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NASA’S New Astronaut Frank Rubio, Army Major, Fighter Pilot & Surgeon

NASA announced its newest class of astronauts. Out of a record setting 18,300 applicants. Only 12 people were selected to be members of the new class of space travelers. They’ll train for the next two years before becoming full-fledged astronauts, performing missions and going into space. Among the 12 amazingly qualified women and men chosen is Dr. Frank Rubio, a Salvadorian-American, born in Los Angeles and raised in Miami. Dr. Rubio is a Major in the U.S. Army, having flown over 1,100 hours as a Blackhawk Helicopter pilot (including 600 hours of combat), and as if that were not enough, the man is also a surgeon. All these impressive accomplishments at just 41 years of age, shows that Mr. Rubio has not wasted time. He’s also a member of an exclusive group of Latino astronauts at NASA, there have been just eleven Latino astronauts in total out of 350 chosen since Mercury 7 in 1959.

Dr. Francisco “Frank” Rubio was announced as one of the members of the newest class of NASA astronaut candidates.

“These women and men deserve our enthusiastic congratulations. Children all across the United States right now dream of being in their shoes someday. We here at NASA are excited to welcome them to the team and look forward to working with them to inspire the next generation of explorers.” –Said, Ellen Ochoa, Director of the Johnson Space Center

Vice President Spence gave the keynote speech and said: “You are the 12 that made it through. You have joined the elites. You are the best of us,”

 

Among the 12 are engineers, scientists, pilots, a Navy SEAL and two doctors. NASA stated “The talented women and men selected for the new astronaut class represent the diversity of America and the career paths that can lead to a place in America’s astronaut corps.”

 

DE BLASIO ADMINISTRATION HUNTING TO CERTIFY MINORITY SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS

5,000 City-certified minority and women-owned businesses puts the Administration ahead of schedule to certifying 9,000 M/WBEs by 2019.

Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives and Citywide M/WBE Director Richard Buery today announced that the City has reached 5,000 City-certified Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises (M/WBEs), meaning the Administration is ahead of schedule of reaching 9,000 City-certified M/WBEs by 2019.

The 5,000th City-certified M/WBE is a Bronx-based transportation firm owned by Miguel Cabrera who was born in the Dominican Republic and immigrated to the U.S. in 2009. After receiving his legal residency, Cabrera worked as a taxi driver and was later inspired to open his own transportation company in 2015. His company, MC Transportation, specializes in delivery services, commercial and residential moving services and construction waste and debris removal. Deputy Mayor Buery and key Administration officials focused on the M/WBE effort presented Miguel with his M/WBE certificate a letter from Mayor Bill de Blasio at a NYC Business Solutions Center in the Bronx. In the letter, the Mayor thanked Cabrera for making contributions to the local economy and highlighted the importance of having all New Yorkers participate in New York City’s economy.

“This City works best when all people – regardless of race, religion or ethnicity – have the resources they need to reach their full potential,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “My Administration is committed to providing those resources to business owners like Miguel, beginning with City-certification, as a way to help grow and sustain their business. I thank Miguel for establishing a Bronx-based firm, hiring locally and reinvesting in the community and congratulate him on being the 5000th City-certified M/WBE firm.”

“We know that with certification comes opportunity. By getting certified by the City as an M/WBE, businesses can access mentoring programs, workshops, networking opportunities and other programs that can help their businesses grow and win contracts with City agencies,” said Richard Buery, Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives and Citywide M/WBE Director. “Today marks a critical milestone toward our goal of certifying 9,000 M/WBEs in the next three years. I would like to congratulate Miguel Cabrera, owner of Bronx-based MC Transportation, for being number 5,000!”

“I started my own business to become more independent and give back to my local community by hiring people from my neighborhood,” said Miguel Cabrera. “Working with the City and obtaining City certification can help grow and expand my business so that I can continue hiring locally. I look forward to using City business as a resource and visiting the Department of Small Business Services to learn how I can continue to manage a successful business. I also thank the de Blasio Administration for prioritizing minority and women-owned businesses.”

 

The de Blasio Administration encourages all M/WBEs interested in doing business with the City to apply for City-certification. City-certified M/WBEs have access to the latest contracting opportunities, are granted City resources that help them bid and successfully perform on City contracts, and are added to the M/WBE Online Directory where contractors and City agencies can proactively seek M/WBEs to do business with. M/WBEs interested in becoming City certified can visit nyc.gov/getcertified.

