Thursday, February 17, 2011

Academy Awards: MTV-U 2011 Oscars Correspondent Contest Vote

The Academy Awards is more than just the Oscars, it's Oscar-related events and initiatives. This one, The annual MTV-U Oscars Correspondent Contest, is this blogger's favorite.

 It's a chance for college students to really get an idea of what it's like to be a Red Carpet media correspondent during the Academy Awards. The lucky top three are flown to Hollywood to be a part of pre-Oscars events, and the winning team is actually put to work on The Red Carpet on Oscars Sunday.

This is my video from last year's competition (2010), where Terry Stackhouse and Zach Cusson of Emerson, won over Brandon McCaskill and Kiarra Hart of Florida A&M, and Rachel Berry and Christian Hartnett of Chapman University:

For 2011, out of 10 semifinalists, the top three that got the most votes by February 2nd have emerged. I've cast my vote and while I'm not telling you who I picked, you can vote for your favorite one now and until tomorrow, Friday, February 18th, at 5 PM, PST.

But of course you're going to have to see their videos, and they're placed below. The order is exactly the same as that used by MTV-U, and has no relationship to the team this blogger picked.

After looking at the videos, click on the link at the bottom marked VOTE, scroll down to the middle of the page where the selections appear, then login to the MTV-U community, and make your selection.

Blake Mitchell and David Torcivia - University of Georgia (UGS)

Luz Pena and Philip Robibero - Hofstra University

Sarah Erickson and Joel Kutz - University of Southern California (USC)

Ok. All done? Now cast your VOTE!

Stay tuned to this space for more Academy Awards info and content. Once again, I'll be on the Red Carpet with the winners, but this time with a group of very cool video-bloggers: Marla Schulman of Life After Kids TV, Jen Friel of Talk Nerdy To Me Lover, and Milena Merrill. Also, Rachel Berry, from the 2010 Competition, will appear to give her take.


Jessica Alba Uses Twitter And Facebook To Say "I'm Pregnant"

Now that's a great way to use your 1 million Twitter followers! Actress Jessica Alba @jessicaalba sent out this tweet that originated from her Facebook page to tell all that she and husband Cash Warren are expecting their second child:

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It's been a while since I've been on FB & I thought I'd drop by to let you all in on some exciting news>Honor is...

And here's her original Facebook message with the news of her new status as "Mother to be, again."

Jessica Alba
It's been a while since I've been on FB & I thought I'd drop by to let you all in on some exciting news>Honor is going to be a Big Sister! Cash and I are thrilled and wanted to share the news directly with you so you didn't hear about it somewhere else. I appreciated all of the love and support you all gave me during my first pregnancy and will definitely appreciate it again this time around. Have a great day! Jess

Why is this news?

Some of you may be asking why this is news, and that's a fair question that should be answered here.

Briefly, it works like this.

Jessica Alba has a recognized name. She's played in a number of movie and TV roles, some touching on American Culture's "hot spots," like when she played "Sue Storm" in the Fantastic Four movie series based on the Marvel Comic books of the same name.

Because of that, and her Twitter-staff assisted generation of over 1 million Twitter followers, including a number of media outlets, she's able to start a buzz with a "milestone tweet." Now, if Alba had tweeted that she was drinking water, that would have went nowhere. But being pregnant's a big deal.

The result is a number of blog posts and webpages write about the news. That, in turn, creates more of what I call "Internet real estate" that, in turn, is being click on. More people then use Google to find out more information, and that causes Google Trends to be impacted. Which, causes even more blog and website posts, including this one.

That's how buzz is generated in the 21st Century.

Congratulations to Jessica Alba for becoming a Mom for the second time, and giving a lesson in how to use social media in the process.

How Can 99ers Effect Change / Get Benefits Until They TAKE ACTION?

Exactly how can the 99ers ever effect change or get the benefits they need unless or until they TAKE ACTION consistently? This is the burning question.

