By Blue Telusma –theGrio
In case you were unaware, Keke Palmer is all grown up.
Tuesday, images emerged of the former child star showing off her seductive side in the October issue of Maxim men’s magazine.
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By Aria Ellise –Blackdoctor.org
Even in the epic battle that took place on Tuesday night’s U.S. Open, it’s still all love between tennis champions Venus and Serena Williams. And even moreso, it created a single mission for their entire family.
The sellout crowd of 23,771 inside Arthur Ashe Stadium appreciated the match for its raw display of power tennis.In a family sport, the Williamses provided a sibling rivalry like no other, and it seemed altogether fitting that they met again this September with so much tennis history on the line.
Venus, never happy to lose, could walk away with her head held high: On this night Serena was the better player, a 6-2, 1-6, 6-3 winner in a battle that was as much physical as it was mental and emotional. The victory delivers Serena into the semifinals of the U.S. Open, just two matches from an awesome Grand Slam.
The difference Tuesday night was the one shot that has helped her rise above the rest: her serve. The 33-year-old world No. 1 blasted 12 aces and won 77% of points played on her first serve.
It has also been the shot that has given Williams the most trouble during this U.S. Open. She has hit 38 aces, but also 22 double faults through five matches.
Both of the sisters had numerous challenges on this road that led them here: From the blatant discrimination by onlookers and competitors commenting on everything from their hair to their clothes–none of which had to do with their awesome wins time and time again.
And we can’t forget about both sisters’ health struggles: Serena had a blood clot in 2011 that put her tennis career on hold for awhile. And older sister Venus was diagnosed with an incurable immune disorder Sjodgren’s Syndrome, the disease that causes joint pain, swelling and stiffness, as well as swollen salivary glands — particularly the set located behind your jaw and in front of your ears, along with skin rashes.
And the personal tragedy they both suffered when their sister was gunned down after a confrontation with youths in the crime-ridden Los Angeles suburb of Compton, where the Williams family grew up.
Despite all that, they still succeeded.
Venus, who said previous to their encounter that she wouldn’t shy away from the role of spoiler, now says…
… she wants nothing but success for little sister — four majors in a single year. Serena, 33, is now just two victories from joining Maureen Connolly, Margaret Court and Steffi Graf as the only women to accomplish such a feat.
“That would be a huge,” said Venus, 35. “Not just for me, but for my family just for what it represents and how hard we have worked and where we come from. So it would be a moment for our family.”
“It’s the greatest story in tennis,” Serena said at the news conference after the match. “Because of where we come from and how we started. It doesn’t get better for us [now]. And the people that we’ve inspired.”
By Brittany Dandy –Blackenterprise.com
New York City’s Hot Bread Kitchen is striving to change the lives of immigrant women looking to make a living in the United States, according to CNN Money. The non-profit offers women, in low income situations, the craft and commerce of baking bread so they may earn a living for their families.
Clarissa Sango, 25, emigrated to the U.S. from Burkina Faso in 2011. She spoke little English and, as CNN reports, she didn’t possess many work skills—leaving her struggling to find a job.
“If you just came from Africa and you don’t have any resume or experience, it’s hard,” Sango told CNN Money.
The Bread Kitchen program is nine months and includes, “kitchen English” lessons which give women the language skills they need to communicate efficiently in the kitchen. The women enrolled in the classes also earn a wage of $8.75 while in attendance.
According to Money, the non-profit’s founder, Jessamyn Rodriguez, started the program out of her home in 2007, and has since trained 82 women from 20 countries. The storefront and training center is now located in Harlem, New York, where Rodriguez continues to offer women a unique space to link job skills and craft when they need it most.
“The mission here at the Hot Bread Kitchen is really around economic development,” Rodriguez said to Money. What makes us unique is real marriage between job skill and interest, with a career in market need.”
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Tony Tagliavia, Media Manager –MPS
Rebuilt South Stadium, renovated Custer Stadium part of district effort to strengthen athletic opportunities
MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee Public Schools student athletes, district leaders and community members will come together Friday to cut the ribbons at two new MPS athletic fields, celebrating new opportunities for student athletes that enhance the MPS experience.
The new football and soccer fields at the rebuilt South Stadium and the renovated Custer Stadium are a component of district-wide efforts to expand athletic programs, tied to MPS’ eight Strategic Objectives or “Big Ideas” to improve student success.
“We want to redefine the MPS experience for our students and making sure that our students have access to stronger extracurricular and athletic opportunities is a critical part of a well-rounded education,” MPS Superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver said.
