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Confessions on Facebook: The Jokes on Us.

magazine July/August 2011

An intelligent guide to the lifestyle of art, literature and politics.

Hilary White

A Personal Examination of Faith

DY Profile



Autobiographical Journey on Canvas

with Ellen Tiberino Well-Being Tip


Its Worth It

ISSN 2152-6540

Message from the Editor R

ecently I thought to myself (before starting a new artistic endeavor) what does it mean to be an artist? For some it means freedom of expression, spontaneity, creativity, or just living life without worry of retribution from others. Art is in itself an inhalable right. It is neither contrived nor prudish, or judgmental in anyway. It is virtually a window through which we all glance into the mind(s) of its maker. The word Art as defined as: the quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing or of more than ordinary significance. Art or artistic expressions are both seen and felt by the observer. Creativity is at the central core of all existence. It is the driving force that melds and shapes the world we all live in. What artists, musicians, writers, dancers and the likes do is transport us-the onlookers, into alternate realms of existence, and thought. They often times guide us to react, question, observe, wonder and on some occasions experience their inner most thoughts and feelings. An artist doesn’t merely paint. They transcribe the world around us and even the subconscious into the conscious. The writer doesn’t merely write, they transport us to a different state of being. The musician doesn’t merely compose, play or sing they place us on a different vibrational scale evoking levels of emotion. The dancer doesn’t merely dance; they tantalize, tease and mesmerize us into submission. So, what is it that drives and motivates one to perform, write wonderful literary works and create beautiful works of art? It is life itself. One would die if they were to stop breathing.... by comparison an artist (no matter the discipline) wouldn’t be who they are, nor have the passion for life itself if they could not create. It is our release; it is the pulse of LIFE itself. EXPRESS yourself. Lisa T. Peace, Love and DY On the cover: Hilary White’s “Pursuit 300”.

Publisher/Founder: Damon Youmans Layout Editor: Lisa Tarter Account Executive: You Group, Inc. Administrative Officers: The You Group Web Address: Contributing Writers: Celeste SophisticatedPoet Preston Damon Youmans J. Hardcastle 89 Lisa tarter P. Francine Hylton Smuthu Samy

DY Magazine is a subsidiary of the DY Group and its constituents. All articles are reprinted via permission or as open submissions. Articles are subject to change in order to meet space and magazine layout guidelines. DY Magazine has the right to edit any specific content and layout to meet the requirements of both digital and online piblications. Advertisements are solicited via web access and at the permission and discretion of the DY Group and its clients.

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DYCONTENTS May/june 2011

Artist Bio Hilary White

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Space is Flat By Jesse Taylor Page 24

DY Remembers Silver Nor Gold; By:Damon Youmans P. 6 DY Profile With Ellen Tiberino Poem “Wait” By P. Francine Hylton P. 11 The Spotlight With Temika Moore P. 16

Artist Bio Nannette Cherry page20

Well-Being Tip: Happiness-it’s Worth it P. 18 Gallery Corner The 1310 Gallery P. 28 Around the World P. 30 Short Story Boat Song By: Smuthu Samy P. 36

Artist Bio Jesse Taylor

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Politics Do Blogs Dynamically Transform the Modern American Political Culture? By J Hardcastle 89 P. 38 The Blogosphere Gold Yard P. 40 Poem “I Speak” By: Celeste Sophisticated Poet Preston P. 41

Artist Bio Beatrice Calastrini Page 33

Confessions on Facebook The Jokes On Us P. 44

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an editorial thought

by Damon Youmans

Silver Nor Gold


remember back in my day, where the women would get dressed to impress and the men would retaliate just to be noticed. At some point in time silver was worn by some folks who possibly couldn’t afford gold, and of course gold was the preferred jewelry back then. Whichever way you see it someone had on some

type of jewelry. Even moving ahead a few years costume jewelry was the sign of the times. Now, the times are either ahead or far behind but in due time what we once wore as jewelry or the status quo, will soon bring about mayhem. The beginning process takes effect July 15 2011, when it will officially be illegal to trade precious metals. A result of the Dodd-Frank Act; which was recently enacted by Congress. The new regulation prohibits US citizens from trading over the counter precious metals like gold and silver. So as it stands from one rememberer to another. Everything that glitters is neither silver nor gold; however, I can assure you that it’s troubling to know that precious metals (as a form of currency) have finally bought it’s last product. It is my honor to acknowledge the greatest product of all time, FREEDOM!

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Ellen Tiberino

Personal reflections in both light and Dark

We had the wonderful opportunity recently to interview Ellen Tiberino, The daughter of Joe and Ellen Powell Tiberino, one of Philadelphia’s most esteemed and loved artistic duos. Ellen is an accomplished artist in her own right. During our chat she shared with us intimate details about her life, and her personal journey in the artistic process.

DY: What was it like growing up in a household with two of the cities most beloved and prolific artists as parents? Ellen: Well to me they were just my parents. If anything, as a kid I didn’t like it, because it was a bit awkward at times. Whenever I would want to have friends come over it was awkward ya know? There were paintings of naked bodies all over, and my mother had a house full of antiques. However, as a kid I wanted to be like the “Brady Bunch” like an average family. But when I threw my first party in high school that was when I realized…oh..Wow this has its uses. Yah know? Instant popularity, I think that’s when I really learned to embrace it and the power the art had. DY: So It was when you had your friends over for that party that’s when you realized how cool it all was?

