A Tuscaloosa family of 4 is recovering in the hospital after their home caught fire around noon Wednesday.“I was coming out of the house and the front room of my cousin’s trailer was engulfed in flames.” That’s when Antonio Dancer told WVUA 23 News reporter Chelsea Barton he risked his life to help his family.“All I knew to do was try to get in the trailer and get them out. I ran through the back door and when I was coming through the back door, they met me at the back door with the kids,” Dancer exclaimed.Family members have identified the family who lived inside this home and Quenton White, his fiance Ravin and their young boys Kingston and Preston. All four were transported to DCH Regional Medical Center, where they are thankfully only being treated for smoke inhalation.“It’s a blessing that everybody got out safe,” family member Denise Davis said. “My family is already going through a hard time. Out aunt passed today, so I am just thankful that everyone is okay,” she told WVUA 23.Tuscaloosa Fire and Rescue received the call to 3405 University Boulevard East minutes after noon on Wednesday.They responded immediately and had the fire under control and extinguished within minutes, but want this to be a reminder to everyone of how fast fires can spread.“It don’t take long at all,” Davis exclaimed. “Tragedy can happen quick. You only get one life and you can always get another home,” she said.Family members gave me clothing sizes for the family who lost their home.The adult male wears men’s pants in a size 36’32’, L/XL shirts and a size 9 shoe.The adult female wears women’s size 14 pants, M/L shirts and a size 9 shoe.The boys wear sizes 3t and 4t clothing and children’s size 7 shoes.If you’d like to donate to this family, please call ary at (205) 764 -2364.The cause of that fire is still under investigation.
BALTIMORE — Nelson Cruz and the Baltimore Orioles had the good fortune of avoiding Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer during the regular season.Or maybe it was the other way around. In his 2014 debut against the hard-hitting Orioles, Scherzer found out quickly that a poor pitch can go a long way — in the other direction.Cruz and J.J. Hardy homered, and Baltimore hammered out 12 hits in defeating Scherzer and the Detroit Tigers 12-3 Oct. 2nd in the opener of their AL Division Series.“I just left too many pitches up,” Scherzer said. “This is a great-hitting ballclub. You give them a chance to extend their arms, they can really hit it.”Jonathan Schoop and Alejandro De Aza each had two hits and two RBIs for the Orioles, who turned a close game into a rout with an eight-run eighth inning against Scherzer and three ineffective relievers.The 12 runs set a postseason record for Baltimore, making its second playoff appearance since 1997.Game 2 in the best-of-five series is Oct. 4th at Camden Yards. Justin Verlander, the second of three straight Cy Young winners the Orioles will face, is set to pitch against left-hander Wei-Yin Chen.Verlander must avoid the mistakes made by Scherzer, charged with five runs and seven hits in 7 1-3 innings. The right-hander was 18-5 during the regular season, but in this one he was burned by the long ball and outpitched by the Orioles.“I’ve got to find a way to get the ball down,” Scherzer said. “I wasn’t quite able to do that tonight, and I paid for it.”Cruz led the majors with 40 homers during the regular season, a good portion of Baltimore’s big league-best 211 long balls. His first-inning drive off Scherzer put the Orioles up 2-0 before Detroit’s Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez connected off winning pitcher Chris Tillman in the second to tie it.But Baltimore had too much firepower for the Tigers. Hardy led off the seventh by driving a poorly thrown changeup from Scherzer over the left-center wall for a 4-2 lead.“The one that stings is that J.J. Hardy home run,” Scherzer said. “That home run really changed the game in my eyes, gave them that insurance run.”Cruz added his third RBI with a single during a wild eighth inning keyed by a Detroit error that kept the boisterous, orange-clad crowd of 47,842 on its feet.Five different Orioles finished with two hits. Clearly, facing Scherzer was not too daunting a task.“It’s the same game,” De Aza said. “Yes, this is a good pitcher, but it’s the same game. You have to throw the ball to home plate for a strike to get us out.”Tillman allowed two runs in five innings before Andrew Miller got five outs — three by strikeout. Darren O’Day gave up an eighth-inning homer to Miguel Cabrera, but the drive followed a double play.Orioles Manager Buck Showalter then called upon closer Zach Britton, who had 37 saves during the regular season. Britton got the last out in the eighth, and by the time the ninth inning rolled around, he wasn’t needed anymore.Miller had a 1.35 ERA in 23 games with Baltimore, O’Day finished at 1.70 and Britton closed at 1.65. That’s one big reason why the AL East champion Orioles were 80-4 when leading after eight innings.Meanwhile, Detroit’s revamped bullpen looked shaky — although it was shortstop Andrew Romine’s error that got the big eighth inning going.