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One World Blue Media wishes Patrick a very happy Birthday and successful year. May all your dreams come true Patrick 🌎🎤🎶🕊️

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May 30, 2020 @ 12:45pm

Dany, One World Blue Media wishes you the happiest of birthdays. This year is the beginning of your career moving forward more than ever. Keep climbing higher. Rise on and reach for the stars!! Happy Birthday

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May 28, 2020 @ 05:57pm

Interviewing Dr. Lawrence was a true experience in the best sense of the phrase; I added to my knowledge of Self-Care, Alternative Care and where patterns of lack of care are born.

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May 15, 2020 @ 03:53pm

Just wanted to also say and acknowledge Gedaliah truly for the time and effort to make the Spotlight a great piece! An incredible interview experience. Thank you Gedaliah and One World Blue

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May 13, 2020 @ 01:38pm

I just wanted to say Thank you to One World Blue for featuring me and encouraging me and doing such a wonderful and professional job with my EPK Spotlight. Thank you to Gedaliah Aronson for such a great job on my interview. I am looking forward to working with you more in the future.

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May 13, 2020 @ 01:07pm

Facebook Live tonight 5/11/2020 @ 8:00pm

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May 11, 2020 @ 06:00pm

Hi Russell, would like to speak with you about Artist Image and related topics; would you please touch base with me so I can arrange a time and channel with you? Thanks; my best! Ira Caplan

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May 5, 2020 @ 04:32pm

Facebook LIVE tonight 5/4/2020 @ 8:00 PM

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May 4, 2020 @ 06:17pm

Coach Edwin, You Have a Gift. Thank you so very much for sharing your heart, your wisdom and your courage with The One World Blue Community. Love you always my friend. Partner in One World Blue India

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May 2, 2020 @ 12:47am

Facebook LIVE tonight 4/30/2020 @ 8:00 PM

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Apr 30, 2020 @ 01:26pm

Facebook LIVE tonight 4/28/2020 @ 8:00 PM

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Apr 28, 2020 @ 06:19pm

All fans of Patrick's please show support for Patrick by Standing with him today. Stand and Unite Feature is at the right side of the Spotlight page here. Click on the Stand link. When you do all of your updates will show up in your Nest. Please also Lift his Spotlight. The Lift feature is in the upper Left hand corner. Thank you for showing your support to this very talented man.

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Apr 18, 2020 @ 09:03am

We are waiting for word back from Mr Kelly's attorney before the funding is connected to their trust account.

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Apr 18, 2020 @ 07:53am

You have to enable funding so people can donate.
Also rob has money that was collected by his present lawyer Doug anton if he get new lawyers make sure money from Douglas anton for rob is sent to you.

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Apr 18, 2020 @ 06:59am

Why does it say the Author has marked this initiative inactive?

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Apr 16, 2020 @ 08:03pm

I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation for One World Blue taking the time to contact me to begin with. What you have done for me is above my expectations. I also feel that talking with you is like we have been friends for a long time. The write up that Russell Johnson gave me was very overwhelming and I feel like I have been friends with both Russell Johnson as well. You made me feel comfortable which I feel is important for customer relationship. I have gotten a lot of exposure already within a few days. Thank you again One World Blue for your work and diligence! Patrick McGregor Music

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Mar 31, 2020 @ 12:54pm

Charles, fascinating to read about you and VanGo Media!

Looking forward to utilizing your services and realizing fullest mutual Production Potentials

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Jan 5, 2020 @ 01:36pm

JRJ, extremely impressed with your breadth, depth and echelon of clientele and their reviewers of your events PR for them.

And your fluency of gifted music industry artists!

Looking forward to discovering more and mutually rewarding collaboration,

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Jan 5, 2020 @ 01:32pm

Working with the Staff at One World Blue has been very enjoyable and professional. Through the entire process they had me involved. They pay close attention to detail and they offer suggestions and recommendations and have been very easy to work with. I am looking forward to utilizing these tools provided to grow my business of James Jenson Photography. Sincerely James Jenson

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Dec 18, 2019 @ 01:46pm

"It was wonderful working with Baila Pirchesky on my personal interview and The One World Blue Team on the creation of my spotlight for Leah Spa. It came out so beautiful! I am looking forward to using this as a media tool to market my business and attract more clients from it in the future! Thank you One World Blue Media!" Leah Brown - Leah Spa

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Dec 18, 2019 @ 12:19pm

Latest Buzz

Nov 6, 2019 @ 01:20pm

Save the Dates:

National Children's Day
June 14, 2020

National Children & Youth Week of Action, Washington, DC
June 14-June 20, 2020

National Children & Youth March, Washington, DC
June 20, 2020

Oct 12, 2018 @ 01:23pm

Upcoming Dates:

Saturday 10/13
Muddy Creek Cafe, Sparta, NC 730-10

Sunday 10/21
Salvage Station, Asheville, NC "Rebuild the Village Music Festival"
5-630 Tin Can Stage
Friday 11/2
Laconia Ale Works, Sparta, NC 7-10
Friday 12/14
Laconia Ale Works, Sparta, NC 7-10

Oct 12, 2018 @ 01:22pm

Fine folks of Sparta and the surrounding areas. Bill and Shana have given me the green light to start a little early on Saturday night to squeeze in some more tunes. Hope to see yall out there!!!

Oct 5, 2018 @ 05:15pm

One World Blue wishes Attila Domos great success this weekend as he is on a mission (October 6th and 7th), to once and for all OFFICIALLY break the handcycling world record of 403.8 miles traveled in 24 hours!! GO ATTILA!!! "NEVER BE AFRAID TO CHASE YOUR DREAMS - Lets do Something Amazing" Attila Domos Musician/Athlete/Writer/Entrepreneur. www.attiladomos.com. Check out Attila's Campaign Page Here on One World Blue

Oct 5, 2018 @ 05:10pm

One World Blue Promotes WIZDOM REGGAE!! This Sunday October 7th Taco Regae Jam 2- 6 pm Bella Terra Vinyards, Hunker PA. COME FEEL THE ISLAND VIBE!!!

May 18, 2018 @ 03:06pm

Hey folks I'll be debuting a few new songs this evening on WKSK's "Live After 5" segment out of West Jefferson, NC. The show will be streamed live here: http://580wksk.com

Hope yall can tune in!

William #RAWK #williammasseymusic

Apr 29, 2018 @ 04:03pm

Hey folks check out my updated Spotlight page for a brand spankin new song! Hope yall enjoy!

William

Mar 15, 2018 @ 07:05am

"The Best Is Yet To Come"
The Best is Yet to Come is Progressive New Faith Fellowship Baptist Church book. With Overseer Davis and many of the outreach ministries as well as the look inside of our church and church family.
The book is on sale for $140.00 it has 132 pages of full color. Please order your book now and click fund to pay. Remember we are all trying to make a difference in this world by putting God first and being able to help someone along the way. Thank you in advance.

Feb 25, 2018 @ 12:15pm

Massey will perform at Muddy Creek Music Hall on Sunday, March 4th,as part of their songwriter round, web-link: https://www.muddycreekcafeandmusichall.com

Nov 19, 2017 @ 04:10pm

Tickets will be released tomorrow for the StarQuest Finals Night at Sunny Jims right here on Blupela. $20 General Admission. $30 VIP. Stay Tuned for the Ticket release tomorrow. Seats are limited. Finals will be held at Sunny Jims on December 16th, 2017.

