The Northern Virginia Urban League Young Professionals Network is scheduled to host an event in response to recent police-involved shootings across the country on July 14 at the for Shiloh Baptist Church’s Worship Center, 1401 Jamieson Avenue at 6:30 p.m. The group encourages interested individuals to share their thoughts, talk about every day actions that they are taking to advance social justice and learn about and identify opportunities within the movement where young professionals can be active. For more information or to register, visit nvulypn.wildapricot.org.
The financial forecast for Millennials, according to a new study released by the University of Chicago, shows grim times ahead, with few able to afford marriage, retirement or living comfortable lifestyles similar to their parents. The retirement forecast for Black millenials could prove catastrophic if better financial planning, saving and curbing unnecessary spending are not taken seriously.According to the GenForward survey, conducted at the University of Chicago, young White and Asian adults between 18 and 34 across the U.S. were more likely than Blacks and Latinos to be employed full-time with companies offering health benefits packages geared toward financial stability.And for those Black Millennials, living in the District, that instability may be further compromised by shifting demographics and a skyrocketing cost of living.“It can be daunting, for sure, living in a city where between student loan repayments and living in a decent neighborhood, your check is gone,” Ward 6 resident Melisha Govann told the AFRO. “My office offers a 401(k) plan, but my participation in it – that $100 or $200 a month – is used for food, cable, and Metrorail. I cannot consider retirement when right now, I’m just trying to survive.”Govann’s lament, sounds like an old, familiar song to certified financial planner and founder of Envision 401(k) Advisors, James Brewer. The Chicago-based Envision works with clients from diverse money backgrounds and financial understanding.While GenForward sets a scenario wherein a 25-year-old saving $100 per month and investing it in the stock market, earning a 7 percent annual or a potential savings of $248,551 by the time they are 65, Black millennials in D.C. tend to have no retirement savings and little understanding of how to slowly carve out savings, emergency funds, or retirement plans. Brewer, however, says that at the core of creating financial security is determining a person wants to be financially independent.“Cultural relevance says that [Black millennials] are getting bombarded with messages such as Bruno Mars’ lyric “I’m a dangerous man with some money in my pocket (keep up). But that is only temporary. To invest, you use money that could have been spent instead. Why save for a future that may take care of itself rather than enjoy it now, while I am young,” Brewer told the AFRO. “The discipline to create and stick to a budget is key. Your vision of financial freedom may not be your brothers or your sisters. Why chase theirs and not your own? I believe that knowing why you are doing this is the key.”Kia Smallwood, a Ward 8 resident who believed she was financially stable, having saved enough money to maintain her bills for up to six months should she lose her job, said it only took one family member’s health crisis to shrink her money to near zero.“Watching my money dwindle was painful and it made me not want to bother saving again,” Smallwood, an hourly employee with no benefits, told the AFRO. “Years of saving and spending wisely brought me back to square one, so I am not so interested in worrying about the future – thirty years down the line.”Still, Brewer insists that in the same ways that Black parents accumulated money enough for comfortable retirement, millennials have the ability to do so as well. While it may mean taking on a roommate, trading in the car for a bicycle, or even taking a second job, financial security is possible.“Seeing your progress towards your financial freedom should make the journey get easier as you get closer to reaching it. People do amazing things to fit into that dress or that tuxedo for that big event; approach finances the same way,” Brewer said.
