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A Name You Won’t Hear Mentioned Sunday Evening During The Academy Awards: Sarah Jones.


 

By Jueseppi B

 

 

 

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Film crew worker’s tragic death prompts Hollywood movement

 

By Christina Zdanowicz, CNN

 

Sarah Elizabeth Jones died doing the job she loved. The South Carolina native was working as a second camera assistant when she was killed on set Thursday. Her friends and the film community are rallying to remember Jones in a movement called Slates for Sarah. Hundreds have shared photo tributes since the group started on Monday.

 

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(CNN) – The film community is coming together in a touching way to honor one of their own who died on a movie set.

 

Sarah Elizabeth Jones, a 27-year-old camera assistant, was on the set of musician Gregg Allman‘s biopic “Midnight Rider” when she was struck and killed by a freight train near Savannah, Georgia, on Thursday.

 

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Her death rocked the local film community, leaving many questioning who was to blame for the accident. A group of friends set up a Facebook page on Monday in tribute to Jones with a simple call to action: “Sarah Elizabeth Jones, friend and family to so many, made every day awesome. Show your slate love here along with all the good stories of her life.”

 

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Film crew members from various countries immediately began sharing photo tributes, holding clapboards with messages of remembrance for her. It’s become a movement with more than 800 images shared on the Facebook group Slates for Sarah, which was created on Monday. As of Wednesday afternoon, more than 30,000 people had liked the page.

 

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It’s a fitting tribute, as Jones’ primary job on set was to operate the slate at the beginning of each take. Jones, an Atlanta resident and member of the International Cinematographers Guild, used her “spunk and determination” to climb up in the industry, according to her obituary. The word about the tribute is spreading through her comrades, the behind-the-scenes workers in the industry.

 

Her friends and co-workers are also trying to do the near-impossible: They’re asking the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to add Jones’ name to the In Memoriam list displayed during the Oscars this weekend. CNN has contacted the Academy for comment.

 

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Eric Henson, one of the people who helped start Slates for Sarah, worked in the camera department with Jones on two seasons of “The Vampire Diaries,” as well as a few movies. The two became friends after meeting on set five years ago, when Jones moved to Atlanta, he said.

 

Henson was on the set of “The Vampire Diaries” when the crew learned about her death, just hours after it had happened. He said the producer wrapped after they heard the news.

 

Buses of crew members from “Vampire Diaries” and other productions filming in Georgia were on their way to Jones’ memorial in Columbia, South Carolina, on Wednesday afternoon. Jones was a native of West Columbia.

 

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“We were all devastated,” Henson said. “The beautiful thing about this kind of work is that you spend 12 to 13 hours a day with someone, and it becomes a family situation. Something like this happens and you see how close knit we all are.”

 

“It’s given us an opportunity to look at how we make films and how to make it a safer environment.”
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When Henson and a group of Jones’ friends saw a few people posting clapboards in honor of her, they decided to create a page to house all of the memories and messages for Jones. He and others have been trading off shifts to post photos and respond to the outpouring of supporters.

 

“I’ve had a lot of people saying, ‘I haven’t seen something like this in 30 to 40 years in the film industry,’” Henson said. “The solidarity of people coming together has really been incredible.”

 

Jones’ death has also been a wake-up call to the community, launching discussions about changing the industry.

 

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“That’s part of what Slates for Sarah has become,” he said. “It’s a really tragic situation, but it’s given us an opportunity to look at how we make films and how to make it a safer environment.”

 

Jones and others were filming on train tracks at the time of the accident, according to a police report from the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office. Jones died and seven others were injured during the accident.

 

Gregg Allman, the focus of the movie Jones was working on, shared his condolences. “I am so terribly saddened by the news of the tragedy that took the young life of Sarah Elizabeth Jones on the film set,” he wrote on his website Saturday. “My thoughts and prayers go out to her family, friends and colleagues during this time of mourning.”

 

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Actors who worked on set with her, notably stars from “The Vampire Diaries,” as well as crew members from TV shows “Glee,” “Scandal” and “Downton Abbey,” are among the hundreds who have shared messages of “RIP Sarah Jones.”

 

Even people who had never met Jones were moved to share their own tributes from places as far away as South Africa, Israel and Germany. Members of cinematography crews also shared messages of peace and love, saying “your death will not be in vain.”

