Stacey Abrams Wins Historic Nomination for Georgia Governor

first_imgBy Aya Elamroussi, Special to the AFROHistory was made May 22 when Stacey Abrams won the Democratic primary election in the state of Georgia. She is the first Black woman to win a major party nomination for governor in the U.S. If she wins in November, she will be the first Black female governor.“Everyone who believed that a little Black girl who sometimes had to go without lights or running water – who grew up to become the first woman to lead in the Georgia General Assembly – could become the first woman gubernatorial nominee from either party in Georgia’s history,” Abrams said in a statement after her Tuesday night win.Stacy Abrams of Georgia is the first Black woman to win a major party nomination for governor in the United States. If elected she will be the first Black female governor in U.S. history. (Courtesy photo)Abrams was the first woman to lead a party in the Georgia General Assembly in 2010 and the first African-American to lead in the House of Representatives, according to Abrams’ campaign biography. She also founded the New Georgia Project, which, submitted more than 200,000 registrations for voters of color between 2014 and 2016, her biography said.Now, she’s on her way to the midterm elections on Nov. 6. “As an African-American woman, I will be doing something no one else has done,” Abrams told CNN before Tuesday’s election.It remains unclear who Abrams will face in November. The Republican candidate will be decided by an election on July 24.While her track record shows has a lot of barrier breaking “firsts”, her November win will not be easy. Democrats have had little success in achieving statewide support from Georgia’s conservative-leaning Whites. African American Democrats have held powerful state offices, but every governor position in Georgia has been held by a White male.Abrams is unlikely to try to gain support from rural Whites who have abandoned the Democratic Party, the New York Times reported. Instead, she is aiming to harness political support from young, non-White Georgians, the Times said.“Tonight, communities that are so often overlooked – whose values are never voiced – stood with us to say: Ours is the Georgia of tomorrow,” Abrams said after her win.  “A state where diversity is a strength. A state where progress is more than possible. A state where everyone has the freedom and opportunity to thrive. A state where equal opportunity is our truth, not their buzzwords.”Advisers to the Senate’s two Black senators, Kamala Harris of California and Cory Booker of New Jersey, are prioritizing Abram’s campaign for the fall, the Times said.In the past, voters have elected only two Black governors: Douglas Wilder in Virginia in 1989 and Deval Patrick in Massachusetts in 2006 and again in 2010.As a Black woman, Abrams race and gender may face difficulty in an arena dominated by White men. But Abrams said she believes in the state of Georgia.“Tonight’s victory was only the beginning. The road to November will be long and tough, but the next step is one we take together.”last_img read more

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ASCAP Appoints New Digital Chief

first_img“Nick’s track record of launching, scaling and transforming converged media and technology companies through product innovation and strategic alliances makes him a perfect fit for ASCAP’s transformation agenda,” said ASCAP CEO Elizabeth Matthews, to whom he will report. “I am thrilled that he will be part of our executive leadership team.”Commenting on his post at ASCAP, Lehman said: “The ASCAP repertory of music is not only an enormously positive force in our culture, but it is a major catalyst for driving the growth and success of virtually every media platform. I am excited to help lead ASCAP into new areas, technologies and partnerships that will support our members and help them thrive in the future.”Lehman replaces ASCAP’s Alice Kim, who joined in 2013 and was instrumental in launching the company’s six-year strategic plan and in driving the digital transformation of ASCAP through new digital tools for members and data partnerships.Lehman arrives at a very competitive time for all PROs as they endeavor to stay relevant in a rapidly changing music world where new collection entities are springing up with some regularity. ASCAP, the American Society of Composer, Authors and Publishers, is a world leader in public performing rights, royalty collections and advocacy for music creators. Performance rights organization ASCAP has named Nick Lehman EVP and chief strategy and digital officer. Lehman will oversee strategy and product development, as well as manage partnerships like the company’s deal with Nielsen and the joint database project with BMI (scheduled for public debut during the fourth quarter).He will be based out of ASCAP headquarters in New York guiding the organization’s business development and administration services as the organization seeks to expand offerings to songwriter, composer and music publisher members as well as licensing partners.Lehman previously served as president of digital for NBCUniversal where he managed a portfolio that included Fandango. He spent the past two-and-a-half years at the Virginia-based broadcast group TEGNA, where he was chief strategy officer responsible for cultivating strategic partnerships, incubating new businesses and driving innovation initiatives throughout all areas of the company. His past experience also includes an eight-year run at Viacom, where he was EVP and general manager of the games and interactive group at MTV Networks. From 1993 to 1997 he was a consultant to investment group Bain & Company. Popular on Variety center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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Classic Comics in a Cube Unboxing the Stan Lee Box

