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Jackie K. Cooper

Washington and Pratt Show True Grit in "The Magnificent Seven"

Jackie K. Cooper | September 24, 2016 | Entertainment
Movie Review - Jackie K Cooper "The Magnificent Seven" (MGM/Columbia) It has been fifty-six years since Yul Brynner played the man in black in "The Magnificent Seven". That movie co-starred Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson and James Coburn among others. It was an Americanized version of Akira Kurosawa's classic film...
Noel Irwin Hentschel

Conversation with International Billionaire CEO: Fears Trump Presidency Halts Strategic Plan to Offshore More American Middle-Class Jobs

Noel Irwin Hentschel | September 24, 2016 | Politics
London Financial District. Off the record interview with international billion-dollar business CEO who expresses the real fear about the Trump movement in the USA. This friendly chat was a lively pre-debate exercise. The global billionaire concern is that the same successful "workers-populist" movement of Brexit is moving across the Atlantic...
Marty Zwilling

Add A Personal Story To Make Your Business Memorable

Marty Zwilling | September 24, 2016 | Business
The biggest challenge for every entrepreneur and every startup today is to get noticed and remembered in today's information overload. The number of entrepreneurs worldwide is huge, starting an estimated 50 million new businesses in the past year, or 137,000 per day. Every one of these probably has...
Hugh McIntyre

And The First Anchor Award Goes To...

Hugh McIntyre | September 24, 2016 | Entertainment
Just a short time ago, the music industry debuted its latest prestigious award, and while that may at times seem like the last thing that's necessary for an already self-congratulatory business, this one has a noble purpose, and it has the potential to become something really special. The Anchor Award was born out of the Reeperbahn Festival, a blended conference and new music discovery event hosted in Hamburg, Germany. Reeperbahn, which is named for the area of town where the majority of the festivities take place, is one of the best festivals in Europe for uncovering great new talent before the rest of the world catches on, and now with the Anchor Award, there's a way to further those artists that seem ready to rise to the next level. The Anchor Award highlighted just eight unique, talented, stand-out names from the dozens of bands that played in Hamburg over the past few days, and from that small pool, one act was declared the winner. A jury of six music industry bigwigs including legendary David Bowie producer Tony Visconti, former MTV personality Ray Cokes, SXSW Festival Manager James Minor, as well as musicians Y'akoto, Anna Ternheim, and Emiliana Torrini were tasked with picking just one winner, and while that doesn't sound like an easy job, they explained that when it came down to it, they were almost unanimous in their decision. The six acting jury members had to trek across Hamburg throughout the weekend to see all eight of the nominees in their natural setting: playing live. Because the Anchor Award is part of Reeperbahn, part of the criteria used to select a champion was not just the music they market as a finished product, but their live show as well, which is where some musicians either thrive or begin to blend in. For the first-ever Anchor Awards, Swedish musician Albin Lee Meldau came away the winner, and while his acceptance was certainly exciting, his win wasn't entirely unexpected. Of the eight chosen musicians, Meldau was clearly a frontrunner from the beginning, as his brand of brooding, melancholic pop, which is emphasized by his deep, soulful vocals, is impossible to ignore. Albin Lee Meldau might have come out on top, but all of the other seven nominees were certainly worthy of being nominated, and there was plenty of chatter amongst attendees that made it seem as though any one of the musicians up for the prize could have walked away with the simple and tastefully-designed trophy. To claim the title of the first-ever musician to be named an Anchor Award winner, Meldau had to best the likes of Conner Youngblood, Olivia Sebastianelli, Konni Kass, Woman, Parcels, Holly Macve, Shame, who all hail from various parts fo the world and who have their own distinct styles and approaches to honest, thought-provoking music. If you don't already know any of these names, give them a try--you won't regret a single second of their tunes. While it's certainly fun to follow intensely-branded festivals like the Grammys, they aren't always the best when it comes to honoring what was really the best in music in the past year, and they really aren't meant to reward those making waves and phenomenal art that hasn't hit the mainstream just yet. The Anchor Award (it's singular, by the way) is looking to be Germany's answer to the Mercury or Polaris Prize, which is some truly excellent company to attempt to be in. With the 2016 Anchor Award over and done with, the organization is already looking ahead to 2017, which promises to be a big year for both the ceremony and the Reeperbahn Festival. The Award will come become much more than just a ceremony, with anything from mentoring to sessions becoming a part of the brand, according to one person that was involved in the creation of the award. Summer 2017 will see Reeperbahn come to New York City in a very big way, bringing plenty of European talent along with...
Yiming Ma

Walking Encyclopedias, Cash Clerks and Nose Wipers

Yiming Ma | September 24, 2016 | Education
Two months ago, a colleague shared with me a T-shirt describing a long list of responsibilities horrifying in scope and scale. Including roles such as 'petty cash clerk, walking encyclopedia, scapegoat and nose wiper', the T-Shirt comically concluded that "You can just call me a Teacher!" I laughed, but as...
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

