Women in TV: CW Aims to Close the Gender Gap With New Shows ‘Valiant’ and ‘The She World’

When it comes to TV and film, men haven’t just dominated the screen, they’ve also been at the helm of executive, directing and writing positions for years. Of the overall behind-the-scenes roles—like writers, executive producers, producers, editors and cinematographers—women only accounted for roughly 17 percent of the industry in 2016, according to Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film 19th annual Celluloid Ceiling report.

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Hollywood Studios Are Forcing Movie Theaters to Rethink Their Traditions — The Motley Fool

Friday morning, Bloomberg reported that several Hollywood studios are planning to launch a premium video streaming service without asking movie theater chains for a thumbs-up first.

In an age of falling DVD sales and lower foot traffic at the box office, major studios including Time Warner (NYSE:TWX) division Warner Bros. and Comcast’s (NASDAQ:CMCSA) Universal Studios are discussing new streaming ideas with Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and the cable side of Comcast, according to the report.

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11 books to help you talk to your kids about race and racism | BabyCenter Blog

I know many parents are confused or concerned on how to begin the conversation of race when it comes to their children, especially after recent events.

A book (or a film, cartoon, etc) can help by being a non-threatening jumping off point for the conversation.  This blog has done a good job of giving you a starting point by featuring eleven different books approaching this topic from a variety of angles.

Take a look at the list & don’t be afraid to have the difficult conversations.

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On a mission to make music

Leah Witthuhn is on a mission to get instruments into the hands of students who want to play one.

“Music has always been a really, really big part of my life,” said the 18-year-old Witthuhn, who has been playing guitar since she was 3 years old. “I can’t imagine my life without it. I just want to help shape kids the way it shaped me.”

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Make art with your brainwaves at new Holter exhibit | Entertainment | helenair.com

This is super cool!

Step into the darkened Baucus Gallery and you are greeted by five enchanting sculptural forms — neuro-caves — seemingly constructed of light and suspended from the ceiling.As you don a headset, the neuro-cave links to your brainwaves and sends out music, digital sounds and colors of light — white, blue, green, violet, red and peach.

Source: Make art with your brainwaves at new Holter exhibit | Entertainment | helenair.com

‘They could destroy the album’: how Spotify’s playlists have changed music for ever | Music | The Guardian

Artists are even starting to pull apart the album format and create evolving playlists in their place. Drake’s much-vaunted “playlist”, More Life, was essentially an album given a zeitgeisty rebrand, but in 2016, David Gray released a “dynamic” greatest hits on Spotify where tracks were switched around depending on how popular they were. There were also industry rumours, subsequently scotched, that Calvin Harris was going to abandon the album entirely and instead release singles and EPs on a rolling basis.

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Can’t see the solar eclipse? Tune in online or on TV – ABC News

Ronald Dantowitz has been looking forward to Monday’s solar eclipse for nearly 40 years.

An astronomer who specializes in solar imaging, he’s been photographing eclipses for more than three decades, and will be using 14 cameras to capture the Aug. 21 celestial event. The cameras have solar filters to capture the eclipse in its partial phases, along with custom modifications that can photograph the corona and light wavelengths that are invisible to the human eye, allowing scientists to view and study the sun’s temperature and composition in a way only possible during a total eclipse, he said.

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Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank gives hundreds of thousands of free books to kids in need – News 5 Cleveland

Tucked away in a warehouse in midtown Cleveland, you will find thousands upon thousands of books.

They’re brand-new, slightly used, and there’s every single genre you can imagine.

It is the Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank, a program with the goal of putting books in the hands of every child in Cuyahoga County.

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Fotografiska to open a London Museum of Photography – British Journal of Photography

Swedish organisation Fotografiska is to open a new centre for photography in London’s Whitechapel. The 89,000 sq ft lower ground space plus office, which is located near Whitechapel Gallery, is due to be completed in the second half of 2018, and has been rented by Fotografiska for 15 years (with a break option at 12 years).

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