“I can’t remember the last time he made an error at shortstop,” Tigers Manager Brad Ausmus said. “This was an unfortunate one, but it doesn’t change my mind on him as a shortstop.”Although he had a 5.56 ERA in the first inning during the regular season, Tillman began his initial foray into the playoffs in impressive fashion by striking out the side on 14 pitches.Cruz hit an opposite-field drive to right in the bottom half after Nick Markakis hit a leadoff single. It was Cruz’s 15th postseason home run, tied with Babe Ruth for 10th place on the career list.“It’s just, I like to enjoy this moment, you know?” Cruz said. “I think as a player, you want to be in the situation.”The rollicking, towel-waving fans had barely settled down when Victor Martinez led off the second with a towering shot over the right-field wall. Four pitches later, J.D. Martinez hit a tying homer in his first postseason at-bat.Markakis answered with an RBI single in the Baltimore half. At that point, six of 10 batters had reached safely against Scherzer.After yielding the back-to-back homers, Tillman retired the next 11 batters before Romine singled with two outs in the fifth. Another single and a walk loaded the bases for Torii Hunter, who hit into a fielder’s choice on Tillman’s 105th and final pitch.Afterward, Showalter saluted the crowd for its enthusiasm. “If you don’t get that, you’re too cold for this game,” he said. “I wish I would have had a towel.”TRAINER’S ROOMTweetPinShare0 Shares
ATHENS — Evripidis Giakos scored two minutes from time for visiting Giannena to earn a surprising 2-2 draw against defending champion Olympiakos in the Greek league on Dec. 6.Alexis Mikhail gave Giannena the lead into halftime. Costas Fortounis brought Olympiakos level with a 50th-minute penalty, and Pajtim Kasami put the hosts ahead in the 75th.Three days after losing 2-1 at home to league-leading PAOK, second-place Olympiakos was four points behind PAOK, which can increase its lead when it visits Xanthi on Dec. 7.Giannena was in eighth place, seven points behind Olympiakos.Also, Veria beat Platanias 2-0, and Kerkyra and Atromitos drew 1-1 on a waterlogged field.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Women who become pregnant face an unexpected danger in the U.S.: maternal mortality. Complications from pregnancy, labor and childbirth result in the death of an estimated 700 to 900 women each year — a rate higher than any other developed Western nation.An investigation by NPR and ProPublica found that “while maternal mortality is significantly more common among African-Americans, low-income women and in rural areas, pregnancy and childbirth complications kill women of every race and ethnicity, education and income level, in every part of the U.S.”And, these deaths are largely preventable according to the nonprofit CDC Foundation.From the NPR/ProPublica report:The reasons for higher maternal mortality in the U.S. are manifold. New mothers are older than they used to be, with more complex medical histories. Half of pregnancies in the U.S. are unplanned, so many women don’t address chronic health issues beforehand. Greater prevalence of C-sections leads to more life-threatening complications. The fragmented health system makes it harder for new mothers, especially those without good insurance, to get the care they need. Confusion about how to recognize worrisome symptoms and treat obstetric emergencies makes caregivers more prone to error.Yet the worsening U.S. maternal mortality numbers contrast sharply with the impressive progress in saving babies’ lives. Infant mortality has fallen to its lowest point in history, the CDC reports, reflecting 50 years of efforts by the public health community to prevent birth defects, reduce preterm birth, and improve outcomes for very premature infants. The number of babies who die annually in the U.S. — about 23,000 in 2014 — still greatly exceeds the number of expectant and new mothers who die, but the ratio is narrowing.For the first installment of our series Beyond Mother’s Day, we bring together medical experts, activists and those who have lost loved ones to share perspectives on the problem of maternal mortality and how they are working toward solutions.GUESTSCarol Hogue, Professor of epidemiology and Jules and Uldeen Terry Chair in Maternal and Child Health, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University; former director of the reproductive health division, Centers for Disease Control; @EmoryRollinsCharles Johnson, Founder, 4Kira4Moms Foundation; @4kira4MomsDr. Jamila Perritt, Obstetrician/gynecologist; @reprorightsdocRachel Zaslow, Midwife and doula; executive director, Mother Health International, which runs the Sisters Keeper Collective, a doula organization; @MotherHealth1Dr. Elliott Main, Medical director, California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative; clinical professor, obstetrics and gynecology, Stanford Medicine; @cmqccFor more, visit https://the1a.org.© 2018 WAMU 88.5 – American University Radio. Copyright 2018 WAMU 88.5. To see more, visit WAMU 88.5.