Nov 13, 2017 @ 08:39pm

Check out my daily video on Face Book at Online Community Church -- it's called "Convertible Conversations" and is a 4-7 minute discussion about encouraging spiritual topics!

Nov 13, 2017 @ 08:37pm

My latest novel "Convertible Conversations" will be out the end of this month. Stay tuned for more information! Paul Gray

Nov 13, 2017 @ 02:33pm

The Project Ambassador Program is now available with One World Blue. Contact our office to find out how you may benefit from this program. Ambassador brochures are also available to order thru the Blupela campaign page. Join this winning team and start making a difference in the world today!!

Jun 30, 2016 @ 12:16pm

2016 Summer Program: Saturday July 2

We will meet from 6-8PM to print prayer flags. Youth Sangha coordinator Bonnie Weiss will guide the children in meditation, chanting and stories in addition to the block printing. We will also have a potluck for snacks, so please bring something small to share (NO NUTS PLEASE). Tempa Lama will be away traveling.

Jun 20, 2016 @ 06:07pm

Stand together to condemn hate and violence! Join us for an evening of solidarity with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community in response to the tragedy in Orlando. Hear from leaders in the LGBT community, Jewish community, Muslim community, and others.

Jewish Community Center, Squirrel Hill

Levinson Hall

Thursday, June 23

7:00-8:00 p.m.

Registration not required

We are pleased share another opportunity to support the LGBT community as well:

Saturday, June 18th, 2016

12:45 pm

Samuel & Minnie Hyman Ballroom

Congregation Beth Shalom

A Conversation with Evan Wolfson,

Director of Freedom to Marry

Mr. Wolfson is a Pittsburgh native and graduate of Alderdice High School.

Shiur sponsored by:

Beth Shalom’s Adult Education Committee

This is a free event! Call 412.421.2288 x114 for more information.

Apr 13, 2016 @ 01:01pm

For Kids of all ages come and enjoy 'Get Out and Draw' a journey into the imagination with the Super Hero of Fun, Mr. Buckethead. Event Date: May 28, 2016. Where: Dormont Library, 2950 West Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15216. When: 1 pm to 4 pm

Mar 12, 2016 @ 05:56pm

For Kids of all ages come and enjoy 'Get Out and Draw' a journey into the imagination with the Super Hero of Fun, Mr. Buckethead. Event Date: May 28th, 2016 Where: Dormont Library, 2950 West Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15216. When: 1 pm to 4 pm

Feb 1, 2016 @ 12:41pm

Join us for our monthly Pittsburgh Sportsline TV show at the Hollywood Lanes (2961 West Liberty Ave. Dormont, Tonight, Monday night February 1st, from 7:30-8:30 pm. They are more than a bowling alley! This great venue owned by Jeffrey Parke is a multifaceted entertainment facility offering our Pittsburgh community a wide range of activities including: bowling, darts, live music, our sports talk TV show and much more!!! There will be food, drink and bowling specials during our show! NO COVER!

Jan 11, 2016 @ 03:45pm

Don't miss our First Atrias PNC Park Pittsburgh Sportsline TV show of 2016!!! We start filming at 7:30 PM tonight January 11, for our 60 minute TV show for our BPTV studio!

My co host Smokin' Jim Frazier and Allen Levine "The Talking Machine" are honored to be back. Enjoy great food, drinks, service, TV Sports talk entertainment, great guests and much more.

Ask about Valet parking and there is also FREE on street parking after 6 pm too!

Try "The Talking Machine" BIG MOUTH BURGER" (My favorite ;)) We are on VERIZON TV channel 32 everywhere in the Greater Pittsburgh area Tuesday-Saturday 7-8 PM. ONLY COMCAST 7 in Bethel Park

Jan 8, 2016 @ 05:49am

Friday January 8, 7-8:15pm: Introductory evening talk
Saturday January 9, 9:30am-5pm and Sunday January 10, 10am-1pm
Olmo Ling Bon Center and Institute, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Many of you requested that we offer a retreat on the ancient and powerful Bon Chod practice ‘Laughter of the Dakinis’ which is part of the weekly Saturday morning practice at Olmo Ling. We are happy to be able to respond to this request! The Chod practice ‘Laughter of the Dakinis’ features a hauntingly beautiful melody that is chanted and accompanied by the Tibetan hand-drum (Damaru) and bell, together with visualization. Please join us to learn this unique practice, and join us thereafter at the weekly Saturday morning meditation.

Latest Funding

Divincemoore Music

$100.00

in One World Blue Spotlight Program

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One World Blue, LLC

$68.00

in Bernard Asper

May 16, 2020 @ 09:40pm

Divincemoore Music

$150.00

in One World Blue Spotlight Program

May 5, 2020 @ 05:03pm

One World Blue, LLC

$18.00

in Ohr Simcha Children's Home

Apr 28, 2020 @ 09:15am

Dany Vavrek Acoustic

$145.00

in One World Blue Spotlight Program

Apr 27, 2020 @ 06:59am

One World Blue, LLC

$53.00

in Bernard Asper

Apr 27, 2020 @ 06:36am

Jeff Hames

$395.00

in One World Blue Spotlight Program

Apr 23, 2020 @ 06:16pm

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Social Media Spotlight EPKs for Musicians and Artists