By Stephen Janis and Taya Graham, Special to the AFRODespite efforts by prosecutors to elicit jail time for Pocomoke’s first black police chief Kelvin Sewell, a Worcester County Judge ruled that the former Baltimore Homicide Supervisors would serve probation for a misdemeanor misconduct conviction tied to a 2014 accident investigation.Prior to sentencing by Judge Newton Jackson III supporters of Sewell filled the courtroom and made impassioned pleas on his behalf, according to several attendees who spoke the AFRO.“I’m just glad people showed up today,” Pocomoke Pastor Ronnie White said. “I think the judge actually listened to what we had to say.”Kelvin Sewell, a former Baltimore Police Department homicide detective, was the first Black police chief of Pocomoke City, Md., on the state’s Eastern Shore. His tenure was cut short in the minds of many because of racist policies. (Courtesy Photo)Sewell was convicted of misconduct in office by a nearly all white jury in April 2019. The charges stem from a 2014 accident involving two parked cars. State Prosecutor Emmitt Davitt sought a six-month sentence for Sewell.But the investigation itself has been controversial, with Sewell’s attorneys arguing the probe occurred after Sewell was fired by the Pocomoke City council amid allegations of racism.The accident occurred in May 2014 when Pocomoke resident Doug Matthews hit two parked cars driving home from a meeting of an African-American chapter of the Masons.He testified he momentarily fell asleep at the wheel. The impact caused his front tire to come off, but Matthews continued driving three blocks home and called police.Insurance covered the damage. And there was no bodily injury from the crash. But investigators zeroed in on the decision not to charge Matthews as part of a criminal conspiracy.The key to the prosecution case was another Pocomoke City officer named Tanya Barnes. She told the jury Sewell’s behavior that night was unusual.However, during pretrial motions Sewell’s defense tried to introduce emails sent to his civil attorneys by Barnes claiming that the criminal investigation was suspect.“Chief Sewell’s firing was illegal, and I think they’re trying to build a case of corruption and use me as the scapegoat,” Barnes wrote in an email.The judge did not allow the email to be introduced.The sentence is the second time Sewell has faced a Worcester County judge after being convicted. The original 2016 conviction was overturned by the Court of Special Appeals after they ruled, he did not receive a fair trial.But the most recent iteration provoked a strong reaction from Sewell supporters, who said his signature style of community policing transformed the town and thus the ongoing prosecution was unwarranted.“I started crying,” Michelle Lucas, a former Pocomoke resident told the AFRO. “I was so scared he was going to go to jail for something he didn’t do.”For Lucas, watching the trial during which almost all defense motions were denied has shaken her trust in criminal justice system.“Not only has this rocked my whole faith in law enforcement, but it rocked my faith in the justice system too.”Looming over the sentencing was the continued fallout over Sewell’s 2015 termination.The council was silent about the reason. But Sewell recently settled with city officials for $450,000 and commitment to a consent decree to reform racially biased employment practices.Still, for Pocomoke residents the damage brought by the protracted prosecutions has inflicted deep collateral damage. A town that has not been safe, nor hospitable since his termination.“I told the judge chief did everything by the book. He was always a man who was committed to the law. He spent a lot time out in our community,” White said.“And now that he’s gone community policing has just stopped.”
The Cardinals will host a Blackout on Labor Day Night when Notre Dame visits Cardinal Stadium for the first time in school history, with an 8:06 kickoff that will be televised on ESPN. It will be the 10th Blackout game in school history and the fourth time the Cardinals will face a ranked opponent. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Exciting themed game promotions are being paired with the University of Louisville football program’s challenging 2019 home schedule. Print Friendly Version Story Links Five days later, the Cardinals remain home against Eastern Kentucky for Heroes Day. Fans are encouraged to nominate military service people past and present, police, fire, EMS, other first responders, and local teachers by visiting www.gocards.com/heroThe Cardinals host Virginia on Oct. 26 for the annual Homecoming contest, and will close the regular season against Syracuse on Nov. 23 for the Senior Poster Giveaway.Mini-game packages are available with a pair of mini-plan options starting as low as $115.Fans can select their choice of the Black and Red ticket plans that features some of the season’s top contests, including the season opener versus Notre Dame on Sept. 2 and a visit from Clemson, the 2018 College Football Playoff National Champions.The three-game Black Plan features the season opener on Labor Day night when Notre Dame visits Cardinal Stadium for the first time in school history and the Eastern Kentucky contest. Fans can also choose between Boston College, Virginia or Syracuse contests for their other option.A visit from defending national champion Clemson on Oct. 19 highlights the Red Plan, and fans can chose any of the other home contests besides the season opener.The cost-saving tickets may be purchased through “My Cardinal Account,” or by accessing the ticket information page online at GoCards.com/fbtickets. Individuals will be prompted for the appropriate information through the online process.Single game tickets will go on sale August 13th, but group tickets are available now at (https://gocards.com/sports/2019/8/3/louisville-football-group-ticket-offers.aspx)
