Black Bloggers Network Advise Peers at Annual Festival in Washington DC

first_imgJoi-Marie McKenzie offers tips to participants on how to find their niche as bloggers during the Blogger Week Unconference. (AFRO/Photo by Shantella Y. Sherman)Black bloggers from around the country converged on Washington, D.C., for the annual Bloggers Week festival, a multicultural gathering of bloggers, journalists and social media gurus.  Hosted by Black Bloggers Connect, the three-day event included Twitter parties, Google Hangouts, workshops, panels and networking events.Supported by more than 7,500 bloggers through features, published news, contests, and campaign opportunities, the Blogger Week UnConference brought together hundreds with one goal in mind: finding more concrete methods of sharing the African-American experience across the globe.Blogging participants captured the event in real-time for their own audiences throughout the various Blogger Week Unconference panel sessions. (AFRO/Photo by Shantella Y. Sherman)“I just started writing for my blog and I wanted to connect and be inspired by the many young, Black women who participate,” said Nia Phillips, who, along with Linda Joseph, manages the blog Glamsavvylife. “When we create our own spaces and our own stories, we have a certain level of control that is often missing from mainstream media and popular culture.  That control is beautiful.”With Black women making up the majority of participants and facilitators, the blogging festival took on a tone of double-consciousness reminiscent of activist-publisher Ida B. Wells’ efforts to advocate for the race, and also for Black womanhood.“As Black women, too often we are overlooked or confined within stereotypical spaces, so it is great to be a part of a movement to bring our voices to the forefront, Joseph said.  “I think it is amazing to see so many Black women using blogging to express themselves and as a tool for engaging our communities.”Panel discussions included “Don’t Quit your Day Job, Yet: Building a Successful Blog While Maintaining a Full-time Gig,” “How Bloggers Can Help Each Other Drive Traffic,” and “Tap into Your Authentic Voice: Purposeful Blogging.”Bloggers Tyece Wilkins, Erica Nichole and Shefon Nachelle field questions presented by facilitator G.G. Renee Hill and audience members about increasing and maintaining a loyal blog following. (AFRO/Photo by Shantella Y. Sherman)Troy Johnson, founder of the African-American Literature Book Club (AALBC), encouraged bloggers to support each other’s efforts, noting an increase in writers of African descent with fewer platforms for reviews, discussions, or exchanging information about books.Finding the courage to present divergent narratives was a consistent theme within panel discussions presented at this year’s festival.  Many participants told the AFRO that creating a network of support for emerging talent, even as they learned new techniques and disciplines themselves, was key to the success of Black bloggers.“It was important for me to gain insight from people whose goals include trying to make better social media platforms, regardless of what stage the individual attendees find themselves,” said Buddah Desmond, who attended last year’s sessions as well.  “We’re finally taking advantage of this media in order to express our stories and tell our truths for our communities.  Particularly for younger people, it is a way of being heard and being seen without the filters or misinterpretations of others,” Desmond was launched in June 2011 as the brainchild of community relations guru Jessica Ann Mitchell to provide a social network specifically for Black bloggers to address issues within the Pan-African world.last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Friday October 14

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: 5-7 P.M.AFRO LogoA review of some of the top news stories of the week, directly from the pages of the AFRO, with managing editor Kamau High. Plus, The Mod Squad, Taya Graham and Stephen Janis of The Real News Network report on law enforcement and politics, including thoughts on First Lady Michelle Obama’s impassioned speech yesterday condemning Donald Trump and sexism. And we are in Day Two of WEAA’s Fall Membership drive, so please make your pledge of support to AFRO’s First Edition…410.319.8888!These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes .last_img read more

