Tag: Hollywood

#MeToo: Why are shows like ‘Romanoffs’ showing violence against women?

In an episode about a woman abused on a TV set, Amazon’s \
— Read on www.usatoday.com/story/life/tv/2018/10/23/metoo-tv-shows-romanoffs-violence-against-women-matthew-weiner-christina-hendricks/1688357002/

Honestly, I don’t know why Hollywood does this. It’s not necessary to show AT ALL.

Self Love

Self Love. A poem by Charlie Chaplin

As I began to love myself, I found that anguish and emotional suffering are only warning signs that I was living against my own truth.

Today, I know, this is AUTHENTICITY.

As I began to love myself, I understood how much it can offend somebody as I try to force my desires on this person, even though I knew the time was not right and the person was not ready for it, even though this person was me.

Today I call it RESPECT.

As I began to love myself, I stopped craving for a different life, and I could see that everything that surrounded me was inviting me to grow.

Today, I call it MATURITY.

As I began to love myself, I understood that at any circumstance, I am in the right place at the right time, and everything happens at exactly the right moment, so I could be calm.

Today I call it CONFIDENCE.

As I began to love myself, I quit stealing my own time, and I stopped designing huge projects for the future. Today, I only do what brings me joy and happiness, things I love to do and that make my heart cheer, and I do them in my own way and in my own rhythm.

Today I call it SIMPLICITY.

As I began to love myself, I freed myself of anything that is no good for my health…food, people, things, situations and everything that drew me down and away from myself. At first I called this attitude a healthy egoism.

Today I know it is LOVE OF ONESELF.

As I began to love myself, I refused to go on living in the past and worrying about the future. Now, I only live for the moment, where everything is happening.

Today I live each day, day by day, and I call it FULFILLMENT.

As I began to love myself, I recognized that my mind can disturb me and it can make me sick. But as I connected it to my heart, my mind became a valuable ally.

Today I call this connection WISDOM OF THE HEART.

We no longer need to fear arguments, confrontations or any kind of problems with ourselves or others. Even stars collide and out of their crashing new worlds are born.

Today I know that is LIFE.

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My Top Posts of 2017

Oh my goodness! Wow…is it almost the end of the new year??? Good gravy! Well before the year ends, I wanted to showcase my top 10 posts for this year. Enjoy!

Wentworth Miller: Mental Health Advocate

Hollywood and Mental Illness II

Be Good To Yourself on The Road To Recovery

7 Things To Remember When Being Judged By Others

Hollywood and Mental Illness

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Lord of the Rings Meme on Living with an Anxiety Disorder

The Creation of a Therapeutic Coloring Book for PTSD, and Adult ADHD Patients

Yeah, Boiiiiiii!!!

Then and Now…

 

Hollywood and Inclusion

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Today, November 1st the Ruderman Foundation is having a panel discussion on lack of diversity of actors with special needs not included in Hollywood. That’s true. I mean, many well bodied actors have mostly played people with special needs. And don’t get me wrong, some of them do a good job portraying the individuals who live special needs. Yet, wouldn’t it be better if people who actually lived with them play those roles? To me, I feel that Hollywood pretty much uses such lives to create more income in the box office or small screen. Besides, since people usually “learn everything about people” via movies and television, shouldn’t we just use real people, with real disabilities on small and silver screen? According to an article done by the Ruderman Family Foundation,  it was discovered 95% of characters with disabilities are placed by able-bodied actors. I mean… I never thought R.J. Mitte actually lived with cerebral palsy until I looked it up (while I was binge watching Breaking Bad this year). And in his own right he is great actor. I wish Hollywood would give more individuals with special needs more opportunities. By providing such opportunities, not only will viewers be able to see an actor with special needs act, but audiences will know more about the special need population and reduce the stigma who live special needs around the nation and the world. And in addition, it will help individuals with specials needs and or their family and loved ones recognize the amazing abilities that lie within them.

The time for the presentations will be from:

11:00 am – 12:30 pm PST: Inclusion In Front Of The Camera
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm PST: Inclusion Behind The Camera

Among the panelist attending will be:

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R.J. Mitte (actor; Breaking Bad)

 

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Orlando Jones (Actor, Writer, and Producer; Sleepy Hollow)
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Marlee Matlin (actor, Oscar-winner for Best Actress in a Leading Role-Children of a Lesser God, Switched at Birth)
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Scott Silveri (Producer, Writer-Friends, Speechless)

If you would like more information on Hollywood and Special Needs, click on the links below:

Rudderman Studio-Wide Roundtable on Disability Inclusion 

The Rudderman White Paper: Disability in Television

Hollywood and Mental lllness III

***Caution: Spoiler Alert For Those Who Have Not Watch This Past Wednesday’s Empire Episode, “Fires of Heaven”***

Lucius Lyon remembers his mom (played by Kelly Rowland) suffering from mental illness

In this past Wednesday’s Empire episode, “Fires of Heaven”, there is a scene that grips me. Andre is meeting his dad, Lucious, at his dad’s office and Andre then announces that Lucious will become a grandfather. At first, Lucious is ecstatic to hear this news, but then questions his son on the possibility of his unborn child inheriting mental illness. Andre smiled confidently at dad, assuring him it wasn’t possible that anyone else in their family, apart from himself, would have the disorder. Lucious then remembers when his mother showed symptoms bipolar disorder. She bought him dozen of gifts telling him it was his birthday, but young Lucious ,then known as Dwight, says it’s not and tells her she to return her purchases. His mother then slips into depression and he tries to console her.

Now, mental illness is caused by various genetic and environmental factors such as inherited traits, brain chemistry, and environmental exposures before birth (e.g. unborn child exposed to alcohol) (MayoClinic). Though in Andre’s case, although unknown to him , it is genetic. I think what triggered the gene to trigger within him was the trauma he has experience throughout his life. Yes,  we can argue that Hollywood over dramatizes mental illness for viewership sake, though they did get this right. Some mental illnesses can be due to genetics.

According to National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), there are five major mental disorders that share genetic roots: autism, ADHD, bipolar disorder, major depression, and schizophrenia. For example, for families like the Lyons family, the chances of a second degree family member (e.g. Andre’s grandmother) having bipolar disorder is 5 in 100 (Rethink Mental Illness). So maybe, Andre’s child may not have it???  Unfortunately however, there is no cure for the disorder. But… if Andre’s child display any signs of it, Andre must begin intervention for his child right away. Although it might have been late for him, it may not be late for his child.

I guess we will have to see after what happened in that episode the outcome of the Lyons family. I mean Lucious practically pushed Andre aside, fearing Andre was trying to use his unborn grandson as leverage to get back into the company. Somehow, I feel it was a mix of both: telling his dad about the great news and hoping it could help Andre get back into Empire. Another question I’d like to know is why is Lucious keeping the past about his mother a secret to his family??? I guess we’re going to have to see.