September 2015 – the month of the Black Woman

I’m calling September 2015 the month of the black woman. Incredible things have happened. Not just in terms of what black women have accomplished – that has been happening for many years – but in terms of ACKNOWLEDGEMENT by the media. This is a hot topic that has been talked about in The Huffington Post, The New York Times and others news/media outlets. I’m summarizing a few of the awesome news stories / articles you can read up on at your leisure, complete with pictures, videos and tweets from social media.

  • The Emmy’s: How to Get Away with Murder’s Viola Davis became the the first African-American to win the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama. Viola is amazing and her speech was perfect – she came out rocking her natural hair and did not shy away from the significance of the moment, quoting Harriet Tubman. Also, Orange is the New Black’s Uzo Aduba won Best Supporting Actress Drama category and American Crime‘s Regina King as Supporting Actress in a Limited Series Or Movie — a record for diversity in the top categories. (Deadspin).
  • TV and Advertising: Shonda Rimes had an amazing spotlight in Essence magazine, called ShondaLand, featuring her hit shows on ABC: Grey’s Anatomy, How to Get Away with Murder and Scandal. You should definitely buy this issue – all the covers are fabulous. It was also just announced that the hit show Empire on Fox, produce by Lee Daniels, starring Emmy nominee Taraji P. Henson, is getting Getting Half a Million Dollars for 30 Seconds of Ad Time – that’s as much as it costs in some top-tier NFL programming. #score
  • Movies. The Perfect Guy, starring Sanaa Lathanwon the box office its opening weekend with a gross of nearly $26 million.
  • Magazine Covers: We’re talking majors here. Vogue (Beyonce), New York (Serena Williams), Self (Kerry Washington), Essence (Misty Copeland), i-D (Willow), Dazed (Amandla Stenberg), Shape (Ciara), Variety (Queen Latifah) – all in the month of September. This is definitely first. Buy one or all of them. Check out Black Enterprise for more great shots. When black women are on the cover of major magazines, we should support it with our dollars by purchasing a copy of the magazine.
  • Music: Last night during The Emmy’s, Apple released a new ad featuring Mary J. Blige, Kerry Washington and Taraji P. Henson promoting Apple Music. You can watch it here. Beyonce also headlined Jay Z’s Made In America fest in Philadelphia and brought the house down! #wishiwasthere You can watch her full performance here.
  • Sports: Serena Williams is #1 tennis player in the world. She is also the first person since Stephie Graff (1988) to play for a chance to complete a Calendar year Grand Slam. She also launched a new campaign with Chase. (This is a happy post so I won’t talk about her pay discrepancy or endorsement deals, you can read more about that in The Atlantic).
  • Politics. Loretta Lynch was recently photographed for Vogue Magazine and recently spoke to the Congressional Black Caucus (transcript here). She has an even more magnificent spread in the October issue of Essence. President Obama also paid homage to Amelia Boynton Robinson who died last month at age 104 and other female civil rights leaders. “Even if they weren’t allowed to run the civil rights organizations on paper, behind the scenes they were the thinkers and the doers making things happen each and every day, doing the work that no one else wanted to do.” At this conference Essence and BWR also release the results from its survey, “The Power of the Sister Vote.” The results are not alarming. #wevote Read the results here.
  • Fashion and Beauty. Janelle Monae is the Face of COVERGIRL’s Star Wars Collaboration and Samira Wiley will hit the runway for Christian Siriano.

The very essence of this post alone shows that the country is showing the positive faces of many Black Americans in an array of fields.The many faces of Black American Women. And I’m almost sure I missed something we should feel good about. These features should make us  all proud, they certainly make me smile. And while our individual efforts may not be showcased to the general public, the question I have for you is, “What are you doing to continue to display and embody these positive messages and themes?” #BeTheChange #readAnything

“The only thing that separates women of color from anyone is opportunity,” Viola Davis

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College Football Confidential

I had no intentions of writing a 2nd blog post today (you can read the 1st one here). But while watching Mike & Mike this morning I heard the results of ESPN The Magazine’s College Football Confidential Poll 2015. The poll includes insights from 99 college football athletes who were asked questions about coaches, teams and players. Now, given that today starts the 2015 College Football Season I couldn’t resist. I immediately picked up my iPad, fired up my Next Issue app, opened the September Edition of ESPN The Magazine and dove right in (page 28 if you want to read it yourself). In this post I’ll also give you a few resources to stay abreast of #AllThingsCollegeFootball First, the results of the poll.

