Swizz Beatzs Dreamweavers Exhibit Spotlights Black Renaissance Visual Works

first_img Twitter Swizz Beatz’s Dreamweavers Exhibit Spotlights “Black Renaissance” Visual Works Swizz Beatz collaborate with UTA and curator Nicola Vassell to bring together uncanny and powerful works by leading African-American and African diaspora artists, past and presentPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Jan 31, 2019 – 4:14 pm On Jan. 30, Los Angeles’ UTA Artist Space and GRAMMY winner Swizz Beatz announced a fine art exhibit titled “Dreamweavers” will open on Feb. 13, dedicated to paintings, sculptures, photographs and performance art by visionaries of the Afro-Atlantic diaspora. Curated by Nicola Vassell, who advises Beatz and his wife Alicia Keys on their The Dean Collection of fine art, the choice selection presents passionate and little-known works from what Vassell considers an emerging “black renaissance.””It’s a super positive moment in that these narratives are being embedded institutionally,” Vassell told Billboard, “and the consequence of that is economic success and cultural influence.”The artist Kehinde Wiley became better known due to his presidential portrait of Obama and presence of his paintings on sets for the TV show “Empire.” Also in the exhibit are Nick Cave (the dancer, not the rocker), Karon Davis, Cy Gavin, David Hammons, Hector Hyppolite, Arthur Jafa, Pope L, Deanna Lawson, Kerry James Marshall, Yoyin Ojih Odutola, Noah Purifoy, Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Tschabalala Self, Ming Smith, Nari Ward, Carrie Mae Weems, and Charles White. News Facebook Email Swizz Beatz’s Exhibit Spotlights Visual Works swizz-beatzs-dreamweavers-exhibit-spotlights-%E2%80%9Cblack-renaissance%E2%80%9D-visual-works “This show had to happen right here, right now,” said Beatz. “Many of the artists are my friends and some of the works you’ll see on view are from The Dean Collection … It’s a family gathering, Nicola is my long-time collaborator and UTA was passionate from the beginning.””Dreamweavers” offers an artistic confrontation with imagery that can seem like a surreal escape from reality while also providing the strength to cope with present-day challenges creatively. The website for UTA Artist Space features works selected for “Dreamweavers,” and the exhibit will remain in place until April 13. Swizz Beatz: Inside The Philosophy Of A Hip-Hop HitmakerRead more https://twitter.com/THEREALSWIZZZ/status/1090817857892638720last_img read more

Facebook ties employee bonuses to progress on social issues

first_img Share your voice 6 Photos Comments Tags Cambridge Analytica: Everything you need to know about Facebook’s data mining scandal.iHate: CNET looks at how intolerance is taking over the internet. 3center_img Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday announced changes to the company’s formula for determining employee bonuses. Alex Wong/Getty Images Facebook is changing how it determines employee bonuses, tying them to how well the company confronts issues such as misinformation and hate speech on the platform.Facebook’s employee bonuses were previously based on factors such as user growth and product quality. The social-media giant is updating its formula to better reflect the company’s updated priorities for 2019, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Tuesday during an all-hands meeting at the company’s Menlo Park, California, headquarters.Those updated goals, as outlined last month by Zuckerberg during a conference call with analysts, include making progress on the social issues facing the internet and Facebook, building services that improve people’s lives, supporting businesses and being more transparent about the role Facebook plays in the world.”Over the past two years, we’ve fundamentally changed how we run Facebook,” Facebook said in a statement. “This particular change is designed to ensure that we are incentivizing people to keep making progress on the major social issues facing the internet and our company.”Facebook’s move comes as the social media giant faces its toughest stretch in its 15-year history. The company is under pressure to do more to combat election meddling, misinformation and hate speech on the platform. It’s also come under fire for not doing enough to protect the data privacy and security of its 2.3 billion users after the company revealed that UK political consultancy Cambridge Analytica harvested the data of up to 87 million users without their permission. The company’s series of scandals didn’t appear to affect its revenue and profits in the fourth quarter, both of which beat estimates and fueled a rally in its stock last Wednesday.Facebook said there isn’t an easy formula for determining whether the company achieves its goals, but said it will record its progress by tracking how many fake accounts it takes down daily and improvements to safety and security. Internet The great Facebook exodus Mark Zuckerberg Facebooklast_img read more

