Mississippi State Releases “Noise” Hype Video Ahead Of 2015 Season

first_imgMississippi State highlights ahead of the 2015 season.Mississippi State Football “No Noise” Hype VideoThe 2014 campaign was historic for Mississippi State, as the Bulldogs, who started the season unranked, rose to No. 1 in the polls after huge victories over LSU, Texas A&M and Auburn in succession. While the squad didn’t finish the year how it wanted, it’s clear that Mississippi State football was as relevant as it’s been in quite some time this past year. Heading into 2015, the Bulldogs want to finish the job and compete for a national championship in the College Football Playoff.Thursday, MSU released a hype video titled “Noise” to tease the 2015 campaign. It chronicles last year’s rise before setting the stage for the upcoming season. Check it out:Mississippi State opens with Southern Miss on September 5.last_img read more

Busy Philipps To Host Uplift Family Services 7th Annual Norma Jean Gala

first_imgThe generosity of Hollywood will once again be on display this May 19, 2018 as the community comes together to celebrate Uplift Family Services at Hollygrove’s 7th Annual Norma Jean Gala, presented by Houlihan Lokey, under the stars at the beautiful Hollygrove campus against the backdrop of the Hollywood sign, an event to benefit the agency’s behavioral and mental health programs that provide help and hope to more than 1,200 at-risk children and their families in the Hollywood and South Los Angeles communities.This year the gala proudly honors the agency’s friends and champions Ike Barinholtz and wife Erica Hanson with the Ambassador of Children Award, and will also bestow the agency’s first-ever Volunteer of the Year Award to CAA’s Chris Andrews. Ike and Erica were selected to receive this honor because they, through deed and example, embody the values of the organization’s mission, share its passion to strengthen and support children in crisis, and advocate for those most in need. Long-time friend Colin Hanks is set to present Barinholtz and Hanson with their award. Andrews, who has been an ongoing volunteer and supporter of the agency for several years by regularly tutoring and mentoring kids in the agency’s after school program, is being singled out for the impact he has made and the example he sets for others. Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominated actor Edgar Ramirez will present to Andrews.“I am so honored to be recognized by Uplift Family Services at Hollygrove in this way and am in awe of what they do to support children and families in need,” said Barinholtz recently. “My wife and I strongly believe how important it is to provide each and every child with the tools they need to succeed. We are thrilled to be involved with this organization that fights so fiercely for this cause, and are looking forward to a wonderful evening of celebrating their work.”Notes Andrews, “I have long wanted to make a tangible difference in the lives of others, and am so grateful to have the opportunity to be involved with an organization like Hollygrove. I am so impressed by the work they do with the children and families they serve, and am honored to be a part of creating some of that positive impact.”“We are so excited and proud to have our friends Ike, Erica and Chris as our honorees this year,” says Elena Judd, Uplift Family Services’ Regional Executive Director. “They each in their own ways are so committed to helping those who exist on the margins of our society, especially children, and serving as examples to others. I’m so thankful for their ongoing support of our work to do whatever it takes to heal the child – and strengthen the whole family.”Ike Barinholtz is quickly becoming one of the most sought after comedians, writers and actors in the comedy world. He is well known for starring on TV’s The Mindy Project as well as the hit films Suicide Squad, Neighbors with Seth Rogen, Snatched with Amy Schumer, and Sisters with Amy Poehler and Tina Fey. He currently can be seen in Universal’s Blockers alongside John Cena and Leslie Mann, and he is currently in post-production on his new film The Oath which he wrote, directed and stars in alongside John Cho and Tiffany Haddish. The first film he co-wrote, the hilarious comedy Central Intelligence, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Kevin Hart, was a runaway hit. Erica Hanson is a partner at PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Los Angeles; she and Ike have been married since 2009 and have three children.Chris Andrews is a motion picture talent agent at Creative Artists Agency (CAA). Andrews works in the Los Angeles office and represents many of the world’s leading actors — including Daniel Craig, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Ben Kingsley, Emily Blunt, Jon Hamm, Ian McKellen, Saoirse Ronan, Edgar Ramirez and Steve Coogan. In addition to his commitment to Hollygrove, Andrews also serves on the board of the USC School of the Dramatic Arts.About the Norma Jean Gala: its namesake is the Hollygrove campus’ most famous alumni — Norma Jean Baker, who benefitted from the agency’s care as a child before she ultimately came to be known as the international icon Marilyn Monroe. Now in its 7th year, the gala, which will once again have Busy Philipps as MC, has attracted a host of notable individuals, celebrities and organizations who come together one evening each year to honor and celebrate the work of Uplift Family Services at Hollygrove and spirit of “Norma Jean”, including: Neil Patrick Harris & David Burtka, Matt Bomer, Rob Reiner, Busy Philipps, Colin Hanks, Cobie Smulders, Tom Arnold, Diane Ladd, George Lopez, Lori Laughlin, Ian Ziering and many others.Proceeds from the Norma Jean Gala support Uplift Family Services at Hollygrove’s unique and effective privately-funded therapeutic afterschool, summer and parent support programs that help create stability, strengthen the family and provide a greater chance of success for the child to become productive and thrive. In addition to underwriting support from presenting sponsor Houlihan Lokey, major gala sponsors include: RETS Associates, Bryant-Reichling Real Estate, CB Technologies, COMPASS Hollywood, the Johnny Carson Foundation, UTA and Paramount Studios.For more information, visit the gala website here.last_img read more

