Archive for May, 2010

From the Miss Tipshare files:

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

If you receive our monthly News & Views newsletter (which you should!), you might have seen my Miss Tipshare column on tech and social media tips. Here’s what I wrote for the May newsletter:

Dear Miss Tipshare,

I noticed that our organization’s Facebook page doesn’t have “fans” anymore — now we have people who “like” us. And what’s with the iPad? What’s Foursquare? WHAT IS GOING ON IN THE WORLD OF TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIAL MEDIA?!



I definitely feel your pain. Growing up in the age of AOL chatrooms, Instant Messaging and texting, I feel more naturally inclined to keep up with tech news, but I have to admit: doing so is pretty difficult, especially with all the constant changes and developments.

Luckily, there’s a handy blog that brings me up to speed and tells me what I need to know now: Launched in 2005, it’s THE website to get your social media news. Aside from articles about new developments in social media and technology (Twitter is launching embeddable tweets? What does that mean?! And Apple really sold 1 Million iPads?), they also have handy articles on social media trends, like “How Non-Profits are Using Social Media for Real Results”and “48% of Parents Friend Their Kids On Facebook.” (My parents are part of that 48% and I’m not sure how I feel about that yet!)

Beyond that, it helps me keep up with the issue of privacy on the web, which is really important to me. I love Mashable’s how-to blog posts. For example: “How to keep your Facebook updates private” and “How to Disable Facebook’s ‘Instant Personalization’”.

Regularly scanning headlines on will help you keep current with what’s going on. It might be a little overwhelming at first, but the great thing is that you can always get background by reading past blog posts. Try it!

Miss Tipshare

AHCMC Montgomery Traditions at the Amnesty International Human Rights Art Festival

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

The AHCMC Montgomery Traditions program presented two of Montgomery County’s outstanding traditional artists at the first ever Amnesty International Human Rights Art Festival on April 24th in Silver Spring.  Hindustani classical vocalist Samia Mahbub Ahmad and El Salvadoran singer and composer Lilo Gonzalez performed wonderful musical selections and framed their performances to address a range of issues relating to human rights and “unification in the midst of diversity.”  The afternoon program, presented in McGinty’s Public House to an audience of almost 90, was a picture of diversity including families and individuals from throughout Montgomery County and the District of Columbia.

Samia Mahbub Ahmad’s performance transported the audience into a liminal state with melodious raags and lyrics that addressed spiritual unity.  During her performance Samia presented the background for each song, imparting the source of the poetry, spiritual message, and musical references including the raags (melodic modes) and tala (rhythmic meter) of each piece.  After her performance Samia and her accompanist Jay Parikh and Syud Amer Ahmed fielded a range of audience questions.

(l-r) Jay Parikh - tabla, Samia Mahbub Ahmad - vocalist and harmonium, Syud Amer Ahmed – tanpura

Lilo Gonzalez’ spirited performance had the young folks dancing as he sang and spoke about the need to work for human rights and dignity for all.  It was clear from their response that some of the young folks knew Lilo’s songs from his work in area schools.  Lilo spoke candidly about the immigrant experience and the need to foster better interpersonal and community relationships. Olivia Cadaval, Folklorist and Chair, Cultural Research and Education with the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage served as MC and interlocutor for Lilo’s performance. Lilo’s group included his son Lilo Gonzalez, Jr., Ramón Lopez, Ben Hall, José Lopez and Alfredo Mojica.

(l-r) Ben Hall - trombone, Jose Lopez - congas, Lilo Gonzalez - vocals and guitar, Alfredo Mojico - timbales, Ramón Gonzalez - keyboard

The event was a success due in large part to a group of wonderful and talented volunteers and in-kind contributions from the community.  I’ll close this post with a few quotes from emails I received afterwards. “I enjoyed the cultural interaction and the events very much and feel that the Creative Arts Council in Montgomery County plays a big role in promoting multi-culturalism and communal harmony.”  “Diverse in culture, ethnicity and age.  They loved it!  People were still talking and smiling about it afterward.”

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