Abid Ali Neemuchwala likely to become Wipro CEO early next year Report

first_imgWipro Ltd is likely to promote its group president and chief operating officer (COO) Abid Ali Neemuchwala as CEO early next year, when TK Kurien’s term ends.Wipro, India’s third biggest IT firm, is likely to make its current CEO Kurien, whose five-year term will expire in January next year, vice-chairman of the company.The new appointments will be announced by Wipro in early 2016, according to sources.”Any such decision will be taken by the Board of Directors based on the recommendation of the Nominations Committee and will be communicated to the stock exchanges. We don’t want to comment any further on this speculation,” Business Standard quoted Wipro as saying in a statement.In October, the Bengaluru-based Wipro was said to have been contemplating to extend the tenure of Kurien by at least one year in a bid to buy time to scout for a new CEO.The reports on Wipro looking for a new CEO had surfaced after it promoted three executives as presidents and roped in Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) veteran Abid Ali Neemuchwala as its COO earlier this year. Neemuchwala was seen as the “contender” for the top post.Following Neemuchwala’s appointment as COO and group president, Wipro has witnessed many restructuring initiatives aimed at having a “better control” over the company’s performance. The restructuring process has seen a few top level executives leaving Wipro. Ayan Mukerji, a company veteran who headed the media and telecom business, and Sangita Singh, head of healthcare business, were among those exits.In April, Wipro had elevated Rishad Premji, the eldest son of promoter Azim Premji, to the company board as a wholetime director, effective from 1 May.Industry watchers had speculated that the elevation of Rishad was a step towards grooming him to assume the top role at a later stage, although Azim Premji had always said that Rishad would not be appointed the chief executive.last_img read more

Mymensingh road crash kills 2

first_imgTwo people including a minor were killed as a pickup van hit them in Kazirshimla area of Trishal uapzila on Tuesday morning.The identity of the deceased was not known immediately. One of them around 65 years and the other was a 12-year old boy.A speeding pickup van hit the two while they were crossing the road in the area around 10:00am in the morning, said Trishal police station officer in-charge (OC) Zakiur Rahman.The local people blocked the road for almost an hour, protesting the accident, the OC added.last_img read more

Afghan Eid dawned in peace for first time since 2001

first_imgCap: Afghanistan Afghan Muslims offer prayers at the start of the Eid al-Fitr holiday which marks the end of Ramadan at the Shah-e Do Shamshira mosque in Kabul on 15 June 2018. Phtoto: AFPAfghans greeted the beginning of Eid with prayers on Friday as the Muslim holiday dawned in peace for the first time since the 2001 US-led invasion, after the Taliban agreed to an unprecedented ceasefire.Flocking to mosques for special morning worship marking the first day of the festival, youngsters in the war-battered country expressed cautious optimism, following the suspension of fighting between Afghan security forces and the militants.“On almost every Eid we have had attacks-this is a rare Eid without violence,” Samiullah, 17, who is almost the same age as the conflict, told AFP after prayers at the Shah-e Do Shamshira mosque in central Kabul.“We are hopeful peace will come to Afghanistan.”Fourteen-year-old Sohrab Ahmad, who earns money polishing shoes outside the mosque, said he could not remember an Eid without fighting.“I believe there will be peace between the Taliban and the Afghan government,” he said.But not everyone was so hopeful.“I don’t think there will be peace in Afghanistan. We are seeing an increase in attacks on a daily basis,” Imran, 13, told AFP.Defence ministry spokesman Mohammad Radmanesh told AFP there had been no reports of Taliban attacks on Afghan forces since the start of the holiday.President Ashraf Ghani announced last week that police and troops would cease operations against the Taliban for eight days, starting Tuesday-though he warned that operations against other groups, including the Islamic State group, would continue.The Taliban said Saturday their fighters would stop attacking Afghan security forces for the first three days of Eid, the first time the Taliban had declared a nationwide ceasefire in the nearly 17-year conflict.They said they would continue attacking US-led NATO troops.Muslims across the world also celebrated Eid al-Fitr, one of Islam’s most significant holidays, which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan and is typically celebrated by feasting and gift-giving.In the Iraqi capital Baghdad, young people treated themselves to elaborate haircuts, in a modern interpretation of the tradition of dressing up for the festival.Tens of millions of people across Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation, celebrated Eid with special prayers at mosques and in public spaces, including a large gathering in front of the Bajra Sandhi monument on the predominantly Hindu island Bali.Elsewhere, hundreds of devotees-many dressed in white and wearing skull caps-turned out for prayers in front of the multi-domed Baiturrahman mosque in the Sumatran city of Banda Aceh.Others knelt for morning prayers in the shadow of one of Indonesia’s most active volcano, Mount Sinabung, which has been rumbling since 2010.last_img read more

