New Super Group comprised of Common, Robert Glasper, & Karriem Riggins
August Greene’s self-titled debut Amazon Original album is out this Friday, and starting today it’s streaming exclusively via NPR Music’s First Listen  series. The new supergroup is comprised of Golden Globe, GRAMMY, Academy Award winning activist, actor and artist Common, four-time GRAMMY Award winning pianist/producer Robert Glasper, and drummer/producer extraordinaire Karriem Riggins.
Listen to the album at NPR Music: http://n.pr/2D0vi1h 
Recently, NPR Music released August Greene’s Tiny Desk Concert , featuring guest vocalists Brandy, Maimouna Youssef, and Andra Day. The session features performances of four tracks from August Greene, along with Common and Andra Day’s GRAMMY and Oscar-nominated song “Stand Up For Something.”
August Greene’s first single “Optimistic (ft. Brandy) ” has been praised by NY Times , Pitchfork , XXL , Stereogum , and NPR Music , who said of the Sounds of Blackness cover “[Brandy’s] voice has aged like the finest of wines, layering harmonies all over Glasper’s signature keys and Riggin’s rapid drums… Common’s bars serve as the proverbial cherry on top while a choir lends a hand to close the jam out.”
The band recently released their video for “Optimistic,”  which was filmed in Jackson, Mississippi over Martin Luther King Day weekend. Directed by B+, the video features the Jackson-area activists Hollis Watkins, Frankye Adams Johnson, Dr. Cindy Ayers Elliott, Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba, and the Maddrama Performance Group.
The group’s second single “Black Kennedy ” has been praised by Vibe , Consequence of Sound , Billboard , Rolling Stone , and The FADER , who said “Riggins’ drums feel like the human body as metronome, a sturdy backbone for Glasper’s dreamscape piano and Common’s sharp storytelling.”
In 2017, Common, Glasper, and Riggins collectively won the Emmy for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics on the strength of their song “Letter To The Free,” which was recorded for Ava DuVernay’s documentary 13th. The longtime friends and musical collaborators felt the time was right to release music from August Greene, which has themes of optimism and black excellence. They have found a sound that does not solely fit into one genre, but is truly an invigorating hybrid of R&B, hip-hop, and jazz.
August Greene will be available to stream and for digital purchase on Amazon Music starting March 9. Connect with August Greene on Facebook , Twitter , and Instagram .
2. Black Kennedy
3. Let Go (ft. Samora Pinderhughes)
4. Practice (ft. Samora Pinderhughes)
5. Fly Away
7. Piano Interlude
8. No Apologies
9. The Time
10. Optimistic (ft. Brandy)
11. Swisha Suite
3/14 – Austin, TX – SXSW (NPR Music Showcase @ Stubb’s)
3/29 – Washington, DC – Kennedy Center
Research Shows African Americans Are More Optimistic About Their Financial Futures Than Any Other Race/Ethnicity
(Black PR Wire) RADNOR, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Lincoln Financial Group (NYSE:LNC) announced today that its Financial Focus research study shows African Americans are more optimistic about their financial futures than any other race/ethnicity with 53 percent expecting significant personal financial improvements within the next five years—and despite a pay gap between white and black families, according to the Census Bureau’s 2017 Current Population Survey. Looking ahead just to 2018, African Americans are more optimistic than Caucasian Americans and Asian Americans, and are equally optimistic as Latino Americans: 34 percent of African Americans project their financial situation will get much better in 2018.
“These results reflect progress and efforts to elevate the community’s access to financial planning resources,” said Allison Green, senior vice president of Diversity, Inclusion and Employee Engagement for Lincoln Financial Group. “By increasing understanding of the products and solutions that enhance the long-term financial outlook for African Americans, there is an opportunity to ensure these numbers continue to trend upward. At the same time, there is still work to be done.”