first_imgStay on target Duel of the Cubicles with Hasbro’s Star Wars The Black Series Ligh…Playmates Brings Back Classic Voltron Marvel Comics existed before the MCU. It even existed before the 90s X-Men and Spider-Man cartoons. It’s been around for a long time, making comics since the Golden Age. For most of that time, the face of Marvel has been Stan Lee. And if all of that was blindingly obvious to you, you should check out this box!Stan Lee’s Pow! Entertainment offers the Stan Lee Box, a bimonthly subscription box (similar to CultureFly, ThinkGeek Capsule, and of course Loot Crate) centered around the career and work of Stan The Man himself. And they sent us a box to unbox, and show you all the comic treats inside.The Stan Lee Box follows the Culturefly model of offering few, but larger, boxes. Instead of a monthly $20-30 box, it’s $49.99 every two months (or $44.99 if you buy a year at a time). Each box is loaded with comic book paraphernalia work, according to Pow! Entertainment, at least $100. You can also order Stan Lee’s Comic Book Box for $19.95 monthly. It’s a separate subscription that includes four comics with Stan Lee variant covers every month.AdChoices广告For comic book historians, the Stan Lee Box starts off strong with two trade paperbacks. One is a Marvel Masterworks volume covering the Silver Age adventures of the Avengers, Iron Man, Human Torch, or Spider-Man. We got an Avengers book spanning The Avengers #41-50 and The Avengers Annual #1.The other book is also a TPB, but it isn’t really a collection of comic book issues. It’s Stan’s Soapbox: The Collection, a compilation of 14 years’ worth of “Stan’s Soapbox” columns from Marvel comics between 1967 and 1980. It’s a pretty interesting collection that gives a very good look at some of Marvel’s goings-on behind the scenes and reactions to social issues more than the development of comics lore.Speaking of behind the scenes, two additional comics and a print in the box offer another look at comic book production. The box includes Inhumans: Once & Future Kings #1 and #2 with Stan Lee Box variant covers, along with a print of the cover by Joe Jusko. #1 shows the completed cover and #2 shows a partially pencil cover, and the print shows the color and ink getting filled in through the pencils. It’s a neat little comic cover triptych.Of course, there’s a t-shirt. This is a Harley Davidson-style logo with Stan Lee as a rad-looking skull with reflective metallic patches for his sunglasses.Besides the comic books and t-shirt, the Stan Lee Box includes two other collectibles. The first is a Q-Fig figurine from Quantum Mechanix. The Iron Man Q-Fix we got has a lighted base, and it looks pretty nice. Q-Figs aren’t exactly on-model and have slightly bobble-headed proportions, but they’re much more detailed and visually interesting than, say, Funko Pops.On the opposite end of the ornateness spectrum is the Stan Lee Wham Blox. It’s a foam rubber cube about the size of a tissue box, with a cloth cover that looks like Stan. Fun, kind of weird, nice to toss around. It’s like a big block-shaped stress toy.That’s a lot of readable material, interesting art, and fun collectibles for $50 per box. Like with all subscription services your mileage may vary, but if you’re a die-hard fan of silver age Marvel comics and Stan Lee’s legacy. I don’t really get the weird foam block, but two interesting TPBs, a pretty nice light-up figurine, and a handful of comics that show the construction of a cover is pretty neat to see.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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10 Things You Shouldnt Be Putting in Your Recycle Bin

