New York University’s Organization of Black Women and Women On The Move hosted its 9th Annual panel in honor of Women’s month to celebrate pioneering women on Wednesday, March 25, 2015.This eventful evening was held at NYU’s breathtaking floor to ceiling glass auditorium at the top of the Kimmel Center, which gave attendees a 360 view of New York city’s skyline. Panelists included Grammy award winning singer – Estelle, Journalist/NYU professor – Kathy Iandoli, Supermodel – Jessica White, President of Roc Nation Records and Artist manager – Chaka Pilgrim. The panelists were joined by moderator Dee Vasquez and DJ – DJ Jazzy Joyce, who kept the crowd entertained.The panel was created to inform, educate, and empower young women by collaborating with strong female industry leaders who’s focus was to give students’ incredible insight on how to brand themselves, create their own careers and become their own bosses.New York University students, entertainment executives, and media enjoyed an insightful panel from an eclectic group of women who gave very diverse perspectives on life, success, and the balance thereof. The panelists opened up in a very rare and intimate form on how they became successful, challenges they faced in their careers, and how they rose above it all. These women go against all the mainstream misconceptions about women in the entertainment industry. Jessica White pushed through all the barriers of being a black model in a high fashion industry. Kathy who writes for Vice, Billboard, Rolling Stone and Hip HopDX, took education to the next level and is now a professor at NYU. Estelle defeated the stereotypes and ideals of what a pop singer is supposed to be and won a Grammy to prove it. She’s now enjoying the success of selling one of the highest selling songs on ITUNES, Conqueror from the popular series Empire. Chaka Pilgrim started with Jay-Z at the very start of Roc-a-fella Records and pushed through all obstacles and made them success stories. Now at the very top of the totem pole as President of his company. They all explained, in different versions, the importance of maximizing opportunities given, creating a platform for a successful business, and always staying true to yourself.“Chaka is someone to admire and look up to. She has laid out the blueprint of how to make a career in the music business”, says founder Amber Ravenel.The evening ended with WomenOnTheMove.org honoring pioneering woman, Chaka Pilgrim, for all her accomplishments and contributions to the entertainment industry. She was congratulated in a video montage by some of her fellow Roc Nation artists – Rita Ora and J Cole, Roc Nation staff – Lenny S and Jana Fleishman, Adrienne Bailon, friends in the industry, family, and ended with a special congrats from Chaka’s daughter. The award was presented by Chaka Pilgrim’s sister who gave a heartwarming speech on how special and hardworking Chaka is in her personal life and in her career.In the past, WOTM has had incredible speakers such as journalist and Political industry tycoon, Danyel Smith, author, NBC Talk Stoop’s Cat Greenleaf, Angela Simmons, Brand Strategist Karen Civil, and District 21 Council Member Julissa Ferreras (the first elected Latina council in the borough of Queens).
Senate Democrats on Thursday named three new members to the Armed Services Committee to replace the incumbents who lost their races in the general election last month. The new members for the 116th Congress are Sens. Joe Manchin (W.Va.), Tammy Duckworth (Ill.) and Doug Jones (Ala.); they will fill the seats left by the departure of Bill Nelson (Fla.), Claire McCaskill (Mo.) and Joe Donnelly (Ind.). The rest of the committee’s Democratic lineup remains unchanged, with Sen. Jack Reed (R.I.) returning as the ranking member. Panel memberships are subject to ratification by the full Senate when the new Congress convenes in January. … California Rep. Ken Calvert (R) is hoping to become ranking member on the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee next year, after the position opened up when the Republican Steering Committee named Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas) as the ranking member on the full committee for the 116th Congress. Calvert is a veteran member of the defense panel and currently services as its vice chairman. Now he chairs the Interior-Environment subcommittee. Calvert likely will face competition from other senior GOP members of the Appropriations Committee for the top Republican spot on the defense panel, reported CQ.DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Daniel Hinton Dan Cohen AUTHOR
Politics Tech Industry Twitter and Facebook applications are seen grouped in a Social Media folder on an iPhone. Photo by Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images Social media companies such as Facebook and Twitter can’t please everyone when they decide what content to leave up or pull down. It turns out, Democrats and Republicans don’t always see eye to eye on content moderation. Pew Research Center A study released by the Pew Research Center on Wednesday showed that about 77 percent of Democrats think social media companies “have a responsibility to remove offensive content from their platforms.” By comparison, about 52 percent of Republicans had the same view.The findings illustrate some of the challenges social media companies are facing as they try to improve how they police content on their sites. Facebook, for example, is creating an independent board that will handle appeals for content decisions. Social networks have faced allegations that they’re censoring conservative speech, which the companies have repeatedly denied. At the same time, they’re also under pressure to do more to combat hate speech, violence and other content that violates their rules. More recently, Facebook