Online fundraiser for new ‘diversity artwork’ launched in response to Naperville mural criticized for excluding minorities

Online fundraiser for new ‘diversity artwork’ launched in response to Naperville mural criticized for excluding minorities

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A fundraiser to support more diverse artwork in Naperville was born after an online petition signed by more than 46,000 people as of Thursday afternoon called out the "Naperville Loves a Parade" mural for not accurately reflecting the city's diversity.

A fundraiser to support more diverse artwork in Naperville was born after an online petition signed by more than 46,000 people as of Thursday afternoon called out the “Naperville Loves a Parade” mural for not accurately reflecting the city’s diversity. (Erin Hegarty / Naperville Sun)

An online fundraiser to pay for “diversity artwork” in Naperville had raised more than $8,000 as of Thursday afternoon, about a week after the start of an online petition drive criticizing a downtown mural for failing to capture the city’s true racial makeup.

A change.org petition calls the parade mural, located near the Gap store on Main Street, “The Wall of Exclusion.” As of late Thursday afternoon, more than 46,000 people had signed the petition.

Kwok’s donation site says, “Let us join together as a community to celebrate our diversity by funding a new, public artwork. Naperville is made up of people from all different backgrounds. Let’s create a new artwork that represents us all.”

The online fundraiser asks people to use the energy generated in the online petition in a positive way.

“It’s time for all of us to stand up and make a difference,” the donation page says. “Any donation will help and make an impact. If every Napervillian contributed just $1, we can make a statement as a community that we stand together for this cause. Public art lasts for generations and it will be our message to the future.”

Organizers of the fundraiser say they will work with Naperville Century Walk, whose mission is to create culturally significant and diverse public art throughout the city.

The fundraising, while being done on behalf of Century Walk, was not initiated by the organization.

Brand Bobosky, president of Century Walk, said a new piece of public art requires four things: a location, a theme, an artist and funding.

Generally, a new project should have the funding first, but often it’s hard to raise money without a theme, artist and location in place, Bobosky said. People want to know where their money is going, he said.

For this particular project, Century Walk will serve as the facilitator. The organization may make suggestions on where to place the art and could even suggest a location that’s already been made available to them, Bobosky said.

One advantage to working with Century Walk is it is a 501(c)(3) organization, so all donations people make are tax-deductible. Additionally, Century Walk can add the new piece of art to its map and promote it alongside its dozens of other artworks, Bobosky said.

Century Walk may also tweak some of the ideas presented to them, since they will ultimately be responsible for it, he said.

“We have our standards,” he said. “We want quality art. We have renowned artists, and we pay them.”

Century Walk does not agree the parade mural, which was funded by donations from people who wanted their image included, is a “wall of exclusion,” Bobosky said. Of the more than 300 people on the wall, about 10% are non-white, he said.

Century Walk officials met with state Rep. Grant Wehrli, R-Naperville, and the organizer of the change.org petition to talk about the mural and form a committee to look into possible options, he said. And after that, the fundraising page was born.

Century Walk is separate from the city of Naperville, but the organization receives some money from the city’s Special Events and Cultural Amenities fund.

More than six months ago, the Naperville City Council directed the city’s Special Events and Cultural Amenities committee to start a task force to come up with a plan for public art in Naperville for the next five to 10 years, Mayor Steve Chirico said.

The task force includes two Century Walk members, and its findings could align with work from the public art group.

“Century Walk has done a really nice job being the gatekeeper to public art in Naperville,” Chirico said. “Naperville’s history and heritage is one to be proud of, but I’m also proud of who we are today. Our diversity does make us stronger in this community, and celebrating that with a piece of artwork is appropriate and timely.”

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Author: Erin Hegarty


The Panics answered our questionnaire, revealing eating habits, sunbathing goals, and work-life in the midst of a pandemic

The Panics answered our questionnaire, revealing eating habits, sunbathing goals, and work-life in the midst of a pandemic

Times are uncertain and with feelings of separation high, we want to know how you are staying plugged in, what is keeping you creative and what might be getting in the way?

Seven members of The Panics team in Amsterdam answered:

Please give a brief introduction to yourself and/or studio

Ania: We’re The Panics from Amsterdam, The Netherlands. There’s about 28 of us making films of all shapes and sizes. You might know us from ‘A Report Of Connected Events’ (Video Above). The Panics are divided up into directors, producers, motion designers and CG/VFX artists. A mixed bunch of nationalities, we’re all currently working remotely across The Netherlands, with one of us stuck in London (because of lockdown travel restrictions).

Ania: Hi Motionographer. We’re good, thank you. However, the last couple of weeks have woken us up out of our Covid homelife routine and provided a focus on what needs to be done by all of us to help drive the important changes occurring in our world.

How is work and the pace of your projects? Busier, same, slower?

Ania: Naturally some projects were stopped or cancelled immediately but we also have a number of larger productions which have not been affected by the Covid-19 impact. We’ve also noticed an increased interest in wholly CG productions and our CG-specialized directors. Regarding workflow, we switched to remote working quite early on and we’ve been lucky it’s going really well so far for everyone.

Are you keeping traditional office hours?  Is your team all in the same time zone?

Ania: We’re all in the same time zone and yes, trying to keep the working day same as normal. We also have Friday after work drinks via Zoom.

What is the most hilarious thing you’ve seen that distracted you from work?

Kim: Working from home makes you more in-tune with the neighbourhood going ons, like in Hitchcock’s Rear Window. Right now I’m more easily distracted by the flat across the road; the resident cat is wearing the cone of shame and its daily activities have become a mini soap opera.

