A Higher Standard of Standards

College students lead stressful lives. The average student may be dealing with a difficult course load, with jobs, apprenticeships, volunteer work and other extracurricular activities, with family and social commitments, with life and career planning, with romantic involvements, personal issues and even a lot more. It’s quite understandable that they would try to find some kind of relief from all of that stress.

And now, as marijuana is legalized in more and more states, and in more and more countries around the world, it seems like a natural choice. It is easily available, there is less risk involved, and the recent changes in laws can almost be seen as an endorsement from society.

Of course, the relief it provides is only temporary, and the use of drugs and alcohol can cause more problems, and more stress, in many people’s lives than they relieve. Nonetheless, students may not always be aware of this, and we can’t really blame them for getting high as an escape from everything they are facing on a daily basis.

What we can do, though, is offer them a better choice. And that is exactly what I do, combining entertainment and education into an unforgettable evening, and showing people that hypnosis is a natural, healthy and positive high unlike any other.

I have been entertaining audiences as a hypnotist for over 20 years, and have performed at schools, corporations, clubs and festivals, in all fifty states and around the world. I was recently named “Best Hypnotist in the World” by MTV Europe, Campus Activities Magazine’s “Entertainer of the Year” for 2016/2017, and the APCA 2017 Entertainer of the Year and 2014 Hypnotist of the Year.

But as gratifying as all of this recognition is, much more important to me is, and always has been, people’s health and well-being. If an evening of fascination, laughter and joy can also be an evening of positive messages, learning and growth, it can truly change people’s lives for the better. People leave my shows feeling much better than when they arrived, and knowing that it’s possible to continue to feel that way.

And so my performances, as well as my wellness programs, use hypnosis not only for entertainment, but also to teach people ways to deal with stress, to find happiness and peace, and to reach new levels of self-esteem and personal empowerment.

I believe that this is especially important for our younger generation. And at a time when college students have so much thrown at them, and are scrambling for ways to deal with it all, I am thrilled to be able to offer them a different kind of high.

I have performed at over 500 colleges and universities, putting on shows that are unlike anything else out there – hilarious, fascinating and fun, and at the same time helping students discover and make positive choices and set into place healthy behaviors that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

Sailesh is not only one of the best entertainers, he also educates and enlightens. He gave the students an evening of entertainment and a lifetime of relaxation and empowerment skills. –Southeastern Louisiana University

Learn More About Sailesh: http://metropolismanagement.com/portfolio/sailesh/

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Welcome Week is Coming

Remember when we said Welcome Week was right around the corner? We weren’t joking! But that gave us an idea: Comedy during Welcome Week. What better way to ease nervous first years and entertain jaded seniors than comedy improv? We recommend Face Off Unlimited–you can even add a team building workshop!

Welcome students to campus with Face Off Unlimited!

What’s Your Story?

 

 

Welcome Week. Believe it or not, it’s right around the corner. Bring students together by sharing stories with Mitzi Sinnott. Though writing, movement, discussion and drawing, students will create their personal narrative in a program that explores leadership, identity and diversity.

Book Mitzi Sinnott’s keynote and workshop today!

 

History of Homecoming

Nostalgia in the crisp fall air, marching bands, cheering with friends and family under the bright stadium lights – there’s nothing quite like homecoming celebrations.
If you’ve ever wondered where and when this great American tradition got started, the answer is a bit of a toss- up.

Three universities: Baylor, Southwestern, and Missouri are the founding frontrunners, all having planned and held their first “coming home” celebrations around 1910.

The University of Missouri and Coach Brewer are Officially sanctioned by the NCAA, Jeopardy! and Trivial Pursuit as the originator of homecoming, the University of Missouri is proud of their long-standing homecoming tradition. It was there in 1911 where Mizzou’s Athletic Director Chester Brewer asked alumni of the school to help inaugurate the new location of their football field by “coming home” to attend the annual game against the University of Kansas.

