DUST, an online media company focused on all things science fiction, has recently rolled out a new series. Titled Afrofuturism, the short videos within the collection explore how specific black artists and figures helped shape afrofuturism, an aesthetic that combines science fiction, African history, magical realism, with the past, present, and future experiences of being black in our society. For their newest installment, DUST has produced a new video focused on George Clinton. The short, vibrant video is narrated by Little Simz and looks at Clinton’s out-of-this-world aesthetic and impact on music. Previous segments of Afrofuturism have focused on Sun Ra and Star Trek’s Uhura, and episodes on Jimi Hendrix and Missy Elliot are slated to come out in the future. Check out the new video below, courtesy of DUST.[H/T Okayplayer]
After eight long years, Living Colour is back with new music from the upcoming release of Shade, due out September 8 on Megaforce Records. After releasing the first single, “Come On,” the hype has been built and the excitement continues with today’s release of their second single, “Program.” The forthcoming record Shade marks the band’s sixth album, following 2009’s The Chair in the Doorway. Frontman Corey Glover says the band has been busy perfecting this new work of art for quite a while, and that the result is “a long look at the blues and its incarnations, musically as well as emotionally.”As the press release states, the socially charged track features an opening sample of Scarface discussing the band, while the song’s lyric addresses the impact of modern media on the collective consciousness of society. In an exclusive premiere with Loudwire, Corey Glover explains: “Back in the day, the news was called a ‘loss leader.’ It wasn’t for profit. News wasn’t made to sell stuff. News was there to be purely informational. That’s all the news was supposed to be, a public service that lets you know what’s going on in and around the world you live in. Not to be an arm of some sort of political ideology.”Living Colour’s music bends back and forth between heavy metal, funk, jazz, hip-hop, country, and alternative rock, inviting a variety of listeners to enjoy their music since 1984. Listen to the new track below:Shade Track Listing1. Freedom of Express (F.O.X.)2. Preachin’ Blues3. Come On4. Program5. Who Shot Ya6. Always Wrong7. Blak Out8. Pattern In Time (Skin In The Game)9. Who’s That10. Glass Teeth11. Invisible12. Inner City Blues13. Two SidesLiving Colour Tour DatesAugust 19 – Hampton, VA – Downtown Hampton Block PartySeptember 2 – New Lenox, IL – Triple Play Concert SeriesSeptember 3 – Chicago, IL – City WinerySeptember 4 – Chicago, IL – City WinerySeptember 8 – Eindhoven, NL – City Rock FestivalSeptember 9 – Leeuwarden, NL – City Rock FestivalSeptember 10 – Manheim, DE – MS Connexion ComplexSeptember 12 – Munich, DE – Backstage HalleSeptember 14 – Vienna, AT – Porgy & BessSeptember 15 – Bologna, IT – Zona RoveriSeptember 16 – Rome, IT – OrionSeptember 17 – Bellusco, IT – BloomSeptember 19 – Solothurn, CH – KofmehlSeptember 20 – Bochum, DE – MatrixSeptember 21 – Vaureal, FR – Le ForumSeptember 26 – Glasgow, UK – The GarageSeptember 27 – Wolverhampton, UK – Robin2September 28 – Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social ClubSeptember 29 – Nottingham, UK – Rescue RoomsSeptember 30 – Manchester, UK – Club AcademyOctober 1 – London, UK – ULUOctober 4 – Norwich, UK – WaterfrontOctober 6 – Liverpool, UK – Hangar34October 7 – Newcastle, UK – Riverside
NEW YORK (AP) — Dolly Parton has been singing about everyday office employees working “9 to 5” for over 40 years. Now the country icon is singing about entrepreneurs working “5 to 9” to pursue their dreams after hours.,The Grammy-winning legend’s 1980s hit has been flipped by Squarespace for a Super Bowl commercial that debuts Tuesday. The company helps users build and host their own websites.,The singer, who is also an actor, producer, and humanitarian, says she can relate to businesspeople working around the clock to fulfill their goals. Parton talked to The Associated Press about donating $1 million to coronavirus research and when she plans to get her vaccination shot. She also remembered her brother Randy Parton, who died last month.