faced criticism after the company decided to not remove a doctored video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that made it seem like the California Democrat was slurring her words. Instead, the company displayed related articles from fact-checkers debunking the video. Overall, 66 percent of Americans say social media companies have a responsibility to pull down offensive content. But only 31 percent of Americans have at least a fair amount of confidence in social media companies to decide what content to pull down. A higher percentage of women, African-Americans and older adults also think social media companies have a responsibility to remove offensive content. The Pew Research Center surveyed more than 10,000 US adults between April 29 and May 13. The survey doesn’t define what’s considered offensive content and most people don’t agree what’s considered racist and sexist language, the study showed. null Share your voice Tags 0 Facebook Twitter
Children who went to school in South Baltimore, in the neighborhood of Barre and Russell Streets, were safeguarded against traffic under the watchful eye of Edith H. Cooper, who performed that service from 1954 to 1972.According to family members, she was one of Baltimore’s first African-American crossing guards and was honored by students and faculty of School #162 for outstanding and conscientious service.In 1971 she was named Baltimore’s most popular crossing guard in a competition spurred by the AFRO. Her tally was an unbelievable 1.3 million votes helping her easily surpass the other 142 contestants.She was born Edith Henrietta Jackson on April 1, 1922 in Blackstone, Va. to Gertrude Yates Jackson and Purcell Jackson. She died Aug. 20.One of four daughters and two sons, Edith (at age 6) moved with her family to Baltimore, and ultimately graduated from Frederick Douglass High School. Edith received her early Christian nurturing in Leadenhall Baptist Church and in 1940. She married the love of her life, Earl Cooper.She was familiarly known as “Edie” and was affectionately called “Bootsie” by family and close friends.With Earl, Edith was blessed with three daughters — Barbara, Earlene and Gloria. She and Earl were known for their collaborative humor, often entertaining friends and family with endless laughter at parties, gatherings and on their bus excursions. Earl’s passing after 35 years of marriage in 1975 left Edie honoring his memory the rest of her life, remaining his widow for nearly 40 years.As an adult, she became a member of Shiloh Christian Community Church while it was in its formative years under its founder Rev. George W. Baynard. She remained dedicated until her health no longer permitted her to attend. Upon the arrival of her first grandchild Ashley (1984) Edie garnered another term of endearment, “Grand mere” the French nomenclature for grandmother.She loved entertaining, cooking, hosting and sharing her home and well manicured garden. In 1990, WJZ’TV’s weather forecaster Bob Turk broadcasted live from her garden.Edie’s delicious food and generous beverages made it one of Bob Turk’s best days at work, and made it equally hard for him to leave.Edith H. Cooper will live forever in the memory her daughters Barbara Cooper Lee (John,) Earlene Cooper and Gloria Cooper Robertson (John); grandchildren Ashley and Dominique Robertson; two great-grandchildren Amari and Amir Robertson; sister-in-law Joanna Askins; godchildren Michelle “Dooxie,” Margaret Fields and Robin Baskerville; several cousins and a host of other family and friends.Services for Mrs. Cooper will be held 10 a.m. beginning with the family hour with the funeral following at 10:30 a.m., Aug. 30 at The Open Church of Maryland, 5010 Briarclift Road (corner of Baltimore Nat’l Pike – Rt 40, Baltimore, where the Rev. Dr. Brad R. Braxton is senior pastor.
Kolkata: Once again, residents of Lalgarh are spending sleepless nights being scared that a tiger might have entered the village.The fear has hit the entire village of Lalgarh in Jhargram after one full grown cow and a calf were found critically injured in an attack by an unidentified animal on Saturday morning.The Forest department officials are yet to confirm the animal that had attacked the cow and a calf. A search was conducted by the Forest department officials on Sunday but they have failed to trace the animal. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that a full grown Royal Bengal tiger was found dead a few months ago in the same area where the incident took place on Saturday.The tiger had strayed into the forests of Lalgarh, from a tiger habitat, hundreds of kilometres away. It was found dead inside the Baghghara forest area in April this year with multiple injury marks on his neck and eyes. The villagers have claimed to have found pug marks at various places in the past few days. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe Forest department is yet to confirm whether the footprints found in the Lalgarh forests are of a tiger. Senior forest department officials suspect that they might be of some other animal. A probe has been started in this regard.It was learnt that one Aswini Manna, a resident of Baghghara forest, had taken his four cows and a calf for grazing in the forest on Saturday morning. He left the cows inside the forest and returned home. In the afternoon, three cows returned home, however, the other two did not.Manna went back into the forest only to find his cow and calf serious injured. Several deep injury marks were there on various parts of their bodies. The injuries were caused by sharp claws, suspect the villagers.A senior forest department official in the district said they are looked into matter.Forest personnel have already started a search operation in the area. There is nothing to spread panic, the official said.