The research also shows that, despite widespread optimism about their financial futures, African Americans do express some concerns over the long-term:
“The research is a direct lens into what keeps African Americans, as well as all Americans, up at night financially, which strengthens our ability to deliver the kinds of actionable steps that everyone can take to protect the ones they love,” said Green. “Meeting with a financial advisor is also an important part of developing a financial plan that is right for you and your family.”
About Lincoln Financial Group
Lincoln Financial Group provides advice and solutions that help empower people to take charge of their financial lives with confidence and optimism. Today, more than 17 million customers trust our retirement, insurance and wealth protection expertise to help address their lifestyle, savings and income goals, as well as to guard against long-term care expenses. Headquartered in Radnor, Pennsylvania, Lincoln Financial Group is the marketing name for Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE:LNC) and its affiliates. The company had $253 billion in assets under management as of December 31, 2017. Lincoln Financial Group is a committed corporate citizen and was named one of the Forbes Best Employers for 2017, is a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index North America, and received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2018 Corporate Equality Index. Learn more at: www.LincolnFinancial.com. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram. Sign up for email alerts at http://newsroom.lfg.com.
About the Financial Focus: Goals and Reflections of Today’s Customer, Year-End 2017 Study
Article courtesy of Staten Island Advance via “The Rundown”
Elizabeth and Dmitriy Shenker were tired of handing over their hard-earned cash to a landlord.
So when they went searching last year for a place to live on Staten Island, they chose to buy a detached single-family home for $810,000 in a new development in Prince’s Bay.
“The interest rates are really good right now, and prices have been creeping up over the last few years. While that makes it more difficult to buy, it also makes it a little more appealing,” said Dmitriy Shenker, a branch chief for the Department of Homeland Security.
“When you rent, the money goes from your pocket into the air; when you’re paying a mortgage, you have an investment,” he added, noting his wife works as a business engagement manager for Pearson Education.
The Shenkers, both 32 years old, are part of a new wave of millennial home buyers who are boosting the housing market. For the first time in 13 years, twenty- and thirty-somethings have proven to be a driving force in the U.S. housing market.
Home Ownership Rates
Nationally, the home-ownership rate rose to 64.2 percent during the last quarter of 2017 — up from 63.7 percent during the same time in 2016, according to recent U.S. Census Bureau data.
And the number of homes owned by people under age 35 rose to 36 percent during the fourth quarter of 2017 — up from 34.7 percent over the same period the previous year, Census Data shows.
The trend is prevalent among Staten Island home buyers, experts say.
“Millennials as a whole are expressing great interest in owning a home,” said Ron Molcho, director of the Staten Island Board of Realtors and a broker with American Homes Group. “We have seen a steady uptick over the past two years. They [millennials] have surpassed the baby boomers as the largest sector of buyers. They are looking to settle down, get out of renting and start building equity.”
Like the Shenkers, many millennials say rising rent prices have caused them to save up and sink their money into a home.
Young single Americans are tired, confused and scared about dating during #Metoo
Dan Sheehan, a 27-year-old writer in Los Angeles, has felt a palpable shift in the dating world over the last six months compared to the last time he was single two years ago.
When the bill comes on a first date, he doesn’t jump to grab it first. Drinks with a potential partner can feel like a “job interview,” he said, and people on dating apps are flaking on meet-ups more often. That’s partly due to the monotony of online dating, but the tense political climate, the depressing news cycle, and the discourse surrounding #MeToo – a movement meant to highlight women’s experiences with sexual assault and unwanted sexual advances – have put a damper on the dating experience, he said.
“There is a weird apathy on both sides,” he said. “In and of itself dating is kind of exhausting even when there isn’t a larger political movement around it, so I think having to do it in addition to being reminded of this terrible stuff going on is hard,” he said.
Men and women must navigate new rules on dates
Single Americans say they are “extremely confused” about dating, particularly in the past three months following the #MeToo movement, a recent survey of 3,000 singletons by dating service Three Day Rule found. The October 2017 revelations of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein touched off the global #MeToo movement, which led to conversations about what is appropriate both inside and outside the workplace.
