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RSVP Now for April 22 Spring Benefit

April 6, 2010

Fashion Designer Ralph Rucci and Vogue Magazine’s Editor at Large, Andre Leon Talley, will be co-hosting a fundraiser for Positive Exposure on Thursday, April 22nd, 2010.

Thursday, April 22, 6-10:00 PM

Location: 536 Broadway 6th Floor
New York, NY

Contact: 212 420 1931

Please RSVP by April 11.


Evening Schedule

* Silent Auction (items include Week on the Vineyard at the Pink House, dinner for two at La Grenouille, Positive Exposure original image.)
* Positive Exposure Exhibition
* Positive Exposure introduction: Ralph Rucci
* Positive Exposure presentation: Rick Guidotti, founder and director
* Preview of Trailer from Kartemquin Films documentary on Positive Exposure

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More about host Ralph Rucci:

* Video
* New York Times

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Bill on East Africa Atrocities Passes House 418 to 1

March 11, 2010

At last some good news on the East Africa front.

What does the legislation entail?

From Rep. Gerry Connolly’s site:

• Condemns the murder and mutilation of people with albinism in East Africa;

• Urges governments in East Africa, particularly the governments of Tanzania and Burundi, to take immediate action to prevent further violence against persons with albinism;

• Calls for swift justice against those who have engaged in such reprehensible practices,

• Calls upon governments in East Africa, along with international organizations, other donors, and the United States, to actively support the education of people with albinism about the prevention of skin cancer and provide appropriate levels of assistance;

• And urges the United States to assist the governments of East Africa and other organizations to seek elimination of violence against people with albinism.

Read more here.

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Masai Mara

March 10, 2010

Here are a few images from our safari in the Masai Mara, our last 2 days in Africa!

Can you spot the Cheetah?

Sundowner!

Masai Village!

Steps away!

Licking his chops!

On the road to....

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Positive Exposure in Kenya

March 10, 2010

Hey All: Blogging from Doha, Qatar. Arrived on Monday night after spending  2 great but crazy weeks shooting in Kenya.

The trip began as a mission of empowerment to fortify our friends living with albinism bordering Tanzania. Fear that the witchdoctors under scrutiny by the international press  and government pressure will send their henchmen across the borders to areas where the local press isn’t interested in a potential threat against humanity and people with albinism, although always discriminated against in Kenya might let their guard down and walk freely in public without fear of being murdered for their body parts. It’s a nightmare. Positive Exposure has partnered with several international and local organizations in Kenya to create public awareness programs, educational workshops and community outreach initiatives to empower people with albinism in Kenya, their families and friends. Our mission is to change public perceptions of difference  and prevent the genocide caused by fear and  ignorance from spreading  to neighboring Tanzanian countries like Kenya, Uganda and Burundi. Our goal is to create a  portable and sustainable  prototype that will be launched in Kenya then travel throughout Africa protecting our brothers and sisters living with physical or behavioral differences.

I traveled to several regions with a most remarkable film crew from Kartemquin Films,  shooting the PE documentary. Director Producer, Joanna Rudnick, Camerawoman Dana Kupper and Sound engineer, John Mathie, together in partnership with ICEVI’s Bernard Mogesa and  the beautiful and inspiring  Jayne Waithera, we covered lots of territory, from Nairobi to Embu, Nyeri and Meru. (as a side note, I met Jayne in Kerala, India in 2009  when I visited the International Institute for Social Entrepreneurship following a trip with the Under the Same Sun Team to Tanzania.. Jayne was a participant at the Institute)

