Zumiez, a Columbia Mall skateboard and snowboard apparel store, has reopened nearly four months after it was the scene of a double homicide of two mall employees during an apparent shooting rampage. The store has been closed since Jan. 25 when, police said, Tyler Johnson 25, and Briana Benlolo 21, were killed by Darion Aguilar, 19, who went on a shooting spree at the Maryland mall after entering the dressing room of the store and assembling a shotgun hidden in his backpack. Aguilar died at the scene, police said, from an apparently self-inflicted shotgun wound.The mall reopened a few days later, but the Zumiez store remained boarded up until May 19. The store has been remodeled. But even after several memorials and vigils in honor of the victims, Zumiez managers contacted the victims’ families before reopening.Zumiez officials said in a statement “We all continue to keep the victims and their families in our hearts and together remember and honor them in many ways,” according to WBAL TV.As part of the remodeling, store officials said, “quietly recognizes Brianna and Tyler with two simple tiles that bear their initials: ‘B’ and ‘T.’ ” Reaction among mall customers to the reopening was mixed. Tony Ramelmeir, 17, a Columbia who had just left the mall before the shooting, said he understands the need for it to be opened. “Maybe it [should have been] closed for a year or two or a whole season, but if they feel it’s the right time then it’s the right time,” said Ramelmeir. Karra Winnard 22, a Marriottsville resident, said she is a regular shopper at the mall and is happy to see the store open again. “I definitely think it needed to be reopened. I think for the store’s sake they couldn’t keep it closed forever because something happened, but I’m kind of glad it’s reopened. I was sad when it was closed, but understood why,” said Winnard. Following an investigation, Howard County police concluded that Aguilar was a troubled young man. Police said that Aguilar said in a journal that he had been suffering from what he believed were symptoms of mental illness. Police said he was fixated on the 1999 shooting rampage at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., a shooting rampage that he wanted to emulate. According to wusa9.com, two memorial funds were set up in honor of the shooting victims. For more information go to http://www.zumiez.com/memorial-fund.
The empty chairs of members at the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee (JPR) hearing on the Law Enforcement Officers Bill Of Rights (LEOBR) reform measure could be a sign. If Maryland is to see changes to the controversial law, it will have to find a way around the Senate JPR’s objections to reform.The hearing on Senate Bill 566 (SB 566) – which strips the LEOBR of it’s the provision giving officers 10 days before they can be questioned by superiors about an alleged incident of misconduct, creates new classes of people able to bring forth misconduct allegations, and gives police chiefs an enhanced role in meting out discipline to officers – did not begin until about 7:20 p.m., scheduled to be heard last on a day with testimony on 16 bills.SB 566’s sponsor, vice chair of JPR Sen. Lisa Gladden (D-Baltimore City), was not in the room when the hearing began. So duties to present the bill’s provisions, normally the responsibility of the sponsoring senator, fell to David Rocah of the ACLU, Maryland. When presenting, senators are generally afforded some difference, being allowed to complete their presentation before fielding questions from their colleagues. This accommodation was not extended to Rocah. He was challenged by JPR chair Sen. Bobby Zirkin (D-Baltimore County) when he suggested the 10-day rule drives a perception that police officers are afforded special treatment.“That’s 10 days so that [an officer] can obtain council though, right?” asked Zirkin. “And the reason for that, just to be clear also, the reason for that is because often, if they’re going to be interrogated, or if they’re going to be questioned, this could also lead to criminal charges as well, so the idea, I think, behind that – I’m just trying to be clear on that issue. It’s not just that they are going to the beach for 10 days, it’s 10 days in order to get a lawyer so that they can be advised on their rights, not only within the agency but also any ramifications of a potential criminal charge.”Rocah said in many jurisdictions in Maryland, counsel is available immediately but that the 10-day rule is still adhered to, and that the rule is in play in situations where the alleged misconduct could not lead to criminal charges, making reference to a civil suit against a Maryland State Police officer who accidentally left racist remarks on a woman’s answering machine, something for which he could not be held criminally liable in any way.Zirkin’s approach to the hearing shifted as the hearing went on, however, and particularly when the myriad heads of police departments and Fraternal Order of Police (the police union) officials began testifying in opposition to SB 566. Opponents treated the LEOBR as little more than a piece of employment legislation, delineating rights of public employees with respect to employer initiated disciplinary proceedings and having no bearing on criminal investigations whatsoever.“When people are saying that the officers have never been charged, or have never been in front of a judge, that doesn’t have anything to do with this, does it?” asked Sen. Wayne Norman (R-Cecil and Harford Counties) of Chief John Fitzgerald of the Chevy Chase police department, representing the Maryland Chiefs of Police, and invoking earlier testimony by people who had lost loved ones at the hands of police.“No,” replied Fitzgerald. “As a matter of fact, typically, in a very bad case where there could be criminal charges, the entire employment part of this, the LEOBR is stayed, nothing happens. The 10-day rule – I would like to see perhaps that be shorter – but the point is the 10-day rule is irrelevant. I don’t have somebody interview this person perhaps for a year or more because everything sits still until the conclusion of the criminal investigation and whatever trial might occur.”At this point, the 10-day rule had been presented by those opposed to the bill as both a protection for officers in the event of the possibility of criminal charges, and as irrelevant to criminal investigations altogether. By this late point in the hearing , the interaction between Norman and Fitzgerald occurred around 9:10 p.m., Zirkin had suspended questioning to move things along. The result was that those testifying in opposition to SB 566 rarely had their views challenged, a privilege not extended to supporters of the email@example.com
Across the street from Hope’s Corridor, the 100th block of Wayne Place SE is transitional housing for homeless vets, transitional housing for youth transitioning out of foster care, anchored (and supported!) by a neighborhood of middle class homeowners, which enable Washingtonians, of all ages, to enjoy a new lease on life.