One World Blue, LLC
Looking to Get the Word Out About Your Sound? Need to reach that Producer or Concert Promoter? How Can YOU Get Your Media Kit Out to Social Media in an Easy Way?
ANSWER
Blupela One World Blue SPOTLIGHT EPKs
COST EFFECTIVE
Reliable
Journalism Review Included
Send to Your Social Media Following, Concert Promoter or Booking Agent with the Click of a Button.
YEAH IT IS THAT EASY
Our Network is Free to any User to Use. You may create your own Spotlight EPK or Campaign on your own. However we also have an innovative Journalistic and custom curated service to offer you:
What you get:
* Your Professional Social Media Spotlight EPK Designed and Published on The One World Blue Network with Your Curated Content
* A Personal Interview done by a professional musician journalist and the design of the Spotlight created by a professional designer (the review will be between 200 and 400 words and include one revision with the payment)
* Optional Keyword Technology Integrated in the Publication for Easy Indexing in the Search Engines
* Ease of Promotion Through Social Media Channels
* Featured Spotlight Position on The One World Blue Network for two days
Cost of the Program
1 Social Media Spotlight EPK Professionally Published on The One World Blue Network
$395
$95 per Quarter thereafter with one Update per Quarter (minimum 1 year): payments starting the first quarter after initial payment and charged on the 15th of the month of every quarter thereafter (January, April, July, October)
1 Social Media Spotlight EPK with Keyword Integration Professionally Published on The One World Blue Network
$495
$95 per Quarter thereafter with one Update per Quarter (minimum 1 year): payments starting the first quarter after initial payment and charged on the 15th of the month of every quarter thereafter (January, April, July, October)
ONE WORLD BLUE ALSO OFFERS CROWDFUNDING
$295 Crowdfunding Campaign Designed and Published on The One World Blue Network
OR
$495 Crowdfunding Campaign Designed and Published on The One World Blue Network together with One Spotlight Published on The One World Blue Network
CHECK SOME OF OUR EPKs OUT
The Music of Anthony Aquarius
Anthony Aquarius
https://www.blupela.com/lotw.php?id=1217/Anthony-Aquarius
One World Blue Singer Songwriter Review by Talent Director Russell Johnson:
"But don't expect the heavy metal of Joe's past, expect the soulful feel of Gregg Allman and the jam licks of Tedeschi Trucks Band and the soul of Bill Whithers."
https://www.blupela.com/lotw.php?id=1189/Crawdad-Joe
Patrick McGregor Music:
"I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation for One World Blue taking the time to contact me to begin with. What you have done for me is above my expectations. I also feel that talking with you is like we have been friends for a long time. The write up that Russell Johnson gave me was very overwhelming and I feel like I have been friends with both Russell Johnson as well. You made me feel comfortable which I feel is important for customer relationship. I have gotten a lot of exposure already within a few days. Thank you again One World Blue for your work and diligence!" Patrick McGregor Music
https://www.blupela.com/lotw.php?id=1187/Patrick-McGregor
Divincemoore
"I just wanted to say Thank you to One World Blue for featuring me and encouraging me and doing such a wonderful and professional job with my EPK Spotlight. Thank you to Gedaliah Aronson for such a great job on my interview. I am looking forward to working with you more in the future." Divincemoore Music
https://www.blupela.com/lotw.php?id=1214/Divincemoore-Music
"I'm so pleased to have joined One World Blue. Their professionalism is awesome. They have brought me into the Family and made me feel so welcome. I was struggling to do what I have always dreamed of since I first heard Rock and Roll. I am in the Company of so many prominent individuals now that it amazes me, the writing by Russell Johnson, the spiritual tone of my conversations with Joel and the awesome website introduction put together by Bernard are excellent. I stand amazed and Blessed to be involved here at One world with all of you. Thanks again for propelling me forward to reach my Destiny." Alan Blade
https://www.blupela.com/lotw.php?id=1058/The-Music-of-Alan-Blade
Danny Vavrek Acoustic
https://www.blupela.com/lotw.php?id=1195/Dany-Vavrek-Acoustic
The Music of Jeff Hames
https://www.blupela.com/lotw.php?id=1211/Jeff-Hames
"One World Blue World Spotlight. Give Thanks for the positive vibes and support to The Flow Band. Tropical Soul Vibes from the island of Pittsburgh. Tuff Going since 1982. Bringing Positive Uplifting Vibes to the World. More Love. More Life. One World Blue Spotlights has helped us manage our tours and schedules effectively. Respect to One World Blue!" Uzell Finney Jr. The Flow Band Pittsburgh
https://www.blupela.com/lotw.php?id=991/The-Flow-Band
https://www.blupela.com/lotw.php?id=889/Saluda-Shoals
SHARING YOUR EPK IS NOW ONLY A STEP AWAY
GET THE WORD OUT WITH THE CLICK OF A BUTTON. YEAH ITS THAT EASY.
GET STARTED TODAY!!!

Votes5 DateMay 12, 2020

Funded: 2 $990.00

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*Freedom

David Gumble Project Sales Leader One World Blue Media

David Gumble
Prayer is very powerful. If not for prayer, I would not be where I am today.
David Gumble, of the One World Blue Network, is no stranger to adversity though he refuses ever to be defined by it. One minute before Thanksgiving, on November 25, 1992, David’s soul entered this world. He was premature and born via a turbulent Caesarean Section that David suspects is the cause of him living with Cerebral Palsy. This condition necessitates that David utilizes a wheelchair for his daily mobility. He was born as well with a visual impairment that was not discovered until well into his first year of life. It required surgery to ensure that whatever eyesight he did have would be saved.
Everything in our lives happens for a reason.
David was born with Epilepsy and suffered continuously throughout childhood with intense seizures. By the age of 5, his hip was routinely jolted from its socket, and he was in excruciating pain, prompting the doctors to recommend surgery.
I lied on the ground, and I prayed with all the strength I could muster. I prayed like my life depended on it, because it really did. The pain stopped, and when I returned to the doctors, they were shocked to see that my problem had corrected itself. This was my first very revelatory encounter with God, and showed me the power of prayer and connecting to the Almighty.
By the age of 9, David's parents had split up, and six months from that point, the house that he and his mother called home burned entirely to the ground. Miraculously, no one was home, but the house and all therein was destroyed.
"As my mother cried, I had a strong realization that I could be very thankful that we were all still here and safe, and that all we had truly lost was just stuff. Additionally, the house was not adequate for us, and I looked forward to the new possibilities with a positive resolve.."
This positive resolve has continuously lifted David through odds that the vast majority of us would find insurmountable. At the age of 10, David underwent surgery to lengthen the tendons in his legs. This operation was undertaken with the intention that David would be able to walk from its success. He remembers waking up in agonizing pain mid-operation, as they had not administered the proper amount of anesthesia. The surgery was not completed, and David was stitched up as quickly and safely as possible and underwent many months of physical therapy.
"I moved toward a mindset of acceptance and gratitude for what I did have. I said to myself, "Hey, I've got all my limbs; I don't need to walk; it could be even worse." Rather than a life of endless surgeries and their possible complications, I chose to live a life of acceptance of my circumstances and the pursuit of happiness. I look for no pity; I am a human being like anyone else and deserve no pity or special treatment. I let my life experiences be my teacher and though there has been immense pain, I strive to find meaning and joy in all things."
With all that David had endured up to this point, he vividly remembers that around the age of 12 or 13, he decided that he had to pave his way. He became grounded in his principals and morals and forged his way forward, refusing to ever succumb to a victim mentality.
I was blessed with strength and an extraordinary family.
Throughout high school, David was regarded by the administration as basically an incapable person; he was considered someone who was slow, stupid, or too disabled to pursue his dreams. David faced this all with tremendous strength, courage, and determination to never allow the outside world to define him and his abilities.
In high school, I really followed my own way. I was never one to follow trends and didn’t care to be socially accepted as a measuring stick of my worth and success. I just put my head down and focused on getting through. Though I had much opposition at every turn, most rigorously from the school itself, I was blessed with a mentor and advocate in my U.S. History teacher Brian Minich. Brian believed in me like I did myself and encouraged that inner resolve in me.
David developed an intense passion for music during this time; listening to music became his escape from quite a hostile world. He was never one to delve into drugs and alcohol. He was interested in really feeling alive. Music gave him life and joy. His interest in pursuing music in some capacity was met dismissively in his sophomore year of high school, but it was a dream on which he would never give up.
In 2010, David was a senior in high school and on the verge of graduating, when he developed a cyst the size of a softball underneath his thigh. He was determined to graduate but was bedridden in a hospital. He finished his requirements from that hospital bed, and with the help and advocacy of Mr. Minich, they pushed the school to allow him to graduate on time.
The following three years would be another very trying time for me. It took that long to heal from the cyst, diagnose the underlying issue, and successfully treat it. It was determined that I had inverse acne, a skin irritation that develops underneath the skin, not on the surface. For one of those years, I was completely bedridden. My family took total care of me, and I truly did not leave the bed for anything. My inner will was never crushed, but it was certainly tried. Prayer is truly powerful.
In 2015, David remembered another direct encounter with the Divine. Still deeply enamored with music, David made and still maintains a close personal friendship with a band called, “The Chesapeake Sons,” whom he has seen at least 40 or 50 times to date. While attending a show and caught up in the ecstasy of the music, he heard his soul speaking to him.
I had been pondering the idea of pursuing music production and recording but struggled with hesitation and some self-doubt. Lost in the music that night in 2015, it was like angels came to me and said, “David, go do this, you can do this; you are ready.” It was an incredibly powerful evening, and the following year I enrolled in the Sheffield Institute for the Recording Arts in Phoenix, Maryland.
David's experience in college was the complete opposite of his high school years. He was immersed in learning what he loved, and all in a nurturing environment with supportive teachers and peers.
David graduated in 2017, with a degree in audio engineering, a dream he actualized against all the odds.
David has never let others define him or limit his abilities, and despite all he’s been through he’s never allowed himself to fall into despair. David is truly an ambassador of goodness, kindness, strength, and conviction.
In late 2019, he joined the One World Blue Network at https://www.blupela.com as a Project Sales Leader. The world is a brighter place because of David Gumble’s refusal to let the world define him, and his insistence that it becomes the world it was created to be.

