Tuesday, March 8, 2011


Today, is the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day.  International Women's Day is recognized as a time to celebrate the global inequalities women have overcome and to work on removing inequalities that still remain.  The first International Women's Day was held in Germany, Austria, Denmark and Switzerland, during the year 1911.  What began as campaigns, rallies, and protest for Women's rights has transitioned, some what, into a celebration of equalities achieved for women, economically and socially. Although it is true we have made great strides, all over the world Women are still treated less than Man.

Some Interesting Facts about the Plight of Women*
Women perform 66% of the world's work, but....
Women represent 70% of the world's poor
6 out of every 10 women experience sexual/physical abuse
Women were not allowed to vote until the year 1920, in the U.S.
1964, The Civil Rights Act was passed, which also help to prevent discrimination of women in the workplace
In times of War, Women are brutally punished
N.O.W., National Organization for Women founded 1966
1987 Congress established Women's History Month

Each year an International Women of Courage Awards ceremony is held.  This year it will be hosted by none other than Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton and First Lady Michelle Obama. 

Your favorite social sites are Celebrating International Women's Day, which means YOU can get involved with just a click of a button.  Via Facebook you can sign CARE International Women's Day Petition. The petition will be sent to Congress to encourage our representatives to "support policies that help empower women".  Sign the Petition HERE.  Via twitter you can place bids to have your favorite celebrity (Brett Michales, Brian White, George Lopez, Ashley Tisdale, etc) follow, tweet, or retweet you.  All proceeds from the bids will go to CARE, to help educate Women.  Visit TwitChange HERE

As a Woman, what do you do to EMPOWER those around you?  Men, what women INSPIRE AND/OR EMPOWER YOU?  COMMENTS!!!

*Facts were derived from several internet resources, dates and details vary by source

Monday, March 7, 2011

TalkstillCheap.com @ the S.E.A. awards 2011

TalkstillCheap.com Nominee "Website of the Year", Creator, Shirrelle M. "Role Model of the Year"

On yesterday, March 6, 2011, I attended my first award show, as a blog site. As previously posted, TalkstillCheap.com made the S.E.A. ballot back in September 2010. (Previous story here.). The nominations and votes are placed by the public at large. TalkstillCheap.com was nominated for "Website of the Year" and I, Shirrelle, was nominated for "Role Model of the Year". S.E.A. stands for Southern Entertainment Awards. This year marked the eighth year the awards have been held. The S.E.A.s are geared toward the recognition of indie artists, producers, models, radio personalities, etc.

So as a first time nominee and a first time attendee, I wasn't sure what to expect. I was certain it would be a great networking opportunity, if nothing else. The show was filled with performances and guest presenters. A lot of the winners were announced on Saturday and the remaining were announced during the award ceremony. Although, TalkstillCheap.com did not bring home any awards, it was truly an experience.
However, I was a little disappointed. There were some good performances and one GREAT one, in my opinion. (The women did a superb job) A lot of the winners were not present to pick up their awards. It made me wonder, "Do people take the S.E.A. awards seriously?". There was a nice crowd there, but the crowd did not seem to consist of the "winners". Some of the performances were lack luster. The hostess for the evening even told a group they need to "work on your stage presence". She was telling the truth. Most of the rappers I could not understand.

The S.E.A. awards were created, in my belief, to give the independent artists/entrepreneurs in the entertainment industry, some recognition. The world is full of talent, but unfortunately not everyone makes it to the Grammys. Honestly, If you can't give 110% for the S.E.A. awards, I would even hate to see you at the Grammys. Then again, that goes back to my original question. Are the S.E.A.s taken seriously?

I don't know, maybe it was just me, as a first time attendee. Maybe I set my expectations too high. Its my belief, that you should always put your best foot forward no matter where you are, who your crowd is, and how big or small your crowd is.  I am sure some performers could have done a whole better.

On the other hand, there was one group that even returned to the stage for an encore. A very talented group, by the name of "One Thurd" (bottom right picture), they gave a lot of energy, which in turn brought the energy up in the building. The crowd finally got on their feet. A couple of the women performers did a great job too. The set Dj Dimepiece did with another female artist, was also pretty good.

All in all, it was an honor to be nominated and to attend.  The staff was very efficient and timely in responding to emails and questions via twitter.  I got a chance to network and I applaud all the nominees, artist, and businesses.  I know there are a lot of people out there doing their thing and chasing their dreams.  (Shoutout to my homegirl, Da Ladie, host of Memphis Street Scenes television show, performer, and an Internet radio show personality #BOSS) 
Do you think I sound harsh?  Did you attend the award ceremony?  Do you take S.E.A. nominations and awards seriously?  Does Memphis, the hosting city, take the award show and music conference weekend seriously?  What can we do to improve?  Any one out there aspire to make the ballot next year? 

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