 

The Department of Small Business Services recently streamlined the applications for M/WBE certification and recertification to provide a more efficient path to getting certified while maintaining the integrity of the process. The new, user-friendly applications have 30 percent less paperwork and are simplified and sequenced to expedite the completion process. The City also created a separate simpler application for small businesses that are sole proprietors to make the application process more accessible and user-friendly. This will directly benefit women business owners across New York City since 90 percent of women-owned businesses across the United States are sole proprietors.

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In September of 2016, when Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his certification goal, the Mayor also announced the goal of awarding 30 percent of the value of all City contracts to M/WBEs by 2021.

 

“City-certification is a resource that minority and women-owned businesses can utilize to help grow and sustain their business,” said Jonnel Doris, Senior Advisor and Director of the Mayor’s Office of M/WBEs. “I’m happy to see people like Miguel get certified and access all of the resources that come along with MWBE certification, and I congratulate him on being the 5,000th City-certified M/WBE. He embodies everything that makes this City great – the entrepreneurial spirit that this City welcomes from all walks of life to establish businesses and reinvest in local communities.”

 

“Minority and women-owned businesses play a vital role in our local economy, and I am proud to support Mayor de Blasio’s vision for investing in their success,” said Gregg Bishop, Commissioner of the Department of Small Business Services. “Today, we are excited to celebrate the 5,000th M/WBE that is certified with the City – and to do it here in the Bronx during City Hall In Your Borough. City contractors should reflect the rich talents and diversity of all of our people, and I’m glad that our agency is leading the way by getting more firms certified and connecting them with contracting opportunities.”

 

PROGRESS:

 

  • In 2015, the Mayor de Blasio established his OneNYC goal of awarding $16 billion to M/WBEs by 2025. The Administration has thus far awarded $3.54 billion dollars to M/WBEs putting the Administration on track to meeting the goal.

 

  • Since the beginning of the Administration, the City has seen a steady increase in the value of City contracts being awarded to M/WBEs. In FY 15, the utilization rate was 8 percent. That number later increased to over 14 percent in FY 16 and – in the first two quarters of FY17 – over $571 million was awarded to M/WBEs, representing an 18 percent utilization rate.

 

“Increasing M/WBE participation in the City’s procurement process has been a priority of my Administration from day one. I congratulate Mayor de Blasio and his Administration on reaching this important milestone. As we move forward, I will continue to work with stakeholders at all levels of government as well as the private sector to increase MWBE participation and strengthen this critical piece of our city’s economy,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.

 

State Senator Marisol Alcantara said, “Incentivizing minority-owned and women-owned businesses is key to tackling income and wealth inequality in our society. By prioritizing these businesses for City contracts, the City of New York puts our values of diversity and equality into action. I am pleased at the continued success of this program and will continue to partner with the Mayor’s office to set this program on a firm footing for the future.”

 

State Senator James Sanders Jr. said, “Certainly, the city has come a long way to arrive at this point where it is certifying its 5,000th M/WBE. As the number of City-certified firms increases, so too will the chances that these businesses get a fair share of City contracts. As the newly appointed leader of the Senate Democratic Conference’s M/WBE Task Force, I believe we should be doing all we can to empower these entrepreneurs and level the playing field in a way that helps them realize their full potential. I look forward to the city certifying its next 5,000 M/WBEs very soon and meeting that 30 percent goal.”

 

“It is really remarkable for the City of New York to have reached the milestone of 5,000 City-certified M/WBEs ahead of schedule,” said Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte, Chair of the Subcommittee on the Oversight of Minority and Business Owned Enterprises (MWBEs). “Mayor de Blasio, Deputy Mayor Richard Buery, Commissioner Gregg Bishop, Senior Advisor.

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Dascha Polanco – On What She Looks for in a Man & How to Approach a Woman

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Originally published in the January/February 2016 issue of LatinTRENDS Magazine

By Ottoniel Campos

At this point in time I cannot confirm or deny if Dascha Polanco, the amazing actress in the blockbuster hit movie “Joy” starring Jennifer Lawrence and Robert DeNiro, is single, married or in a relationship. But during our last interview, she informed me that she was single and ready to mingle… or something like that. As we approach this Valentine’s Day, it might behoove a few guys to take a bit of Ms. Polanco’s dating advice.

You’re single now and you’re a hopeless romantic with a lot of passion.

Yes, I am.

What type of guy do you like? Te gustan los gorditos, los flacos…?

I like everything. I have a thing for ginger. I go crazy with ginger (red hair) and freckles. Pero como te digo, yo no soy uumm, I’m not superficial. He could be shorter or taller. I don’t look at the physical but there has to be something that attracts me. Like they have to smell good, definitely. Hygiene is very important to me. Like if you talk to me and your ears have wax coming out… like c’mon! My best friend said, ‘You need somebody that will keep you on your toes.’ Because I need variation, I need entertainment. Let’s try new things. Let’s work together and let’s build an empire. Let’s be both established, both busy, but both make time to be together.

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So how can a guy woo you?

Details. Show me attention. Especially when somebody is busy and takes time to call me, or to plan something out, or surprise me. It takes effort to do that. And I think that’s like, whoa! And what [also] sweeps me off my feet is when somebody knows what they want and go for it. And I’m a giver too, honey! I like gifts. I’m putting it out there. I love gifts. I’m tired of giving gifts and not getting it back. For real, so can I get a giver too… jeez! ¿Tú sabes lo que pasa? That I’ve always said that I want somebody like my father. My father always gave me everything that I wanted. From love to the material, to support. I’m still his princess. He’s always told me to have my own things and to be independent, but to treat others the way you want to be treated.

It makes sense. You want to be spoiled so you spoil others. You grew up in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. What do you think about guys approaching females on the street?

There’s nothing wrong with that. But you have to be creative, honey. Because usually if you’re [whistling and hissing] then you have nothing going on for yourself. Pero yo creo que you should approach a female and be really honest [and say] ‘Hey I think you’re really attractive. I want to take you out.’ It is what it is and [the guys] have to take that risk.

Should a guy grab a female’s hand to get her attention?

Ooh, that’s kind of intense. Let’s not touch. No touching.

Should a guy honk his horn from his car at a female walking in the street?

They should not honk like if they were a cab. Especially if you’re in the passenger seat and you’re honking. You should not be in the passenger side trying to holla at somebody.

What about a loud whistle or yelling to get the female’s attention?

You know what? Let’s do it like we’re writing a letter. Yeah, lets stick to a letter format. Dear Ms. Polanco. Can we just say ‘good morning, good evening, how are you?’ It doesn’t even have to be formal. It could be semi formal.

So no hollering, yelling or whistling. Got it. Guys from Brooklyn are usually cool with their pick-up lines. But not all guys are creative and funny. Was there a line that was too weird?

I was at a parade and this tigre me dice, ‘diablo mami you look so good with that girdle.’ I was wearing a dress and apparently he could see my girdle. Yeah, thanks. That’s so not appropriate to put a girl on blast about her girdle. But he was really feeling it too, like, ‘oh yeah that girdle.’ I’m like, yuck.

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What You Didn’t Know about Carlos Ponce

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Host, singer, actor Carlos Ponce is a man of many hats. Puerto Rican born and of Cuban descent, Carlos Ponce Freyre has been entertaining us since 1989. The character actor can embody any role.

Whether it’s playing a lovelorn romantic in “Meet Me in Miami,” or a yoga instructor that is too comfortable with everyone like in “C0uples Retreat,” Ponce knows how to completely get in tune with whatever character he is playing.

Although he is mostly known for his acting, Ponce started off as a host for the Univision show, “Hablando”. Shortly after that shows run ended he became a soap star in two of Televisa’s telenovelas on the network, “Guadalupe” and “Sentimientos Ajenos.”

For the next few years Ponce would go back and forth between hosting (Control, Entertainment Tonight, Idol Kids Puerto Rico and Miss Universe)and starring in soap operas (Dame Chocolate, Perro Amor).

After becoming wildly popular on soap operas and becoming a renowned host, Ponce signed a record deal in 1998 and released the album “Carlos Ponce.” Carlos Ponce went on to be a double-platinum selling album and has three hit songs, “Decir Adios,” “Escuchame” and “Rezo.” Between 1999 and 2012 he would go on to release another seven albums.