Ellen stands infront of some of her work.

Ellen: Yes, when I had my first party in high school; I went to an arts high school. So, opposed to it being a detrimental thing it changed.

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Two of Ellen’s relief and mosaic sculptural works

DY: When you sit down to create one of your mosaic, relief sculptural works; what thoughts or emotions often times come into play? Ellen: If I’m upset it’s a great release I just kind of throw myself into it. And you know I never stay in a bad mood for long. Because it puts me in a good mood, so it’s very much a release for me. So, whatever feelings I’m feeling at the time I just kind of go with it and throw it into the work. It comes to me…what I want to do. I try not to be to set in my mind about what I’m gonna do, because most of the time when you go to work at it, it becomes something else.

DY: Do you feel it is difficult for female artist to gain the same level of recognition and respect as their male counterparts? Ellen: For me, I had my mother as a forerunner so….I had my foot in the door. I think sometimes people will be first. Say my brothers, as opposed to me. So, maybe to a certain extent, but what they do is so different from what I do? That’s the only thing about it. I mean I’m the type of person; nothing is going to stand in my way if I want to do something. So if that doesn’t work, I’m going to go around and find a different way for it to work. I usually create my own opportunities with galleries, by searching them out. As an artist you do often have to do that, you have to create your own opportunities. So, it’s not really 4

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because it’s a mosaic. DY: How much did your mother’s life and then untimely death in 1992 affect and shape your own artistic style?

Above: Ellen’s work on display

that kind of thing the regular rules don’t apply. I think my work is very heavy strong work for a woman. I don’t know…I don’t think it (being a woman) holds me back at all. Not once they see my work. I think my work speaks for itself. DY: Yes, your work is very strong. Ellen: I mean. Literally it’s heavy too. I have to get a man to help me carry it. Laughs DY: Yes but you add elements of light, that takes away some of the weight visually. Ellen: It’s iridescent glass that causes it to light. Although its stained glass it’s not transparent

Ellen: It shaped everything about me. I mean when you’re living with someone who’s been sick all of your life. Yah know I couldn’t really begin….Ah the list would be so long. It just affects you in a lot of ways. I’d rather talk about the positive as opposed to the negative. You do end up realizing the sanctity of life, you realize that life is limited; and to rejoice and live it to its fullest. I don’t hesitate to jump right in and do what I want to do. I’m very outspoken and I don’t let people constrain me with their ideas or what they think is proper or not. I do me. I defiantly learned that from my mother. My mother lived out loud. The way she dressed, the way she was as a woman. So, all though she was sick a big part of her life and that’s tragic. A lot of positive things came out of it. But it makes a good thing that much better. It makes you live life that much better. So, having her when I did have her; and that she stuck around as long as she did, made things that much better. In all aspects it affects me and makes me who I am. I mean..I think I’m a

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pretty great person. Laughs So, something good came out of that negative. Dy: I remember reading something that was on your families website … where it basically said that your mother didn’t like to sugar coat life, she painted the good and the bad. Ellen: She said “I paint what I see and life isn’t always beautiful.” I remember, she did a piece depicting some homeless people once and people reacted negatively to this piece. Because they thought it was an ugly thing to depict. And that’s when she said “ I paint what I see and life isn’t always beautiful.” We’re all up and down; and you need the yin and the yang, The good and the bad. I mean that bad, it helps to fuel my art. When I’m upset or pissed about something, or I feel the world is against me, I go and throw all of that into my art. It’s that passion and that drive that really helps me with my work; maybe even stronger than the positive? When everything’s hunkydory you’re just gonna sit back. But when things are really eating at me and starting to devour me I say ”ok I’m gonna show you”. I’m just very lucky to have that as a release. You can find out more about Ellen Tiberino on the family website


“Wait” By P. Francine Hylton “.....No one is promised tomorrow,.....and still,...there are numerous risks ~ all day,.... ....So, it Fear,....that should stand in our way?,...providing doubts and detours,.... .....convincing our hopes,...our Aspirations, tread no more,.... .....engaging one instead, run,....don’t walk ~ to Slumber,.... Dreaming away ...ones Dreams,....until ~ they are Dead,....and buried under,... ~ a memory,... so far gone,..... a lullaby,....of which the words are sung wrong,.... far gone,..... ....down this road,... ....the views have changed, has the load,...... .....continuing onward,...forward,.... .....divinely strengthened,.....counseled,...... ....Lifted,....Elated,... have waited,....” “Wait on the Lord, and keep his way, ~” ~ Psalm 37:34

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Hilary White

A personal examination of faith


ilary was born in Brownsville, Texas in 1982, raised in Gainesville, Florida. In 2000 she attended the University of Florida on an athletic scholarship, where she studied painting. She transferred in 2001 to the University of Colorado in Boulder to run on an athletic scholarship and study sculpture. After a year of competing for the University Hilary decided to give up the scholarship and focus completely on studying art. While taking a year off from school she began taking classes in welding while working odd jobs before attending the Savannah