Womens Swimming Liz Li breaks Big Ten record claims Big Ten Championship

OSU then-sophomore Liz Li poses for a picture at the 2016 Big Ten Championships. Credit: Courtesy of OSUSenior Liz Li won her second consecutive Big Ten championship title in the 50-yard freestyle at the Big Ten Championships Thursday. Her winning time of 21.48 seconds established a new conference-record in the event that she previously set at the meet, and tied her own school record that she set for Ohio State last season.Coming into this event, Li held the third fastest 50-yard freestyle time in the country. She now holds the record for the fastest time in that event, earning her third individual Big Ten title of her career.Dating back to 2005, only five different swimmers have won a Big Ten championship in the event, all of whom have won it at least two consecutive seasons. Li has now become the fifth straight Big Ten swimmer to earn consecutive conference titles in the 50-yard freestyle.Li’s teammates earned success throughout the day as well.Senior Lindsey Clary claimed a fourth-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:37.65, while junior Meg Bailey placed third in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 1:57.75. Li also competed in the 400-yard medley relay with senior Zulal Zeren, senior Taylor Vargo, and junior Macie McNichols, who claimed a fifth-place title with a time of 3:34.91.The Buckeyes stand in fifth-place overall after Day Two, behind Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota respectively.The competition will continue Friday with championships in the 100-yard butterfly, 400-yard individual medley, 200-yard freestyle, 100-yard breaststroke, 100-yard backstroke, three-meter diving and the 200-yard freestyle relay. Preliminaries begin at 11 a.m. and finals will take place at 6:30 p.m. read more

Frances World Cup winners given heros welcome

first_imgFrance’s World Cup winners returned home to an exuberant reception by the hundreds of thousands of supporters that turned up at Paris on Monday to greet the starsLes Bleus ended a wait of 20 years to win the second world title on Sunday, where they defeated first-time finalists Croatia 4-2 at Moscow to lift football’s most prestigious trophy once more.Since the victory, there have been non-stop celebrations back home with the fans clustering the Champs-Elysees, Paris’ most famous avenue, after the final.And upon their return on Monday morning to Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport, head coach Didier Deschamps and captain Hugo Lloris were the first to appear with the World Cup trophy in their grasp.The team then embarked on a parade through the streets of Paris in an open-top bus as they were driven down the Champs-Elysees amid clouds of flare smoke.Que c’est bon ! Le bonheur partout… Toutes les communes de France ont résonné de cris de joie et de chants pour cette 2ème étoile. Encore ! #FiersdetreBleus pic.twitter.com/L76vY6he4z— Equipe de France (@equipedefrance) July 16, 2018Once they arrived at the Elysee Palace, the players then met with president Emmanuel Macron.Euro 2020Report: Euro 2020 qualifying Group H George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group H is being controlled by France and Turkey, but Iceland is still in with a shout.Reigning world champions France ran…Équipe fière de la reconnaissance de notre République. #FiersdEtreBleus #VivelaFrance #VivelaRépublique pic.twitter.com/uyiQSbaIzj— Equipe de France (@equipedefrance) July 16, 2018Several metro stations had in fact been renamed after some of the squad temporarily with Champs-Elysees being renamed Deschamps-Elysees.Every member of France’s World Cup-winning team were awarded the Legion of Honour, which is the highest recognition the country can give for “exceptional service”.CHAMPIONS DU MONNNNNNNNNNNDE ⭐⭐#FiersdetreBleus pic.twitter.com/ouMN5PkMJl— Equipe de France (@equipedefrance) July 15, 2018last_img read more

