American women will continue to dominate tennis with US Open win by Sloane Stevens

American women will continue to dominate tennis with US Open win by Sloane Stevens

On Saturday, Sloane Stephens made history, jumping more than 900 spots as the second unseeded woman ever to win a Grand Slam at the US Open and the first unranked female to win her maiden title. The 24-year-old, back this summer from almost a year off the courts because of a foot injury, played a near-perfect game with a 6-3 6-0 victory against 15th-seeded Madison Keys, who was playing with a heavily bandaged right thigh. ‘It’s incredible. I honestly had surgery January 23 and if someone had told me I’d win the US Open, I would have said it’s impossible,’ said Stephens, who will pocket a record $3.7million check. In the first all-American US Open women’s final since Serena Williams beat her sister Venus in 2002, Stephens made only six unforced errors to frustrate Keys. But not many know much about how the rising star, who was down to 957th in the world at the start of August. And with experts saying she could be the next Serena, we let you get to know the newest champion. Sloane Stephens, 24, made history jumping more than 900 spots as the second unseeded woman ever to win a Grand Slam at the US Open and the first unranked female to win her maiden title (pictured, with her trophy) Stephens (left), back this summer from almost a year off the courts because of a foot injury, played a near-perfect game with a 6-3 6-0 victory against 15th-seeded Madison Keys (right), who was playing with a heavily bandaged right thigh.   Stephens (left and right) is taking home a record $3.7million check as a...
Facebook caught yet again lying about it’s numbers

Facebook caught yet again lying about it’s numbers

Senior analyst at Pivotal Research, Brian Wieser, has issued a report pointing out that Facebook has been claiming to reach more people than U.S. Census data says exist. Facebook has been promoting itself as reaching 41 million adults between the ages of 18 and 24. However, Census data says there are just 31 million. And Facebook also says it reaches 60 million people between the ages of 25 and 34, while the U.S. Census estimates that total to be 35 million. Wieser says he began his own inquiry into the data situation after Australia’s AdNews found discrepancies between Facebook claims and Census data in that country. A Facebook spokesperson says the estimates the platform uses “are not designed to match population or census estimates.” Instead they are “designed to estimate how many people in a given area are eligible to see an ad a business might run.” WHY THIS MATTERS: However it tries to justify use of the faulty numbers, Facebook will not ingratiate itself to advertisers for offering up misleading data. Wieser told The New York Times, “The buyers and marketers I talked to were unaware of this and they are using [the Facebook data] for planning purposes. Buyers are still going to buy from them and plan for them, but this is something that doesn’t need to be an error and puts every other metric they might provide into...
Taking children and how the system “profits off of pain”

Taking children and how the system “profits off of pain”

Foster Care as Punishment: The New Reality of ‘Jane Crow’ Maisha Joefield briefly lost custody of a child who wandered away while she was taking a bath. By STEPHANIE CLIFFORD and JESSICA SILVER-GREENBERG JULY 21, 2017- nytimes.com Maisha Joefield thought she was getting by pretty well as a young single mother in Brooklyn, splurging on her daughter, Deja, even though money was tight. When Deja was a baby, she bought her Luvs instead of generic diapers when she could. When her daughter got a little older, Ms. Joefield outfitted the bedroom in their apartment with a princess bed for Deja, while she slept on a pullout couch. She had family around, too. Though she had broken up with Deja’s father, they spent holidays and vacations together for Deja’s sake. Ms. Joefield’s grandmother lived across the street, and Deja knew she could always go to her great-grandmother’s apartment in an emergency. One night, exhausted, Ms. Joefield put Deja to bed, and plopped into a bath with her headphones on. “By the time I come out, I’m looking, I don’t see my child,” said Ms. Joefield, who began frantically searching the building. Deja, who was 5, had indeed headed for the grandmother’s house when she couldn’t find her mother, but the next thing Ms. Joefield knew, it was a police matter. “I’m thinking, I’ll explain to them what happened, and I’ll get my child,” Ms. Joefield said. For most parents, this scenario might be a panic-inducing, but hardly insurmountable, hiccup in the long trial of raising a child. Yet for Ms. Joefield and women in her circumstances — living in poor...
NAACP issues Travel Advisory for African Americans thinking about going to Missouri