Votes4 DateFeb 14, 2020

Funded: 1 $439.00

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James W. Jenson Photography

James W Jenson Photography

The Buddie Photo Session Case is a uniquely designed photography equipment case that provides an on-location photographer the convenience of assembling the needed camera equipment and accessories in one case, and is designed to make on-location photography easier. The photography case recently completed the initial ideation design phase and will be going into the industrial design phase during winter 2020 with a possible prototype of the photography case completed by late spring 2020.
"For years, I have wondered how I could give back to the photography industry. The photography case concept is a result of some frustration I have experienced while taking camera gear to and from photo sessions. This case concept came from the Most High. The case is designed to make transporting camera gear easier for photographers. I am looking forward to finishing up the industrial design phase and getting the case on the market for the photography community to enjoy." -James Jenson
BIO and One World Blue media interview with: James W. Jenson, Jr., Industrial Photographer:
During his early years growing as a Denver, CO native, James was always intrigued with the environment around him. As a senior in high school, he picked up his very first camera, (a Kodac 110) and soon discovered the excitement in taking photographs.
The below prints are available for you as a token of my thanks for your donation.
Finished Photo Examples Complete with Border



James' subject matter consisted of airplanes, clouds, flowers and sunsets. In the late 1980s, he had the good fortune of meeting a professional photographer who took the time to mentor him and strongly encouraged James to consider the possibility of a career in photography.
By late 1990, Jenson became hooked on architectural images, fascinated with the structural elements that populate the urban landscape.
In late 1992, he took the leap of faith and founded James W. Jenson photography (JWJP) a Denver based commercial photography firm that specializes in architecture, engineering, industrial and transportation photography.
~~One World Blue Media question~~: Mr Jenson, In today's world, when it appears that more and more people truly want to start their own business and go into work that they sincerely love, what are some words of encouragement and advice you could offer to those looking to take the "leap of faith" that you did?
James Jenson: "I would have to say it takes faith, prayer, visualizing your success, hard work and surrounding yourself with positive, successful people who can mentor you and keep you encouraged when you hit bumps in the road. It's also very important to have a product or service that is marketable. If possible, try to have at least 6 months of savings put aside to live on and switch to part-time work until you can get your vision off the ground. I wished I haddone this when I was starting out. "
Since then Jenson has been blessed with an extensive portfolio of professional work which includes photography of many large scale, high profile projects.
"First and foremost my creative eye comes from the Most High! The mentoring and coaching I received from other photographers has helped shape the way I do image capture. I aim to capture images that are unique and give the viewer a different visual perspective of the subject matter being photographed. I strive to capture the best image/images I can for a client's project or for my own creative use."
Capturing images in the above mentioned industries is James' passion. During the image capture process, he focuses on working with fill light and natural light along with the elements of color, design, shadows, shapes, lines, angles, patterns and textures.


© 2019 PHOTOGRAPHY BY JAMES W. JENSON, JR., PHOTOGRAPHY. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
The end goal is to pleasantly surprise and delight clients with a collection of exceptional photographic images that best showcase their projects.
~One World Blue Media question~: What do you feel the moral responsibilities of the artist are? How can artists contribute to a more peaceful world?
" James Jenson: I cannot speak for other artists, but as for me, I strive to offer quality products and services in an ethical, professional, and honest manner. I believe a person should use their talents to inspire, encourage, motivate, and uplift others. Creative gifts can bring excitement and encouragement to all that come in contact with them and hopefully make the world a better place."
"What inspires me is the endless possibilities for creative image capture. Photographers are artists. We use a different set of tools. Painters use canvas and brushes, and photographers use their cameras."
Some of Jenson's work has been published in GATEWAY TO THE WEST - a glossy coffee table book about the design and construction of Denver International Airport, Construction Today Magazine, the online magazine Fabric Architecture and Engineering News Record Magazine (which are all national trade publications), RTD Publications, Denver Corporate Connection Magazine and The Denver Post.
He is also a member of Professional Photographers of America (PPA) and Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) which are two of the most respected international photography organizations in the world.
In addition to being a member of these organizations, JW Jenson, LLC recently received the 2019 Build Awards Excellence in Industrial Photography Certificate from Al Global Media.
~One World Blue Media question~ : james, please speak a bit more on the racial discrimination you've experienced in your field? How can this be overcome on a wide scale, how do you overcome it personally?
"Yes I have experienced racial discrimination in my line of work. Historically, industrial photography is not usually done by people of color. Photographers of color are more popular as fashion, lifestyle, wedding, portrait, product, sports, food, nature, entertainment, news and media photographers, not industrial photographers. This has been my experience and as a result, I strive to provide the best service and images I can. Industrial photography is a different type of visual creativity. During a meeting or portfolio showing, I can usually tell in a few minutes if I'm being judged as a person of color and not as a professional photographer by the questions asked and the general tone of the meeting. Once I pick up on this type of attitude/behavior, my best approach is to politely step away from that firm/individual and move on to the next opportunity. I believe it's important to work with people who celebrate, respect, value and appreciate your creative talents. I have also begun mentoring other photographers of color and getting them more interested in architectural and industrial photography. This will go a long in helping to eliminate some of the stereotypes and help people understand that it's ok to work with talented people of color in the creative space."
For additional information about the services provided by JWJP please contact us at (720) 987-5349 or visit JWJP on the web at www.jwjenson.com
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720.987.5349
James W. Jenson Photography creates photos of architecture , engineering , industry and transportation .
"My goals moving forward are to get the photography case and other products on the market so otherphotographers can benefit. I also want to continue to grow my business and develop a small business fund and mentoring program for disadvantaged young people who want to become business owners and pursue their creative talents and business dreams."

Votes2 DateDec 2, 2019

Funded: 0 $0.00

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to help heal the world from its predilection in separating us which has come to a head with the whole Covid-19 pandemic we want people to get together to sing to dance to love and take care of our earth our mother

Groove ScondrelsMay 14, 2020 @ 07:26pmMore

would love to bring goodness into the world of the listener, a message of hope, peace and harmony, and most of all, LOVE. It's the answer, it's all we need.