Saint Mary’s hosted the Bold Beauty Conference for the fourth time Tuesday in the College’s student center, featuring student projects and presentations on society’s conceptions of beauty. Seniors Laura Glaub and JoLynn Williams coordinated this year’s event with assistance from professor Terri L. Russ. Glaub said the conference showcased a variety of perspectives on beauty. “One person is doing a poem and [another person is presenting on] how to recover from sexual assault,” Glaub said. “We tried to do more hands-on events this year. There is a poster to write about what food men and women are compared to in the lounge.” The project fair began at 11 a.m. in the student center atrium, and in the student center lounge, Barbie dolls created in Russ’s Female Beauty class this semester and in previous semesters were on display. Some of the featured Barbie Dolls were the Trophy Wife Barbie from two years ago, the Regina George Barbie, Call Me Maybe Barbie, Teenage Barbie, 16 and Pregnant Barbie, SMC Barbie and ND Barbie, PMS Barbie and more. Each Barbie had below it an explanation of its significance. Senior Anabel Castaneda said her Barbie was S&M Barbie. “My Barbie goes off of the double bind that women have to live up to,” Castaneda said. “Women are expected to be one thing and then another thing again. Women are expected to balance that.” Projects addressed topics such as the magazine Cosmopolitan, movies, phot shoppin, andsothers. Saint Mary’s senior Kate Park said the project she created with senior Katie Greenspon concerned today’s plus-size model. “The new plus-size model is considered a size six,” Park said. “So a size six and above is considered plus-size, which we believe is absolutely ludicrous and that is why we are doing our project on that.” Junior Sara Gray said her project focused on physical attractiveness in the work place. “I’m talking about their weight, the look, and how that affects [women] when they go in for a job,” Gray said. “It’s so true that more physically attractive women get higher positions and more benefits. Seventy-fiv percent of managers said they would rather have women work just as hard on their resume as their appearance. When you’re attractive they associate really good characteristics to you.” Senior Kelsey Smolek said she focused her project on photo manipulation and went through advertisements of both male and female models to see how photo editors changed their appearances to make them look more attractive. “[This manipulation is] sort of giving little girls and women an image that they can’t live up to,” Smolek said. “These types of images can cause bulimia, anorexia, and other issues.” Gray said her project featured photos of celebrities such as BeyoncÃ©, Kelly Clarkson, Kim Kardashian and revealed the heavy editing that went into their pictures. Women are given thinnerAarmssand stomachs, and men are given bigger muscles, she said. “It’s just really disturbing to look at,” Smolek said. Junior Amanda Stukel said she dressed in outfits depicting particular stereotypes on Saint Mary’s campus and Notre Dame’s campus to see how people would react. “A lot of people began to contradict themselves when they made comments,” Stukel said. “This definitely shows that people size you up within 10 seconds. We found that dressed up attire at Notre Dame was not as criticized as it is here on Saint Mary’s campus. It’s very much more relaxed here at Saint Mary’s.” Glaub said the purpose of the conference was to inspire students to stick up for true beauty. “There are events that teach you to fight back and be an advocate for female beauty,” Glaub said… “We’re trying to show people how to fight back.”
After getting a tour of her basement in Buyer & Cellar, you might think there isn’t a new way Barbra Streisand could spark one’s imagination. You’d be wrong. Female Force: Barbra Streisand is telling the iconic performer’s life story in comic book form. Female Force: Barbra Streisand delves into all things Babs: her acting, singing, writing, activism, awards and multitudinous hairstyles are all in there. Get your copy and count yourself among the luckiest people…in…the…WORLD. Written by Melissa Seymour, the 32-page comic book features art by Manuel Diaz and is being released this week by Bluewater Productions. The company has also showcased such luminaries as Gloria Steinem, Hillary Clinton, Barbara Walters, Angelina Jolie and the cast of Glee in comic book format. The Female Force series aims to examine “strong and influential women who are shaping modern history and culture.” View Comments
Bright green grass across the fields, lawns and roadsides of northern and central Georgia is making those parts of the state look more like Ireland than a typical Georgia in February. Copious rain, coupled with periods of much warmer-than-normal temperatures, is waking up plants early and causing them to green up.The National Phenological Network says that Georgia is almost three weeks ahead of usual in signs of spring.Rainfall across northern and central parts of Georgia has been much above normal, with some areas receiving more than 7 inches of rainfall so far in February. Parts of the northeast mountains have received almost a foot of rain this month, including some melted water from snow.With the average precipitation for the month ranging from about 4.5 inches in most areas to 6.5 inches in the mountains, February has already surpassed the monthly average rain total at many locations.Many University of Georgia weather stations are experiencing their top five wettest Februaries on record, including Athens (first), Atlanta (third), Macon (fourth), and Columbus (fifth). These stations are