Is Nike’s “Equality”Ad Misguiding or Trustworthy

Nike has dived into political matters and addressed some of America’s touchiest topics lately. Nike’s recent ad “Equality” includes stars like Lebron James, Serena Williams, Kevin Durant, and more to express the need for everyone (specifically Americans) to be more open minded and welcoming to other cultures. The main message is that every human deserves to be treated equally and with respect. Most human beings can respect and relate to Nike’s message but actually living by those beliefs and giving people respect and equality can be difficult for many.

After watching the ad I was impressed and thought Nike did a nice job at making African Americans and muslims feel welcomed and supported, but then I scrolled down to the comment section. A large majority of those comments totally disagreed with Nike’s marketing tactics and the message of the “Equality” commercial. Hypocrisy was a big concern with this ad, many commented that Nike should not post ads like “Equality” if they are continuing to mistreat there factory workers and underpay them.

Within the past year Noi Supalai a factory worker in Thailand shared her experience working in a Nike factory. She said Nike refused to pay workers because the factory did not meet a purposed deadline. In the article, Supalai spoke about being mistreated, barely receiving breaks and workers not having enough money to support themselves. For two months employees did not receive pay, so they decided to protest and form a union but by the time all of this was established Nike moved on to another factory to finish their orders.

It is not a secret that many big companies that export their factories overseas to third world countries mistreat and underpay their workers. The real question is does the actions of these big companies carry over to their clientele? Are the celebrities and talent that promote Nike also held responsible for the companies actions and the message they present to the world? Does the hypocrisy also lie on those that support Nike regardless of your relationship with the company?

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#ReelArtistSpotlight JSwiss Performs New “No Music” EP

Reel Reality was originally created to showcase only young and new professionals within the film and television industry. Specifically, actors, producers, directors, etc but Reel Reality founder, Meah Denee, is trying to balance her love for live music with her love for producing. With that being said every month there will be a new “artist” that will be spotlighted and interviewed!

We start 2017 off with rapper and MC JSwiss who performed a single from his “No Music” Ep on Hey Meah! Host Meah Denee catches up with JSwiss talking about his collaborations with bass guitarist, Brady Watt, from DJ Premier live band. JSwiss also talks about his new “No Music” and the meaning of the title, and even performs a track from the EP! Watch the performance and interview below.

“Hey Meah” Covers Moguls In Media: Philly

Hey Meah was in attendance at the one year anniversary of Moguls in Media! The first stop for the MIM tour was the city of brotherly love, Philadelphia, at the creative workspace, We Work.

Walking into the We Work space I was excited to interview the moguls and even more pleased to eat the delicious food and sip on some margaritas! There was such a great variety of flavored margaritas (Peach was my favorite) and the food catered by Chef Christine Hazel was so good.

Besides the event catering to my professional interests I was really attracted to the fact it was put together by a young woman, Darcel Laurie, who aspires to educate and help others achieve the same success that some of these moguls have already achieved.

After seeing the line up of panelists I was already anxious and excited to interview the moguls. The Philly moguls included Quincy Harris from The Q Show on Fox29, NFL Films reporter and producer Courtland Bragg, and the ladies included The PR Alliance’s Mariah Oates and Keisha Brewer, and returning mogul Chef Christine Hazel.

Once I finished up some good laughs and a few dance breaks on the red carpet I got to relax a little and tune into the panel. I can definitely say the advice given from the panel I took to heart and could relate to.

The best advice came from the true veteran of the panel Quincy Harris who has been in the entertainment industry for over 15 years, first in radio and now television. Harris said, “you have to keep jumping and keep taking risks. You have to keep betting on yourself until you get to your ultimate goal. That for me was a nice reminder that I am capable of achieving the goals I have set for myself, and I should not be afraid to aggressively pursue my dreams. Check out more of this great event, Moguls In Media, below:

2nd Annual Prom Gown Giveaway Is Here!

 

Bronx, New York {January 18, 2017} — Prom day is one of the most memorable days of a young ladies adolescence. There are so many factors that lead up to creating an amazingly memorable day but the most important thing for any young lady is the gown she is wearing.

Reel Reality has the honor of providing several young ladies facing financial hardships the opportunity to receive a free prom dress! Our special day will be held at:

Eastchester Gardens Community Center
3016 Yates Ave
Bronx, NY 10475
May 6, 2017
10am – 2pm

This project started after founder, Meah Denee Barrington, had several gowns in her closet and wanted to do more than give them to a local thrift store. So she reminisced about her own prom day remembering how magical and memorable it was and wanted to give another young lady that experience.

Our goal this year is to raise 100 gowns and $1,000!

Last year, our goal was 50 dresses and we passed that goal raising 70 gowns instead. Along with meeting our goals we fully dressed every young lady that came to the event with a gown, shoes, and a purse! With the help of generous individuals and local businesses we created many memorable prom nights.

Donations will be collected  until May 2017.  

Free prom gowns are just the beginning Reel Reality will be raffling off accessories, along with providing hair and make up! We are focused on creating a total beauty experience and help create the most memorable prom night for these young ladies. Therefore we are in desperate need of help specifically through donations and sponsorships. If you are interested in sponsoring a young lady, donating a dress, or volunteering your services please contact Reel Reality.

To qualify to receive a free dress, girls must RSVP for the event. Application and qualification details are available here or by emailing reelrealityblog@gmail.com.

 

ABOUT REEL REALITY:

Reel Reality is a production company and online video community that cultivates and creates digital media that is uplifting, youthful and educational. Our mission is to create and showcase content that caters to millennials of color, showcasing their excellence along with showing them that life should be appreciated and lived freely.

Reel Reality supports and showcases the work of independent actors, writers, producers, business professionals and more! Reel Reality works to show how real life stories, circumstances, and testimonies influence the stories presented on television and within the film industry and vice versa.

Reel Spotlight: Starbucks “Upstanders” Series

Article written by Meah Denee via TheReelReality.com

On a weekly visit to my favorite Starbucks inside my local Barnes and Noble bookstore I came across this new web show called the Upstanders. While connecting to the AT&T wifi through Starbucks website I saw this trailer on their homepage. The title of the show alone caught my attention, what is an upstander? It is an interesting term but it perfectly describes the people that Starbucks showcase in their new web show. Upstanders are everyday individuals that do extraordinary things in their communities. They are lifting up the people around them and being outstanding individuals or an upstander.

Produced by Howard Schultz and Rajiv Chandrasekaran this ten episode Starbucks original series shows us the importance of working within our own community to create positive change that can be passed down from generation to generation. Watch the trailer below and catch more of the series here.

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