Randy:  A group of people came and played a birthday song outside of my window with super big speakers in their car.

Bruce: I’m loving the cats vs. dog challenge. It’s been great watching the internet collectively scramble for entertainment.

Ania: Toast Dogs

When viewing a project, what do you notice first? Any pet-peeves? What things do you love?

Federica: I usually love to watch the background action, and that’s valid for both live action and purely motion graphics projects. If the project reaches that level of detail, I get goosebumps!

Kim: There’s such an abundance of quality work out there these days that it can all quickly become a sea of noise, even when work is well executed. True originality becomes the most valuable commodity and well-thought out concepts or a fresh approach stand out above the rest for me.

How do you quiet your inner critic?

Erwin: I try not to, we make a good duo when working on something. It’s good to keep questioning what you’re doing!

Federica: I’m still learning. For now it just won’t shut up!

Kim: The trick is to remind yourself that ultimately the only ones who will remember your work are yourself, your parents and maybe some friends. And your mum loves your work, even though she doesn’t know what any of it is.

Randy: Listen to music, read, turn off my phone.

Bruce: Self-compassion and mindfulness! Especially in a time like this, with a strange pressure to start all those projects which you’ve been meaning to get to, we need to be understanding and kind to ourselves.

Liene: I don’t. I let it shout out loud.

Chris: Usually, not very successfully. So, I just let him scream into the void about how shit I am and try to ignore him.

Ania: I stopped listening to that old bird a long time ago. My biggest critics are now my daughters.

When you feel stuck, or need inspiration, what are your go-to’s?

Federica: I go-away from the computer. And, if I can, I take a nap! I read somewhere that the moment right before falling asleep is the moment in which your brain solves all the problems you’re having. And actually most of my ideas are born right before I fall asleep!

Liene: The forest.

Kim: Leaving the screen and also the house first and foremost. Doing something unrelated but still mentally stimulating like going to a museum or gallery to get the subconscious juices flowing!

Chris: The shower. Always. For me, if I’m stuck on a problem that I’m trying to solve or need to come up with an idea for something, I take a long, late-night shower. Dim the lights really low (we specifically designed our bathroom to have dimmable LEDs for this very reason) and crank the heat up really high. Invariably, some inspiration will strike while I’m in there soaking and even if it’s not a great idea to begin with, it usually leads to something good.

Ania: Sun-bathing. I’m aiming for full Iggy Pop coverage by the end of this lock-down.

Erwin: Saul Bass and Nina Simone — but I could do Skype too if it’s easier for them!

Federica: Alive: Ariel Costa. Dead: Michelangelo Buonarroti.

Kim: All Zoom meetings are awkward and confusing and the prospect of meeting any current day hero is a nope from me. Though it’d sure be interesting to see how Michelangelo would react to a disembodied face speaking through the ether.

Liene: My friend Katrina she always inspires me or Hito Steyerl, I would ask her if she likes quarantine.

Randy: Basquiat or Keith Haring.

Ania: Would have to be Chris Cunnigham. I’ve been trying to find Chris and invite him to take part in one of our Panic Room events since 2009! Chris, if you’re out there?

What inspired you to get into this business?  Was there a particular movie, commercial, animation, artist, music video, book, etc.?

Erwin: I think as with many people my age, MTV idents were the first thing that really made me aware of motion design, back when MTV still showed music videos (ok boomer!)

Ania: Absolutely and completely: MTV idents in the 1980’s when I was a teenager

Federica: I probably had more of a “practical” start than an inspirational one. I think I had an idea for an animation and I started trying out stuff with After Effects with the tutorials by the amazing Andrew Kramer on Videocopilot. Once I started realizing I really loved animating, I started discovering more about the industry and I just fell in love with the Motion Graphics world!

Kim: Record covers initially. As a teen I was pretty obsessed with Warp records and their aesthetics courtesy of The Designers’ Republic. From there I discovered Chris Cunningham, whose influence is principally to blame for all the weird shit I created as a young adult that I can only imagine caused my parents some concern.

Liene: It’s more personal than inspiration – i’m just not a very patient person.

Randy: I just like art in general and I thought this was a good way to develop a skill.

Chris: I was already in the business, but still kind of starting out, but working with Mark Romanek on several of his early music videos definitely inspired me to turn what was a job into a career. He gave me my first opportunity to be a lead on a big shot, in Madonna’s Bedtime Stories video, and the shot that I worked on remained on my demo reel throughout my whole career.

What are you streaming / watching / reading / or podcasting?

Erwin: I’m currently watching The Night Of on HBO which I really like — if anyone needs more recommendations that are three years after the fact, hit me up!

Bruce: I started watching Killing Eve (right as a new season is coming out!). So well-written, the dialogue is hilarious and it remains completely unpredictable. Phoebe Waller-Bridge is a phenomenal writer.

Federica: I stream basically EVERYTHING that catches my attention! In that sense I’m still like the kid version of myself: every time something is screening I just stare at it with an open jaw, while forgetting about everything else. But in general I love crime stories – for example now I’m watching Killing Eve and I love it!

And I’m reading a book by Melania Mazzucco called L’architettrice (The architectress). It’s the story of how life shapes a woman into becoming an artist.

Liene: I’m reading Baudrillard’s book called The System of Objects. It’s very calming, because it’s well organised. Like all his books.

Randy: A lot of R&B (music), watching Ozark but just finished a Korean series called Save Me, I’m reading Fahrenheit 451 and the pod that i’m listening to twice a week is called “The Joe Budden Podcast“.