Another Homicide Adds to Violent Death Toll in Southeast DC

first_imgA Southeast woman died on July 21 after being shot in the head several months ago, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.Authorities said 42-year-old Yashika Green, who was a Southeast resident, was shot on March 1 in the 200 block of Wayne Place, SE around 12:30 a.m.Police said they received an early morning report for a shooting in the residential area of Wayne Place, SE on March 1. Police arrived to the crime scene and found Green inside of an apartment suffering from a gunshot wound to the head, according to police reports.She was taken to a local hospital and admitted in critical condition, police said.On July 21, Green died from her injuries, police reported. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled the victim’s death as a homicide on July 22.According to police reports, a handgun was the weapon involved in the fatal shooting.A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police Department, Karimah Bilal, told the AFRO on July 24 that there is currently no suspect. “No arrests have been made and this case remains under investigation,” she said.“This needs to stop,” Ward 8 Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Paul Trantham told the AFRO on July 25.Even though city-wide crime is down, there have been 27 homicides in Ward 8 as of July 25, nearly a 23 percent increase from last year, according to D.C. police data.Trantham said there is gunfire in community neighborhoods like Woodland all day, every day, “Southeast is known for gun violence,” he said.The commissioner said he wants D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and the D.C. Chief of Police to do more to combat crime in the area.“The question is how come we still have gun violence in Southeast more than any parts in the city…We still faced with the same ol’ violence,” he said.last_img read more

Campaign Encourages DC Kids to Put Best Foot Forward

first_imgAmeriHealth Caritas District of Columbia, a Medicaid provider, has fashioned an ongoing summer self-esteem workshop. It aims to help teens cope with local violence while encouraging them to live up to their potential. The “Best Me – The Blunt Truth on Violence and Prevention Summer Series” uses music, storytelling, video skits and development activities to encourage behavioral change among youth. High school students enrolled in the six-week program are from the Mayor Marion Barry Summer Youth Employment Program. The campaign attempts to foster a supportive environment for kids to discuss issues that affect them. Topics covered include eating better, safe sex, domestic violence, and resolving conflicts through words, not fists.“It removes barriers and it makes it personal,” said Lauren Reynolds, the AmeriHealth Caritas D.C. marketing and communications consultant who devised the campaign. “Whatever your personal best is, and that’s in terms of decisions that you make, things that you do, people that you hang with, always doing things that will allow you to be and exhibit your best.” Reynolds wanted to do something to help local teens heal from the threats they sometimes face at school and in their communities. The wheels started turning last spring after she saw a video skit in the Streetz Blunt Truth Tour, which travels from state to state to help high school and college students combat youth violence and crime through video, dialogue and live entertainment. DJ Young Music, a local 20-year-old radio host, runs the Streetz Stop The Violence Foundation, which produces the tour Reynolds saw at Friendship Heights Academy in Northwest D.C. DJ Young Music created the foundation and tour in response to the slaying of his friend – rapper Douglas “Swipey” Brooks, 18 – during an attempted robbery. Two District men were arrested in connection with the homicide in February, according to The Washington Post. When it came to the programming piece, Reynolds teamed up with Streetz Blunt Truth Tour, public health consulting firm Trident House International, and FOuR Youth, which works to instill hope and leadership skills in District teens and their support systems. Reynolds also brought in MindRight and AprilMay Company to offer mental health support for high school students. MindRight guides teens through their problems via text message, while AprilMay offers outpatient mental health services to children and families. AmeriHealth, meanwhile, ensures the resources are in place for the kids. On July 28, roughly 100 students and advisors met at Brookland Middle School to discuss video skits on safe sex and the dangers of domestic violence. They also addressed various types of abuse, including bullying, physical and emotional abuse. The students played a version of charades that focused on safe sex. They then took a pledge to, among other things, own their futures, fall in love with growth, stay committed to lifelong learning and never lose sight of their dreams.Lauren Mallard, 15, said the program has taught her to put her best foot forward and to become a better version of herself by asking for help with schoolwork and supporting her mother. “I’m trying to be that person [that would say if]  you want to do something, I’ll do it with you,” Mallard told the AFRO. “You can learn and do stuff together.”The July 28 event marked the second installment of the program. The first one took place with another set of District teens last month. Two more installments will happen in August and September.Reynolds estimates the pilot program reached about 300 kids this summer. “We’re going to be doing the same thing in other high schools coming up this year,” she said.last_img read more