8848 Bangladeshis languishing in foreign jails FM

first_imgForeign minister AK Abdul Momen. File photoForeign minister AK Abdul Momen on Thursday informed parliament that a total of 8,848 Bangladeshis are now staying in jails or detention centres of different countries, including India, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Saudi Arabia and the USA, reports UNB.The minister came up with the statistics while responding to a question by treasury bench MPM Abdul Latif (Chattogram-11).As per the data, the highest 2,051 Bangladeshis are now languishing in different prisons of India, including 2,031 in Kolkata.Besides, the minister said,1,289 Bangladeshis are now staying in prisons in Saudi Arabia while1,156 in the UAE, 693 in Bahrain, 572 in Malaysia, 442 in Oman, 351 in Qatar, 316 in Kuwait, 275 In Iraq, 243 in Iran, 126 in the UK and 79 in the USA.Momen said his ministry with the help of Bangladesh embassies and high commissions is working to bring the Bangladeshis back from the jails of those countries.He said the foreign ministry usually appoints lawyers, prepare travel documents and necessary papers for either reducing the tenure of punishment or getting clemency whenever any Bangladeshi is jailed by foreign countries.last_img read more

Turner Warns Hurdles Remain Before Pension Reforms Become Reality

first_img Share Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Al OrtizMayor Sylvester Turner is hailing the Texas House’s approval of Houston’s pension reform plan as historic. Turner is warning, though, that some of the House’s amendments could defeat the purpose of the reforms by adding hundreds of millions of dollars to the final price tag.The amendments include one by Houston Representative Dwayne Bohac, which would exempt retired firefighters from the plan’s provisions. Leaders of the firefighters’ pension fund have been among the strongest opponents of the reforms.Speaking at City Hall, Mayor Turner said he was confident House and Senate negotiators would strike the amendment from the final bill. “If it remains on,” he said, “it would cost about $27 million a year, $400 million over the life of the deal. That one has to get jettisoned.”If Governor Greg Abbott signs the reforms into law, Houston voters may still have to give their approval to a bond package in November.“If the police officers, if their pension system doesn’t get the pension obligation bonds, the $750 million, and if the municipals [municipal employees] don’t get their pension obligation bonds, the $250 million, and these are dollars that we have borrowed from those respective groups over the last fifteen years, then the city doesn’t get the reforms,” the mayor said.Turner said that, even with those challenges, Houston is closer to resolving its fiscal problems than it has been since 2001. 00:00 /01:05 Xlast_img read more