 

 

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“From the heights of the mountains she hiked, to the depths of the oceans she dove (and never without a camera to record her experiences), the gift of her presence was felt far and wide,” read Jones’ obituary.

 

Jones’ life has touched hundreds in the industry, as seen through the outpouring of the Slates for Sarah movement. It’s a legacy her friends are proud of.

 

“We’re all extremely sad but all really proud that Sarah can have this kind of effect on everyone,” said Henson.

 

 

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Sarah Jones: 5 Things To Know About Dead ‘Vampire Diaries’ Crew Member

 

 

‘Vampire Diaries’ crew member Sarah Jones died tragically at the age of 27 on Feb. 20, and now her peers are petitioning for her to be honored during the Oscars on March 2. We’re sure you’d like to know more about Sarah, so HollywoodLife.com has found five facts about the beloved camera assistant.

 

Friends, family and co-workers were devastated when Sarah Jones was killed by a train while filming the Greg Allman biopic Midnight Rider in Georgia. Here are five things to know about the much-loved Vampire Diaries crew member.

 

 

1. Sarah started her career as a crew member on Army Wives.

 

2. Sarah was a beloved crew member on The Vampire Diaries, and the show’s star Nina Dobrev took to Twitter to remember Sarah saying, “(she) had the most beautiful spirit and a smile that lit up our set for years.”

 

3. Sarah loved bacon and kombucha. On Feb. 26, The Vampire Diaries‘ craft services posted a picture to Facebook of a table stocked with “two of Sarah’s favorite things, bacon and kombucha.” They even spelled out her name in bacon as a tribute.

 

4. Sarah was an avid photographer and fearless adventurer. Her obituary read, “From the heights of the mountains she hiked, to the depths of the oceans she dove (and never without a camera to record her experiences).”

 

5. Sarah’s accidental death has prompted an online petition, started by members of the film community, asking that Sarah be included in the memorial section during the Academy Awards on March 2. The petition had over 30,000 signatures as of Feb. 26.

 

 

Petition To Add Sarah Elizabeth Jones To The Academy Awards Memoriam Tribute

 

 

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Sarah Elizabeth Jones was a West Columbia native who died last week while filming a movie in South Georgia.

 

Only 27 years old, Sarah’s promising life was cut short when she was struck by a train while working on a dangerous set. Crew members are the unsung heroes of film and television production who work long hours and sometimes very dangerous conditions for the love of filmmaking. Sarah Elizabeth Jones was one of us.

 

We ask for Sarah Elizabeth Jones’ love and passion for filmmaking be acknowledged on the grandest stage of all, The Academy Awards.

 

UPDATE: This petition will be submitted for consideration by The Academy on Sunday. Signatures on this petition are going through electronically to the Oscars. Thank you for supporting one of our own.

 

#SafetyForSarah  #SlatesforSarah  #RIPSarahJones

 

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The Ugly Truth About Facebook And Twitter


 

By Jueseppi B.

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This is not the ranting post you might imagine it to become, it is a post addressing a growing concern of mine about social media.

 

In my time of having a Facebook and a Twitter account, I have come in contact with pages and accounts on both social media programs that are hateful, racist, anti-woman, anti-LGBTQ, anti-American and explicitly sexual not to mention all the pedophile pages & accounts.

 

No amount of complaining, reporting or protesting these nasty, evil, violations of TOS (Terms Of Service) has moved Facebook OR Twitter to remove, suspend or delete these offensive accounts or pages from their social media programs. I know because they still exist on Facebook and Twitter.

 

BUT, if you post things that are Pro-Obama, Pro-Trayvon, Pro-Women’s Rights, Pro-LGBTQ, Pro-Voting Rights, Pro-Choice, Anti-Racism, Anti-Oppression, Anti-Bullying, Anti-GOP….you’ll find your Tweets on Twitter and your Facebook Post removed, censored and your account suspended.

 

I know this as a personal fact.

 

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I have been on Facebook for about 8 years now and have been suspended too many times to count. Last year I was suspended 7 times for posting spam material from my blog…get this now…..onto the 9 Facebook groups I started and manage, and the 3 Facebook fan pages I started and manage.

