August 3, 2020 0

Michelle Obama Partners With An Organization To Create A Mentoring Program

By Stephen Callahan

This week, The Grammy Museum just recently announced its important partnership with a former First Lady of the United States. The non-profit organization will team up with Michelle Obama to help students who are attending college as well as one who have recently graduated.

A New Mentoring Program Is Created

Michelle Obama and this great non-profit organization will create a powerful mentoring program for college students. Grammy University will also be involved in this new mentoring program. Keep in mind that recent graduates are able to join this new mentoring program too.

Information About The Grammy Museum

The primary purpose of The Grammy Museum is to share the history and impact of music with the community. The museum hopes to uplift people through the power of music. For about a month, college students who participate in the mentoring program will gain important insights from a variety of experts in the music industry. Participates of this amazing program will be able to connect with these such music professionals virtually.

Music Professionals Can Help Students In Amazing Ways

Recent graduates and college students will have the opportunity to ask the music professionals questions about their careers and the entertainment sectors. Of course, the music professionals will be happy to offer the participants great advice and tools to succeed in the entertainment industry. The program will feature many different music professionals so that participants can be exposed to different types of insights.

Music Artists Who Will Serve As Mentors

A couple of the music professionals who will participate in this incredible program include Sasha Sloan and Little Big Town. These two great music entertainers have actually earned some awards for their great talent. As a result, there is no doubt that they will be able to help college students navigate their careers.

The Values Of The Grammy Museum

According to the president of this non-profit organization, the new program will uphold the museum’s values to make music an important part of people’s lives. The president strongly believes that music helps us be more authentic with people on a daily basis. The Grammy Museum is proud that it can help college students pursue many opportunities in the music industry through digital conferences.

Here’s How To Access The Mentoring Program

The good news is that some of the mentoring sessions will be available on social media platforms. The reason why these such sessions will not be held in person is because of the current pandemic. Keep in mind that these sessions will be held every Monday for about a month.

If you are interested in learning from excellent music professionals, you are probably wondering how to get started with this program. The new mentoring program will send invites to recent graduates and college students.

Reach Higher Will Also Be A Partner

In case you didn’t know, The Grammy Museum also supports people who consider themselves first generation college students through partnering with an organization known as Reach Higher. The current director of his reputable organization is extremely eager to be involved in this new mentoring program as he believes that music helps us express ourselves. He also thinks that it’s a great time for music professionals to support recent graduates and college students.

Michelle Obama’s Role In The New Mentoring Program

Reach Higher was actually started by Michelle Obama. The cause has actually been extremely successful since Michelle Obama’s years in the white house. The organization is also known for its great Beating The Odds Summit. Of course, first generation college students would love the opportunity to communicate with music artists.

Who Will Enjoy The New Mentoring Program?

Another music professional who will participate in the program is Sam Fischer. The new mentoring program will be especially beneficial for students who would like to record their own albums in the future. Students who have an interest in music will definitely enjoy this amazing mentoring program.

 

July 31, 2020 0

Tragedy Strikes Strikes Lisa Marie Presley Again

By Stephen Callahan

On August 16, 1977, the “King of Rock N Roll” Elvis Presley succumb to a drug overdose at the age of 42. The loss was felt by tens of millions of fans all over the world, fans that loved the man as well as his music. For one little girl, Elvis’s death was the ultimate loss.

Elvis’s only daughter Lisa Marie Presley was born on February 1, 1968. Her mother, Priscilla Presley was the love of Elvis’s life, a woman admired for her intelligence and beauty.

It would be an understatement to say that Lisa Marie has had her share of ups and downs while trying to live in the spotlight. The ups and downs included high profile marriages to superstar musician Michael Jackson (m. 1994; div. 1996) and actor Nicolas Cage (m. 2002; div. 2004). It’s notable that Lisa Marie was devastated by Jackson’s untimely death due to a drug overdose of his own. He passed away on June 25, 2009 (aged 50).

This past weekend, Lisa Marie was again met with devastating news with reports that her second eldest son, Benjamin Keough (27), had died of an apparent suicide. Law enforcement reported that the young musician had died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in Calabasas, California.

Benjamin was the second child born from Lisa Marie’s marriage to musician Danny Keough (m. 1988; div. 1994). Of course, the young man was the grandson of Elvis and Priscilla Presley. He is also survived by his older sister Riley Keough (31) and his half-siblings Finley Aaron Love Lockwood and Harper Vivienne Ann Lockwood.

In an interview with TMZ, Lisa’s manager, Roger Widynowski stated: “She is completely heartbroken, inconsolable and beyond devastated but trying to stay strong for her 11-year-old twins and her oldest daughter Riley. She adored that boy. He was the love of her life.”

Unlike his famous parents and grandparents, Benjamin did his best to stay out of the spotlight. Over the years, he dabbled in the movie business a little bit, and as a teenager was reported to have signed a record deal back in 2009 with Universal Music for $5 million, though there is no evidence a record was ever made or released. It is noteworthy that he did find solace in music.

