French Creole Lullabies and Nursery Rhymes Book CD

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

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The Secret Mountain has released the second book-CD in their international collection of soothing songs for family listening. Songs in the Shade of the Flamboyant Tree: French Creole Lullabies and Nursery Rhymes will be available for the first time in North America this summer.

Songs in the Shade of the Flamboyant Tree: French Creole Lullabies and Nursery Rhymes

Songs in the Shade of the Flamboyant Tree
Hardcover with CD, 62 pages. CD duration: 48 minutes.
Full color illustrations, song translations.
Recommended ages: 3 to 7.
Suggested retail price: $16.95 (US)

Produced in Paris under the direction of Chantal Grosl├ęziat and Paul Mindy, this collection of songs features adults and children singing in French Creole, a language spoken in several dialects by more than 7 million people. Lyrics are reproduced in the original French Creole dialects and translated into English, followed by notes on the origin and cultural context of each song.

The songs and performers hail from the tropical islands of Haiti, Guadaloupe, Martinique and Reunion Island, all reflecting the rich oral heritage of children’s music in those countries.

More Information about The Secret Mountain, visit

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WordPress Comment Forced Login Issue Fixed. Sorta

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

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I was recently emailed by a reader about not being able to comment on any blog post here. They kept getting the "log in to your WordPress account" message. Umm, that shouldn't be happening. So I looked into it and found out that it has something to do with how WordPress is linked to Gravatar. Seems if you use your email to make a Gravatar then WordPress thinks you have any account and wants you to login...even when you don't.

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Now I know some of you are ready to riot because you can't leave a comment. No need. To avoid my readers getting that message and allow free commenting, I changed something on the back end of the blog.

So the good can comment without a login in requirement.

The bad news..... ALL comments need to be moderated now so I don't get trolls leaving me spam or hateful comments. I'm not crazy about this but it's the only work around I found for the craziness WordPress is now doing.

I'm tempted to move back to blogger but I put in to much work on this site already. *sigh*

Anyway, comment away!

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Director's Talk Christine Yoo Filmmaker for Wedding Palace at The Korea Society

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

First-time director Christine Yoo shares her remarkable experience making Wedding Palace, a loving portrayal of a tight-knit Korean family. Christine began writing the script in 1999 and, when major studios passed on it, she decided to make the film on her own.

Director's Talk Christine Yoo Filmmaker for Wedding Palace at The Korea Society

A conversation with Filmmaker Christine Yoo & Moderated by Stephen Park (Actor Wedding Palace)

Actor Stephen Park (Fargo, In Living Color, and Wedding Palace) will join Christine to discuss how she successfully financed, directed, and distributed a film shot on location in both Los Angeles and Seoul. The evening’s program includes the premiere of a behind-the-scenes documentary on the making of the film which was called “just as crazy as the film itself.”

Director's Talk Christine Yoo Filmmaker for Wedding Palace at The Korea Society

About the Moderator, Stephen Park

Stephen Park's first role in movies was : Spike Lee's Do The Right Thing, which led to his second film role in Quick Change starring Bill Murray. Then he won the part as a regular cast member of the ground-breaking hit comedy series, In Living Color. He has since appeared in numerous TV shows, such as Mad About You, Friends, Law & Order, and White Collar. His work in film includes Falling Down, Sgt. Bilko, Desperate Measures, Rocket Science, Fargo, State Of Play, A Serious Man, and Morning Glory.

He recently completed work on the independent films Putzel and The Brass Teapot, and is anxiously awaiting the release of one of the most fun films he's ever worked on, Wedding Palace. He is about to travel to Prague to start work on Snow Piercer, a futuristic thriller directed by Bong Joon-ho and starring Tilda Swinton, Chris Evans, John Hurt, and Song Kang-ho.

Thursday, May 10, 2012, 6:30 PM
@ The Korea Society (950 Third Ave, 8th Fl, New York, NY)

Bryant Terry Talks Food, Family & Black Families Learning Chinese

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Have you heard of Bryant Terry? I didn't either until I was told about the upcoming Food & My Family event happening this week. Why am I blogging about this Author, Chef & Food Activist? Because he has a Black and Asian family of course!

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Terry and his wife Jidan Koon, will be there to demo Afro-Asian inspired tastings and dinner with recipes from Bryant’s latest book, The Inspired Vegan. You know I have to be there. If your in the area RSVP for the event and stop in.

So I tweeted with Bryant to let him I know I'll be checking him out at the event and received an interesting reply. Bryant asked me if I know about Parents of African American Students Studying Chinese (PAASSC), who's goal is to encourage and support African American families families in their pursuit of a bilingual education for their child.

Well what do you know! I learn something new everyday. I wonder how many blasian children are enrolled. Something to research for later!

So I checked out the website and their blog and found this interesting post Which Obama is Fluent in Chinese?

Did you know that President Obama daughter Sasha knows how to speak Mandarin Chinese? I know, I know, I've slipped up with my lack of the President Obama/Asian connections. But ya'll know President Obama is down with the Asian community. Still I promise to feature some posts highlighting how he and his family are connecting with the Asian community.

So in closing I hope to get some one on one time with Bryant and his family and see what else I can learn from them. I'll keep ya'll posted!

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