Cardinals Will Face Seton Hall in First True Road Game

first_imgThe Cardinals are very balanced on the offensive end, with four players averaging over nine points.  Sophomore Jordan Nwora leads the Cardinals in in scoring and rebounding with 17.7 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.  Ryan McMahon averages 10 points a game after scoring a career-high 24 points on Tuesday night.  Darius Perry ranks third on the team with 9.7 points per game, while shooting 50 percent from behind the line.  Steven Enoch rounds out the top scorers, averaging 9.2 points and 3.8 rebounds per game.  Louisville Game Notes Seton Hall Game Notes Live Stats Seton Hall, coached by former UofL assistant coach Kevin Willard, has had nearly a week off after winning the 2018 Wooden Legacy Championship, beating Miami 83-81 in the title game on Nov. 25 in Fullerton, Ca. Junior guard Myles Powell, the Pirates top scorer this season averaging 24.3 points per game (15th in the nation in scoring; 20-of-50 three-pointers), was named the Wooden Legacy’s Most Outstanding Player after averaging 25.3 points in three games in the event. All-tournament selection senior forwardMichael Nzei scored a career-high 21 points against Miami and averages 11.2 points while shooting 77.1 percent from the field (27-of-35). GAME 7Date: Dec. 1, 2018Time: NoonSite: Prudential Center (10,862), Newark, N.J.Television: FOX – Tim Brando, play-by-play; Jim Jackson, analyst; Andy Katz, reporter.Radio: WKRD (790 AM) Paul Rogers, play-by-play; Bob Valvano, analyst (XM channel 193, Internet 955)Series History: Louisville leads 13-6 (6-2 in Louisville, 6-4 at Seton Hall, 1-0 neutral)Last Meeting: Seton Hall 79, UofL 77 (Dec. 3, 2017 at KFC Yum! Center)Officials: Mike Roberts, Brent Hampton, Ron GrooverNext UofL Game: Dec. 5 vs. Central Arkansas, KFC Yum! Center, 7:00 p.m. ET (WAVE-TV in Louisville/Raycom Sports) Louisville plays its first true road game of the season as the Cardinals visit the Seton Hall Pirates on Saturday. Louisville posted its first victory over a Top 10 team in two years in beating No. 9/8 Michigan State 82-78 in overtime in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge at the KFC Yum! Center on Tuesday. Ryan McMahon scored a career-high 24 points off the bench, connecting on 4-of-7 three-pointers and 12-of-13 free throws as the Cardinals overcame a 17-rebound deficit. The Cardinals made 10 threes, their fourth game with eight or more. UofL has won 50 straight home games in the month of November spanning the last 28 years, including a perfect 37-0 record in the KFC Yum! Center. CARD FILES Louisville’s 2019 signing class is ranked as the best in the nation by, third by and fourth by All six individuals are ranked highly among the nation’s prospects, including five of the six among ESPN’s top 100. The impressive signing class includes Aidan Igiehon, David Johnson, Josh Nickelberry, Quinn Slazinski, Samuell Williamson and Jae’Lyn Withers.Print Friendly Version Story Links Louisville has made 36 more free throws (163-of-213, .765) than its opponents have attempted (94-of-130, .723). Louisville leads the nation in free throw attempts per field goal attempts (213/325, 65.5 percent) and leads the nation with 31.8 percent of its points coming from free throws. The Cardinals made 30-of-41 free throws against Michigan State. UofL is 31st in the nation in free throw percentage. Nearly half of Louisville’s points this year have come from its bench (40.0 points per game). The Cardinals’ bench produced a school record 63 bench points against Southern and contributed 37 points against Michigan State. Jordan Nwora has scored in double digits in all six games this season, averaging 17.7 points per game (7th in the ACC). He produced 14 points and a team-high nine rebounds against Michigan State on Tuesday, his fifth game with seven or more rebounds. Louisville has scored over 80 points in five of its six games and the Cardinals are 30th in the nation in scoring offense, averaging 85.3 points per game. Louisville has a 37-7 record during the month of December over the last six years (6-2 in 2017-18). Louisville has a 13-6 series advantage over Seton Hall, winning five of the last six and 10 of the last 13 meetings. Seton Hall won the last matchup 79-77 over the Cardinals in the KFC Yum! Center last year (12-3-17) as Desi Rodriguez scored 29 points for the Pirates, including the winning basket with eight seconds remaining.last_img read more

