song capital – F-BOD http://f-bod.com/ Sat, 01 Oct 2022 10:55:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://f-bod.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/fbod-150x150.png song capital – F-BOD http://f-bod.com/ 32 32 Separatists in Iran kill up to 19 including Guard commander — Naharnet https://f-bod.com/separatists-in-iran-kill-up-to-19-including-guard-commander-naharnet/ Sat, 01 Oct 2022 09:15:00 +0000 https://f-bod.com/separatists-in-iran-kill-up-to-19-including-guard-commander-naharnet/ Iranian state-linked media reported late Friday that up to 19 people, including a commander of the paramilitary Revolutionary Guards, had been killed in an attack by armed separatists on a police base in the eastern city. from Zahedan. It was not immediately clear whether the attack, which unfolded earlier in the day as crowds gathered […]]]>

Iranian state-linked media reported late Friday that up to 19 people, including a commander of the paramilitary Revolutionary Guards, had been killed in an attack by armed separatists on a police base in the eastern city. from Zahedan.

It was not immediately clear whether the attack, which unfolded earlier in the day as crowds gathered at a nearby mosque for Friday prayers, was linked to nationwide anti-government protests. in Iran. Reports did not identify the separatist group.

In a separate development, Iran said it arrested nine foreigners linked to the protests, which authorities blamed on hostile foreign entities, without providing evidence.

State television said armed separatists hid among worshipers and attacked a police base near the Zahedan mosque. The state-run IRNA news agency quoted witnesses as saying 19 people were killed and 15 injured, but there was no official confirmation.

The semi-official Tasnim news agency reported that the head of the Guard’s intelligence department, Seyyed Ali Mousavi, was shot dead in the attack and later died.

The province of Sistan-Balochistan borders Afghanistan and Pakistan and has previously been the scene of attacks on security forces by ethnic Baloch separatists.

Thousands of Iranians have taken to the streets over the past two weeks to protest the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman who was arrested by morality police in the capital, Tehran, for allegedly wearing her Mandatory Islamic headscarf. too vaguely.

Protesters have expressed anger over the treatment of women and wider repression in the Islamic Republic. Nationwide protests quickly turned into calls for the overthrow of the clerical establishment that has ruled Iran since its 1979 Islamic Revolution.

The protests have drawn supporters from various ethnic groups, including Kurdish opposition movements in the northwest that operate along the border with neighboring Iraq. Amini was an Iranian Kurd and the protests first broke out in Kurdish areas.

Iran’s Intelligence Ministry said the nine foreigners arrested included German, Polish, Italian, French, Dutch and Swedish citizens, the official IRNA news agency reported. It was not immediately clear whether they were Iranians with dual nationality.

The department did not provide any evidence to support its claims.

Iran has detained a number of Iranians with dual nationality over the years, accusing them of spying or undermining national security. Critics accuse Iran of using these detainees as bargaining chips to extract concessions from the international community.

A number of Europeans have been detained in Iran in recent months, including a Swedish tourist, a Polish scientist and others. Two French citizens arrested in June are accused of meeting protesting teachers and participating in an anti-government rally.

Earlier on Friday, London-based rights group Amnesty International said it had acquired leaked government documents showing Iran had ordered its security forces to ‘severely confront’ protesters as protests grew stronger at the start. of the month.

The London-based rights group said security forces had killed at least 52 people since protests over Amini’s death began nearly two weeks ago, including firing live ammunition into crowds and beating protesters with batons.

It says security forces have also beaten and groped women protesters who remove their headscarves to protest Iran’s theocracy’s treatment of women.

Amnesty said it had obtained a leaked copy of an official document stating that the headquarters of the armed forces had ordered commanders on September 21 to “severely confront troublemakers and anti-revolutionaries”. The rights group says the use of lethal force escalated later that evening, with at least 34 people killed that night alone.

He said another leaked document shows that, two days later, the Mazandran province commander ordered security forces to “ruthlessly confront, even causing death, any disturbance by rioters. and anti-revolutionaries,” referring to those who oppose Iran’s 1979 Islam. Revolution, which brought the clerics to power.

Amnesty did not say how it acquired the documents. There was no immediate comment from Iranian authorities.

Iranian state television reported that at least 41 protesters and police have been killed since the protests began on September 17. An Associated Press tally of official statements by authorities put at least 14 people dead, with more than 1,500 protesters arrested.

According to the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists, at least 28 journalists have been arrested.

Iranian authorities have severely restricted internet access and blocked access to Instagram and WhatsApp, popular social media apps that are also used by protesters to organize and share information.

It is therefore difficult to assess the scale of the protests, especially outside the capital, Tehran. Iranian media only sporadically covered the protests.

Iranians have long used virtual private networks and proxies to circumvent government-imposed internet restrictions.

Shervin Hajipour, an Iranian amateur singer, recently posted a song on Instagram based on tweets about Amini which received over 40 million views in less than 48 hours before it was taken down. Iran Human Rights Organization, a Norway-based group, said Hajipour was reportedly arrested. There has been no official confirmation.