Divincemoore MusicMay 13, 2020 @ 01:57pmMore

Healing the world one note at a time.

Jeff HamesMay 4, 2020 @ 04:54pmMore

I am a good listener and have heart to support individual and society to over come the issues.

CoachedwinApr 30, 2020 @ 10:57pmMore

The world needs to be kinder to one another especially in the times we are in now. Take a step back and relax and treat one another with kindness.

Dany Vavrek AcousticApr 28, 2020 @ 05:57pmMore

Step through life with honesty and integrity, recognize the humanity of others, donate your time, skills, and money to a great cause without the expectation of anything in return. Teach others how to love one another...

Kim ImNotTellinApr 18, 2020 @ 03:08pmMore

I advocate for justice

Trent St. JamesApr 18, 2020 @ 11:38amMore

Get rid of racism. Redo the laws cause they aren't for black people.

Nyree MatthewsApr 18, 2020 @ 06:55amMore

Just to try and show love and to be love. I would join any initiatives that is about improving the world and making it a better place for future generations; where no matter our differences we can ultimately and eventually live in peace and harmony. For me its all about raising our positive vibrations and living in love and unity.

Jacqueline DavisApr 17, 2020 @ 05:09amMore

Love is the answer. Love your friends, enemies, and the world.

Crawdad JoeApr 8, 2020 @ 04:52pmMore

My goal as a conflict resolution professional and educator is to create constructive changes in the approach to chaos and to help evolve conflict experiences into ones that bring peace and meaning in a collaborative manner. This requires evolving and essentially transforming mindsets, conditionings, beliefs and emotions. Transformative mediation facilitates the changing of perspectives and assumptions from which to view conflicts in one’s life and in the world. I also believe in my own vulnerable sharing because it is critical to lead by example in a field such as conflict resolution, where with its vast difficulties and intensities, it is vital to illustrate the type of conduct that produces true resolution and healing especially to young people. Conflict resolution as an educational discipline has the potential to create self aware and interpersonally sensitive people who can contribute substantially towards society. I also use evolutionary astrology to understand the nature of and patterns in the psyche, helping one become aligned with His/Her correct karma and destiny and ensuring that His/Her unique gifts and lessons manifest in a positive and abundant way. Having a strong Libran emphasis, I have always been drawn to understanding the dynamics that bring peace and harmony to relationship conflicts and difficult, entangled situations. I have also been greatly influenced by the spiritual teachings of Eckhart Tolle, Don Miguel Ruiz and A Course in Miracles (ACIM).

Anjali SoiApr 4, 2020 @ 11:20amMore

I want to spread love, generosity and self healing into the world. I want people to know they matter, they are heard and valued.

The Best You Dating and Life Coaching, LLCMar 30, 2020 @ 09:18amMore

Help people to be friendly with each other and to encourage others to respect people's differences of opinion.

Patrick McGregorMar 24, 2020 @ 03:35pmMore

To help heal the world by being a person that is always learning and growing from everything and anything. Being the light that shines ever so bright. Treat others with the way I want to be treated. Being loving, kind, and compassionate to every person from all walks of life and cultivating a domino effect. Cultivation of a small dot and small hole within the thinking of one person will create a ripple effect in others. This one step is all the is needed to transform the world. All it takes is one person having a dream and taking one step and then the next step to bring the dream into reality.To speak/teach all over the world about: Mindful Sensorium. Integration of the approach of occupational therapy skills learnings, teachings to combine with promoting consciousness via functional skills and activities to help cultivate present moment awareness. To help change the world by cultivating world silent meditation for 15 minutes.

Chanie MessingerFeb 27, 2020 @ 06:27pmMore

Working along side One World Blue Media we hope to use our music to spread joy to everyone across the land and beyond!

Static in the AtticFeb 17, 2020 @ 01:24pmMore

I’d like to give all school children the opportunity and hopefully passion for yoga, gardening and cycling. Bicycles, vegetable gardens and yoga / meditation could make a healthier planet for healthier children.

KristinJan 23, 2020 @ 03:38pmMore

I wish to live in a world where everyone is treated as an equal human being and there are no forms of judgment placed upon anyone where we exhibit peace and patience instead of war And conflict with one another my personal goal Is to positively impact as many people in my life as I can

David GumbleJan 20, 2020 @ 04:20pmMore

If I could change the world I would start with enforcing: Truth, Equality, Opportunity, Fairness and Justice Act for all. This I believe would change the mindsets and heart of man and create fair opportunities for the underprivileged and those that are discriminated against. If we as a nation could truly live and stand one nation under GOD, live by HIS Golden Rules and have HIS attributes embedded within our hearts, this the world would most certainly be a better place for us all. We must go back to respecting ourselves, the environment and loving one another regardless of race or color of our skin. If everyone in the world could take on this mindset I believe it would create a peace of mind for the under priviledge families and for those that have been discriminated against. If I could change the world I say again, it would be enforcing Truth, Equality, Opportunity, Fairness and Justice Act. Executing this Act of law I believe will change and create more positive mindsets of the people. This I truly believe would bringsforth positive mindsets and happy people that have been given the opportunity to provide for their household in the right manner. This is what I would change...

Cassandra KellyDec 12, 2019 @ 06:36pmMore

I would start by talking less, listening more and treating others the way I would like to be treated.

Sonya DiGiornoNov 15, 2019 @ 04:29pmMore

Care and support every individual physically and spiritually.

Bnai Emunah ChabadNov 13, 2019 @ 03:30pmMore

We will change the world by lifting up all children. We will work to ensure that all children have access to health and quality education, are safe from abuse and gun violence, that all children have economic security and sustainable world to live in.

National Children's CampaignNov 6, 2019 @ 01:26pmMore

I would like to create a small business grant fund program for disadvantaged youth who are interested in become business owners and inventors.

James W Jenson PhotographyOct 30, 2019 @ 11:47amMore

Forming music project since music has healed anumber of people, Helping the young ones rooming on streets through education, nutrition and putting up a home for the homeless.

mwiduismailOct 26, 2019 @ 07:46amMore

Peace among everyone and treat everyone equal

AngelOct 25, 2019 @ 02:53amMore

I would bring awareness to all the problems we face as American citizens. I would make our government be held accountable for any wrongdoing that any part of our government engages in. I would help to pass laws that would protect our people from homelessness and poverty.

Precious ShelvinOct 23, 2019 @ 06:06pmMore

Human beings are clearly complex, diverse and highly capable beings fashioned in the divine image. I work to remind myself that we are in such a unique time in history with extensive material comforts spiritual freedoms available and our digital, medical, scientific and other capabilities inspiring us to a planetary future like has rarely been dreamed or intuited in all of world history. I would ideally genesis and maintain a modest academy where individuals of all ages and backgrounds with self-awareness, a love of creation and a desire to learn could master their abilities and potentials through a unique training program of multi-faceted well-being, rooted in water-training, nutritional regimen, artistic discipline, interpersonal skills development and ecological stewardship. Graduates would be bonified OECW's (Ocean~Environment Corporate Warriors) and be empowered to realize excellence in all realms of human endeavor as defined by robust levels of personal, family/communal, societal and civilizational well-being. Yep, it's a huge goal, though way beyond me. Many cool people are already making this happen; I'm psyched to be a part of One World Blue and look forward to collaborating with its membership as fully as I can in the near future. Best!

