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  • 00:38

    InformationWeek IT Life Radio: Where Virtual Reality Falls Short

    in Technology

    Oculus Rift and other virtual reality helmets are seen by many as potential game changers in gaming, retail, entertainment and other industries. But VR has significant weaknesses. You're stuck inside the helmet. It locks your experience and makes it difficult to share with co-workers or friends.


    John Underkoffler thinks there is a better way. He's been called "the real-life Tony Stark." Underkoffler the computer scientist and award-winning user-interface designer behind the films "Minority Report" and "Iron Man," believes the future isn't locked in these headsets, it's in shareable experiences and workspaces. Collaboration is not about creating virtual walls, but working with one another on actual walls. People need space for their ideas to spread as they flow in real time. VR users need a whole new UI to really interact properly.


    We'll talk to Underkoffler about the future of collaboration and shared visuals in the workspace. We'll see what might be beyond virtual reality. 


    John Underkoffler is CEO of Oblong Industries, developer of the g-speak Spatial Operating Environment and the Mezzanine conferencing and collaboration system in use at firms from Boeing to Beats Music. Oblong's technological trajectories build on fifteen years of foundational work at the MIT Media Laboratory, where John was responsible for innovations in real-time computer graphics, large-scale visualization techniques, and the I/O Bulb and Luminous Room systems. He has been science advisor to films including Minority Report, The Hulk (A.Lee), Aeon Flux, Stranger Than Fiction, and Iron Man. John also serves as adjunct professor in the USC School of Cinematic Arts; on the boards of the 5D Conference, the University Art Museum board at CSULB, Sequoyah School, and the E14 Fund; and on MIT's Visiting Committee. He is the 2015 Cooper Hewitt National Design Award winner for Interaction Design. 

  • 01:24

    William Still Father of The Underground RR, descendant Francine Still Hicks

    in Education

    We are pleased to introduce to you Author Francine Still-Hicks! Francine is the direct descendant of entrepreneur and philanthropist William Still. A black abolitionist, Mr. Still authored the 800 plus page book,The Underground Railroad which is comprised of Records of Facts and Authentic Narratives. Still was Harriet Tubman's Financier, Social Media Guru, Publicst and Friend! The New York Times described Mr. Still in his obiturary as the "Negro Known as "Father of the Underground Railroad" -- Once a Slave, He Died Very Wealthy" He died a millionaire.


    Listen to The Gist of Freedom Archives at www.BlackHistoryUniversity.com and WWW.BlackHistoryBlog.com


    Francine is Bringing the genealogy of family history as a conduit - passage way - the underground to finding... "You!"


    Using "A Girl Named Charity" as a comparison of a modern day plantation we are living in todays society we can overcome! The hardships, obstacles and competitive world around us - we must never give up our "Hope, Faith and Charity" to find our way to the Freedom. Once you are on your path to liberation you will discover your true self in side - "The Me I Never Was!"


    "The Me I Never Was" gently guiding us into the emancipation of all labels placed upon us. Stripping the chains that has bound us from who we were born to be - and discovering a "boundless spirit" born with an authentic matrix!


    Looking Forward in Peace & Freedom,


    Francine

  • 01:23

    Abril Mondragon, Taos Mountain Grandmothers

    in Religion

    Most of tonight's program is prerecorded, and next week we will be speaking much more with Abril.


    Abril Mondragon. Taos Valley, New Mexico


    Don Alejandro Cirilo Perez, Don Patricio Dominguez, Sequoyah Trueblood, Mike Two Bears Andrews and other men went into prayer together and received the ceremonial vision for the Passing of the Staff of Authority to the Feminine side. Part of this vision was for this “new/old ceremony” to go worldwide, to support and nourish the Grandmothers whom are called to the teaching, healing, caregiving of the Wise Ways and Life Ways of the Feminine.
    We are grateful for their untiring dedication throughout their lives to prepare and educate the world for the Feminine’s return.


    In February 2013, Grandmother Abril Mondragon was asked by Don Patricio if she would gather a group of grandmothers who would accept this ceremony along with her. Invitations were sent out, not necessarily based on who is most “visible” in our community.


    The Vision is inclusive of Grandmothers from All Nations. The Ceremony is now passed to other Grandmothers by the Grandmothers who have have received this Ceremony.


    Throughout the last 5125 years, Staffs of the Feminine that were passed with the cultural knowledge and power of the feminine were destroyed due to colonization. Many Wumyn have re-created other types of Staffs. May these Staff’s of Authority be nourished once again and be passed from generation to generation through the matrilineal birth-lines.

  • 00:31

    Educator Extraordinaire, Dr. Naomi Johnson-Booker, Founder of The Global Academy

    in Education

    Educator Extraordinaire, Dr. Naomi Johnson-Booker, Founder of The Global Academy talks with Roy Paul on The Gist of Freedom, www.blackHistoryUniversity.com


    Global Leadership Academy Charter School (GLA) is a Kindergarten through Eighth Grade school with two wonderfully organized small learning communities located in West and Northeast Philadelphia. GLA is a holistic teaching and learning environment. GLA's goal is to provide a solid educational program developed through global studies and leadership skills to develop future leaders of the world.
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     "On Tuesday night, Global Leadership Academy Charter School in West Philadelphia held its lottery for grades kindergarten through 8.
    Parents were on the edge of their seats because they know what's at stake.


    About 500 more parents joined the gamble this year. GLA believes it's because of the controversy surrounding Philadelphia School District closures.


    Once those names were called, there was a lot of joy.
        "I'm excited. I'm happy. My oldest son goes to GLA so I know what's in store and I'm happy," Nicole Chism of West Philadelphia said.


    http://www.glacharter.org
     


     

  • 00:17

    Play~ John Brown's Raid, Only Black Survivor, author Osborne P. Anderson!

    in Education

    “The Journals of Osborne P. Anderson” is about John Brown’s raid on Harper’s Ferry in 1859 in an attempt to free the slaves of Virginia and the black men who fought alongside him. Harper’s Ferry is considered by many to be the catalyst for Southern secession which ultimately led to the Civil War.  The play combines Lange’s signature drama and comedy as it peels away traditional stereotypes prevalent in the South before the Civil War. He educates audiences with vivid characters and historical facts from the rarely told black perspective.


    Actor Ted Lange is most often recognized for starring as Isaac Washington, the lovable bartender on the hit series “The Love Boat” for ten seasons but he is also an award-winning theatre director and  playwright. Ted’s new play which he wrote and directed
    “The Journals of Osborne P. Anderson,” is currently performing in Los Angeles through June 28th.  This is the third play in Ted’s historical trilogy, which includes “George Washington’s Boy” and “Lady Patriot.”
     
    “The Journals of Osborne P. