Thursday, May 31, 2012

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Honors

Happy Memorial Day!

Today we honor those who protect this country in times of strife.  Expressing courage and strength like no other, we appreciate our troops and the amazing work they do.  Putting their lives on the line for this nation is beyond commendable.

We may not all agree on war being the answer to foreign conflict, but if you can't stand behind our troops, stand in front of them.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Tops

Top 4 Exercises to Keep Your Abs in Check

It's almost summertime folks, so of course we all wanna get in shape.  We'll be rocking bright colors, less clothes, and anything to look good and stay cool in the sun.

To keep your tummy in check between the great summer drinks and treats, try these exercises.  They're alternatives to traditional sit-ups, and can be done when you're limited on time.

1. Toe touches
Stand straight up, put both arms above your head.  Kick 1 leg up, touching your foot with the hand on the same side--left to left and right to right. Be sure to keep your legs and arms straight. These will strengthen those ab muscles.  Do 10 for each side, then repeat.

2. Ab Twists
Stand straight up, and hold your arms at 90-degree angles at each side.  Twist your body to one side and lift the knee you face.  You should be facing 1 direction above the waist, and the opposite direction below the waist. These will work the love handle/muffin-top areas. Do 10 for each side, and repeat.

3. Planks
These are a bit tough, but are worth the pain.  Lay flat on your stomach, then lift yourself up, resting your body on your toes (like when doing push-ups) and elbows.  Hold for at least 30 seconds, rest, then repeat. Once you get going, do these to your favorite TV show or music.  When you're distracted from the strain, you can hold out longer.

4.  Aerobics
Doing aerobics can keep your tummy in check for sure.  Whether you're working out to a video or doing jumping jacks, aerobic exercise is not only good for your stomach, but also good for your heart and entire cardiovascular system.

We hope these exercises are helpful to getting your summertime body in shape.  If you have others you like, please share!

Friday, May 25, 2012

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Events

MASSIVE Advertising Summit!

 The Advertising Summit presented by Variety and Stillwell Partners (The Producers of Advertising Week) on June 7th at the House of Blues, West Hollywood, CA will be an all-star gathering of entertainment, brand and digital media chiefs exploring what it means to be successful in advertising today and into the future. 

The Summit will also explore how advertising models are evolving across such new platforms, spanning growing opportunities online, smartphones/tablets, smart TVs and more. Other critical topics to be covered include driving real revenues with social media; exploring top film and TV brand integrations; creating successful branded storytelling; and more.

Keynote speakers include:

  • Anne Sweeney, Co-Chairman, Disney Media Networks & President, Disney/ABC Television Group Interviewed by Variety’s Cynthia Littleton, Deputy Editor
  • Nigel Morris, CEO, Aegis Media North America Interviewed by Fast Company’s Bob Safian, Editor
  • Frank Cooper, CMO, Pepsi

To register, click here!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Law

Fundamentals of Entertainment Law:  Recurring Issues in the Industry-

Entertainment law has been around for years, and grows as an industry with each new way to promote works of art.  To be sure you have a baseline understanding of what should be going on as you promote your likeness and work, be familiar with what essentially will always be prevalent in entertainment: control, credit, and compensation.

Control in the entertainment industry includes ownership of the product, and rights to control its exploitation.  Main elements are distribution--where, when and how--derivative works like sampling or remakes in music, and collection and distribution of income.  All of these components are extremely important for the those producing and promoting the work.  

Credit includes monetary credit, or payment for use of the work, as well as notoriety for contributing or creating.  With so many ways to exploit creative works these days, credit has become increasingly important--especially in the fight against piracy and infringement.  Protections like copyright, trademark, and simply keeping your product in the market under your name are essential to ensuring credit is kept where it belongs.  

Compensation ties in control and credit.  When making a contribution to a work--financial or creative--one is due compensation.  Like in most other circumstances, the largest portion goes to the person making the greatest contribution.  If there is no large entity, like a record company or production group involved, this can become sticky.  This is where contracts are extremely important.  Linking back to credit, it should be ironed out before production begins, who gets what, and how much each contribution is worth.  When this doesn't happen, floodgates open for misuse of work and potentially even lawsuits.  Make sure you predetermine who gets credit and control for each part of your creative project.  Your compensation depends on it.  

These 3 fundamentals are just baseline principles for entertainment law.  So much more needs a watchful eye to make sure the ease of internet publicity doesn't get the best of your hard work.  Create carefully!

For more specifics, check out our: 
Tips from Lawyer to Musician 
Tips for Protecting Your Brand, and 
Tips from Lawyer to Fashionista
They work for creative works of all types.  

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Tops

Top 7 Small Businesses

Since May is Small Business Month, we want to highlight some of our faves.  Check them out!

1.  DeVawn Accessories
This online accessory store lets new designers shine.  Get all the costume jewels and bags you need for any and every occasion!

2.  May Vora Jewelry
The motto is "There's Only One", and it definitely shows in the product.  Contact May Vora for your unique jewelry creation, designed to your liking with a personal touch!
3. Bon Bon Vie
Fashionable t-shirts making a major statement.  This line not only has great tees, but onesies for the little ones, too.  Order yours now!

4. B.M.M.O. Consulting
Is your brand in need of some attention?  Want to make sure you are reaching the right market?  This company can put your product where it needs to be.  

5. Official Anais PR
If you're looking for great events, networking opportunities, or promotional needs, Official Anais PR is a must!  Top notch public relations work is just the beginning of their expertise.  

6. Shop N'Dulgence
You'll find the hottest fashions here for sure.  Whatever the latest trends, Shop N'Dulgence has what you are looking for, especially for leaving a lasting impression on your fans. 

7.  Treats by Teresa
Certainly you can always go for a tasty treat.  And certainly you may need to send some treats to someone across the country.  Check out Treats by Teresa when you need, or want, quality baked goods you can't get anywhere else!

Large chains are great, but small business is where it's at.  Shop small businesses, and support those entities on the rise.  

Thursday, May 17, 2012

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Loves Chicago

FugScreens Galerie F Grand Opening!

FugScreens is a great Chicago brand gearing up for the July launch of Galerie F. 

Galerie F offers a new approach to the modern concept of the gallery space. As a street level space, open to the public six days a week without appointment, we celebrate an interaction with and celebration of the arts. We are committed to representing and fostering growth within our local and artistic community. Galerie F supports local, national, and international artists through exclusive exhibitions as well as daily public interaction. The work displayed at our space will stem from what its partnering business, FugScreens Studios, represents: a fusion of fine art, street art, and gig posters.

With the support of a Kickstarter page, the guys behind Galerie F are giving you the chance to get in on this gem at the ground level.  The brand is emerging in the Chicago and international art industries, stirring a revolution in fashion and creativity.  

To learn more and help support this great space and brand, click here!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Tops

Top 5 Beauty Mistakes~

Beauty is not only about putting on clothes to look good or making up your face.  It actually starts below the glammed up surface.  To be sure you are keeping a good foundation, beware of these beauty mistakes.

1.  Not cleansing properly
Cleansing your face 2x daily is so important.  When you wake up in the morning to set a clean slate for make-up and the dirts of the atmosphere, and at night to clean all the impurities away are essential to healthy skin.  Be sure you have a soap/cleanser fit for your skin type. There are so many choices, even a few we recommend here.  Taking care of your face is a bare minimum to beauty.  

2.  Leaving out the SPF
Even if you don't burn easily, or are looking to tan, we all need to protect our skin with at least SPF30.  The rays from the sun are great for Vitamin D, but too much equals trouble for our outer shell.  Be sure your daily moisturizer contains SPF, as well as the lotions you use for warm days, too.

3.  Forgetting the moisturizer
As mentioned above, you should don a moisturizer containing SPF.  Essentially, you should absolutely wear moisturizer!  Even if you have oily skin, pairing the right cleanser and moisturizer will protect your skin from harsh impurities, and balance the good and bad oils.  Be sure to find a regimen right for you.  

4.  Ignoring water
So many people dislike water for whatever reasons.  However, water is the most essential drink you can put into your body.  Although tea has a series of positives, nothing does your body right like H2O.  Water not only helps with keeping your skin healthy, but also helps flush out toxins and waste.  It helps with food digestion, and keeps your organs in good shape.  It may not satisfy like the pop or juice of your choice, but water does wonders for you.  Drink as much as you can.

5.  Too much make-up
We don't all age the same, and sometimes we just want to change up our look.  Some of us are just very girly, and others feel the need to conceal a thing or 2 here and there.  Whatever the case may be, wearing too much make-up can do more harm than good, pretty much no matter what.  Tinted moisturizer is a good alternative to full foundation, and even if full coverage is needed, subtle eyeshadows and blushes can keep you from layers upon layers.  Fun with colors and coordinating with your outfits is one thing--putting on a full mask of cosmetics is another.  Protect your natural skin, and remember, less is more.

We hope these tips will help you keep the skin you love and deserve.  Glam with care.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Tops

Top 5 Things My Mother Taught Me~

No, it's not Tuesday, but we figured this was an important enough reason to bring our Tuesday Tops into Sunday--for Mommy, of course.  Mothers are golden.  They carry and nurture us, bring us into the world, and continue carrying and nurturing us even when they are not around.  I love my mommy dearly, and can't help but share some of the many, many things she's taught me.

Surely you have some to share as well.  This list is obviously just a sample.  The learnings are endless.

1.  Be nice.
This is a simple lesson, but it goes a long way.  Being nice to people not only gives them a good feeling about you, but also puts out good Karma to come back to you.  My mommy still reminds me today the importance of being nice, especially when it is easy not to.   I see traces of her whenever I feel the need to bake for friends and coworkers, have guests over, style for people, advise on legal matters, or whatever comes to mind to allow me to lend a hand to someone else. I carry this with me all the time.

2. Beauty is simple.
Mommy has made it clear to me, loads of make-up does not make you pretty, and there's a way to look your best without a mess!  Going back to being nice on the inside, it is easy to look nice on the outside, too.  Too much of anything is usually just that--too much and it will catch the wrong eyes most times.  As I put together my looks for each day, I definitely think..."what would Mommy say?"

As Tatyana Ali put it: "My mother is my beauty role model.  She's gorgeous, giving, and gracious - a true G!"

3. Be strong.
I haven't come across a strength like the strength my mother has, and am not sure I will.  Her lessons in being strong go far beyond helping my dad out in the yard against my will.  They extend to knowing things won't always go my way, and when they don't, I cannot give up.  I will encounter some challenges, and as cliche as it sounds I hear her telling me "this, too shall pass".  I may not want to hear it, but I always want to believe it...and in due time, I see it to be true.  I know my mother got her strength from my grandmother, and great-grandmother, so I work hard to be sure I can pass it on someday as well.  Because of my Mommy, I feel there is nothing I cannot do.  

4.  Be....patient!
Ugh!  I am still working on this one, and actually, so is Mommy.  She's been trying to teach me patience all my life, and I think I just may be starting to get it--a little.  I remember as a little girl hearing her tell me "beee..." and waiting for me to say "patient". I'm not sure I always understood the value of patience as a youngster, but I have gotten a much better understanding in my adult life.  I can't count the number of times I hear her in my head reminding me...and sometimes it is her actual voice.  I have found patience to be so critical, especially as I get older, and can say I have received and encountered some wonderful things from being patient.  I keep this lesson with me.  But, she and I both know, I'm not done learning it.

5. Always do your best.
I often look at my mom and think she has so many things on her plate...and wonder how she balances them all.  Then I realize I am, in my own way, doing the same thing.  I have learned over the years, she not only has a lot on her plate, but only enough for her to handle, and handle well.  It appears to be a lot to the onlooker, and I know it is to her as well.  But, the way she handles family, work, and social activities is always with ease and grace.  Mommy has taught me about not taking on too much, but being there to step up and step in if necessary.  Sure, you may have a lot going on, but giving each your very best is all that's acceptable.  I keep this lesson close.

I could go on and on about the lessons my mother has taught me, but the space here is limited.  I am endlessly thankful for such a loving and giving mother, and wouldn't trade her for the world.  Thank you, Mommy for everything.

Mommy and I the day I was sworn in as an attorney.

Happy Mother's Day to all the amazing Mommys out there.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Law

Protecting Privacy in a World of Publicity ~

These days, it's easy to feel like you have no privacy at all.  Social media allows us to share our lives with one another, but can also be a floodgate when it comes to the amount of detail available over the web.  At one time, it was tough to get information on people applying for jobs or meeting for potential dates.  Now, millions of people are likely members of at least 1 social network, so doing a quick cyber check on them is easy.

Although most people have the control in their own hands regarding what is open for the taking about them, there are some legal considerations worth keeping in mind.  Here's a few facts on the rights of privacy and publicity...for the movie star and domestic ones, too.

Where do these rights come from?
Publicity rights arise from tort law's right of privacy.  This source includes intrusion, disclosure of embarrassing facts, and false light, i.e. using ones likeness or image in a way which compromises their character--without permission, of course.  

Privacy and publicity are linked, but distinct.
The distinction between the 2 is essential, especially in today's global media setting.  A violation of privacy is a tort, or infliction of harm onto someone.  It is not descendable and can only be enforced during one's life.  The right of publicity is contractual.  It deals with agreements and the right to control one's own value in commerce.  This right can be enforced in life or death.

Rights of publicity are independent in each state.
Depending on where you are, publicity rights can be handled differently.  There is no general federal legislation, but most states have similar laws for the sake of consistency.  Publicity rights can be enforced during life as well as in death through one's estate.

Because information is so readily available, claims of privacy violation have soared over the last 5 years.  To be sure a claim is valid, it must contain 3 elements when the use of a name or likeness is causing harm:

  • Use in an identifiable manner
  • Without consent
  • In situations where the invasion benefits the wrongdoer
Clearly these cases can vary in scope over the internet and in print.  They have become something common beyond celebrities in major tabloids.

It is important to be careful these days when posting pictures and information about ourselves.  Tech savvy individuals are crafty in finding ways to violate privacy, and ill-business dealers often abuse the rights given to them for publicity.  

Post with caution!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Tops

Top 5 Men's Fashion Tips for the Warm Weather--

Gents, this one is especially for you.   We love our male B.A.F.F.L.E.D. readers, so we want to be sure you get the exclusive posts you deserve.  Here's some tips to take with you as you prep for the warm temps of summer.

1.  Keep a hat on deck.
You might want to get a bit of a tan, but it's always good to have a hat close to keep the shade from burning your swag.  Fedoras are sexy, and baseball caps are classic.  Rock the top making you feel your best.

2.  Watch your feet!
Some guys feel like the spa pedicure is a bit out of the "man scope".  Fine.  But, this is no excuse for ignoring lotion and toenail clippers.  Just keeping it real guys.  Nixing the scented lotion is one thing--looking like you stepped in flour is another.

3.  Embrace bright colors.
Guys, the sun is out and the temperatures are high.  It's ok to don a pastel or 2 with your favorite jeans or khakis.  Ladies like some shine in their sights ;)

4.  Shades are a must!
Fashionable sunglasses are so necessary in the long days of summer.  For 1, the sun shines pretty bright.  And 2--well, they just look good!

5.  Check your hair.
Whether you have long hair or a slick wavy fade, be sure your hair is in check.  Warm weather can make for messy hair, and a tough situation.  Trips to the barber and daily maintenance are a must. 

Alright guys, can't wait to see what you've got!

*Here are some extra details by Scooterlane!  Thanks for the assist!

Friday, May 4, 2012

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Cares

Support Swish Dreams!!

Swish Dreams is one of our favorite community organizations, and it continues to do amazing things.  Pairing sports and education, students in the program have higher test sores and are performing like champs in school.
Help keep this great organization in the game!

Vote up to 10 TIMES A DAY
Help SWISH win a $25,000 State Farm Grant
Swish Dreams has been selected as one of the top 100 finalists inCause An Effect, a State Farm crowd-sourced philanthropic initiative which lets communitiesdetermine where grant funding is awarded, exclusively through Facebook. We need you to rallybehind our Cause, cast your vote and help us earn a $25,000 grant.
It’s simple to support our cause and vote – visit the State Farm Facebook page by clicking herethen click on the “Vote” button to show your support for Swish Dreams.

The voting phase is open from April 27 – May 17 and any Facebook user is eligible to vote up to 10 times per day for our Cause. The 40 Causes with the most votes will be announced on May 22 and will be awarded $25,000 each.

Swish Dreams will use the proceeds to provide scholarships to underpriveledged youth for our sports, literacy, and leadership programs. With your help, we can seize this opportunity to create a safer, better educated and more engaged community. Please encourage your colleagues, friends and family to vote and help spread the word on Facebook.
Together, you and State Farm can help be a catalyst for change in our community!
Joshua Mercer, Founder
Swish Dreams Sports & Educational Foundation

Thursday, May 3, 2012

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Connects

New Leaders Council!

Check out this great opportunity to connect and network with doers like you.

New Leaders Council (NLC) works to train and support the progressive political entrepreneurs of tomorrow — trendsetters, elected officials and civically-engaged leaders in business and industry who will shape the landscape.

NLC recruits young men and women from outside traditional power structures and equips them with the skills necessary to be civic leaders in their communities and workplaces.

*Special thanks to Cathy Yu for sharing this info.  Be sure to note her as the Leader who referred you!

NLC Chicago Fundraiser 2012
Thursday, May 17, 6-8 pm
English Bar and Restaurant
444 North LaSalle Street.
Featuring remarks by
Jeremy Bird
National Field Director, Obama For America
General Admission to the NLC Fundraiser is $40. Drink ticket included.
Be an event sponsor!  Sponsorship levels:
$100 Supporter
Includes 2 tickets
$250 Host Committee 
Includes 5 tickets and recognition on event website and at event
$500 Bronze Sponsor
Includes 8 complimentary tickets, recognition on event website and at event, option to display materials at event
$1,000 Silver Sponsor
Includes 10 complimentary tickets, recognition on event website and at event, option to display materials at event
$3,000 Gold Sponsor
Includes 15 complimentary tickets, recognition on event website, option to display materials at event, special recognition during event
Additional donations are greatly appreciated.  Your support allows NLC to train and inspire the next generation of progressive leaders. Thank you for supporting our cause.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Tops

4 Methods for 1st Amendment Analysis-

The 1st Amendment has been through a lot since its inception.  No way the Constitutional Framers could have conceived so many ways to communicate and state one's freedom of speech.  As the legal field emerged, it has dealt with 1st Amendment issues.  Today, the field must keep up with the variety of ways the law can come into play.

Let's take a look:

1.  The Literal Approach
This method is rarely used today and is somewhat inappropriate for the times.   With all the satire and exaggeration we find so common, taking what is said literally for the sake of regulation is almost unheard of.  This approach originates from the 1st Amendment stating Congress can pass "no law abridging the freedom of the press".

2.  Balancing
Balancing involves weighing the 2 dominant interests of the government and freedom of expression.  Here, as barristers will remember from law school and know from daily practice, rational basis, intermediate scrutiny, and strict scrutiny are the options for analysis.  The outcome of balancing has become increasingly difficult as technology and the means for expressing the freedom of speech have changed.

3.  The Categorical Approach
This approach places the speech in specific classes, like political and commercial, for example.  It can have gray areas, as we have a plethora of avenues for offering "free speech".  Placing the speech into categories can, however be helpful in determining how it may fall in regards to interest balancing or even libel and slander.  Categorical is often one of the most helpful approaches.

4.  Exceptions to Content-Based Regulation
These exceptions are the loopholes which keep commenters out of trouble.  If speech is determined as one of these types, it can usually skirt regulation by the FCC or even the harshest editors.  Regulations which allow the government to discriminate on the basis of the content of the message cannot be tolerated under the 1st Amendment.  The exceptions are:
*National security/threat
*Fighting words
*Commercial speech

Of course the 1st Amendment will continue to evolve as technology and social media do.  The legal field has no choice but to stay on top of things.  

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