The Sochi Olympics and New Art: “Flamboyance”

The Sochi Winter Olympics are upon us – and not without controversy. Last summer, President Vladimir Putin endorsed and signed anti-gay legislation, and recent viral videos suggest that members of the Russian LGBT community are now living in an increasingly hostile environment.  Leading up to these Olympic Games, videos and reports have emerged highlighting detestable acts of animal cruelty…

BREAKING: World Rhino Day

Today is World Rhino Day – a day where we should focus our attention on the plight of the African and Asian rhinoceros.  Like many other species, elephants – or the big cats for example, rhinos are being poached at alarming rates – by a common, ill-informed (or blind) foe known primarily as Asian culture. In Eastern culture, keratin…

#SaveElephants

Dawn breaks across the savanna of Tsavo-East National Park in Kenya, Africa.  A family of twelve elephants stirs in the morning sun.  The humidity begins to climb and a mother nudges her calf.  The little one flaps his ears and trumpets, awake.  At dusk and dawn, the iron-rich soils of this untamed land are illuminated…

Soar with eagles on World Eagle Day

On March 24, the World Bird Sanctuary will host World Eagle Day. The event provides visitors an opportunity to learn about and interact with some of nature’s most majestic creatures, including the national symbol, the Bald Eagle. Introduced in the mid-1980s, World Eagle Day is a multifunctional event; it serves as the culmination of eagle…

PREMIERE: “Elephants: Blood Ivory”

This week I debuted my new documentary short titled Elephants: Blood Ivory. This a follow-up to a 2010 short I did titled The Ivory Role.  Inspired by the October 2012 National Geographic article, I wanted to highlight the very real issue of poaching and do my part to help end it.  I created African tribal-inspired…

PolitiPost: “Sit down Governor Romney, thank you”

President Obama and Governor Romney met in their second debate, a town hall, moderated by Candy Crowly.  Compared to their last encounter, this debate maintained some similarities, but was vastly different in tone. Let me first say this:  I found many of the questions to be posed stereotypically – I’ll explain.  The “jobs” question was asked…

African Elephants: Taken for “Blood Ivory”

In the October 2012 issue of National Geographic, there is a special investigative report by Bryan Christy.  The report identifies many Asian countries (primarily China) as the largest consumers of [black market] ivory and explores the “loopholes” surrounding the illegal ivory trade (hint: most of the “loopholes” are religious). In 1989 the Convention on International…