ARTWALK NY 20th Anniversary











Paul Bettany on Directing His First Film and His Mission to Help the Homeless

source: http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/10/29/paul-bettany-shelter-coalition-for-the-homeless/?_php=true&_type=blogs&ref=t-magazine&_r=0

Paul Bettany on the New York set of "Shelter," his forthcoming directorial debut.Credit Clay Enos

Paul Bettany on the New York set of “Shelter,” his forthcoming directorial debut.Credit Clay Enos

Coalition for the Homeless – First Step 2014 – Lakisha

This video featuring First Step graduate Lakisha Smith was shown at the Coalition for the Homeless’ 20th annual Women Mean Business Luncheon.

A special thank you to Brett Paine Murphy for producing this video.

First Step gives homeless and low-income women the skills and confidence needed to achieve financial independence. Our innovative 14-week curriculum offers computer and job skills training, an internship with a major corporation or nonprofit organization, mentoring, job placement assistance and extensive post-graduate support.


Anonymous makes homeless man cry. (Original)

In today’s world, Identity is a dangerous thing. If someone who would intend to do you harm knows your name, they can find out what you look like; if they know what you look like, they can target you; and if they can target you… they can kill you. It’s as Huey Newton said “I’m not afraid of death in itself, what I am afraid of is a death that is meaningless.” and it’s like Oscar Wilde said: “Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.”

But, then I get to thinking of the topic of “Truth”… the fact is that reality is relative to the person. It’s all a matter of perspective; thus, not everyone will agree with your truth, even if you put billions of Gigabytes of data supporting it in front of them. There will always be at least one who denies it. Why? Because that’s the reality that they want to uphold, even if it’s only in their own head.

En el mundo de hoy, la identidad es una cosa peligrosa. Si alguien que tendría la intención de hacer daño sabe su nombre, pueden averiguar cómo te ves, si saben cómo te ves, te pueden atacar, y si te pueden atacar … pueden matarte. Es como Huey Newton dijo: “Yo no le tengo miedo a la muerte en sí misma, lo que me da miedo es una muerte que no tiene sentido.” y es como Oscar Wilde dijo: “El hombre es menos él mismo cuando habla en su propia persona Denle una máscara y te dirá la verdad.”.

Pero luego me pongo a pensar en el tema de la “Verdad” … el hecho es que la realidad es relativa a la persona. Es todo una cuestión de perspectiva, por lo que no todo el mundo estará de acuerdo con la verdad, incluso si usted pone miles de millones de Gigabytes de datos que lo apoyan en frente de ellos. Siempre habrá al menos uno que se niega. ¿Por qué? Porque esa es la realidad que quieren mantener, aunque sea sólo en su propia cabeza.