In 100 Seconds, ‘The Value of Creativity’

Daina Amorosano by Daina Amorosano, Viacom

Amid the creative burst that is Sundance, our colleagues over at CreativeFuture unveiled this trailer on “The Value of Creativity.” In a speedy 100 seconds, the video summarizes the cultural and economic benefits of creativity, the detriment of piracy, and how the creative community can advocate on behalf of creators in the present digital climate. Read More

GET SCHOOLED, Comcast’s Internet Essentials Team Up to Inspire Thousands of Chicago Students

Marie_Groark_2009 by Marie Groark, Executive Director, Get Schooled

This fall, Get Schooled partnered with Comcast’s Internet Essentials to create the Get Schooled Get Connected Challenge.   The Challenge engaged thousands of students in more than 48 community based organizations and high schools across Chicago with a goal of connecting students with digital content aimed at preparing them for college.  The most active students across the city earned a ticket to a star-studded celebrity event at Malcolm X College on Martin Luther King Day. Read More

The Nightlyness Begins

Daina Amorosano by Daina Amorosano, Viacom

At long last, Larry Wilmore has arrived to Late Night  – “a rare nonwhite star in the constellation of late-night television,” to use the New York Times’ metaphor. We couldn’t be more excited. His arrival was eagerly anticipated, his voice filling a much hungered for space on TV. Within the first minute of his opening monologue, I felt immediately refreshed by his perspective, his angles on the news of the day. Read More

Golden Globe-Nominated ‘Selma’ a ‘Moving Masterpiece’

Daina Amorosano by Daina Amorosano, Viacom

Open in limited release since Christmas Day, Paramount and Ava Duvernay’s “moving masterpiece” Selma goes wide this week — and it’d be hard to find a current film as of-the-moment as it is historically significant. The film tells the story of Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., and has already received a flurry of award nominations, including four Golden Globes and five Independent Spirit Awards. Read More