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Coolio Tracked ‘Banger’ With Irish Singer Christy Dignam Before His Death – Billboard https://f-bod.com/coolio-tracked-banger-with-irish-singer-christy-dignam-before-his-death-billboard/ Thu, 29 Sep 2022 12:14:00 +0000 https://f-bod.com/coolio-tracked-banger-with-irish-singer-christy-dignam-before-his-death-billboard/ Coolio’s death at age 59 on Wednesday (Sept. 28) left many questions unanswered, including whether the beloved “Gangsta’s Paradise” rapper left behind any unreleased music. But as spotted by People magazine, earlier this summer, Artis born MC Leon Ivey Jr. had been working on a new song with Irish rock band Aslan lead singer Christy […]]]>

Coolio’s death at age 59 on Wednesday (Sept. 28) left many questions unanswered, including whether the beloved “Gangsta’s Paradise” rapper left behind any unreleased music. But as spotted by People magazine, earlier this summer, Artis born MC Leon Ivey Jr. had been working on a new song with Irish rock band Aslan lead singer Christy Dignam just months before he passed away.

“We just got into it,” Coolio told the Irish Examiner in July in an interview about returning to one of his favorite cities in the world, Dublin, Ireland. “We are working on a track. We haven’t even started writing lyrics. The track is under construction as we speak. Somewhere in the next four to six weeks we should have something tangible to work with.

Coolio – who told the newspaper he loved Dublin so much that on a day off from touring Europe instead of returning to his hometown of Los Angeles he flew to the Republic of Ireland’s capital – is said to have gathered a circle of close friends in the city, including the lead singer of the veteran band named after the fictional lion in CS Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia books.

“It’s probably gonna be a banger, I guess,” Coolio said of the unnamed song with Dignam. “I don’t know if it’s going to be dark and deep or if we’re going to get clubby and happy – that remains to be seen. I’m more inclined to be dark and deep and always be a banger.

The rapper is also said to have worked on another track with Dublin rap duo Versatile, who he considered friends, after guesting on their 2019 song “escape wagon“; he also reportedly recorded a new song, “Keep On Coming,” with them and they reportedly worked on a video for the track. they [the critics] started pretending they were doing blackface or bull-t,” Coolio said of the controversy that followed the white duo being accused of write racist and misogynistic lyrics. “Come on man…Some people are behind this [the criticisms]. They were angry with them. It could happen to anyone. “

Following his death, Coolio’s longtime manager Jarez Posey confirmed that the rapper was found on a bathroom floor at his friend’s house and pronounced dead at the scene; no cause of death had been announced at press time.

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Eclipse Raises $15M for Customizable Solana VM Layer 2 Technology https://f-bod.com/eclipse-raises-15m-for-customizable-solana-vm-layer-2-technology/ Tue, 27 Sep 2022 17:30:00 +0000 https://f-bod.com/eclipse-raises-15m-for-customizable-solana-vm-layer-2-technology/ SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Eclipse, a provider of customizable modular modules, today announced that it has raised $15 million in pre-seed and seed funding. Eclipse maximizes throughput, while giving developers the ability to customize their own balance of speed, decentralization, and cost. With Eclipse, applications can create their own low-trust application chains powered by the Solana virtual […]]]>

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Eclipse, a provider of customizable modular modules, today announced that it has raised $15 million in pre-seed and seed funding. Eclipse maximizes throughput, while giving developers the ability to customize their own balance of speed, decentralization, and cost. With Eclipse, applications can create their own low-trust application chains powered by the Solana virtual machine.

Eclipse’s $9 million seed round was co-led by Tribe Capital and Tabiya, which were joined by Infinity Ventures Crypto, Soma Capital, Struck Crypto, and CoinList, among others. A $6 million pre-seed round was led by Polychain and joined by Tribe Capital, Tabiya, Galileo, Polygon Ventures and Accel, as well as notable angel investors including Dawn Song of Oasis Labs, Sreeram Kannan of ‘EigenLayer and Ryan Fang from Ankr. .

Eclipse solves a major problem in the Web3 development ecosystem. With recent corporate interest in Web3 use cases, apps are still forced to share the same throughput with other apps based on the same blockchain, with no option to leave if the app faces downtime. shutdown or high transaction costs. Going beyond traditional alternatives such as Aptos and Starkware, Eclipse allows developers to deploy their own rollup powered by the Solana VM, using any chain for security or data storage. Eventually, Eclipse will also support the Move language.

Eclipse has already partnered with a series of major ecosystems, including Celestia, EigenLayer, Oasis Labs, Polygon, Cosmos, and NEAR. He also received a development grant from the Solana Foundation to support the development of rollups powered by the Solana virtual machine.

“Eclipse has the potential to attract more people to the Sealevel VM,” says Anatoly Yakovenko, co-founder of Solana and angel investor in Eclipse. “Eclipse paves the way for the Solana runtime environment to communicate with Cosmos chains via IBC.”

Eclipse was launched as a portfolio company of Anagram, a venture capital fund founded by Lily Liu. The team consists of Neel Somani, former Citadel quantitative researcher, former Airbnb software engineer, and Sam Thapaliya, founder of the Zebec protocol, one of the most widely adopted apps on Solana. Zebec will create its own deployment chain using technology from Eclipse, which will serve as the flagship use case for the Eclipse architecture.

“As large enterprises and governments begin to enter the blockchain space, Eclipse is essential infrastructure to facilitate their use cases, such as web2-scale consumer and financial applications,” said Niraj Pant. , general partner of Polychain Capital.

Eclipse technology will pave the way for a new stack type that could make many other stacks obsolete. The value proposition of the new stacking technology has already attracted interest from more than 50 protocols, including Zebec, Notifi and Friktion.

The tooling that Eclipse will provide to developers will easily enable customizable blockchains where each team of developers does not have to become their own protocol designer.

Funds raised by Eclipse will be used to grow the Eclipse ecosystem and further promote technical development, including attracting Rust engineers and expanding the business development team.