Men are concerned about crossing boundaries, having their actions misinterpreted, or even adhering to traditional gender roles like paying for a date, said Three Day Rule chief executive officer and founder Talia Goldstein. Meanwhile, some women said they were too worn out by inappropriate behavior or triggered by the news to want to spend time with men, and some worry about how and when to call out men they’re dating for harassment.
“I have definitely seen fatigue, for so many reasons,” Goldstein said. “It’s partially due to the #MeToo movement, but partially because people have been online dating for so long it really is exhausting.”
Denver, CO — Nationally recognized sculpture Ed Dwight, one of the most prolific and insightful sculptors in America, is honoring President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama with limited edition bronze sculptures.
Dwight, whose very diverse background includes former Air Force Test Pilot, America’s first African American astronaut candidate (chosen by President John F. Kennedy), IBM computer systems engineer, aviation consultant, restauranteur, real estate developer and construction entrepreneur, has succeeded in all these varied careers. But for the last 30-plus years, he has focused his direction on fine art sculptures, large-scale memorials and public art projects. He has created more than 100 public art commissions across the United States in his 32 year career.
In 2010, Dwight was commissioned by Doug Morton and Marilyn Brown of Denver, CO to create Inauguration of History and Hope – Inaugural Sculpture Scene of President Barack Obama. This life size memorial composed of the President, the First Lady, the First Daughters, and Chief Justice John Roberts administering the Oath of Office. The exhibit was unveiled at the Colorado History Museum, Denver in 2010 and is anticipated to tour the country in the years to come.
In honor of Black History Month and Women’s History Month, Dwight is releasing limited edition bronze sculptures in honor of America’s First Black Family.
“I am honored to create these sculptures of our First Black Family (couple) of the United States and make them available for the community to remember the significance impact the Obama’s had on our country and the world,” Dwight said.
The sculptures are of President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and also a combination.
For more information, visit www.eddwight.com
Nationwide — Military veteran turned author, Thomas Barr Jr., has spent years working in the service of government. He has penned a book that portrays the urban settings of Miami in examination of corrupt practices among leaders in organizational operations. The book is entitled RISEN: The Accession and Devolution of Yahweh Ben Yahweh: Miami’s Urban Chronicles Volume I and is a biopic of the life of former Miami based mega-church leader Yahweh Ben Yahweh.
The author drew from his years of experience as a Miami resident when writing this book. “The average citizen face troubling times in the light of current political elections of presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton,” the author said. “They must be aware! Caution must be practiced when considering personalities and individuals should not fall prey to disillusionment.”
The author based his main character on the tragic down fall of the former religious leader of the Yahweh nation, and wants to tell his story to others aspiring to understand corruption among leaders in organizations. “The average citizen must recognize that they have a right to fair representation,” said the author.
The book details events which influence the main character in negative ways and documents his success plus failures as a leader of a movement. The protagonist in an attempt to take control of his life makes the ultimate decision in deciding his fate. Author excerpts can be read online at www.thomasbarrjr.com.
About the author
Thomas Barr Jr. in his third novel attempts to chronicle the life styles of African American leaders and why they fall prey to corrupt practices. The book was released on April 1st, 2016 and has a campaign for movie adaptation. The book is available on Amazon, Kindle, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million and Ebookit.
Boston, MA — How often have you learned about a historic accomplishment made by a Black person in America and wondered, why am I just now hearing about this? The answer is because it’s by design. As some U.S. corporations and politicians distort American history by either misrepresenting actual events or altogether omitting the contributions of marginalized people from textbooks and public school curriculums, new apparel company Thank You Tees is returning the power to educate to the people.
Thank You Tees was founded by HBCU graduates Stephanie Campbell (Howard University) and Veronica N. Chapman (Spelman College). The t-shirts provide people an opportunity to learn about and express gratitude for the countless contributions of Black Americans. While all Americans benefit from the ingenuity of Black thinkers, inventors, entrepreneurs, scientists, artists, educators, and activists, many of these contributions aren’t celebrated as part of the American tapestry.
