Posts Tagged ‘Majora Carter’

Pepsi Refresh Project: Can Your Community-Building Idea Get Up To $250K?

Monday, March 29th, 2010

You know what Pepsi is doing with all the money it didn’t spend on Super Bowl ads last month? They’re giving it away at RefreshEverything.com, the Pepsi Refresh Project. (Whether this marketing concept works out or not, it’ll be a case for the textbooks irregardless.) 

Click here to see how it all works. Basically, you and/or your organization should come up with an idea that needs $5,000-$250,000 worth of seed money (something like “replace the roof on our school’s greenhouse) and then post it at the Pepsi website. If online voters think your idea is worthy, then ka-ching, baby, you’re financed. 

The process cycles through each month, so I’m thinking it behooves you to submit your ap just after midnight on the first of the month. (When Pepsi gets too many ideas, they’ll tell you to try again next month.) Get cracking. 

 

Last Saturday, Fonzworth Bentley (P Diddy’s former valet, a while back) and some others came to San Francisco to promote this project by hosting a Pepsi Idea Seminar – you know, for kids. Note that Fonzworth’s pants are NOT orange, they’re tangerine. There’s a difference, you know: 

 

Oh, and guess what, former Coca Cola woman Majora Carter is working on this project. Remember that whole Olympic torch fiasco back in ought-eight when San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and former Police Chief Heather Fong forgot who they were working for and unnecessarily kowtowed to China in a big way? Well, I’m sure Majora does

Anyway, choose or lose, vote or die - rummage around the website and see if you think it’s worth your time. Your choice. 

Hill Harper, left, Mike Posner, center, and Fonzworth Bentley, right (Tony Avelar/AP Images for Pepsi):

And here’s what Hill had to say to the kids:

“When I got a call about the Pepsi Refresh Project I thought about all the people who have ideas but don’t have the tools to build them. This project is about taking the ideas you can think of and making them happen… Everyone in the SF design atrium today has goals and dreams. What’s the journey to get there? People think they need the hook up, to win the lotto, to be the right place at right time — rather than having the right plan and coalescing resources to make it happen. Fear is false evidence appearing real. Courage to overcome fear comes from your heart. What are you passionate about? We have an intuition of what our heart says we should do but our mind tells us otherwise. What in your life have you not done that you’ve been putting off, but you’re heart is saying to do.

(Call and response with students):
I will act with courage.
I will use my heart to make decisions.
I will not allow fear to stop me.”

All the deets after the jump. 

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China’s Olympic Legacy – No More International Torch Relays

Friday, March 27th, 2009

Well that’s the news of the day – in light of the fiasco that was the 2008 Olympic International Torch Relay, the International Olympic Committee has just announced that there aint going to any more of those anytime soon. So, it’s going to be host-country relays only. Per the New York Times:

“The I.O.C. hopes to avoid the ugly scenes that erupted in San Francisco, Paris and London last year.” 

O.K. then. Here’s how the torch relay on the Streets of San Francisco looked last year, when official torch bearer Andrew Michael, seen seated in a wheelchair below, managed to get some attention by displaying a Tibetan flag:

But, OMG, he signed a contract saying he wouldn’t express hisself like that. OMG, HE SIGNED A CONTRACT with Coca Cola or somebody and then when against it. Can you imagine? If only the Sacred Flame Protection Squad had been at full force that day, they could have pushed over his wheelchair, or given him a beatdown, or manhandled him the way they did with fellow torchbearer Majora Carter

Anyway, there’s your Chinese Olympic Legacy.

Coca Cola Versus a Fierce and Foxy Black Woman – Your Genocide Olympics 2008

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

News of the day:

Chinese torch officials have been warned their paramilitary “flame attendants” will be arrested and hauled away if they touch an Australian during the torch relay. 

So that’s clear. There’ll be no manhandling Down Under in the name of “protecting the sacred flame” or whatever job description these Men in Blue have.  

But check out this scene on the streets of San Francisco a few weeks back - at least one member of the Chinese People’s Armed Police Force (PAP) got in a physical altercation with an American citizen, Majora Carter.

Apparently, the handler (a Chinese woman who sits in a car and issues commands via radio) of these so-called “goons” didn’t get the message they weren’t to assault Americans during the visit to San Francisco. Wonder why…

Desmond Tutu, Richard Gere, and Majora Carter all happy as clams under the watchful eyes of Fake Bono during a pre torch-relay shindig in San Francisco

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mcdolley via Flickr

Anyway, Coke now takes a dim view of the activist they recruited for the torch relay:

A Coca-Cola spokesman, Kelly Brooks, said, “It’s unfortunate that Ms. Carter used an invitation to participate in the torch relay as a platform to make a personal political statement. We firmly believe the Olympics are a force for good that celebrates the best in sports, and we are proud to support the Beijing 2008 Olympics.”

Were the 1936 Olympics “a force for good” also? It seems Coke might have had hand in that fiasco as well.  We’ll all just have to ponder that one.

But it turns out that Majora signed a “code of conduct” that prohibited torchbearers from displaying political or religious signs.

So what’s Coke’s next move? Extradition to Atlanta, Georgia? Rendition to Beijing? How are they going to make Majora pay for speaking out, because after all, you know, she signed a piece of paper.

The world wonders.

Chinese Paramilitary Police Operating on the Streets of San Francisco

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

The Flame Protection Squad was at it again yesterday. Elements of the People’s Armed Police Force (PAP) didn’t cotton to Olympic torchbearer Majora Carter when they saw her express herself, as you can see on this San Francisco Chronicle video here.

Another torchbearer, Andrew Michael, managed to get some attention as well.

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Media pool photo, Carlos Avila Gonzalez

It seems the duties of a torch protector are being pretty broadly defined by the PAP.