Sadie Roberts-Joseph exuded a ‘quiet power’ as she enriched her community

(CNN)When officials in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, refused to make black history part of the mandatory school curriculum, Sadie Roberts-Joseph created a museum dedicated to African-American heritage, friends say. “It was a shock to all of us that somebody could even do this to her, that somebody could have such a disregard for life — especially her life,” Richardson said. ‘She embodied our culture’ Known as “Ms. Sadie,” Roberts-Joseph was fascinated by black history, friends and family told CNN. She had one foot in the past and the other in the present and she worked to bridge the two in a way that would educate the young people of her city. ‘”That was her life’s work. That was her manifesto,” said …

No More Deals: San Francisco Considers Raising Taxes on Tech

At a recent postmortem for the so-called Twitter tax break, the divisive San Francisco policy that drew tech companies to a beleaguered stretch of downtown, the tone at City Hall was chilly. Tech offices—the likes of Twitter, Zendesk, and Uber—had indeed arrived as promised, but residents of the city’s Mid-Market neighborhood told officials that little uplift came with the logos. “I’ve seen the number of people who are sleeping on the street increase. We’ve seen a lot of displacement … affordable restaurants close,” said Sam Dennison, a local resident who served on a citizen advisory board for the tax break. “We felt like we were going to be annihilated, and in a lot of ways we weren’t wrong.” In the …

Serena Williams Has A Message For Everyone Who Wants Her To Shut Up And Play

Serena Williams has a message for critics who want her to keep quiet about social issues and just play tennis.  “You know what? “Man, woman, immigrant, U.S. citizen, person of color, whatever it may be. ‘Equal pay,’ as the great Serena Williams said, ‘til I’m in my grave.’”  losing in the Wimbledon finals to Simona Halep. sexism, gender pay gap, especially as it related to women of color.  But more recently that criticism came from a surprising source: tennis legend and activist  King suggested earlier in the tournament that if Williams wanted a crack at the record, she should give up being a celebrity for a year and a half.  Just stop all this insanity because she is trying to …

The Paradox of the Incredible Shrinking Comic-Con Expansion

When people talk about "the good old days," they're mourning the death of simplicity. For San Diego Comic-Con attendees, nostalgia has always rested with the diehards who haunt the floor of the Convention Center, lining up to buy artwork from their favorite illustrators or hunting down a copy of that formative book from their childhood. They're the ones who have seen SDCC go from comics convention to infrastructure-overwhelming pop-culture pilgrimage, the ones who can't help but feel a little territorial about the movie and TV fans flooding the city. Recent years have been a Gilded Age for those other fans, though, the ones who are here for a pan-pop spectacle. The ones who treat the overnight wait outside Hall H, …

Johnny Clegg obituary

Singer-songwriter who used music to defy apartheid in South Africa Johnny Clegg, who has died of cancer aged 66, was a white singer-songwriter who became a national hero in South Africa by using music to defy the apartheid-era segregation laws. He challenged the authorities by forming mixed-race bands, performing to both black and white audiences, and mixing Zulu influences into songs that brought him international success. Known as the white Zulu or umlungu omnyama (the black white person), he spoke fluent Zulu and was an energetic and skilful exponent of Zulu dance. He was best known for the poignant, stirring 1987 anthem Asimbonanga (We have not seen him), a tribute to joined Clegg on stage in Frankfurt as he was …

Former Louisiana State University student convicted in fraternity hazing death

(CNN)A former Louisiana State University student was found guilty of negligent homicide Wednesday in the fraternity hazing death of 18-year-old pledge Maxwell Gruver, the East Baton Rouge District Attorney’s Office said. Naquin’s lawyer continued to maintain his innocence after the jury’s verdict. Naquin was not the only person distributing alcohol, defense attorney John McLindon said. “To pin this all on one guy was just really unfair,” he said outside the courthouse. “Max there of his own free will — he could have left at anytime.” Prosecutor Morgan Johnson insisted that Gruver was not responsible for his own death. “Max is a victim and it could happen to any of our children,” she said outside the courthouse. “This was no fault …

This Is What I Learned When Forced To Put My Daughter On A Totally Fat-Free Diet

Just barely visible in the way I hesitate as I cut that first slice is the thought crossing behind my eyes: If being good is not having any cake, what does it mean to have some? When she was a toddler, she couldn’t eat citrus, chocolate or tomatoes. When she was in kindergarten, we spent a year carefully removing and then reintroducing dairy, eggs, soy, nuts and wheat. She had real struggles with textures and swallowing. Despite everything, I worked hard to create a vocabulary that didn’t demonize a particular food or food groups. On the bright side, necessity forced us to try many new foods over the years ― being open-minded about unfamiliar foods became the virtue we prized most. …

On National French Fry Day, your questions about fries, answered

(CNN)From curly to crinkle-cut, shoestring to steak, poutine to disco, July 13 is about celebrating one of the most popular side dishes in the world. Well, the short answer to that they come from Belgium — but also, not really. Though the origins of fries can be traced to Belgium, the French, Belgians and Spanish can’t seem to agree where the idea sprouted and grapple for the claim to greasy fame. American soldiers in World War I first encountered the fried potato in Belgium. Crediting the dominant language of the region, they dubbed them french fries. But it’s worth noting that different versions of the fried potato are a worldwide love, whether in India or Kenya. Who brought french fries …