Listen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3u A review of some of the top news stories of the week, directly from the pages of the AFRO, with managing Editor Kamau High. Among the stories we’ll discuss is the public, alleged death threat against Pastor Jamal Bryant of the Empowerment Temple. Plus, the Mod Squad, Taya Graham and Stephen Janis of The Real News Network, report on Baltimore politics and law enforcement. These stories and much more, coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.
Ricky Smith, the executive director and CEO of the Maryland Aviation Administration (MAA), who leads BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport, has presided over record breaking growth at the airport during his tenure, which began in July 2015. But, he cites the good fortune of a relatively strong economy (at least by some metrics), as much as his work ethic and leadership skills.Executive Director and CEO of the Maryland Aviation Administration, Ricky Smith. (Courtesy Photo)“I have to be frank, as much as I would like to take absolute responsibility, a lot of it has to do with the economy,” Smith told the AFRO. “I’m not trying to be political, but the fact of the matter is people want to use the most economical transportation…the economy is humming and people have the disposable income to fly. They are choosing to fly out of BWI because we offer more low fares…more non-stop destinations than any of the other airports in the Baltimore, Washington, Philadelphia area…that’s part of the reason why we’re winning D.C.”Specifically, he says the airport can offer lower fares because it maintains lower operating costs than its regional competitors. According to Smith, BWI Marshall’s operating cost is about $9.53 per passenger, versus Reagan National at about $15 per passenger, Dulles at $24 per passenger and Philadelphia International at $14 per passenger.According to the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), BWI Marshall is the busiest airport in the Baltimore-Washington region (July marked 25 consecutive monthly passenger records according to MDOT). More than 24 million domestic and more than one million passengers traveled via BWI Marshall during the airport’s last fiscal year, which ended in July 2017.Before coming back to Maryland, Smith, a native of West Baltimore operated in essentially the same capacity in Cleveland (CEO of the Cleveland Airport System) as his current position at BWI Marshall. However, he says a call from Gov. Larry Hogan changed the trajectory of his career.“I was in Cleveland doing pretty well for 10 years…Cleveland was good to me,” said Smith. “I got a call from Gov. Hogan…he didn’t like that I went to Cleveland in 2006. He reached out to me and I thought I could take the airport where he thought the airport could go. He is the reason why I’m back in Maryland,” added Smith.Smith, the state’s first Black executive director and CEO of the MAA, is originally from the West Baltimore neighborhood once known as Whitelock City (within the larger community of Reservoir Hill). He continues to be inspired by the people from his old neighborhood who invested in him in multiple ways.“It’s not just the fact I’m African American, when I speak to groups I let them know I’m from Whitelock Street. I take a lot of pride in it,” Smith said. “I represent a lot of people who put me on their backs to help me make it through.”Smith says he is purposeful in crafting opportunities for others who may have come from circumstances similar to his own.“There are more women and (people of color) working at this airport than most other airports,” Smith said. “It is because we create an environment where they can get here and make a career working at the airport.”He points to the, “Launchpad Program,” which recruits smaller businesses owned by women or people of color, many from economically challenged communities to set up shop at BWI Marshall. “About 75 applied and we narrowed it down to four…Four African-American females won out. They are now operating here at the airport and are doing very well,” Smith said. “The airport is open for business or employment for anybody interested in pursuing an opportunity here. If we can get that person in the airport…and teach them how to operate in this very complex environment, that can make a huge difference for that person.”Ultimately, Smith’s overarching vision for BWI Marshall is tied to the level of buy in on the part of the people he leads.“The most important thing that I’ve accomplished…I’ve created a performance driven culture,” Smith said. “We have a vision to be better and a very aggressive strategic plan. Every employee is tied to the strategic vision of the organization. They feel like they are part of something bigger than themselves.”
