This past weekend, I lectured at Stanford University on the “Reclaiming of Words and Ideas.” Reclaiming cultural icons, symbols, language, and ideas (otherwise known as reappropriation) has something that has been occurring through nearly every social strata of human history for thousands of years. In recent decades, social justice activists have been using this tactic […]Read more "Stanford University Recap"
I recently received two very common questions about businesses and social media. Here are my answers: 1) What are the top social media skills every business executive should possess? The most important social media skill that every business executive should posses is the ability to connect with their target audience. This involves being able to write well (and succinctly) as well as the […]Read more "Answers to Popular Questions About Social Media and Business"
If you are responsible for brand monitoring, vanity searching (aka Googling yourself), or measuring social media temperament for your company, you’re probably using Google Alerts. If you aren’t, you should go and sign up for their notification system. It’s pretty good. If you have been using Google Alerts for a while though, you might notice that things […]Read more "When Google Alerts Doesn’t Work"
In the world of marketing and communication, the words ‘diversity,’ ‘inclusion,’ and ‘representation’ are often thrown around and emphasized but in a very superficial manner. Specialists will look at a catalog or commercial and suggest to include more people of color, nontraditional gender roles, or different body types. While all of these things are important, […]Read more "How to Reach Out to a Diverse Audience Without Being Offensive"
I’ve added a page for all of my upcoming lectures, panels, and performances. Here’s a quick preview of events on the horizon: January 19, 2014: Stanford, CA – Stanford University: Listen to the Silence conference January 31, 2014: Portland, OR: Portland Community College – The Dean Shirley Anderson Conference February 8, 2014: Philadelphia, PA: University […]Read more "Upcoming Appearances"
Currently, my band is fighting a battle with the United States Patent and Trademark Office over the right to register a trademark on our name. It’s been going on for four years now. Today, the Oregonian published an opinion piece that I wrote talking about the case. You can read it here. I suppose in […]Read more "Oregonian Opinion post: A New Slant on Racism"