Hollywood stars like Spike Lee and Viola Davis complain there are not enough roles and films and opportunities for black directors and actors. Texas-based and Zimbabwean-born Michael Maponga experienced this first hand. Maponga had an idea to change this but from the other end. He decided to create a platform to bring black cinema from around the world to an international audience.
The award-winning lifestyle magazine Desiblitz.com were happy JW Player 5 and 6 customers. Desiblitz was using JW Player to embed their Youtube videos on their website. When JW Player 7 introduced a much more complicated interface and removed non-JW Player hosted options, Desiblitz.com started to look for a faster, simpler and more straightforward alternative. Desiblitz found FV Player, which allows publishers to combine free video hosting from YouTube with inexpensive hosting from Vimeo Pro or Amazon S3 and/or high security hosting with Cloudfront, KeyCDN, Stackpath CDN.
What Desi Means and What Desiblitz Does
Since there wasn't a real news platform focusing on British Asian and Desilifestyle, the team behind Desiblitz decided to create an online magazine with high-quality content specifically tending to British Asian society and the South Asian demographic globally.
"The term 'Desi' refers to a connection with the roots from your 'desh' or 'des' motherland,'' explains Indi Deol, managing director of the magazine. In this case the motherland is primarily India, Pakistan, Bangladesh or Sri Lanka and 'Desi' is a collective term which classifies culture and people from these countries.
"The ethos was and is to develop the skills of young British Asians in digital media - especially online writing, video production, presenting and photography," says Indi. "Primarily helping those with very little skills or work experience, fresh graduates with little employment prospects and disadvantaged young people."
Foliovision had the opportunity to work with the best magazine for screenwriters, CreativeScreenWriting.com. They are using FV Player in their video store section to stream their video tutorials to members.
Screen writing is a form of art. It's not easy transforming stories into a video format. How many times have you watched a movie and you liked the idea behind it, but the writing was so bad you had to give it up? It proves the fact that good screenwriters are as important as good actors and directors.
CreativeScreenWriting.com went live in 1994. During the 90s, it was a printed magazine, publishing about 25,000 copies six times a year. Now it's only available online, catering for screenwriters and anyone interested in screenwriting. We talked to John Davis, the magazine's editor, about the site:
In both Hollywood and the industry that covers it, there has always been a focus on directors and actors. But screenwriters are every bit as important!
Harriet is "just like a fairy godmother, except her magical power is helping others have better sex rather than turning a pumpkin into a car. source: askmen
According to some, Harriet, a 21-year old British girl, originally from Vietnam, is the very definition of a 21st-century porn star. But she describes herself as a “a self-confessed nerd from London, England with an obsession with tech, porn, film, pop culture, sex and relationships.”
The legendary storyteller Richard Stone of StoryWork approached us recently to help him integrate LearnDash LMS (Learning Management System) with FV Player Pro and Vimeo for his LivingStoriesTraining.net project focused on the healing journey. Many modern themes particularly from Envato come with a bundled page builder which doesn't respect core WordPress editor features. Often those themes even try to force their own buggy or not particularly capable video player on the user.
Give Twinkle, twinkle little star a rest. Learn Honky Tonk women instead.
If you want to learn how to do something, you want to learn from the best. And who better to learn how to play the piano from than the man himself - Chuck Leavell. Chuck doesn't need an introduction, but it would be a sin not to mention his rich music career.
There aren't that many musicians out there who can say that they've played with The Rolling Stones, The Allman Brothers, Eric Clapton, Aretha Franklin, Chuck Berry, Train, John Mayer. And now you can have that musician teach you how to play rock piano.
Chuck Leavell joined the legendary Allman Brothers Band in the early 70's. In 1973 they released the ultimate classic Brothers and Sisters album featuring what's one of the rock instrumental masterpieces - Jessica. The solo on Jessica was what launched Chuck Leavell into rock'n'roll stardom.
Devin Shawn studied accounting and was doing other people's taxes for years. After realizing that he really wasn’t happy working behind a computer and looking at spreadsheets all day, he decided that he won’t be the next Public accounting superstar. But coming across WordPress and the FV player, Devin thought that he could give that whole superstar thing another shot.
At that time he was already playing the guitar for about 18 years. He started with classic rock and blues guitar riffs on an old Stratocaster and it wasn’t long before he discovered his passion for playing country music:
When I first got into country music, one of my favorite artists was Brad Paisley. I just remember hearing his guitar solos and being blown away by his creativity and speed on the guitar.
Going from 30 students at the local music store to thousands of subscribers on his website, music teacher John W Tuggle is now living everyone's dream. To have a passive income source that makes money while you sleep is what every person wished for at some point, and John got there with the help from FV Player.
When he was 17, John bought a Kay Electric Guitar and Peavey Rage amp, using the money he saved up from working at a grocery store. (Very “Summer of ‘69”.) He took private guitar lessons and spent a lot of time in his room trying to learn how to play Led Zeppelin and Jimmy Hendrix.
Back in 2012, J Hutcherson, the General Manager of the US National Soccer Team Players Association (USNSTPA) contacted Foliovision with a website migration request. The main focus during the migration was getting out of Typepad and onto a solid technical platform. The new website was functional and clear and in line with sports sites of 2012. The old content had minimal illustration so the underlying design had to be text-centric.
Since then, Foliovision had hosted and maintained USsoccerplayers.com adding small features every year, at J's request. At the end of 2015, J contacted Foliovision with big news. It was time for both a new logo and a new, more visual design.
In 2016, Steven Dunn contacted Foliovision to help him with a Typepad to WordPress migration and a redesign of his website OuiChefNetwork.com.
I volunteer with the No Kid Hungry organization teaching cooking classes to help people who aren’t as fortunate as I am and don’t have the skills I have. I teach them how to cook real food for their families, so they don’t rely strictly on takeout, hamburgers and pizza.
In November 2004, after having seen some of Foliovision’s successful real estate websites, Lorne S. Marr contacted Creative Director Alec Kinnear and offered him a unique problem to solve: how to start and build an insurance business online.
Kinnear initially turned down the offer. “I knew real estate inside out. I’d grown up with it. My grandfather was VP of commercial real estate at Royal LePage, my mother, her husband, his mother, my aunt Mo, my own sister Julie were all successful real estate agents. But I didn’t know anything about insurance.”
What slowed down Kinnear was his own experience with insurance. “When working in Russia, I’d had a private health insurance contract with a big operator. When I had a scooter accident in Turkey, they didn’t want to pay as I hadn’t been treated in an official hospital. I was in the depth of Anatolia: there WERE no official hospitals.”
“But after talking with Lorne Marr, I realized he was one of the good guys. Using his ties with local Toronto lawyers, Lorne was willing to put together a free service to help people collect on their insurance policies. At that point I was sold on working together: I could help Lorne develop his business and help people get a better shake from the insurance companies.”
That initial idea is still running at LSM insurance claims page where lawyer Andrew Suboch has answered hundreds of people’s insurance legal questions confidentially for free.