Helane Morrison: Keeping Financial Dealing on the Straight and Narrow

On January 19, 2016, Project Eve featured a story written by Jordan Taylor. I found my attention captured from the first paragraph. Jordan wrote about the rarity of discovering a person who valued integrity. Even more intriguing, this person worked in the financial industry. I was captivated to learn this individual not only insisted on doing the right thing at all times but also asked others do the same. If the name Helane Morrison is new to you, read on. (Original Article here)

A lot of the material in this piece discussed the economic crisis of 2008. Taylor particularly cited the culture of corruption and greed among some players that caused the calamity. The author describes feelings of distrust and financial loss. Many people lost what they had invested in stocks and real estate. The number of home foreclosures and economic uncertainty was at its highest level in history. I remember this time well because I lost a business and a home, and I remember how people’s fears were palpable. 

I also remember that information about what had happened was slow to surface. Without question, it seemed as though we had all been the victims of some very questionable practices by some in the investment banking industry. The word was that often these folks operated with a total lack of integrity, and this brings us back to Helane Morrison.

Ms. Morrison began her career serving as a law clerk for first, the Hon. Richard A. Posner of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (1984-1985), and then for Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun (1985-1986). Since entering private practice, she has been responsible for monitoring, litigating, and enforcing SEC violations in several different, private and public positions.

Learning about Helane Morrison and her career got me thinking how much safer our financial sector, economy and country would be with more people like her.  The economic crisis hurt millions of people. I for one feel better because someone like Helane Morrison is on the job. Perhaps a new cabinet position Mr. President?

Learn more about Helane’s career via Bloomberg.com or visit her LinkedIn account here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/helane-morrison-739aa1110

Queens Of Drama: A Behind The Scenes Peek At Television

Ever wonder what soap opera stars did when they weren’t being soap opera stars? Well, the fine folks at POP decided to give the American TV viewing public a peek behind the curtain with their scripted reality drama TV series, Queens of Drama. The TV show follows the lives of former soap opera stars both daytime and primetime while they form a production company to develop and produce a new soap opera pilot for TV. It’s a bit of a trip down the rabbit hole, but it stars some truly heavy hitting talent in the form of Crystal Hunt, Vanessa Marcil, Hunter Tylo, Chrystee Pharris and Lyndsay Harley. Donna Mills also stars as a fictionalized version of herself and the down-to-earth queen bee of the crew. The show Is a lot of fun for both soap opera fans and non-soap opera fans who just want to know what goes on behind the scenes of producing a new TV show.

Facebook fans of Crystal Hunt are glad to see her back on the small screen in Queens of Drama. Ms. Hunt has been seen most recently in the movies, ‘Magic Mike XXL’ and ’23 Blast’. However, fans of Crystal Hunt love her for her work on soap operas like Lizzie Spaulding on The Guiding Light and Stacy Morasco on One Life to Live. Ms. Hunt won the Daytime Emmy award for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series in 2005 for her role in the Guiding Light.

The award was just a highlight in a long career, which began at age 2 with kiddie beauty pageants, which lead to commercials, and then daytime TV. Her role on Queens of Drama allow fans to get a glimpse at the woman behind the talented actress. IMDb indicates that when Crystal Hunt is not acting, she also spends time behind the camera as she did when she produced an independent film titled Talbot County, a horror film that was inspired by a true story.

The reviews of Queens of Drama have been good overall with one press outlet calling the show, ‘must watch soap opera-y goodness’, which seems to be the opinion of the fans of the show. Queens of Drama is a good choice for people who like reality shows, people who like soap operas or just people who are fans of these soap opera actresses. The first season was a thrill with a cameo appearance from the queen of soap opera diva’s Joan Collins.

Queens of Drama had a first season 10 episode arc and there is talk of a second season due to the popularity of the show. Yes, there was in fighting and cat fighting and backbiting, but that’s all part of the magic that reality TV lovers crave.

Yeonmi ‘s Journey to Freedom

Yeonmi Park grew up in North Korea during her early age, but left the country in search of freedom elsewhere. When Park escaped from North Korea, she was only an adolescent, but she managed to overcome all the odds and challenges she faced, and now she is the author of a book on Amazon called ‘In order to Live’, which she released a few months ago. In her book, Park says she was only dreaming of freedom because she didn’t know even know its meaning. On 31st March 2007, Park escaped from North Korea together with her mother, and they crossed Yalu River at night and arrived in China with no idea of their next step. Indeed, it was beginning of another page of suffering in her life. The cause of her suffering in China was due to the fact that she was living their illegally and didn’t want to be noticed. According to a report on Nk News, Yeonmi Park’s father had been arrested in North Korea, but was later released due to his poor health. He eventually crossed into China to unite with his family but died a few months because he had untreated cancer for a long time. While living in China, Park faced constant abuse and went without food for days, but she eventually succeeded in her dreams. In a group of about five people, they passed through the Gobi desert at night, being guided by a compass, and also the stars until they reached Mongolia border, where they were assisted by missionaries to board a plane to South Korea. The journey took her about two years, and in South Korea there was freedom she was dreaming about. After living in South Korea for a long time, she decided to join other North Korean defectors who were advocating for freedom back in their home country.  Yeonmi Park wants North Koreans to enjoy freedom like majority of people in the world. Link https://reason.com/blog/2015/11/15/yeonmi-parks-north-korean-defector-story.