Ania: Watching all over again Channel 4’s Raised by Wolves by Caitlin and Caroline Moran as it makes me cry with laughter. I wish they’d made a 3rd series.

Chris: Devs, Better Call Saul, Westworld, Ozark, Tales from the Loop, and a bevy of super-calming British competition shows – Race Across the World, Portrait (and Landscape) artist of the Year, The Great Pottery Throw Down, The Great British Sewing Bee, and of course The Great British Bake Off. Oh and I just found out about The Great Gardening Challenge, so that’s next on the list.

Kim: Just finished watching Alex Garland’s Devs that I thought was great.

Is your house messier or cleaner while working from home?

Federica: Cleaner. Can’t stand having mess around me!

Kim: So much cleaner. No excuses now! Times are depressing enough without having a messy-ass house to be stuck in.

Chris: A bit messier since we aren’t having our housekeeper come (although we’re still paying her. I’m a good person!). But my wife and I are both pretty neat, so we’re not falling behind too much. Planning on having a big clean-up this weekend, and in a sign of the times, I’m kind of looking forward to that in a weird way.

Ania: Definitely cleaner

What have you eaten too much of during Quarantine?

Federica: Carrots and cookies (not at the same time!).

Ania: Completely obsessed with Manner Neapolitaner Wafer biscuits. I think it’s the colour of the wrapper and a taste of childhood. Just sent a parcel of them to our director, Fons Schiedon in NYC so he can join me on the dark side.

Kim: Choc chip cookies don’t last for more than several hours in my household.

Liene: Everything.

Bruce: Discovered a shop around the corner that sells like every flavor of San Pellegrino which has quickly developed into a full-blown addiction.

Chris: Definitely chips. Normally we have maybe some pretzels around, but since this started, there’s a constant supply of 4 or 5 different crunchy salty snacks on hand. That reminds me, I need to go shopping for more chips…

Any newly adapted online experience you are enjoying (Museum of Modern Art, Music Venue/Artist, LACMA, viewing or streaming party, or the like)?

Liene: I actually use the opportunity to stay offline after work, there are so many fun things that I love doing that I had completely abandoned before lockdown.

Randy: There’s a lot of IG live music battles going on that i have been enjoying a lot.

Bruce: I love the insta page Tussen Kunst en Quarantine (between art and quarantine) where people are recreating famous pieces of art while in lockdown using items in their house.

Erwin: Playgrounds Festival! We’ve partnered with them in the past, and got really involved when they moved the festival online last month and hey, maybe have a look at the titles 😉

Would you rather give up bathing for a month or give up the internet for a month?

Federica: That’s a tough one…provided I have enough books to read, and movies or series to watch, probably internet? I don’t think I could go through a month while smelling bad!

Liene: If I’m out in nature – both.

Kim: Under normal circumstances Internet. But during a lockdown, who wants to give up their portal to the outside world? I’m giving up bathing (apologies to my housemate).

Bruce: Wait, I’m still meant to be bathing?

Ania: I could lose the internet and become a clean person inside and out.

Randy: CG Intern: I’d rather be dirty and have fun with access to the internet.

Chris: Probably the internet. Not necessarily because of a need to be clean, but just because I enjoy the shower and bath experience too much to give it up for a month.

Favorite Charlize Theron movie?

Federica: Monster.

Liene: Martini commercial from Nineties. But probably Rita in Arrested Development.

Charlize Theron in Arrested Development

Chris: I’m kind of luke-warm on her. I like her, but I’m not a super fanboy, so probably Snow White and the Huntsman, which I enjoyed much more than I thought I would, and a friend of mine was VFX supervisor and second unit director on it.

Best live experience (Concert, play, festival, etc.)?

Federica: Terraforma festival! A small music festival in Italy, just outside Milan. I was volunteering there and, although I’ve never been more tired or hungry in my life, it was just one of the best experiences in my life!

Liene: Geoff McFetridge illustrations, Evgenia Arbugaeva photography, this festival on a lake Ezera Skanas, but the best – Yuja Wang playing Rachmaninoff.

Randy: Way Out West ( Swedish hip hop/ Indie Music Festival).

Ania: Massive Attack at The Royal Albert Hall in London 1998.

Bruce: Bummed I have to say goodbye to live experiences for a while still, especially now festival season would be underway. Last year’s Horst Arts and Music Festival in Belgium really stands out for me. There is such a focus on art and design, woven into the fabric of the experience, coupled with phenomenal electronic music. The location, at an old military ground including a couple of those massive cooling towers, also stood out.

Chris: Prince – the Purple Rain tour (yes, I’m that old) or D’Angelo playing at Paradiso in Amsterdam a couple of years ago.

Anything else?  Want to share your latest project, event, or news?

Ania: Spooky timing but this Lorn promo directed by Pavel Brenner was filmed in Autumn 2019 and we completed it just as the world discovered Covid-19.

Couldn’t have been more surreal if we tried, all supremely weirded out by it but it’s a cool film. Thank you for asking us to take part – we had a lot of fun answering your questions!

Source: motionographer.com

Author: Posted June 12, 2020 by Bevin McNamara


Does Overtone’s trendy hair color work on dark hair?

Does Overtone’s trendy hair color work on dark hair?

We at Reviewed are just as curious about those flashy products we see in our Instagram feeds as you are. For our ‘As Seen On IG’ series, our writers put them through their paces to find out if they’re actually as good as they look online—or too good to be true. Spot one that we’ve missed? Email us at AsSeenOn@reviewed.com.

