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  • Shero, Sheroes, TRENDING, Video

    Check Out Our SherOCTOBER Sheros!

    GirlSpring is seeking extraordinary girls (13-18) to be featured in our Sheroctober video series! 31 videos of sheroes will be selected and displayed on our website and social media throughout the month of October. This is your chance to shine! Build up your digital portfolio and let others know what you are doing that is special! All participants will be part of a compilation video celebrating girls in Birmingham!

    A shero is someone extraordinary and is in general making the world a better place! This could be someone who has started a community initiative, shown academic achievement, overcome adversity, is enhancing the wellbeing of others or using their artistic talents to be a positive change agent in this world. The possibilities are endless!

    Shero Criteria:

    • Girls ages 13-18 years old
    • Nomination from a non-relative
    • Access to an electronic device with video and audio features
    • A standout reason for her sheroism

    How to Submit:

    • Create a video clip (2 minutes max) acknowledging that you (can be more than one person) has been recognized as a shero, addressing what you do that makes you a shero, explain why we need sheroes in the world, and if you have any heroes in your life.
    • Videos should be interview-style, but feel free to be creative with background music and any other artistic and fun elements! MAKE IT FUN!
    • If using a cell phone, please turn horizontally when filming.
    • Upload videos to youtube, vimeo, or dropbox and include public link on the application form.
    • In addition to the Shero video, all submissions must include a second, separate video clip with the following phrase “My name is __________. I am a shero. We are Birmingham.”
    • Submit a nomination form and link to videos by September 28th to be considered.

    Nominees will be notified by October 1st if their video is going to be featured.

    Questions? Email kristen@girlspring.com

  • School, Stress, Video

    High School Female Seniors Created “S.A.F.E.T.Y: (Safely = Accommodating Free Equity with Tampons Yearly)” Campaign

    Young women (especially in the society that we currently live in) have to learn growing up to “hide” their periods. This should never be the case. All females, transgender, and gender-fluid persons need to embrace what we are given and feel supported and comfortable. And in the bathrooms, with accessible female hygiene products, is a start.

    I am a current senior at Somerville High School (MA), whose identity as a woman takes main priority for my well-being. I have had to learn the experiences of being uncomfortable in certain situations as I leave class to use the bathroom for four years. As I was sitting in class trying to look for a tampon in my bag a few weeks ago, I had to ask to get a pass to the nurse’s office so that I could use the bathroom. With the male teacher looking at me—coupled with the rest of the students in class—I had to speak code that I was on my period just so that I could approval to use the bathroom.

    As I was walking down to the nurse’s office, I kept asking myself: Why do we only have tampons and pads stored in the nurse’s office? Why is not openly available in the location we need it right away: the bathrooms?

    At that moment, I felt…ashamed. Uncomfortable. That I needed to tuck away my body.

    Then—as I thought of the recent flow of news of women’s marches, legislation impacting my transgender classmates, older adults contemplating my health care—I began to think about those in my school who probably felt as I did walking down the hallway at that moment.

    I was right. There were many—one too many.

    That is when I, and two other female seniors, decided to take action. We posted petitions in the bathrooms, which were quickly filled up. We researched and shot a campaign video to promote our goal.

    It is a story worth sharing; worth making into a reality. It was always the hope that, such insights and advocacy would educate any human how to empathize. For us, this is our way on how, as young people—optimistic of their self-worth—could show that the necessity of providing readily comfort in the bathrooms for all lives, could not wait. Period.

    Samantha Fillmore
    Senior Class of 2017 at Somerville High School

  • Home Life, Social, TRENDING, Video

    12-year-old girl fights off attacker by kicking his privates

    WBRC FOX6 News – Birmingham, AL

    NEW YORK CITY (WPIX/CNN) – A 12-year-old is still scared after she was attacked on the street, but thankfully, she managed to fight back by kicking the teen in his privates.

    Keiri Quintero went to the market Monday afternoon to get cilantro for her mom. As she was headed back, the suspected attacker, who is believed to be 15 or 16 years old, approached Keiri.

    “He told me in the street, ‘Are you cold?’ I didn’t answer. I just crossed the street, and I stopped inside a McDonald’s. He was waiting there looking at the sky,” the girl said.

    Trying to ignore the teen, Keiri kept walking, but when she walked by a concealed passageway, he pulled her back. He ordered Keiri to give him money, so she did.

    After he began taking off his jacket, Keiri tried to escape, kicking the teen in his privates.

    The attacker ran away, which caught the attention of two good Samaritans, who helped Keiri out.

    The husband of one of the Samaritans even went looking for Keiri’s attacker, but he didn’t manage to find the teen.

    Police are working to track the suspect down.

    Copyright WPIX, NYPD via CNN. All rights reserved.

  • Artwork, Misc, Technology, TRENDING, Video

    Behind The Google Doodle: Lotte Reiniger’s 117th Birthday

    June 2, 2016

    Lotte Reiniger’s 117th birthday

    Lotte Reininger created visually stunning and fantastical films using black cardboard, scissors, and boundless imagination. Pre-dating Walt Disney by nearly a decade, Reiniger pioneered a style of animation that relied on thousands of photos of paper cut-out silhouettes arranged to tell a story. It was a painstaking process that involved moving paper characters ever so slightly and snapping a photo of each movement.

    Nearly a century later, Reiniger continues to inspire animators and artists, including doodler Olivia Huynh who built almost everything, from the puppets to the top down camera rig. On what would have been her 117th birthday, we celebrate Reiniger’s limitless creativity and pioneering spirit.

    Animation: Olivia Huynh
    Original music: Silas Hite (http://www.silashite.com/)

    Check out the video below to see all her hard work come to life!