker Eugen Merher of Germany.

Merher’s spec spot for Adidas has a visceral pull that’s undeniable. The minute and a half video tells the tale of a senior in a retirement home who dreams of his days as a marathon runner.

And then one day, he finds an old pair of Adidas running shoes.

This one will tug at you.

The 26-year-old student at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg told the Huffington Post that he tried to share it with the footwear company: “We tried sending it to [Adidas’] communications department but they didn’t really react.”

I’ll bet you’ve got their attention now, Eugen 🙂

Video: “It Got Better” Featuring RuPaul

The It Got Better Project closes out it’s second season of inspiring stories with the one and only RuPaul.

From It Gets Better:

This collection of stories from notable members of the LGBT community is meant to build on Project testimonials and further empower and inspire audiences throughout the world with themes of courage, perseverance, personal growth, and hope — giving context to when and why and how “it got better.”

We began this project with the goal to educate, save lives, and change minds. We believe the stories that we’ve collected are capable of doing just that. So we are very proud to wrap this season with the incredible RuPaul, following moving stories from Nate Berkus, Janet Mock, Rosie O’Donnell, Andrew Rannells and Portia De Rossi.

From executive producers Dan Bucatinsky, Lisa Kudrow, Brian Pines and Dan Savage.

Via L/Studio – created by Lexus – an eclectic collection of unique perspectives meant to inspire you. Surprising, intelligent, and original work from the worlds of film, art, culture, design, science, and beyond.

Meet Max Lenox

Max Lenox is a senior at West Point and co-captain of the basketball team for the second year.

But there’s a LOT more to the story than simply “teenager excels at life.” A lot more.

From Sports Illustrated:

Max Lenox is a senior at the U.S. Military Academy. But wait: His path there has not been storybook pat. Lenox will be the first to tell you he is no genius. He flunked two classes as a freshman and almost got kicked out; like Gen. George Patton, Lenox is a “turnback,” a cadet forced to repeat his plebe year and to graduate late. Last year, in a class of 1,084, he was ranked No. 903.

It’s important to note in watching Max’s story and reading his life journey that the haters who would deny loving gay or lesbian couples the right to marry and raise kids is supposedly based on the idea that gay couples don’t make for a stable and supportive environment for kids. With that in mind, I’d love to know where folks like Brian Brown of the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage would have preferred to see Max Lenox end up?

Looks like he’s doing pretty great to me…

Watch the short video below, then read the mucho inspiring story of Max and his parents at SI.

1984: United States Men’s Gymnastic Team Wins Gold

I came across this short video that tells the tale of the US men’s Olympic gymnastic team winning the gold against the odds at the 1984 Summer Games.

I always frowned on the idea that an “asterisk” is usually associated with the win since the Soviet Union chose to boycott those games, seeming the take some luster from the win.

Our guys scores were amazing. Nothing could be taken away from the accomplishment.

Oh – and then there’s the fact that all our guys were very easy on the eyes.

Made for double the TV viewing enjoyment.

19 Year-Old Literally Lives For Basketball

Nineteen year-old college freshman Lauren Hill

Nineteen year-old Lauren Hill has just weeks to live, but she still gets up at 5:30am for basketball practice.

She can’t even do most of the drills anymore, but she still tries: “Because I feel like I’d be a quitter. And I don’t like being called a ‘quitter.'”

The Mount St. Joseph University freshman’s dream is to play in a college game before time runs out.

That game is one week away. Normally, there would be 50 people in the stands for such a game. Next week will be different. The game is already sold out – 10,000 tickets. In one hour.

The coach has even come up with a new play – Lauren’s Layup – and looks forward to the crowd cheering her on.

Next to her love of basketball, Lauren’s biggest passion is raising money for pediatric brain cancer. She’s begun a charity, The Cure Starts Now, where folks can donate.

Watch Lauren’s inspiring story below.