In this installment of Practically Speaking, we talk to Dr. Jifunza Wright Carter of the Black Oaks Center in Pembroke Township, IL. The Black Oaks Center for Sustainable Renewable Living is a family affair. The Carter family made a commitment to bring information to black communities about ecologically sustainable living. Their goal is to begin to create a path to solutions to our energy dependency.
We also spoke to Mama Roberta, a Science Teacher at the Betty Shabazz Charter Schools whose mission is to reconnect her students with the land. Additionally, we hear from PhD candidate Kellen Marshall, whose work in Ecology is directly tied to her upbringing in urban Chicago.
Featuring Music by Donald Byrd and Herbie Hancock.
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Healthy Food Hub parent organization, the Black Oaks Center for Sustainable Renewable Living on Vocalo.
I’m delighted to announce that we’ve reached an agreement to acquire Tumblr!
We promise not to screw it up. Tumblr is incredibly special and has a great thing going. We will operate Tumblr independently. David Karp will remain CEO. The product roadmap, their team, their wit and irreverence will all remain the same as will their mission to empower creators to make their best work and get it in front of the audience they deserve. Yahoo! will help Tumblr get even better, faster.
Tumblr has built an amazing place to follow the world’s creators. From art to architecture, fashion to food, Tumblr hosts 105 million different blogs. With more than 300 million monthly unique visitors and 120,000 signups every day, Tumblr is one of thefastest-growing media networks in the world. Tumblr sees 900 posts per second (!) and 24 billion minutes spent onsite each month. On mobile, more than half of Tumblr’s users are using the mobile app, and those users do an average of 7 sessions per day. Tumblr’s tremendous popularity and engagement among creators, curators and audiences of all ages brings a significant new community of users to the Yahoo! network. The combination of Tumblr+Yahoo! could grow Yahoo!’s audience by 50% to more than a billion monthly visitors, and could grow traffic by approximately 20%.
In terms of working together, Tumblr can deploy Yahoo!’s personalization technology and search infrastructure to help its users discover creators, bloggers, and content they’ll love. In turn, Tumblr brings 50 billion blog posts (and 75 million more arriving each day) to Yahoo!’s media network and search experiences. The two companies will also work together to create advertising opportunities that are seamless and enhance user experience.
As I’ve said before, companies are all about people. Getting to know the Tumblr team has been really amazing. I’ve long held the view that in all things art and design, you can feel the spirit and demeanor of those who create them. That’s why it was no surprise to me that David Karp is one of the nicest, most empathetic people I’ve ever met. He’s also one of the most perceptive, capable entrepreneurs I’ve worked with. His respect for Tumblr’s community of creators is awesome, and I’m absolutely delighted to have him and his entire team join Yahoo!.
Both Tumblr and Yahoo! share a vision to make the Internet the ultimate creative canvas by focusing on users, design — and building experiences that delight and inspire the world every day.
Story time. I was on Flickr last week and needed access to some old photos which I have also on a Flex Drive at home, but the need was immediate. I tried 5 times to buy a 3 month premium membership with no success loading the wallet function. Don’t screw this up. All of that stated, I hope Tumblr gets a better search function because I hate having to scroll through my archive to find old posts.
Kemetic Nasty (adapted from a collaboration w/Spoken Grenade) at Merrill Park
surf upon a sunbeam | cast a lasso round the moon | float a feather quill through a needle eye | weave your dream through destiny’s loom | leave an intraplanetary impression | watch its petals unfold in bloom | nurture life as it grows in utero | for soon comes an expression of the womb
Writing is a footprint left in concrete which affords you enough space to leave home, explore the Universe and return later to measure the size of your immature impression.
If your foot still fits, perhaps you haven’t walked long enough.
When the toes spill over, the arch bends uncomfortably and the heel cries freedom, know that walking has changed you and you can never stand in the same place twice.
Cussing doesn’t come from a lack of vocabulary – I know all the other words. None of them speak the same language that my fucking heart does.
Koko Taylor ft. Little Walter - Wang Dang Doodle (by ladynea)
Audra McDonald & Norm Lewis perform “You Is My Woman Now” from Porgy & Bess
And where does Norm Lewis get off having all that damn hair?!? Chump. Respectfully stated.
We stumbled over these two by the penguin exhibit. They are of an unknown species, but have apparently developed a keen eye for playing to the camera. While trying to smuggle them from the aquarium, we noticed a strange trait for idling dreamlike around the local gift shop. It is best that you smuggle them through any available alternative exit.