Notably, this year’s festival will be kicked off by Essence Girls United youth programming, which includes the launch of the Girls United Giving Challenge, a four-day online giving event benefiting eight local organizations that lift up young girls in New Orleans and throughout Louisiana. Also new and on deck? A Wellness House has been added to address our beauty, inside and out. And with the inaugural Global Black Economic Forum, the festival continues to center cooperative economics and entrepreneurship, which includes the $100 million New Voices Fund for black female entrepreneurs, many of whom will once again participate in pitch competitions throughout the festival weekend. … [Read more...] about How to Throw a 25-Year Party: Why Essence Festival Is Your Faves’ Favorite Event of the Year
The change was in the air from the very minute the event began. For the first time in MondoCon history, entrance to the event wasn’t dictated by a group of people who’d lined up days in advance. That wasn’t an option this time around, probably due to a deal with the venue. Instead, the line was decided by a random lottery. Numbers were drawn to give everyone a place in line. As someone who has regularly slept on sidewalks and streets to buy art, this was a whole new world for me. One that I would love if I got a low number or hate if I got a high number. I drew number 179. The person behind me drew number 3. Rats. … [Read more...] about How the Pop Culture Event MondoCon Has Changed, and So Have I
As we expected, Apple’s next iPhone will be announced on September 9, 2015—the same date as last year’s iPhone event. We’re expecting Force Touch, better cameras, and better processors all wrapped in a similar looking design. But Mega iPads and Apple TV (set-top box and streaming service) are expected to also make an appearance. … [Read more...] about Apple’s Next iPhone Event Is September 9
Earlier this month, Android Police published the first of several reports citing a “reliable source” that claim Google will announce a Pixel and Pixel XL smartphone on October 4. Also earlier this month, a leaked APK of the Google Pixel Launcher made its way to the Internet. Another rumor blog, Android Central, is also reporting with a high level of confidence that the phones will be called Pixel phones rather than Nexus phones. Android Central also claims the phones will be priced at $650, significantly higher than older generation Nexus devices. … [Read more...] about What to Expect From Google’s October 4th Event
“I realize since she’s been gone that I understood for the first time what amputees meant when they said that they felt that the limb was still there because I kept reaching for her that awe that had supported me all those years and recognize that she in fact is responsible for who I am standing here in front of you because I used her as a source of energy to prove to her that I was not going to go live in the den of inequity and I also heard her say I am so proud of you,” Tyson said, adding, “I think that if I had not heard her say those words none of it would mean anything to me because it was she who gave me the energy to make the decisions that I did throughout my entire career.” … [Read more...] about Never Bring Cicely Tyson Water in a Bottle, and Other Lessons From AT&T’s Humanity of Connection Event
Getting women in games development is a noted problem in the industry, but the last year has seen a rise in conversation when it comes to gender and sexism in this industry. People will notice if, like today, there are no women presenters at your event. … [Read more...] about Why Were There No Women Presenters At The PlayStation 4 Event?