NAACP issues Travel Advisory for African Americans thinking about going to Missouri

NAACP Warns Minorities, Women Heading To Missouri: ‘They May Not Be Safe’ Taryn Finley,HuffPost 8 hours ago NAACP delegates have approved a travel advisory warning marginalized groups that “they may not be safe” if they go to Missouri because their civil rights are likely to be violated. The delegates voted Wednesday to nationally adopt the advisory, which was put in place statewide in June, according to the Springfield News-Leader. The advisory ― directed at people of color, women, people who identify as LGBTQ and those with disabilities ― cites recent legislation signed by Gov. Eric Greitens (R) that makes it even more difficult to sue for housing or employment discrimination. NAACP Springfield chapter President Cheryl Clay and other chapter members emphasized that this is not a boycott, but a warning and a response to the legislation. “Our ongoing issues of racial profiling, discrimination, harassment and excess violence towards people of color have been further exacerbated by the passage and signing of [Senate Bill] 43,” Clay said in a statement to the News-Leader. “Not all the communities have the desire or the will to do the right thing for people in their community,” Clay added. “Thus, this is why Missouri has earned the travel advisory for the whole state.” In addition to the bill, the advisory condemns the state for a number of issues dating back to the Missouri Compromise of 1819. Those include “racial and ethnic disparities in education, health, economic empowerment and criminal justice,” a “long history” of racial violence and harassment, and recent data that shows black drivers were 75 percent more likely to be pulled over by cops than...
UIN launches android 4K Smart Box streaming device

UIN launches android 4K Smart Box streaming device

UIN has launched its feature rich android streaming TV device called the UIN Smart Box *African American owned and operated UIN (Urban Information Network) was among a hand full of high tech companies that recently met with FCC Chairman Ajit Pai in Detroit in March. After getting clarity on various issues and regulations, UIN has launched its feature rich android streaming TV device called the UIN Smart Box. It gives customers more control and more choices of what they can watch on TV. It also saves users a tremendous amount of money by reducing or eliminating their cable bill, and allowing consumers the ability to buy and own their box rather than pay every month for life with the cable companies. While current streaming devices like Amazon Firestick, Roku, and Google Chromecast offer standard apps, the UIN Smart Box offers the standard apps plus a unique pre-installed app of value that includes churches, radio networks and cultural institutions particular to local cities. As of now, the UIN Smart Box is the only streaming device that offers this!   As UIN grows and expands, they plan to train and pay good wages for young people from each community to program, install and maintain the boxes. With this high-tech cutting-edge product, UIN, America’s oldest operating Internet TV network is poised to emerge as a major player in the new and growing industry . The UIN Subscription service offer programming on news , entertainment and culture… and Black history that you will find nowhere else! To watch a short video about the UIN Smart Box, visit: https://s3.amazonaws.com/uin-advertisments/box-ad-aaa.mp4 To place an order for...
High tech/low income; Amazon to start accepting food stamps online

High tech/low income; Amazon to start accepting food stamps online

Amazon is among seven grocers selected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to test online grocery ordering and payment using the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps. Amazon will accept online food stamp orders in Maryland, New York and New Jersey as part of the program. The two-year trial begins this summer and covers seven states, mostly on the East Coast. Safeway is the only grocer in the trial that will accept online food stamp orders and purchases on the West Coast, with Washington and Oregon as part of its program. Amazon responded to the news with the following statement: “Amazon is excited to participate in the USDA SNAP Online Purchasing Pilot. We are committed to making food accessible through online grocery shopping, offering all customers the lowest prices possible. Amazon’s selection and competitive pricing can improve the grocery shopping experience for SNAP participants while helping them extend their benefits further.” Amazon’s grocery delivery service AmazonFresh requires shoppers to be Prime members, a program that costs $99 per year or $10.99 per month. Tack on an additional $14.99 per month for AmazonFresh — a recent change from a $299 annual fee — and a $9.99 fee for deliveries under $40, and Amazon could become a pricey proposition for food stamp recipients, who are not allowed to use their benefits on delivery and service charges. Amazon has not said whether shoppers at its future drive-up grocery stores will need to be Prime members or how the pricing structure will work. Amazon is under construction and getting close to opening its first drive-up grocery stores in Seattle, with one in the Ballard neighborhood and...