The Global Women’s Institute is scheduled to host a panel “Connecting the Dots: Exploring the Intersection of Violence Against Women and Violence Against Children” on Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Milken Institute School of Public Health, 950 New Hampshire Ave., NW. The panel will discuss common factors that lead to such cases of violence as well as challenges and opportunities to survive from such abuse. The event is open to the public. Refreshments will be served. To RSVP, visit globalwomensinstitute.gwu.edu
By Lenore T. Adkins, Special to the AFROWords matter and are not to be taken lightly, University of the District of Columbia Professor Bernard “Bernie” Demczuk told nearly two dozen Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) recruits on their mandatory Black History tour along U Street April 20.In his opinion when people say “riot,” they’re talking about Black people violently reacting to tragedy. That’s why Demczuk instead calls the unrest along U Street following Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination in 1968 an uprising or rebellion.Bernie Demczuk speaks to officers during the U Street tour. (Photo by Lenore Adkins )“Thug means Black, middle-class means White,” said Demczuk, who is White and teaches African-American history and culture at the University of the District of Columbia. “Urban means Black, riot means Black. I don’t have time to give you a long history lesson on how much there was White rioting against Black people over the last 250 years. Do they call them riots? No, they don’t call them riots.”The police department has partnered with UDC to deploy a training program for D.C.’s roughly 3,800 police officers and 660 civilian personnel to help them understand the city’s rich African American history and the historic racial tension between Black communities and law enforcement.While violent crimes have fallen in the District, according to Mayor Muriel Bowser, negative interactions between Black residents and police officers continue to be a point of contention — a larger issue when considering African Americans comprise 47.7 percent of the District according to the 2016 U.S. Census.Meanwhile, demographic data from D.C. police shows Blacks represent 52.12 percent of the force, while 35.1 percent are White, nearly 9 percent identify as Hispanic, 3.61 percent are Asian, and the rest are either Native American or biracial.The one day program requires several hours of lectures led by Demczuk and professor Sharita Thompson, as well as tours of the Smithsonian African-American Museum of History and Culture and the U Street Corridor. Training started in January and 550 officers have gone through it as of April 20, Demczuk said.On the tour, Demczuk took the recruits along a vibrant five-block stretch of U Street that was once home to “Black Broadway,” and formed in response to segregation on New York City’s Broadway. With its jazz clubs, Black businesses, famous residents and its proximity to Howard University, U Street was ground zero for Black life, society and culture.Today, tension simmers in the rapidly gentrifying corridor between long-time Black residents who saw the neighborhood through its tough times and the new, young White residents moving in, Demczuk said. It’s a something he said police need to know and understand when it comes to doing their job.The two-hour tour led officers through alleys to see vibrant murals, including the one near the landmark Ben’s Chili Bowl (where Demczuk serves as its historian), past Lee’s Flower and Card Shop and Industrial Bank, two other longtime Black businesses, to the African American Civil War Memorial and other historic points of interest.Many people on the street stopped in their tracks, curious about why so many cops were walking up and down U Street — several others joined the tour for short stints. Along the way, Demczak introduced the officers to some of the people who make U Street tick, including Tony, a homeless man who implored the cops not to arrest him if they’re ever walking the beat and Shun Pittman, owner of Corps d’Elite hair salon.“I am so amazed and grateful for this program that Bernie is doing and I hope it takes off nationwide because it’s something that’s needed,” Pittman told the AFRO. “Education is the key for everything, you know? It brings people together.”The police department isn’t relying on data or evidence to show the program works, public affairs specialist Karimah Bilal told the AFRO. It instead acts as an initiative that offers insight into the culture and background of the Black communities D.C. police serve, while drilling down on the historic mistrust between law enforcement and Blacks.Through the training, veteran officer Sarah Snapko learned there’s a reason D.C. doesn’t have vagrancy laws on the books — because they were often used to target Blacks who were hanging out when it was too hot in their homes.She’s hopeful that her fellow officers don’t close their mind to learning something new and wishes she had this training when she joined the force 15 years ago.“A citizen looks to you as the person who can solve the problem for them and yet there’s so much more you don’t realize, you don’t know especially when you’re coming from an outside city and you’re growing up in a different culture,” said Snapko, who is White and is from suburban Cleveland. “Here, it’s a culture shock and to have this type of training and to serve that community, it’s a benefit.”
The final day of competition will feature the 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, and the 400 free relay. Print Friendly Version The University of Louisville stands in second place after three days of racing at the 2019 ACC Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships. The Cardinals had two gold and a pair of silvers Friday night at the Greensboro Aquatic Center. NC State took the lead with 968.5 points with Louisville following with 817 ahead of Virginia (724), FSU (600.5), Virginia Tech (579.5), Duke (507), Notre Dame (479), Georgia Tech (396), Pitt (371), North Carolina (312), Miami (161) and Boston College (111). In the 100 backstroke, sophomore Nick Albiero, swimming his second event of the session, stalked the leader and touched in 44.88 to win silver and put up an NCAA A-Cut. Mitchell Whyte touched fourth fourth place in the A-Final with a time 45.38 just ahead of teammate Nikkos Sofianidis, who was sixth with a time of 46.09. The event was won by Coleman Stewart of NC State, who touched in 44.44 for an A-Cut. In the 100 fly FSU’s Kanoa Kaleoaloha won gold with a time of 44.93, the fastest time in the country to date. Nick Albiero touched fourth in the A-final for the Cardinals. Teammate Nikkos Sofianidis went 46.61 in the B-final and freshman Mitchell Whyte won the C-final with a 46.48. In the 200 free, Louisville freshman Bartosz Piszczorowicz won his first individual ACC championship with a 1:33.51. Cardinal senior Zach Harting swam an excellent back half and moved from fifth at the 150 mark, nearly touching out his teammate, who won by one-hundreth of a second. Colton Paulson checked in seventh in the A-final with a 1:34.52. Andrej Barna won the B-final with a time of 1:34.56 and Sam Steele finished fourth in the B-final with a time of 1:35.15. Marcelo Acosta touched second in the C-final, posting a 1:35.56 to wrap up scoring for UofL. The Cards won silver in the 400 medley relay with Nick Albiero (45.55), Evgenii Somov (51.90), Zach Harting (44.80) and an anchor of 41.50 by Andrej Barna combining for a 3:0375. NC State took gold with a time of 3:03.26. 2019 ACC Men’s Friday Finals results Story Links Louisville sophomore Evgenii Somov successfully defended his title the 100 breast, winning gold in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 51.90. The 400 Individual Medley was won by Virginia’s Brendan Casey, who went 3:39.93. UofL’s Daniel Sos swam a 3:42.96 in the A-final to touch fourth. Jarrett Jones went from 7th to third in the B-final in a great back half of swimming. clocking a 3:45.58.