The answer is far more complicated than one can imagine. There will always be the few who do not engage in any of the lobbying efforts to persuade Washington to take action to save the longest term unemployed in America. Still with millions of UI exhaustees and millions more about to hit the UI threshold for their own states - one would think every petition, call/fax or email campaign and certainly a Twitter event to assist the 99er cause would be flooded with willing participants - but it does not appear to be true. Even the campaign to email resumes to Congress called for my Jesse Jackson Jr. (D - IL) in 5 weeks time generated less than 100,000 responses by the public at large. What is wrong with this picture?

Everyday 99ers lose their internet and places to live, which accounts for a great deal of those MIAs for the “cause” - but there are thousands of UI exhaustees in the same boat who still manage to get to the public library to help in this epic fight, so motivation may be lacking in many. This is in part a common side effect of the inevitable depression most struggle with during long bouts of unemployment.

Whatever the reason, the 99er Nation simply MUST find a way to get the word out and unite behind One Goal: Get HR 589 to the House Floor and passed. This is the only way to start the ball rolling to get this genuine extension of extra weeks of UI for all eventually signed into law.

Tuesday’s #99erAID Twitter Event was good, but we never even trended in the USA and that is something it should not be difficult to accomplish if we just had enthusiastic participation.

I hear a lot of “If I only had money I would march in Washington DC” - well I really doubt that! If you are not on Twitter yet and are serious about doing whatever you can do to help the cause then get with the program - NO EXCUSES. If you did not participate in the February 15th event - GOOD NEWS - You will have another chance to do so next Tuesday, February 22nd at 8PM EST. It is free and can be done from a cell phone. (George Washington would be proud)

According to the Trenches article 99ers HR 589 Unemployment Legislation Shot Down In Flames

“HR 589 is shot down this morning. Apparently the House Resolution violated a rule which says any legislation that changes existing law or creates new law cannot be added as an amendment. Unbeknownst to us Barbara Lee tried to attach HR 589 to the Fiscal Year 2011 Continuing Budget Resolution, a stopgap measure that will continue to fund the federal government.

The point of order was initiated by Congressman Denny Rehberg, a Republican from Montana.

The only way the bill can go forward now is through overwhelming support which would require republican support, which is not going to happen. It is disturbing to find out that our greatest advocate Barbara Lee evidently either does not know the House rules or somehow thought she was exempt from them.”

And offered this commentary: “Maybe the proponents of the 99ers will now see that they will never accomplish anything unless they break outside the status quo and the insider buddy buddy system and attack next time with a united 99er force, not only backing them, but participating in the process.”

So 99er Nation - I ask you again: HOW BAD DO YOU WANT THIS?

Do you want it bad enough to take a page from residents of Wisconsin? (see the video below)

Demonstrators gathered in large numbers at the Wisconsin state Capitol on Tuesday, to protest Republican Gov. Scott Walker's budget proposal to help close the state's shortfall by removing nearly all collective bargaining rights for public employees.

As the Wisconsin State Journal reports, over 10,000 protestors gathered at the state Capitol building Tuesday, with thousands also crowded inside the building itself.

You do NOT need to get to Washington DC to make this happen. U-Cubed in their unique “local cube” modeling is designed to build a movement from the local level and grow out - to gather the masses required to get our message directly out to the “Powers that be” in terms they cannot ignore! Yet U-Cubed has not yet reached 5,000 members. WTF?

If you want the strength of union membership behind you (like they have in Wisconsin) then the MILLIONS of 99ers need to get off their butts and do what it takes to effect the change they say they need and want.

If you are not yet engaged in U-Cubed Please DO SO TODAY:
U-Cubed on:

In addition to “Getting Out There” ...
READ the Nation’s January article: Mobilizing the Jobless

AND - You must contact every Republican member of the House

ESPECIALLY: Speaker Boehner
Majority Leader Eric Cantor
Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy

and demand Speaker Boehner bring this to the floor immediately! Keep fighting as this IS a battle we CAN and MUST WIN!

******** Egypt CAN happen here. Listen to this:

So let's get going - post this article everywhere, send it to all of your contacts with a message: OK How bad do you want this?

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