Reps for Lenny Letter and Dunham didn’t respond to requests for comment. A Condé Nast spokesman declined to comment.When Lenny Letter launched, Dunham and Konner described it as offering “a snark-free, intelligent point of view” on topics including feminism, style, health, politics and friendship. Its most recent tagline was “Feminism, style, health, politics, friendship, and everything else — unfiltered.” The venture attracted early attention with contributed pieces from Hillary Clinton, Gloria Steinem, Shonda Rhimes and Jennifer Lawrence, who penned an essay decrying pay inequity for women in Hollywood. Lenny Letter, the female-targeted newsletter and website founded three year ago by Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner, is closing its doors.Lenny Letter will shut down on Friday, Oct. 19, according to reports by the New York Post and Digiday, citing contributors who were notified via email of the closure. The twice-weekly newsletter at one point reportedly had as many as 500,000 subscribers but readership has since declined.The end of Lenny Letter comes after Dunham and Konner ended their producing partnership in June, with the expiration of their joint overall deal with HBO. The duo had served as exec producers on HBO’s “Girls” as well as “Camping,” starring Jennifer Garner.Shortly after launching in September 2015, Dunham and Konner cut a deal with Hearst to handle advertising and distribution Lenny Letter. Last year, they moved their ad deal over to Condé Nast. Dunham and Konner had hired entertainment veteran Benjamin Cooley, Konner’s ex-husband who had previously worked as a producer at Shine America at Jack Black’s Electric Dynamite, as CEO. Popular on Variety ×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
Stay on target Kellogg’s has extended their partnership with the U.K.’s Seven Bro7hers Brewery. What started last year with a single beer has expanded into a trio of beers — all made with rejected cereal.In December we told you about the Brewery’s Throw Away IPA. The recipe (formulated with help from Brew Dog) for the unique milkshake IPA utilized Corn Flakes that were rejected for being too large, too small or overcooked.Heres a little sneak peek at our @KelloggsUK brew! Find it at @BoothsCountry stores and https://t.co/B3R5QYORtd#Sustainability pic.twitter.com/mgSivLLyNz— SEVEN BRO7HERS BREWERY (@SEVENBRO7HERS) June 14, 2019Clearly it was rell-received, because Seven Bro7hers and Kellogg’s are teaming up again. This time around Kellogg’s shipped over a generous supply of Cocoa Krispies and Rice Krispies that didn’t make the grade.Logically enough, the Cocoa Krispies (Coco Pops in some countries) found their way into a nice chocolate stout. The Rice Krispies were crafted into a double dry-hopped pale ale. Both of the new brews pack 5.5% ABV.Though Sling It Out Stout and Cast Off Pale Ale are made with discarded cereal, there’s a difference. In the recipe for Throw Away IPA, the Corn Flakes replaced some of the wheat that would’ve ordinarily been used. The Cocoa Puffs in the stout and Rice Krispies in the Pale Ale replaced malted barley. Another new twist is that beer drinkers can pick up all three of the Seven Bro7hers beers in a single pack. They’re offering a mixer with four of each of their Kellogg’s-infused creations.The company says they’re “always looking for innovative ways to use surplus food,” adding that the collaboration with Seven Bro7hers “is a fun way to repurpose non-packaged, less-than-perfect cereal.”Kellogg’s says their aim is always to convert every ounce of grain purchased into food that can be sold in stores. There will always be slightly imperfect flakes and pops, of course… so it’s cool to see the company embracing sustainability with projects like these.More on Geek.com:Butterflies Inspired and Helped Brew This Craft BeerBakery and a Brewery Turned Surplus Bagels Into BeerDogfish Head Unveils Beer That Can Develop Kodak Super 8 Film Fiber-Based Six-Pack Can Rings Offer Eco-Friendly Alternative to PlasticButterflies Inspired and Helped Brew This Craft Beer
For anyone who takes their racing games seriously, whether it’s LittleBigPlanet Karting or Gran Turismo 5, Sony has created a new wireless wheel that is powered by PlayStation Move.Despite its strange shape, the peripheral is highly versatile and its creator, SCEA research and developer engineer Anton Mikhailov, says it’s twice as accurate as a DualShock controller, meaning you should be able to shave some time off your laps.Like the DualShock, it has rumble feedback, too. In fact, it has two rumble motors, one either side to balance out the feeling of the controller. A PS Move controller sits in the center of the device and powers the entire thing–no batteries required!Most conventional racing wheels currently available in the shops are designed to sit on a table or desk in front of you, meaning you don’t have to hold anything up in the air. But apparently this Move controller won’t be uncomfortable to hold for long periods of time. Mikhailov said he play tested the controller for four hours without getting tired, so it must be quite light. That may act as a negative though, and I hope the rumble motors add just enough weight and feedback to add something to the driving experience.If you’re not a fan of racing cars and prefer bikes instead, this controller is just as good for you. The grips fold out into a handlebar shape. It even has a twist throttle on the right grip which is connected to the rumble so it feels more like a real motorbike input. It’s also designed to be suitable for flight simulators, so wannabe pilots watch this space.The controller will support a variety of PlayStation games, but the ones confirmed as having support include: Gran Turismo 5, LittleBigPlanet Karting, Motorstorm Apocalypse, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, and Burnout Paradise.The PlayStation Move Racing Wheel is coming to North America this autumn for $39.99 making it significantly cheaper than your typical racing wheel.via PlayStation Blog
When Microsoft kicked off its E3 event today we all thought the focus was going to be on the Xbox One. But the Xbox 360 has received some attention, too.Microsoft has decided to give the 360 one final redesign before they move on to the next console. From today, you can go out and buy a brand new Xbox 360 that is styled just like the Xbox One. At the same time, it is “smaller, sleeker, and just as quiet” as the existing Slim model.If you already own an Xbox 360, which let’s face it most of you do, Microsoft is pushing Xbox Live gold memberships, too. Your Live account will work across the Xbox 360 and Xbox One, so the more accounts Microsoft can activate they clearly think the more gamers will make the switch to the new machine.With that in mind, new and existing Live Gold subscribers will be entitled to two free game downloads every single month. The full line-up of games that will be included in that offer has not been divulged yet, but Halo 3 and Assassin’s Creed 2 were both mentioned on stage. Think of it like what Sony offers PlayStation Plus members.