 

Yes, you read that correctly…..I post onto Facebook from MY Blog, into Facebook pages and groups….Facebook pages and groups that I created and manage. So in reality Facebook suspended me for spamming myself.

 

No conversation. No investigation before suspension. No explanation or reasoning how it’s possible for me to spam myself.

 

Then I wondered, how is it possible or right that I get suspended for 3 days for posting the content I post, when every racist, sexually explicit, pedophile, evil nasty Facebook page or account is allowed to remain in good standing with Facebook? No matter how many complaints are reported against THOSE Facebook accounts?

 

I remember a Facebook group started in 2009 asking God to kill President Barack Hussein Obama in much the same way God took the lives of Farrah, Michael, etc…..and the many request that this Facebook page be removed because it was offensive….went ignored.

 

Today I was suspended for the 3rd time in 3 week for “spamming” my own Facebook pages/groups.

 

To Facebook and the one reporting my post on MY own Facebook properties as spam….I will not be stopped, I will continue to post what I choose on MY Facebook accounts.

 

You wish to clean up Facebook, remove the pedophiles, the racist, the evil nasty accounts you protect with 1st amendment Freedom of Speech rights.

 

 

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I have had a Twitter account for about 3 years. I use Twitter in much the same way I use Facebook, to promote & market my blog. Yes, I have been suspended from Twitter many times in those 3 years. I am not your average Tweeter in that I’m not there for friendships or fun times. I’m there to post from my blog on issues such as racism, racial hatred, bullying, anti-LGBTQ issues, Civil Rights issues, Environmental issues, Oppression issues such as women’s rights & human trafficking & judicial injustice to name a few.

 

As I stated above, I have this blog, and in order to reach a greater number of readers to spread my blog agenda, I bought Twitter followers from a company that sells “Real Twitter Followers.”

 

Not fake Twitter accounts, not inactive Twitter accounts. Real Twitter account holders. Real Twitter followers like me. The company I used to purchase these Twitter followers uses a marketing application to find like minded real Twitter accounts who have similar views on world issues, just like I have and are compatible.

 

This does not violate Twitter’s TOS agreement and is allowed according to Twitter’s TOS.

 

Twitter has removed 7000 of my Twitter followers, with absolutely NO explanation, and as I stated, every single bought & paid for Twitter follower is a real active blood & flesh Twitter account holder.

 

Now Mitt Romney bought 100,000 Twitter followers during the heat of the Presidential election….but he was allowed that purchase. I personally know of 17 Twitter account holders who have also bought Twitter followers for the same exact reason, to promote their businesses…..they were allowed that purchase. Of course these Twitter account holders promote their businesses, and are not posting the “offensive” content I post.

 

Twitter has the exact same “no hear, no see, no action” policy on the many racist, pedophilia, evil nasty tweets as Facebook has with it’s offensive post/groups.

 

My question is simple….why is it necessary for social media to discriminate against positive action, remove, censor, ban and discourage as well as suspend anything that exposes oppression and the evil nasty work of the TeaTardedRepubliCANTS.

 

My message to Twitter….I will continue to buy REAL Twitter followers, and increase the people who are interested in truth, facts and knowledge to fight lies, oppression, hatred & misinformation.

 

I won’t be stopped.

 

 

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My Picks For 2012′s Most Influential Blogs…Part Deux


By Jueseppi B.

 

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Yesterday I got the idea for My Picks For 2012′s Most Influential Blogs after visiting the blog of  The Blissful Adventurer. He has a post on his amazing blog entitled “The Most Influential Blogs of 2012“. And I thought what a wonderful idea.

 

I posted my version of 2012′s Most Influential Blogs and it was chock full of the blogs I find inspirational and informative. Wouldn’t you know it, because I’m 175 years old and starting to get senile, I missed a few of my favorite bloggers and their blogs.

 

So here we are at 2012′s Most Influential Blogs Part Deux!!

 

The Rules:

There are no rules for this award except you MUST pay it forward, and that means, sometime in the next 6 months, you “should” chose the blogs you deem worthy of your label of The Most Influential Blog Of 2012, to you.

That’s it. Only rule.

 

Now For MY Most Influential Blogs Of 2012:

Each blog chosen by me, has in some small or huge way influenced me in some way, be it by inspiration or by information.