Trump Says Nobody Knows If An Immigration Deal Can Happen

first_img Share Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesPresident Trump presides over a meeting about immigration with Republican and Democratic members of Congress earlier this month.Updated at 3:20 p.m. ETThe federal government is back open for business on Tuesday, but the immigration fight that brought it to a three-day shutdown is far from over.On Monday, Congress passed a stopgap spending bill that funds the government through Feb. 8, with Democrats crossing over to back the measure in exchange for assurances that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., would bring an immigration bill to the floor. McConnell said he would pursue legislation to address the legal status of roughly 700,000 immigrants protected by the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which will expire in March, as well as border security and other issues.President Trump weighed in on Twitter on Tuesday morning to congratulate his staff for their work over the past several days, after much chatter about how little the president himself was involved in the dealmaking. Trump also acknowledged the big task ahead on working out an immigration deal in 16 days.Thank you to General John Kelly, who is doing a fantastic job, and all of the Staff and others in the White House, for a job well done. Long hours and Fake reporting makes your job more difficult, but it is always great to WIN, and few have won more than us!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 23, 2018Congress also needs to agree on a long-term funding plan, which is thought to be close at hand, but there are several reasons why finding a bipartisan solution on immigration is far from easy.To begin with, Trump has been inconsistent on what kind of immigration bill he would sign, despite an insistence otherwise from White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Monday. The broad framework is that, in exchange for a permanent fix for DACA, the president wants funding for the border wall he touted frequently during the campaign, along with an end to what he calls chain migration — or legal immigrants bringing other family members to the U.S. — and an end to the visa lottery system.But when Trump held a bipartisan discussion with lawmakers earlier this month, he signaled that he would sign whatever bill Congress sent him, even if he wasn’t “in love with” it and that he would take any backlash from both sides. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., has said that he offered Trump funding for his border wall on Friday, hours before the shutdown started, as part of a deal for DACA protections but that Trump’s chief of staff, John Kelly, later called to say the deal was off.Schumer reiterated Tuesday that the wall was now off the table, and argued that Trump’s inability to negotiate was what had led to the shutdown in the first place.Tensions were already inflamed after Trump reportedly used a vulgarity to refer to African countries and disparaged Haiti during a discussion of U.S. visa and immigration policies with a bipartisan group of senators earlier this month.On Monday, Sanders wouldn’t commit to Trump’s supporting a path to citizenship, instead of simply a legal status for the “DREAMers.” That is the common name given to those who are in the U.S. illegally after entering the country as children. For Democrats, and even some Republicans, a status short of citizenship could be a nonstarter.And even if a bill passes the Senate, it could have a much tougher time in the House, where Republicans say they will not be bound by any deal made in the Senate. The last time the Senate passed a major immigration overhaul bill, in 2013, it died a year later in the House.Trump did meet with six GOP senators on Monday to discuss “the next steps on responsible immigration reform.” That group included immigration hard-liners such as Sens. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and David Perdue, R-Ga., who were not members of the bipartisan group that has been working to find a solution palpable to both sides. Not in attendance were Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., who are part of the bipartisan group, but Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., who has spoken out in favor of protecting DACA recipients, was there.Graham — once a strident opponent of Trump’s who has developed a cozy relationship with the president over the past few months — said over the weekend that he is skeptical of many of the president’s advisers, especially White House senior policy aide Stephen Miller, who push Trump in a conservative direction on immigration as soon as he seems to want a compromise.The president also conferred with two conservative Democrats at the White House on Monday, Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and the newly elected Doug Jones of Alabama. Upon returning to the Capitol, they said that specifics weren’t discussed but sounded optimistic that an immigration deal could be reached.“I think he’s very much committed to relieving this DACA challenge that we all have. I don’t think anyone wants to be in it, no one is insensitive about that. In talking with his chief of staff, Gen. Kelly, I’m just hopeful we can find that pathway forward. … The House is going to have to do their thing, but the Senate is in a position to move forward, and he’s hoping that they’ll come to something that they can all live with,” said Manchin, who faces a tough re-election campaign in November. He’s one of 10 Democrats running again in states that Trump won in 2016.Further direct talks with Trump may have to wait. He is slated to travel to Davos, Switzerland, this week for the World Economic Forum. The president’s first State of the Union address on Jan. 30 provides him a highly visible opportunity to expand on what he wants in a bill, just over a week before the critical deadline.While some Democrats and progressive groups said that Schumer “caved,” more moderate lawmakers expressed optimism that McConnell would keep his promise to bring a bill to the floor. That is despite the fact that he hasn’t yet fulfilled pledges to other lawmakers in exchange for their votes in December on the GOP tax bill.“It’s one thing to make a promise behind closed doors in a conversation. It’s another thing to be before C-SPAN and before the whole world saying, ‘I will bring a bill forward, it will be neutral, it will be an open, level playing field.’ That’s a commitment,” Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, who caucuses with Democrats, told NPR’s All Things Considered on Monday.Speaking after Senate lunches on Tuesday, McConnell also stood behind his promise.“I intend to keep my word,” the majority leader said.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Full Show No Knock Warrants And Bringing The Arts To Juvenile Detention