Most people have at least one moment in their lives where they want to dye their hair. Sometimes you’re feeling wild, or you just need a change. If you have naturally lighter hair, it’s easier to tint it any color you’d like. But if you’ve got dark locks like I do, it’s not as easy. To get a lighter or bright color to show up, you typically must first strip out your natural shade with strong bleach—permanently damaging your hair. If only there was a way to dye your hair without having to bleach it first…

In comes Overtone Haircare—specifically the brand’s For Brown Hair products—which claim to do just that. This means that you, at home, with any shade of brown hair—light, medium, dark, whatever!—can dye your own hair a variety of different crazy colors, without having to spend a fortune at the salon and without damaging your hair with bleach first. At least, that’s the promise.

I first saw Overtone advertised on Instagram, then on Facebook, then heard friends mention it, and suddenly it was everywhere. With more than 540K followers on Instagram, I wondered, “is this too good to be true?” Everyone I knew with brown hair was curious about this product, but too scared to try it themselves because it was so new and mysterious. Lucky for them, I decided to take one for the brunette team and test Overtone’s Red For Brown Hair kit to see if it was as miraculous as it claims.

Overtone Products

Credit: Reviewed / Betsey Goldwasser

I purchased the Red for Brown Hair Complete Kit from Overtone, along with their new product The Remedy, a colorless hair mask.

Unlike one-time-use permanent dyes that last until you chemically remove them or cut the hair off, Overtone products are not dyes—they’re pigmented conditioners. Permanent dyes require developers that are meant to forcibly open your hair cuticles and insert the color, but Overtone claims its color absorbs into your strands when applied under hot water, and that this is possible because your hair cuticle is already somewhat open “unless you’ve never blow-dried, been in the sun, or used shampoo.” It’s also not meant to be a one-time application; it is designed for regular use— as often as you wash your hair “so your color is perfect every single day.”

You may wonder how this is different from a semi-permanent color (sometimes called a gloss), which coats the hair’s cuticle and only lasts a few weeks before fading. Overtone’s answer is that its products are free of ingredients like peroxide, ammonia, and “heavy” alcohols that typical dyes (even some semi-permanent ones) can include. There are semi-permanent hair colors that also do not include those ingredients, such as DP Hue’s glosses, but Overtone brands itself as a non-dye, possibly because dyes of any kind have a negative connotation when it comes to hair health. However, semi-permanent color is not “bad” for your hair at all, as Overtone suggests, according to professional stylist Shan Casey, the owner of Boston-based hair salon Shan Hair. “Permanent color changes the cuticle—it’s going to open it and it’s going to force pigment into the hair shaft. That’s a little, tiny bit of damage,” Casey says. “[But] semi-permanent literally does sit on the hair shaft and companies like Goldwell put lipids in there that actually improve the hair by giving it some moisture and helping shut the cuticle down.”

What’s more, Overtone might even not be temporary. In an article on its website titled “How Long Does Overtone Last?,” it says, “Results can range from washes-out-in-a-week to never-coming-out-completely-without-bleach.”

To think that this might change the shade of my hair forever—rather than give it a quick, fun, temporary jolt of color—was concerning. I found a bunch of articles and videos online of people praising Overtone for how great it was and how quickly it worked for them, but none of them talked about how quickly it went away or if it faded away.

Overtone Before After

Credit: Reviewed / Betsey Goldwasser

On the left was my hair before Overtone and on the right was my hair after doing the initial Coloring Conditioner and Daily Conditioner.

When you purchase Overtone’s Healthy Color Duo, you receive a Coloring Conditioner, the most pigmented formula, for one-time use and a Daily Conditioner that replaces pigment lost in the shower, which should last you at least 20 conditioning sessions.

When my Red for Brown Hair Healthy Color Duo arrived, I began with the Coloring Conditioner to apply color the first time. Upon opening the jar of “red” Coloring Conditioner—which was advertised as a red wine, maroon-esque color once on the hair—I was a little taken aback to see it was a bright blood orange mixture. I figured this meant that I needed a bold color in order to properly dye my dark brown hair, which I’ve only ever highlighted or dyed the tips of (and that was two years ago). To achieve maximum color, the directions said to apply to clean, dry hair.

Wearing gloves, I started with a “strand test” like the instructions suggested, in which I pulled a piece of hair from the back of my head and put some dye on it to test out the color. But then I remembered I was dyeing my hair to write this review so I needed to finish the task, no matter what it looked like. I went in, applying it to all of my hair, section by section. I used hair ties to corral my curly locks into smaller similar-sized sections and applied the Coloring Conditioner to one side of my head first before moving onto the next. I left it on for about 30 minutes—slightly longer than the 10-15 time recommended, for good measure.

Overtone Selfies

Credit: Reviewed / Melissa Rorech

The first picture was taken the day after the initial dye, 2nd picture was several days into using Daily Conditioner, and 3rd picture was immediately after using the Coloring Conditioner.

Finally, I hopped in the shower to “rinse my hair thoroughly with warm or hot water,” as the instructions said to do. The water turned bright orange and I learned fast that this process would not be a clean one, as my shower and shower curtain got stained. I rinsed my hair until the water ran clear, which is how I interpreted “thoroughly,” as there was no guidance otherwise.

When I stepped out of the shower and looked in the mirror, my hair looked just as dark brown as it had been before. After drying off and diffusing my curls with my blow dryer, I realized there were a lot of red stains on my scalp, ears, neck, and forehead—but not a single inkling of red tone to be seen on my hair itself. Disappointing, to say the least. Still, it was only the first day, so I figured maybe it would develop with additional treatments.

