We’ve watched enough CSI, Criminal Minds, and spy films to set off a sense of heightened, albeit sometimes irrational paranoia about whom we’re sending messages to and what it is we’re saying, but when life starts to imitate art in this respect we have to draw the line. The Obama Administration wants to further develop the government’s ability to conduct invasive surveillance, and to say that we’re not too fond of this idea is a gross understatement. According to recent news the Obama administration wants to do a full back-door overhaul of the internet to allow the FBI and whatever other government agencies exist that we’re being kept in the dark of to violate our civil rights and spy on our personal conversations. From BlackBerrys to Twitter and Skype no corner of the internet will be safe for real freedom of expression if they go ahead with this proposal. We’ve had enough censorship to last a lifetime and this bright idea is going to wreck what little we have left of our right to freedom of speech. This whole threat of constant surveillance thing might have worked in prisons to keep inmates in line for decades but the fact remains we’re not in prison, we’re not criminals, and we’ve done nothing to warrant being spied on. Instigating this surveillance program is akin to slapping us all with ankle bracelets and microphones, accessories we’re none too fond of. Didn’t the Obama administration promise to rectify the civil rights violations of the Bush era? It seems we fooled ourselves into believing that things would ever change. We’d like to keep on being posh and glamorous without the threat of the FBI hanging over our shoulder, so thanks Obama Admin, but no thanks. The American Civil Liberties Union has started a petition to have this ridiculous idea buried in the dirt where it belongs. Click here to sign it.
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Emmy Rossum of Showtime’s “Shameless” has signed on to host Jeffrey cares along with singer and LGBT activist Cyndi Lauper. Fashion Cares was established in 1992 in Atlanta, GA by Jeffrey Kalinsky, fashion pioneer and community leader. He launched the first ever Jeffery Fashion Cares event to heighten awareness of the plight of people living with HIV/AIDS and members of the LGBTQ community.
In 2003, he moved the show and reception to New York to increase awareness and visibility. He brought with it a legacy of community involvement and philanthropy. In 10 years, the event has raised well over $4 million for LGBT and supporting youth charities in New York City.
Please see below for additional info, and buy tickets here: http://jeffreyfashioncares.org/
WHO: Jeffrey Kalinsky, President & CEO of Jeffrey New York/Atlanta & EVP Design & Merchandising, Nordstrom
Celebrity Host: Emmy Rossum
Honorary Guest: Jerry Mitchell will be receiving the Community Leadership Award presented by Cyndi Lauper.
Attendees: Nene Leakes, Jessica Hart, Jessica White, Julie Henderson & Nicole Trunfio
Event Chairs: Todd Sears and Dan Rothmann, Co-chairs: Christian Langbein, William Li, and David Wu
Event Beneficiaries: ACRIA, the Hetrick Martin Institute, Lambda Legal, and the Point Foundation
April 2nd, 2013
The Intrepid, One Intrepid Square New York, NY 10036
Once a year, the snowy town of Park City, Utah becomes the mecca for celebrities and movie industry insiders. Skiing the slopes and watching the newest movies by day, partying at the hottest spots at night—the Sundance Film Festival is where it’s at for wintertime Hollywood fun. And while movies and parties are fun, you know the celebrities are probably most excited for all the free swag they get. The Talent Resources Suite at the Sundance Film Festival is where the stars go to try out new gadgets, taste delicious gourmet food, and try on clothes. And the best part is, they get to keep all of it.
The exclusive apparel sponsor at the Talent Resources Suites for this year’s Sundance Film Festival is none other than Sean John, the clothing company owned by mogul Sean “P Diddy” Combs. Stars like AnnaLyne McCord, Paris Hilton, and Karina Smirnoff stopped by the TR Suites to pick up their free Sean John outerwear. But Sean John isn’t just giving coats away to rich people who can afford them—for every coat given away at the Sundance Film Festival, Sean John is donating a brand new coat to an at-risk New Yorker as part of the New York Cares Coat Drive (SMILE).
The coat drive, which benefits New Yorkers in need, has to date given out 61,790 coats to New Yorkers. Although individuals can no longer donate coats (the coat drive ended December 31st), the New York Cares website encourages financial donations. While most companies are just giving away their goods at events like the Sundance Film Festival in the name of great publicity (who doesn’t want stars to be wearing around their clothes or using their gadgets), it’s refreshing to see a company who has figured out a way to benefit those in need through giving away their products.
As international fashion weeks rapidly approach we have decided to partner with Melanie Mueller, designer behind custom bag company, Mel Boteri. We are finalizing our plans for a customizable, philanthropic handbag that not only will turn heads but will also change hearts.
My friend and designer, Melanie Meuller creates handbags that consumers can tweak to their liking through an online “design-your-own” site. After learning about my vision to create a customizable handbag that is functional, fashionable and philanthropic, Melanie agreed to partner in bringing the concept to life and will include the bag in her next collection, YAY! Forty-percent of the proceeds will go to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, a non-profit that both Melanie and I strongly support. I am super excited about this initiative and look forward to the support of the POSHGLAM readers. We are still deciding on colors and textures for the bag, please send your suggestions including links etc in the comments. Looking forward to your response!
Were you one of those children that prided yourself in toting around a UNICEF box until full, later embodying the feeling of overflowing charity warming your angelic soul? Knew it! Lucky for us, UNICEF’s partnered with a number of brands, to bring forth an opportunity to celebrate charity in style and fill your festive heart with reverent joy!
“A portion of sales from each item in UNICEF’s cards and gifts collection will support UNICEF’s programs that save, protect and improve the lives of millions of children in more than 190 countries and territories worldwide: www.shopcardsandgifts.unicefusa.org.”
Jeweled Brass Cuff Bracelet encrusted in gold and elegant sparkles with a hinge that allows the piece to slide onto the wrist easily including an organza bag for $15.00
Golden Beaded Necklace handcrafted with hundreds of delicate golden glass beads and ivory accents woven together in a unique braided design for $35.00
Red Jeweled Bangle Set encrusted with gemstones for $25.00
Black Bangle Set with nine stackable bangles crafted of etched brass and decorative inlays for $28.00
Red Crystal Necklace with a double strand of more than 100 faceted crystal beads for $25.00