Baby Shower for Tifarah and Reco & their soon to arrive Baby boy,
Rickole Jr. held a co-ed Baby shower located at the Veterans Manor 3430
W. Wisconsin Ave on Saturday July 11th.
Photo by Kim Robinson.
By Chanel Martin –Blackenterprise.com
Nuracode is one of the leading minority owned tech companies nation. Based in the heart of Atlanta, Nuracode is your one-stop-shop for software and app development, digital marketing and strategy, analytics and more. They have had the pleasure of working with a range of diverse companies from large enterprises including Sprite, AARP, DreamWorks, to smaller urban companies like Trap Flix.
BlackEnterprse.com caught up with Founder and Chief Algorithm Officer, Iziah Reid, to discuss the inspiration behind starting Nuracode.
BlackEnterprise.com: How did you start Nuracode?
Iziah Reid: I was a software developer for corporate America for about 10 years. I worked for a cruise ship and developed software that allowed cruise ship attendees the option to stream on-demand video and order room service and shore excursions from their rooms. A friend of mine convinced me that I was smart enough to start a company around the same concept streaming videos for Caribbean and African people.
But we were wrong, and failed miserably. When we were down to our last couple hundred bucks we tried to build a hot or not competitor. Instead of having one person on the screen, we decided to have two, and you could vote for the photo you liked the best. We called it Dime Wars, and it was built in one night. We made seven dollars at the end of the first week. It was more money than we made in any other business. We decided that because this worked, we would replicate it. Eventually, my partner and I moved in different directions.
Two things were important to me: to produce cutting edge technology practically, and to build a company culture where what I do or who I am is normal, and not an outsider. The company is named after my daughter and I come from a family full of ‘funny’ names. It was always awkward for me when interviewing for a job when the first thing I had to do was describe my name. The issue becomes who is going to hire you? I decided I would create a company with a funny name and would hire employees that had funny names. I wanted to normalize myself. I took in people that reminded me of myself and I gave them the skill set that I have.”
What is Nuracode?
Nuracode is the beginning of the response to Silicon Valley. I am not in any way angry, upset, or even questioning why there are so few black people in Silicon Valley. It makes perfect sense. When I look to hire people, I am going to hire my friends. They (Silicon Valley) are going to hire their friends. It’s totally normal. At the end of the day, if they don’t know you, you won’t get hired. You are going to hire people that you know and trust.
There is an underlying theme in business that you are more likely to be more productive working with people that you like; this is the case at Nuracode. There are unspoken things in culture where if you were to work elsewhere others might find it disrespectful because they may have different perspectives. It’s not a problem for us to have Rick Ross or Fetty Wap playing while we are working at 10 at night. We have slept in the office multiple times through Thanksgiving and other holidays, when you are supposed to be with family, to get client work done. I wouldn’t change it for the world, because we are a family.
How does Nuracode make money?
In December we started this concept called ’10 Days of Nuracode.’ We build an MVP in only 10 days and have had marginal success. I learned a lot about operations and profit margins, and how important project management is when you are on a time-crunch. Day one, when you walk in, you are assigned a designer and set and we begin setting up your back end.
The entrepreneur will come in with an idea and how they want it to look. We get one of our designers to draw a mock-up of three different iterations, and they are able to select one. We then get the back-end developer to begin coding the database, and slowly merge the front-end with the back-end. We can do all of this for no more then $10,000. Nuracode’s goal was to tech-enable 60 entrepreneurs this year by helping people who don’t know much about tech, may have limited funds, but have an idea.
You can learn more about Nuracode by visiting their website and www.nuracode.com.
Ed Mazza – Huff Post World Post
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has died of bile duct cancer, the video game company said in a statement issued on Monday. He was 55.
Iwata was a popular figure among the company’s many fans, in no small part due to the fact that he was an enthusiastic gamer who had risen to power from the ranks of programmers.
“On my business card, I am a corporate president. In my mind, I am a game developer,” he said at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco in 2005. “But in my heart, I am a gamer.”
In 2002, Iwata became the fourth president of Nintendo, which began in 1889 making “hanafuda,” or “flower cards,” a traditional Japanese card game. He was the first president who didn’t belong to the Yamauchi family, Nintendo’s founders.