Dar HackbarthMilwaukee-based marketing and communications firm Ellingsen Brady Advertising has named Dar Hackbarth as its new president.Dar HackbarthA Wisconsin native, Hackbarth joins EBA from New Orleans-based VSS Southern Theatres, where he led marketing, branding, loyalty programs and communications for the movie theater chain, including its eatertainment brand Movie Tavern. He replaces former EBA president Tim Brady.In previous management and consulting roles, Hackbarth has worked with various brands, including MGM Resorts, Boeing, Microsoft, Apple, Walgreens, Rolls-Royce, Target, and Milwaukee-based companies Harley-Davidson, MillerCoors, Northwestern Mutual and the Milwaukee Bucks. Hackbarth’s notable professional accomplishments include naming Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas and writing a white paper used by Bridgestone-Firestone to drop Firestone from its corporate name.“Much of my career I’ve sat on the client side of the desk, so I understand their pressures, goals, and strongest opportunities to win,” Hackbarth said. “I am them, with the added benefit of understanding the best practices of many different verticals and successful brands. We think that’s an advantage most other agencies can’t offer. It allows us to truly work as one with them, as a team.” Hackbarth’s appointment coincides with the Ellingsen Brady’s growth plans, which include building out its office space at the Marshall Building, 207 E. Buffalo St. in Milwaukee’s Third Ward, and “evolving its own brand,” the firm said.“We’re bringing new energy to the business community and we plan to grow,” Hackbarth said. “We are going to leverage a wide variety of skills, experiences, and partnerships to bring new and interesting ideas to our clients, plus offer them new services.” Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribe
Last updated on July 3rd, 2019 at 07:10 pmMilwaukee and southeastern Wisconsin are no stranger to motorcycles, but things go to another level once every five years as Harley-Davidson celebrates its major anniversaries.A sign at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee welcomes people to the company’s 115th anniversary celebration, which will be held through this weekend.The 115th anniversary celebration is no different as an estimated 150,000 motorcyclists descend on the city, bringing with them an economic impact of $95 million, according to Visit Milwaukee.The events this year do have a slightly different flavor than previous Harley anniversary celebrations in Milwaukee as the emphasis for the 115th is less on events concentrated near downtown and more on street parties and events throughout the region. “That has a huge ripple effect,” Kristin Settle, Visit Milwaukee director of communications, said of the regional approach. “The opportunity for people to get out and explore is fantastic.”She praised Harley for promoting the event across the region and providing visitors with the information they need to navigate throughout southeastern Wisconsin. She also said the more distributed lineup could cut down on some congestion and traffic concerns as events will not be as concentrated.“Harley-Davidson has done a phenomenal job of making this a community event,” Settle said, noting there is plenty to do for non-riders. “The whole city is going to be electric this weekend.”The celebration also includes a heavy dose of racing, including a race on Bradford Beach, flat track racing at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena, a hill climb at Little Switzerland and Run What You Brung at Great Lakes Dragaway in Union Grove.Staples of past anniversary parties are still in place, including live music at the Harley-Davidson Museum and Veterans Park. Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker will also play a show at the American Family Insurance Amphitheater on Saturday.Street parties and community events are also planned at the Rotary Performance Pavilion in Wauwatosa, at Jazz in the Park at Cathedral Square, in Walker’s Point along South 5th Street and on Brady Street.The traditional parade from North 45th Street and Wisconsin Avenue to Veterans Park will take place Sunday starting at 1 p.m.The seven dealerships in the area are also part of the action with demo rides, live music and group rides on a daily basis.Harley is also partnering with Lyft to provide ridesharing to and from major attractions during the anniversary celebrations. Riders who use the code HD115 will get 20 percent off rides to or from designated pick-up and drop-off zones at the Harley corporate headquarters, Veterans Park, Bradford Beach, the Harley-Davidson Museum and Harley-Davidson Powertrain Operations in Menomonee Falls.The code is good for one ride and users are also entered into a sweepstakes to win a Harley.“As we continue to deepen our involvement in the Milwaukee area, working with Harley-Davidson – an institution of American culture with an enduring legacy throughout Wisconsin – is a major step forward,” said Jean-Paul Biondi, Lyft Wisconsin market manager.For specific details on events, times and locations, visit: H-D.com/115 Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribe
Join us to learn about the challenging, fulfilling, and inspirational moments of Peace Corps service directly from a Volunteer currently in the field. Ask questions about service, and gain tips to guide you through the application process.When: Monday, July 9, 2018 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.Where: North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St / 617-227-8135
