Wednesday, February 07, 2018

I Am Not Your Negro, Fri. 2/9 @Ualbany

A special screening and discussion of the Oscar-nominated film, I Am Not Your Negro, and a Celebration of the Life and Legacy of James Baldwin.
Begins Friday afternoon with "Bits of Baldwin," featuring major author and Baldwin enthusiast Darryl Pinckney, pioneering Albany TV journalist Ken Screven, and UAlbany students!

A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of James Baldwin, featuring Darryl Pinckney and Ken Screven
February 9 (Friday) Student readings of Baldwin’s work with commentary by Darryl Pinckney — 4:15 p.m., Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center, Uptown Campus, 1400 Washington Ave.
Free and open to the public. Free parking in the State Quad Student Lot.

Darryl Pinckney, novelist, playwright, essayist, and author of the acclaimed new novel Black Deutschland (2016), will provide commentary on selections from the works of James Baldwin, one of the iconic authors of the 20th century. Selections will be presented on stage by UAlbany students, and by Albany newsman Ken Screven.

John Freeman wrote in The Boston Globe, "Darryl Pinckney probably knows Baldwin’s life and work better than any living American, and in his long-awaited second novel, Black Deutschland, he pays Baldwin the highest tribute: telling a story in which a man much like Baldwin — a gay, black, alcoholic ex-pat — learns that who he is, who he loves, where he’s from can’t be disentangled."

I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO Film screening with commentary by Darryl Pinckney
Screening with commentary by Darryl Pinckney 7:00 p.m. Friday, February 9, Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue, Downtown Campus. Free parking in Thurlow Terrace lot off Western Ave.
Screening only 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28; and 12:15 p.m. Thursday, March 1, Performing Arts Center, Uptown Campus.
Directed by Raoul Peck (United States, 2017, 93 minutes, PG-13, color and b/w)
Based on James Baldwin’s unfinished memoir, Remember This House, this Oscar-nominated documentary presents his meditations on the history of racism in the United States and his perspectives on slain civil rights leaders Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr. The Guardian called it, “one of the best movies about the Civil Rights Era ever made.” Read more and watch the "I Am Not Your Negro" movie trailer.  The conversation with Darryl Pinckney will be moderated by UAlbany English professor Derik Smith.
Presented by the Writers Institute in conjunction with the Performing Arts Center with support provided by The University at Albany Foundation, Office of Intercultural Student Engagement, University Auxiliary Services, English Department, Sexuality Month, and the Diversity Transformation Fund administered through the Office of Diversity and Inclusion

For more information, contact the Writers Institute at 518-442-5620 or online at

Friday, February 02, 2018

2018 Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Keynote Speaker: Michele Norris

Michele Norris, eminent American broadcast journalist, became the first African-American female host in the history of National Public Radio, serving as anchor of its flagship evening news program All Things Considered from 2002 to 2015.

Previously, she served as an ABC News correspondent, winning both the Emmy and Peabody awards for her coverage of the 9/11 attacks. In 2014, she received a second Peabody for her NPR Race Card Project, which invites listeners to comment on matters of race in exactly six words. She is also the author of the memoir, The Grace of Silence (2010), which Toni Morrison called, "an insightful, elegant rendering of how the history of an American family illuminates the history of our country." There will be a reception with light refreshments in the Patroon Room from 5:30-6:45 p.m. before the program begins

Sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Student Association, and University Auxiliary Services in collaboration with the Writers Institute

For more information, contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (518) 956-8110
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Friday, January 12, 2018

Ripple VS Coinbase

Is Coinbase Responsible for Ripple Price Slide? | Investopedia
3 days ago - During that time, the price of XRP has climbed to well over $3 per coin, propelling ripple past bitcoin cash and ethereum to make it the second-largest digital currency in the world by market cap. ... Currently, Coinbase offers trading in bitcoin, bitcoin cash, ether, and litecoin.

Ripple bluff: XRP on Coinbase is still coming? | › Cryptocurrency › Altcoins
2 days ago - The price of Ripple may be dropping, but there are still plenty of reasons why you can still invest in XRP on Coinbase. See the evidence for yourself.

Ripple Prices Drop Sharply After Coinbase Announcement - Forbes
7 days ago - The price of Ripple's XRP token fell more than 25% after Coinbase dispelled rumors that it would soon offer trading in the digital currency. While XRP climbed to as much as $3.84 yesterday, the cryptocurrency dropped to as little as $2.83 today, CoinMarketCap data reveals. [Ed note: Investing in ...
Read Dario Boriani's answer to Where is Ripple headed now that Coinbase has stated it is not looking at adding Ripple to its platform? on Quora

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

China VS North America: Youth & Social Media 2017-2018

"As brands and agencies seek to expand into China — or to reach the Chinese diaspora across the globe — they will need to better understand the intricacies of the Chinese market and many of the unique products and services within it. This, coupled with the sheer size of these networks, means that social media watchers need to keep a close eye on them, if they’re not already." @kpeixotto27

NOTE: Western social media sites and apps, such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, as well as Google, are blocked in China.
Meanwhile in North America,  "Teens are playing to an 'imaginary' audience," according to Eileen Kennedy-Moore, a Princeton, N.J.-based clinical psychologist and author of Growing Friendships: A Kids' Guide to Making and Keeping Friends, and professor for a Great Courses class titled "Growing up Social in the Digital Age."

"Online popularity is measurable," Kennedy-Moore told On Board. "Kids are drawn to it because of it being quantifiable. ' Social media gives immediate and quantifiable feedback. There's pressure to constantly do more. It's relentless, and feels like never enough."

5 Social Media Marketing Trends to Watch For in the US & Canada

5 trends to watch in China via IJNet

  1. Service apps - Reviewing apps like Dianping and Ctrip have some of the largest satisfaction ratings in China, according to the Kantar report. Dianping, formed by the merger of two smaller companies akin to Groupon and Yelp, allows users to make lunch reservations, order food and buy movie tickets through the app, explains Sherisse Pham from CNN.
  2. Social live streaming - Interactive features such as danmaku, where other people's thoughts appear to fly across your video screen, have ignited the launch of a social media component to livestreaming, reports Social Brand Watch. One of these apps, Mango TV, a video app launched by Hunan Satellite, is quickly growing among young users, Kantar noted.
  3. Social news - These interactive features are also gaining popularity among news apps. The increasingly growing app Toutiao, for example, aggregates news and features live Q&As.
  4. eSports -The esports market in China is expected to grow to US$1.26 billion in 2017, according to a new report from market researcher Niko Partners. Tencent is also reportedly committing US$15 billion to the genre over the next years.
  5. Apps targeting the elderly - Globally, older age groups are increasingly the source for social media growth, and this is true in China, as users ages 60 and older grew by 38.2 percent last year. This group tends to see social media as a way to connect with friends and family members. In contrast, younger generations see social media as a way to relieve real life pressure, Kantar observed.


What's in store for social media worldwide in 2018? I checked out literally hundreds of articles and thought the one after the jump was the most on-target. What do YOU think?
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