Angry Hotel Owners Response Refusing Influencer Free Accommodation Goes Viral

Social media ‘influencers’ have become a huge industry, as more and more people spend their time on the likes of Instagram, YouTube and Facebook rather than ‘traditional’ media like newspapers and TV. Vlogger Elle Darby and Paul Stenson, owner of The The White Moose Café in Dublin, might be the beginning of a backlash against entitled influencers and their habit of asking for freebies in exchange for ‘exposure.’ YouTuber Elle Darby sent this email to The Charleville Lodge Hotel, requesting free accommodation Image credits: WhiteMooseCafe Mr. Stenson’s sharp rebuke garnered a huge reaction online, with many people supporting his stance against an industry that we haven’t quite come to grips with yet. Many people see influencers as talentless freeloaders shamelessly hawking products with …

Theres A Southern Version Of Zodiac Signs And The Descriptions Are Hilariously Accurate

We’re so used to the zodiac signs, it’s probably impossible to imagine they could be something else. But Liz Dial, a social media specialist with Red Clay Media’s brand, “It’s a Southern Thing,” did. She has created an illustration series imagining what the Zodiac would look like if the signs were southern. The new “constellations” are perfect if you want to get to know the modern Southerner. You could say Liz has been developing this project for a while now. “I’ve always thought that the “The signs as ___” are so funny, especially when someone has assigned random objects to the zodiac but they still somehow make sense and ring true for the signs. That’s what we were trying to …

My Parents Expect Me To Take Care Of Them And I Don’t Know What To Do About It

In a Chinese society where tiger parents are the norm, children from a young age are pushed to become the best of the best by attending kindergarten prep schools that include supplemental curriculum not found at other schools, such as English accent “correction” classes, after-school tutorial centers and other extracurricular activities. Children are expected to give back to the parents when they reach adulthood by providing monthly allowances to show “Filial Piety,” a deeply ingrained core value in the Chinese culture which describes respect for one’s parents. Growing up in Hong Kong, my traditional Chinese parents were no different, often exclaiming, “I can’t wait until our daughter grows up and buys the luxurious mansion/car/dinner for us!” and then they’d turn …

Storyboards, Marvel’s Parts Unknown, Is Coming to Disney+

Ever since Disney announced its forthcoming streaming service, Disney+, there's been a question in the back of comic book fans' minds: What about Marvel? There's been talk of stand-alone shows for Loki, Wanda Maximoff, and Hawkeye; an animated series based on the Marvel's What If … ? comics is also in the works. Yet those shows are expected to be a year or two away. Today, Marvel is finally revealing one of the shows that'll arrive when the Disney+ service launches: Storyboards. Adam Rogers Here's How Disney+ Will Take Over the World Angela Watercutter John Wick's Writer Is Heading to Marvel's Falcon & Winter Soldier Brian Raftery The Streaming Wars Began in 2018—and They'll Only Get Worse Unlike the Star …

Age limit for lottery could be raised

What do lottery winners spend their money on? UK winner claims £123m EuroMillions prize Announcing the review in the House of Commons, Ms Davies said 18 was the age when people gained full citizenship rights and responsibilities. She added that the risk of harm associated with playing the National Lottery was the lowest of any form of gambling, “but we do know the risk is slightly higher for instant win games than it is for draw-based games such as Lotto”. The government could also choose to keep the status quo or raise the age limit for all lottery games, which include EuroMillions. Ms Davies also announced changes to society lotteries – non-commercial lotteries run for good causes – including increasing …

Love Island USA: are Americans ready to crack on with the remake?

The sun-and-sex ratings hit has made its way across the Atlantic with a fancier villa, a cast of toned singletons and a less-than-compelled audience Theres something oddly poetic and strangely redundant about a stateside spin on ITV2s feverishly compulsive hit Love Island. Its an American remake of a British dating show modelled on a dusty American blueprint, making it the televisual equivalent of translating colloquialisms before then translating them back. After an ambitious marketing blitz, this week has seen the malformed Franken-product finally lumbering its way on to US screens, and, so far, its looking like it could face a particularly cold summer. Launched on CBS, Americas biggest network, and the same one that still scores solid ratings for Big …

‘Artists don’t value it’: pop accused of taking advantage of dancers

Vague promises of exposure used as cover for poor pay and insecure working conditions, Guardian told Last year, one of pops rising stars was heading to London for a show and needed local dancers to accompany her. The singers management only wanted the best, a handpicked group who could live up to the high standards expected from the US entertainment industry. It was an amazing opportunity, with one large catch: the gig didnt pay. Some dancers, however, jumped at the chance. Instead of payment you were going to get exposure, said Windy Tsoi, less than minimum wage for the hours I invested and that she couldnt afford to eat [and] was sweeping studio floors to be able to practice my …

35 Stranger Things Season 3 Memes That Will Take Your Mood From Ten To Eleven

#2 Shawn Levy, the exec producer of the show, sees each new set of episodes as “basically an eight-hour movie.” According to Levy, season 3 is their most comedic and pop-y season yet, but it’s also their most cinematic and epic season. “It opens in the summer of ’85, filled with the idyllic nature of summer and adolescence in the ’80s, the fun of mall culture and young love, a world of innocence and promise. But as new threats are revealed — and there’s more than one in season 3, both supernatural and human — the season takes a turn toward darkness. And it is far creepier than anything we’ve done yet. It gets an epic scale in terms of …