Meet The Man Believed To Be The First Black Millionaire In Texas

first_img Share CHRISTOPHER CONNELLY / KERAWilliam Madison McDonald, an influential banker and political kingmaker, is commemorated in a mural at Fort Worth’s Intermodal Transportation Center.William Madison McDonald is far from a household name these days, but he was a legend in his day. Born 150 years ago, McDonald is widely believed to have been the first black millionaire in Texas.The son of a former slave, McDonald became an influential banker and a political force who helped shape Fort Worth at the turn of the 20th century, using his wealth and connections to help lift up his city’s African-American community.Listen to the KERA News story.“When I was young growing up, Bill McDonald was a mythical character. But we knew he was real … we knew he was buried, for example. We knew he had lived and been buried. But he was larger than life,”  said Bob Ray Sanders, a retired Fort Worth Star-Telegram columnist and former KERA newsman.When Sanders was growing up in the 1950s and early ‘60s, the east side of Fort Worth’s downtown was the place to be. The intersection of Jones Street and Ninth Street, Sanders said, was the heart of a thriving black business district in the still-segregated city that thronged with African-American-owned restaurants, hotels, night clubs, shops and even a hospital.“From the Convention Center almost to the Court House, these were black businesses,” Sanders recalled. “It was here, and it was vibrant.”Lifting the communityWilliam Madison McDonald became a major player in Texas Republican Party in the 1890s, representing the state as a delegate to national party conventions.A bank stood at the center of all that activity. Sanders said that so much of the city’s black business class was tied in one way or another to Fraternal Bank and Trust. Historians say it was the first black-owned bank in Texas. Its founder was William Madison McDonald.“From basically the beginning of the 20th century, Bill McDonald’s imprint was on Fort Worth,” Sanders said. “He made his mark, and he kept making his mark, until the day he died.”Before he came to Fort Worth, McDonald lived in Kaufman County. Born in 1866, his father was a freed slave, a man who had been owned by the Ku Klux Klan’s first grand wizard. At just 8 years old, McDonald went to work for a white lawyer, a man who eventually helped him to go to college.McDonald studied religion, ran a school and organized a state fair to show off the accomplishments of black farmers; all before he turned 21.“Anything that he took his hand to prospered. And he was showing others that you can do this too,” said Opal Lee, who helped launch Fort Worth’s black genealogical and historical society.Lee is 90 years old now, but she grew up seeing McDonald. It was at the end of his life, at the beginning of hers. Lee remembers walking past the millionaire’s massive mansion on Terrell Avenue on her way to the movie theater.“He’d be sitting out sunning: A little, old man. And I wanted so much to say something to him, but I was afraid. I never spoke to him,” she saidMcDonald left Kaufman County in 1906 for Fort Worth, and quickly became a revered leader in his adopted city. He bought a handful of businesses, built several buildings, and opened the Fraternal Bank and Trust. Opal Lee had an account there.McDonald’s bank was a simple place, Lee said. No fancy vault, just few desks and an ornate cage where the money was locked away.Still, it was a thriving financial institution. It not only survived the Great Depression, but was reported to have bailed out struggling white-owned banks. Originally the repository for the wealth of black Masons, Fraternal Bank and Trust served the city’s African-Americans when white banks weren’t open to them. Access to capital, Lee said, helped the community lift itself up.“He helped a lot of young black entrepreneurs get started in business,” he said.A political kingmakerBefore he became a banker, though, McDonald was active in politics. And at that, too, he excelled. He was a close ally of Col. Ned Green, a massively wealthy white railroad and banking magnate, and the two established themselves as a political power brokers.“Green and McDonald teamed up, and they ran the Republican Party in Texas,” he saidIn the decades that followed the end of slavery, a biracial coalition dominated the state Republican Party. McDonald became a shot caller in that so-called Black and Tan faction – and served as a delegate at state and national conventions. Reby Cary, a historian, educator and civil rights leader, said that African Americans at that time almost exclusively backed Republicans.“That party freed us. It was Abraham Lincoln,” Cary said. “We got freed because the Republicans freed us,” he saidCary, now in his 90s, grew up four blocks from McDonald. He said McDonald promoted a philosophy of black self-reliance, challenging African Americans to build their own institutions and businesses. A lifelong Republican, Cary said McDonald’s message shaped his own thinking, and is still relevant today.“In the first place, he used to tell us, he said, if blacks want your own business, you set it up. If you want your own newspaper, you set it up,” he said.A fading legacyMcDonald died in 1950. He left no heirs – his only son died while away at college. His grave in the Old Trinity Cemetery in Fort Worth is marked by a huge obelisk, and a historic marker recalling his influence.In the decades since his death, many of the buildings McDonald owned and built have disappeared. The bank was torn down. The Jim Hotel – where legends like Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie stayed and played – is gone. Both his mansion and a sprawling masonic temple he built were demolished.At the train station in downtown Fort Worth, at the intersection where McDonald’s bank once stood, there’s a mural that celebrates the city’s black history. Sanders said the mural makes clear how much William McDonald’s story is woven throughout the history of Fort Worth’s African American community at the beginning of the last century.“Bill McDonald was a way maker, for a lot of people. Including me,” Sanders said. “He paved the way for a lot of people. He certainly wasn’t the only one, but he was a major figure in our history, and we shouldn’t forget that.”Sanders said that when he was a kid, you couldn’t grow up black in Fort Worth without hearing about William McDonald. Today, he said, young people don’t learn a lot of local black history. So while McDonald’s buildings are gone, Sanders said it’s on us to decide if his memory lives on.Copyright 2016 KERA-FM. To see more, visit KERA-FM.last_img read more