Artist Hilary White College of Art and Design in 2003. Interests progressed from painting, to interactive sculpture, then installation. In June of 2007 Hilary graduated with a B.F.A in Painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Now she makes her current home here in Philadelphia, where she lives and works alongside her husband Steven Speir. “The work I do stems from an attempt to wrestle with my personal faith in a never ending God within the perimeters of a finite body filled with seemingly never ending insecurities, doubts, and 4

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On the right: Beneath Our Bearskins Bellow: Dwelling.

vanities. These battles unfold daily within varied rings of cultural influence. The ending result of these matches concludes in many different ways. What I build then becomes a visual conclusion of this wrestling”. Hilary combines her personal symbols and life experiences with her strong belief in Christ. Her art work shows the study of Biblical symbols, in an attempt to associate “physical” and “spiritual” within the imagery, as well as in the use of specific materials. “I choose to work with both naturally and chemically resourced materials including woods, plastics, paints, small motors or electrical

sources of light. deconstructing, repurposing, and interweaving the imagery and physical components. For me it is an exploration of theology and imagination, Christ working through chaos and diluted ethos to establish hope; a reconciler for the graceful and the grotesque”.

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Into The Won

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Moore Making Music We

Can All Believe In


hese days when the music industry is consumed with image rather than quality and talent, true music enthusiasts are left wanting more. Few artists today offer up the lyrical quality and passion that singer song writer Temika Moore brings to her listeners. Her smooth melodic voice coupled with superior vocals causes the mind to drift as if it were floating on a cloud. Echoing elements of Jazz, Soul, and Gospel music, Temika is a well-blended musical cocktail for those thirsty for “real music.” With a fresh approach, she is unapologetic in the use of various sounds and styles providing for a soulfully original experience. She raises the bar, offering up music we can believe in again. Born and raised in Philadelphia PA, Temika was inspired by her hometowns rich musical legacy, ultimately attending The Philadelphia High School for the Performing Arts. It was within its hallowed halls that she choraled with fellow industry mates Boyz II Men, Amel Lar-

rieux, Christian McBride, Lizz Fields, Joey DeFrancesco, Amhir “?uestlove” Thompson, Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, Karen Slack and Tamika Patton. Shortly after graduating from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore where she received the first Ella Fitzgerald music scholarship award, Temika further developed her sound performing at numerous venues in the Washington , DC area and abroad. She has shared the stage with Will Downing, Roy Ayers, Marcus Johnson. She has also opened for KEM, Ledisi, Dwele, Conya Doss, Cassandra Wilson , Najee, Pieces of a Dream, Melba Moore and Jean Carne. We recently caught up with Temika

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while she was on hiatus from her busy work schedule. DY: Not long ago you worked at a busy lawyer’s office. What made you decide to leave the corporate world behind to pursue your love of music? TM: Actually it was an epiphanic moment one sunny day in July of 1998. I was riding the commuter train into the office that day and before I could make it to the office I made my decision to pursue a music career. I realized the current life I was living was not my own and in fact not what I had imaged for myself. I realized becoming an attorney was not my passion but the desires others had for me. That day in July was the beginning of me deciding to live life on my terms.

TM: Tremendously. At CAPA I began the process to hone my skills as a singer and performer. I was one of five members of an all-female group formed by CAPA alum Michael McCary which was my foray into the sometimes unyielding music industry. That experience was a huge part of my young adult life and is very much a part of who I am today. I also learned the value of studying one’s craft. While at CAPA I began the long road of developing confidence in my abilities and developed my own voice and sound. Also at CAPA I experienced Continued on page 46

DY: How did your years at the Creative and Performing Arts High School shape and mold you as a singer?

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Happiness -

It’s Worth It By: Kevin Sinclair


e all want to be happy, don’t we? Is there truly anyone out there that would choose a life of anxiety and depression if faced with a choice? I don’t think so, and having a positive attitude about happiness can change everything. I think deep down, we all want to be happy and I’d like to show you how all of us can achieve this happiness. Life is fraught with problems. Maybe a divorce recently oc-


Well-Being Tip curred or is in your near future. Maybe there has been a recent death in the family. Perhaps your kids have driven you to the last of your wits with their defiance. So, with all of this to be unhappy about you may ask, why be happy? For starters, it’s healthier. A person that does not let their problems weigh on their mind also does not let stress get to them physically. It is proven that happier people are healthier. They choose to focus their mind on the positives in their life therefore they keep their stress levels down, which keeps the heart pumping regularly, the blood flowing nicely, and the blood pressure down. Need another reason for happiness? How about a positive influence on those around you. If you are a parent, or aunt or uncle, you have little ones looking up to you and learning from you as to how to deal with life. If you are often in public, your influence is felt by everyone you have contact with. A positive influence is definitely better and more productive than a negative one. Success in your life’s pursuits is also a reflection of your mental state. If you go into your life’s work with a negative attitude, you may be able to keep the job because you are doing the work, but you probably will not have much success in that job. If you want to have success in all of your life’s pursuits, you must go in with a positive attitude. If you think that your accomplishments are small,