Ribbon-cutting events are set for:
The two new fields feature synthetic turf to both improve player safety and help the fields handle a higher volume of games. Each stadium is the home field for multiple teams.
Custer Stadium is home for the football programs at Rufus King International High School, James Madison Academic Campus, Morse•Marshall School for the Gifted and Talented, North Division High School, Barack Obama School of Career and Technical Education and Washington High School of Information Technology.
South Stadium is home for the football programs at Bay View High School, Lynde and Harry Bradley Technology and Trade High School and South Division High School. Each stadium is also home field for a number of soccer teams.
The stadium projects were funded through Qualified School Construction Bonds issued by MPS through the city of Milwaukee.
Other MPS efforts to strengthen athletic opportunities include:
On the classified Page of the August 19, 2015 edition of the Community Journal we printed a UW-Milwaukee Classified Page advertisement about a UWM career opportunity as it relates to a Student Services Coordinator, Educational Support Services position. The ad had the incorrect deadline date to apply for the position: September 6. The correct deadline date is September 18. The Community Journal apologizes for any inconvenience this error may have caused you, our readers. To apply for the position, go to: https://jobs.uwm.edu/postings/24262
Emily Tess Katz -Huff Post Black Voices
Steve Harvey’s made a name for himself in daytime television with three seasons of his wildly successful eponymous talk show, but he’s the first to say that he’s no Oprah. And according to the TV host himself, he never will be.
“Everybody was pushing me to be her,” Harvey told HuffPost Live on Friday. “‘Man, we gotta find the next Oprah — be more this, more that.’ I couldn’t.”
Oprah is “a one of a kind,” Harvey said, and is thus irreplaceable.
“It’s like, Oprah — you won’t see another Muhammad Ali. There willl be no more Michael Jordans. There just won’t be. … There won’t be no more Michael Jacksons. There won’t be no more Elvises. There won’t be no more Beatles. There just won’t be some things no more,” he affirmed. “There will be be no more Oprah Winfreys. That’s a wrap. She was the king and queen of daytime television.”
Despite the comparisons, Harvey says he is very different from Oprah — and he’s cool with that.
“I’m happy… where I am,” he said. “I’m very content.”
Maxwell Strachan -Huff Post Sports
Serena Williams defeated her older sister, Venus, in three sets in the U.S. Open quarterfinals on Tuesday.
The final score was 6-3, 1-6, 6-3. Serena, 33, will advance to the tournament’s semifinals, where she will face Roberta Vinci of Italy. She is now just two victories away from becoming the first tennis player — male or female — to win all four major annual tennis tournaments in the same year since 1988, when Steffi Graf achieved the feat.
Serena, the No. 1 women’s player in the world and a three-time defending champion of the women’s U.S. Open, won the game at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York City. The stadium was dotted with celebrities for the hugely anticipated match, including Oprah Winfrey, Kim Kardashian and even Donald Trump.
Serena was nearly perfect in the first set but started to get tight in the second, during which she committed three double faults, before closing it out during the third set. She is now 8-5 against her 35-year-old sister at the major tournaments.
Tuesday’s game was the 27th match between the two sisters over the course of their careers, and Serena now holds a 16-11 lead in those matches. The sisters first competed against one another professionally all the way back in 1998, at the Australian Open.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
By Kandia Johnson –Blackenterprise.com
Despite the countless contributions of African culture to the world, including—fashion, technology, food, and more, the continent; which includes 53 countries, is still plagued by stereotypical images of extreme poverty, corrupt governments, and people living in jungles. So when 17-year-old Ghanaian Rachel Markham and her Somali-American friend, Diana Saleh, became frustrated with these perceptions, they launched the #TheAfricatheMediaNeverShowsYou campaign.
Since its launch, the campaign has garnered thousands of Tweets and Instagram posts. “I think it can change the way people perceive Africa on a very wide scale,” said Rachel Markham in an interview with Fastcoexist.com. “The responses I have found quite interesting are those who are surprised about the fact that Africa looks this way—developed in aspects like construction and technology,” Markham said.
From street style photos of fashion in Ghana to skyscrapers in Rwanda, check out how the #TheAfricatheMediaNeverShowsYou images are making waves across social media.
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By Courtney Conneley –Blackenterprise.com
At just 25 years old, Fashion Designer Jesstia Usher is proving that her wisdom and insight into the business of fashion is beyond her years.
