A new charity auction is giving you the chance to travel to France and meet Janet Jackson.Travel with a guest to Cannes in the south of France, on May 21, 2013, during the world renowned Film Festival, and join Janet Jackson as her guest at a private, exclusive, VIP event benefiting amfAR on May 23rd.This Package includes a photograph with Miss Jackson at the VIP event, two business class Delta Airlines tickets, ground transfers to and from the airport, and four nights at the AC Hotel Ambassadeur Antibes- Juan les Pins or at a comparable property. (Travel dates and times to be confirmed and coordinated by Miss Jackson’s personal travel agent).What’s Included for you and a guest: – Meet and Greet with Janet Jackson – Two event tickets to amfAR event on May 23, 2013 – Photograph with Miss Jackson – Business class Delta Airlines tickets – Ground transportation to an from the airport – Four nights at the AC Hotel Ambassadeur Antibes- Juan les Pins (single room, double occupancy)The auction benefits the Providence Educational Foundation an organization that seeks to serve and advance students of all races, genders, socio-economic levels, faiths and those with no faith through extraordinary academics and Christian education throughout our nation and around our world. The Providence Educational Foundation respects the rich diversity of the communities it serves. The mission of the Providence Educational Foundation is to support the development of innovative, high-quality, Christian education that facilitates intellectual, social, and spiritual growth. Learn more by visiting providenceeducationalfoundation.org.To access the auction, which ends March 17, click here.
Geena Davis has penned an article for UN Women about gender equality in media both on-screen and off-screen.“Less than a quarter of the on-screen global workforce is female — much lower than in the real world,” she wrote. “Women are far less likely to be a judge or doctor or in any other professional or leadership position, and women and girls are twice as likely as men and boys to appear in sexualized attire or nude.“These very enlightening and disturbingly bleak findings were part of the first-ever international study on the portrayal of women in films that my institute on Gender and Media commissioned from the USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism, and presented last year with the support of UN Women and the Rockefeller Foundation.“I have stressed how important it is for future generations to have more female characters. We know that girls feel less empowered the more TV they watch, while boy’s views become more sexist. There are important ethical questions concerning stereotypes or hypersexual images to young children. No one thinks it is a positive development that, as one recent study found, girls as young as six are seeing themselves through the male gaze.“There is also an economic argument — research shows that films with more women and girls make more money, and are less likely to fail.“In the time it takes to create a television show or to make a movie, we can change what the future looks like. In other words, we don’t have to wait for society to turn things around, we can create the future now, through what people see. Yes, there are woefully few women CEOs in the world, but lots of them can be women on screen. How long will it take to fix the problem of corporate boards being so unequal? Well, they can be half women tomorrow, in films and on TV.“Here’s a simple solution; cast more women in roles written for men. The time is now for media to make the future – where we have done away with gender bias – a reality today, on-screen.”Read the full article here.
Making it fairThose kinds of prices make Ayodele Williams, 44, of Philadelphia, outraged. She and her sister were in New York last week to see a performance of Hamilton, and they had tickets they consider themselves lucky to have snagged at face value last fall.“It’s become so expensive and rigged,” Williams said. “If you have some kind of system or algorithm that allows you to buy all these tickets, you’re going to get them and then all you’re doing is re-selling. You’re not doing it for the love of the show really. You’re doing it for the love of the money.”David Marcus, executive vice-president for Ticketmaster, said that was the point of the registration system: to give fans a better experience.“It’s intended to make the initial distribution fairer,” he said, to fight against a system where brokers are the first ones out of the gate for tickets.Re-sale has a role, he said, but it shouldn’t be the oversize one it’s playing.He said so far the program has been working. Of the more than a million tickets distributed through Verified Fan since it began beta testing late last year, less than 5 per cent have gone onto the secondary re-sale market. Getting more useVerified Fan has been used for concert sales for artists such as Ed Sheeran and Harry Styles, and is now showing up for Broadway sales. Springsteen on Broadway, running from Oct. 3 to Nov. 26, is using the system, as is another show expected to be a hot prospect, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, opening next spring.The producers of the immensely popular Hamilton announced Tuesday that a new block of tickets for the show would go on sale through Verified Fan. That show has been the subject of a huge re-sale market, with tickets going for hundreds of dollars if not more than the face values.Premium seats for Hamilton run as high as $849 US, with prices on the secondary ticket markets more than double that amount. While Hamilton has put aside a few digital lottery seats for $10, the average ticket last week went for $282.65.A theatre goer purchases a ticket to the Broadway show Hamilton in New York. The incredibly popular show announced this week that it would be the latest to offer up a new block of tickets for sale using Verified Fan. (Richard Drew/The Associated Press) Advertisement Advertisement The registrations are reviewed, including past ticket purchase history and even social media accounts, with an eye toward determining whether they’re more likely to be event attendees.Those accepted get unique codes that they can use when they go to buy tickets on the sale date.The premise is that by vetting registrants, it’s more likely that actual fans would be the ones getting the first crack at hot tickets, instead of brokers and re-sellers.“That makes me feel better,” said Elster, 66, a videographer who lives in Margate, Florida. “That makes me feel like I have a chance maybe, more of a chance than usual.”Tickets for Springsteen’s show go on sale Aug. 30.Tickets for Bruce Springsteen’s upcoming Broadway show, featuring songs from his career interspersed with readings from his memoir, will be sold using Verified Fan. (Matt Slocum/The Associated Press) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook A program from Ticketmaster called Verified fan is trying to put more Broadway tickets in the hands of fans rather than re-sale outlets. (Paul Sakuma/The Associated Press) For longtime Bruce Springsteen fan Debbie Elster, there’s never been any doubt the competition to get tickets for his upcoming Broadway shows is going to be fierce.But she’s feeling a little more hopeful, thanks to a new online verification system for ticket-buying that aims to keep more tickets in the hands of fans rather than re-sellers who seemingly snap them up and put them on the market, often for several times the face value.Known as Verified Fan, the program from Ticketmaster requires people to register for a specific sale in advance, with information including their names, phone numbers and emails.Identities verified Advertisement Twitter