also recording winter precipitation amounts in the top five highest. Athens is rated as highest ever, with Augusta, Columbus and Macon the third wettest, and Atlanta the fifth wettest winter to date. This is likely to make the winter season — November through February — one of the wettest on record for Georgia.By comparison, parts of southern Georgia are fairly dry, with rainfall amounts of less than four inches along the Coastal Plains. The southeast coast has been the driest part of the state, with Savannah reporting 2.9 inches and Brunswick receiving only 1.64 inches for February so far.Abnormally dry conditions have persisted in this area through the winter with the storm track stuck farther to the north and currently only a tiny area of the state in designated drought, according to the Drought Monitor.Due to the heavy rain conditions, many streams are flooding and standing water can be seen in many fields and ditches. Lake Lanier reached its highest level since 1964, and UGA soil sensors at the Gainesville station near the shore are currently underwater, as the lake has covered the ground beneath the station.Streams are overflowing their banks in many watersheds. A few small dams have been overtopped from all the rain in that region as well.Moderate rain is expected for the next week, with the heaviest amounts anticipated for southwestern Georgia, where it may alleviate some of the dry conditions there.In March, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center predicts that average temperatures will likely be colder than average, with wet conditions most likely in the southern half of Georgia. Continued wet conditions are predicted to persist through May, while temperatures are most likely to be warmer than usual.To view weather data from UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ automated weather stations, go to www.GeorgiaWeather.net.
VESTAL (WBNG) — The Vestal Fire Department hosted Breakfast with Santa Sunday morning at Fire Station #2 on Route 26 in Vestal. Tyler Vandervort, First Lieutenant for the Vestal Fire Department, told 12 News that the breakfast was a great opportunity to give back to the community. The event featured a pancake breakfast cooked by volunteers as well as the opportunity to have a photo taken with Santa. More than 250 meals were served at the event which ran from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. “It’s important for us because we want the community to know how important they are to us we want them to understand we aren’t just here to fight fires we want to give back to them too,” Vandervort said. All food and supplies for the breakfast were donated by Weis Markets.
At the 9th edition of the conference, cooperation agreements were signed with Osijek-Baranja County and representatives of South Korea. In front of Chinese tourist agents, Tatjana Roth, Head of the Administrative Department for Continental Tourism, presented the tourist offer of Osijek-Baranja County with the aim of more active Chinese travel agencies and stronger attraction to eastern Croatia, especially Kopački Rit, historical and cultural heritage of Osijek, natural beauties of Baranja and gastronomic and oenological offer. Source / photo: Osijek-Baranja County The organizers of the conference and the highest representatives of the tourist associations of Zhejiang Province and the city of Jiaxing, announced a visit to Croatia in the second half of the year to intensify this cooperation. Zhejiang Province, with a population of 57 million and a GDP of $ 850 billion, is one of the richest Chinese provinces destined to develop tourism cooperation between China and the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. Tourists from China, in addition to the sun and the sea, are increasingly looking for facilities that Slavonia abounds in. Kopački rit Nature Park, often called the European Amazon, Eugene of Savoy Castle in Baranja, Gutmann Palace in Belišće, Prandau Norman Castle in Valpovo, Pejačević in Našice and Osijek and Mailath in Donji Miholjac, exude history preserving the century-old tradition of the region. And in order to celebrate the Croatian-Chinese Year of Culture and Tourism, Osijek-Baranja County will organize a three-day Silk Road Festival. “From Jiaxing we bring only positive impressions through friendly hosts, and in the next visit we will prepare concrete projects for cooperation. They expressed interest in Croatian wines and natural environments. The visit of Chinese tourists to Croatia, after the success of our Vatreni at the World Cup in Russia, increased by 300%. They are more and more interested in tourist tours of continental Croatia, where our advantage is. We invited them to visit Slavonia during the Days of Croatian Tourism, which are being held on the continent for the first time this year.”, Concluded the prefect Anušić. “With a working visit to this part of China, we want to encourage the raising of investment activities in our county and support cooperation in tourism. We signed a cooperation agreement between the Tourist Association of Zhejiang Province, the Tourist Association of Jiaxing City and Osijek-Baranja County”, Said Prefect Anusic. “After the signing of this agreement, we expect that the tourist cooperation between China and Croatia will increase and that the tourist exchange will grow day by day. We have already communicated more concrete plans. Now it is about tourism, and the next topic will be the expansion of mutual economic cooperation, for which we have agreed on another meeting by the end of the year.” A three-day “International Conference on Cooperation in Tourism Jiaxing City 2019” was held in the Chinese city of Jiaxing, with the participation of a delegation from Osijek-Baranja County led by Prefect Ivan Anušić. The aim of this traditional tourism conference is to encourage cooperation in tourism between Chinese and foreign tourism agencies, government institutions and associations active in the tourism sector.