Evan Frechette #3 If Bova is the smooth side of the sandpaper, then Frechette, the second line senior left winger is the gritty side. He’s not someone you see on the score sheet every night (7 assists on the season), but his persistence and blue collar work ethic does not go unnoticed. The defensive-minded forward earns his keep getting pucks deep, blocking shots and being a pest for loose pucks. Although a member of last year’s tournament team, the senior winger’s gritty physical style of play made him a spectator after a broken collarbone ended his junior season prior to the state tournament. With his health intact for this upcoming tournament, the senior is ready to put it all on the line for last tournament run! Editor’s Note: Since this article was published, Boston Latin Hockey went on to beat Somerville 4 -1 in the first round of the state tournament. Best of luck to the Boston Latin Wolfpack! Massachusetts high school hockey has produced some of the NHL’s greatest players. Those NHL greats would probably tell you their favorite high school hockey memories were made while skating for their respective high school teams in the Mass. state tournament. Joe Bova #44 Bova, the first line junior centerman, has been an offensive force since lacing up his skates for Boston Latin as a freshman and it culminated this season with a First Team All Dual County / Merrimack Valley selection. Almost impossible to knock off the puck, Bova has made his living this season powering his way through opposing defenses and utilizing his deadly wrist shot to find the back of the net fourteen times (14 goals, 18 assists, 32 points). He was a crucial part of Boston Latin’s epic state tournament run a year ago that ended one game shy of the legendary Boston Garden ice. He’s hoping to build on last year’s tournament experience and remain an offensive force for the Wolfpack come Tuesday night.*Advertisement* On Tuesday night, February 26, at the Ryan Arena in Watertown, two of the North End’s finest student athletes – Evan Frechette and Joe Bova – will look to make their own memories in the first round of the state tournament for the Boston Latin School Wolfpack.North Enders Evan Frechette and First Team Dual County / Merrimack Valley All Star Joseph Bova led the Wolfpack to their regular season finish as co-champions of the always competitive Dual County / Merrimack Valley League. The team wrapped up with a 14-3-3 record and the fourth seed in the Division 2 North tournament bracket.
In response to a question about the Harbor Garage development, Walsh emphasized the 50% open space requirement and supports some type of project to replace the aging garage. He received groans from an audience with many Harbor Tower residents after saying, “Something is going to be built there. When the Harbor Towers were built, some people also said it was going to ruin the waterfront.” He also noted the garage is private property, owned by the Chiofaro Company and Prudential. An attendee pushed back, “you approved the waterfront plan that is allowing it to go forward at 60 stories high. The city could have limited the height via zoning.” She added, “When you add 60 stories-worth of traffic onto Atlantic Avenue, where are they going to go?” (31:00 in video) Regarding the Northern Avenue Bridge, he reiterated his belief that a new bridge needs to handle some type of vehicle traffic, along with dedicated bike and pedestrian paths. He is also hopeful there could be some type of outdoor shopping areas. “By this time next year, the Northern Avenue Bridge will be fully funded in our budget,” said Walsh. (19:00 in video) WDC attendees asked the Mayor the most questions regarding traffic and congestion in the city. Walsh gave a myriad of answers to traffic concerns, including the city’s increasing use of dedicated bus lanes and creating additional space for bikes. Additionally, Walsh announced a complete reconfiguration of State Street, that will feature bike lanes and a new design for cars and pedestrians. He also advocated for a significant increase in State infrastructure and dedicated transportation funding.*Advertisement* Climate resiliency is high priority for Walsh as he announced an ambitious plan to build seawalls and burns to protect against flooding. “We are building a seawall along the entire inner Boston Harbor,” he said. “And, we’re covering it with grass, trees and walkways to really create something special.” He contrasted Boston’s plan with what he saw recently in NYC where submerged barriers are being built to rise up around key buildings, leaving the streets, utilities and public transportation exposed to flooding. “We’re also going to bring the coastline back to people,” he emphasized regarding a new Harborwalk-like strategy. “One of the criticisms has been that we walled off the waterfront … when our 47-mile plan is done, this will connect people back to the harbor,” he added. (6:00 minute mark in video) There were several questions regarding Uber and Lyft creating more traffic. Walsh said the city does not have direct control to regulate these services, but is trying to work with State officials as well as the companies themselves. “I don’t want to limit it, but regulate it. We only get 10 cents per ride for three years,” Walsh