first_img X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /50:34 center_img Listen On Friday’s Houston Matters: “No-knock” warrants will now require a district court judge’s okay under new policy changes in the Houston Police Department’s narcotics division. Chief Art Acevedo shared those changes with members of the Houston City Council Thursday. We learn more.Then, the HISD board has decided to hold off – for now – on renewing several charter school contracts.Also this hour: The Theater District has started a new program bringing arts projects to at-risk youth, including some in juvenile detention. Plus we break down The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly of the week’s news.And, in advance of the annual Houston Public Media Spelling Bee, our host, Craig Cohen, and spelling bee host Ernie Manouse come up with some challenging words for each other to spell.We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Sharelast_img read more

Bowser Names Indianapolis Superintendent as DCPS Chancellor Council Will Not Confirm Pick

first_imgBy Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, mgreen@afro.comAfter nine months of Dr. Amanda Alexander serving as the Interim Chancellor of the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS), Mayor Muriel Bowser announced Indianapolis Superintendent Dr. Lewis D. Ferebee as her choice to permanently fill the position.A teacher and a son of educators, Ferebee has led Indianapolis schools since 2013, and at the Mayor’s appointment, is now prepping to take the helm in the nation’s capital.District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser named Dr. Lewis D. Ferebee as chancellor for District of Columbia Public Schools. (Courtesy Photo)“Dr. Ferebee is a strong educator and leader with a wide breadth of experience as a teacher, an administrator and a superintendent,” Bowser wrote in a statement.Because of his wealth of experience in education, Bowser said Ferebee has the tools to lead a school system in a diverse and growing city like the District.“He understands the complexities of leading a large urban school district in a growing city,the mayor wrote.  “He knows there’s no-one-size-fits-all solution to meeting the needs of our young people. And he has experience building partnerships that ensure more students have a path toward success.Despite the mayor’s confidence in Ferebee, District of Columbia Council member David Grosso (I-At –large), who serves as chair for the Committee on Education, expressed reticence in naming the Indianapolis superintendent, without thorough vetting.“In Mr. Ferebee, the mayor has chosen to nominate an individual from outside the District of Columbia. The vetting of such a candidate should not be taken lightly or hastily,” Grosso wrote in a statement.Prior to even acknowledging Ferebee’s appointment by the Mayor, Grosso, in his statement, emphasized the interim chancellor’s career commitment to DCPS.“After the resignation of the last chancellor, and as she has done throughout her entire career with DCPS, she answered the call to service for our students. Dr. Alexander has a storied career at DCPS, first as an elementary teacher, then principal, instructional superintendent, chief of elementary schools, and now interim chancellor. This dedication to our schools deserves our highest appreciation. I want to express my profound gratitude for her dedication and service,” Grosso said about Alexander.With Ferebee’s career roots elsewhere and without an in-depth vetting process by the Committee on Education and Council, Grosso is delaying the Indianapolis superintendent’s confirmation hearing at the Wilson building until the 2019.“Due to the late nature of this nomination in the legislative process, the Committee on Education will not schedule public engagement sessions this month and has no plans to move it through the Council before the end of this Council Period,” wrote Grosso.Before the hearing, the Committee on Education chair said there will be two public engagement sessions- one in Ward 1 and another in Ward 7.Even with Grosso’s push for due process, the mayor controls the school system and is already welcoming Ferebee to the team, per her statement.  In addition, Bowser, who was just elected for a new term, is also touting the benefits of mayoral controlled school system.“One of the major benefits of a system of mayoral control with council oversight is that we are better positioned to use every resource available to support our students. By working across agencies, we can set high expectations in the classroom while also ensuring that when our students and families need support outside of the classroom, we are acting quickly as a District to provide it,” she wrote.As Ferebee awaits confirmation, Grosso recommended he spend time in the community among the people he will likely be serving.“I encourage Mr. Ferebee to seize this time as an opportunity to meet with DCPS students, family, teachers and staff in preparation for his confirmation process.”last_img read more