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan flew to Moscow on Thursday for talks with Russia’s Vladimir Putin over a potential ceasefire in Syria’s Idlib, where their militaries are facing off in a war that has displaced nearly a million people in three months.A senior Turkish official told Reuters that a ceasefire was likely to be finally agreed at the meeting, after weeks of diplomacy failed to halt fighting between Turkey and allied Syrian rebels and Russian-backed Syrian government forces.”Political diplomacy will be more determinant today than military diplomacy,” the official said. More civilians die A Turkish security official said overnight clashes were “low in intensity for the first time in a while” ahead of the Moscow meeting, but Idlib residents reported heavy shelling by Turkish troops and air strikes by Russian and Syrian forces.At least 16 civilians were killed when Russian air strikes hit a gathering of internally displaced people near the town of Maarat Misrin in Idlib, according to civil defense workers helping clear the rubble and search for survivors.Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency said the strikes hit civilians sheltering in a farm.Two witnesses also reported seeing more Turkish military reinforcements deploying into Idlib.The Turkish defense ministry said in the last 24 hours it destroyed four tanks, five rocket launchers and a dozen military vehicles in artillery and air strikes.Turkey hosts some 3.6 million Syrian refugees and says it cannot handle more. To extract more funding and support from Europe over Idlib, Ankara said it would not abide by a 2016 deal in which it stopped migrants crossing into the European Union in return for billions of euros in aid.Erdogan, who was due to meet Putin at 1100 GMT, said on Wednesday he expected his talks with Putin to reach a rapid ceasefire in northwest Syria.Turkey wants Russia to “use its influence to ensure the attacks stop, a ceasefire is established and the Sochi agreement is re-established,” another Turkish official said of the 2018 deal signed by Moscow and Ankara establishing a demilitarized zone on the edge of the Idlib region.The official added that US counterparts on Wednesday pledged Washington’s “unconditional” support for Turkish military and humanitarian activities in Idlib.James Jeffrey, the US special representative for Syria who met Turkish officials on Wednesday, told a conference in Istanbul on Thursday that while the United States supports Turkey, it still has “very serious concerns” over Ankara’s purchase of Russian S-400 missile defenses last year.Topics : Russian air strikes have propelled a push by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces to retake the last large rebel-held territory in the northwest.That has sparked what the United Nations says may be the worst humanitarian crisis in a nine-year war that has driven millions from their homes and killed hundreds of thousands.Turkey, which has the second largest army in the transatlantic NATO alliance, has funneled troops and equipment into the region in recent weeks to resist the government advance and avoid a wave of refugees over its southern border.The fighting has killed some 60 Turkish troops since early February and raised the prospect of a direct clash between Russia and Turkey, which operate on opposing sides of the front lines.
He demanded that civil servants not leave their homes except for urgent matters such as buying groceries or going to the hospital and to report such activities to their superiors immediately. Civil servants were also obliged to attend teleconferences or video calls since the ministry banned face-to-face meetings involving lots of attendees.The ministry urged civil servants not to perform duties overseas and to call the medical emergency service on 119 if they have visited countries with confirmed COVID-19 cases. The head of each state agency, he said, should regularly report to the ministry the names of civil servants who needed close observation from the Health Ministry.“During the work-from-home period, all civil servants still have the right to receive monthly performance allowances. However, after it has finished, the head of every agency should evaluate the policy and submit its report to the ministry,” Tjahjo added.According to 2019 data from the National Civil Service Agency (BKN), there are 4.28 million civil servants across the country.As of Sunday, Indonesia has reported 117 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and five deaths. (glh)Topics : The Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform Ministry has allowed civil servants to work from home for two weeks in a bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in state offices. The new working arrangement is stipulated in a circular signed by Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform Minister Tjahjo Kumolo.“The policy is in place since Monday and will be effective until March 31,” Tjahjo said in a statement on Monday.Tjahjo said that while all civil servants could work from home, every agency head still needed to assign a few officials at each office to maintain its public service obligation. He also urged the head of every agency to implement the home-office regime based on each civil servant’s type of work, health condition and travel record for the last 14 days.