said. View all of Mayor Walsh’s remarks to the WDC in the video above, along with the Q&A session. The Mayor commended Boston Police for bringing down violent crime in the city by 10% despite a recent increase in shootings. He noted the latest academy class is Boston’s most diverse and that District A-1 (Downtown, North End) will be getting 18 more officers after several years of no increases. These new officers will significantly give the city more flexibility to address enforcement and patrol issues, including traffic at intersections. Mayor Marty Walsh spoke to the Wharf District Council on July 16th, covering a range of issues from building seawalls along Boston’s waterfront to dealing with the city’s ever increasing traffic congestion. “I’ve been pretty quiet on the MBTA, listening and working with the Governor. But these last two train derailments (on the T’s Red Line) are the last straw because we need a system that works. These investments need to be fast-tracked, with a deadline.” He noted that his support for the Olympics in Boston was largely based on getting accelerated transportation investments finished by 2023. (11:00 in video) It is our 10th Anniversary and we are celebrating a decade of community news at NorthEndWaterfront.com! Keeping this website going takes a lot of time, money and hard work. Advertising doesn’t bring in enough to pay for reporting or editorial work. But we do it because we believe community news is important – and we think you do too. If everyone who reads this site, who likes it, puts in a bit to pay for it, then our future would be much more secure. Contribute online at the links below or checks can be made out to North End Boston LLC, 343 Commercial St. #508, Boston 02109. Become a Patron to receive free rewards including neighborhood photo calendars, custom mugs and special updates from the editor.*Become a Patron (Rewards!)* or *Make a One-Time Contribution*
Papuans extend help to quake survivors SPO3 Rashid Hamis surrendered to a fellow policeman after Saturday night’s incident.Hamis’ brother, Farouk, sustained two gunshot wounds in the left leg.FEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOSenate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreementsNEWSINFOLocsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilegeNEWSINFOTolentino: No more debate with Drilon on China dealPolice said Farouk attended a funeral wake before he went to the policeman’s house in sitio San Roque, barangay Mambaling.The victim wanted to talk to Rashid regarding their conflict. The two, however, ended up arguing until Rashid shot his brother, police said. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jeffrey Pepito was shot repeatedly by the driver of the motorcycle which he accidentally hit along a road yesterday morning.Witnesses identified the alleged assailant as Elmer Cuba.Police said Pepito, who was driving a passenger jeepney with plate number GXL-343, was about to make a U-turn when he hit Cuba, was driving a motorcycle with plate number GJ-1844.Police said Cuba confronted Pepito then drew a gun and fired shots.Cuba fled on foot, leaving his motorcycle behind, said SPO2 Pedro Enriquez, desk officer of the Compostela Police Station.The victim was brought to the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center in Cebu City./CORRESPONDENT CHRISTINE EMILY L. PANTALEONRead Next 4.0 quake shakes Davao Oriental town Farouk was brought to the Visayas Community Hospital.MORE STORIESnewsinfo4 men nabbed after yielding shabu, marijuana in Quezon CitynewsinfoBusinessman nabbed for threatening, assaulting traffic enforcer in ManilanewsinfoPart of Manila’s Tomas Claudio Bridge set for 6-month closure from Aug 3MORE STORIESnewsinfo4 men nabbed after yielding shabu, marijuana in Quezon CitynewsinfoBusinessman nabbed for threatening, assaulting traffic enforcer in ManilanewsinfoPart of Manila’s Tomas Claudio Bridge set for 6-month closure from Aug 3Rashid turned over his .45 caliber pistol. He was detained at the CCPO headquarters./CORRESPONDENT APPLE M. TA-AS PUJ DRIVER SHOT IN ROAD RAGEA JEEPNEY driver was wounded in a road rage incident in barangay Magay, Compostela town, northern Cebu.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Tolentino: No more debate with Drilon on China deal Fake cop accosts real cops, is arrested in Pateros MOST READ Bodjie Pascua slams Palace stance on making Dengvaxia usable again Bodjie Pascua slams Palace stance on making Dengvaxia usable again DILG gives 60-day deadline to Metro Manila mayors to clear their roads PLAY LIST 02:35DILG gives 60-day deadline to Metro Manila mayors to clear their roads01:47Brace for next metro wide shake drill..at 4 a.m. on July 27!02:41Bayan Muna seeks new penalties for water concessionaires amid shortage03:26PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities01:39Sotto open to discuss, listen to pros and cons of divorce bill06:02Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements01:50Palace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike01:49House seeks probe on ‘massive corruption’ in PCSO01:37PCSO estimates P250M in Lotto revenue loss due to suspension LOOK: MMDA conducts 2nd round of clearing ops in Pasig, Pateros Taipei to offer migrant workers free medical checks, haircuts COP SHOOTS BRODA POLICEMAN assigned at the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) shot his brother who had gone to his house to settle their personal differences.ADVERTISEMENT SMC bags Bulacan airport project View comments