It's Time For Cops To Break The Blue Code Of Silence

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | September 24, 2016 | Black Voices
When cops break the blue code of silence and administrators back them up that will be a giant step toward changing that notion.
Young Professionals in Foreign Policy

Our Eternal Enemy: We Must Stop the New Cold War

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy | September 24, 2016 | World
By David Wemer When nineteen-year-old American swimmer Lilly King emerged from the pool after winning the women's 100-meter backstroke at the Rio Olympics, she became not only a gold-medalist, but also a...
Paul J. Croce

An Economy that Grows Anger

Paul J. Croce | September 24, 2016 | Politics
This election season has revealed a lot of anger in the electorate directed against establishment thinking and establishment figures in each party. Ted Cruz defied the Republican establishment for not living up to traditional values. Donald Trump continues to defy the Republican establishment for not being tough enough on immigration...
The Conversation US

Five key debate moments that altered the course of a presidential race

The Conversation US | September 24, 2016 | Politics
Robert Speel, Pennsylvania State University Every presidential election year in my American Political Campaigns and Elections course, I get an opportunity to spend a full lecture discussing with students some of the famous moments from historic presidential debates. I explain to students that...
Kyle Stevens

Thom Jongkind of Blasterjaxx Talks About Performing in New York City, the 20x20x20 Foundation and Sunsets

Kyle Stevens | September 24, 2016 | Entertainment
Photo Credit: Kevin Jackson Jr. (undertheshutter.blogspot.com) "This experience was beyond my expectations and I've played quite some festivals. You have certain expectations but I came here and I saw the field. This shit is sick," Thom Jongkind said in all sincerity. After wrapping...
Doug Bandow

Clinton And Trump, Call Your Office: America's Bipartisan Policy Of Perpetual War Has Failed To Deliver Peace

Doug Bandow | September 24, 2016 | World
The last three administrations have followed a bipartisan policy of constant war. Unfortunately, the consequences have been ugly: every intervention has laid the groundwork for more conflict.
Melissa Bartick

Police Endorsement Of Trump Shows Black Lives Don't Matter

Melissa Bartick | September 24, 2016 | Politics
When one group of Americans is brutalized, there is no "justice for all." Every American is at risk. But last straw came when the Fraternal Order of Police chose to endorse Donald Trump for President.
Jim Selman

Don't Take DeBait

Jim Selman | September 24, 2016 | Politics
Don't Take DeBait As we approach the upcoming first debate between Hillary and Donald, few expect much beyond more spectacle and another news cycle in this already tedious media frenzy that is revealing the dark side of our collective consciousness just about everyplace we look. We can...
Taylor Dibbert

Sri Lanka's President Misses an Opportunity at the UN

Taylor Dibbert | September 24, 2016 | World
Sri Lanka's Maithripala Sirisena spoke at the United Nations (UN) on Wednesday. Mr. Sirisena touched on economic development, poverty, drugs and more. It was a brief speech. However, Mr. Sirisena could have at least attempted to make a clear, articulate case for the most important aspects of the...
David Hinckley

Power Stars Talk About the Season Finale, While They're Still Alive To Do It

David Hinckley | September 24, 2016 | Entertainment
Starz's intense drama Power wraps up its third season Sunday (9 p.m. ET) in its favorite situation, with a neon target blinking on pretty much everyone's back. That especially includes James St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick), better known as Ghost, who has fallen...
Robert Scheer

Robert Scheer And Journalist David Cay Johnston Discuss The Duplicity Of Trump

Robert Scheer | September 24, 2016 | Politics
Donald Trump's success and presidential candidacy are not an accident. They are the result of a rigged financial system.
John Weeks

Integrator Alert: Demand Time (and Changes) in the FDA's Move Limiting Access and Increasing Costs of Dietary Supplements

John Weeks | September 24, 2016 | Healthy Living
Removal of many dietary supplements from the market. Increased prices for patients and consumers. Limited access to key nutritional tools for practitioners who have used them safely for decades. Charges like these against a proposal of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have propelled many Paul Revere rides through...
Eileen Shields-West

Moments That Can Change A Debate And The Race

Eileen Shields-West | September 24, 2016 | Politics
It all comes down to style, tone and substance. Debate moments can change the race, as they have in the past.
Regina Weinreich

Rebecca Hall in Christine: "If it bleeds, it leads"

Regina Weinreich | September 24, 2016 | Entertainment
Christine, Antonio Campos' new movie from a script by Craig Shilowich may be the Room of the current season: an indie film that breaks out onto the main awards stage. A riveting portrait based on the disturbing, true story of Christine Chubbuck, a newsroom reporter in 1974 Sarasota, Florida, the...
Melonie DeRose

Why I Shed Tears At Adele's Concert And Felt More Empowered Than Ever

Melonie DeRose | September 24, 2016 | Women
Thank you, Adele for being honest and for showing women it's perfectly fine to just be yourself. Thank you for being a role model who gives us the permission and confidence that goes along with it.