The team plans to go live with a public testnet in early 2023. The network will launch with support from the Celestia ecosystem; the team has already joined Celestia’s Modular Fellows program and entered into a token swap with Celestia’s foundation.

“We are excited to support Eclipse as the data availability solution for their VM Solana deployment,” said Mustafa Al-Bassam, CEO of Celestia Labs. “Modularity will allow developers using Eclipse to deploy code as a customizable rollup, saving significant cost and development time.”

“Eclipse is building the next generation of infrastructure for the next wave of decentralized applications. As a protocol, if you want throughput at scale, you should consider using Eclipse. This is exactly the type of opportunity, of growth trajectory and network effect that we are looking for in Tribe Capital’s crypto incubator program,” says Boris Resvin, Managing Partner of Tribe Capital.

“While web services were originally monolithic, they eventually decoupled into microservices where you could swap each of the pieces,” explained Neel Somani, co-founder of Eclipse. “A blockchain architecture like Eclipse is a natural progression in the history of technology.”

About Eclipse:

Eclipse is a San Francisco-based technology company founded in 2022 by Neel Somani and Sam Thapaliya. Eclipse allows developers to deploy their own customizable rollups using the Solana VM, using any chain for security or data storage. Their public testnet will go live in 2023 in the Celestia ecosystem and will then be deployed in blockchain ecosystems. Developers interested in Eclipse technology can subscribe to the mailing list on the Eclipse website. website and follow Eclipse Twitter.

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Mahsa Amini: Hundreds of people gather in Paris and European cities to denounce the Iranian regime https://f-bod.com/mahsa-amini-hundreds-of-people-gather-in-paris-and-european-cities-to-denounce-the-iranian-regime/ Sun, 25 Sep 2022 05:36:00 +0000 https://f-bod.com/mahsa-amini-hundreds-of-people-gather-in-paris-and-european-cities-to-denounce-the-iranian-regime/ Hundreds of expatriate Iranians gathered in Paris and other European cities on Saturday to denounce Iran’s crackdown on protests following the death of Mahsa Amini following her arrest by vice police. Protesters gathered in the central Place du Châtelet in the French capital and chanted slogans against Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and also urged […]]]>

Hundreds of expatriate Iranians gathered in Paris and other European cities on Saturday to denounce Iran’s crackdown on protests following the death of Mahsa Amini following her arrest by vice police.

Protesters gathered in the central Place du Châtelet in the French capital and chanted slogans against Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and also urged French President Emmanuel Macron to suspend negotiations with Iran.

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“Khamenei, get out of Iran!”, “Macron, enough silence!” and “Death to the Islamic Republic” were among the slogans shouted by protesters in French and Persian, an AFP journalist said.

Protesters also sang the Italian protest song “Bella Ciao (Goodbye Beautiful)” in Persian which has become popular with supporters of the movement.

They also repeated viral Persian chants used by protesters inside Iran such as “zan, zendegi, azadi!” (woman, life, freedom!) and also its Kurdish equivalent “jin, jiyan, azadi! as Amini, also known as Jhina Amini, was Kurdish.

In other protests, Iranian women in Athens cut their hair in solidarity with Amini, holding signs reading “say her name!”

An Iranian refugee living in Greece cuts her hair during a protest by Iranians living in Greece in central Athens on September 24, 2022, following the death of an Iranian woman after her arrest by the vice police of the country in Tehran. (AFP)

Protesters on Sergels torg in the center of Sweden’s capital, Stockholm, also cut their hair as another group outside the Swedish parliament held up pictures of those killed.

Iran says 35 people have died in protests that erupted after Amini’s death, but activists say the number is now over 50 and likely even higher.

Protesters in Paris have expressed fury that Macron met and shook hands with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York this week as Paris seeks to keep alive the 2015 agreement on Tehran’s nuclear program.

“How can you shake hands with someone who has committed a crime against humanity? read a placard held up by protesters referring to Raisi’s alleged involvement in the 1988 mass executions of political prisoners in Iran.

“The anger has caught fire and the flames will be impossible to extinguish,” said Mahtab Ghorbani, an exiled poet and writer who lives in France.

“Those who do not speak will be held responsible and we demand that France stop negotiations (on the nuclear issue) and close the Iranian embassy in Paris,” she said.

Protesters plan to hold a second demonstration on Sunday where they intend to march on the Iranian Embassy in Paris.

Read more:

Iranian Raisi says protesters should be ‘decisively confronted’: report

More than 700 protesters, including 60 women, arrested in Iran, police say

Protesters in Iran burn down police stations amid unrest over Mahsa Amini’s death

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The Murder Capital Announce New Album Gigi’s Recovery: ‘We Lost Our Minds Writing This Record’ https://f-bod.com/the-murder-capital-announce-new-album-gigis-recovery-we-lost-our-minds-writing-this-record/ Fri, 23 Sep 2022 10:05:51 +0000 https://f-bod.com/the-murder-capital-announce-new-album-gigis-recovery-we-lost-our-minds-writing-this-record/ The Murder Capital have revealed details of their upcoming second album, Gigi’s recoveryand shared the video for the album’s second single, thousand lives. The quintet have also announced UK and European tour dates in support of the album. Gigi’s recovery is slated for a January 20 release via Human Season. Dublin post-punks performed their new […]]]>

The Murder Capital have revealed details of their upcoming second album, Gigi’s recoveryand shared the video for the album’s second single, thousand lives. The quintet have also announced UK and European tour dates in support of the album.

Gigi’s recovery is slated for a January 20 release via Human Season.