 

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Since this is NOT an award, there is no guilt associated with accepting. Just enjoy.

 

I wish all the blogs and their owners & families a wonderfully joyous KwanzaaChristmas & Hanukkah & a healthy, happy & prosperous New Year.

 

 

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My Newest Blog Of The Year Award Nominees


By Jueseppi B.

 

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I want to thank ivonprefontaine for awarding me a fifth Blog Of The Year Award. ivonprefontaine blog,
Teacher as Transformer, is an amazing place to visit and learn.  I strongly suggest you stop by and visit his creative take on education.

 

I know I will miss some bloggers who deserve this award and I know others do not accept awards. To the first group, I apologize and, to the second group, I am deeply grateful for your contributions.

 

The ‘rules’ for this award are simple:

  1. Select another blog or other blogs who deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award;
  2. Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award;
  3. Include a link back to this page Blog of the Year 2012’ Award at the Thought Palette and provide these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)
  4. Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them
  5. You can now also join our Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience
  6. As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…

 

There are stars to collect! Yes, there are stars to collect!

 

Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once – this award is different!

 

When you begin you will receive the 1 star award, and every time you are given the award by another blog, you can add another star! There are total of 6 stars to collect.

 

You can check out your favourite blogs, and even if they have already been given the award by someone else, you can still award them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars!

 

For more information check FAQ on The Thought Palette

 

The blogs I follow are truly an eclectic group, but they share one thing: they each bring joy into my life on a daily basis. Here are the bloggers and their sites I would like to nominate:

 

Faithandmeow

 

Writing Between the Lines

 

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Identity.Smeared Words. Mouthed Art.

 

sharing me myself and i

 

 

Jazfagan

 

Boomie Bol

 

Again, many appreciative thanks to my friend ivonprefontaine for this award.

 

 

A Second 2012 Blog Of The Year Award


By Jueseppi B.

 

 

 

 

Thank you so much Ms. Barbara at the blog idealisticrebel for this special award! I am honored that Ms. Barbara thought of me for this great award.  I am so very grateful – so thank you!! I have admired Ms. Barbara’s talent with her spirit, her love & warmth for humanity and her inspirational post since the day we met.

 

Please if you are not familiar with idealisticrebel, please take some time to visit her amazing place. You too will be appreciative of her sparkling personality and her words of love & inspiration.

 

 

The blog of the year award is slightly different as you can collect stars each time you receive the award. There are six stars to collect.

 

Here are the ‘rules’

 

Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award

 

2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.

 

3 Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award – http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/our-awards/blog-of-the-year-2012-award/ and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)

 

4 Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them

 

5 You can now also join our Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience

 

6 As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…

 

Yes – that’s right – there are stars to collect!

 

Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once – this award is different!

 

When you begin you will receive the ‘1 star’ award – and every time you are given the award by another blog – you can add another star!

 

There are a total of 6 stars to collect.

 

Which means that you can check out your favourite blogs – and even if they have already been given the award by someone else – you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars!

 

 

For more information check the FAQ on The Thought Palette.

 

There are so many wonderful blogs that I follow and that support my political thoughts and feelings. There are those who continue to follow and read my writing faithfully even when my views might go against their own. Those are the ones I am most grateful for and try to remain loyal to.  I am thankful for their encouraging words and inspiration spiritually and creatively.

 

There are those who I follow faithfully for their continued inspiration and enlightenment.  I may have over looked a few of you and for that I apologize sincerely. I’ve listed the following blogs to be recipients of this Blog of 2012 Award in no particular order. Thank you all for making my blogging experience enlightening, inspiring and pleasurable.

 

 

My 2012 Blog Of The Year Award winners are as follows:

 

If you are a blog owner who does not believe in nor participate in the blog award experience then just ignore this post and if your blog appears on this award list, ignore that as well.

 

I however believe in awarding excellence and showing appreciation for great blog writing.

 

MY 2012 Blog Of The Year Awards go to……

 

JAZFAGAN

 

The Fifth Column

 

sharing me myself and i

 

A Winsome Journey

 

Po’ Boy Livin’ Rich

 

Aurora Morealist

 

QBG_Tilted Tiara

 

thejumbledmind

 

2012 Spirit In Action

 

Vikram Roy’s Blog

 

 

 

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