Mathematical framework offers a more detailed understanding of network relationships

first_img Unraveling biological networks (Phys.org)—A trio of math and computer scientists has developed a means for developing generalized frameworks that allow for clustering networks based on higher-order connectivity patterns. In their paper published in the journal Science, Austin Benson and Jure Leskovec with Stanford University and David Gleich with Purdue University outline their framework ideas and offer real life examples of ways their techniques can be applied to help understand complex networks in simpler ways. Nataša Pržulj and Noël Malod-Dognin with University College London offer an analysis of the work done by the trio in a Perspectives piece in the same journal issue. Journal information: Science Social network diagram. Credit: Daniel Tenerife/Wikipedia More information: A. R. Benson et al. Higher-order organization of complex networks, Science (2016). DOI: 10.1126/science.aad9029AbstractNetworks are a fundamental tool for understanding and modeling complex systems in physics, biology, neuroscience, engineering, and social science. Many networks are known to exhibit rich, lower-order connectivity patterns that can be captured at the level of individual nodes and edges. However, higher-order organization of complex networks—at the level of small network subgraphs—remains largely unknown. Here, we develop a generalized framework for clustering networks on the basis of higher-order connectivity patterns. This framework provides mathematical guarantees on the optimality of obtained clusters and scales to networks with billions of edges. The framework reveals higher-order organization in a number of networks, including information propagation units in neuronal networks and hub structure in transportation networks. Results show that networks exhibit rich higher-order organizational structures that are exposed by clustering based on higher-order connectivity patterns. As the authors note, it is not difficult to make out patterns in very small networks, a person trying to do so need only watch the system at work for a period of time. It is when networks become bigger and more complex that they become unwieldy. Even in such cases, however, low-order patterns are often still easy to discern—counting nodes or edges for example, offers some degree of network size, though doing so tells you very little about what the network does and how—that is where high-order organizational principles come into play. Unfortunately attempts to create a means for providing more information or detail about such systems has to date, not met with much success. In this new effort, the researchers describe a framework they have developed that offers some of the pattern recognition seen in smaller networks, with more complex networks.They start, Pržulj and Malod-Dognin note, with one of the more common higher-order structures known as small network subgraphs, which they refer to as network motifs—those that are statistically significant can be used as building blocks for the building of a mathematical framework, which is of course what the researchers have done. Relationship identification among the motifs was done by applying clustering algorithms. The result is a framework that highlights and/or identifies which of the motifs are the most critical when a network is in operation.The trio tested their framework technique by using it to analyze part of the neuronal network of a roundworm, and report that it revealed the particular cluster of 20 neurons responsible for performing actions such as standing and wiggling its head. They also gained insights into air traffic patterns by using it to perform an analysis of airports in the U.S. and Canada. They suggest such frameworks may be used in a wide variety of applications.center_img Citation: Mathematical framework offers a more detailed understanding of network relationships (2016, July 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-07-mathematical-framework-network-relationships.html Explore further © 2016 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more