they will be, but if you expect those accomplishments to be big and make a difference, they will be. Your attitude will certainly influence your successes in your life’s pursuits. One of the first steps to take in accomplishing this happiness is to figure out within yourself what keeps you from being happy. Is it a major event in your life that’s constantly on your mind? Is it a feeling of incompetence? Is it a self esteem issue that’s been with you since your youth? Working this out within yourself is an important step. Journaling is an excellent way to do this. If you sit down and make a list of everything that is bothering you, you will have a much better chance of coming upon the thing that is truly holding you back from being happy. Not a writer? If you have a close friend that you can confide in, maybe you could bend their ear and together you and the friend will find the source of the problem. If you don’t want to confide in someone you know, maybe a therapist will help. Once you’ve had an opportunity to work out what the problem is, you will be in the right position to draw up a plan of attack and finally reclaim the sunshine in your life. Once you have found the source of the problem, it is time to eliminate it. If your dark cloud comes every time you think about the problem, you have to find a counter device. If your mind tends to dwell on the negative, every time your mind Continued on page 46

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NannetteExprecive Cherry Gestures


annette Cherry is a third year graduate student, studying at the University of Central Florida in the ‘Studio Art and the Computer’, MFA program. In addition to the MFA she intends to complete next year, she also carries a BA from the University of Central Florida, with a specialization in painting. During the course of her years at the University, she has focused primarily on the figure, with an emphasis on the portrait, which has always been a prominent feature in her art. Even from a young age, her rudimentary sketches would mimic the profile portraits she would see her mother draw while on the phone with friends. She later moved onto replicating commercial portraits, and eventually, the classical portraits from art history which she currently appropriates in some of her more current work. Her work today is a split between two series. The aforementioned appropriations of classical portraits which feature facial 4

Nannette Cherry Self Portrait

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Upper left corner: ProdomeXXXVVIII; right: Prodome X. Both paintings are from the artist’s collection of classical portraits.

distortions and psychedelic color schemes, and a series of loosely rendered portraits of friends and classmates. These paintings feature a more muted and traditional palette and seek to employ an expressive gesture that captures some of the sitter’s character or mood. For more info on Nanette Cherry check out her web site at www., or e-mail her at

Portraits, above: right Nargges, bellow: Jeremy

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BIO Jesse Taylor

An Autobiographical Journey on Canvas

J Top Now (1153 AM To 1207 PM) along with a photo of the artist Jesse

esse Taylor has been making things since before he could remember. His mother told him that his first attempt at art involved him somehow getting out of his crib and using the ….uh….contents of his diaper to draw on his bedroom wall. However, over the years, thankfully, his work has progressed and evolved. And “you better not say it’s still crap because that would be too easy”. From elementary school days of “Enter your Own Nutcracker” (complete with a hidden stash space for his lasso, nunchucks, and hand-grenades, to his senior year show winning painting, a self-portrait blowing away as if it were a pillar of sand, his work has changed as he has 4

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Title: No seer and Nothing seen

changed. “My work is intensely personal, an autobiography on canvas and paper”. In 2003 Jesse attended PAFA, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts- for a semester. Wander-lust as he would call it hit him and then it was off he went, to travel around the country. Stopping for significant amounts of time in; Durango, Colorado , Los Angeles , San Francisco , Maine , New York City and now eventually settling back here in “good old Philadelphia PA”. He currently resides in West Philly with his wonBellow derful fiEarth Rise

ancé that he met while in San Francisco , and with whom he eventually ended up shared half of the wandering adventure with. “My work I believe speaks for itself and all I can do is describe the common thread running through the majority of my paintings and drawings. My main objective is to inspire. I want to inspire anyone I can, to not look at the world as this “same s*@#, different day” sort of place, but to each and every moment realize both, how great it is to be here, and how utterly strange it is that we, that anything really, is here at all”. It is jesses’ love of reading that influences his creative spirit. With interests in philosophy and science, mysticism and theology he is capable of melding the essence of all these thought processes into one creative work of art. “I am astounded by the parallels and the implications in all the great schools of thought. This planet, our universe, we human beings are the greatest works of art and the movement that created us is still growing ever still”. Jesse explores these thoughts, these wonders, and all the beauty and possibilities of life, including the calamities, in his

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work. “I do this with the sincerest hope that I can inspire others to explore and wonder. I also paint some things just simply because I think it looks cool”. You can find out more about Jesse’s work by checking him out on Facebook at or email him at

Above: Children (Why Would We Kill Eachother)?

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Gallery Corner

The 1310 Gallery At the Artspace

Bend Lofts


Artist Community


he 1310 Gallery at the Artspace Sailboat Bend Lofts is a art community in down town Fort Lauderdale that was created by Art Space (artspace. org). Artspace’s mission is to create, foster, and preserve affordable space for artists and arts organizations. This 37 unit loft space houses both visual and performing artists. Sailboat Bend Artists Community has been open since April 2008. Above: Gallery photos, Below: mermaid is a cosmonaut by Luz Gonzalez

The community’s various disciplined professional, mid-career and emerging talent includes: painters, photographers, writers, poets, sculptors, dancers, musicians, actors, and graphic designers. The artists comes together with various local artists, nonprofits, and art groups to create art exhibits, film screenings, workshops, and more in their three floor gallery space as well as the Fort Lauderdale Historic Commissions building next door. These events are always free to the public. A new exhibit every third Saturday of the