IABs NewFronts LA Edition to Feature Streamy Brand Awards for Advertising

first_imgWhen the Digital Content NewFronts West makes its debut this fall in L.A., it will include an additional element the content-pitchfest organizers hope will lure more attendees: the Streamy Brand Awards, recognizing branded content and digital-video advertising.The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), the trade group that runs the NewFronts, has entered into a pact with Streamy Awards organizer Tubefilter to present the awards for digital brand advertising innovation at the L.A. NewFronts separately from the main Streamys event.The Streamy Brand Awards are scheduled to be given out at the end of the first day of NewFronts West, slated to run Oct. 9-10, 2018 at NeueHouse Hollywood. IAB announced plans for an L.A. version of the NewFronts after cutting the original New York series from two weeks to one this year. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Submissions for the Streamy Brand Awards (and the main Streamy Awards) are due by July 27. The fee for Streamy Brand Awards entries is $395 per submission through July 20, while the “last-chance deadline” fee is $495 per submission.The winners of the Streamys Brand Awards will be picked by a panel of industry execs (selected by the IAB and the Streamys) for six categories: branded content – video; branded content – series; emerging platform (e.g., advertising on new and emerging platforms like VR, voice and AI, podcasts, and social video platforms); influencer campaign; native video ad; and 6-second video ad.“We are doing this because we think it’s really important to showcase and recognize best-in-class marketing in video and other emerging arenas,” said Anna Bager, IAB’s EVP of industry initiatives. “We’re going to celebrate brands on stage.”NewFronts West is slated to include presentations by up to 16 digital-video content companies. IAB hasn’t announced any presenting partners yet, but Jukin Media (which backed out of this year’s NewFronts in NYC) has said it plans to be at the L.A. event.IAB created NewFronts West after getting feedback from members and agencies that they wanted more than a once-per-year confab, according to Bager. “We wanted to create a narrative that runs throughout the year,” she said. Plus, she added, “L.A. is the epicenter of content.”More info on the NewFronts West is at Submissions for all Streamy Awards categories, including the Streamy Brand Awards, are being accepted at Popular on Variety last_img read more

Craving Canadian Cuisine Theres a KFC Hack For That

first_imgFrench fries and cheese curds topped with brown gravy: Sounds nauseating, huh?The Québécois dish, a favorite of our neighbors to the Great White North, has gained popularity around the world—particularly in the UK (where folks love to smother chips with thick sauce).So it’s no wonder that fast food chain KFC has assimilated the twisted recipe into its own menu.Customers in Lumberjack Country can buy poutine with a sprinkling of chicken on top. But if you’re craving the Canadian cuisine in Great Britain, there’s a hack for that.UK-based burger review site Burger Lad cooked-up a clever way to request the savory treat for less than £6.It’s as simple as asking for a regular popcorn chicken meal (£4.19 for barnyard balls, fries, and a drink), with a side of gravy (£1.19).The order, however, requires a certain finesse, according to Burger Lad.“Firstly, the fries and popcorn chicken will normally come separately in their own containers, neither of which lends itself to having gravy poured all over,” the site said. “What you do is ask for them to be put together in a Mighty Bucket.“The other important thing to remember is the cheese,” the Lad continued. “Ask for two slices of cheese to be added, ideally on top of the fries and under the chicken so it has a chance to melt a bit.”Then take the bizarre concoction back to your table to “quickly … start building poutine.”Assuming you’ve washed your hands first, tear the cheese into small pieces, mix the ingredients, and pour the gravy (preferably before it cools too much).“Mix that up again and give it a moment to melt the cheese, and voila, you’ve got (almost) poutine,” Burger Lad said.Most importantly: Ignore the odd looks from fellow customers too uncultured to understand why you’re dressing chicken, cheese, and chips with anything other than ketchup.While this hack appears to be picking up steam in the UK, there is no reason folks across the world can’t visit their local KFC for a DIY dish. There is certainly no harm in asking. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Angry Birds now available for netbooks

first_imgTo say that Angry Birds has been a smashing success, pun fully intended, on the small screen would be an understatement. The success of the Angry Birds game led to its availability on both the iPhone and Android platforms, and even a holiday-themed edition called Angry Birds Seasons.Building upon that success, Rovio’s CEO, Peter Vesterbacka, has already discussed the company’s intention to move the game to consoles including the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii. One thing he apparently forgot to mention at the time was that the game was also coming to a netbook near you.AdChoices广告A PC version of the Angry Birds game, compatible with both Windows 7 and Windows XP, is now available for download from the Intel AppUp marketplace. The game will set you back $4.99, but for those already addicted to the game on their mobile device it will be a small price to pay to play the game on a bigger screen. Though you don’t need to have a netbook to download the game, it’s important to note the game has been designed for the specs of a netbook in mind which includes an Intel Atom processor and 10-inch screen with a resolution of 1024×768.To play the game, you will need to install the free Intel AppUp client software. Once purchased, you will be allowed to download and install the game on up to four additional computers. That’s not a bad deal considering it means you can play the game on most of the computers within an average household.Read more at Intel AppUp and the Rovio Bloglast_img read more