As he was beginning to make waves on the Latin charts on the radio, Ponce also started to make a name for himself with American audiences on hit shows like “7th Heaven” and “Beverly Hills 90210.”  Those appearances were followed by a contract with Disney to sing “Belle Notte” on the soundtrack for the sequel to “Lady and the Tramp” called “Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp’s Adventure.”

It wasn’t too long before Ponce found himself on the silverscreen with such films as “Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo,” “Just My Luck” and this year’s hit comedy, “Spy.” While his star continues to rise you can next catch him in the film “Single in South Beach.”

Fun Facts

  • After his family moved to Miami, he was honored as the best student actor in the southern region of the U.S.
  • He dropped out of the New World School of the Arts Conservatory  to host “Hablando”
  • He sang the theme song for “Sentimientos Ajenos”
  • His first album hit number one in all of the Americas
  • The song “Amelia” from his second album, “Todo lo que Soy” became the theme for the The World Athletic Games held in Seville, Spain

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10 Fitness Fun Facts You Did Not Know

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Working out, to some, might not feel as much fun as to others. Yet, regardless of the fun factor the results will make you feel and look amazing and the health benefits outweighs not working out at all. So don’t hesitate to work yourself into shape or into a healthier lifestyle.

 

Here are 10 interesting and fun facts about fitness you did not know that will keep you interested and hopefully motivated.

 

  • Did you know that an estimated 22% of American adults partake in physical fitness activities for at least 30 minutes 5 times a day. Maybe that’s why a third of the country is obese and the U.S. rates as the highest obese nation in the world, according to a published study by Lance.

 

  • The word ‘gymnasium’ comes from the Greek word “gymnazein”, which literally means, “to exercise naked.” So don’t complain when you see a guy working out without his shirt in a “gymnasium”.

 

  • Walking at a fast pace burns almost as many calories as jogging for the same distance.

 

  • Even if you have never worked out, you can start a workout routine and become fit and healthier at anytime.

 

  • Exercising is more effective than coffee at increasing energy levels

 

  • It takes about 12 weeks after beginning to exercise to see measurable changes in your body.

 

  • You will burn more calories sleeping than watching television.

 

  • 5 million children and teens that don’t participate in regular, sustainable physical activities in the United States are considered obese.

 

  • Exercise boosts brainpower.

 

  • Working out decreases depression moods and stress levels.

 

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Remembering When Marc Anthony Said ‘F*** Donald Trump at MSG Concert

 

Like most Latinos, Marc Anthony has had enough of Donald Trump ignorant and racist comments

Between his insulting Mexicans, bashing Latinos, degrading women and other cultures, we have all had enough of this ignorant arrogant man

Marc lashed out on Donald via Twitter by saying: “What does it matter how much money you have when everything that comes out of your mouth isn’t worth 2 cents, Donald Trump.

 

During his sold out concert in New York’s Madison Square Garden, Marc said: “I’m proud to be Latino in the United States of America,” …looking  at this the audience. “I see Peruvian flags, Colombia, Mexico, Puerto Rico,  I see Panama, I see the Dominican Republic … We’re all proud of our culture.”

 

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Marc said that even though Latinos are not all alike — they all speak a little differently, have their own food and customs — they should stand united. “But here, no matter where you come from, we’re Latinos!” he said. “And we have to take care of each other. No matter where we come from.”

After taking a brief pause to hear the cheers from the crowd, Marc Anthony cursed Trump, bringing the audience to their feet for a standing ovation.

U.S. sent Latino Youth Travelers to Cuba in order to start Rebellion

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It sounds like something you would see on FX’s The Americans or something you’d read in the latest hottest young adult novel series like Divergent by Veronica Roth, but sometimes the absurd can be an item of truth.

Especially when it involves actual Latino youth becoming secret agents for the American government.

Recently, an Associated Press investigation revealed that the United States of America allegedly sent Latino youth from several Latin countries on covert missions into Cuba to stir the fire among Cubans in order to bring forth an anti-government revolt.

According to the Associated Press findings, over the last two years the U.S. Agency for International Development has sent nearly a dozen Latino youths from Venezuela, Costa Rica, and Peru to visit Cuba and were assigned potential targets to get close to in order to incite opposition against Cuba’s communist government currently being manned by Raul Castro.