1 2 The PS4 may be a critical darling in both the eyes of gamers and the press, and the cheaper price tag and (more or less) more powerful hardware certainly gives it a boost in terms of positive public mindshare. Like any video game console launch, though, it doesn’t go over smoothly, and the features are missing and the library of games is lacking. Despite the critical praise of the PS4, it was not able to escape these launch hiccups.Media supportThe two biggest disappointments regarding the PS4 are its step back as a media hub. When Sony introduced the PS3 seven years ago, the company touted its ability to play both native and external image, video, and audio files. Simply plug in a USB stick with a few video files or a photo album, and you could watch them on your PS3. If transferring files from your computer to a USB stick was too much of a hassle, the PS3 could be set up as a media server so you could load files from your computer.Sony has backtracked on that, and the PS4 will neither allow external storage devices, nor play external media. Sure, this is likely to curb piracy — you can no longer download a TV episode from your torrent community of choice and toss it on your PS4 for later — but it’s more likely a play to move us all to the media services that are available on the PS4. Netflix, Amazon Instant, Hulu Plus, Crackle, and even Crunchyroll are available. However, if you’re used to procuring episodes of your favorite shows via nefarious methods and getting them onto your TV via the PS3’s hassle-free USB stick method, your PS4 isn’t going to help.Along with dropping support for external media, the PS4 also removes MP3 and DLNA support too; you’ll need to use another device to play your CDs. However, Sony has stated that it was shocked to see the public outcry for MP3 and DLNA support, and those features may make their way to the PS4 in a future update.ControllersThe DualShock 4 is a well-designed controller. Fans of the DualShock design will likely find this controller to be Sony’s best yet, as it fits perfectly in the hand, the touchpad and the PS Move functionality are responsive, and the DualShock 3’s much-maligned triggers are now comfortable. However, the light bar on the back of the controller is a huge sticking point — you can easily see it reflected in the TV when playing a game. If you angle the light away from the TV, you’re usually holding it toward your face, and it gives off enough light to obnoxiously glare in your eyes. At the moment, gamers can’t turn the light bar off themselves, but developers can do so. Not much help to gamers who find the reflective light annoying, though.You will also find that the PS3’s Blu-ray remote does not work with the PS4, nor does the console have IR support for universal remotes. A small issue, but will certainly irritate gamers who own the remotes.Next page: Wireless support, launch titles and broken consoles
Oculus Rift has become a well-known name among gamers, with many of us waiting to get our hands on the virtual reality headset. But when it finally does arrive, it may no longer carry that name.The reason for that is a company called Oculu, which has recently filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against Oculus Rift claiming “false designation of origin, trademark dilution and unfair competition.”Oculu’s business focuses on offering a video platform for businesses and publishers where video and audio is streamed over the Internet. Nothing like Oculus Rift’s business, right? Wrong, according to Oculu. In the lawsuit filing Oculu says Oculus Rift does intend to stream video and audio in the future, and therefore would be in direct competition.You may think this sounds ridiculous, but Oculu got the trademark first, and apparently they were approached by Oculus Rift founder Palmer Luckey trying to purchase the Oculu domain name. Oculu sees that as evidence that Oculus Rift knows how similar they are. If you do a Google search for the term Oculu, the first link is to Oculus Rift, which must also annoy Oculu greatly.If this lawsuit goes against Oculus Rift, at least they haven’t launched the product yet so a name change wouldn’t be too detrimental. But what could they call it instead? I’m sure John Carmack will want to keep the name short, just like his games. But then typically most short words already have many trademarks attached.In fact, John Carmack might be key to a new name. You can’t really get better name recognition among gamers than his name. So, here’s my vote for Carmack Rift, or even John Carmack’s Rift. Although, I imagine Palmer Luckey may have something to say about that.