Layers of Life

Los Angeles, California: At the Painted Brain Academy on February 26, 2016, 2500 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, California 90057, a group by the name “Chicken Lobotomy” engaged in an experimental process that involved the actual dissection of a piece of chicken; the piece of desired corpse, a chicken leg. The “Chicken Lobotomy” microscopically examined the skin, the bone marrow, the actual bone, and muscle/meat of a chicken. Afterwards they posted their images on social media, with hashtag descriptions of what was viewed under the microscope. Their conveyable objective is to inform their audience of some of the imperative components of life’s make-up, in which on numerous occasions gets ignored or less attention. For instance, bone marrow. The marrow of the bone is a key factor of blood cell make-up and distribution; however education surrounding the topic of bone marrow, is usually only available in the case of terminal illness. The bone marrow is a tissue that’s inside the bone, producing mature blood cells that passes throughout the whole body via the blood vessel’s endothelium. Without the bone marrow you’ll produce zero blood cells, the most important factor of life itself. Additionally, the bone as well, plays a key role to life’s make-up. The bone is not only the home of marrow, it’s the home for multiple internal organs. Its functions are to support and protect various sensitive internal organs such as: the brain ( skull), the heart and lungs (ribs), and vertebrate (spinal cord). As a reminder, the bone produces red and white blood cells, and is also a connector of tendons, ligaments, joints, and muscles. These components work together to manipulate the entire body in a three-dimensional space. Collectively, to bring everything as one body, the skin is the master component. The function of skin consist of protecting the body against pathogens: anything (such as a type of bacteria or a virus) that cases disease. Additionally, it aids in regulating temperature, pressure/vibrations, touch and tissue injury. Probably the most crucial function, it protects the body from excessive fluid/water loss by having a dry and semi-imperable barrier. Lastly, the muscle. The muscle is the “soul” of life. Muscles are known for their two functions: involuntary and voluntary. Without muscles, the heart wouldn’t beat, the brain wouldn’t function, and the stomach definitely wouldn’t churn food. These are all involuntary functions. Some voluntary functions may involve flexion and stretching.

The Painted Brain Academy is an organization that focuses on photojournalism tactics, journalism, and social media literacy.
Trish McDonald


Painted Brain- affiliate

@1TrishMcDonald  Twitter

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Jane Engleman 

 Jane Engleman, a member affiliated with the Painted Brain Academy, allowed me to interview her on the field of journalism. Jane Engleman has been writing since a child. To be concise, she began writing in 1979. Although Jane doesn’t identify as a journalist/reporter she’s intrigued by cultural diversity, taking “desperate adventures” at ages 18-21. As a self proclaimed poet, Jane has had 3 books published. She may at times be affected by criticism; however, she concentrates her focus of attention to children that are battered and abused. Jane is a native of Navajo, New Mexico. Within the interviews that she gives to others, Jane aims to establish relationships with artists, “to learn things together.”

The Painted Brain Academy is a program that educates members on photojournalism tactics, journalism, and social media literacy.
Trish McDonald


Painted Brain- affiliate

Twitter: @1TrishMcDonald

Facebook: Brazen News


Rihanna cancels 2016 Grammys

Rihanna cancelled her appearance at the 2016 Grammys. Rihanna’s representatives have stated that the singer’s physician put Rihanna on a 48 hour vocal rest, due to a high risk of vocal hemorrhaging. Reports from Rihanna’s representatives confirmed in a E News statement conveyed that, “the antibiotics she has been on for 3-days did not kill the infection adequately; therefore, she cannot perform safely.” 

Very unfortunate. We wish you the best during your recovery, Rihanna. Get well soon.