Above: Olokun by Niki Lopez.

month, as well as many months holding multiple events. Please join the mailing list to be updated on these events. There is also a 1310 Gallery Facebook Group page. Join us for our next show: July 16-August 6: Into the Rabbit Hole- produced and curated by Niki Lopez of Niki Art Studioone of the resident artist and web master of Sailboat Bend Art Community. show details:

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All Around the World Your headlines from across the globe! Every month we like to share with our readers headlines from around the world. Check out some of these startling finds. India Officials in the Indian state of Rajasthan are encouraging its residents to voluntarily sterilize themselves in an effort to halt high population growth in the area. They are luring

grow in popularity in the near future. Head doctor Sitaram Sharma of Jhunjunu in western India is hopeful that the lure a free car will encourage 20,000 women and men to line up to be willingly sterilized. Also on the table is the chance to win motorcycles, televisions, and food processers. The offer is open to all Indians and not just residents of his droughtprone region. This isn’t the first time India has sterilized its populous. Back in the 1970’s a similar nationwide program was abandoned under accusations that thousands of men and women were forced against their will to get sterilized. Greece

otherwise healthy couples with the promise of a fee car. Men and women are lining up in large numbers to take advantage of the program. Legislators in India’s government are worried about the growing size of the country’s population so programs like these could

Greek politicians have voted to bring in an unpopular package of austerity measures designed to rein in debt levels that threaten to destabilize the country’s economy. What are they voting for? A harsh program of cuts proposed by Socialist Prime Minister George Papandreou’s government to meet requirements demanded in exchange for international rescue

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loans. The aim is to cut $20 billion in public spending while raising a further $20 billion through taxes and privatization. This means increased VAT, higher levies on householders and companies and sharp hikes in fuel, alcohol and tobacco prices. Spending cuts will see heavy public sector job losses, school closures and restrictions on welfare benefits. There will also be sell offs of state assets and ventures including the postal service and key ports. Why is it needed? Without the measures Greece ‘s debt would continue to climb and there is a strong chance it will default on repayments. This would have severe ramifications on the country’s economy and threaten its participation in the 17-nation eurozone. Excerpt from DY: The new austerity measures have launched wide spread protest all over Greece; resulting in clashes with police and protesters. The unpopular plan has caused otherwise milled mannered Greek citizens to take to the streets to show their government that they aren’t the least bit happy with their decision making. For right now the world is left watching and waiting. Japan

A meat alternative made from human excrement. The process is achieved by synthesizing food from human waste matter. The idea was hatched up after Tokyo Sewage encountered difficulty disposing of excess sewage mud. Tokyo Sewage approached Ikeda with their issue. After a great deal of

study he realized that the mud contained large quantities of protein because of the bacteria it housed. He and his team extracted the proteins, and then combined them with an enhancer. Thus creating the first artificial steak made from human waste. It is hoped that the use of this new form of meat will help aid in fighting hunger.( Yeah right) and help to improve environmental issues caused by the meat manufacturing business. DY: Now if that just doesn’t make you want to get a crappy patty...I don’t know what will?

Japanese scientist Mitsuyuki Ikea from Okayama Labs has done the unspeakable. He and his team have created…brace yourselves.

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Beatrice Calastrini


eatrice Calastrini was born in late February of 1981, in the city of Firenze Italy under an icy glaze. As a child she realized she felt happiest and free while painting, drawing and scribbling. Her high school years were spent studying with a focus on Interior Design at the istituto Statale D’arte. By 2004, She completed university studies, taking home top honors In Design from Florence’s Accademia di Belle Arti. Like many artists’ her academic experience provided the foundation, encouragement, and discipline needed to weather the ups and downs of an artist’s career. Today, she continues to create in her studio and shares her works in a variety of venues: installations, personal and group gallery exhibitions, and art fairs throughout Europe. 4

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She believes that.. “In life there are things that at first seem futile: to attempt, or even to understand. Yet those same “hopeless” things, with perhaps a little more consideration, maybe even the passage of time, can be appreciated for what they are. Leaving us to discover the inherent importance and significance that can lie deeper with in. This idea is the core of what I would like to share with those who view and experience my art”. Beatrice’s earlier works were heavily influenced by her instruction at the Istituto d’Arte (Interior Design), and then at the Accademia di Belle Arti (Design), both in Florence, Italy. Over time, rather than simply finding solutions for solutions sake, she grew to make even more natural and instinctive artistic choices. Title: The heart of womanThink & Act Project

Whether on canvas or other surfaces, her work is wholly born from first-hand experiences in her life. “When I found myself in complicated situations, during periods when I was unsure about following my rational or irrational thoughts, or feeling like I was at the end of my rope with frustration with small problems that morphed into huge obstacles -- I would so often find myself at that proverbial fork in the road, not knowing what to choose, where to go, left of right, right or left, the path always changing, and in my head: chaos”. Her exploration into the artistic process led her to take up interest in experimenting with different materials. She began taking up paper, wood panels or any other materials that she found at her fingertips to bring her work into fruition. As her personal style began to eveolve she realized what her artistic focus would be. “My personal experiences and continual search for satisfying answers moved me to increasingly incorporate two elements of the human body into my work, the two parts indispensible in every individual. The heart, our irrational yet instinctive friend, and the brain, our rational thought center that seeks to always leave us with our feet on the ground. I use these two human organs, depicted without alteration or interpretation, shown in their rawest state possible, with the intent to rouse, even provoke, the viewer, while at the same time, convey the rushing beat of my own heart and the ruminating thoughts in my mind. These ideas comprise the inspiration for my

