The 11th annual Greenbelt Green Man Festival will be held on May 9 and May 10 on the Roosevelt Center Plaza in the heart of the Historic Greenbelt, Maryland. For more information see www.greenbeltgreenmanfestival.org.
The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities will hold a “Dance With Me” event at Gateway DC, 2700 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. S.E. on July 17 from 7:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. The event will include performances by 1960’s Doo-Wop group The Jewels and Brencore Allstars with a tribute to Motown and an Interactive Hand Dance workshop with the National Hand Dance Association. The cost is free. There will be an open dance floor and lawn chairs welcomed. For more information, contact Ebony Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 202-724-5613.
The Howard University Center for Clinical and Translational Research and Stress/Sleep Studies Program is scheduled to hold a research symposium on July 17 to examine the relationship between sleep and health, including the role of compromised sleep on the health of African Americans living in stressful urban environments. Speakers will include members of the Sleep Stress Research team at Howard University and outside experts. The symposium will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Interdisciplinary Research Building, 2201 Georgia Ave, NW. Admission is free. To register, visit eventbrite.com.
By Lauren Poteat, NNPA Newswire Washington CorrespondentOn a mission to combat issues of diabetes, which disproportionately afflicts Black Americans nationwide, the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), the trade association for more than 215 of the nation’s leading Black media companies, moderated a very important conversation surrounding the chronic condition and its ongoing negative impacts on people of color.Panelists participating in a high-energy January 24thdiscussion, held during the NNPA’s Mid-Winter Conference, vehemently pushed for people of color to actively “get ahead” of their health. The panel was moderated by Bishop Elton Amos, MD, founder of Church of God In Christ’s Global Health and Wellness Initiative, in cooperation with Eli Lilly and Company. The panel also featured two executives from Eli Lilly: Nate Miles, VP Strategic Initiatives, State Government Affairs and Tanisha Blake, Associate Brand Manager, Payer Marketing.(Photo: Mark Mahoney / NNPA)“We have to get ahead of our health,” said Bishop Amos, whose organization is devoted to promoting healthy lifestyles among minorities. “Diabetes is still a major issue for people of color. We have to start utilizing our doctors more, getting tested regularly and working better on balancing and maintaining healthy lifestyles.”The American Heart Association cites diabetes as one of three major dangerous health conditions (along with high blood pressure and obesity) that play a vital role in increasing the chances of succumbing to heart disease and strokes.Additionally, the American Diabetes Association reports that 13.2 percent of all Black Americans aged 20 years or older have been diagnosed with diabetes. Blacks are 1.7 times more likely than their white counterparts to suffer from the disease.In an attempt to combat diabetes, Eli Lilly and Company, a global pharmaceutical corporation and leader in diabetes management, announced the recent opening of theirLilly Diabetes Solution Center and Helpline, crafted particularly for Black Americans.The announcement was received enthusiastically by NNPA’s Chairman, Chicago Crusader Publisher, Dorothy R. Leavell and others in attendance. “Eli Lilly and Company has taken big steps to develop a solution center for diabetes,” Chairman Leavell said. “This center will help our people gain access to affordable insulin and valuable resources and also provide cost savings solutions and free clinic information.”Dedicated to making sure that no one has to pay full price for insulin, the new Lilly Diabetes Solution Center and Helplineprides itself on beinga solution-oriented program that grants relief for those who are not insured, are underinsured or have high out-of-pocket expenses.With a longstanding reputation for pouring into communities of color, the Lilly organizationhas also donated insulin to three relief agencies that serve communities of color globally, particularly in the U.S.: Americares,Direct Relief and Dispensary of Hope,and has distributed insulin to over 150 free clinics around the country.“This new helpline alone, will help people get direct access to affordable diabetic healthcare,” Leavell said. “It will help link them directly to clinics in their local communities that can help and will provide information on how to go about utilizing resources. We are really working hard to get this information out to all of our publishers and we thank Eli Lilly and Company for this initiative.”To learn more about the Lilly Diabetes Solution Center and Helpline, visit: Lilly Diabetes Solution Center and Helpline read more
“Hannah and Andrea raised the bar last year as they became the first all-woman team to call NFL games,” said Marie Donoghue, VP of global sports video at Amazon. “Customer feedback has been great and we could not be more excited for Hannah and Andrea to once again bring their extensive knowledge to ‘Thursday Night Football’ on Prime Video.”Amazon did not provide info on how many viewers opted for the Kremer-Storm audio feed last year. The company said that overall, the 11 “TNF” games in 2018 on Prime Video and Twitch combined to reach 24.4 million total viewers, up 33% from its streams for the 2017 season. The average-minute audience watching NFL games on Prime Video for at least 30 seconds was more than 500,000, a 61% year-over-year increase, and those viewers watched an average of 59 minutes, according to Amazon.Storm currently serves as an ESPN “SportsCenter” anchor and over her career has worked at NBC Sports and CNN and served as a host on