The U.S. Agency for International Developmenta—or USAID—is an agency that has been tasked with providing economic, development and humanitarian assistance around the world in support of the foreign policy goals of the United States, and has been identified as the main orchestrator of this operation.

The operation started under President Barack Obama’s first term while Hilary Clinton was Secretary of State. The timing was deemed right because it could begin a “new beginning” with Cuba after decades of mistrust and a lack of understanding.

Disguised as a HIV prevention workshop Latino youth travelers where set-up to visit college campuses and made friends with students. What was to be a social conversation on HIV information and prevention, travelers were assigned to identify potential political activist, get close to them, and profile those who could eventually stir a movement against the Cuban government.

Despite the report, the USAID has stated that its main purpose is to be “ committed to balancing the realities of working in closed societies…with our commitment to transparency, and we continuously balance our commitment to transparency with the need for discretion in repressive environments.

However, the Latino youth program is just one incident among others in an effort to infiltrate Cuba.

Back in April, the Associated Press uncovered ZunZuneo which was an alleged U.S. secret Cuban Twitter project. The project was launched by USAID in 2009 and was established as a primitive social media network to be used under the noses of Cuban officials. The project was a way to increase the flow of information discreetly out of the country which is heavily restricted.

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The White House still faces questions on this project. Despite the discovered doings of USAID, the agency still pertains to being helpful rather than mischievous when it comes to their alleged secret undertakings.

USAID and the Obama administration are committed to supporting the Cuban people’s desire to freely determine their own future,” said the USAID, responding to questions written by the Associated Press, “USAID works with independent youth groups in Cuba on community service projects, public health, the arts and other opportunities to engage publicly, consistent with democracy programs worldwide.

Meanwhile, some hard questions are being asked regarding the safety of the Latino youth who took part in this program. Questions which have a ground as to why the operation remain active considering the 2009 arrest of an American contractor and an U.S international development professional, Alan Gross.

Back in December 2009, Gross, 65, was arrested and accused of committing crimes against the Cuban government for bringing in satellite phones and computer equipment without the government’s permission. Gross was also said to be working covertly on behalf of the U.S. government in setting up Internet access in the country.

Showing that they will imprison any foreigner believed to be acting in disinterest of their country, the continuation of the operation in Cuba has placed the USAID and their contractor Creative Associates International under a larger microscope. Documents have also been acquired by the Associated Press which claims that U.S. officials allegedly privately disclosed to their government contractors to consider halting the operation and the sending of Latino youth into Cuba after Gross’s arrests.

They arrested a contractor from another agency. That could be dangerous,” said one of traveler in a Skype message conversation between two Latino youth. “Thank God he’s not one of ours.

The message is said to have been in-relation to the arrest of Gross, and shows the continued activation of the program despite the arrest of contractor-agent and worry of some U.S. officials.

We value your safety,” said one senior USAID official, in an email obtained by the Associated Press to an official . “The guidance applies to ALL travelers to the island, not just American citizens.

But how prepared were these Latino youth who traveled to Cuba?

Out of the numerous participants who were interviewed by the Associated Press, one said that they were given a worthless 30-minute seminar that taught them how they could evade Cuban intelligence had they been suspected of their anti-government activities.

Although there is never total certainty, trust that the authorities will not try to harm you physically, only frighten you,” read a memo that was obtained by the Associated Press said to be given to a Latino youth in-regards to being exposed, “Remember that the Cuban government prefers to avoid negative media reports abroad, so a beaten foreigner is not convenient for them.

In other documents obtained by the Associated Press there appeared to be no safety-net to aide inexperienced travelers had they been exposed as not being true tourists but rebellion-agitators.

Gross has served five years of a 15-year sentence in a prison on the island, and according to his attorney his physical and emotional health continues to deteriorate as he is still in prison.

The Associated Press also found that the travelers program had extensive measures to hide the Latino youth’s activities. The youth were given a set of codes in order to be used under particular situations like: “I have a headache” meant they are being suspected and monitored by Cuban authorities; “Your sister is ill” was a direct order to the Latino youth to cut their trip short.