I used the Daily Conditioner every day for a week after that, which also required gloves because it, too, is pigmented. The Daily Conditioner only advised to leave it on for about three to five minutes, but since I was still eager to get some red out of this, I would leave it on for 10 minutes some nights—which was a huge time investment. Eventually, I stopped rinsing once it seemed like I was at the halfway point, so the water wouldn’t run clear and I knew there would still be some color in my hair when I got out. I kept up this process of Daily Conditioner and weekly Coloring Conditioner for a month straight. The good news: This didn’t stain my towels or pillowcases. The bad news: It didn’t stain my hair, either.

Overtone Models

Credit: Overtone

If the Overtone models weren’t wearing tops that correspond with their hair color, you likely would only see dark hair.

For me, take a guess. In fact, there were many times throughout that month where I’d tell someone, “I dyed my hair red last night,” and they’d either laugh like I was pulling a fast one on them, or look very confused. Then I’d show them a bad selfie of me from the night prior with my head covered in red dye, and they’d be even more befuddled. Some coworkers said that if the sun hit my hair in the right light from behind, you could kind of see a tint of red glow, but only for a second. Not worth all the time and money put into this.

To be fair, I could have expected it. Overtone states in the fine print across its site things like, “Final color results can vary depending on starting hair color” or “if you have black hair, color will not show up at all.” (My hair isn’t black, but it is pretty dark brown.) Remember how I was worried about it not coming out of my hair? Well, that wasn’t really a concern of mine by the end because I barely got any pigment in my hair, so once I stopped using the product, any slight tint there quickly disappeared.

Overtone Marketing

Credit: Overtone

Without a colored background, you can see that many models don’t seem to have much color in their dark hair. The pink, red, and purple models specifically aren’t featured much on the site probably for this reason.

Another thing I noticed with further scrutiny: Overtone’s marketing can be very misleading. Most of the dark-haired models for the “For Brown Hair” collection on the “after” photos are put in a red shirt or in front of a red background (or whatever hair color they’re modeling) so it seems as though their hair is more red than it actually is. It was hard to find photos of these models on just plain white backgrounds, and almost impossible to find them wearing something that isn’t the same color as what their hair should theoretically be. Based on the ads, your eyes may trick you into thinking you see the hair color even when it’s barely there—but it’s harder to fool yourself in real life.

Red for Brown hair

Credit: Overtone

Here you can see the “expected color chart” of Red for Brown Hair. Doesn’t really seem to work on Brown Hair, does it?

You get it by now: I have dark brown hair, and even though Overtone led me to believe its product would do something for me, it barely did anything at all. I don’t believe Overtone is worth it for me. But what about for you? You may have hair that’s brown or blond or ginger—or maybe already bleached and ready to be any color you want—and you probably want to know how Overtone will affect you, right? Of course you do. I got your back.

I went on Amazon to order some human hair in a range of shades from blond to black to test how the hair dye I’d been using would look on other hair colors. This test was, to be fair, a little odd. Lining up a bunch of hair, hanging them off the side of a table, and slathering Overtone all over them? Not something I’d ever pictured doing in my day job, but, hey, just another day here at Reviewed! After applying, I waited 10 to 15 minutes as the direction s say, then washed off all the strands of hair and let them dry overnight.

The next morning, we took a look at how they came out. I realized my hair color fell somewhere toward the darkest three samples, which (as I’d expected) only got a small bit of color, if any. But the blond and light brown hair turned out a lot brighter—the final results resembled a blood orange, reddish color on the lighter swatches and a deeper red on darker ones. Hopefully this little test can help you compare your hair to one of these before strands and see what it would look like on you afterwards.

Rachel Overtone

Credit: Rachel Lipson

Overtone works a lot better on folks with lighter hair, as seen here.

Rachel Lipson, a Boston-area student/singer-songwriter I follow on Instagram, tried Overtone, too. She has naturally blond hair and used the Pastel Magenta Healthy Color Duo, which resulted in a bubblegum pink color—unsurprising, because her hair is a much lighter shade than mine. When asked about her experience, Lipson said, “I decided to try Overtone because it seemed like it would require less maintenance than other semi-permanent dyes I’ve tried in the past. It’s been working out really well for me so far! I like that the magenta is light enough to show variations in the color where my natural highlights are.”

Overtone Hair Strips

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If you’re curious how Overtone’s Red for Brown Hair will affect your hair, here’s how it came out on our tester hair.

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Updated June 12, 2020


Forced by the pandemic, health care plunges into the digital age - The Boston Globe

Forced by the pandemic, health care plunges into the digital age – The Boston Globe

Medical practices are gradually opening for more in-person care, but it’s clear telehealth is here to stay. A new phrase has already entered the health care lexicon to describe a skill required for virtual doctoring: “webside manner.”

By all accounts so far, most patients and clinicians readily adapted to the technology and appreciate its convenience. Telehealth seems especially well-suited to mental health therapy.

But worries and questions remain. It’s not clear which other types of visits, and which patients, are most amenable to telehealth, or whether something essential is lost when a doctor cannot physically examine a patient. And will telehealth exacerbate inequities by leaving behind people who don’t have good Internet access?

The data show that a dramatic shift has already occurred. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts tallied 770,000 telehealth visits in May, compared with a mere 5,000 in February. Mass General Brigham (the hospital group formerly known as Partners HealthCare) is currently doing 250,000 telehealth visits each month, up from 1,500 a month previously.

Before the pandemic, nearly all doctor visits took place in person. In less than two weeks, in Massachusetts, that flipped to an estimated 60 percent to 80 percent taking place remotely.

