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Black Women, Stop Blaming Yourselves

That’s the America I live in. The one in which you can be a teenager who still reads at a fourth grade level but reached 12th grade anyway. The America in which someone who looks like Rachel Jeantel never gets to be angry, sad, or defiant, even when she’s staring her friend’s murderer in the face. I live in the America that asks a dead child’s friend what she could’ve done better and not the killer himself. The one in which six women can let that killer go free and you still blame yourself.

Out of the blue the other day, I realized something crucial. I want to have more tangible technology related skills. Editing audio and video tracks is all fine and dandy, but what if I want to take the next step one day and create an interactive mobile app?! Why should I be in the dark about what it takes to develop and design my own website? So I decided to research ways to teach myself programming. I found a lot of interesting resources online - including this simple and informative Foundations of Programming: Fundamentals workshop from Lynda.com. After perusing through some of my options, I settled on giving Codecademy a shot! I just completed my first html code project by working through their “About You” tutorial. It may be beyond basic for those in the know, but I’m proud of myself and cannot wait to build more! Here’s a link to my first project, stay tuned for more!   

Simple, Revolutionary Lingerie Ads Feature Beautiful Models and No Photoshop by Roo Ciambriello for AdWeek 

The copy on the print ads declares, “The girl in this photo has not been retouched. The real you is sexy.”

"But these particular girls don’t need retouching," you say. And I would agree that the girls are probably pretty close to flawless in real life. But in a world where Photoshop morphs already super hot models into super hot models with thigh gap and flawless skin and inhuman proportions (Google Victoria’s Secret Photoshop Fails for glorious examples), this is a step in the right direction.

When comparing the new Aerie website to the Victoria’s Secret site for their Pink line, I am blown away by how different the female bodies are presented. It’s a shame that showing more normal and healthy looking bodies is  so “revolutionary” but it is a step in the right direction and quite a smart marketing rebranding at that.

I don’t understand urban planning and the sort… On one hand this seems like a great step forward for the city as we continue to try and build a reputation as a viable location to grow and do business… And the growth of this company over the years from a basic cable provider to a media behemoth is fascinating (and a bit troubling) to say the least… But really? $30 million from the state and $10 million from the city to help improve the public spaces and renovate suburban station? Which will be beneficial - in the “boy, isn’t this nicer to look at than before” sense of the word - and progress is all fine and dandy but how is that a priority when we look at our schools and the city as a whole? Not to mention other tax breaks i’m sure were a part of this deal but aren’t mentioned in this article. When we’re talking about a company that is reporting revenue and net income in the billions, shouldn’t we be asking for a bit more? Does their internet essentials program and investment in real estate really help this city and its people? Shouldn’t our state and city be investing more in its citizens’ future and well-being, not just this massive corporation that has decided to call us home? Perhaps i’ve got it all twisted? someone please explain this to me.
artofadesignermind:

PHILADELPHIA SKYLINE TO CHANGE
According to NBC10 Philadelphia, Comcast/Xfinity will break ground this summer on the 1800 block of Arch Street in Center City to build the Comcast Innovation and Technology Center - pictured above. This building will stand as the tallest in Philadelphia at 1,121 feet and will cost $1.2 Billion to build. It will also bring thousands of jobs to the city.
Read the entire story about this building and how it will change the future of Philadelphia here: NBC10 Philadelphia
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I don’t understand urban planning and the sort… On one hand this seems like a great step forward for the city as we continue to try and build a reputation as a viable location to grow and do business… And the growth of this company over the years from a basic cable provider to a media behemoth is fascinating (and a bit troubling) to say the least… But really? $30 million from the state and $10 million from the city to help improve the public spaces and renovate suburban station? Which will be beneficial - in the “boy, isn’t this nicer to look at than before” sense of the word - and progress is all fine and dandy but how is that a priority when we look at our schools and the city as a whole? Not to mention other tax breaks i’m sure were a part of this deal but aren’t mentioned in this article. When we’re talking about a company that is reporting revenue and net income in the billions, shouldn’t we be asking for a bit more? Does their internet essentials program and investment in real estate really help this city and its people? Shouldn’t our state and city be investing more in its citizens’ future and well-being, not just this massive corporation that has decided to call us home? Perhaps i’ve got it all twisted? someone please explain this to me.
artofadesignermind:

