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...
Negro Mentality; How other people define who we are to ourselves and the world

Negro Mentality; How other people define who we are to ourselves and the world

Note from UIN:  As President Trump visits Poland this week. This article published in 2014 references a comment by a Polish official speaking of Poland’s relationship with the US. In this fascinating article, the author attempts to explain what the official meant when he said Poland has a “Negro Mentality”.Please note that the word mentioned Moor (Black African who conquered Spain and brought education to White people in Europe)which is the word that was  once used to describe all Africans. Today it is spelled More, Moore, Muir Morris, Morman, Moreno, Morales, Bomorito; you get the picture.Also, the word Slave did not originally apply to Black people. The word slave comes from the word slav which is a white eastern European.  The “e” was added when they made Africans slavs. As Black media is closing shop or being bought by Hispanics, why are our leaders and politicians  not speaking out. Do they  have the Negro Mentality? This is what happens when you don’t control your media.  “Blowjobs,” “F***-Ups” and the “Negro Mentality”: Polish Politics Behind the Curtain   Polish Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski. [Source: Agencja Gazeta] By Stanley BillA series of explosive tape recordings involving senior members of the government has recently rocked Poland, lifting the lid on unseemly backroom negotiations and potentially damaging relations with key allies. In one of the recorded conversations, Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski characterizes Poland as the imprudent giver of unreciprocated blowjobs to the United States and derides Poles for their “negro mentality.” What has happened to the “new Poland”? Who released the tapes and why? The reputation of Poland’s political class has never been high among its citizens, but the last few...
New curriculum requirements proposed for Mich. high schools

New curriculum requirements proposed for Mich. high schools

by David Eggert, Associated Press LANSING – Michigan’s high school graduation requirements would become more flexible and include a mandatory career readiness course under a series of recommendations and moves announced Monday by Gov. Rick Snyder, who said more must be done to help students fill in-demand jobs in the trades. Snyder called on lawmakers to change the requirements, known as the Michigan Merit Curriculum, to mandate that a career exploration-job skills class be completed in seventh or eighth grade. He said computer science should count to meet a foreign language requirement and that students should be able to fulfill health and physical education requirements by completing career health programs. The curriculum changes were included in a broader list of career pathway proposals developed after top state officials gathered input from employers, educators and union leaders. Recommendations include using certain career planning programs statewide, enhancing career counseling, letting career and technical education students earn an industry-recognized credential and increasing the number of trade instructors. To graduate from high school in Michigan, students must earn at least 18 credits in seven subject areas and complete an online course or learning component. Those who graduate in 2021 or earlier already can fulfill up to half of the two-credit foreign language requirement by completing a career and technical education program or earning another credit in visual, performing or applied arts. The Republican-governor’s announcement came about three months after the GOP-led House voted 69-39 to replace the foreign language and art requirements with a three-credit 21st-Century skills requirement. It could be met by any combination of a foreign language, art, computer science or...
Miami win right to sue banks for predatory lending to minorities

Miami win right to sue banks for predatory lending to minorities

Supreme Court Rules Miami Can Sue for Predatory Lending By ADAM LIPTAKMAY 1, 2017/New York Times   WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that Miami can sue two banks for predatory lending under the Fair Housing Act of 1968. The case arose from the 2008 financial crisis. Miami sued Bank of America and Wells Fargo, saying that their discriminatory mortgage lending practices had led to a disproportionate number of defaults by minority home buyers and, in turn, to financial harm to the city. Even as the majority of justices ruled that Miami was entitled to sue under the housing law, the court declined to decide whether the city had asserted a direct enough connection between the banks’ actions and the harm it claimed. The court sent the case back to the federal appeals court in Atlanta for further exploration of that question. When the case was argued in the Supreme Court in November, it seemed headed for a 4-4 tie. But the vote on the question of whether Miami could sue under the law was 5 to 3, with Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. joining the court’s four-member liberal bloc to form a majority. Miami said the banks had intentionally and disproportionately issued risky mortgages on unfavorable terms to black and Hispanic borrowers. That led, the city said, to segregation and foreclosures, hurting its property tax base and requiring it to provide additional municipal services. A trial court dismissed the suits in 2014, saying the city had not demonstrated that its claims were covered by the housing law. The United States Court of Appeals for the...