South Korea has another item that’s ready for export. This time it’s not another high-tech marvel but a product of the country’s ancient culture, its own unique writing system known as Hangul, and it’s going to become the alphabet for a tribal grouping in a remote corner of Indonesia.
September 22 is the date for the launch party at NYC's Macy's for Madonna's new "Material Girl" clothing line, and this past Thursday aspiring dancers had a mere 1-minute opportunity to channel their inner-Lourdes for a spot in the event's performance.
"In the entertainment community dancers are on the bottom of the totem pole, but not with Madonna. She really respects dance. She comes from our history and background,” said Leroy “Hypnosis” Barnes, one of Madonna’s lead tour dancers. “When we’re on tour, she’s always trying to educate her dancers. She’s very motherly."
A Russian ballerina who became a Nazi spy was responsible for one of the earliest allied defeats in WWII after getting hold of the British campaign plan for Norway, according to historic security services files released today.
Has the current "hipster" concept become so mainstream that it's no longer "hip"? Hipster consumerism is the subject of a study in a forthcoming Journal of Consumer Research, which explores how they "conduct themselves in the retail world when confronted with products that openly court the maintenance of their image (ie. Steve Aoki x Supra), which seems antithetical to an image largely based upon counter-consumerism to begin with."
And the bottom line of the study comes as no surprise: these consumers tend to continuously go out of their way and create reasons to remain loyal to these paradoxical products, avoiding mere logic.
My guess is that a lot of people would like to take this study a step further and explore how actual products that have the "hipster" label attached to them by the mainstream media tend to incite individuals - both hip and unhip - to adopt scornful contempt towards said products, perhaps in order to appear (yawn) hipPER and contrarian. A good example of the consequences of mass adopted skinny jeans and Pabst? The intense, opinion-based battles that some Apple products seem to instigate. Just google reviews for the iPad and you'll know exactly what I mean. ^_~
India's Traditional Knowledge Digital Library is documenting more than 900 yoga postures, and making a video catalog of 250 of the most popular ones, in order to fight against what it calls "yoga theft" after several American companies said they want to copyright or patent their versions of the practice.
Beverly HIlls based Bikram Choudhury instigated "yoga wars" when he claimed a 26-posture sequence in a 105 degree room (often referred to as "hot yoga") as his intellectual property. After being sued by - and settling with - San Francisco nonprofit group Open Source Yoga Unity, Bikram yoga is still taught at more than 400 centers around the globe.
Bikram's net worth? About $7 million, unofficially. It may be an ancient Indian practice, but it's now quite the lucrative business of today. It's no wonder that this issue of "cultural theft" is finally making its way into international legalese.
Last week a Haitian electoral commission stated that musician Wyclef Jean, who declared his desire to run for Haiti's presidential seat, is ineligible to do so because he lacks the residency requirement of having lived in Haiti for five years before the upcoming November 28 election. Doubt this comes as a surprise to most people, but he has had a change of heart.
After careful consideration and much soul-searching, I have made the decision to contest Haiti's board of election's pronouncement stating that I am ineligible to run for the presidency of the country," Jean's statement said. "I will be seeking a solution through legal channels, and I urge my countrymen to be patient through this process. ... I cannot surrender now, simply because an obstacle has been set before me; now is the time I must stand up and show Haiti -- and the world -- that my vision of a nation renewed and redeveloped is a vision for which I am willing to fight
And just yesterday, the ex-Fugee frontman twatted, "Tomorrow our Lawyers are appealing the decision of the CEP. We have met all the requirements set by the laws. And the law must be Respected"
(The random capitalization of "lawyers" and "respected" are his, not mine.)
Does the five year requirement designate five consecutive years? Just a thought, but that could be the difference here.