Houston LGBTQ Community Mourns African American Transgender Woman

first_img Share Photo via FacebookPolice have identified the victim as 22-year-old Tracy Single.Houstonians are mourning the death of an African American transgender woman. Tracy Single was found dead in a parking lot in the Memorial area on July 30, according to the Houston Police Department. An autopsy revealed the incident was a homicide.“We are devastated by the loss of Tracy,” HPD sergeant Alexa Magnan, who works closely with members of the LGBT community, said. “We’re here and we are pursuing every lead in this case to try to bring justice for Tracy.” The 16th trans murder this year has happened here in Houston. Rest In Peace Tracy Single. We have lit City Hall and the Bridges over Hwy 59 in trans colors in her honor tonight/tomorrow. As we #sayhername we remain committed to creating a City where #translivesmatter 💙💕 pic.twitter.com/4cagiNFmrS— RustinBrother (@HarrisonGuy) August 15, 2019At least 22 transgender people were killed in the U.S. last year and 82% of them were women of color, according to the national advocacy group Human Rights Campaign.“Transgender people are disproportionately affected by violence. Every year it’s consistent,” Magnan said. “Transgender women of color all across the country are victimized at much higher rates.” All HPD officers are receiving mandatory training with Equality Texas this year to educate them on working with transgender Houstonians, Magnan said. And she’s encouraging members of the transgender community to report any information that could be related to the incident. Houston City Hall and several highway bridges were lit in the trans pride flag colors — blue, pink and white — this week in Single’s memory, according to Harrison Guy, the chair of the mayor’s LGBTQ task force. “I was hoping to let the trans community specifically know that we see you, that this is your city as well, that you have a place here, that we’re working to make this a city that is safe for you, a place where you can thrive,” Guy said.In Dallas, police have been investigating the murders of two black transgender women, Muhlaysia Booker and Chynal Lindsey, earlier this summer.last_img read more

DC Program Matches Residents with Jobs

first_imgBy Brelaun Douglas, Special to the AFROEarlier this summer, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced a plan to connect D.C. residents in communities disproportionately impacted by unemployment and violence with work experience and training through the 1,000 Opportunities initiative. The goal was to connect 1,000 residents in 90 days.Bowser announced September 5 that the District has exceeded its goal and matched over 1,180 Washingtonians with job opportunities in just 11 weeks.The 1,000 Opportunities program is exceeding expectations.(Courtesy photo)“With the help of our community partners, the 1,000 Opportunities initiative has already surpassed the original goal, and we’re not slowing down,” Bowser said.1,000 Opportunities was launched as part of the Safer, Stronger DC initiative, a broader series led by the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice, the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity and the Office of the City Administrator. It is aimed at creating new pathways to employment and violence prevention across the District and since its launch has hosted community events, enrolled over 350 at-risk youth in a free summer enrichment program and expanded residential clean teams.Training opportunities were provided by the Department of Employment Services through Project Empowerment, DC Quick Path to Transportation and Back to Work 50+.On September 15, a 1,000 Opportunities conference will be held at the DC Infrastructure Academy, located at 2330 Pomeroy Road, SE, providing residents with resume advice, helping to hone their interview skills and to talk about more opportunities.For more information go to 1kopportunitiesdc.com.last_img read more