Dublin post-punks performed their new single, and its predecessor, What good thingsand gave live premieres to new tracks from the album We had to disappear and Ethel, during a sold-out show at London’s Lafayette last night, September 22.

“We lost our minds writing this record, I’m not going to lie,” frontman James McGovern told the audience, while introducing Ethel as his “favorite song on record”.

“We took our time because we felt we owe it to the fans and to ourselves to make a record that matters, to you and to us.”

The band will kick off their European tour in support of the new record in Antwerp, Belgium on February 4.

“For us, after working on Gigi’s recovery over the past two-plus years, now knowing every detail of every room in this house that we’ve built together, all we want to do is invite everyone,” McGovern says. “We look forward to revealing more and more of what we have created with this record, and possibly in the new year, to reveal the full story.

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Different friendships matter – Education Next https://f-bod.com/different-friendships-matter-education-next/ Mon, 19 Sep 2022 09:17:59 +0000 https://f-bod.com/different-friendships-matter-education-next/ The school and college closures that have accompanied the pandemic have brought the roles of formal education in making friends and maintaining relationships to the fore in ways few could have imagined. Friendships based on education and other personal relationships, a form of social capital, help prepare young people to seek out opportunities and thrive […]]]>

The school and college closures that have accompanied the pandemic have brought the roles of formal education in making friends and maintaining relationships to the fore in ways few could have imagined. Friendships based on education and other personal relationships, a form of social capital, help prepare young people to seek out opportunities and thrive on a human level. As young people return to schools and colleges for in-person learning, parents, educators and policymakers should consider the importance of these social connections.

A standard New study by Harvard economist Raj Chetty and nearly two dozen colleagues published in the journal Nature provides ample food for thought on the importance of social connections, including suggestions on how schools and colleges can foster them. It shows that economic connectivity, or the number of friendships between low-income and high-income people, is a good predictor of a community’s ability to support the upward mobility of young people in the income distribution. All of this is all the more relevant as young people return to class.

The study examines 21 billion Facebook friendships based on data covering 84% of American adults between the ages of 25 and 44. The result is a detailed analysis of how friendships influence economic mobility, as well as a website where entering a zip code, high school, or college shows how common cross-class friendships are in those places. The analysis focuses on three forms of social capital—economic connectedness: the degree to which low- and high-income people interact with each other and become friends; social cohesion: the degree to which communities and social networks are closely linked; and civic engagement: the frequency with which individuals volunteer for community activities.

Cost-effective connectivity

Harvard economist Raj Chetty

The study finds that economic connectedness, or the number of cross-class friendships, is the best available predictor of a community’s ability to foster upward income mobility – even stronger than other measures such as the quality of school, job availability, family structure or racial background in a community. to put on makeup. For example, if low-income children grow up in counties with similar economic ties to the typical child with high-income parents, their future income increases by an average of 20%, which is equivalent to attending about two years of college. It’s not necessarily the friendships themselves that do this. They more likely have what Chetty calls a “downstream effect,” shaping our aspirations and altering our behavior.

Moreover, this relationship between economic connectivity and upward mobility is independent of the wealth or poverty of the place. For example, outcomes for poor children are better even in the poorest postcodes, where the poor have richer friends. The research team concludes that “areas with greater economic connectivity have significant positive causal effects on children’s prospects for upward mobility”.

How social ties are formed varies by income and background. For example, rich people tend to make more friends in college; low-income people make more friends in their neighborhood; middle-class people do it at work. In many cases, these tendencies contribute to limiting cross-class friendships.

Differences across contexts in the number of cross-class friendships low-income people develop stem from a roughly 50/50 mix of two factors. The first is simply the exposure to high-income people that occurs in different settings and institutions that connect people, such as schools, work, or religious organizations. But mere exposure is often not enough. Equally important is the extent to which the setting or institution reduces friendship bias, or our tendency to develop stronger relationships with people from the same background. The rate at which low-income people go beyond exposure to commitment and friendship with high-income people varies across contexts and institutions, suggesting that interactions are encouraged or discouraged by how a setting is structured and an institution functions. For example, academic tracking within schools produces higher friendship bias and limits cross-class friendships, even in schools that are socioeconomically diverse.

In short: exposure + engagement = economic connectivity

Friendly places: a personal detour

On a personal level, as I think back to my childhood in Cleveland, Ohio in the late 1950s and early 1960s, there were three places where my cross-class friendships took root and grew. One was the local YMCA, where friendships began to form around age 10, particularly during his two-week summer camp away from home. At the time, it was unusual for someone like me who attended a Catholic elementary school to participate in Y activities rather than those of the Catholic Youth Organization, or CYO. But mom and dad (both high school graduates but no college degrees) thought it would be nice to be with kids I didn’t know. That seems good to me. Another place was about my last elementary and high school years as a youth volunteer and school steward at the Northeast Ohio Red Cross headquarters in downtown Cleveland. Third place was the high school I attended, St. Joseph’s Catholic High School in far east Cleveland.

At all three locations, I met (and, during summer camp, lived with) youth and adults from five counties in northeastern Ohio. They had different racial and ethnic backgrounds and income levels. Camp counselors and staff included laborers, teachers, coaches, leaders of non-profit organizations, lawyers and doctors. I made cross-class friendships with many of these young people and adults. The range of friendships I have developed have opened my eyes to personal and professional possibilities that I never would have imagined if I had stayed in my happy but small Italian-American neighborhood. I cherish those memories and remain friends today with some of the young people I met at the time.

