WOBURN, MA – Looking for an excuse to eat out?Wilmington Youth Lacrosse is holding a fundraiser at Jake n Joes Bar & Grille (230 Mishawum Road) in Woburn on Thursday, May 17, 2018, from 11:30am to close (12:30am Friday).Bring the flyer below and 20% of your bill will be donated to Wilmington Youth Lacrosse. Applies to dine-in and take-out only, not delivery.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWHS Football Team To Hold Fundraiser At Woburn’s Jake ‘n Joes On September 12In “Community”WHS Lacrosse Team To Hold Fundraiser At Woburn’s Jake ‘n Joes On March 5In “Community”WHS Baseball Team To Hold Fundraiser At Woburn’s Jake ‘n Joes On May 31In “Community”
Next week, the AFRO delves more into Rev. Bryant’s spiritual journey and ministry. Rev. Jamal H. BryantFor the Rev. Jamal H. Bryant, the call to social activism and service is like a fire shut up in his bones – something intrinsic and undeniable. “It is something that really has become part of my DNA,” said Bryant.For the 42-year-old Baltimore pastor, serving the community – whether directly through his Empowerment Temple church, or by crusading nationally to effect some needed change – is as much a part of his calling to ministry as is preaching the gospel. It is the same kind of “liberation theology” espoused by icons of the Black Church and the Civil Rights Movement, such as the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.“Especially for a Black clergy, I don’t think you have an option,” he said of pursuing a ministry that empowers people who are oppressed. “The role of the clergy is really to inform the community [of] what is taking place, what is our value, what is our stake in the game, as well as to inspire, to say this is achievable . . ., that Black people have never gone to battle and lost,” Bryant added. “Everything we’ve fought for in America we’ve gotten, it’s just what we do after the victory that has really put us at a disadvantage.”It is for this dedication to service that The AFRO American Newspaper will be honoring Rev. Bryant Oct. 7 with its John H. Murphy Sr. Award, named in honor of the company’s founder, a former slave who exemplified strong character, unwavering courage, and a commitment to the community.“It means absolutely the world to me. I’m humbled by it,” said Bryant of the recognition.This is not the first time – and likely not the last – the minister has been recognized for his work, particularly in his role as a conciliator in communities plagued by violence.Bryant’s work in conflict-resolution and other community problem-solving began even before he became a pastor. “I was the national youth and college director of the NAACP at the height of the rap West Coast-East Coast rivalry when Tupac Shakur and Christopher Wallace Biggie Smalls were killed. And I pulled together a hip-hop summit between East and West Coast rap artists trying to see what we could do to bridge the divide and broker some peace,” Bryant recalled.Frustratingly, however, Black-on-Black crime continues to be a scourge on urban communities like Baltimore. “The normalization of Black-on-Black crime is to such degree that we’re no longer impacted or affected. We just move on as if we just heard on the news the weather report,” Bryant said.Extrajudicial violence against African Americans also continues to be a problem, as evidenced in the February 2012 killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by community watchman George Zimmerman in Sanford, Fla., and the August 2014 shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by White police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Mo.Bryant serves as a spiritual mentor to both families and added his voice to the thousands of others seeking justice in both cases. He is working with Martin’s family and Florida U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson (D) to develop a “Trayvon Martin bill” addressing racial profiling, the prison pipeline system, and other issues.“I am hopeful and optimistic that this will be ground zero of a new civil rights movement,” Bryant said of the protests in Ferguson. “For two weeks over 2,000 young people were up at night, protesting and marching even in the face of riot gear and tanks and tear gas.“Ordinarily,that would be the end of it. To have that kind of consistency, [protests ongoing for weeks] I have not seen it in my lifetime and I’m excited about it.”The Ferguson, Mo., protests, Bryant said, has seen the emergence of new leadership voices, and it’s the first cause of such magnitude which hasn’t had a national voice—usually a Black pastor—attached to it.It is one sign of a kind of “new-school” activism, Bryant said, that also involves vehicles such as theColorofChange.org, which can collect upwards of a million signatures in support of myriad issues and other cyberactivism, such as what Anonymous did in shutting downthe network of the Ferguson Police Department.“Then there’s an area that we have underutilized for this generation which is economic mobilization,” the soldier-minister said. “What we do to get these corporations’ attention is not marching, but marching away from the cash register. That is an area that has been gravely ignored but highly needs to be exploited.”Still, Bryant said, the old-school ways of social protest and activism – such as marching, which some have denigrated as being ineffective – remain viable. “If you would remember, initially, George Zimmerman was not even arrested,” Bryant said. “They [the police] talked to him then sent him home with a Coke and a smile. It was not until we began to march and to really blow the horn that America paid attention and said this is an issue that needs to be addressed.”Such approaches has been replicated time and again by the gay rights movement, the feminist movement, the immigration movement, labor unions and so on. “I think every organization or cause has taken a page from our book; we’re the only ones trying to throw that book away,” Bryant added.
