When I write about legacy, I prefer to emphasize the positive. There are many good people touching the lives of others because they choose to make a difference, and their contributions deserve to be celebrated. But every now and then, I cannot turn away from a different kind of legacy. It is one that casts a shadow of pain and injustice. MORE
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Posted on August 29, 2014
“Years ago I learned a very cool thing about Robin Williams, and I couldn’t watch a movie of his afterward without thinking… of it. I never actually booked Robin Williams for an event, but I came close enough that his office sent over his rider.
For those outside of the entertainment industry, a rider lists out an artist’s specific personal and technical needs for hosting them for an event- anything from bottled water and their green room to sound and lighting requirements. You can learn a lot about a person from their rider. This is where rocks bands list their requirement for green M&Ms (which is actually a surprisingly smart thing to do).
This is also where a famous environmentalist requires a large gas-guzzling private jet to fly to the event city, but then requires an electric or hybrid car to take said environmentalist to the event venue when in view of the public.
When I got Robin Williams’ rider, I was very surprised by what I found. He actually had a requirement that for every single event or film he did, the company hiring him also had to hire a certain number of homeless people and put them to work.
I never watched a Robin Williams movie the same way after that. I’m sure that on his own time and with his own money, he was working with these people in need, but he’d also decided to use his clout as an entertainer to make sure that production companies and event planners also learned the value of giving people a chance to work their way back.
I wonder how many production companies continued the practice into their next non-Robin Williams project, as well as how many people got a chance at a job and the pride of earning an income, even temporarily, from his actions.
He was a great multiplier of his impact. Let’s hope that impact lives on without him. Thanks, Robin Williams- not just for laughs, but also for a cool example.”
Reposted with permission from brianlord.org <http://brianlord.org>
Posted on August 20, 2014
Did I miss the memo? When did the call for lynching become part of the American system of justice? When did it become okay for politicians, journalists and “community leaders” to demand prosecution before an investigation is anywhere close to completion? When did prejudice and ignorance become the traits that got you your fifteen minutes of fame in front of the national media? I must have been in deep hibernation, for when I awoke a few days ago this was the new reality based on the events occurring in a little suburb of St. Louis, Missouri called Ferguson.
Posted on August 07, 2014
All the lessons of life live within history. After all, history is life. Many may stifle a yawn when they think of history because they equate the subject with dull professors and mandatory reading assignments. I feel sorry for them, because they have either not allowed themselves or have not been inspired to experience the vibrancy and depth of the feeling that losing yourself in the stories of the past can evoke. To be given a glimpse into the heart, soul, and experience of those who have lived inspirational lives is nothing short of a privilege. Read the rest of this entry »