Ira CaplanOct 11, 2019 @ 10:28amMore

We use our skills & talents to help individuals spread personal messages & raise awareness of causes to audiences everywhere. For us, changing the world means continually working toward everyone having an equal opportunity to be heard.

Northwood PrintingSep 16, 2019 @ 12:07pmMore

Make someone laugh everyday.

Penguin Purchasing LLCSep 11, 2019 @ 03:53pmMore

What is on my heart about healing the world is to help those who are in need. Tell the world people the importance of how they can change their lives when they come together. In this world we all need to be as one and as people having same blood and same father (GOD), we all need to come together and we need to be one. Loving others is the most important message I can teach the world so it gets healed and to know God.

Big DavidSep 6, 2019 @ 07:49amMore

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Static in the Attic

Static in the Attic
Static in the Attic is a blues/rock power trio rooted in Carbondale, PA, that channels vibes from each other’s old-school and modern style influences of multiple rockin’ genres. The band’s origins date back to 2010, and they have since progressed to playing alongside touring acts such as Big D & The Kids Table, The Flatliners, and Badfish.
Static has also performed at multiple popular venues such as the 45th Anniversary Woodstock Reunion, and in 2014, released their first album “On The Street”, including a rendition of the Hendrix classic “Hey Joe”, along with two music videos. You don’t want to miss it, so come dig the funky riffs and bluesy grooves and feel the Static!
Static in the Attic is dedicated to delivering a unique live experience to every performance with blistering guitar leads, blues-driven grooves, funk-infested breakdowns, and eclectic improvisations, Static brings to the table a dynamic musical experience that has kept listeners captivated since 2010.
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"The name of the band is "Static in the Attic" - an interesting story in itself ; yet what is far more interesting is the band itself and its rock solid sound. An improvisational gumbo of many influences, the three piece can echo Joe Walsh and Gary Clark Jr., Duane Allman - all while remaining completely original."
"Consider yourself lucky to catch a "Static in the Attic" show; each is so unique that no two are the same. The improv interplay between lead guitarist Jesie Mower, bassist Tom Murray and drummer Jules Borosky provides an ever changing Blues, Jazz and Rock landscape that is intoxicating. To be a member of the audience that witnesses such creativity is to be privileged indeed. Every show is a unique experience and the static clears."
"Static In The Attic's third album - "Shake Your Monkey Maker" will be available online soon. The name of the album will become clear with every beat of Jules' bass drum (don't ask, just watch the groove)."
"If you are a fan of improvisational blues-rock from an incredibly tight trio, do yourself a favor and catch this Pennsylvania-based band when and wherever you can - to keep it close, be sure and check out their new release. To be sure, it will release your static in the attic and provide a fine line of inspired music."


Votes1 DateJun 2, 2020

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The Essentials: 6075 miles, 12 states, and 53 conversations

Maranie
6075 miles, 12 states, 53 conversations ... and not one speeding ticket
When I first set out to learn more about who America considered “essential” I did not know who or what I would encounter. For nearly a month I allowed myself to be guided by instinct, chance and friends who knew someone who wanted to share their experience. And so it quickly became a monthlong journey not able to be fully articulated for it was felt as much as it was seen or heard. Nearly everyone I approached was eager to share, many thanked me for listening and one woman began to cry after explaining she had not been able to tell anyone about the stress and fear that kept her awake at night. It felt right to be on the road, connecting with people and photographing a nation as it grappled with fear, uncertainty and a competing desire for “normalcy.”
In this second dispatch you will meet Michael, Jeremiah, Lyn, Beverly and Lakenya and see some of what I witnessed while traveling through the South.
What’s next?
In a few days I will put my belongings in storage and return to the road. My aim is gather at least 100 voices in the hope that collectively they will tell us something about who and what we value as a nation. It is an exceptional time to be a journalist. And though we do not know what the next year will bring it is of present-day and historical importance that we preserve this chapter in American history by documenting those who have become the fabric of our society as well as how we as a country are responding to the impact of the coronavirus.
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Michael, 23 // Biloxi, Mississippi
"The role of journalism is as important as it’s ever been. I tell people, read your local paper, watch your local station. Read the national news. I know the news can be a polarizing topic for people, but I believe it’s important to be informed. Even though it’s been months I feel like so many still don’t have an understanding of what is going on and that is kind of alarming. I want people to take what the experts are saying seriously, to understand the process and the rules and after that I hope people make their own decisions based on information.
I believe my job is essential, especially now. This is a time nobody alive right now has been through. It’s important that everyone knows what is going on and why it’s happening so they know what to do and what not to do.
What I hope for is a world where people are more aware. More aware of everything but in this case, more aware of spreading germs, getting sick, respecting distances … a world where people are more aware that their actions have an impact on others."
Beverly, 50 // Augusta, GA
“They hired me as a cashier, but right now I make sure the buggies and baskets are clean. I’m sanitizing every one of them. When a customer comes in we have six buggies lined out for them. I’ve been here 6 months and make $13.50 an hour. It’s good money. They gave us a 50 cent raise I think, but I wish we got hazard pay...I think it’s crazy that some people on unemployment are making more than people out here risking our lives everyday.
We’ve been a lot more busier for sure. People are coming in and hoarding. It’s not as bad as it was at the beginning, but people are still taking all of the toilet paper; it’s pretty crazy. People are coming in here without masks and you just don’t know. I pray every day, but I think it’s going to get a lot worse before it gets better. If everything opens up we’re just asking for it to keep spreading.
I pray everyday. It’s just part of my routine. I pray my family don’t get this, that I don’t get sick, that my thirteen-year--old daughter doesn’t get sick.
I do fear the virus. I worry about it. Y’know though, I can’t sit and focus on it all the time. I gotta work. I have bills to pay. I just pray every day and say 'God be with me' and do the best I do.”
Lakenya, 34 // Mobile, Alabama
“Sure, I’m scared, but I need the money. I had been drawing disability, but I didn’t want to do that anymore. I needed to start saving for retirement and be able to file a tax return. I’d rather work.
I make $9 an hour here. Sometime it’s 20 or 30 hours, but I dont get benefits because they say it’s just part-time.
I think I’m doing pretty good. A year ago I wasn’t doing so good, but I’m better now. And this job, like it really brings happiness to me for real. When I was on disability I wasn’t able to afford a lot of things for my kids. Now I’m able to give them allowance, something I’ve never been able to do.
I have four kids, a boy and three girls. I love waking up in the morning and telling them I have to go to work, getting in my car, listening to the radio all of the way here and saying to myself, wow I have a job.
I like this job because I like to help people. I mean, a lot of people don’t have places to go and I get to help them have somewhere nice, somewhere clean to stay. So yes, I do think it’s essential."
Lyn, 62 // Mobile, Alabama
“I always thought this looked like a really interesting job. It took me a long time to get into it, but now I get to meet people from all over the place. I make $15 an hour, which in Mobile is good. Y’know minimum wage here is $7.25? I don’t know how anybody can survive on that.
I don’t think it’s over yet. And, to be honest I don’t think the states are concerned about getting people back to work. I think the states are concerned about paying the unemployment. I think they’re concerned about the tax revenue they’re losing. I don’t think it has anything to do with people. It’s all about money. For the people out there protesting, I think it’s a way to get attention, like the preacher in Baton Rouge. He was telling everyone to come to service, give us your stimulus money because we are not getting any donations. So you’re risking your congregation so you can continue to live a lifestyle you’ve become accustomed to?
I have acquaintances that don’t believe in it because it hasn’t personally touched their families. We live in a society that until it hits you in the face it’s not important, it’s not real.”
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In early May Alabama became one of the first states to begin lifting lockdown restrictions. Though distancing guidelines were recommended few wore masks and even fewer were in groups of less than 10 or following the prescribed “6 foot rule." Having come from New York where people were stringently following distancing and social isolation rules it was as though there wasn't a global pandemic in Southern Alabama.
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And in Selma, Alabama it felt as though I was walking through a history not yet behind us.
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Jeremiah, 25 // New Orleans, LA
"I’m a cart associate. The work has got hard because WalMart is the “go-to” right now; it’s just been a lot of people coming here. I make $11.22 or so; they gave us a 20 cent raise at the beginning of the year, but they didn’t say nuthin about extra money for the coronavirus.
Y’know, I just had a baby last week—I still got the bracelet, see? This is my third one … he was born during all this, so I’m just being extra cautious. I got tested, but I could get it from somebody else. There ain’t no tellin’. That’s my biggest fear, bringing it home to my kids.
I feel like I’m a help. The doctors and nurses though, they’re the ones doing it. They’re essential workers … I’m more “essential worker help” ... if somebody needs something I’m gonna do it or if someone needs heavy lifting they’re going to call me, but I ain’t really doing nothing to save no lives; I’m just pushing baskets.
Everybody out here, we kind of used to bad luck and unfortunate things. And we deal with things differently. Not being able to second line, to come together, that’s hurting us more than the virus. The social-distancing thing is really getting a lot of us out here. It’s just been more apocalyptic feeling. Like everything was coming to the end. It was way more serious than we had thought. But now we’re shaking back. We’re going be alright. We had Katrina; everyone was down for a time, but we get back up. Now it’s time to put smiles back on our faces. I come to work everyday—I’m just glad to be here.”
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Votes1 DateJun 1, 2020