Live Stats Louisville (18-6, 6-3 ACC) entered the bottom of the ninth trailing 4-3 and the first two hitters were retired on a fly out and strikeout. ACC Network Extra Story Links Photo Gallery Video: Dan McDonnell Postgame It was the third walk-off victory for the Cardinals this season, having also done so against Brown and Ole Miss. Next Game: Miami (Ohio) 3/26/2019 | 6:00 PM PDF Box Score Listen Live Watch Live Full Schedule Roster Justin Lavey led the UofL offensive with a 3-for-4 day at the plate. Fitzgerald, Wyatt and Davis each had two hits as part of Louisville’s 12-hit attack. Video Highlights Bobby Miller got the start for Louisville on Sunday, moving into the rotation for the first time on the season. The first three batters of the game reached against the sophomore, but Miller settled down and limited the damage to just one. The game held at three-all until the Yellow Jackets plated a run via a triple and wild pitch in the seventh. Leonard then rolled a ball back through the middle that was stopped by the diving shortstop. There was no force play to be made and Binelas never stopped running from second. The throw to the plate was high and Binelas dove across the plate for the winning run. Preview Michael Kirian (1-0) earned his first collegiate victory on Sunday, working 1.2 scoreless innings out of the bullpen. Louisville took the lead in the bottom of the fourth, getting a run-scoring knock from Fitzgerald and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Logan Wyatt. The lead was short-lived however, as Georgia Tech (16-8, 5-4 ACC) answered right back with a two-run single in the fifth to tie the score up at three apiece. Henry Davis worked a seven-pitch walk to keep the game going, and Alex Binelas followed with a walk of his own. Zeke Pinkham pinch-hit for the Cardinals with the tying and winning runs on base and battled to draw a third straight walk to load the bases. The Cardinals stranded a pair in their half of the seventh and another in scoring position in the eighth, leading to the drama in the ninth. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Trey Leonard’s two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the fourth-ranked Louisville baseball team to a 5-4 victory over Georgia Tech at Jim Patterson Stadium. Tyler Fitzgerald helped the Cardinals get the run right back in the bottom half, singling with one away and stealing second and third. Binelas then knotted the game up at one with a two-out single into centerfield. Louisville continues its eight-game homestand on Tuesday with a visit from Miami (Ohio). First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. ET at Jim Patterson Stadium. Print Friendly Version
Listen Live Watch Live Full Schedule Roster Binelas, Fitzgerald and Lavey each had two hits, as the Cardinals tallied double digit knocks for the third time on the weekend. Binelas finished the series with seven hits, four of which went for extra bases. SEC Network+ Shay Smiddy and Michael Kirian took care of the final six outs on Sunday, sending the Cardinals to the series sweep. Live Stats Louisville immediately cashed in on the momentum, with Binelas tallying his second double of the day and Davis singling to right off the new pitcher to bring the run home. Louisville will head to Lexington on Tuesday for its second matchup of the season against in-state rival Kentucky. The Cardinals defeated the Wildcats 8-3 on April 2 at Jim Patterson Stadium. First pitch on Tuesday night is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., ET. Print Friendly Version Story Links Bobby Miller recorded his third straight shutout inning in the bottom half and the Louisville offense helped the cause with another run in the fourth. Danny Oriente reached with a one-out single and Alex Binelas doubled to the gap in left-center. Henry Davis then doubled UofL’s lead with a groundout. NC State (29-8, 12-6) had its first true scoring chance in the fifth, getting a one-out double and two walks to load the bases with two outs. Miller buckled down though and picked up a huge strikeout to strand the three runners and keep the Cardinals in front. Miller (2-0) picked up the win with five shutout innings. The sophomore allowed just two hits and struck out six. Next Game: at Kentucky 4/16/2019 | 6:30 PM Preview NC State plated two runs in the bottom of the seventh to cut the margin in half, but Louisville answered right back with two of its own. Lucas Dunn lined a two-out single to right with the bases loaded to score Binelas and Davis to give the Cardinals a four-run lead once again. Miller ran into trouble again in the sixth, issuing walks to the first three hitters to once again load the bases. The Cardinals turned the ball over to Bryan Hoeing, who immediately extinguished the Wolfpack rally. Hoeing struck out the first two batters he faced before inducing a soft comebacker to get out of the jam with the lead still intact at 3-0. Tyler Fitzgerald tacked on a fourth run for the Cardinals in the seventh with a long solo home run, his fourth of the season. RALEIGH, N.C. – After a strong showing in Saturday’s doubleheader, the 12th-ranked Louisville baseball team capped off the weekend with a 6-3 victory on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep of second-ranked North Carolina State. The three-game ACC series was played at Doak Field at Dail Park. Justin Lavey dropped down a bunt for a base hit and proceeded to steal second. On the stolen base attempt, the throw ended up in centerfield allowing Lavey to move up 90 feet to third. Jake Snider would take advantage of the scoring opportunity, just missing on a three-run home run as his fly ball died on the warning track for a sacrifice fly. As was the case in Saturday’s second game, neither side threatened through the first two innings, but the Cardinals broke through in the third. PDF Box Score Louisville (28-8, 13-5 ACC) now sits alone atop the ACC Atlantic Division standings. It was the Cardinals third sweep in conference play this season and 10th road conference sweep since joining the ACC in 2015.