Friendly places: the study

The study explores six places where we make friends or, as Chetty puts it, executives and institutions that can provide opportunities for people: high school, college, church groups, hobby groups, workplaces and neighborhoods. Religious institutions are particularly strong settings for increasing exposure and reducing friendship bias, with recreational groups and the workplace also important.

Secondary schools have different levels of exposure and friendship bias, even among neighboring schools with a similar socioeconomic makeup. For example, large high schools typically exhibit a smaller share of cross-class ties, or worse, friendship bias, because they have less admixture and more income-related cliques. The same is true for more racially diverse schools and those with high advanced placement enrollment and gifted and talented classes. On the other hand, smaller and less racially diverse high schools have more friendships between students from different grades. Greater racial diversity and higher enrollment are also associated with worse college friendship bias.

Friendship bias can be overcome. For example, large high schools may assign students to smaller, intentionally diverse “houses” or “hives.” Their cafeterias, libraries, and science labs can be organized to mix students as they socialize or learn. Extracurricular activities can be structured to mix students from diverse backgrounds.

Charter schools are another contrast. Using public data from the study, my colleague Jeff Dean analyzed the 214 charter high schools in the database. On average, these charter schools outperform 80% of traditional public schools on friendship bias, raising questions for research. For example, do the autonomy, community building, and institutional aspects of public charter schools contribute? Or can their results be explained simply by their smaller size?

The power of friendships

This analysis is consistent with what experts have learned about two types social capital. Bonding social capital develops in like-minded groups, while bonding social capital develops in groups that are racially, professionally, socioeconomically or otherwise mixed. Xavier de Souza Briggs, social scientist observed that bridging social capital is used to ‘get by’ while bridging social capital is to ‘move on’.

These forms of social capital create strong and weak ties, important for our social networks and our ability to collect information about the different opportunities we may have. Strong ties are friends who are mostly like us. They know the same places, information networks and opportunities as we do. Weak ties are acquaintances that we know but are different from us. They are likely to connect us to new networks and opportunities. They are invaluable when we are looking for a new job because they provide us with connections and information that we would not get through our usual networks.

Over time, this combination of new connections and information can have a powerful effect. For example, the researchers’ analysis shows that young people who move out of concentrated poverty and move to an economically diverse neighborhood at an early age tend to do better economically and socially than those who move there at a later age. advanced. Chetty calls this a “dosage effect,” meaning that more dosage over time produces a greater effect.

The closure of schools, virtual learning, etc., at the height of the pandemic has dealt a severe blow to the development of friendships in general and the kinds of cross-class friendships in particular that are essential for upward mobility at long-term life of a young person and their human capacity. flourishing.

As the 1973 hit song Better Midler puts it, “…you gotta have friends.”

And we need to be exposed and engaged with them across classrooms in various groups and institutional settings.

As our youth return to school and college this fall, this research reminds us of the importance of cross-class friendships, social networks, and other personal connections to student success in school and in life.

It’s a welcome back-to-school message for the pandemic recovery.

Bruno V. Manno is Senior Advisor for the Education Program of the Walton Family Foundation and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education for Policy.

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The Sounds of Pulaski Park, DC’s Most Sacred Skate Scene https://f-bod.com/the-sounds-of-pulaski-park-dcs-most-sacred-skate-scene/ Sat, 17 Sep 2022 13:00:00 +0000 https://f-bod.com/the-sounds-of-pulaski-park-dcs-most-sacred-skate-scene/ It has to be one of the most excellent sounds you’ll hear while strolling the blandest sidewalks of downtown Washington, right up there with the go-go car stereo and the chirping of morning birds: the cool hum of skateboard wheels spinning on the sidewalk. To sympathetic ears, it’s an almost meditative roar, like bedtime white […]]]>

It has to be one of the most excellent sounds you’ll hear while strolling the blandest sidewalks of downtown Washington, right up there with the go-go car stereo and the chirping of morning birds: the cool hum of skateboard wheels spinning on the sidewalk. To sympathetic ears, it’s an almost meditative roar, like bedtime white noise haunting you in the daylight, but still a little glitchy from the skateboarder’s thrusts, like the ocean with the hiccups. It’s a moving sound, and if you’re on foot it’s faster than you, which means it’s always going up and down. And while it could come from any direction, there’s a good chance it’s headed for one place in particular: Pulaski.

City officials call it Freedom Plaza, and in March the National Capital Planning Commission proposed to give the park at 13th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW a major architectural facelift — which sparked a panic of many skaters in the city during the warm months. (Local skaters have always called it “Pulaski Park” after the park’s statue of Revolutionary War figure Casimir Pulaski.) To them, the geometry of Pulaski’s stone is sacred. You must not touch it.

To see why, go listen. Chase one of these downtown drones until you’ve reached the granite and marble plateau three blocks from the White House – the one with the perfect view of the Capitol – then head up ‘on the east side of the park and listen to the hum of wheels, the slam of bridges. These buzzes and squeaks are sounds that represent creativity, improvisation, determination, fun – and together they create music that lets you know you are on one of the most culturally organic and louder than the district will ever know.

“The way this place sounds and feels like nowhere else,” Jeff Fuchs, 31, said during a weekday lunch hour in Pulaski earlier this summer. Nine to five sat on a nearby ledge, browsing on the salad chain greenery, watching the skaters as they staged repeated rebellions against gravity. When a skater took off for a tailslide, scraping the Pulaski Stone with the edge of his deck, Fuchs pointed a finger up as if the sound perfumed the air. “The scream on that ledge? Old marble, old granite,” he says, smiling. “Old pieces of history that sound and feel different from anywhere else.”