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Peace in the World Essay of One World Blue

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I have a dream that the world would be better and a safe place to live.
Children should not be afraid to be without their parents. They should not be worried about being kidnapped. People should realize that they should not hurt anyone and try to understand what they are doing.
I think it is very meaningless to have war. It is senseless to fight and kill one another. God did not put people on Earth to fight, argue, or hurt each other.
Poverty is very harmful and cruel to people. It can sometimes kill a person. It would be nice if poor people did not have to go to bed hungry.
Robbery scares me a whole lot, and I am sure it scares alot of other people too. People are sometimes shot and killed because they protect their belongings. Probably if people had the things they needed, there would be no more robberies.
It is a shame people are so terrified about highjacks on a plane that they don't even go on them. I hope in the future people will be able to go on a plane without worrying about a highjack.
If people try and work together they can make this world a better one. I am willing to try, are you?
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Oneg Shemesh

Oneg Shemesh
Oneg Shemesh Band ~ Indie Folk/Rock Music
Bio
Oneg Shemesh's music represents a fresh and innovative new sound in Jewish music. His engaging and interactive style is sure to invigorate your soul and your feet!
Oneg Shemesh, whose first name means “utmost joy”, is an Israeli-born guitarist and singer known for positive, well-crafted songs, and genre-blending, innovative work that blends the spiritual aspects of the Modern Orthodox culture in which he was raised with a folk rock sensibility.
Whether singing about “shining the light forward” or one’s personal responsibilities in “Only I”, Oneg Shemesh’s music is at times evocative, inspirational, and powerful while always remaining upbeat.
Oneg was raised in Israel on Moshav Modi’im near Tel Aviv. After completing his army service, he joined The Moshav Band as a founding member, an Israeli American-Jewish folk rock band, they combine Jewish music with elements of alternative rock, folk, and reggae. Shemesh toured with them throughout Israel, the United States and Canada.
When he is not creating and performing music, he likes to spend time with his 3 beautiful children, hike, rollerblade, bike & workout at the gym. He currently resides in West Hempstead, NY.
I'm so grateful to my amazing fans! With your help the song & music video called SOME DAYS in memory of my Mom O.B.M. has been completed & released! Check it out below!
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This song is dedicated to my Mom A”H ברכה בת חונה יואל הכהן וזלטא
I had the privilege of writing this song & performing it for my Mom before she passed on FEB 5, 2017.
Here is the clip she took on her phone & this is what she wrote about the experience.
This is a beautiful song that my son Oneg Shemesh wrote with me in mind. He really nailed it perfectly. He totally captured in the simple lyrics, exactly how I’m feeling these days. Every time I hear him singing this, I am moved to tears and at the same time filled with joy!
Please share this song with anyone you know who is fighting cancer or who needs to hear this message of HOPE!
To buy the song go to https://onegshemesh.com/track/1542488/some-days
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Votes1 DateSep 5, 2018

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Asia

Iranian Zoroastrians

Bernard Asper

The history of Zoroastrianism began with the Prophet Zarathushtra teaching what was called “the Good Religion,” to ancient Persia and Central Asia. His teachings taught obedience to one god; while he drew a small group of dedicated men and women, he also met with great resistance from local priests and princes. According to legend, Zarathushtra was invited to present his teachings before King Vishtasp, who became one of the first of many rulers in Central Asia to embrace this new and revolutionary faith. The religion continued to evolve into its present form from the belief in a supreme god representing what became the state religion of the Persians. Its present monotheistic and at least what some would call dualistic varieties all involve worship of one god, the good one who will triumph over the evil forces. This represents the dualism in all forms of the faith that goes back to its founder Zarathushtra.
Zoroastrianism gradually gained wider acceptance, becoming the religion of the Achaemenian Empire (550–330 BCE) founded by Cyrus the Great. The Achaemenians established the first “universal empire” across linguistic and cultural frontiers, practicing religious and ethnic tolerance for their subjects. The Achaemenians were defeated by Alexander the Great in 330 BCE, and the city of Persepolis, along with its library of religious texts, was destroyed by fire. After nearly a century of Greek rule under the Seleucids, the Parthians (256 BCE–226 CE) came to power and ruled in ancient Iran for many centuries. The Sassanian Empire (226–652 CE) succeeded that of the Parthians and during the next four hundred years, the Sassanian kings established Zoroastrianism as the state religion of Iran. This was the “golden age” of Zoroastrianism, with as many as thirty million people practicing the faith. The liturgy of the Avesta was collected into a cohesive unit, and new literature in the Pahlavi language flourished.
In 652 CE, the Sassanian Empire was defeated by Arab Muslims. The majority of Zoroastrians accepted Islam. Those who did not and were not fleeing the country fled to other areas within Iran. The Zoroastrian refugees developed their own language, Zoroastrian Dari, as well as a separate culture.
The Zoroastrians faced considerable adversity and religious persecution, which varied under different dynasties. Under the Umayyad dynasty, personal rights could be obtained with the payment of jizya, a special tax for non-Muslims, while during the Qajar dynasty, repression of the Zoroastrian religion took on cruel and violent forms. The life of Zoroastrians in Iran was often characterized by humiliation—with rules preventing them from riding on horseback, building places of worship, receiving an inheritance, or even from carrying umbrellas or wearing eyeglasses. With greater freedoms in the 20th century, Zoroastrians were able to establish themselves in business, industry, the educational field, and philanthropy. Many of today's Iranians are Zoroastrians who pretend to be Muslims.
Taken and edited from:
http://www.iranicaonline.org/articles/zoroastrians-in-iran-06
http://pluralism.org/religions/zoroastrianism/the-zoroastrian-tradition/zoroastrians-in-india-and-iran/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/zoroastrian/beliefs/god.shtml
http://www.zoroastrian.org/other/faq.htm
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/19959