After graduating with honors from Otis College of Art and Design at 20, Usher planned to take a break from the never ending grind of the fashion world before jumping full-fledge into her career. But after getting her design portfolio discovered by a local boutique owner, Usher was forced to quickly jump start her clothing line, Eyanatia, in 2010. Since then, she’s designed garments for several different clients, including Professional Boxer Andrae Carthron and her brother, Jessie Usher, who plays Cam Calloway in the hit-show Survivor’s Remorse.
With five years of entrepreneurship experience under her belt, the Maryland native opens up to BlackEnterprise.com about the meaning behind her company name, the business behind her brand, and her advice to other young designers.
BlackEnterprise.com: What was your inspiration for the name of your clothing line?
Usher: When I was in college we had a project my sophomore year where we had to come up with a name of our line. It’s so funny because [Eyanatia] is my middle name flipped backwards, and I added ‘tia’ at the end. Since it’s not a standard name I had to figure out how I wanted to pronounce it.
Some designers admit to having no formal training before jump starting their business. As a designer who also went to design school, do you feel that your education has given you an extra edge?
I got a bachelor’s degree from Otis College of Art and Design and it pretty much incorporated not just the creative side, but also the business side and the history behind [fashion]. It really focused a lot on not only the skills of sewing and pattern drafting, but I learned a lot about the history of it and the old ways of doing it because with technology the industry has moved forward a lot. I still can do hand patterns, which is not as common. People often use a digital system with pattern making and I’m still very hands-on with that. For my line, I do everything by hand.
Can you briefly describe your journey into entrepreneurship? Did you always know you would eventually have a clothing line of your own?
I started my company about six months after college and it wasn’t initially my choice. I was planning to take a break, go on vacation and then jump into the industry, but I had a meeting with a woman who was waiting for me to graduate. I had interned with Barbie and was thinking about working with them when this woman saw my portfolio, who was a boutique owner, and asked how could she purchase the items. Within a month after the meeting she ordered multiple pieces and I had to start making them, so, that’s literally how I got started. From there on, I’ve been doing it and it’s been great. Every time I think back and look on it I think, ‘how in the world did that happen?’
How many people do you have working on the Eyanatia team?
It’s me and my fabulous mother. Now that it’s grown, and I’ve been doing it for about five years, I do most of the creative part of the work and my mom helps with the business. At first it was super boutique-like. It was about 10-15 items per style, but now I’ve expanded to do about 100. I sell mostly online and if I have to turn it in faster than I can sew it, then I have people help me.
What would you say has been your biggest career accomplishment so far?
I would say when I did custom boxing shorts for this professional boxer name Andrae Carthron. We met at a Martin Luther King, Jr. parade in Los Angeles, where we were randomly talking and I told him I was a fashion designer. He told me he was a professional boxer and we ended up exchanging info from there. I came up with some really cool stuff, like water-proof fabric and screen printing techniques on the shorts, and he sent me a video of him boxing in them on ESPN.
Starting out, what would you say was one of your biggest challenges as a designer?
One of the biggest challenges I would say was finding out where your product should be sold and where your customer is. Slowly, but surely, I think the challenge also grows to be the industry itself. On top of your deadline, you deal with fabric vendors, sewing houses, and buyers who have their own deadlines and schedules, so for me that has been a huge struggle. I sit back a lot and say, ‘how does this industry run?’ No one does what they say they are going to do.
What advice do you have for other young designers who are trying to start their own line?
Never let all of the negativity or the lows affect your creativity. We are the biggest critics of ourselves. Even if we don’t see it, we usually are. We just have to push through that and create great stuff that we love. If we love it, then the world will too. It’s really about passion.
A study at Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco tracked 600 gay men for over two years as they used Truvada, also known as PrEP or “pre-exposure prophylaxis,” a drug taken to prevent the contraction of HIV – and none of the study participants tested HIV-positive!
The study looked at the use of Truvada in a real-world rather than a clinical setting; the participants used the drug for an average of seven months, and some of them reported having multiple partners in a short span of time, which researchers termed as a high-risk setting. Even then, there were no new HIV infections among the participants.
Truvada has been criticized as a “party drug,” and concerns have been raised that people who use Truvada may use it in lieu of condoms, even though Truvada only prevents HIV and not other sexually transmitted infections. And, unfortunately, this turned out to be the case – 30 percent of the participants contracted a different STI within a year, 50 percent contracted an STI within two years, and while 56 percent of participants said that their use of condoms remained unchanged, 41 percent said that they used condoms less.
However, the study shows that Truvada is, at least, an extremely effective part of HIV prevention, along with condoms and other safe sex methods.