Harvard’s Hutchins Center was caught in a wave of anticipation and excitement as Cambridge teens descended on its Hiphop Archive and Research Institute one recent morning.The energy was palpable as the exclamations, questions, and answers tumbled over each other. “This is so dope!” “You have an actual Biz Markie doll?” “Did Tupac actually wear those shoes?”The 13 teens, ranging in age from 14 to 18, were part of The Hip Hop Transformation (THHT) program. Just a year old, the program is offered free by the Cambridge Community Center, in partnership with the Cambridge Health Alliance, the Cambridge Police Department, and the Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program. Its goal is to teach teens the history of hip-hop, its role in society, and the skills it takes to write, record, and perform original music.“There is a lot you can learn from the culture of hip-hop. You can learn about the culture of change — and use that change for the greater good,” said Harvard senior Brandon Jarrett, a research assistant at the Hiphop Archive and Research Institute, who led the tour. “Where else would you have such an archive than at the worldwide epicenter of education — Harvard. Here we put an academic lens on hip-hop.Brandon Lewis (left) and Sherahd Mosley Jr. put their personal tags on the Hiphop Archive and Research Institute’s graffiti wall.Established in 2002, the Hiphop Archive at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research has worked to support and establish research and scholarship devoted to all facets of hip-hop, including knowledge, art, culture, materials, and responsible leadership. Its innovative programs and projects encourage students to explore their own creativity.“We want this to be the center of the universe for anyone who is serious about hip-hop, and we want knowledge to be at the core,” said Marcyliena Morgan, executive director of the archive and a professor in Harvard’s Department of African and African American Studies.During their visit, the students explored the records, shoes, dolls, games, magazines, DVDs, autographs, and pictures that stud the center’s archives. They challenged each other to a hip-hop quiz, watched video clips about the positive possibilities hip-hop can bring to their lives, and put their own tags on the archive’s graffiti wall. (The program also gives the students the chance to create and record their own songs, which are then distributed across the city of Cambridge. At the end of its first summer, THHT put out a full album.)Fernandes Francois (left) and Genesis Flores work on the hip-hop quiz.This was the second year that 17-year-old Genesis Flores, who will be a senior at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School this fall, has participated in THHT, but it was his first time visiting the archive.“I can’t believe Nas was here. And 9th Wonder was here — right here!” Flores said, as his own music played over loudspeakers during the final legs of the tour. His rap was one of five tracks written, performed, and produced by the students. (The demo is available on the THHT website.)“This trip has been great for [the students],” said Darrin Korte, a professor of race relations at Emerson College and founder and director of THHT. “Bringing them here, and allowing them to see the exhibits and hear the speakers — it all reinforces that there are positive role models out there.“I can tell them over and over again — but it means so much more for them to see and hear from these folks that being invested in hip-hop can be a positive, learning experience.”
continue reading » Credit union interest is growing in offering member business loans, or MBLS, even though strict regulatory limitations still exist. The lending rules are clear, but the amount of MBL dollars available differs based on a credit union’s size and the makeup and performance of its overall loan portfolio.With fewer MBLs available compared to other loans, the ones credit unions do issue should be given to well-performing entrepreneurs with the greatest need, and who can do the greatest good with those funds for their community. In our minds, Hispanic-owned businesses should be top contenders when credit unions make their MBL decisions.Does that surprise you? It shouldn’t. Hispanics are one of the country’s fastest-growing population segments, and also one of its most entrepreneurial. Moreover, loans to Hispanic-owned businesses are being increasingly targeted by banking industry competitors in a way that is frictionless and culturally relevant.A 2018 Gfk Social and Strategic Research study surveyed Hispanic and non-Hispanic business owners about their beliefs and practices. These results may surprise you. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Manager Gareth Southgate says that it is too early to speculate on the extent of Gomez’s injury suffered in training – Advertisement – 1:16 – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Clubs are able to claim up to a maximum of around £130,000-a-week until the player returns to full training. However, they cannot claim anything for the first four weeks. Liverpool say Gomez has had successful surgery on the knee problem he picked up in training with England on Wednesday, and that his rehabilitation is underway.While he is likely to miss a significant part of the remainder of the season, they have put no timescale on his return.Liverpool are already without Virgil van Dijk, who has also undergone “successful” knee surgery to repair the anterior cruciate ligament damage he sustained in the Merseyside derby, leaving them short of options at centre-back.Joel Matip is the only senior centre-back fit and available for manager Jurgen Klopp.Redknapp: No Gomez, VVD puts huge stress on LiverpoolListen to the Sky Sports Pitch to Post Podcast on: Spotify | Apple | CastboxSky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp told the Pitch to Post podcast:“I’m choked for Joe Gomez if it is a bad injury. He’s a young man who has already had knee injuries and come back brilliantly. I’m a big fan of his, he seems like a really good, down to earth player. 2:13 Liverpool can claim money from FIFA to cover Joe Gomez’s basic pay while he is out injured.All players are insured when on international duty through FIFA’s club protection scheme, which applies to injuries sustained in matches and in training.- Advertisement – “I remember seeing him many years ago playing for Charlton in the FA Youth Cup and thinking ‘this is a star of the future’ and he’s certainly proved that at Liverpool. I just hope it’s not going to be anything too serious.