Lisa Marie often remarked at Benjamin’s incredible likeness in appearance to her famous father. She once told reporters, “Ben does look so much like Elvis. He was at the Opry and was the quiet storm behind the stage.” She later added, “Everybody turned around and looked when he was over there. Everybody was grabbing him for a photo because it is just uncanny.” She even wrote a song about Ben called “Storm and Grace.” BTW: Bejanin’s middle name is Storm.

Benjamin’s sister Riley has done a bit of acting throughout the years. Among her film credits are “The Lodge,” “Under the Silver Lake,” “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “American Honey.”

As for Lisa Marie herself, she has remained largely out of the spotlight in recent years. She is currently separated from her fourth husband guitarist and producer Michael Dean Lockwood, whom she married in 2006.

Aside from being Elvis’s wife and often times inspiration, Priscella spent much of the 1980s and 1990s pursuing an acting career. Among her list of credits are movies like “The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988), “The Naked Gun ​2 1⁄2: The Smell of Fear (1991), and “Naked Gun ​33 1⁄3: The Final Insult (1994).” Her latest movie project Wedding at Graceland.

 

July 31, 2020 0

Elon Musk’s New Worth Increases As Tesla’s Stock Soars

By Stephen Callahan

Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s net worth grew by $5.2 billion in late June 2020. His new found wealth is due to the electric carmaker’s market valuation reaching $225.4 billion. Musk, who owns 13 percent of Tesla’s stock, benefited from the company’s soaring stock price. Musk told Forbes in an email that, “I really couldn’t care less.” He was alluding to the fact that his net worth will keep rising and falling as it depends on Tesla’s worth. Musk also said the he couldn’t care about the numbers; he just wanted to make an electric car that consumers would love. Musk does not take a salary from Tesla; his compensation is tied to the company’s performance.

Musk co-founded Tesla in 2003. As the product architect, he overseas the development of the company’s products, including electric cars, batteries and solar roofs. By 2008, Tesla had unveiled their Roadster, a car which generated interest in the automotive industry; Daimler acquired a share of the company and Tesla entered into a partnership with Toyota. By 2018, Tesla had several cars in production, but they were not meeting production forecasts. Musk reportedly took over engineering and slept at the factory. Tesla reorganized, and by the end of the year, the electric carmaker met its production goal of 5,000 Model 3 cars per week, while also turning out Model S sedans and the carmaker’s SUVs.

The South African-born entrepreneur became a multimillionaire before he reached age 30, when he sold a company he started to Compaq Computers. At age 12, Musk sold a game he developed, and co-launched the first of his companies, Zip2 Corporation, at age 24. He and his brother later sold the company Compaq Computer Corporation division. Later, Musk and his brother founded X.com, which was acquired and is now known as PayPal. Several years later, Musk still owned PayPal stock. When eBay bought PayPal, he became a billionaire.

Musk is the 22nd-wealthiest individual in the world, with a net worth of $46.3 billion. Despite his enormous wealth, Musk told his twitter followers that he planned to sell his homes and most of his possessions so he could have his freedom. One of his homes, previously owned by Gene Wilder, is for sale for $9.5 million. There’s a stipulation; no one can tear down the quirky Bel-Air Country Club Golf Course house.

Musk is also dedicated to exploring space. He started SpaceX in 2002 to further commercial space travel. In just a few years, Musk won a contract from NASA to transport cargo destined for the International Space Station. In 2012, SpaceX delivered 1,000 pounds of supplies to the space station, a first for a private company.

Musk’s latest two ventures are Solar City, established in 2016 and The Boring Company, established in 2017. Solar City advances solar energy and makes it affordable to consumers. The Boring Company builds tunnels underground to reduce surface traffic. The company is already working on two major projects; a tunnel running parallel to an interstate and a tunnel under the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Musk was well prepared for his entrepreneurship endeavors. In 1993, he earned two degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in economics and physics. His plans were to get a PhD from the Stanford University in California, but he only attended classes for two days before dropping out to establish his first company.

July 30, 2020 0

How Warren Buffet is Helping Dominion Energy to Supply Natural Gas and Protect Environment through $10 billion Pipeline Investment

By Stephen Callahan

In modern production and investment strategies, entrepreneurs and investors are being encouraged to invest in projects that will positively impact the Environment and thereby enhance sustainability, which has been a significant problem in the world. This comes when most of the production plants around the country have consistently proved to be the Achilles Hills to the ailing world through untreated sewerage, solid waste disposal, and release of harmful gas to the atmosphere, which amounts to environmental pollution.

Increase in Agricultural Environmental Pollution

In the last few years, it has been noted that it is not only factories and production plants are involved in excessive environmental pollution. Agricultural farms, especially those with a considerable number of animals, contribute to environmental pollution, albeit slowly but consistently. Unless something is done immediately, this kind of pollution will continue to be consistent, and it could have irreversible impacts in the atmosphere, which could even lead to the decline of oxygen in the air.

Smithfield Farms, which is known to be the largest pork rearing and producing agricultural farm in the United States, appreciates that it has negative impacts on the environment and has to come up with some innovative operational strategies that will reverse what is currently becoming a considerable problem. All the pigs the farm has reared contribute to the amount of methane and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere through a biological process.

What is the problem?