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Any surprises? Not for me. Hopefully your favorite team is mentioned. If not, you can watch mine #RollTide I also want to share the best sites to stay up to date on #the College Footballs Schedule. I like to keep up with the big name schools as well as HBCU’s so I’m sharing two sites. The trophies go to: Onnidan (HBCU focused, also shows Homecomings #turnup) and ESPN (All NCAAF). And here’s the nationally televised game schedule for tonight.

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If you want to see the coolest photos in College football, definitely follow the College Football Playoff Instagram account. They post pictures from all teams in all conferences so you’ll definitely get the best shots and view of the game.

Finally, the video below should keep you highly entertained. You can also wait patiently for Nick Saban to join Twitter. #GoBama #PhyllisForPresident

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Today is the day! The National Football League kicks-off its 95th season as the Green Bay Packer face the Seattle Seahawks. Who’s excited??? (raises hand) Did you know CoverGirl is the official beauty sponsor of the NFL? I didn’t until I  watched the video (below) on Instagram. According to HelloBeautiful, the duo is offering 32 “fanicure” sets which will include two to five nail polishes and step-by-step tutorials curated by their beauty experts. AMAZE-BALLS! You can purchase these sets online starting tomorrow. Enjoy!

 

 

 

NFL for Microsoft

It’s Sunday! And in just a few short weeks, most of America will be tuned into FOX, NBC and CBS to watch the upcoming season of the National Football League. (Some of us will even adjust our church and work schedules.) Did you know that NFL team photographers take 2 Polaroid shots just before and after the snap at every NFL game? Up until this season, they actually take physical photographs, print them out and run them over to the coaches for analysis throughout the game. Well, that’s about to change!

This coming season, instead of NFL teams using Polaroids to take pictures before and after the snap, each team will now use Surface Tablets by Microsoft. “The tech upgrade comes as part of a deal between the NFL and Microsoft. The new tech, at the very least, gets images to the sidelines 15 to 25 seconds faster than those Polaroid photos of old. Microsoft even developed a private wireless networks in each stadium that are only used by the game tablets.” The Verge

UnknownMicrosoft Surface is the official tablet of the NFL and both are working together to revolutionize the way coaches and medical staff view data about the game, real-time, including play books and managing confusions and other medical data. This is just one of many collaborations between the NFL and Microsoft (see also Xbox). 

Since we’re on the subject, I must say, Here We Go Steelers! (waves terrible towel) Schedule Instagram iCal

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Drones

image-gallery-01._V367570019_.jpg%22Everyone is talking about drones! Amazon wants to use drones for 30-minute delivery service, right to your front porch; Netflix wants to use drones for a same-day movie delivery service; and Photographers now offer drones at weddings, to capture those hard-to-get shots. It’s probably not to hard to even imagine drones at sporting events!

So, what exactly is a drone? “Drone” as a category refers to any unmanned, remotely piloted flying craft, ranging from something as small as a radio-controlled toy helicopter to the 32,000-pound, $104 million Global Hawk. If it flies and it’s controlled by a pilot on the ground, it fits under the everyday-language definition of drone. (Popular Science)

f6f4d56389826615149a6798231a42efBut be careful! A man in upstate New York man was recently arrested and is facing felony charges for allegedly using a drone to film outside a medical exam room. While the jury is still out on the legalities of drones and privacy, keep in mind: somebody is always watching! Furthermore, all this talk about transporting packages via air makes me think of the Jetsons…. How far are we really away from transporting ourselves?! I’m not talking about Delta or Southwest; rather, companies like Ford and GM selling drones as “personal transportation devices”. Stay tuned!

If you haven’t seen drones in action, check out the video below from Amazon.