How much longer will Pulaski sound and feel like this? After presenting three options for redeveloping the Pennsylvania Avenue walkways between the Capitol and the White House, the National Capital Planning Commission announced that it would hire consultants to help them refine their plans in 2023. “It There will be several opportunities in future phases of work for the public and stakeholders, including the skateboarding community, to provide input, comment and inform concept development,” said Stephen Staudigl, public affairs specialist at the commission, in an e-mail.

So there’s still time for skaters to skate in Pulaski, and still time for listeners to listen, too. During the day, the park hosts between a handful and a few dozen skaters, seemingly of all ages. “It’s babies and old men here,” Dioren Hallums, 34, said on a blazing afternoon earlier this summer.

Playing music from a 72-kilogram kettlebell-shaped Harman Kardon Bluetooth speaker as he repairs his turntable, Hallums said he’s been skating here since he was 10, but it is unclear exactly when he became one of Pulaski’s unofficial DJs. “Some days maybe I want to listen to techno. Other days it’s a trap. Sometimes it’s old-school hip-hop,” he said “It’s just the vibe.” Then, a song from the Louisiana rapper Are came out of the speaker, his tacky, self-tuned rhymes sounding like they were melting the midday sun.

Skateboarding and underground music culture have always been intertwined, of course, and Pulaski’s history at this intersection spans generations. Hardcore punk dudes from bands of varying levels of fame – from Low tilt to Turnstile – are known to skate here as members of the District 3LG rap group were big Pulaski regulars during their heyday in the late 90s. The fact that a few go-go troupes, including Junkyard Band and TOB, as well as punk heroes Fugazi have performed in Pulaski over the years only makes this sacred land even more sacred.

But ultimately Pulaski’s most important music is made with skateboards. On the last day of August, 26-year-old Donovan Stubbs was making some himself, trying to grind down one of Pulaski’s marble wedges, blocked by the right angle of a ledge that had been worn to a point. gentle curve after years of similar attempts. . Time and time again, Stubbs kept trying to land that round, until his efforts started to sound like a little song. Could he hear it too? “Oh yeah,” he said. “Any time you get that good pop; you hear that good one, one and a half, two seconds of grind; and come out clean? His face cast a look as if searching for another word but could only find one: “Music.”

How long would he stay here? “Man, until I get it!” said Stubbs. Then he laughed and walked away for another pass. The song began with the rumble of its wheels as the city provided light accompaniment: the boastful vroom of a sports car at a red light, the noise and hum of a nearby construction crew, the distant howl aircraft engines as they descended into Reagan National Airport. Then came pop. Milling. The sound of two sneaker soles hitting a drum fills the floor as Stubbs tries to regain his balance. Didn’t come out clean. So he played it again.

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Amyl And The Sniffers Celebrate ‘Comfort To Me’ Anniversary With ‘Live At The Forum’ Mini-Movie https://f-bod.com/amyl-and-the-sniffers-celebrate-comfort-to-me-anniversary-with-live-at-the-forum-mini-movie/ Thu, 15 Sep 2022 00:52:11 +0000 https://f-bod.com/amyl-and-the-sniffers-celebrate-comfort-to-me-anniversary-with-live-at-the-forum-mini-movie/ To celebrate the first anniversary of their acclaimed second album, “Comfort To Me”, Amyl And The Sniffers have shared a 10-minute concert film shot in their hometown of Melbourne. Filmed at The Forum – where the band played to sold-out houses on July 19 and 31 – the film titled “Live At Forum Theatre” brings […]]]>

To celebrate the first anniversary of their acclaimed second album, “Comfort To Me”, Amyl And The Sniffers have shared a 10-minute concert film shot in their hometown of Melbourne.

Filmed at The Forum – where the band played to sold-out houses on July 19 and 31 – the film titled “Live At Forum Theatre” brings together three songs from Amyl’s 23-track setlist: “Capital” and “Choices” from “Comfort To Me”, and the end of the set “Some Mutts (Can’t Be Muzzled)” from their 2019 self-titled album.

The film was shot by John Angus Stewart of PHC Films. In a press release, singer Amy Taylor noted that it “had to be filmed” by Stewart because “he was there to film from the start”.

Taylor continued, “He was in the studio with us filming backstage while we were recording the album, he did all of our videos and shot our ‘Live From Williamstown’ show, and finally those clips, shot in this emblematic place of our hometown. John’s energy parallels mine, so I’m really happy to have him on stage with me. You get closer to them.

As for the significance of the film itself, Taylor said she wanted Amyl’s Forum show to be taped “so people could see what our show was like live during the touring period. of ‘Comfort To Me'”.

Watch Amyl And The Sniffers’ “Live At Forum Theatre” below:

Also announced on the anniversary of “Comfort To Me”, Amyl has teamed up with Australian knitwear label WAH-WAH to release a sweater based on the album’s first single and opening track, Guided By Angels. Its front features the Mitsubishi Lancer and the Melbourne skyline that feature prominently in the song’s music video, with the text on the back reading “ANGELS GUIDED HEAVENLY FUCK” (which is the lyrics of the song itself).

Sweater sold out within minutes of sale, but fans can sign up to receive restock notifications here. 100% of Amyl’s revenue from the sweater is donated to Endpoint Australiaan organization that supports people affected by sexual, domestic or family violence.