be_ixf; php_sdk; php_sdk_1.4.18 https://www.blackenterprise.com/black-enterprise-tech-entrepreneur-of-the-year-to-appear-on-shark-tank/ https://www.blackenterprise.com/black-enterprise-tech-entrepreneur-of-the-year-to-appear-on-shark-tank/ Benjamin Young, who was named Black Enterprise’s “Techpreneurâ€ of the year in 2015, will appear on tonight’s episode of Shark Tank,Â along with his business partner Gregory Coleman.[Related: VentureFund.io Combats Startup Funding Bias]The pair is pitching their company, Nexercise, and their latest product Sworkit. It’s a free fitness app that offers custom workout routines.The big differentiating factor between Sworkit and other fitness apps is “it’s highly customizable,â€ says Nexercise co-founder Coleman. “Not a lot has changed [with fitness] in the last 30 years. There’s lots of good content, but everything is static. I can’t do P9ox every day because I don’t do the same things every day. With Sworkit, I can get a great workout anytime, anywhere.â€The app will tailor workouts based on what you are currently doing, for example, if you are traveling, in a hotel, in the office…etc. Workouts are customized based on the user’s likes.Sworkit is being well-received. A recent University of Florida fitness research studyÂ recently scored Sworkit its highest score when compared to other fitness apps on the market.The co-founders have combined experiences in software development and military training. Young spent years as a software developer; while Coleman’s background is in the military as an Air Force pilot. The two met while attending Wharton business school, pursuing their MBAs.In an interview with Black Enterprise, Coleman explained the motivation for appearing on Shark Tank.“[We’re not] in Silicon Valley, we are D.C.-based,â€ he said. “We look like a Silicon Valley company. Over the years, we always looked for other ways to kind of go out and figure out a unique path to success. We don’t necessarily fit the patterns. We are a little older–both in our early 40s; two African American guys, and we are on the East Coast. We have kind of an outsider sort of angle.â€Nexercise was the first black-founded company to go through the Techstars’ accelerator program. Winning on Shark TankÂ would allow the company to “grow faster,â€ says Coleman. “[With] consumer-facing digital properties, speed is one of your most important things.â€ A win would also mean more capital to spend on marketing, according to Coleman.About the experience of appearing on Shark Tank, Coleman said, “It was awesome. When you first get into the process you don’t get your hopes up high. Then we made it to the next round.â€ He said the experience was also “surrealâ€ since both he and Young have been fans of the show since it first aired.The Shark TankÂ episode featuring Sworkit will appear Friday, Feb. 19Â at 9 PM ET, on ABC. What’s New in TechnologyLatest News for EntrepreneursOur Best Videos
LISTSThe Grio ArchivesOur Best Videos Women in Tech sessionThe third day of Social Media Week Lagos (#SMW Lagos) focused on Women in Tech and Nigeria’s bustling music industry. Online streaming anyone? The morning session, The Connected Business Woman, hosted by The Women’s Technology Empowerment Center (W.TEC) began with some of Nigeria’s top female entrepreneurs running successful businesses. The women shared advice on growing social media platforms, including the use of social media ads and how they’re utilizing technology to expand their business reach overall.Tips for Facebook Success:Focus on using appealing visual images. The more people click on the ads the less you pay.Invite all of your Facebook friends to your Facebook business/company page. When they like your content, it shows up in their feeds and gets in front of their followers’ eyes.Don’t push people to your website from your ad. Create a specific landing page. This way you can educate your users before they buy.Shifting over to the afternoon sessions of Social Media Week Lagos, the focus was monetizing music. The standing-room-only session, Getting Paid in Full in the Era of Free, featured panelists working within Nigeria’s music industry, including legendary Nigerian rapper eLDee who foundedÂ PlayData, a broadcast monitoring service. When the conversation shifted to whether an artist should get compensated and whether music should be free overall,Â eLDee said: “If you, as a creator, give it away, you’re at liberty to do so. However, there are creators who wish to be compensated and we should respect that wish as well.â€I believe Nigerian musical acts can learn from other markets, especially in the U.S. American and mainstream artists not only license their work for films and television but also focus on generating income from live performances, sponsorships, and merchandising.