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Title: Now “Think & Act, Project.” Staying with the same concept, I started to analyze not only my thoughts, but also the thoughts of other people as well – the experiences and traumas that we all face every day, and to show how we all face these situations in unique ways”. Ttypically she represents the female figures, rarely male, in an effort to better discuss the multiple roles and personalities that exist within the “mind of woman” – analyzing their attitudes, needs, and the seemingly conflicting choices

and fragmented nature of their lives. For more information: Portfolio: Flowers E-mail:

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Short Story

Boat Song By Smuthu Samy


ny time now, the sun would pierce the blue grey of the dawn sky and the pale moon would fade away. It was Adityan’s favorite time of the day. He took a deep breath, cupped a handful of cold river water and let it wash down his throat. Fish nibbled at his feet. He untied his small boat and pulled it towards the water. He heard the call of a calf from his village and the reassuring answer of its mother. He sat on a wooden plank in his boat waiting for his first customer. Every day, Adityan took people

back and forth across the river. He loved the small wooden boat that he had made with his own hands. He loved his quiet village and the flat, fertile fields that surrounded it. Yet, when he rowed, he sang a song not of his village but of the sea. He wanted to roll like the waves, touching, looking, listening, and learning about places that were far, far away. He dreamt that one day; he would leave his village and learn to build a big ship. It would carry him to the different place that he dreamt about. It would be strong enough to carry horses and elephants. He dreamt that he would not only carry goods for trade but also the stories and songs of the Cholas, his people. He would learn about those places and come and share them with the children of his village. Sometimes, Adityan felt sad. Would he ever earn enough to fulfill his dream? “Boatman! Boatman!” Adityan saw a person standing on the opposite bank of the river. “I am coming,” he shouted. Adityan saw his first customer for that day. There was something about this guy that seemed to command respect. “You row the boat so well!” said the man. “The river is wide but you reached here so fast.” Adityan smiled widely. “I made the boat myself. I am an orphan and I have only the boat and my hut to call my own.” “What else do you do?” asked the man. “I sing,” said Adityan. “I make my own songs.” “Then your songs are your own, too!” said the man. Your songs,

your dreams, your ideas - they’re yours as well, aren’t they?” Adityan felt understood. “I will sing a song for you,” he said. He began to sing. His voice rose from the boat and carried across the water like a ripple. He sang about his dream of owning a ship some day and of the journeys that he would make to distant lands. His oar dipped into the water keeping time with his music. The man sat and listened carefully to Adityan’s music. They reached the shore. When he was about to get off, the man asked, “Do you feel your dream will be realized one day?” Adityan spoke softly. “I hope so!” The man nodded. He said quietly, “It is good to hope. “He gave Adityan a few coins. Adityan was astounded. They were very valuable. Adityan ran after the man and said, “You have paid me much more that the cost of the ride. Maybe there has been a mistake.” The man smiled. “No,” he said. “But I am happy that you are so honest. This is something to help your dream come true. Maybe one day you will travel to the corners of my Empire and come back with the songs of other lands.” “Who are you?” asked Adityan. “My name is Karikalan,” said the stranger as he walked away. “Do visit sometime.” Smuthu Samy Article Source: http://EzineArticles. com/?expert=Smuthu_Samy

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Dynamically Transform the Modern American Political Culture ? By J. Hardcastle 89


ecently web logs, or blogs, have exploded in popularity and have come to occupy an increasingly important place in American politics. Given the disparity in resources and organization against other actors, their influence presents a puzzle. How can a collection of decentralized, nonprofit, contrarian and discordant websites exercise any influence over political and policy outputs? As the World Wide Web approaches its teens, we have new expectations about both the right to express an opinion and access to information upon which to base that opinion. Blogs have begun playing an important role in raising people’s expectations Thus, blogs have demonstrated influence; the power to affect events.

Blogging is now positioned inside the context of participatory journalism and the responses of mainstream media and political parties to the new technology are reflections of its emerging influence. From what evidence illustrates, blogs have managed to affect today’s news agenda. The Italian Renaissance gave Western civilization several crucial transformations. None, for this article’s purposes, matters more than perspective. Boccaccio’s Decameron, published in 1353, is considered to be among the earliest works of literature to propose that a point of view is crucial to understanding. Gutenberg’s printing press brought forth a revolution that no one could have anticipated at the time. Today, the Internet is the most important medium since the printing press. It subsumes all that has come before and is, in the most fundamental way, transformative. When anyone can be a writer, in the largest sense and for a global audience, many wish to become one. Actually, no better environment exists nowadays for people to exercise these among many other rights, than the Internet and one of the best mediums to exercise these rights are weblogs. According to some critics, most weblogs will never attempt to reach a public, even if they are in theory reachable by all Net users. The great majority of weblogs will probably be for personal use, while the user base will be peer to peer, not