To further evade Cuban authorities, Latino youth travelers had installed innocent-looking content onto their laptops which were to mask sensitive information that they were carrying. Also, they were required to use encrypted memory sticks to hide their files in-addition to sending out encrypted emails using a system. The encrypted emails, according to the Associated Press, were said to have a strong possibility of drawing suspicion.

In response to the discovery from the Associated Press that there were Latino youth travelers working for the U.S. government, a college student in Cuba

How would you feel if you offered your sincere friendship and received this kind of news?” said Hector Baranda, a college student from Cuba upon learning that he was befriended by a group of young traveling Venezuelans who were working for the U.S. government to do a profile on him.

In the claims made by the Associated Press some of the travelers who took part in this operation were paid about $5.41 an hour, which is an estimation that is way below the U.S. federal minimum wage which stands about $7.25 an hour.

Although the Associated Press has released this investigation on this operation, there are no indications that the Latino America travelers who visited Cuba were able to sway a pro-democracy movement on the island.

The story is still developing.

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Motivate Kids by Teaching Them ‘Life is a Business,’ Says Non-Profit Founder


Welfare may seem like a charitable measure for struggling families. But it’s a self-perpetuating trap when it becomes the only way of life parents know how to teach their children, who then know nothing else to teach their own children, says Virgil Brannon, founder of the non-profit I Am Vision Inc.

“Living on entitlements becomes a way of life for recipients when it’s handed down from one generation to the next because the family loses any tools it might have once had to forge a life based on self-discipline, achievement and challenging,” says Brannon, author of Democratic Coma (www.DemocraticComa.com).

“It’s no different from the child who grow up being given material thing he wants, along with excessive praise that’s not deserved. One child may be from a poor family and the other from an affluent family, but both are at risk for growing up without the skills necessary for success.”

Brannon’s non-profit organization mentors disadvantaged children, helping them develop the values, understanding and knowledge they need to be motivated and equipped to succeed. He has found that coaching children to manage their lives as they would a business helps them not only develop good habits and skills, it also teaches them some essential business lessons:

• Your life is your business: Our business is how we act, speak, the way we dress, how we treat ourselves and how we treat others. Like any other business, it is expected to grow and prosper and to do that, we must invest in it. Part of that is feeding the mind with the information needed to make good choices.

• The people you meet and the friends you make are your clientele: Treat all people with the respect you would any customer or potential customer. Our relationships can elevate us if people feel their treated fairly, honestly and with respect.

• The more you provide or produce, the more you advance: Business involves providing a service or product. Business people do not care about excuses; they care about what you have to offer them. It doesn’t matter where you come from or what color you are, if you have something they need – and a reputation for integrity — they will come to you for it.

• Your appearance means everything: You must look the part to get the part. The secret is to look as though you already have it to obtain what you want.

Parents should teach their children to be business-like and to think like a professional, Brannon says.

“That includes giving them the best education possible, including learning at home about history, civic duty and different cultures,” Brannon says. “In business, people are expected to display good manners and to communicate with others, from a firm handshake to looking others in the eye and speaking clearly and correctly.

“That is the most important investment we can make.”

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Choosing The Dating App That’s Right For You

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If you’re looking to meet new people but don’t want your friends to be your wingmen, then dating apps are the way to go. Not only are you in control of who you spend time chatting with, but it’s your choice whether you eventually meet this person or not. After the first date, if the chemistry is nonexistent, then there’s no pressure to meet again. After all, it wasn’t one of your friends who set you up. Of course, the real dilemma then becomes, with so many dating apps to choose, which one do you select?

Because we understand the struggle, we’ve broken down some of the most popular options, explaining what sets each apart:

Coffee Meets Bagel limits you to one bagel (person to get to know) per day. Most users find that this takes the “buffet” feel away from dating apps and gives it a less superficial feel.

Grouper puts a twist on the dating shtick. It’s a social club that sets up drinks and games between 3 guys and 3 girls. There’s a small fee of $20 per person. The first round of drinks is on the app, the rest of the night is up to the team.

How About We lets users propose dates others can opt into. So if, for example, you’ve had this idea of going on a karaoke date, you can write it out and wait to see who chooses to join you in your singing adventure.

Match remains one of the most popular options amidst dating apps. The app matches local users based on algorithms.

OkCupid is promoted as a social network and dating app. It lets you get in touch with people in your area based on interests.