Google announced a new version of its Chromecast streaming adapter, the third generation of the company’s streaming device, which supports playback video at higher frame rates and can also stream multiroom audio.The new device goes on sale Tuesday in the U.S., Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Great Britain, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore and Sweden. Stateside, the new Chromecast once again costs $35 — the same as its predecessor. It will sell in two versions, white and black (or “chalk” and “charcoal,” as Google calls the new colors).Aside from those color choices, the device looks very similar to the second-gen Chromecast, complete with its round, cookie-sized housing. Google did introduce some subtle design changes that include removing the Chrome logo and replacing it with a more subtle “G” icon, similar to the way the company has been branding its Pixel phone ever since the unveiling of that device line in 2016. However, there’s still a bit of mystery around some of the hardware upgrades for the new device. The aforementioned FCC filings indicated that Google equipped the device with Bluetooth capabilities as well as better Wi-Fi connectivity — neither of which Google highlighted during Tuesday’s announcement. Chan didn’t want to comment on any Bluetooth or Wi-Fi changes either.This could suggest that the company may announce further hardware capabilities at a later point. Then again, Google has also in the past at times launched hardware with capabilities that the company ultimately never used. One example: The company’s OnHub router, which it produced in partnership with TP Link, was capable of interacting with smart-home devices via the Zigbee wireless networking technology, but the company never turned on the radios to actually enable this feature. The bigger changes are on the inside: The new Chromecast is 15% faster than the previous model, which allows it to stream 1080p HD video with a rate of up to 60 frames per second (fps). “Everything becomes much smoother,” said Google Home product manager Chris Chan during a recent interview with Variety. He specifically cited the growth of 60fps content on YouTube as one of the reasons Google added the new feature.The second big feature update for Chromecast doesn’t have anything to do with video at all: Consumers who buy the third-generation device will soon be able to stream audio from music services like Spotify, YouTube Music and Pandora to their TV as well as any Chromecast-equipped speaker simultaneously, effectively turning their TV into a multiroom audio device.Previously, Google only supported multiroom audio for its Chromecast audio adapter, Google Home speakers and any speaker with Chromecast audio built-in. Chan said that the company is rolling out multiroom audio for third-generation Chromecasts later this year, and that it is looking to bring multiroom audio support to second-generation Chromecasts as well.The company is also in conversations with manufacturers of other devices, including Android TVs and TVs with Chromecast built-in about the possibility to extend multiroom audio to their products, but a spokesperson said that it had nothing to announce on that front at this time.Along with multiroom audio support for the new Chromecast, Google is also going to introduce a new feature for Chromecast audio playback. Soon, users of Chromecast-compatible audio devices will be able to have their music follow them to whatever room they are in by asking Google Assistant via their phone or any microphone-equipped speaker to “move” their audio stream to a playback device of their choice.The launch of the third-generation Chromecast wasn’t much of a surprise to anyone following the string of leaks around Google’s fall hardware lineup in recent weeks. Not only did the company tip its hand in some recent FCC filings, retailers actually started to accidentally sell the new Chromecast last week. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15