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“Comfort To Me” was released on September 10, 2021. In addition to “Guided By Angels”, singles included “Security” and “Hertz” (the latter of which came in at number 28 on the triple j’s Hottest 100 for 2021). It was followed by the concert film “Live From Williamstown” in October, which was also included as part of an expanded re-release in May.

In a four-star review of “Comfort To Me”, NME’s El Hunt felt that ‘Comfort To Me’ is “louder, dumber and at times more introspective than its predecessor, showing a more versatile side to the band”.

NME also featured ‘Comfort To Me’ as one of its Australian top picks for September 2021, with writer Alex Gallagher stating: rambling energy from their 2019 debut, but feels altogether more thoughtful and cohesive.

The album was nominated for last year’s Australian Music Prize, the J Award for Australian Album of the Year and the 2022 BandLab NME Award for Best Album by an Australian Artist. Despite losing all three, Amyl And The Sniffers won the BandLab NME Award for Australia’s Best Band, as well as the 2021 Music Victoria Award for Best Live Act.

This week, the band returns to North America for a headlining tour, with British duo Bob Vylan as main support. Australian fans can see Amyl perform live at this year’s Falls Festival, where they will appear alongside Arctic Monkeys, Lil Nas X, Peggy Gou, CHVRCHES and Jamie xx.

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[Today’s K-pop] Blackpink’s ‘Whistle’ Music Video Surpasses 800 Million Views https://f-bod.com/todays-k-pop-blackpinks-whistle-music-video-surpasses-800-million-views/ Tue, 13 Sep 2022 08:48:49 +0000 https://f-bod.com/todays-k-pop-blackpinks-whistle-music-video-surpasses-800-million-views/ [Today’s K-pop] Blackpink’s ‘Whistle’ Music Video Surpasses 800 Million Views(Credit: YG Entertainment) The music video for Blackpink’s debut song “Whistle” reached 800 million views on YouTube on Monday, according to record label YG Entertainment on Tuesday. This is the group’s eighth video to reach the milestone after videos for songs such as “Ddu-du Ddu-du”, “Kill This Love” and “Boombayah”. “Whistle” has been one of […]]]> [Today’s K-pop] Blackpink’s ‘Whistle’ Music Video Surpasses 800 Million Views

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The music video for Blackpink’s debut song “Whistle” reached 800 million views on YouTube on Monday, according to record label YG Entertainment on Tuesday.

This is the group’s eighth video to reach the milestone after videos for songs such as “Ddu-du Ddu-du”, “Kill This Love” and “Boombayah”.

“Whistle” has been one of the band’s main double tracks since their debut single “Square One” released in August 2016.

The quartet is set to release their second full-length album “Born Pink” on September 16. The album’s pre-release track “Pink Venom” has remained on Billboard’s Hot 100 for two weeks since debuting at No. 22. Global 200 and Global Exc. US charts for two consecutive weeks, a first for a K-pop girl group. It also topped the iTunes Top Songs charts in 75 regions. The music video for “Pink Venom” surpassed 100 million views on YouTube in less than 30 hours and 200 million views in seven days.

NCT Dream will kick off their Japan tour in November

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(Credit: SM Entertainment)

NCT Dream will be touring three cities in Japan from November 23 to December 1, record label SM Entertainment announced on Tuesday.

It will be part of the “In A Dream” tour and will take the seven-member boy band to Nagoya, Yokohama and Fukuoka, where they will perform a total of five times. This will be the group’s first time holding a concert in front of fans in Japan since their first standalone concert in February 2020.

The septet released EP “The Dream” to mark the gig and topped Oricon’s weekly album chart with the album, becoming the first K-pop boy group to claim the spot before officially making their debut. debut in Japan.

Meanwhile, the group kicked off the “In A Dream” tour in Seoul last week, attracting around 135,000 fans online and offline. The Seoul concert was originally scheduled for last month but was postponed and moved to a new, even bigger venue, as Mark and Renjun tested positive for COVID-19 just days before the show.

Big Bang’s G-Dragon hints at collaborative work

(Credit: GD Instagram)

(Credit: GD Instagram)

G-Dragon of Big Bang uploaded an image and sparked excitement for his upcoming collaboration with virtual artist Wade.

The image read “Something BIG is Coming” with Wade spelled out using a water-inspired font. Wade is co-created by KB Lee, a creative consultant who has made a name for himself in street fashion, and digital IP firm IPX. The virtual influencer is themed around a mutant made of water, ready to make a splash in music, fashion and art. Wade will partner with GD’s own brand PeaceMinusOne, beginning with Wade Friends&Family which will be unveiled on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the veteran idol and fashion enthusiast was spotted at an art event co-hosted by Chanel Korea and Frieze Seoul last week.

In July, he paid tribute to Elvis Presley with a cover of the legend’s “Can’t Help Falling In Love” in a video directed by Australian filmmaker Baz Luhrmann. In April, Big Bang released the single “Still Life”, their first full group effort in about four years.

AB6IX will release their 6th EP next month

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(Credit: Brand New Music)

AB6IX will release their sixth EP on October 4, agency Brand New Music announced on Tuesday.

News of the upcoming “Take A Chance” EP came with a poster that showed a peach-colored cake topped with a small sprout. Her previous album was May’s fifth “A to B” EP.

In August, the quartet held a fan meet event in Bangkok to meet fans in the Thai capital in person for the first time in three years. Park Woojin, however, was unable to join as he tested positive for COVID-19. The event is part of the band’s international fan-meeting tour which will bring the band members to Taipei in November. They have already stopped in six cities in the United States and two in Japan.