“From an England point of view, it’s a disappointment for Gareth Southgate, but for Jurgen Klopp, if this is a long-term one and you’ve got no Virgil, no Joe Gomez, that puts an enormous amount of stress on this squad from a team that were red-hot favourites at the start of the year.“It’s certainly going to change things and for everybody else involved, that back two have been so impressive at times. It’s not been easy with no Virgil at the moment, but no Virgil and no Gomez is going to make it even more difficult.“I suffered with injuries playing for England and it’s really hard to deal with because you’re so proud that you’re there but you also know it’s costing you an enormous amount of time in your career.“I broke my ankle twice playing for England, tore my hamstring playing for England, it cost me an enormous amount of time. Of course, you wouldn’t swap it for the world but there is something so frustrating because it should be the highlight to play for your country but when you come back injured, it’s frustrating for everybody.” Matt Upson says Gomez’s injury came at a horrible time for the defender, who was just getting more responsibility at Liverpool
Burnley 29 11 6 12 34 40 39 Newcastle 29 9 8 12 25 41 35 Arsenal 29 9 13 7 40 39 40 ————————————- Leicester 29 16 5 8 58 28 53 ————————————- Man Utd 29 12 9 8 44 30 45 ————————————- Sheff Utd 29 11 11 7 30 25 44 Brighton 29 6 11 12 32 40 29 Liverpool 29 27 1 1 66 21 82 Chelsea 29 14 6 9 51 39 48 Tottenham 29 11 8 10 47 40 41 Aston Villa 29 7 5 17 34 56 26 Watford 29 6 9 14 27 44 27 Top four qualify for Champions League (Manchester City banned from European competion for two years pending appeal verdict)Fifth place qualifies for Europa LeagueBottom three relegatedShare on: WhatsApp Southampton 29 10 4 15 35 52 34 Bournemouth 29 7 6 16 29 47 27 West Ham 29 7 6 16 35 50 27 Norwich 29 5 6 18 25 52 21 Crystal Palace 29 10 9 10 26 32 39 Man City 29 19 3 7 71 31 60 Wolves 29 10 13 6 41 34 43 London, United Kingdom | AFP | Collated English Premier League results on Wednesday:Aston Villa 0 Sheffield United 0Manchester City 3 (Sterling 45+2, De Bruyne 51-pen, Foden 90) Arsenal 0English Premier League table after Wednesday’s matches (played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points): Everton 29 10 7 12 37 46 37
Facebook34Tweet0Pin0Submitted by South Puget Sound Community CollegeSouth Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) welcomed Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman to the Percival Restaurant on Tuesday, January 7, for the presentation of two special awards to the college’s culinary and catering teams.Secretary Wyman presented the Best Taste Award and the Best Presentation Award to SPSCC Culinary Arts faculty, culinary students, and the catering team for their work in support of the Washington State Combined Fund Drive (CFD) during the 2019 Masquerade Ball.The ceremony began when Secretary Wyman presented SPSCC President Dr. Timothy Stokes with the public service challenge coin for his visionary leadership and influence that has helped raise more than $52,000 in five years. Secretary Wyman then presented awards to the culinary and catering teams for their excellent service and efforts.SPSCC won by popular vote of the nearly 800 attendees at the Masquerade Ball, competing with local restaurants including Casa Mia, Indian Summer, and Little Creek Casino. The most popular dish of the night was bulgogi beef with Asian coleslaw served in a wonton taco shell.
Facebook279Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston CountyDear Thurston County Residents,We are living in uncertain and unprecedented times. The stakes are high—and the call to action has never been more important. As of April 3, we have 58 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our county with zero deaths. We anticipate more cases and understand that tragedy will not pass us by.Each of us can do our part to protect the lives of our friends and neighbors. All of Thurston County stands united and committed to protecting our community. Leaders across Thurston County are working together to address the needs of our community. Our response is collaborative and coordinated across jurisdictions. We have confidence in our public health and health care professionals, and are grateful for the dedication they show every day. We know that we are stronger together and are working hard to provide you with every opportunity to protect yourself, your family, and our community.We ask that you continue to take social distancing guidance seriously. Now is not the time to waver. We must remain committed to protecting each other and to keeping our health care system strong and available for those in need. Please:Stay home, unless you have essential needsDo not have social gatherings in your homeIf you must go out, remain 6 feet away from othersDo not allow your children or teenagers to meet up with friends or play in groupsIf you are sick, isolate yourselfIf you are in medical distress, call 911, but if you want a medical opinion regarding being tested for COVID-19, contact your health care provider or the Providence St. Peters hotline: 360-486-6800WASH YOUR HANDS with soap and water often and wellCover coughs and sneezesTry not to touch your faceClean frequently touched surfaces often (doorknobs, phone surfaces, keyboards, counters)Social separation doesn’t have to mean social isolation. Reach out to friends, family, and neighbors by phone, email, or through other technologies.Take care of yourself. Eat healthy, drink plenty of water, and go for a walk or exercise at home.We have resources for you now:Mental HealthFrequently Asked QuestionsGuidance and ResourcesWe know this is a difficult and stressful time for everyone. This disease is impacting every aspect of our lives and there are still many uncertainties. Know that we are working for you. We will do everything we can to provide you with answers and resources as they become available. We need one another, now more than ever. If we are going to defeat this virus, we must remain vigilant and committed to slowing this disease, together. County Commissioner, Gary EdwardsMayor Pete Kmet, City of Tumwater Mayor JW Foster, City of Yelm County Commission Chair, John HutchingsMayor Andy Ryder, City of Lacey County Commission Vice- Chair, Tye MenserMayor Cheryl Selby, City of Olympia