Family-set “Rhino Family” (aka “Keluarga Badak”) moves into second season and from YouTube to Hooq. Full of family banter and quirky observations of everyday Indonesian life, the second season involves wedding anniversary, a family trip and other bungles. The cast is headed by Gita Bebhita as Mamak Dakhlia and fleshed out with a large contingent of local celebrities and YouTube stars as special guests.“TL;DR” is a youth-focused talk show focused on current affairs and trending topics that range from the informative to the absurd.“There is a huge demand for unique, quality stories in Indonesia by all segments of audiences,” said Jennifer Batty, chief content officer of HOOQ.Hooq, which is majority owned by Singtel and counts major investments from Warnermedia and Sony Pictures Television, operates in Southeast Asia and India. It previously enjoyed series success with “Brata” which was released in September. Its Western content roster includes same day as U.S. telecasts of “Supergirl,” “The Flash,” “Marvel’s Runaways,” and library content including “Arrow,” “Gotham,” “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “ER.” Popular on Variety ×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 Asian video-on-demand service, Hooq has unveiled three Indonesian-made original series, and a partnership with online content group Vice.The new shows range from a talk show “TL;DR” that will be co-produced with Vice, to a full-length series, “Check Out The Store Next Door” (“Cek Toko Sebelah the Series”) and a short form series.The partnership with Vice will also see slate of Vice digital content available on HOOQ’s free layer at launch.“Check Out The Store” is an expansion of 2016 hit movie, a modern comedy and family drama. It sees the character played by Ernest Prakasa try to modernize his father’s corner shop, with unexpected effects on family and the community around him. It also stars Dion Wiyoko, Gisella Anastasia and Adinia Wirasti together with a line-up of stand-up comedians Dodit Mulyadi, Awwe, Adjis Doaibu, Yusril Fahriza.
×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 Goldberg has attained a reputation for buying distressed media assets, aiming to combine them into a larger-scaled business targeting younger audiences. In the last two years, BDG has purchased the Zoe Report, Gawker, Flavorpill Media, Mic, The Outline and Elite Daily. Combined with BDG’s Bustle and Romper, the company’s brands reach over 50 million U.S. visitors per month, according to comScore. (In some cases BDG has vied with Penske Media Corp., the owner of Variety, in bidding for media properties, including Rolling Stone, which is now fully owned by PMC.)Founded in 1999, Nylon is shadow of what it was in its heyday as a strong indie on the New York publishing scene. The print edition of Nylon ceased publication with the October 2017 issue and its 12-employee print staff was laid off. That came after investment firm Diversis Capital (co-founded by Luzzatto) bought Nylon in 2014 and merged it with FashionIndie.com, a fashion, beauty and lifestyle influencer network that was redubbed Socialyte.Nylon.com’s web traffic has declined by one-third in recent months, from 1.4 million visitors in January 2019 to 950,000 in May, according to digital measurement firm SimilarWeb.According to Goldberg, BDG plans to invest in expanding Nylon’s editorial team, including launching a print product, and growing its live-events business. “It’s a tough time to be an independent, or family-owned, magazine. But this brand has real strength,” he said. “We think it can be a premium brand for the next 20 or 30 years.”Bustle Digital, in pursuing its roll-up model, has been able to better navigate the economic headwinds afflicting many companies in the digital-media and publishing sectors. This week, Condé Nast — paring back its portfolio to trim its cost base — sold fashion mag W to Future Media, a holding company led by Marc Lotenberg that will merge W with Surface and Watch Journal. Sara Moonves (daughter of ousted CBS chief Leslie Moonves) was named W’s editor-in-chief with the departure of longtime top editor Stefano Tonchi. Popular on Variety Billie Eilish Slams Nylon Germany for ‘Shirtless’ Magazine Cover – ‘At 17?’ With the acquisition, BDG will extend employment offers to the roughly two dozen members of Nylon’s editorial and design teams, including editor-in-chief Gabrielle Korn. According to Goldberg, BDG will give the staffers coming over from Nylon raises. In the next few months, the Nylon crew will move into the BDG offices in Manhattan’s Flatiron district.Nylon’s sale to BDG covers only the U.S. business and does not include Socialyte, the former Nylon Media’s influencer-marketing division. Most of Nylon Media’s sales and business staff will remain with Socialyte, according to Goldberg.Former Nylon president Evan Luzzatto (son of Marc Luzzatto) will remain as a partner to BDG on Nylon’s international licensing business and will continue as chairman of Socialyte. Currently, there are nine international editions of Nylon magazine, published in Spain, China, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Germany and Mexico.Goldberg said BDG isn’t looking to cut editorial costs at Nylon. The cost savings stem from having shared resources, including IT infrastructure, and having a single sales force selling advertising and sponsorships across all of BDG’s brands. He claimed revenue at Zoe Report, the fashion and lifestyle brand headed by Rachel Zoe, and Elite Daily, bought from the U.K.’s Daily Mail and repositioned from news to lifestyle topics, has grown by triple-digit percentages since his company bought them.