BUT- there are at least two collegiate homecoming celebrations predate the University of Missouri football game homecoming event: Southwestern University, in Georgetown, TX and Baylor University, in Waco, TX. By multiple historical accounts, Southwestern held the first homecoming on record on Wednesday, April 21, 1909 in San Gabriel Park. Former students raised funds, provided homes, prepared and served a barbecue supper, and decorated the town buildings while members of the senior class waited tables.

Despite the debate, these early homecoming events all had similar characteristics: a football game served as a center point; the events included rallies, parades, speeches and dances; the events intended to unite alumni and students to create a stronger sense of school pride; and they were wildly successful.

With over 100 years of homecoming celebrations in the history books, it’s safe to say that this tradition is just as successful as it was when it all began. No matter where it may have started…we’re glad its here to stay.

We are proud to offer some fantastic entertainment for homecoming participants

Sailesh, the Hypnotist

Nash Fung

Kid Ace

Backtrack

rePercussion

and more! 

MAKING THE MOST OF WELCOME WEEK!

We know that students who attend Welcome Week are more confident when they start classes because they have had time to meet friends, navigate campus and get settled. Welcome Week introduces and builds upon various communities on Campus.

From Music and Magic to Hypnosis and Comedy…having a great time is what brings people together to begin forging friendships and making memories that will last a lifetime.

See our guide to find the perfect Welcome Week entertainment to enhance your Orientation and Welcome Week experience!

Check out our welcome week entertainment guide: https://spark.adobe.com/page/MO9w7VBsUtPKs/

Fear, Pride, or Acceptance?

Because you are taking the time to read this, you’ve felt the pain of being judged.

No matter how many times you’ve told yourself that other people’s opinions about you do not signify who you are, at one time or another, you’ve allowed the hatred behind cruel words to slice you into an emotional wreckage. I understand your pain. I was fired from my position as the assistant national team coach, because I was vocal about my coach sexually harassing me. The response from the United States Team Handball Federation was that my coach couldn’t possibly sexually harass me, because I was a lesbian.

Inside the Office of Civil Rights litigation room, the Federation lawyers wounded me with their words, making certain I knew that if I continued the lawsuit against my coach that they would announce my sexual orientation to the media. Maybe that doesn’t sound so awful to you today, but in 1988 if you were a known homosexual, you would never be able to coach on a high school or college campus.

Coaching was my lifelong dream.

Parents of high school and college athletes thought that you would turn their child into a lesbian. Yep, I possessed a magic homosexual wand, which upon my incantations would “turn” young women into loving other women.

NOT!

But the strange thing was that people once believed that I could!

They believed I was a horrible human being incapable of normal human emotions. We’ve come a long way since those days, yet LBGTQ people are still being judged for their sexual orientation. The moment we stop educating people about who we are—our connection to them and their human frailty—is the moment that the recognition and acceptance we have achieved will slide backwards.

There are still people who see us as dirty, sinners, scum of the earth, and sexual predators.

The reason they see the LGBTQ community this way is because they don’t know who we are. We are as diverse, complicated, soulful, and emotional as they are. We have families, values, jobs, friends, children, and feelings. Yes, we have feelings. People who don’t know us, judge us, because it is easier to judge from a distance. More than that, they have been taught that judging another human being is okay and even righteous. 

I was fired from my assistant national team coaching position in 1988, because I was courageous enough to stand up against the head coach who was sexually harassing me. BUT I wasn’t strong enough to remain in the lawsuit when I knew that my personal life would be exposed. Afraid of hatred, judgment, vengeance, and most of all, the fear of not being able to do what I loved the most—coaching—made me retract the lawsuit.

I am thankful for those noble LGBTQ people before me and behind me who had the strength to stand up for their rights, to walk holding hands in cities, malls, and restaurants, and who have advocated for the right to be recognized as marriage partners. When I was a teenager, there were no television characters who were gay. If an actor or singer was gay, they hid their personal lives. I had no role models to let me know that I was okay.

My father disowned me.

Friends abandoned me.