While attending the Tokyo Institute of Technology in the 1980s, Iwata freelanced as a developer for HAL Laboratory, a second-party developer for Nintendo. He joined HAL full-time after graduation, where he worked on popular titles such as “Balloon Fight” and the Kirby series, and became president in 1993 before moving over to Nintendo.
But Iwata’s career as a programmer actually began much earlier, when he was just a high school student.
“My first interest was computers. At the time, there were no personal computers, so the very first computer I bought was a calculator — a calculator capable of programming,” Iwata told Polygon in 2012. “It only displayed numbers, but with a calculator that only displays numbers, I somehow made games and played them with friends.”
While ascending to head of Nintendo, Iwata never seemed to lose his enthusiasm for the games or his connection to those who play them; he even had an online series of in-depth and at times freewheeling Q&As with Nintendo game designers called “Iwata Asks.”
As head of Nintendo, Iwata presided over some of the company’s biggest hits, including the Wii gaming system and Nintendo DS. But there were also a few missteps.
Last year, he cut his salary in half for five months after the company’s stock fell due to disappointing sales of Wii U. Some critics also say the company has been too slow to embrace other portable platforms such as Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android.
Iwata missed the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) last year due to illness, but recently recovered enough to relaunch the “Iwata Asks” series.
News of his death sent shockwaves through the industry. Even a major corporate rival paid tribute to a man who spent his life in video games:
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By Zeba -Huff Post Black Voices
A New York Times article about body image in competitive tennis became the catalyst for a debate this week about the harmful ways in which the media discusses Serena Williams’ body. But just so we’re clear, this isn’t just about how Williams’ muscular physique sets her apart from her white counterparts. It’s about the way black women — world-class athletes or otherwise — find themselves continuously othered and compared to white women, no matter what they do or how they look.
Williams has been breaking records (and barriers) in the tennis world since she first entered it as a teen, winning her 21st Grand Slam on Saturday. And yet, despite her athletic prowess, she has been the target of racist and sexist attacks for the better part of a decade. Over the years, Williams has been described by online commenters and journalists alike as a “gorilla,” as “manly” and as “savage.”
The disrespect hurled at Williams, much of it focused on her body, has been rampant — even among her peers. In 2012, tennis player Caroline Wozniacki stuffed her bra and shorts to imitate Williams during an exhibition match against Maria Sharapova. The crowd and commentators at the match laughed, while outlets like Yahoo! Sports described the incident as “hilarious.” (Andy Roddick and Novak Djokovic have also imitated Williams’ physique in the past.)
On the surface, it may look like playful athletic ribbing, but these kind of incidents, coupled with the language so often used to describe Serena as an athlete, speak to a kind of dehumanization specific to black women. As Ms. Magazine writer Corinne Gaston puts it, the policing of Williams’ body “comes gift-wrapped in a triad from hell: misogyny, racism and transphobia.”
So while it’s certainly important, it’s not enough to point out that Serena isn’t in fact “built like a man,” using photos of her in shapely, curve-hugging dresses to illustrate the point. This isn’t about the fact that Williams isn’t tall, slim and a size two. It’s about the fact that she isn’t white. We can certainly have a conversation about how the sports world expects physically powerful women to look like dainty supermodels, but the fact remains that muscular tennis stars like Martina Navratilova, Justine Henin, Victoria Azarenka, and Samantha Tosur aren’t subject to the same disdain and body-focused critiques that Williams is.
Rather than focusing on the body dysmorphic beauty standards of tennis, and the inherent sexism that drives it — a piece I’d love to read — the New York Times instead focused on the otherness of Serena Williams’ body. Female tennis players were asked to discuss their own bodies in contrast to Williams’, as if she were the epitome of everything they strive not to be: muscular, yes, but also black.
Williams is simultaneously sexualized and caricaturized, othered and exoticized. Her body is a representation of her athletic skill. But rather than being celebrated, it’s been scrutinized mercilessly, turned into a kind of spectacle for white amusement, with painful parallels to Saartjie “Sarah” Baartman.
The intersection of sexism and racism is something black women grapple with on a daily basis.