CBS’s “The Early Show.” Kremer is chief correspondent for the NFL Network and is a correspondent for HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel,” as well as a co-host for CBS Sports Network’s “We Need to Talk.”In a statement provided by Amazon, Kremer described the first year calling “TNF” a “whirlwind,” adding, “The fact that Amazon so quickly decided to have us back next season is tremendous validation of our hard work and different approach to telling the story of, and analyzing, the games.”Storm commented that Amazon gave the duo a unique opportunity to have “the freedom to do the show we want — and our audience really enjoyed it as well!” Sports journalists Hannah Storm and Andrea Kremer will return to Amazon Prime Video to call “Thursday Night Football” games for the 2019 NFL season.It will be the third year Amazon is streaming the “TNF” package worldwide. For the 2019 season, “Thursday Night Football” on Prime Video again will comprise 11 games total, available to more than 100 million Prime members in over 200 countries and territories, and will be free to watch globally on Amazon’s Twitch.During the 2018 run, Prime Video let “TNF” viewers watch Fox’s feeds with the Kremer-Storm commentary and analysis — the first time NFL games were broadcast with two women announcers — or pick from three other audio streams: Fox’s Joe Buck and Troy Aikman calling the game; one with Spanish-language announcers; and a U.K. team. ×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 Popular on Variety read more
Stay on target A Smart Speaker Could Save You From Cardiac ArrestParrot ‘Falls in Love’ With Amazon Alexa, Uses It to Order T… If you’re an avid Google Home or Amazon Echo user, you should know or already are aware that both of the home assistants can and do record your voice. They’re listening, and they’re definitely keeping track of what’s been said. This isn’t a new concept or anything like that. Your internet history and activity online is recorded every time you visit a site, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the ‘always-listening’ devices in your home are retaining some of that data.That means each time you make a request with your voice the snippets of your request are processed and sent to a server to analyze what you’re asking for and to return results in a manner that’s useful for you. Obviously, the innards of Google Home and Amazon Echo aren’t the end all be all of what’s required to make the devices work, so they’ve got to relay the information to be quick and snappy. Anything you say, however, before commanding Alexa or Google Home is not recorded.But the reason why either device would even listen in the first place has to do with “wake words,” as explained in this Wired article. The process has much to do with buffering data and ensuring the products don’t miss out on a request by being too slow. So by keeping an “ear” out so to speak ensures the machines can do what you need them to as soon as you ask instead of there being a delay. There are security measures in place to keep the information that could be heard in your home out of the hands of hackers, but with any information shared on the internet, there’s the potential that someone could get a hold of your communications.In short, yeah — the assistants do record you, but it’s for a good reason, and you don’t have to worry what’s being done with this communication. It’s all in the name of making these products more helpful. If you’re worried about sharing confidential information they may not be for you. read more
With Neon Genesis Evangelion poised to find a brand new audience this weekend thanks to its Netflix premiere, we’re revisiting the best thing to come out of this sad teenage mech anime: memes about its opening theme song.What anime fan hasn’t heard the mysterious chants and rousing synthesized beats that make up the original Neon Genesis Evangelion opening theme song? Familiar as it is, you may ask, what could possibly make the exceedingly dramatic and catchy tune even better?Memes. A lot of memes.AdChoices广告Whether it’s the dramatic editing of emotional scenes, or the hilarious imposition of famous faces on anime bodies, we are glad that the parodies of the Evangelion opening theme song haven’t stopped for the last 20 years.Here are our top five picks in this incredibly ridiculous and niche category:5. SeinfeldHow do you make the most ridiculous, meaningless show on TV from the 90s even more LOL-worthy? Slap it into an Evangelion setting, complete with the signature Seinfeld opening “twang” noise edited in. Bask in the glory of the show’s inside jokes in this hilarious meme mashup.4. Vladimir PutinThe leader of mother Russia looks ridiculously epic in this parody. With enough dramatic pans and closeups of Putin’s spooky mug to shake a stick at, this one is worth it for the randomness at the end.3. Corey in the HouseOf course the 2007 Disney Channel show Corey In The House gets its own stab at being an anime. The Japanese in this opening is particularly hilarious because it’s just cut and pasted from a Japanese text book. “I eat. I eat food.” “1, 2, 3, 4.” The clips from the show with silhouettes of Asuka and Rei floating over them are pretty meme-worthy as well.2. TrumpGood lord, we can’t do anything in life anymore without there being a Trump version of it. Here’s one fan’s rendition of the tuft-haired presidential candidate, surrounded by his own ridiculous quotes and floating heads.1. BrexitThis is it. Much more hilarious than the other parodies, this video wins number one on our list. Top marks go to the redone subtitles portraying Shinji as a whiny Britain who just wants to leave the EU. Hang in there guys. This one is pretty real.These are just a few of the hundreds of amazing anime opening parodies that exist on the internet. Let us know which ones are your favorites! ‘Cannon Busters’ Is The Black Anime We’ve Been Waiting…Casio G-SHOCK Unveils ‘Akira’-Inspired ‘Neo Tokyo̵… Stay on target read more