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author to public. Other critics, in their attempt to evaluate the accelerating speed of the weblog trend, support that from what it seems so far, it is probable that most weblogs will be short lived, and wind up abandoned, just as most conversations are abandoned. Also it is probable that a few popular blogs will have huge user base and the vast majority will be invisible most of the time, a pattern that reminds some of the “old” and “traditional” mass media. Since the software and interface are highly flexible, and the uses of an easily updated, good-looking page are endless, weblogs will be commonly used in closed systems - private and company networks - as much as the

open waters of the Web. In relation to political coverage and news stories, bloggers have broken or magnified major news stories and blogs themselves draw fire for partisan politics, poor journalistic practices, and duplicity. But the issue still remains that blogs are still in their infancy, despite the wave of press they have received during the last two years. They provide a reasonable, but far from perfect, entry point into the news space, better at offering commentary and starting conversations than serving a current-events-indicator role. You can find out more about J Hardcastle89 at

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Gold Yard Gold Yard is a new edition to DY magazine. It chronicles the personal journey of one aid worker as she helps in providing humanitarian aid in Haiti. Join us every edition as we are touched by her strong and opinionated views on the truth surrounding relief efforts in one of our world’s most resilient and proudest of nations. Below is a post from February 2010.


here is one major resource that I know is truly scarce in Haiti; Medical services. This will probably be my most controversial post, please read carefully. This is One area where foreign influence should make a swift and significant change. I volunteered at a hospital, to start the process of “informatiser�; converting the all-paper filing system, to a database of documents with unique file numbers. This helps patients access their medical history if/when they return to the hospital for additional care, saves time for the workers in the office, and may even help nurses and doctors do a better job because details about patients are more accessible.. It is a private hospital, where existing patients have a membership card entitling them to service, and each new patient usually receives a file and file number. On January 12, with thousands coming to the

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hospital with emergencies, the admissions office stopped creating files and file numbers. March 17, the day I arrived at the hospital, the Founder of the hospital had just discovered this problem, by speaking with employees in the Admissions Office. There are many other technical difficulties at the facility. The hospital does not have a way for employees to share documents and work on databases at the same time. Everyone has a jump drive, which they use to copy files back and forth on their computers. The internet is VERY slow and goes down frequently. There are two mysterious satellite dishes (noone knows what they are for), and one or two heavyduty medical database servers, which are totally unused in a jumble of wires in a corner of a closet. There are many horrible rumors

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Poem about this hospital before AND after the disaster, which I cannot speak about since I was not there. I will say that I read signs at the hospital, stating staff attempted to extort money from patients (which is forbidden, obviously) but the system of administration itself causes economic segregation… As I mentioned, starting on January 12, standard hospital procedures went out the window. All hospitals still standing after the earthquake, were told to open their doors to the public and offer free care. But there was not enough staff and supplies to serve everyone, so wealthier patients probably ended up getting better care. Eyewitnesses told me that Haitian nurses did not clean wounds, which turned into gangrene on limbs that were later taken off by foreign doctors. When foreign medical professionals started arriving, they set up a clinic outside under tents, to treat the overflow of suffering patients. This “outside” hospital eventually began to be used as a place to send patients that cannot pay, unless they have an emergency and/ or require surgery, which must be done inside the hospital building. The hospital is clearly billing whoever they can (I saw the payments spreadsheet be calculated in front of me), and affording privileges to them. This is not necessarily wrong! But it IS hypocritical, if you are supposed to be serving the entire community with the same standard of care. In the meantime, I observed dozens of visitors from the United Continued to on page 46

I Speak By Celeste SophisticatedPoet Preston As long as I have breath I will speak my mind. Is that a crime? Mr. Officer don’t I have the freedom of speech? The right to teach through the words I speak. Hand cuffs can’t shut my mouth. Jail bars can’t stop my brain. I swear even if you beat the life out of me.... I will speak through what is already written. I speak. I speak for every person who had to count marbles just to cast a vote because they paved the way for future generations. I speak for every woman or man beaten or lynched. I speak for every young child who had to see a burning cross outside their house. I speak for every woman who looked in the mirror and saw an ugly creature. There is truth in the saying “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. I speak for every adopted child because God saw greatness in their possible unfortunate delivery into this world. I speak because God gave them a second chance. I speak for the nice guy or woman who always finishes last because it is often times the last who is most memorable and important.

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I speak for every person struggling with his or her insecurities because it is our imperfections that make us beautifully unique. I speak for the baby mommas and pappas who have the power to change the stereotype. I speak for whoever does not have the courage to fight....with words. I speak for every person who proudly says they are not defined by their appearance. I speak for diversity and change. I speak for broken friendships and relationships because God can mend them. I speak for the homeless and misfortunate because change can come tomorrow. Tomorrow’s possibility and potential can inspire the present. I speak against deforestation. I speak for conservation, preserva-

tion and the proper use of natural resources. I speak for life, love, and hope. I speak for the ability to cope. I speak for blessings that can come from death if you let them. When one chapter ends, another has already begun. I speak because there is beauty in the rising sun. I’ll speak even if the sunsets on my life because God has the ability to speak things and people into existence. I speak because I am a witness to his love. I speak because poetry chose me, I did not decide. I’ll speak until the very day I die. I speak hoping my words can be the tissues to dry your eyes. For all these things and more........I speak.