Yusuke Murata Reveals New Garou Sketch

first_imgStay on target ‘One Punch Man’ Get A Video Game, Probably Has More Punches11 Manga Series That Should Never Be Live Action Movies After the announcement of One Punch Man Season 2 being picked up by Viz Media and character returns, we’re graced with even more exciting news from the illustrator Yusuke Murata. He shares an image of Garou, bruised and bloody with one punched fist out for all to see. ガロウ見開き— 村田雄介 (@NEBU_KURO) May 20, 2018Yusuke Murata is best known for his illustrations for Eyeshield 21, Dangan Tenshi Fan Club and Gokiburi Buster. He’s also created some fantastic posters for Marvel’s Spider-Man: Homecoming. However, his work on One Punch Man with the creator ONE is probably the best he’s ever done… so far. Murata has a style that’s beyond belief. This is what has fans so hyped about Murata’s image of Garou for the upcoming season.This image comes in the wake of Hikaru Midorikawa (Android 16 of Dragon Ball Z, Lin and Shin of Cowboy Bebop, Softon of Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo) officially welcomed as the voice for Garou for the next season. He’s also set to play the character in the June 20th release of One Punch Man Maji CD Drama & Song in Japan.For those unfamiliar with Garou, Garou is a former student of Bang. He was kicked out for going on an absolute rampage in Bang’s dojo. Garou went on to do his own training. During this time, he defeated more heroes than you can count on your fingers. Garou displays an absolute hatred for heroes but entirely fascinated by monsters. People have called him the “Human Monster.” His abilities are ranged from supernatural senses, transformation, advanced growth, healing, indomitable will, adaptation, wicked strength, stamina, senses and much more.Garou made his debut in the anime in episode 10 as a cameo. Fans are already preparing for his arrival in the anime for him to finally make his mark within the series.One Punch Man started as a webcomic by ONE in 2009. Approached by illustrator Yusuke Murata in 2012, he offered to adapt the manga and publish it with Weekly Young Jump becoming an international sensation. Once it hit the site, it received millions of hits becoming wicked famous overnight. It’s still only just the beginning for this anime and manga becoming even more of a sensation to this day.One Punch Man tells the story of Saitama, a superhero who inspires to become a hero after stopping an attack. He trains as hard as he can, ending up with a massive amount of strength. He joins the Hero Association, but that ends up being a little bit of a burden when he keeps killing people after a single punch. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Oculus Rift takes 90 year old Grandma to Tuscany

first_imgFrom the perspective of someone who is constantly using technology, Oculus Rift is an impressive leap forward. From the perspective of someone who was alive before having a television in every home was even close to normal, Oculus Rift is nothing short of magic.Putting on an Oculus Rift is the closest you can get to being teleported to another place. The headset is designed to block out all of your vision, replacing it with the curved images generated by the display in the headset. The two optical sockets makes sure there’s nothing else in your field of vision than the images being generated by the computer. Combined with the head tracking sensors in the headset, it is very easy for any user to become truly immersed in whatever is being shown on the display even if you’re deeply familiar with how the technology works.Imagine using something like Oculus Rift from the perspective of someone who doesn’t sit in front of their computer all day. Someone who doesn’t read technology websites, or has no desire to stand in line on the day the next great smartphone or game console comes out. Take that person, and sit them down in front of an Oculus Rift, and see what happens.One Rift developer sat his grandmother down to the Tuscany demo, which is available to any Rift developer. This demonstration is a 3D rendering of Tuscany that the user can walk around, including the ability to walk down to incredibly real looking water and watch the reflections and ripples.This is a perfect example of a use for Oculus Rift that has nothing to do with video games, and everything to do with an all new form of virtual reality. The ability to send someone to another place altogether.As we look into a world powered by Google Maps Street View and the HFR cameras being used in movies, it’s not hard to imagine a time not too far in the future where someone could slide on a Rift headset and be convinced they are somewhere they may otherwise never have been able to visit.last_img read more