“Two years from now, we think we can get triple-digital growth from Nylon,” Goldberg said.BDG is on track to bring in $100 million in revenue in 2019, according to Goldberg, and he expects the company to turn a small profit. Bustle Digital Group has raised about $80 million in funding from investors including GGV Capital, General Catalyst, Saban Capital Group and Social Capital. Goldberg, who started BDG in 2013, previously co-founded sports publisher Bleacher Report (sold to Time Warner). BDG plans to bring back Nylon in print — not as a monthly mag, but in special issues tied to “flagship cultural moments” like Coachella, Goldberg said. It would be Bustle Digital’s first foray into print publishing. “We view print as an extension product,” he said. “It’s impossible to think about Nylon without thinking about the magazine covers. Print is part of who Nylon is.” Related Stay Longer, Save More at The Plaza New York Experience more and up to 25% off when you extend your stay at The Plaza and savor all that New York City has to offer. Ad by The Plaza NY See More AdChoices Bustle Digital Group’s Bryan Goldberg is back with more M&A: In the latest prong in Goldberg’s roll-up strategy, BDG closed a deal to buy Nylon, the 20-year-old fashion, beauty, music and pop-culture media brand — the company’s seventh acquisition to date.Financial details of the deal weren’t disclosed; the transaction comprises both cash and equity. Under the pact, Nylon’s previous owner — investor and real-estate magnate Marc Luzzatto — will become a minority shareholder in Bustle Digital Group.“Nylon’s bold and colorful legacy has developed a cult-like status over the years,” said Goldberg, CEO and founder of BDG. “We’ve been interested in this property for a long time. We felt it was a natural fit for our portfolio. It’s a model of influential beauty and fashion brands.” Bustle Digital Shelves Gawker Relaunch, Lays Off Site’s Staff
British tabloids will try to make news of anything, especially if its sleaze, so try not to have a heart attack as the venerable Sun tries to make hot coffee out of one Briton’s report that the latest Tiger Woods game, Tiger Woods PGA 11 for the Sony PlayStation 3, has a glitch that allows you to golf naked. Heaven forfend!According to the Sun reader who reported the glitch, after creating her avatar in-game, she suddenly lost her top when her character took a swing…. and now she can’t get her in-game top back. She says she believes a programmer put the glitch in on purpose to reference Tiger Woods’ sordid affairs back in 2009.Of course, the truth is a lot more pedestrian: even console games have bugs. Even if it’s not a bug, Electronic Arts is being extremely firm about the matter:“We have extensively investigated and have determined that this situation is not possible through a retail copy of the game. The player model is clearly modified as a result of hacking.” Given how easy it is to hack the PS3 these days, they may be right, although the girl in question doesn’t exactly seem bright enough for it. My guess? This is just a titillating bug, not a conspiracy on either side.Read more at The Sun
The Nintendo 3DS launched without a must-have title. The closest thing to one, and the best game on the system so far, is Super Street Fighter IV 3D, but that’s a port of a very good game from other consoles. If you are looking for a 3DS-only game, and one with some history for Nintendo fans, then the default title to get is Pilotwings Resort. This is a call back to one of the most notable SNES games and one that appeared again on the Nintendo 64, with the “resort” theme being borrowed from the popular Wii Sports Resort/Wii Fii so Wii gamers would find something familiar.AdChoices广告Pilotwings is still a game that is all about the mastery of aircraft. In the main game you have to pass a number of increasingly difficult tests in order to get higher grade licences. Alternatively, in Free Flight mode you fly around Wuhu Island and try to pick up all the collectibles scattered about. So the setting is limited to the somewhat small, but surprisingly diverse, resort island and then a few different aircraft (mainly a propeller plane, a rocket belt, and a hang glider, but there are some surprises later on). You fly around popping balloons, steering through hoops, and doing similar things to demonstrate your proficiency with a given flying method.The game is good, simple fun and it accomplishes its primary goal: acting as a showcase for the 3DS. Pilotwings is a handsome game and the 3D effects work well as you fly around the island, through trees, under bridges, and around mountainsides. The game is colorful, light-hearted, technically proficient, easy to pickup, and it plays well in short bursts… it really is everything a portable game (especially a 3DS/DS game) should be.The problem with Pilotwings Resort is that the game isn’t that much fun. There is at least 90 minutes of fun in it. You learn the aircraft, get a feel for the controls, navigate the island, and finally explore the game’s modes, but after those the game quickly starts to run out of fun. The trials get harder with each license level and the collectibles tougher to find as you explore the island more, but as you keep playing the game feels that much more limited. It feels like you are just doing more of the same, which you basically are. In some ways you can enjoy the flying and be happy just improving your skill with each aircraft, but this isn’t a deep simulator where that is a satisfying experience. Rather it’s a fun, simple game, sort of like Mario Kart, but without the racing or the versus play.Pilotwings Resort isn’t a bad game, there just isn’t a whole lot there. There are a few modes (but they are basically all the same) and a few different aircraft (but not enough) so the end result is a mediocre game. It looks nice, the 3D works well, and, from a technical standpoint, it’s very well done, but after the first hour or two, there isn’t much reason to play aside from burning a few minutes and doing slightly better in a stage than you did last time. Some people might get hooked in by the difficulty of the later stages but just as many will be turned off, preferring the timed free flying or perfecting runs on easier levels.Pilotwings Resort is a good way to learn about the 3DS and what it can do, so play it at a kiosk or on your friends’ 3DS and save the money until better games come out.