[Related] Decoded: Rihanna’s Brand is Definitely Not ‘Anti’ ProfitabilityAnother wildly popular session was led by She Leads Africa‘s cofounder Afua Osei who shared intel on how the popular women’s empowerment platform has grown and cultivated their social media channels. She also shared She Leads Africa’s aggressive digital plans for the rest of the year, which include growing their 50,000 website subscribers to 300,000. With her passion and drive, I think they’ll hit the mark!Afua had this to say about metrics: “I think the most important thing that we work on and encourage people to do is use data. It doesn’t make sense to create something and not learn from it. The two most important things that I look at every single hour are repeat visitors and time spent on site. I want to know that people who are coming are coming back and [that they] found value in what they’re learning and that they think it’s interesting enough to come back more often. Right now, we’re at 35%-40% in return visitors and the goal for this year is 65%. I don’t want to just keep bringing in new people and then they leave. I want to bring them in, retain, and hook them.â€[Related] Founders of She Leads Africa talk business opportunities in Africa The day’s sessions focused on understanding social media analytics, digital tools for those working on the go, and how social media is impacting Nigerian sports.Oh, and in case you’re wondering about that Wifi, don’t because you already know the deal! Anyone want to get me an international cell phone ahead of next years event? Slide into my DM’s @savagegazelle and follow the conversation using the hashtag #BEglobal! be_ixf; php_sdk; php_sdk_1.4.18 https://www.blackenterprise.com/smw-lagos-2016-the-music-industry-and-women-in-tech/ https://www.blackenterprise.com/smw-lagos-2016-the-music-industry-and-women-in-tech/
When did you begin writing this book?I began writing the book during my junior year in high school and while at my internship at Microsoft. Even though the book is constructed for ages 7 through 10, adults can relate to it as well.During your internship at Microsoft, how did you adjust to the diversity of working with more students who didn’t look like you?My internship at Microsoft was not diversified in that the majority of my colleagues were male. Only a few of us were girls. With some of my other internships, there was a lack of diversity with ethnicity and it was more challenging for me to adjust. I managed to get through it even though, only two or three of us were interns of color. However, all of my internships were STEM-based, in business, technology, or education.You’ve acquired a well-rounded view of the STEM process, from the business side to the application side, which further inspired your desire to write this semi-autobiographical storybook about a 10-year-old African American girl, and her friends, attending an all-girls coding camp. How did your development, going into high school, encourage the completion of this project?The idea of writing the book was also influenced by having attended a STEM-based school. My view of the STEM process inclined me to want to attend after-school programs and volunteer for various organizations. During my senior year in high school, I participated in a radio interview where I discussed coding. The interviewer did not know what coding was. That made me realize that many other people, as well, did not know what coding was. My mother and I discussed the possibility of writing a children’s book about STEM. She was the motivation behind the book project.What’s particularly fascinating is to see a young adult write a book for young adults. Your book breaks down the process of coding in the simplest form, and in a way that adults can understand as well.Exactly. It’s based on a school-age girl, her friends, and family. This age group is when most kids are deciding what interests they enjoy most. I wanted to give kids an additional option, outside of sports, art, etc. I didn’t know anything about STEM until I attended McKinley Tech High School. Had I, myself, been exposed at an earlier age, the likelihood is that I would have taken an interest in coding. So, I chose that age group.(Image: Twitter/@TheStemQueen) I believe there is a stigma attached to the field of STEM, which denotes that you have to look a certain way or be a particular gender. I had six internships in technology, business, and education. During those experiences, what I noticed most was the lack of diversity among girls and people of color.My mother is an author and convinced me to initially write the book. I thought that writing literature would be a very effective way to get more students interested in the field of coding, specifically, because there are not very many books about STEM for youth. It’s also why I wanted the character to be a girl and a person of color. In this way, I could demonstrate that anyone could be interested in coding and technology. Rosa Parks once said, “Each person must live their life as a model for others.” When 19-year-old tech-savvy scholar and activist, Sasha Ariel Alston, considered how she could use her life, skill set, and knowledge to serve as a model for others to be inspired and courageous, she didn’t hesitate to move forward and put her confidence to the test. After completing six business-tech related internships, entering college as a STEM major, and writing and publishing her first book project, Alston now knows how to be an empowerment model for others.I sat down with this innovative teen tech author and global promoter of diversity in tech and children’s literature to discuss her inaugural project, “Sasha Savvy Loves to Code,” released on June 2, 2017, amid her many initiatives including Disney’s Dream Big Princess Campaign celebrating inspiring stories from around the world to encourage kids everywhere. Alston’s ultimate mission is to further the culture of science, technology, engineering, and math, while teaching some programming basics as well.What compels you the most to influence girls in the world of technology?