Amazing Ghost Tour in NYC! 

This past weekend I had a chance to go on an amazing ghost tour through Ghosts of New York. I saw a quite a bit of historical locations in Greenwich Village in New York City. I saw one of Edgar Allen Poe’s homes which is now owned by NYU. We saw a former mayors home of New York while we were in the city.  The guide was great she made the tour fun and enjoyable she suggested to take photos while we were on the tour since we were able to see orbs through the photos while we are going to the historic locations. 

“Orphan Black Season Finale”

  

This Saturday is the season finale of Orphan Black. This season was definitely intense. I can’t wait for the season finale. If you haven’t watched Orphan Black definitely watch the series in full before the finale. The season really was awesome especially since it dove into more of the clone conspiracies. It is one show you will want to watch from beginning to end. 

‘New SNL Exhibit in NYC’

We all grew up with SNL in our lives at some point in our lives. There’s a new exhibit in New York City that all SNL fans should check out. The Exhibit has a lot to offer.  You definitely would enjoy it. I know I did. You really get to see a ton of different props from the show along with different costumes. You can see from the photos below. 

                             

‘Disney is adding a new attraction to Epcot’s World’s Showcase’

Walt Disney World will be adding a new ride in Epcot’s World’s Showcase which is related to Frozen which is in the Norway pavilion. I guess Disney really wants Frozen to be front in center. The ride that the Frozen ride is taking over Maelstorm which was in the Norway Pavillion. It is projected to open in 2016. I’m not passing any judgements when it comes to this new attraction. 

‘The Curious Incident of The Dog in The Night Time Sheds Light on Being Different’ 

We know that they’re different series and plays that make an impact on many people in the world last night on the Tony Awards The Curious Incident of The Dog in The Nighttime won 5 awards which brings up a discussion about disabilities and feeling like you are misunderstood. This show is one show that you should see if you haven’t already saw it. 

I feel like the show gives a view into people’s lives who have Autism. I myself have Autism it isn’t anything bad it is a different way of learning. The play gives the audience a view into what the struggles are for people who have the disability. This is one show you should definitely go and see. Simon Stephens adapted the book into a play and it was beautifully done and it shows that anything is possible. This can be a game changer for the entertainment industry. I’m looking at this from the prospective of having a learning disability which I knew from a young age I was different and it’s okay to be different. This show gives so much hope to those in the world who are different and are wanting to be accepted in the world.  

Last night on the Tony’s Alex Sharp speech was beautifully done and so empowering for those who are misunderstood.  This play will bring you into the world of the main character of the play who has Autism. This is one play that will lead to more focus on disabilities especially when there are so many sterotypes out there about disabilities no matter what disability you may have. There’re are so many people out there in the world who feel misunderstood. This play will leave you feeling like you can do anything and all things are possible.  If you haven’t seen The Curious Incident of a Dog in The Night Time please check it out. I highly recommend it. 

“National Theatre is Planning Shows that Focus on disability Issues”

We are happy to report that the National Theatre is going planning shows that involves disability issues. This is great news to read especially for AMCPress&Co since we are advocates for the disability community. Disability issues are out there and it is great that there’s going to be shows that the National Theatre will be out there for the public to see. Disability issues aren’t talked enough about and work still needs to be done. It was first reported by BBC News. This makes us happy to see things are changing and the willingness to help focus on issues that aren’t talked about much or at all.  This can shed light on issues that we all face in life.   In the article the boss of the National Theatre Rufus Norris stated in the article he hopes to stage more work that will focus on disability. This to me means that more people are interested in knowing or understanding the disability community at large and what challenges they face as a whole.

The one show that was stated in the article focuses on visible disability which has only one actor who has a visible disability which one orgainzation revealed only one actor has a visible disability which was noted across the theatre sectors within the UK.  The boss of National Theatre Norris was interviewed when he was at Oliver Stage. He is considering whether to introduce more diversity within the organization. Norris then stated “There is a big argument about whether there should be quotas. Across this year we will be testing that to see how desirable it is.” He also spoke about the policy that reflects the UK. He also made mention of terms of gender which is BAME which also includes disabled.  Norris stated this is 2014/15 the National’s BAME on stage figures was unusually high 33% which was driven in part by a show as Behind the Beautiful Forevers and Here Lies Love. He also said his aim was for 20% per any given year.

He also admitted that it was much harder to achieve the same figures in permanent backstage staff.  He also pressed on the issues of the quotas. In the statement he said  “The last thing I’m saying is no. What I want is for this community to represent the country accurately and if that’s the best way of doing it then, yes – why not?”  The Act for Change debate was chaired by  Shami Chakrabarti who is the head of civil rights group Liberty. The panelists included actors  Adrian Lester and Cush Jumbo, director Phyllida Lloyd, critic Mark Lawson, shadow culture secretary Chris Bryant and Jenny Sealey, co­‐director of the 2012 Paralympics Opening Ceremony. The audience included culture minister Ed Vaizey.

“Progress in the Making”

Google is helping to address the needs of millions of people who have disabilities. It was reported first by Disability Scoop that Google’s charitable arm is offering up $20 million for nonprofits who are using emergering technologies to help increase independence for those who have disabilities. 

It’s great to see Google doing this. I think more corporations should get on board to what Google has done. I myself would be surprised if Apple gets on board to help nonprofits that focus on disabilities.

 This is progress in the making. This wouldn’t have happened 10 to 20 years ago. What’s your thoughts on Google offering up $20 million to help nonprofits assist people who are in need of assistive technologies?