Normally a video game without textures is like food without flavor. Sure the basic shape and feeling is right, but it’s missing the crucial details that define the experience. However, sometimes stripping the textures off a game can give it a beautiful and completely unexpected new visual style. Check out how amazing Grand Theft Auto V looks without textures.Before, Los Santos was a bustling metropolis full of tangible grit and personality. Whether it was satiric billboards, dirty urban decay, or opulent beachfront glamor, the details were what sold the city as a living, breathing place for players to cause chaos in. But without textures, Rockstar’s latest open world opus looks like a ghost town with haunting flat colors, ominous fog, and a skyline shrouded in darkness. Some have compared the silhouetted look to the dark indie darling Limbo.Given the artistic impact of these pictures, it should come as no surprise that the project, “los_santos.obj,” is actually part of an art exhibit by artist Kim Laughton. The piece is currently being showcased in Flanetrie, a Monadigital exhibition currently open in China, and you can check out more spooky screenshots here.This isn’t the first time someone has made striking art from a textureless video game. Skyrim, another open-world game, looks like a surreal cartoon after turning the detail all the way down, a feature the developers purposefully included. Maybe this is the next frontier of high culture video game appreciation. Games aren’t just art, they’re abstract art.Now read: GTA V PC release date pushed back to March 24
The week’s rumor round up in filled with some interesting little details from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story as well as a very juicy rumor about General Organa. Let’s get into it!Star Wars: Episode VIIIAn interesting new rumor was found on the IMDB forums about Luke and Leia in Star Wars: Episode VIII. Serious warning for Episode VIII spoilers.The user Mr_Ghostface_Lives says that at least as far as Episode VIII and IX go, Luke is not revealed to be Rey’s father in those films. He claims that even The Force Awakens makes it clear there’s no relation there and Luke is for sure not Rey’s father. I don’t expect any minds to be changed by this one, but there you have it.Additionally, Mr_Ghostface_Lives says that General Organa is finally going to pull out some Force powers when she’s attacked early on in the film. The rumor according to Latino Review is that Laura Dern’s character takes command when Leia is gravely injured. The IMDB post says that Leia survives the attack only by using the Force. This is one of those rumors that really can come from anywhere or could be fabricated based on other more confirmed rumors, but it’s certainly interesting nonetheless. I know I would be very happy to see Leia use the Force.Rogue One: A Star Wars StoryMakingStarWars.net was able to grab yet another possible character name for upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. This time it’s Forest Whitaker’s armored mystery man, who up until this point was only known as Eel Leader. Here’s the report:While digging on “Galen” I came across a new name for Forest Whitaker’s character. Most of the codes for Whitaker were things like Eel Leader in the past. Now we have learned that people are calling him “Castro.” Forest Whitaker’s character appears to be named “Castro” in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but until it’s confirmed, it very well could be another coded name. Personally, this one sounds like a code name to me. Perhaps during one of the script revisions his code name was changed to bring a little more clarity to his role. Either way it’s certainly an interesting choice for the character. Jason was also able to get more confirmation on Mads Mikkelsen’s character with more indication that his name is indeed “Galen”.Kyber crystals are those things inside lightsabers that focus energy and give the blades color. Turns out they also exist in a much bigger form and are key to the Death Star’s superlaser. The last few years of Star Wars canon have given us a lot on Kyber crystals, and it looks like we might see some in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. MakingStarWars.net has heard reports of crates on set containing the crystals and some Imperial scientists who may be working with them.We speculate that the crystals are being mined for synthesis by the scientists. The Death Troopers are there to protect the valuable crystals. Perhaps the Empire has had some problems with getting that crystal to focus properly? Is the mountain simply a mine or a secret research facility? It is all pretty fascinating. I’m really into Sheev Palpatine’s mad scientist adventures so the idea that he’s sending the galaxy’s best scientists on a Manhattan Project-type quest to acquire Kyber crystals for sinister reasons is, well, dope. In all likelihood this is something that probably will only be mentioned in a briefing once in the film, but these types of throwbacks to Star Wars lore are what’s going to make the Star Wars Stories feel a little closer to galaxy we know and love.Veteran stunt coordinator and second unit director Simon Crane has been tapped to join the Rogue One reshoots, according to The Hollywood Reporter. THR was also able to confirm that Bourne-series writer Tony Gilroy will be working on new script pages for the lengthy reshoots in a role that’s probably taking over for originally reported Christopher McQuarrie.Interesting that Disney would bring on a second unit director with so much stunt experience for just a few cockpit talking shots. Hmm.