Tinder lets you swipe “yes” or “no” on other members. When you “yes” someone who has also said “yes” to you, the application allows you to message each other within its interface.

 

Tupac Biopic All Eyes on Me & The Notorious Suge Knight Played by Dominic Santana

“ALL EYEZ ON ME tells the true and untold story of prolific rapper, actor, poet and activist Tupac Shakur. The film follows Shakur from his early days in New York City to his evolution into being one of the world’s most recognized and influential voices before his untimely death at the age of 25.

Against all odds, Shakur’s raw talent, powerful lyrics and revolutionary mind-set propelled him into becoming a cultural icon whose legacy continues to grow long after his passing.

In the film, the infamous Suge Knigh founder and CEO of Death Row Records, currently in prison facing murder charges, is played by Puerto Rican actor Dominic Santana, born in Fayetteville, NC to an Army Officer Father and popular singer/writer Mother, Tracey Santana.

 

Upon moving to Wilmington, NC he began to seek out information on the local film scene and met Sam-Art Williams (Producer, “Martin”). Dominic began working as an extra on films such as “Black Knight” starring Martin Lawrence and hit shows like the WB’s “Dawson’s Creek” where he landed his first speaking role on a major television show.

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Benicio Del Toro set to play Kingpin of the Cuban-American Mafia in ‘The Corporation’!

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Benicio Del Toro is set to play Jose Miguel Battle Sr., the Don of a Cuban-American Mafia, in a soon to be made film.

Del Toro will star in The Corporation which is a book of the same name written by author T.J. English and highlights the Cuban-American underworld.

Paramount Pictures & The Appian Way production company—owned by Actor Leonardo DiCaprio—were the victors in acquiring the rights to the book-to-film adaptation after a bidding war between Hollywood studios & production companies broke out last week. The film has been cited as becoming the “Cuban Version” of the The Godfather & American Gangster.”

The film’s screenplay will be written by David Matthews who has penned scripts for HBO series Boardwalk Empire & Vinyl and will surely capture the book’s “epic story” of the Cuban-American crime syndicate, The Corporation.

Del Toro will portray Jose Miguel Battle Sr. who was the head of the Cuban-American mafia. Prior to becoming the Godfather of the Cuban mafia, Battle Sr. was a former police officer during President Fulgencio Batista’s presidency prior to the Cuban Revolution; in the early 60s, he also assisted the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in training Cuban exiles, and volunteered as a soldier in the Cuban liberation effort of the Bay of Pigs Invasion in April 1961 in-which he was captured. After being released, Battle Sr. moved to Union City, New Jersey were he began The Corporation empire.

This is the first time Del Toro has portrayed an influential figure of the underworld. In Escobar: Paradise Lost, Del Toro played Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar so he is surely able to get into the mindset of what it takes to be the leader of such an organization.

There’s no word yet when the film goes into production, but so far it has Hollywood buzzing.

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Successful Artist Are the Ultimate Entrepreneurs

Artists are the ultimate entrepreneurs. That’s why a trip to a museum is so inspiring for founders.

Who is more entrepreneurial than an artist?

They have new ideas. They meet resistance. They have to mobilize support. Half the time they don’t even know if they are going to succeed, and very few of them actually make it to the galleries of our major museums.

Last semester I took a group of Cornell students who attend my leadership seminar in New York City to the Museum of Modern Art. We started by strolling through a Van Gogh exhibit and proceeded to the fifth floor to see the Cezannes, the Seurats, compared the Braques and Picassos, marveled at the Chagalls, and were tranquilized by Monet’s Water Lilies.

Then we stood before Duchamps’ Bicycle Wheel. I tried to explain to the class the notion of “ready-made” and its importance to contemporary art. Some were buying it, some were not.

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We moved in front of a Pollock on the fifth floor. Now the conversation was less about art and more about “how did this stuff get on the wall?” We discussed Pollack’s energy and dynamism, but we kept coming back to one fundamental question: What is the difference between Pollack’s drips and the work of some unknown artist? In other words, how did these works get on the walls of the MoMA when others did not?

Perhaps, like any entrepreneur, it was the artist’s ability to focus and move an agenda. It was about being proactive, taking charge of your career, not being passive, moving things forward, and creating coalitions.

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