(Image: Courtesy of Sasha Ariel Alston) Mia N. Hall, Author at Black EnterpriseFelecia Hatcher, Author at Black EnterpriseBlack Girls Code Teams Up With Lyft Months Afte… How important do you feel it is to educate black girls, in particular, on coding?As a black girl, I didn’t become interested in coding until I had my very first internship. Even though I attended McKinley Technology High School, a STEM-based high school in Washington, D.C., I was not aware of the many aspects of technology that could be advantageous to my future. My current major is Information Systems, which is a correlation between technology and business.My first internship at Microsoft Corp. landed me a position as a marketing manager. That experience forced me to understand the many issues in technology that people aren’t aware of and the diverse routes they could go. Prior to my internship, I believed that the only thing I would be able to do in technology was coding, every day, on my computer. Now, I see that there are so many directions and advantages. This experience became the driver for my desire to educate more students on where they can go with STEM, and specifically, technology.(Sasha Ariel Alston. Image: Courtesy of Sasha Ariel Alston) be_ixf; php_sdk; php_sdk_1.4.18 https://www.blackenterprise.com/teen-tech-author-sasha-alston-globally-inspires-girls-to-code/ https://www.blackenterprise.com/teen-tech-author-sasha-alston-globally-inspires-girls-to-code/ Were math and science your favorite subjects in grade school or high school?Honestly, no. I was always interested in writing. Once I entered high school, I took technology-based courses and I really enjoyed those, too. The subjects that were most interesting were technology and English courses. But I’ve always loved writing!Did you ever think you would enter a career in STEM?Not at all. I used to believe that I was going to be a lawyer because my mother was a lawyer. After my internship, my viewpoints shifted.Having a love for writing and the law, per se, is a way for you to intertwine that creativity into the technology world that you now love. There are numerous programming languages that make it possible for us to create computer software, applications, websites, and so forth. What kinds of applications are you interested in creating?I’m interested in creating an application that is user-friendly to high school students. I’m not sure what I want the application to be, however, I am certain that I want it to help high school students achieve and provide resource in other areas. I also want to have an educational startup program that aids students in under-served geographical areas. My university has an entrepreneurial lab that provides students with the tools and resources of how to start a business. I intend to seek more guidance from that as well.How do you believe technology and coding saves lives?During my research and while writing the book, I read an article that referenced technology as an integral part of everything we are and do. The fact that no one truly goes without utilizing technology on a daily basis makes it essential for us to know what we are using and the aspects it takes to create that technology. Our world is constantly changing and it’s very important that everyone is aware. Statistics show that most jobs in the future will require one to have some knowledge of technology and coding.Yes, it seems to be the direction in which the world is going. We are heading toward robotics and technology, in a large way, which will have a great impact not only on our livelihood, but also our survival. While you are marketing this book, in college, and surrounded by other students in the technological world, do you ever feel isolated or do you have like-minded associates that share the same path?To a degree, I definitely feel isolated. None of my friends are STEM majors. Their majors range from criminal justice to communications to business administration. Since I’ve produced the book, my peers ask various questions about it, but don’t fully understand what I’m talking about. Between the Science and Business Schools, I have yet met an Information Systems Major.You are finding out that more teens and university students are unaware of the field of coding, hence, the necessity for your book. And you are, in essence, becoming an educator. Where do you see yourself with this project in five years?Initially, I was aiming for an M.B.A., perhaps working for a Fortune 500 company. Now, this book has taken an unexpected direction. I’d like to expand into a brand, perhaps a seven-book series, in which I can have additional products and applications for students. I’m definitely considering my own startup company in educational technology, and I’m looking into commercial modeling to spread awareness of STEM.What makes me excited about STEM is that there aren’t enough girls of color. There aren’t enough girls, period. One statistic I found is that less than 1% of high school girls are interested in pursuing a tech-related career. I feel it’s important to raise awareness from an early age. Since I myself am a teen, I’d like to show other teens that they can be interested in a variety of things, not just one. It’s important to break these kinds of stereotypes. I’ve met other computer science students and everyone looks the same.