Dr. Joseph C. Kvedar, a Harvard dermatologist and president of the American Telemedicine Association, has spent nearly three decades promoting telehealth to reluctant physicians. He watched in amazement as it took over in two weeks — and without major strife.

“So far no one’s pointed to anything that went wrong,” Kvedar said. “It’s been life-saving. If we had this pandemic 25 years ago, it would have been a much more horrific outcome.”

Telehealth was able to take off so quickly because state and federal regulators issued emergency rules that removed the key obstacles.

No longer did doctors have to buy secure telehealth platforms that met privacy regulations; they could hop on Zoom or Google to confer with patients. Previously, telephone calls were rarely reimbursed, and telehealth visits were paid for at a lower rate than in-person visits. For now, calls and video chats are paid for as if they had occurred in the office.

And amid the pandemic lockdown, doctors who had been too busy or wary to adopt telehealth found themselves staring at empty appointment books. They had no choice but to dive in.

Behavioral health care has proven especially amenable to virtual visits. Of all the telehealth claims to Blue Cross since mid-March, nearly half are for behavioral health services, and the insurer has seen an increase in people seeking such care.

“For behavioral health, this has been a phenomenal boon,” said Dr. Katherine Dallow, the insurer’s vice president of clinical programs and strategy.

Partly, the numbers reflect a greater need for services during a stressful time. But telehealth has provided an easier and more private way to seek help, avoiding the stigma of walking into a psychiatrist’s office.

While virtual visits clearly make sense for psychotherapy, they obviously can’t work for things like Pap smears and vaccinations.

But for many services, it’s not always clear when doctor and patient need to be in the same room.

“When I’m talking to my patients in the exam room, 80 to 90 percent of the time, I know exactly what they’ve got even before I touch them,” said Dr. Lawrence Garber, an internist and medical director for informatics at the Reliant Medical Group in Worcester. Forcing patients to troop to the doctor’s office every time inconveniences the patient to make things easier to doctors, he said.

Massachusetts Health Quality Partners, a nonprofit concerned with measuring and improving health care, has been interviewing doctors and patients in preparation for a survey about telehealth in the fall. The researchers are hearing mostly positive anecdotes.

“Patients are really grateful that this is an option,” said Rabson, the group’s president. “Sometimes the technology is a little rough around the edges. But it’s helping them stay safely at home.”

Lindsay Rosenfeld, whose 8-year-old twins were born prematurely and have health problems, was relieved that she wouldn’t have to take them into doctor’s offices where they would risk infection. Remote visits also make it easier for her husband to participate without leaving work.

But the 42-year-old Milton resident sees limitations. A recent checkup for the twins by video seemed equally effective as an in-person visit, but the children missed out on hearing and vision assessments. “Sometimes you do have to go in,” she said.

It’s surprising, though, how much care can happen online. Kim Ouellette’s 12-year-old daughter received treatment for an earache in a video session in their Somerset home. The doctor asked the girl several questions and had her mom shine a flashlight on her ear; in no time she had a prescription for eardrops to treat swimmer’s ear.

Dr. Huy Nguyen, a pediatrician and chief medical officer at DotHouse Health, a community health center in Dorchester, said he finds it helpful to see children in their home environments. On a recent appointment with a 2-year-old, he enjoyed seeing the toddler relaxed and playful, unlike in those stressful office visits.

“He was much more talkative and engaged than when he’s here,” Nguyen said.

Elderly people like it too, said Dr. Christopher Garofalo, a family medicine doctor in Attleboro. “The older people, they all know how to get online and do FaceTime, because they’ve got grandkids,” he said. For people who have difficulty moving about or who rely on others to take them to the doctor, a video visit is preferable, he said.

Still, telehealth has downsides. Some clinicians complain that video visits are “too artificial,” and the video quality is often too poor to reveal nonverbal cues, Rabson said.

Some patients, too, feel viscerally that they need to be there in person. “The laying on of hands really did matter to people,” Nguyen said.

Frank Federico, vice president of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, a Boston-based nonprofit, questions whether telehealth might increase misdiagnoses or missed diagnoses. For example, Federico said, a physician speaking to a patient seated at a computer wouldn’t know that the patient is unsteady on his feet and at risk of falling.

And there’s a flip side to the convenience issue: For some people, particularly isolated elderly people, the journey to the doctor’s office may be their only opportunity to interact with others.

Federico and others also raise concerns about access to care for people who don’t have good Internet connections and who have limited data or minutes on their phones.

At DotHouse Health, most of whose patients have low incomes, Nguyen found that patients often had smartphones with video capability. About three-quarters of remote visits occur simply as phone calls, he said.

At the Cambridge Health Alliance, which also serves a large proportion of low-income patients, most virtual visits are over the phone. Dr. Kirsten Meisinger, the hospital’s director of provider engagement and regional medical director, said that even patients with video capability prefer not to bother with it. In the first week of June, video was used in only 1 percent of primary care virtual visits.

“Most patients get really stressed by having to figure out all these apps,” Meisinger said. “A lot of people don’t want you to look at their house. ‘I have to clean for a medical visit?’”

But Garber, of the Reliant Medical Group, feels he needs to literally see his patients. For example, he asked a patient complaining of difficulty breathing to show him her feet on the video screen. They were swollen, tipping him off to the need to adjust her heart-failure medications.

Reliant is working on lending iPads to patients who lack video technology. Before each visit, the practice would deliver a hot spot connected to the best cell carrier in the patient’s neighborhood, along with an iPad. The devices would be returned.

