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Check out the Authority Collective, challenging the media industry to be more inclusive

And co-created by our dear friend Jovelle Tamayo, former Valley News photography intern.

The Authority Collective — a group which describes itself as “a group of womxn/femmes/trans/non-binary/gender non-conforming people of color reclaiming their authority in the photography, film and (virtual reality/augmented reality) industries” — was just profiled in this piece by Danielle Villasana on Medium.

“We want to challenge who holds power in the visual media world by uplifting our community and holding institutions accountable,” said Tamayo, of the Authority Collective. “We are making a point to focus on actions because we don’t have time to wait for these gatekeepers — who are happy to talk about inclusion but do little to address it in meaningful ways — to follow through.”


You can follow the Authority Collective at their website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


Jennica Guy, left, gets ready for Hartford High School’s prom with their date Charlotte Dennison on Saturday, May 20, 2017, at Guy’s home in White River Junction, Vt. Guy, 17, is non-binary and uses “she,” “her,” “they” and “them” pronouns. “Don’t think that everyone who identifies as non-binary is confused,” Guy said. “I’ve been told I’m confused in my gender identity but I’m not. That’s who I am.” Tamayo, a former Valley News photography intern, chose this as her 2017 Valley News photo of the year.

Katy Perry wanted the Washington Post delivered to her in California, and the Post delivered, kinda

FILE – This July 28, 2013 file photo shows singer Katy Perry at the world premiere of “The Smurfs 2” in Los Angeles. Perry says though she’s “older and wiser,” she still plans to have fun on her new album. Perry debuted 12 songs from “Prism” in front of an audience of 100 industry insiders and journalists Thursday, Sept. 5, in New York. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Let me tell you about A-list celebrity Katy Perry becoming an e-subscriber to the Washington Post, a story told in five exhibits. 

EXHIBIT A. Katy Perry goes to the dentist, apparently, and then finds out she can’t get the Washington Post, the one based in Washington, D.C., delivered to her home in California. “Problem”!!!!

EXHIBIT B. Showing the utmost professionalism, The Post’s customer service staff responds, essentially, “but 3,000 miles though.”

EXHIBIT C. PostVideo, which I’m not exactly sure how to format and hope I got it right by deleting the space in between, publishes this great little video under the “Department of Satire,” featuring Washington Post creative video member Dave Jorgenson. Best line: “Hurry, robots!”

EXHIBIT D. Very Important award-winning journalist Marty Baron — the former Boston Globe editor who was played by Liev Schreiber in the Spotlight movie, and who has been editor of the Washington Post since 2012 — is also Very Polite.

EXHIBIT E. The Post’s digital subscriptions, which impressively surpassed 1 million last year, grew by one.

The sounds of the Valley News newsroom

Correction of the week? Month? Year?

On a more serious note …

Here’s the Huffington Post story from over the weekend: Bernie Sanders On AR-15s: They’re ‘Not For Hunting. They’re For Killing Human Beings’

And here’s the Seven Days story from 2016: The Gun: How I Bought an AR-15 in a Five Guys Parking Lot