This goes beyond Williams’ body. Not only is her womanhood consistently denied, her character is deemed as dominant, aggressive and arrogant. Everything from her hairstyles to her celebratory dances have been regarded as “ghetto” or uncouth. No matter her success, her intelligence or her graciousness, her humanity is consistently denied.
The racism inherent in the way people talk about Serena Williams’ body is an important conversation to be had, but hopefully this will give way to a larger conversation about the broader racism that she faces as a black woman. Williams has beaten Maria Sharapova 17 times in a row, spanning over a decade. She still makes half of what Sharapova makes off the court.
Why aren’t we talking about that?
by Blue Telusma –theGrio.com
Bill Cosby‘s brand has undeniably taken a hit over the last several months – and Chuck D has some questions for those quick to cast aside his legacy.
Sunday, the Public Enemy front man took to Twitter to share his frustrations about how this scandal is playing out in the courtroom of public opinion.
While making it clear that he’s not defending Cosby against the rape allegations, the hip hop icon seems annoyed by the backlash, tweeting: “No way I’m defending Cosby. But this wiping history out wit a swoop is akin to Nazi book burning. Context is everything. Phil Spector still plays.”
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David Frum, a former speechwriter for George W. Bush, suggested Sunday that Serena Williams may be on steroids and the media is flat out ignoring it.
Frum delivered his ‘theory’ in a series of tweets he then promptly deleted.
Frum, who is now the senior editor at The Atlantic, said his tweets were actually a “private Twitter conversation with a friend,” and not meant for “public domain.”
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By Jordan J. Hill –Blackdoctor.org
“Always remember that putting yourself first is the most important step in finding love.” It’s clear with the release of her book, Love Him or Leave Him: But Don’t Get Stuck With the Tab, that Loni Love, a comedian (including stand-up), an actress and talk show hostn, lives by her own advice. “There’s only one thing I love as much as making people laugh, and it’s giving advice. Ask anyone who’s received one of my love lessons and they’ll tell you I have a special gift.” It comes as no surprise that she’s written a book abundant with advice for women seeking or looking to maintain love.
In the introduction of the book, she explains how the environment in which she was raised provided her with early life lessons on the importance of putting yourself first.
“I grew up in the Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects in Detroit during the height of the crack epidemic. The streets were filled with drug dealers and prostitutes. Coming up in such a rough environment, a girl had to be tough and street-smart to survive. I saw firsthand what happens to women who are foolish in love, or just plain foolish.” Love also credits her mother for instilling the lesson. I learned this lesson, up close and personal, watching my single mother manage her dating life. After her divorce, my mother, Momma Love,had plenty of boyfriends, but she refused to take crap from anyone. I remember one time, one of her boyfriends, Mr. Herbert, was living with us, and Momma Love found out he’d cheated on her with Miss Bernice, the Bible study teacher. The next day his clothes and his Bible were out in the trash. Her philosophy was: no woman has to put up with second-rate treatment; someone better will always come along.’Never be a side dish. Always be the main course.’ It’s a lesson I took to heart.”
Perhaps the hardest lesson she learned involved her best friend, Peaches (who apparently had some serious hair styling talents). Also growing up in a crack-infested neighborhood, Peaches began dating a new guy – a crack dealer. Tragically, Peaches was a victim of a homicide in which the intended target was her boyfriend. The death of her best friend taught her, “Too many women make sacrifices to be with men.” She went on to write, “I’ve seen friends compromise their safety, dignity, money, and even happiness for the sake of a relationship. But I’ve seen enough. Now I’ve made it my personal mission to remind women that we need to put ourselves first.”
Love recalls her senior year of high school when all of girls were stressing out about prom. Many had their ideal prom date in mind, but with no confirmation on who that guy was taking, had a plan B, C, D, and E. “There were schedules,deadlines, backup plans, and emergency ditch plans should the night not go as planned. It was totally ridiculous. I told my friends, ‘You need to worry about yourselves. Focus on your priorities, like how you’re gonna pay for that prom dress’.”