As the pandemic eases, insurers and regulators are weighing how much to pull back the regulatory floodgates that opened in March. Probably secure websites will again be required, and insurance reimbursements may be less generous.

“This artificial environment we have in the pandemic will not be sustainable,” said Kvedar, of the American Telemedicine Association. He predicted that eventually 20 percent to 30 percent of patient visits will be virtual. “We will have this channel,” he said, “but it won’t be as wide open.”

Felice J. Freyer can be reached at felice.freyer@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @felicejfreyer

Source: www.bostonglobe.com


The Work Diary of Gray Malin, Locked-Down ‘Getaway’ Photographer

The Work Diary of Gray Malin, Locked-Down ‘Getaway’ Photographer

The pristine aquamarine of a Hawaiian beach, shot from above to seize a smattering of brilliant umbrellas on the shore. Positano on a hazy summer season’s day. Striped solar loungers in St. Tropez.

The journey photographer Gray Malin has made his identify with photos like these — colourful scenes that provide a fast dose of escapism. Now he, like everybody else, is grounded.

“I used to be so used to this life of 1 week at dwelling, one week on the street, one week at dwelling, one week on the street,” Mr. Malin stated.

As an alternative of hovering in a doorless helicopter over a tropical locale, lining up the proper aerial {photograph}, Mr. Malin, 34, has been at dwelling in Los Angeles for the previous three months along with his husband, Jeff, and two youngsters. That point has been crammed with surprises for his enterprise and life-style model.

“What I didn’t see coming was that my work was going to truly change into highly regarded throughout this time when nobody can journey,” Mr. Malin stated. “Our framing associate was capable of keep open; they had been deemed a vital enterprise. We had been capable of proceed printing and delivery.”

And with all that point indoors, a beforehand area of interest product he offered on his web site turned a runaway success: two-sided puzzles.

Earlier than the lockdowns started, Mr. Malin had largely given up on social media. However now he’s connecting along with his followers by means of Instagram, utilizing video to provide excursions of his home, reply questions and present the behind-the-scenes of his pictures.

A decade in the past, Mr. Malin, who developed a ardour for pictures as a young person, left his company job within the movie business to start out promoting his work at a flea market in West Hollywood. There, he found that individuals had been in search of art work that was “joyful and significant.”

“I began to make collection that targeted on work that will actually look fabulous inside somebody’s dwelling,” Mr. Malin stated. “One thing that will carry somebody’s spirits up.”

Immediately, his studio is simply a few miles from that flea market. He has 14 full-time staff and was capable of partially reopen his workplace on the finish of Might. In addition to prints and low desk books, his firm (motto: “Make on a regular basis a getaway”) sells image frames, journey merchandise, iPhone circumstances and residential items emblazoned along with his cheerful photos.

This week, Mr. Malin launched a collection of images from the final picture shoot he was capable of conduct earlier than the coronavirus outbreak: New Zealand.

8:15 a.m. My husband and I make breakfast for our children. We’ve got 18-month-old boy/lady twins who are actually consuming oatmeal all by themselves. A month in the past, they couldn’t even choose up a spoon.

10 a.m. I join nearly with my group for our weekly advertising and marketing assembly. Tomorrow, we’re releasing my New Zealand assortment, which options almost 50 photos shot from doorless helicopters above three totally different areas. We watch behind-the-scenes video content material and focus on electronic mail, paid promoting and social media technique.

12 p.m. I eat a turkey wrap, most likely the one straightforward and constant factor I’ve made and eaten for lunch the final three months. I’m so relieved eating places are reopening.

1 p.m. Weekly enterprise growth name. We’re engaged on partnerships, merchandise and potential picture shoots world wide — it’s comforting to be pondering forward, into the long run. We’re additionally finalizing the Aug. 1 launch of a rosé by means of our associate, Nocking Level Wines. It’s known as “Getaway Rosé” and options an aerial seashore picture of mine on the label.

Three p.m. We just lately launched a special image to lift cash for Black Lives Matter, and several other of my workers come to the workplace to assist sleeve, label and ship a whole bunch of packages. I shot this picture with a various group of those that got here collectively round a peace signal made from flowers in 2016 for a social media campaign throughout another racially divisive time. I felt we needed to do one thing as a company. We did a primary run, which offered out in three hours, with 100 p.c of proceeds going to B.L.M. We plan to supply extra.

3:45 p.m. Samples of our new puzzle designs arrive that we’ve been engaged on for the 2020 vacation season. The colour wants some tweaking, so I ship a couple of footage with notes to my graphic designer. We are able to’t hold our puzzles in inventory in the intervening time.

4:30 p.m. Each week I assessment all orders positioned on our web site to grasp what’s promoting. We began providing present notes in March. I look over one order of a print from St. Barths with a present observe that claims “till we are able to journey right here once more.” I’ve observed throughout this time that lots of clients have been honoring a visit they weren’t capable of take with {a photograph} of mine.

7:15 p.m. After the youngsters go down, I give myself a haircut.

Four a.m. I get up to my thoughts racing concerning the state of our nation. I learn a couple of articles and don’t fall again asleep.

6 a.m. Reside Peloton spin class.

9:30 a.m. An electronic mail goes out to our subscribers asserting the New Zealand assortment, and I examine Google analytics — a whole bunch of persons are viewing the brand new collection. The Milford Sound footage appear to be getting lots of consideration. I at all times have butterflies on launch days, eager about how my work is perceived.