Soon 20 more CNG buses in South Bengal districts

first_imgKolkata: Soon, twenty more CNG buses will be introduced in South Bengal districts to reduce pollution. The state Environment department will be funding the project.The state Environment minister, Suvendu Adhikari, who is also the state’s Transport minister, said steps have been taken to introduce more number of CNG buses. Around 20 more such buses will be operating in different parts of the South Bengal districts.The CNG buses are environment friendly and help to curb the level of pollution in the state. It may be mentioned that the state Transport department has a plan to operate CNG buses all over the state and will be done in phases. Each bus costs around Rs 1 crore. But the maintenance cost of the CNG buses is considerably much less than those of the diesel run ones. At the same time, the cost of fuel will be much cheaper as gas costs lesser than diesel. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe state government had earlier introduced CNG buses in Asansol and Durgapur. At present, 30 CNG buses ply in Asansol and Durgapur. The project has become immensely successful and now the state government has taken steps to introduce more number of CNG buses.Several steps were taken in the past seven years to increase the number of buses so that people do not have to wait for a long time to get a bus to reach their destinations. Initiatives for introducing environment friendly vehicles were also taken. The state Transport department is giving all support for the promotion of electric vehicles and decision has been taken to allow owners of the electric vehicles to recharge their vehicles at the charging points, where the electric buses of the West Bengal Transport Corporationwill be recharged.They will be charged for the electricity cost under the “no gain no loss” policy as it has been done for promotion of e-vehicles. The state government will also introduce 80 electric buses by August.last_img read more

Rep Lilly Reforms desperately needed for hardworking residents in licensed professions

first_img Categories: Lilly News,News 14Jun Rep. Lilly: Reforms desperately needed for hardworking residents in licensed professions Michigan House advances plan eliminating duplicative measuresThe Michigan House on Tuesday advanced a package of proposals, including one sponsored by state Rep. Jim Lilly, easing costs for employees in areas with occupational licensing at the local level.Designed to roll back government red tape and diminish the burden on businesses, their employees and consumers, the plan disallows local governments in Michigan from imposing licenses on occupations that already are regulated at the state level.“It’s counterproductive to Michigan’s continued comeback to have this level of burdensome regulation for people in these careers,” said Lilly, of Park Township. “It creates more fees and more hassle for people trying to provide for themselves and their families.”If the state were to require a license and set standards for an occupation that was previously unregulated, a local government would be expected to remove or cease enforcement of its own licensing requirements for that particular profession.Lilly worries more requirements mean more individuals will be less likely to pursue a career or start a business in a licensed field, creating less competition and more inherited cost for Michigan consumers.“It’s not a job-friendly structure,” Lilly said of the licensing layers. “I’m concerned we’re squeezing people out of some of these industries or making it harder for people to enter into them due to overregulation. That doesn’t help our residents or the state in any capacity.”The proposal’s main bill, House Bill 5955, creates the Local Government Occupational Licensing Act. Lilly’s bill, HB 5963, is part of companion legislation ensuring cities, villages, townships and counties are in accordance with the new proposal. The bill package moves to the Senate for consideration.last_img read more

Orange has made a €75 million equity investment in

first_imgOrange has made a €75 million equity investment in Africa Internet Group and has said its African subsidiaries will strike strategic partnerships with the African company’s subsidiaries across the continent.Africa Internet Group, which is also backed by AXA, Goldman Sachs, MTN Group, Millicom and Rocket Internet, operates 10 online consumer businesses across 23 African countries.Jumia, the group’s original platform, allows businesses to market their products and services online to Africa’s emerging middle class. Other services offered by Africa Internet Group include an e-commerce marketplace (Kaymu), websites offering food delivery (Hellofood) and hotel booking (Jovago), as well as online classified ads for general merchandise (Vendito), real estate (Lamudi), jobs (Everjobs) and vehicles (Carmudi).Orange said it would help Jumia and other websites run by Africa Internet Group to accelerate their growth and seize development opportunities in Africa.“We are particularly pleased to announce our entry into the capital of Africa Internet Group. With this strategic investment, Orange now has the capacity to play a leading role in the fast-growing e-commerce market in Africa. This acquisition is combined with the signature of several important partnership agreements that will create value for all parties,” said Stephane richard, Chairman and CEO of Orange.“In particular, across the twelve countries where we have a common presence, this investment will enable us to significantly develop our ability to market products and services developed by Orange Middle East & Africa over the Internet. This operation, initiated by our corporate investment fund Orange Digital Ventures, is fully aligned with our strategic plan, Essentiels2020, particularly with regards to our ambition to reinvent customer service, develop the digital channels and services offered to customers as well as our ambition to develop our activities in Africa and the Middle East.”last_img read more