first_img Around 90% of American households recycle these days, which is a great thing. There’s just one little thing that needs work.Well, one little thing in addition to getting that number up another ten points. Many of us are tossing things into our recycling bins that we shouldn’t.That’s a big problem because a few bad apples really can spoil the whole bunch. Contaminated items can cause an entire load of perfectly good recyclables to wind up in a landfill.AdChoices广告The solution is simple enough. We just need to be a bit more careful when we’re sorting.The Detroit Free Press recently spoke to some recycling industry insiders to find out what the most problematic items were. They compiled the top ten, and some of the entries may surprise you.For example, a lot of people don’t realize that tissue paper can’t be recycled, but it rounded out the Freep’s list along with paper towels.Plastic bags are on the list, too. They can get tangled in machinery and cause serious mechanical issues. They’re best left for dedicated bag recycling initiatives, dropped off at a participating store, or taken directly to a recycling center that accepts them.Your old garden hoses and extensions cords? They’re not meant for blue bins either. The same goes for wire clothes hangers in most areas, but many dry cleaners are happy to take them back for re-use… and that’s even better than recycling them.Other metal items can cause problems, too. Old auto parts may need to be taken to a scrap yard (where you may get a few bucks for them anyway) and you can probably take any old pots and pans you want to get rid of there, too.That retro-tastic stash of cassettes and VHS tapes you’ve been hoping might net you a tidy profit one day? When you finally decide to get rid of them, don’t put them with your recycling.Plastic utensils can’t be recycled, and neither can most cardboard pizza boxes. Not unless they somehow manage to stay grease-free while holding their delicious cargo.Styrofoam is another thing you should keep out of your bin, though that may change in the near future. A company in Montreal has figured out a way to turn polystyrene back into pellets that can be formed back into plastic.We’ve been able to make some amazing things from recycled products. Like chewing gum into sneakers, Nissan’s leaf battery solar kits, and wastewater that’s being turned into beer. For more environmental protection tips visit here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target All Made by Google Devices to Include Recycled MaterialTruly Recyclable Plastic Can Be Used Again and Again and Again last_img read more

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MovieBob Reviews LA LA LAND

first_img Oh hey, look! An agreeable, well-meaning, perfectly adequate, decent but also lightweight and mostly forgettable movie being wildly overpraised presumably because it’s a pleasant distraction grounded in cinephile nostalgia and romanticism of Old Hollywood. Oscar Season comes earlier every year…Let me preface this by saying: The moment I originally got done watching La La Land I was over the moon about it – in large part because it finishes really strong. Whatever else you take away from me or anyone else about this movie, let it be said that it has an absolutely killer, elevating, devastating, knock-out home run of an ending. Bold, imaginative, clever… it feels like the kind of ending you’d make a whole preceding movie to justify – and I wouldn’t dream of giving it away. It’s as strong and transporting a moment as any sequence in any other film released this year; and since it only truly works in the context of payoff for the story that led up to it, it’s honestly worth seeing the film just to get said payoff.So yes. I walked out of that screening high on life and in love with the feeling the film left me in. I won’t deny that. And if I’d run a review right at that moment, it probably would’ve been an outright rave. But instead I’ve had time to think about it, and where I’ve arrived instead is that La La Land… just didn’t really leave me with all that much to think about.Not in the sense that it’s a simple movie – it is, but there’s nothing inherently wrong with that. Simple is fine – often very powerful, as a matter of fact. But while the film is lovingly made, has a big heart that’s consistently in the right place and does eventually manage to actually “go somewhere” thematically; there’s just not much about it that digs in or even just sticks once it’s landed. That kind of lightweight fluffiness is absolutely intentional and clearly not the result of lack of commitment, but it’s ultimately so lightweight that no amount of commitment can really make most of it linger in the mind for very long. The most telling illustration of this? It’s a musical… but I couldn’t hum more than three notes of one song or repeat more than a handful of lyrics if you put a gun to my head.The central gimmick, at least, is clever enough: It’s an old-fashioned “making it big in showbiz” musical right out of the Golden Age but set in the present and applying the retro-gloss of genuine romanticism for Old Hollywood to an ironic romanticism of Los Angeles in 2016; illustrated by a bouncy opening number that imagines a sunny, joyful “spontaneous dance” sequence as breaking out in the middle of… a bumper-to-bumper L.A. freeway traffic jam. In terms of target audience, if you can get aroused by magic hour shots of Randy’s Donuts and Griffith Observatory, La La Land has your number.But whereas classic musicals of this type tended to focus on earnest young go-getters, our designated couple for this modern take turns out to be a pair of starry-eyed hipsters played by Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. She’s a studio-lot barista with dreams of Hollywood stardom; he’s an insufferable piano prodigy who wants to lead a revival in old-school Jazz. The sparks fly, and they’ve got chemistry to spare, but their love becomes tangled up in her attempts to stage a one-woman show and his temptations to “sell out” as part of a pop act to support her and… well, to be plain about it: Assuming you’ve seen one other movie about relationships in the entertainment and/or music industries you already know where this is going.To be certain: While it’s playing, out it’s a lot of fun. The leads are well cast; the half-old/half-new aesthetic is handsomely realized and it never quite dips below “watchable.” I’ve seen people compare it to The Artist in that they’re both a case of the movie industry writing love-letters to itself so that the increasingly L.A.-centric film criticism and awards scene will fawn over it, but The Artist was actually kinda crummy. La La Land, at least, is a solid watch and a gorgeous looking movie. Director Damian Chazelle absolutely knows what he’s doing and while the music from Justin Hurwitz just isn’t very memorable and that’s kind of a fatal flaw in a musical… if it had been especially “bad” I might actually have recalled more of it. And like I said: Holy shit, it’s building to a HELL of an ending.Like I also said: I genuinely enjoyed the act of watching this movie and I imagine a lot of people will feel the same way. It’s fun. Immensely likable… but also kind of disposable unless you really like Ryan Gosling modeling strategically out-of-date men’s fashion that much. It’s a good enough movie, and it wouldn’t be fair to hold all the undeserved accolades it’s probably about to pile up against it, but still only just good enough. MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Cancelation of Silent Hills drives Guillermo del Toro away from video games