Is LOVE By: Damon Youmans September 1, 2011

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his month we want to make you laugh. So we asked some of our people on Facebook to share some of their favorit jokes with us. We thought we’d start first........ DY There was a family of tomatoes crossing the street. One of the children were lagging behind so the father went over to the child, smashed him and said “ketchup”. Nannn Osama Bin Laden was killed on 5-1-11 L.A That is so preposterous it must be a joke. V.D ‎”I have a fever and the only prescription is more cow bell.” - Christopher Walken (Was reminded of this the other day on Joe DiToma’s info. He must be a King of Dry Humor. Methinks that Lenora is a dry humor lover as well. Hope you like it.) It’s so crazy good. :PP V.M What didn’t the scarecrow cross the road? L.A I love Christopher WALKEN and everything needs more cowbell. Love it!

V.D What is a pigs’ favorite ballet? C.B What’s the difference between Here and There? The extra “T” stupid! Duhhhh. lol C.B How do you tell a Horses Ass from a Jack Ass? The more arrogant one would be the latter. C.B How do you stop a charging Rhino? Take away his credit card! How do you stop a shop-a-holic? Give her the Rhino’s credit card with a small limit! How do you stop a crying baby? Make it listen to Grand ol Oprey music! How many newfi’s does it take to install a light bulb? One to screw it in and another 7 to hold the one! C.B Q. Why did Obama wait so long to release his birth certificate? A. He didn’t have a registered copy of PhotoShop. L.A ‎@Christian. Those were excellent. @ Vin. What kind of ballet? What do you call a bunch of pig’s hanging lights on Christmas? Pig lit! LOL

L.A Was he meeting up with tin man and lion?

C.B What was Tweety bird waiting for at the train station? Shania’s TWAIN! LOL

V.M NO!!!! I also put the joke on my wall too.

S.M What do you get when you kiss a bird? A Canarial disease

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that’s untweetable. L.A Love them all. Thanks guys and dolls. Love ya!! D.A What kind of bees make milk instead of honey???? Boo-Bees ... lol C.H Boo Bees, F’en Hilarious!!! ah ha ha ha ha ....

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“Happiness- It’s Worth It” Continued from page 19 goes there, find something that makes you happy to think about. After you’ve done this a few times, it will become a natural thing for you to refocus your mind on the positive when it drifts to the negative. If you’re upset and are having a hard time finding happiness because of a temporary event in your life, try reminding yourself that this is temporary and eventually you’ll be able to look back on it with less than negative feelings. By remembering that nothing lasts forever, you’ll better be able to focus on the positive that will eventually return to your life. Happiness is something that everyone can achieve. It is something that everyone deserves and it’s worth working for when times are rough. A focus on the positive will remind you that the negative is temporary and that no matter what, there is always something in life to remain happy about. Source: About the Author Kevin Sinclair is the publisher and editor of, a site that provides information and articles for self improvement and personal growth and development.

The Gold Yard Continued from page 41 States and Europe take strategically guided tours through the building. I suspect they were potential or existing donors. Despite all the donations sent to the hospital after January 12, the hospital has supposedly run out of money.

There is a constant stream of medical supplies from abroad, which are continuously picked away by various people (staff does not keep anything especially valuable in the pharmacy, for example). The situation is much better than it used to be, and I am sorry if I sound too critical. Within a few days, I created a file code system for the hospital and started an excel spreadsheet for unfiled documents. The Chief Administrator was pleased I took the initiative to create it, and will make sure employees keep using it. So I am glad I came, but more glad to leave. www.

The Spotlight with Temika Moor Continued from page 7 the rigors of balancing academic demands with the demands of being a performer which is vital for an artist be they independent or signed to a major label. I was also exposed to the challenges the music industry can impose on an inexperienced artist. DY: Do you feel like it’s hard for independent artists to make a name for themselves; or get the attention they deserve without the backing of a mega record label? TM: Yes and No. It is not hard for an independent artist to make a name for themselves in their region first if they have a well thought out marketing plan, fundamentally

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know who they are as an artist, know who their music is serving, is purposefully creating timeless music and has a dedicated fan base. That is what I have been building since 1998. It is hard if you do you have these things in place. It will continuously feel like an uphill battle. I believe many deserving artists are not getting the attention of the “mega record label” because there is so much noise in the industry. The independent artist in today’s music industry is tasked with one job...develop a solid plan to rise above the noise to get your music heard by larger audiences and then the labels will “hear the proverbial tree fall.”

coming album, now in the works?

DY: Your last album was amazing and garnished rave reviews. What can your current fans and possible new ones; expect from your up and

You can find out more about Temika on her web site www.temikamoore. com or purchase her album on

TM: Thank you. I sincerely appreciate the support I have received for all of my music. It is an honor. When you create music you are “exposed” and you hope that the audience receives the intent of the music and that it somehow has an affect on people. I am currently in the studio recording my third cd (untitled as of yet) and it is a more mature album, it is honest and transparent and I hope people receive the music and are encouraged, inspired or moved by what I am creating. I am truly expecting this to be my breakout project and I am confident this is my best work to date.

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