PHILADELPHIA SKYLINE TO CHANGE
According to NBC10 Philadelphia, Comcast/Xfinity will break ground this summer on the 1800 block of Arch Street in Center City to build the Comcast Innovation and Technology Center - pictured above. This building will stand as the tallest in Philadelphia at 1,121 feet and will cost $1.2 Billion to build. It will also bring thousands of jobs to the city.
Read the entire story about this building and how it will change the future of Philadelphia here: NBC10 Philadelphia
Zoom Info
I don’t understand urban planning and the sort… On one hand this seems like a great step forward for the city as we continue to try and build a reputation as a viable location to grow and do business… And the growth of this company over the years from a basic cable provider to a media behemoth is fascinating (and a bit troubling) to say the least… But really? $30 million from the state and $10 million from the city to help improve the public spaces and renovate suburban station? Which will be beneficial - in the “boy, isn’t this nicer to look at than before” sense of the word - and progress is all fine and dandy but how is that a priority when we look at our schools and the city as a whole? Not to mention other tax breaks i’m sure were a part of this deal but aren’t mentioned in this article. When we’re talking about a company that is reporting revenue and net income in the billions, shouldn’t we be asking for a bit more? Does their internet essentials program and investment in real estate really help this city and its people? Shouldn’t our state and city be investing more in its citizens’ future and well-being, not just this massive corporation that has decided to call us home? Perhaps i’ve got it all twisted? someone please explain this to me.
artofadesignermind:

PHILADELPHIA SKYLINE TO CHANGE
According to NBC10 Philadelphia, Comcast/Xfinity will break ground this summer on the 1800 block of Arch Street in Center City to build the Comcast Innovation and Technology Center - pictured above. This building will stand as the tallest in Philadelphia at 1,121 feet and will cost $1.2 Billion to build. It will also bring thousands of jobs to the city.
Read the entire story about this building and how it will change the future of Philadelphia here: NBC10 Philadelphia
Zoom Info

I don’t understand urban planning and the sort… On one hand this seems like a great step forward for the city as we continue to try and build a reputation as a viable location to grow and do business… And the growth of this company over the years from a basic cable provider to a media behemoth is fascinating (and a bit troubling) to say the least… But really? $30 million from the state and $10 million from the city to help improve the public spaces and renovate suburban station? Which will be beneficial - in the “boy, isn’t this nicer to look at than before” sense of the word - and progress is all fine and dandy but how is that a priority when we look at our schools and the city as a whole? Not to mention other tax breaks i’m sure were a part of this deal but aren’t mentioned in this article. When we’re talking about a company that is reporting revenue and net income in the billions, shouldn’t we be asking for a bit more? Does their internet essentials program and investment in real estate really help this city and its people? Shouldn’t our state and city be investing more in its citizens’ future and well-being, not just this massive corporation that has decided to call us home? Perhaps i’ve got it all twisted? someone please explain this to me.

artofadesignermind:

PHILADELPHIA SKYLINE TO CHANGE

According to NBC10 Philadelphia, Comcast/Xfinity will break ground this summer on the 1800 block of Arch Street in Center City to build the Comcast Innovation and Technology Center - pictured above. This building will stand as the tallest in Philadelphia at 1,121 feet and will cost $1.2 Billion to build. It will also bring thousands of jobs to the city.

Read the entire story about this building and how it will change the future of Philadelphia here: NBC10 Philadelphia

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8. Fail well

There should be no stigma attached to failure. If you do not fail often, you are not trying hard enough. At Google, once a product fails to reach its potential, it is axed, but the company pulls from the best of the features. “Failure is actually a badge of honor,” he says. “Failure is the way to be innovative and successful. You can fail with pride.”

Google Reveals Its 9 Principles of Innovation

the power of imagery can be stifling at times… 
cloudyskiesandcatharsis:

Last Meals of Innocent Men
Campaign for Amnesty International, displaying the final meal requests of prisoners executed on Death Row, who were later found innocent.
Photographed by James Reynolds
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the power of imagery can be stifling at times… 
cloudyskiesandcatharsis:

Last Meals of Innocent Men
Campaign for Amnesty International, displaying the final meal requests of prisoners executed on Death Row, who were later found innocent.
Photographed by James Reynolds
Zoom Info
the power of imagery can be stifling at times… 
cloudyskiesandcatharsis:

Last Meals of Innocent Men
Campaign for Amnesty International, displaying the final meal requests of prisoners executed on Death Row, who were later found innocent.
Photographed by James Reynolds
Zoom Info
the power of imagery can be stifling at times… 
cloudyskiesandcatharsis:

Last Meals of Innocent Men
Campaign for Amnesty International, displaying the final meal requests of prisoners executed on Death Row, who were later found innocent.
Photographed by James Reynolds
Zoom Info
the power of imagery can be stifling at times… 
cloudyskiesandcatharsis:

Last Meals of Innocent Men
Campaign for Amnesty International, displaying the final meal requests of prisoners executed on Death Row, who were later found innocent.
Photographed by James Reynolds
Zoom Info

the power of imagery can be stifling at times… 

cloudyskiesandcatharsis:

Last Meals of Innocent Men

Campaign for Amnesty International, displaying the final meal requests of prisoners executed on Death Row, who were later found innocent.

Photographed by James Reynolds

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