first_imgSilent Hills is dead, and Guillermo del Toro’s interest in creating video games might be as well.Last month, the game was cancelled, in part because Konami is shifting its main focus from console games to mobile ones. One of the reasons for this shift comes from the fact that sales of video games for the company have declined at the same time other areas of the company have increased profits. Basically, it would see Konami doesn’t really care as much about its video games division as it used to.The company has been all over the place lately. The cancellation was one thing, but there has also been rumors that Hideo Kojima, the brains behind Metal Gear Solid, has left the company. Kojima was also lending his talent to Silent Hills, which, paired with del Toro, would have made one of gaming’s more insane creative duos.“The collaboration between Kojima and myself, the meetings, and the friendship that was developing was beautiful,” del Toro said in a recent interview. “We had an agreement on where to go. We had an agreement on how we were going to push the new platforms. We were having a blast.”Del Toro went on to explain some of the plans they had for the game. “What we wanted to do with the game – and we were very much in agreement on this – was to take the technology and make it as cutting-edge as we could in creating terror in the house,” he said. “The idea was very, very atmosphere-drenched.”“But what made Silent Hill so great was that you had the atmosphere but then you a pay-off with a very active, very intense series of moments. We wanted to do some stuff that I’m pretty sure — just in case it ever comes back, which honestly I would love for somebody to change their mind and we can do it — but in case it comes back there was some stuff that was very new, and I wouldn’t want to spoil it.”“Norman [Reedus, of The Walking Dead, who was attached as the lead] was super happy, Hideo was super happy, and so was I. I know there’s a petition going on the internet and it’s gathering signatures. I would add my signature to it, and hope that someone pays attention.” Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time the writer-director-producer has had the rug pulled out from him on a video game project. The same thing happened in 2012 when THQ closed its doors while he was trying to make a game called Insane. Though del Toro has said how excited he is about the potential for this medium to draw people into a story, he might not try his hand at it again.“Well, you know, I’ve tried twice and I don’t know if I’ll ever come back to the form,” he said. “In one instance, the company went down, and in the second, the completely unexpected happened, which was Kojima and Konami separating. It’s kind of left me reeling.” However, he did offer a few words of hope for fans who still want to get their hands on Silent Hills. “Hideo and I have been in touch,” he said. “And he knows he would be the only guy I would follow to the ends of the earth on anything. I think if anything can be rescued, I will be more than happy.”Though Silent Hills is most likely not going to see the light of day, del Toro’s next film, Crimson Peak, is scheduled to hit theaters on October 16, and the trailer sure looks creepy.last_img read more