Manure and urine produced by the thousands of pigs inside Smithfield Farms are currently producing considerable greenhouse gas that has been having significant impacts on the surrounding communities and the Environment. When manure and urine decompose, through a biological process, methane gas is released into the atmosphere, and this leads to an increase in environmental pollution while at the same adding into the increasing impacts of greenhouse effects, which the country is working hard to protect and keep people healthy.

Although this is a natural and biological process, Smithfield Farms has experienced considerable litigation from the surrounding communities. It is high time the company acted responsibly in getting innovative ways through which the methane produced by decomposing manure and urine will be handled so that it is not released into the atmosphere to prevent environmental damages and also increased litigation, which continue to hurt the reputation of the farm in the country.

Dominion Energy Partnership

Smithfield Farms has agreed with Dominion Energy, with the partnership focused on trapping all the methane gas produced in the farm and the anaerobic digesters. Later, Dominion will channel all the gas into interstate pipelines and then transport and sell the gas to the green enthusiasts in homes and various businesses across the country. This is a strategic partnership focused on turning the harmful gas into another cash generation investment for Smithfield Farms and Dominion Energy.

Dominion Energy is currently investing more than $650 million in various industries, whereby it is interested in getting methane gas from different agricultural farms and turns it into clean gas that can be used for domestic and commercial purposes. Diana Leopold highlights that this is a visionary and innovative investment strategy that will generate sufficient revenues for the company and go a long way in protecting the environment and minimizing the ever-increasing litigation against agricultural farms that come from environmental enthusiasts and the neighboring communities.

What is the Role of Warren Buffet?

Berkshire Hathaway, a business conglomerate owned by Warren Buffet, will be the principal financier for the more than seven thousand miles pipeline that Dominion Energy is planning to construct and pipe agricultural gas. The buffet is expected to invest more than $10 billion in the project, which is a significant injection of cash into renewable energy investment. This project will go a long way in dealing with a massive blow to coal and other fossils that have been damaging the environment.

 

 

July 30, 2020 0

How Fashion Designer, Hanifa used Technology to Go Viral during the Pandemic

By Stephen Callahan

One of the hardest-hit industry’s during this COVID 19 pandemic is in the fashion design.

It is no secret that people may not be meeting in public spaces, but they are definitely meeting online. The internet is a buzz of activities.

Fashion designers are not left behind, they have resorted to videos, to show their collection instead of the usual pomp and glamour experience on the runway. But how effective is the digital space and will it really deliver?

Well-known fashion designer Hanifa Mvuemba was not deterred by the pandemic. She debuted her collection Pink Label Congo using a digital avatar called Imani in the virtual space, and the result was astounding.

Digital Avatar – Imani

Imani the Avatar is 3 Dimensional, curvy and without any form, that gives the effect of a ghost, this technology is what Ms Mvuemba used.

Imani gracefully displays Ms Mvuemba’s garments on the digital space in a manner that brings out the African theme, technique and tradition that have been used on each garment. Hanifa admits that she first used Imani when the pandemic started.

When the pandemic started, everyone was online. Hanifa took advantage of this online surge and used the model Imani a digital avatar to debut her collection on the virtual platform.

She knew the time was right for her to proceed with tis idea though she had earlier plans of a fashion week in New York in September.

The success of Hanifa’s Collection and Imani the Avatar

The May 2020 digital show was more than successful and technology proved to be more efficient and effective.

Only 10 minutes of live streaming and orders exceeded the expectation of Hanifa. After 10 minutes of live streaming, a record order of 500 units per garment was made. This was far beyond the initial orders of 100 to 200 units per garment in the usual situation. In Hanifa’s show for May 2020, only five looks were featured despite the great success. The Avatar was definitely a game-changer.

Hanifa’s First Orders

After starting her brand called “Hanifa” which is Arabic for “true believer”, she received her first orders and technology was key in this. Her order came through text messages, Instagram, direct messages and even word of mouth. Hanifa continued to use online platforms to sell her collection and do business.

The Beginning of Hanifa’s Journey in Fashion, Design

Hanifa Mvuemba, who is the founder of “Hanifa” is now 29 years old and based in Maryland but originally from Congo. Hanifa was founded in 2011. She made her first dress on her 21st birthday, and again technology came through for her.

After posting it on Instagram, her journey with fashion design and technology began. Her mother and great supporter encouraged her to keep going. Hanifa admits that she has taught herself most of her designing work, and at some point, she did all the sewing by herself.

She got a friend to help her out so she could cope with the workload and she had to teach her friend how to sew.

Hanifa Virtual Show Celebrated

Hanifa’s success in the fashion business has indeed been a long one but a rewarding one never the less. Hanifa was recently celebrated by Harper’s Baazar of CNN and Essence who recognized her virtual show.

It all happened after Forbes failed to recognize Hanifa in a related story that they had published earlier. However, this did not go unnoticed by Hanifa, her fans and the public.

There was a public outcry on social media that made Hanifa a bit nervous but yielded results. Forbes amended the article and deleted it acknowledging Hanifa Mvemba as the first to host a successful 3-D show in the virtual space. This brings the power of technology as the game-changer again not just in fashion design but in almost every aspect of life.