While a few modern history makers are included in the Thank You Tees catalogue, the primary mission of Thank You Tees is to bring awareness to hidden figures by building an army of Thank You Tee envoys who want to educate the world about this unsung American history. To achieve this mission, each shirt includes the company’s Thank You logo along with the name of a Black history maker. The bold design prompts people to inquire about the featured person or research the name themselves – mission accomplished.
Stephanie Campbell, CEO of Thank You Tees, explains, “Thank You Tees engages all people, and most importantly Black people, in a collective sharing of Black history in America. There is a great sense of pride and healing that can come from learning about and celebrating our ancestors’ contributions to our nation, especially considering the obstacles they encountered.”
COO of Thank You Tees, Veronica N. Chapman, adds, “As we consider the future of this nation, and what is required for it to truly become great, we have to give credit and praise where it is due. All Americans must commit to listening to each other and learning about all the threads that are sewn into this American fabric. I am grateful to be able to highlight Black contributions to the United States in this creative way, and I encourage anyone whose people are otherized in America to do the same.”
To learn more about Thank You Tees, visit www.thanksaredue.com
Medical College Professor and Chair, Dr. Stephen Hargarten
In the wake of the latest mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, Medical College of Wisconsin professor Dr. Stephen Hargarten has penned a letter urging the medical community to conduct more scientific research to uncover the causes of gun violence.
“We must first recognize gun violence as a public health issue,” he writes. “In order to truly understand and attack the issue, we must rigorously research this at the highest level.”
As Director at the Injury Research Center at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Hargarten considers gun violence to be a form of “biopsychosocial disease,” something that should be studied scientifically rather than overlooked as political enigma. It is biologic  in that release of kinetic energy from the bullet tearing through the victims’ bodies, and psychosocial in how it greatly impacts the lives of the survivors who witness them.
Hargarten’s past research has reflected an intersection of injury and violence prevention. He has also contributed to health policy addressing the burden of biosocial diseases. In fact, Hargarten’s work in linking data systems for understanding violent deaths informed the development of the Centers for Disease Control’s National Violent Death Reporting System .
Firearms kill more than 30,000 Americans each year, according to the CDC. Yet, scientific research into the causes of gun violence is lacking. This is partially due to policy barriers, such as the Dickey Amendment , but Hargarten says there is also a general lack of collaboration.
Whether shootings are increasing because of concealed carry laws, overlooked mental health or other societal factors, wielding science can give medical researchers the power to uncover some of those answers — and use those findings to save lives, Hargarten says.
“We need to continue to understand this biopsychosocial disease burden by keeping our focus on the science,” says Hargarten. “By asking the tough questions, rigorously testing hypotheses, and objectively disseminating our findings so that other can learn, so that we can continue to learn, and so we can start to make a difference.”
“WE ARE NOT HELPLESS,” he adds.
Glendale, Wisconsin, March 2, 2018 – The Nicolet High School (NHS) Orchestra and Swim Team will be holding their annual Rummage Sale in the Nicolet High School Cafeteria on Saturday, March 10, 2018, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
NHS music and swim team students will be collecting sellable items of all varieties to sell at this annual event, which normally raises between $4000 and $8000. The funds raised from this event are used to offset extra-budgetary items, such as equipment, trips, and scholarships.
Tax-deductible donations of either sellable items or money will be accepted in the NHS Cafeteria on Friday, March 9, between 6:00 and 9:00 p.m. IMPORTANT: Due to the high cost of recycling unsold items, we cannot accept CRT (“tube”) televisions or computer monitors, or computer printers. Sorry!
Next week Tuesday, March 6th Representative Jonathan Brostoff and I will be hosting a community listening session regarding gun violence prevention. We will be joined by a panel of experts who will share with us their knowledge and recommendations. Please join us and share your thoughts and ideas on how we can work together to prevent gun violence.
SEE YOU TUESDAY!
YOURS IN SERVICE,