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Blizzard teases new World of Warcraft expansion reveal on August 6

first_imgWorld of Warcraft continues to chug along with subscriber numbers every other MMO on the market is jealous of. Those numbers are slowly falling, but they get bumped up every time new content is announced. So it should come as no surprise to hear that Blizzard wants to talk about the next expansion a week from now.The reveal is set to happen at Gamescom 2015, which runs between August 5-9. Blizzard has given us an exact date and time of August 6 at 9am PDT (noon EST). It forms part of a World of Warcraft special event that is being streamed live from the show in Germany. After that, a World of Warcraft developer chat is set to happen on August 9 at 8am PDT (11am EST) where there will be further discussion about the new expansion.Blizzard has already made several changes/updates to the its MMO this year. The online game now has a selfie camera, has basically become free-to-play, and introduced WoW Tokens that can be used for gold and game time. Even so, it has been losing around a million subscribers a month.An expansion will certainly reverse that trend, but for how long depends entirely on what exactly it contains. New content, a new playable race, and a new level cap will give it a bump for a few months (if that’s what this expansion contains), but Blizzard really needs something novel to keep new and old players alike subscribing for years to come. However, even if it doesn’t, there’s still millions of gamers enjoying playing every month and for the foreseeable future.last_img read more

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Parody Kylo Rens reaction to the Rogue One trailer is everything you

first_imgOne of the best things to come out of The Force Awakens, in my oh so humble opinion, was the “Emo Kylo Ren” meme and resulting Twitter account. Kylo’s propensity for saber-swinging tantrums and barely contained disdain made it easy to imagine him as a moody teen who grew up to be a moody adult with Force powers.One of the other best things about the internet is reaction videos to movie trailers and, most recently, reactions to the Rogue One trailer.That makes this Rogue One reaction video made by the Auralnauts and featuring Kylo Ren the Rogue One reaction trailer to end all Rogue One reaction trailers.In some ways, poor Kylo really is just like so many of us on the internet– reacting to certain moments with disdain and derision. Not to mention, the Bothan question which, amazingly, is still a question for many Star Wars fans as evidenced by the number of people trying to fact check people online, including Rogue One writer Gary Whitta. @garywhitta #WhereAreTheBothans— David (@WarrenMSP) August 12, 2016That said, he’s also a reminder that, whatever doubts Star Wars fans may have about an upcoming Star Wars movie, we’re still going to plunk down our money to see it. As soon as humanly possible. More than once. Because we’re like that.Personally, I think this reaction trailer by the lovely Johnamarie Macias of The Wookiee Gunner is the best reaction trailer I’ve seen. Kylo’s funny, sure, but Star Wars is all about heart and this video has lots of it.p.s. Dear internet, it’s Rogue One, not Rouge One. You’re giving me Warcraft trade chat flashbacks of people looking for makeup to open their lockboxes.last_img read more

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Baby Chicks Following a Robot Hen Are Teaching Researchers About Behavior

first_imgThere’s hardly anything cuter than a flock of baby chicks. If you’ve ever hung out with the fluffy little critters, you know how close they stick to their mothers. That’s why it’s so strange (and weirdly adorable) that this robot has a cavalcade of chicks following it around and sticking to it like glue, just as if it were a real mother hen. The PoulBot looks nothing like a hen, nor even anything remotely bird-related, and yet the chicks can’t get enough of it.The PoulBot is being used as a part of a research experiment from researchers from European universities to study some of the nuances of animal behaviors with the goal of creating robots that can mimic said behaviors. The result? Robots that can better interact with real animals in a manner more befitting of an actual organic creature.With the PoulBot, the robot was used as the “mother hen” for the chicks to imprint on, which happens around 5 hours after they start to hatch. Typically farmers attempt to create this bond with their baby chicks so that it’s easier to work with the animals, and that’s exactly what’s done with this robot. The chicks are housed in small boxes where they watch the robot move and listen to it emit beeping noises, but not chicken coos — that might mean something completely different than what they’re looking for. At least the robot sounds vaguely like a chicken.AdChoices广告Video Playerhttps://media.wired.com/clips/5aac4c36491c2d69af42197a/original/pass/inline-clip.mp400:0000:0000:14Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The PoulBot is programmed to keep ensuring the chicks follow it, leading it around to spots in the pen with an overhead camera tracking all their movements. The robot is even programmed to ensure it doesn’t harm or kill its little chickadees, and thus has a special measure for whether one of the chicks has fallen asleep or not. It can do it all, and it’s all for a good cause.The robot is helping researchers figure out the intricacies of how species interact, and how specifically these baby chicks act around their mother hen, but it could lead to other more important breakthroughs in the future. Right now though, it certainly makes for a strangely cute viewing experience, if nothing else. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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