12 p.m. The second move of my subsequent espresso desk ebook is because of my writer, so I meet with my ebook designer to assessment all 352 pages. It’s titled “Grey Malin: The Important Assortment” and is a monograph overlaying work shot throughout the first decade of my profession. It was supposed to return out this fall, to coincide with the official 10-year anniversary of my model, however we reluctantly determined to push it again to Might 2021.

2 p.m. We start capturing eight new episodes of my Instagram TV collection, “How I Received the Shot.” Since I haven’t been capable of journey and shoot, I’ve turned my artistic power into documentary movies that inform the tales behind my photos. It’s at all times fascinating how many individuals suppose I take advantage of a drone — I’ve by no means touched one — versus capturing aerial photos from helicopters. The following episode is about horses I photographed sporting wigs in Iceland.

6:45 p.m. I learn my new youngsters’s ebook, “A World of Opposites,” to my youngsters earlier than mattress. They don’t perceive the phrases as a lot as they love seeing the images — particularly the one of many black and white llamas with balloons that adorns the quilt. I shot that in Bolivia on the earth’s largest salt flat, Salar de Uyuni. My favourite half comes on the finish of the ebook once they see the creator’s image and say “Dada.”

9:30 p.m. I try leaping jacks to attempt to shut my final ring on my Apple watch.

7 a.m. I arrive with a large iced espresso at The Beverly Hills Lodge, the place we’re putting in a brand new “Grey Malin Cabana.” It’s the primary experiential pop-up for my model. I partnered with Serena and Lily for the furnishings. I need this cabana to move you to an Instagrammable fantasy world of retro poolside glamour.

9:30 a.m. A bucket truck lifts the brand new pink-and-white-striped awning on high of the cabana because the banana-leaf wallpaper dries and an electrician connects the sunshine fixtures. When the art work goes up, from a collection I shot on the resort, it appears to be like identical to the design board I mocked up a number of months in the past.

11 a.m. The furnishings arrives and a console is lacking. I drive to my home and cargo a dresser from my bed room to briefly change it for the shoot. I’ve discovered you at all times must discover a technique to make it work.

Three p.m. Furnishings is in place and we lastly start capturing picture-perfect moments that took over a yr of planning. Regardless that I’m a nice artwork photographer, I’ve a love affair with inside design and this cabana is the proper marriage of those two worlds.

6:30 p.m. I get dwelling in time for the youngsters’ bathtub and put them to sleep.

Eight a.m. I obtain an electronic mail response from an organization I met with a few potential partnership. They “have to move right now.” My coronary heart sinks, however I perceive — proper now, issues are unpredictable.

11 a.m. Verify Instagram as a distraction. I don’t know if individuals understand that I truly see all the pieces with the hashtag #graymalin. Immediately I spot a mother in Korea with a Grey Malin x Bugaboo cover on her stroller. I study a lot from social media.

Three p.m. I meet with my group to create the property for a shoppable “Summer time Dwelling Renovation” touchdown web page on our web site. Final yr my husband and I renovated a 100-year-old cottage on the shores of Lake Michigan.

4:30 p.m. Since I haven’t been capable of shoot, my picture assistant and I are beginning to look into my archive. I shoot hundreds of frames however solely launch a couple of dozen from every location. We have a look at photos taken over the seashores of Chicago from a highly regarded July day in 2013 and uncover many hidden gems. I electronic mail my artistic and advertising and marketing group a Google Doc suggesting we launch a few of these photos earlier than our July Four aerial seashore sale.

7:30 p.m. It’s our neighbor’s birthday so we host her and her husband for socially distanced cocktails after the youngsters go to mattress. We’ve gotten to know them effectively these previous few months, and it’s good to have a couple of laughs on our roof deck because the solar units.

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Save the Children Philippines Calls for End to Exploitative and Harmful Work for Children ⋆ Starmometer

Save the Children Philippines Calls for End to Exploitative and Harmful Work for Children ⋆ Starmometer

In celebration of World Day Against Child Labor, Save the Children Philippines calls for an end to child labor to give every child the chance to thrive and develop to their fullest potential.

There are around 2.1 Million child workers aged 5-17 years old in the country as per the 2011 survey of the Philippine Statistics Authority, most of them in hazardous and exploitative work conditions. Save the Children Philippines is concerned that figures may have changed already and the adverse impact of COVID-19 will push thousands of children into poverty, and forced labor as parents and guardians face loss of income and livelihood opportunities.

Atty. Alberto Muyot, Chief Executive Officer of Save the Children Philippines said children who live in poverty are the first to suffer the consequences of the economic impact of the pandemic.

“No child should be engaged in harmful work,” said Muyot.

Save the Children Philippines is committed to partnering with the national and local governments, civil society organizations, private sector, parents and schools in finding sustainable solution to the problem in line with Article 32 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention 182 on the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labor, and ILO Convention 138 on the Minimum Age of Employment.

Save the Children Philippines believes that deprived and marginalized children including those from Indigenous People’s communities, children with disabilities, out of school children and youth, children in conflict affected areas, those living in areas prone to natural disasters, and those from low income families are more vulnerable to exploitation and harmful work.

In the last 40 years, the child rights organization has been advocating children’s rights and implementing programs that include maternal and newborn healthcare, sustainable and inclusive learning, and protection from physical and humiliating punishments, and online sexual abuse and exploitation.

“We believe that every child has an inherent and inviolable right to health and survival, to play and learn and to be protected from all forms of abuse and violence including exploitative work,” Muyot said.

Source: starmometer.com


Online fundraiser for new ‘diversity artwork’ launched in response to Naperville mural criticized for excluding minorities


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