Love’s boy trouble of her own only reinforced her belief in putting herself first, “Back then my boyfriend Mack was the love of my life. But I decided we weren’t going to have sex because I was saving myself for marriage. Even though I wasn’t giving it up, Mack promised me he would take me to the prom, and I believed him. Well,a few weeks before the dance, Mack hooked up with my neighbor. Of course, I immediately dumped his cheating a**… After a few days of being down in the dumps, I picked myself up and decided that me and my hoop dress would go to the prom alone. That’s when the phone rang. It was Mack’s best friend, Albert. He’d heard that Mack and I had broken up and was wondering if I would be his date for the prom. I can still remember the shocked look on Mack’s face when his friend Albert and I walked into the dance looking like a black Rhett Butler and his date, Hattie McDaniel.” She realized that her mother was right: “If you refuse to accept being treated poorly, something better will come along. There is no need to compromise who you are just to be with a man.”
“Twenty years later I’m still spreading that same message to my fans,” writes Love. “People see me on television, or they come out to my comedy shows, and they feel like they know me. People approach me in airports, in ladies’ rooms, and in the street, talking to me like we’re old friends. Like I’m their long-lost sister. Like I’m the one with the answers to all of their problems, even though we’ve never met.”
Loni Love is currently one of the co-hosts for the talk show “The Real”. Both men and women can learn a great deal about self love from her talk show and book.
By Princess Gabbara, BDO Daily Contributor –Blackdoctor.org
Life is tough and at some point in your life, you may find yourself in a place where you need some guidance, some healing, and perhaps a little therapy to help you get through it. For many folks, the idea of pouring their heart out to a complete and total stranger is scary. Admitting that you need help can be extremely difficult; however, if you’re thinking about seeing a therapist but want to avoid someone who asks, “And how does that make you feel?” after everything you say, the good news is there are a lot of great therapists out there – you just have to weed out the bad ones. Here’s what to look for as you begin your search for the right therapist.
Do your research. It doesn’t matter how nice the therapist seems – do your homework. Does the therapist hold a current valid license? Is he or she approved by the state regularly board? What about complaints? These are all important things you need to know before moving forward with any therapist. Also, unless you feel an instant connection with him or her, don’t go with the first therapist you meet. You’ll definitely want to shop around before making any decisions. Oh, and remember, you can always change therapists if you find that your expectations aren’t being met.
Go with your gut. Some therapists look perfect on paper, but when you meet them face to face, you pick up a different vibe. Always go with that and never let anyone convince you otherwise, including the therapist. In order to open up and share personal details of your life with someone, you must feel comfortable. Remember: If it doesn’t right, it probably isn’t.
Ask the right questions. “How long have you been practicing in this field?” “What do you love most about your job?” “Why did you choose this career path?” “What areas do you specialize in?” “What are the treatment options?” A good therapist will not be offended by your questions and will actually encourage you to ask as many as you want.
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker joined the crowded field seeking the Republican Party’s 2016 U.S. presidential nomination on Monday, saying he is in the race to “fight and win for the American people.”
The 47-year-old Walker is the 15th candidate in the Republican contest.
Political surveys show him among the top Republicans seeking the nomination, with some of his biggest support in Wisconsin’s neighboring state of Iowa, which holds the country’s first nominating caucus next February.
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Alexis Sobel Fitts -Huff Post Black Voices
The hashtag #TakeItDown didn’t begin with Charleston, or even the Confederate flag. Before last month, #TakeItDown had been used by an array of people, among them a sports fan objecting to a team banner and a musician promoting her debut single.
But #TakeItDown has come to represent a single movement: the campaign, bred online and carried out in legislative offices, to remove the Confederate flag from South Carolina’s state capital. It may go down as, if not the biggest, then at least the quickest success of the loosely connected network of black Twitter users referred to as “Black Twitter.”
From what I can tell, this meaning of #TakeItDown emerged with a tweet from the user @lifeandmorelife at 11:47 p.m. on June 17, the same night that Dylan Roof is suspected to have opened fire on a bible study group in Charleston, South Carolina, killing nine people, including a state senator, in a racially motivated attack.
Loading a photograph of the South Carolina Capitol building with the Confederate flag flying prominently in the foreground, @lifeandmorelife tagged the state’s U.S. senators, Lindsey Graham and Timothy Scott, with a direct order: “Take this oppressive rag off a taxpayer building.” Then added “#TakeItDown” to the message.
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