For two years the only way I could date a woman was to get drunk enough, so that I could blame my actions on alcohol.  

I was ashamed and embarrassed that I loved other women. I couldn’t even say the word, “lesbian.” The word sounded dirty to me. I thought about suicide. I held a gun under my chin with my finger on the trigger more than once. There are still young LGBTQ people out there who feel judged, hated, and wounded, and who turn to drugs, alcohol, or cutting, because they don’t know that they are okay. Some of those people will pull the trigger.

My prayer for us is that we continue to learn to love and accept ourselves so that we will not allow the judgment of the ignorant to determine our happiness or worthiness.

Coach Winn is a Two-Time Olympian and an Award-Winning Speaker and Author, who speaks on diversity, leadership, team building, and communication. Her diversity speech is titled: “From Tailspin to Olympian: A Made-For-TV Movie That Was My Real Life.” You can find her at www.CoachWinnSpeaks.com or contact Metropolis Management at 877-536-5374.

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“ALWAYS” IS A CHOICE!

Pop music standard “You Always Hurt the One You Love” has been performed by many artists over the years, each putting their own unique spin on the tone of the message. But when it comes down to it, far too often, the sentiment is unfortunately true. Many people do hurt the ones they love the most. But the question is why?

Here are several possible reasons for why the saying rings true:

  • We have much greater access to the ones we love. It’s more access than we do with our friends, neighbors, colleagues, and of course, strangers. Since we interact with them more often, and more intimately, it gives us additional opportunity—be it intentional or unintentional—to hurt them.
  • We know them well. Over time, as we’ve grown closer to them, we’ve been exposed to their strengths, weaknesses, opinions, victories, defeats, and political stances, and as such, we can say and do things we know will annoy, anger, agitate or disappoint them.
  • We know their hot buttons and how they will react when pushed. We know what words, actions, and experiences would hurt them the most, and we can decide whether or not to use that information against them.

So, how do we break the cycle?  By choosing to make purposeful decisions. By choosing to live with one heartbeat. By choosing to love, respect and admire the ones we love and care for instead inflicting pain or hurt upon them. It means we must exercise intentional self-control at the precise moment the choice faces us —to hurt, or not to hurt, and make no mistake it is a choice. The more we model this behavior for others, the more it will become the norm and possibly cause a change to the name of the song to, “We sometimes hurt the ones we love” because no one is perfect and mistakes will be made, even when we have the best of intentions.

Learn More about David here: http://metropolismanagement.com/portfolio/david-coleman/

The Making of American Stand Up Comedy

The Making of American Stand Up Comedy

Laughter has been around as long as anyone can remember. While we can rely on laughter to continue to be part of everyday life, the things we find funny have gone through some major changes over the years. Stemming from the amphitheaters of ancient Greece where ironic and humorous stories and plays were created to speak about the realities of the time period without censorship. Sounds pretty familiar, right? Well, fast forward a bit to the 1800’s to a time where Americans were considered “as being of a dull and gloomy character” and “certainly not a humorous people”  as said by Charles Dickens (Gee, thanks a lot Chuck).

Early Americans did have humorists but the comedy of the time still relied heavily on lengthy stories and country life. It wasn’t until the turn of the century that the brand of comedy that the stand up comedian we know and love today was created. Historians trace the origins of stand up comedy to a very specific time and place: the Variety and Burlesque shows that flourished in New York City’s vaudeville theatres.

It was here that comedy started to catch up to the fast paced life of the growing cities.

Vaudeville performers refined their materials using basic setups and punchlines we recognize now a days. It is said that the first real stand up comedian was Charley Case, an African-American vaudeville performer. He was the first to break the mold and perform comedic monologues without the use of props or costumes (or pies in the face for that matter).

One notable joke from Charlie was a quick funny story in which Case and his brother Hank are sleeping in a bedroom with their father and they hear a noise downstairs.

“I think there’s a burglar loose in the house,” the father tells Hank.

“You should go down and find him.”

“I haven’t lost any burglars,” replied Hank. “Make Charley go down.”