By Hwang You-mee
(glamazon@heraldcorp.com)

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Fashionable again, Chinese Mid-Autumn celebrations beautify Australia’s ‘cultural capital’ – Xinhua https://f-bod.com/fashionable-again-chinese-mid-autumn-celebrations-beautify-australias-cultural-capital-xinhua/ Sun, 11 Sep 2022 06:00:15 +0000 https://f-bod.com/fashionable-again-chinese-mid-autumn-celebrations-beautify-australias-cultural-capital-xinhua/ Artists have re-enacted moon worship rituals, a tradition marking the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival in Melbourne, Australia, September 10, 2022. (Xinhua/Wang Qi) Melbourne, Australia, celebrated the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival with festive Chinese performances and a Mid-Autumn Street Market, where one can find chic Chinese music, martial arts and rituals. worship of the moon. MELBOURNE, Australia, Sept. […]]]>

Artists have re-enacted moon worship rituals, a tradition marking the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival in Melbourne, Australia, September 10, 2022. (Xinhua/Wang Qi)

Melbourne, Australia, celebrated the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival with festive Chinese performances and a Mid-Autumn Street Market, where one can find chic Chinese music, martial arts and rituals. worship of the moon.

MELBOURNE, Australia, Sept. 11 (Xinhua) — Without even waiting for the full moon in the sky, celebrations already unveiled the curtains on Saturday midday in Melbourne, which the state of Victoria has dubbed “Australia’s cultural capital.” .

Throughout the weekend, the main stage of Meat Market, an iconic state heritage with over 200 years of history, hosts festive Chinese performances, not limited to chic Chinese music, martial arts and dances. moon-worshipping rituals, while the whole venue spins into a mid-autumn street market, where East meets West and the present interacts with the past.

Walking through a curtain, hearing the sound of the guzheng resonate, and adjusting their eyes to the interior lights, visitors then begin an immersive experience of how an ancient Chinese may possibly mark a Mid-Autumn Day with families. and friends, such as playing a real-life role-playing game: wearing the traditional clothes of the Han ethnic group “hanfu”, picking up a rabbit lantern from a streetside stall, and asking a calligrapher to write moon-related blessings.

A child dressed in traditional Chinese clothes learns to paint at a street market stall in Melbourne, Australia, September 10, 2022. (Xinhua/Wang Qi)

Beginning his learning of Chinese calligraphy at the age of three, Dongdong attributed his writing technique to his grandparents’ upbringing, chose “Four Treasures of Study” to represent his role, and decorated his stand with well-written wish tags.

“Many locals came to my booth, asking if I could translate their names into Chinese and write them down,” she said. “Everyone loves this art form.”

Dongdong now helps run a Chinese cultural organization in Melbourne. Upon receiving the invitation to the event, she and her teammates also decided to perform the classic Moon Praise Ceremony for the public. “We produced a play to help people understand the festival,” she said.

According to Dongdong’s observation, Chinese culture is gaining popularity around the world, with Chinese at home and abroad focusing on cultural protection.

“I remember when I went out wearing ‘hanfu’ earlier this year, people came up to me asking if it was a Chinese costume.” Dongdong said at that time that she felt her culture promotion efforts paid off.

A local youth wears the traditional clothing of the Han ethnic group “hanfu” in Melbourne, Australia, September 10, 2022. (Xinhua/Wang Qi)

As one of the models in the “hanfu” fashion show, Jessica wore a green and red dress typical of the Tang Dynasty style, with floral makeup on her face and, more importantly, a pipa in her hands, whose dance reminded people of the flying Apsaras in Dunhuang.

“I started learning pipa at an early age. And both of my parents majored in Chinese literature in college. I developed a keen interest in classical Chinese culture from childhood,” Jessica said. at Xinhua.

She said that in Melbourne, many young people from the post-2000 generation love “hanfu” and have a keen mind to connect traditional culture and pop culture.

For Jessica, music and dance play a decisive role in intercultural exchanges, because they can overcome all linguistic or cultural barriers.

Inspired by a young member of her “hanfu” society, who used traditional Chinese instruments to perform the theme song for the phenomenal Chinese cartoon “Big Fish and Begonia”, Jessica also pinched her beloved pipa to perform the music track of “Story Of MingLan”, a Chinese television drama set in the Northern Song Dynasty, as part of their weekly street performance.

Locals at a traditional street market set up in Melbourne’s Meat Market to celebrate the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival on September 10, 2022. (Xinhua/Wang Qi)

At the Meat Market, those unfamiliar with China and its culture can rediscover a multi-dimensional country through its food, costumes, etiquette as well as folk arts, such as face-changing in Sichuan opera and the spectacle of leather silhouettes.

Meanwhile, 360-degree video shooting, hip-hop songs, and Chinese jazz dance add a modern touch to the cultural experience.

Originating in China, the Mid-Autumn Festival is now celebrated by many countries, including South Korea, Japan, and Vietnam.

Born and raised in a Vietnamese-Italian family in Australia, Ariana Yen borrowed her 30-year-old mother’s wedding ao dai (a traditional Vietnamese costume) embroidered with the Chinese character “Double Happiness”.

For the first time out of the Chinese New Year celebrations, Yen said the festive atmosphere and traditions of Mid-Autumn Festival felt very familiar to her.

For Vietnamese, “trung thu” also means a family gathering time. “We eat mooncakes. We don’t have a specific type of mooncake, but I tend to choose the red bean mooncake. And on that day, I will bless my bunny with lots of love,” Yen said.

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