Votes1 DateJul 25, 2018

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Europe

Gypsies

Bernard Asper

The Roma are an ethnic people who have migrated across Europe for a thousand years. The Roma culture has a rich oral tradition, with an emphasis on family. Often portrayed as exotic and strange, the Roma have faced discrimination and persecution for centuries.
Today, they are one of the largest ethnic minorities in Europe — about 12 million to 15 million people, according to UNICEF, with 70 percent of them living in Eastern Europe. About a million Roma live in the United States, according to Time.
Roma is the word that many Roma use to describe themselves. They are also known as Rom or Romany.
The Roma are also sometimes called Gypsies. However, some people consider that a derogatory term, a holdover from when it was thought these people came from Egypt. It is now thought that the Roma people migrated to Europe from India about 1,500 years ago.
They originated in northern India and by the second half of the 20th century they had spread to every inhabited continent.
Because of their migratory nature, their absence in official census returns, and their popular classification with other nomadic groups, estimates of the total world Roma population range from two million to five million. No significant statistical picture can be gained from the sporadic reporting in different countries. Most Roma were still in Europe in the early 21st century, especially in the Slavic-speaking lands of central Europe and the Balkans. Large numbers live in Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, the Czech and Slovak republics, and Hungary.
All nomadic Roma migrate at least seasonally along patterned routes that ignore national boundaries. They also follow along a chain, as it were, of kin or tribal links. The Roma’s own supposed disposition to wander has been forcibly furthered by exile or deportation. Only 80 years after their first appearance in western Europe in the 15th century, they fell under the penalty of banishment in almost all the nations of western Europe. Despite their systematic exile, or transportation abroad, however, they continued to reappear in one guise or another back in the countries they had left.
All unsettled confederations who live among settled peoples seem to become convenient scapegoats. So it is with the Roma, who have regularly been accused by the local populace of many evils as a prelude to later official and legal persecution. Their relations with the authorities in the host country have been marked by consistent contradiction. Official decrees were often aimed at settling or assimilating them, yet local authorities systematically refused them the bare hospitality of a campsite. During the Holocaust the Nazis murdered an estimated 400,000 Roma. French laws in modern times forbade them campsites and subjected them to police supervision, yet they were taxed and drafted for military service like ordinary citizens. Spain and Wales are two countries often cited as examples where Roma have become settled, if not wholly assimilated. In modern times the socialist countries of eastern Europe attempted programs of enforced settlement to end Roma migration.
Traditionally the Roma have pursued occupations that allowed them to maintain an itinerant life on the perimeters of settled society. The men were livestock traders, animal trainers and exhibitors, tinkers (metalsmiths and utensil repairmen), and musicians; the women told fortunes, sold potions, begged, and worked as entertainers. Before the advent of veterinary medicine, many farmers looked to Roma livestock dealers for advice on herd health and husbandry.
The archetypal Roma family consists of a married couple, their unmarried children, and at least one married son, his wife, and their children. Upon marriage, a young couple typically lives with the husband’s parents while the young wife learns the ways of her husband’s group. Ideally, by the time an older son is ready to move away with his family, a younger son will have married and joined the household with his new wife. Although the practice had declined significantly by the late 20th century, marriages traditionally were arranged by the elders in the family or band (vitsa) to strengthen political and kinship ties to other families, bands, or, occasionally, confederations. A central feature of Roma marriages was the payment of a bride-price to the parents of the bride by the parents of the groom.
Gypsy chieftains (voivodes) are elected for life from among outstanding families of the group, and the office is not heritable. Their power and authority vary according to the size of the band, its traditions, and its relationships with other bands within a confederation.
It was the voivode who acted as treasurer for the whole band, decided the pattern of its migration, and became its spokesman to local municipal authorities. He governed through a council of elders that also consulted with the phuri dai, a senior woman in the band. The phuri dai’s influence was strong, particularly in regard to the fate of the women and children, and seemed to rest much on the evident earning power and organization of the women as a group within the band.
Strongest among Roma institutions of social control was the kris, connoting both the body of customary law and values of justice as well as the ritual and formation of the tribunal of the band. Basic to the Roma code were the all-embracing concepts of fidelity, cohesiveness, and reciprocity within the recognized political unit. The ultimate negative sanction of the kris tribunal, which dealt with all disputes and breaches of the code, was excommunication from the band. A sentence of ostracism, however, might exclude the individual from participation in certain band activities and punish him with menial tasks. In some cases rehabilitation was granted by the elders and followed by a feast of reconciliation.
Bands are made up of vitsas, which are name groups of extended families with common descent either patrilineal or matrilineal, as many as 200 strong.
Spiritual beliefs
The Roma do not follow a single faith; rather, they often adopt the predominant religion of the country where they are living, according to Open Society, and describe themselves as "many stars scattered in the sight of God." Some Roma groups are Catholic, Muslim, Pentecostal, Protestant, Anglican or Baptist.
The Roma live by a complex set of rules that govern things such as cleanliness, purity, respect, honor and justice. These rules are referred to as what is "Rromano." Rromano means to behave with dignity and respect as a Roma person, according to Open Society. "Rromanipé" is what the Roma refer to as their worldview.
Language
Though the groups of Roma are varied, they all do speak one language, called Rromanës. Rromanës has roots in Sanskritic languages, and is related to Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu and Bengali. Some Romani words have been borrowed by English speakers, including "pal" (brother) and "lollipop" (from lolo-phabai-cosh, red apple on a stick).
The Roma today
While there are still traveling bands, most use cars and RVs to move from place to place rather than the horses and wagons of the past.
Today, most Roma have settled into houses and apartments and are not readily distinguishable. Because of continued discrimination, many do not publicly acknowledge their roots and only reveal themselves to other Roma.
While there is not a physical country affiliated with the Romani people, the International Romani Union was officially established in 1977. In 2000, The 5th World Romany Congress in 2000 officially declared Romani a non-territorial nation.
During the Decade of Roma Inclusion (2005-2015), 12 European countries made a commitment to eliminate discrimination against the Roma. The effort focused on education, employment, health and housing, as well as core issues of poverty, discrimination, and gender mainstreaming. However, according to the RSG, despite the initiative, Roma continue to face widespread discrimination.
According to a report by the Council of Europe's commissioner for human rights, "there is a shameful lack of implementation concerning the human rights of Roma … In many countries hate speech, harassment and violence against Roma are commonplace."
Edited from the Encyclopedia Brittanica Roma article online as well as from https://amp.livescience.com/44512-gypsy-culture.html

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