Game of Thrones would be nothing without its music. You may laugh, but how many days or even weeks have you had the theme song in your head? It’s maybe the perfect title sequence song ever, and just perfectly sets you up for the events of the show. You’re probably humming it right now, aren’t you?Well this news isn’t going to help you, because Live Nation and HBO have just announced that Game of Thrones composer Ramin Djawadi will be taking the music of the show on a 28-city tour across North America. It may not be Westeros, but it’ll do.This isn’t going to be a straight music concert, either. The creators are promising a “state-of-the-art experience” that makes attendees feel as if they are traveling through the world, from King’s Landing to Winterfell, along the northern stretches of the Kingsroad to The Wall and across the Narrow Sea to Braavos, Meereen, and beyond.“For the past six seasons of Game of Thrones, I have been tremendously inspired to compose music to David Benioff’s and D.B. Weiss’ extraordinary adaption of George R.R. Martin’s epic ‘A Song of Fire and Ice’ series,” says Ramin Djawadi. “Now, by combining the music with state of the art technology, we are going to bring the astonishing world of Westeros to fans in a live and unique concert experience.”Game of Thrones may be his most famous work, but Djawadi has crafted music for dozens of huge films, including Iron Man, Pacific Rim, and Warcraft. Next he is working on HBO’s hugely anticipated series Westworld.“For seven years, Ramin has been blowing our mind with his music’s force, subtlety, and endless inventiveness,” said Game of Thrones TV shows creators/executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. “The GoT Concert Experience will be unique in the history of concert tours, an eye-popping, ear-splitting, phantasmagoric blend of the show’s visuals and Ramin’s powerful compositions. We are more excited for it than anyone.”As the concept art above shows, it appears they will be really making you feel like you’re in each and every famous location, which you will hopefully be able to see over the glare of thousands of cell phones.The concert tour will kick off in Kansas City on February 15, and for the full list of cities and locations included see the list below. Tickets go on sale starting on Saturday, August 13.
Just a couple months ago, Microsoft told you that Edge was the browser to beat when it came to battery life. Seems like Google found that test a little suspect.Big G pumps out Chrome updates on a regular (and rather rapid) cadence, and over the past twelve months they’ve put a lot of effort into making it more efficient. According to a blog post they just published, those efforts have really paid off.The version of Chrome that its users are browsing with today is about 25% easier on laptop batteries than the one they used last year. Google’s comparison video shows two Surface Books running Chrome side-by-side, one with version 46 and the other running the current stable build (53).At the 8:27 mark, the older version packs it in. The latest Chrome keeps the good times rolling for another 2 hours and 25 minutes. That’s a very different result than the one we saw from Microsoft’s tests.In case you missed their browser battery rundown, Microsoft’s setup looked a lot like Google’s except with a big digital time clock perched on top. In the Microsoft test, the Surface Book running Chrome only lasted a little over 4 hours. Edge — which won the contest handily — squeezed out another 3 hours.But even Edge fell well short of the 10-plus hours Chrome managed in Google’s test. Either there are some major differences in the two testing methods, or Microsoft has done some terrific work on the Surface Book’s overall battery life. Any way you slice it, it’s great to know that everybody seems very intent on making our laptops last as long as possible between charges.
Stay on target As we’ve demonstrated before, the Raspberry Pi is an extremely flexible and awesome piece of equipment, and you can make some amazing creations with it if you’ve got the technical know-how. One of the latest projects someone has put together is an arcade joystick with a 3D-printed enclosure.PinShaped user keganholtzhausen created the Raspberry Pi arcade joystick by embedding the small computer inside the casing, which is capable of running its own emulator with input from the arcade buttons and joystick. He summed up the project like this:“This Arcade Joystick is printable on printers with at least 150x150x80 print beds. It houses 7 28mm buttons, a standard arcade joystick and still has space for a RaspberryPi and Joystick Controller.”He went on to also describe the rest of what goes into bringing the joystick to life, including the type of buttons and switches, and controller parts. You can take all of this information posted up via PinShape and create your own with the design files. It probably isn’t the greatest project for beginner creators, but there’s a great challenge here for intermediate techies who want to make something with the little computer that could.If you check out the arcade stick itself, you’ll see it’s also quite colorful and attractive, with a cover that looks quite awesome. It’s encouraging to think there are official-looking arcade sticks like these out there made by fans alone. There’s a whole wealth of other projects you can take on if you have some time, and the Raspberry Pi itself isn’t an expensive construct or anything like it. You can check out many of them on Geek.com as we’ve covered a good portion of what’s out there, but it’s worth Googling around for other ideas if you don’t dig what we’ve already written about. Lyra Is a Handheld Gaming System Powered by a Raspberry PiRaspberry Pi Used to Steal 500 MB of NASA Data
Super Mario Run Didn’t Meet Nintendo’s ExpectationsSuper Mario Run Comes to Android This Week Stay on target Super Mario Run made its debut on iOS late last year and broke various download records upon its release. Nintendo announced that it would bring the endless runner to Android, but never specified an exact date. Today, Nintendo has revealed when Android users can get their hands on this mobile game.Super Mario Run will make its way to Android in March. This is an interesting release window considering how a little system called the Nintendo Switch will also launch in March. This announcement comes from Nintendo’s Twitter account. You can see that tweet below.#SuperMarioRun will arrive on Android in March. You can pre-register in Google Play to be notified when it launches! https://t.co/u4H9bxVi9R pic.twitter.com/Hd5uzRcYcK— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) January 19, 2017Like with the iOS version, users can play the first three levels of Super Mario Run for free. To unlock the full game, players have to plunk down $10. The full game includes the Kingdom Builder feature, Toad Rally, and Friendly Run mode.When Super Mario Run was launched, many were upset by the game’s price. Considering how the most expensive mobile games usually top out at $5, it’s understandable why some would consider $10 to be an exorbitant price — especially since Super Mario Run is just an endless runner. However, unlike with a lot of mobile games, Super Mario Run doesn’t pester players with microtransactions. $10 is a lot for a mobile game, but that was the most anyone would ever have to pay.Will Super Mario Run be a success on Android? It will probably enjoy success at launch, but considering all of the bad press that it has gotten over the past few weeks, folks may decide that they can spend their money elsewhere.You can pre-register on Google Play and be notified when Super Mario Run launches by following this link.