 

And there you have it, the birth of American stand up comedian and the modern joke set up. We’ve come a long way from being labeled as dull and gloomy and from there created the most popularized form of comedy known around the globe. So it looks like we get the last laugh after all.

Like Comedy? We’ve got some cool comedians! http://metropolismanagement.com/talent/?cat=comedy

Black Music is American Music!

Just about every genre of music has, in some way, been touched and influenced by African-Americans. That’s why on June 7, 1979, President Jimmy Carter proclaimed the month of June as Black Music Month. First inducted 39 years ago today, it was created to recognize and celebrate the historical influence African-Americans have had on the music industry and is intended to pay homage to the many artists, writers, songs and albums that have shaped American pop culture and the inspiring musical moments that have brought citizens—white, black and every other skin color—together.

It was brought to life by Music-industry icon and radio personality Dyana Williams, along with her ex-husband, Kenny Gamble.

In an interview between The Root and Dyana Williams, she is quoted:

Gamble is the father of Black Music Month, and when we were a couple, we conceived the idea. Gamble established the Black Music Association, and one time he made a trip to Nashville[, Tenn.,] and observed the Country Music Association and how they had created an entire industry and city and made it known for being the capital of country music. Gamble was inspired by that idea. He was inspired by the unity of country artists and wanted to replicate that in the black community…

Gamble reached out to Clarence Avant, the godfather of black music, who has always had strong relationships with the major players. And through the efforts of Clarence Avant, through Jules Malamud, who was part of the BMA, they petitioned Jimmy Carter to host this reception.

Nothing like that had ever happened at the White House. Chuck Berry, Frankie Crocker, all of the who’s who in the music industry were there. It was a great day.

Dyanna later got a bill to the Senate floor in 2000 with the help of Congressman Chaka Fattah to make June officially nationally recognized as Black Music Month. Signed by President Clinton, It is now known as the African American Music Bill.

As we celebrate this June, Let’s acknowledge the foundation of artists that have shaped the sounds of our nation, as well as the current music makers and future generations who will continue to advance Black music.

All genres including Gospel, the Blues, Rock, Jazz, Rhythm and Blues, Hip-Hop, EDM, Pop and any hybrid forms of these genres are significantly American. Black music is American music! We should never forget that fact.” — Dyanna Williams

We honor the following musicians this month.

Ivy Roots

Kenneth “Xclusive” Paryo

B2Wins

Jason and Zaena

JUNE IS NATIONAL DJ MONTH!

National DJ Month is a new contribution to the collection of monthly celebrations but it’s roots are much older than you think!

Believe it or not, the first disc jockey was an experiment on the airwaves. Waaaay back In 1909, sixteen-year-old Ray Newby was a student under the supervision of Charles “Doc” Herrold at Herrold College of Engineering and Wireless. He played the first records over the airwaves before the word disc jockey even existed!

This experiment from Garden City Bank Building in San Fernando, California (where the Herrold College was located) was soon being replicated by radio broadcasters across the country.  It wasn’t until 25 years later that radio commentator Walter Winchell coined the term disc jockey.

Today, contemporary DJs play music from vinyl to digital. Regardless of the medium they use, the term disc jockey still applies.

Hip-hop DJs became popular in the late 70s and 80s using multiple turntables and using the turntables themselves as an instrument to alter the music. Mobile DJs often act as the master of ceremonies at events or parties directing the evening’s activities.

And it doesn’t stop there!

DJs have become an integral part of the way we celebrate and have fun. From weddings and birthdays to the hottest night clubs, cruise ships and resorts – they are a staple in the “good times” department. Not to mention their innovative music creations and new experiences (“silent party”, anyone?) that keep us on our toes.

So give it up for the DJs. You can spell FUN without DJ but why would you want to?! They’re here to make special moments magical, parties rock, and experiences that you won’t soon forget!

 

Visit: http://metropolismanagement.com/talent/?cat=DJs-AND-DANCE-PARTIES

 

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