Our list of activities included a Television interview, a rally at Jimhuri Park for people with disabilities, visits to St Lucy’s School for the Blind, in Meru, Kilimani Primary School, Kibera School for Girls, an outdoor and very public exhibition at the Kenya National Theater, a visit to Jayne Grand and Great grand mothers in Nyeri as well as a visit to a garden community initiative designed for and by people living  with albinism in Embu. We met with ASK members as well as the Founder of AFEA, the lovely powerhouse Mumbi, visited clinics and attended a workshops for families caring for a child with this condition. A groundbreaking activity was the formation of Positive Exposure Kenya with Jayne at the helm. Plans to travel into the rural areas  where ignorance is rampant are in development. PE Kenya has also recruited a youth board to create innovative programs to change public The  youth board will be driving the programs, lectures, exhibitions and presentations and there is some stirring about creating a dedicated FM radio station for people living with difference  So EXCITING…  I topped off the trip with a 2 day safari in the Masai Mara. UNBELIEVALBE. I saw lions and giraffes and cheetahs and elephants… It was incredible and invigourating. Im now ready for the next leg of this 1 month journey.

Im currently here in Qatar to collaborate with medical students at Weill Medical School –Qatar, to develop self esteem and self advocacy programs for people living with physical or behavioral differences in the middle east. Nature genetics will be joining us on a trip to Oman to work with the genetics community there as well to spread the message: CELEBRATE YOUR DIFFERENCE I’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, check out some production pics from Kenya..

The beautiful Jayne Waithera

Jayne and Documentary Director Joanna Rudnick meeting for the first time.

xo Rick

Positive Exposure's Youth Board, Kenya

John at Kilimani Primary School, Nairobi

Lavenda and her mom at Kilimani Primary School, Nairobi

Positive Exposure's outdoor exhibition at the Kenya National TheaterAnn, youth board.

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John, youth board.

Beautiful Josephine, Albinism Foundation of East Africa!

Rally for People with DIsabilities,Jimhuri Park, Nairobi

Jimhuri Park Rally.

Parents Day, St. Andrews, Nairobi.

Parents Day, St. Andrews, Nairobi.

Jayne speaking with parents of kids with albinism. Parents Day, St. Andrews, Nairobi.

In Kibera, heading to the amazing Kibera School for Girls. American Friends of Kenya

Students at the Kibera School for Girls.

Jayne with her photo from India at exhibition

Sisters at the outdoor exhibition.

At the exhibition...

Visiting Jayne's family in Nyeri. This is Jayne's Great Grandmother..

Jayne's classroom at her primary school.

Students at St. Kucy's School for the Blind in Meru.

St. Lucy's in Meru

St. Lucy's in Meru

St. Lucy's in Meru

St. Lucy's in Meru

St. Lucy's in Meru

St. Lucy's in Meru

Crossing the equator with film crew!

Our producer/director Joanna in Nyeri!

Jimhuri Park Rally and PE exhibition.

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Vote for Rare Diseases on Change.org

March 9, 2010

A message passed on from Genetic Alliance:

Vote for Rare Diseases on Change.org

We need the 25+ million to step up, and we need to step up for those who cannot vote – so please take a moment to vote on Change.org

We have slipped to 6th place, and if we are not in the top 10, we will not receive the considerable resources that Change.org is offering.

Let’s build systems to help all of us, to share common infrastructure, and to make the world a better place for our loved ones. Vote now. Share this now – only three days remaining!

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Conference in Rome

February 8, 2010

The lecture was very well received this morning. So many potential collaborations and invitations to present at other Italian and European Genetics conferences. Thank you Francesca Forzano for inviting me to Rome. Francesca and I met at the Conference for the Society for Behavioral Phenotypes and Positive Exposure exhibition opening in Cambridge, UK. She is awesome! Here are a few more pics from Rome.

Me at Il Gesu, An amazing church The Pantheon, a section
The Pantheon, a section
Colosseum
Top L: Me in Il Gesu, an amazing church

Top R: The Pantheon

Middle: The Pantheon, a section

Bottom: Colosseum


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Viewfinder Newsletter Holiday Edition

December 19, 2009

See the holiday version of the Viewfinder newsletter with a collage of faces from 2009.

Positive Exposure is pleased to announce that Kartemquin films has secured a grant for our joint trip to East Africa next year. We’re looking forward to encountering the beauty and dignity of people living with albinism in the region.