Remember One Thing: Somebody would miss you if you were gone!
After having just finished work on my film, The Difference – a documentary about teen suicide, I learned something from the youth who participated. One young person said that if you are ever thinking about suicide think about the people you love. “What would they do if you lose them?” It’s an awesome question that [...]
EURWEB dubs Yasmin Shiraz “Prolific Producer of Positive Content”
I am so thankful for the people that I’ve met in my career. The legendary Lee Bailey is a colleague who I can say is the real deal and is always about supporting what is on and poppin. Lee is always the founder of RadioScope and EURWeb! Wonderful writer, Ricardo Hazell, wrote a piece on [...]
Still Eye Rise Films Awarded its First Grant Certificate
My company, Still Eye Rise Films, recently produced the film, The Difference. It was our first time working with a government grant to produce a film. So, it was definitely an eye-opening experience. We previewed the film on September 16 and this is the certificate that I was presented with for our work on teen [...]
Remember One Thing: Do Something About the Things That Bother You!
I don’t wanna yell but I am annoyed today. I am annoyed with all of the articles that I’m reading about people who have been lynched, hung, electrocuted and otherwise treated unjustly in the United States of America. It is not enough to simply SPREAD a story on Facebook or Twitter. If you don’t like [...]
Thought Of The Day: I confess, I’ve been blessed…
In celebrating 30 days of Yasmin — 30 days of literacy, film and empowerment–this is one of my empowerment messages. 9/23 to 10/23/11 – Join the Movement… As rough as life is, and it does get rough, there are things for which we should be thankful . When I look at my life, I am [...]
You’re Invited: Young Adult Author / Director Skype-ing with Youth Organizations
As a part of my 30 days of Yasmin celebration — I’m celebrating my birthday for 30 days this year–I am scheduling Skype booktalks and film talks with youth schools and organizations. At no cost to you, we can have a 30 minute conversation on the following topics: The Blueprint for My Girls – Self [...]
Get Your Autographed Retaliation Book – Birthday Promotion!
Some of you may know that my birthday comes every year on October 23rd. This year in celebration of my birthday, I’m sending out autographed copies of Retaliation for $10… I’m paying for the shipping to anywhere in the continental US for the $10 purchases. I’m starting my celebrating on today, September 23! [We have [...]
TOTD: You cannot help someone else, without helping yourself
TOTD= Thought of the Day! We live in a world of the stingies! People who hoard everything that they get, who hold back on the very gifts that they’ve been given, and who’d just as soon let an opportunity rot then to help someone else out of a bad situation. Me, on the other hand, [...]
The Problem With Capital Punishment: You Can Never Take It Back
In the US, with a criminal justice system that has wrongly convicted people over and over again, I am outraged that we still use capital punishment. I studied criminology as an undergraduate student at Hampton University and some more as a graduate student at Morehead State University. The one thing that I continued to find [...]
What To Do: Your Child Is Being Bullied
Yesterday I took a call from a parent who asked me what to do about her 15 year old daughter being bullied. The bullying had started last year and this parent had been to the principal and not received any help. In fact, the parent went to the principal and the principal told the mother, [...]
In My Opinion: The Murder at Bowie State
Alexis Simpson is the 19-year-old Bowie State student who is accused of murdering her 18-year-old roommate, Dominique Frazier. According to various news reports Alexis and Dominique didn’t get along particularly well and after an argument that began over music, a physical altercation began. Those are all the details that I have to share at the [...]
Quote of the Day: For Parents of Young Artists
“When you are a young artist, I believe what you need most is acceptance of who you are. My parents gave me that. So, I am forever in their debt.” – Yasmin Shiraz Your child may want to sign his name with a jelly packet, he/she may want to wear a neon green top with [...]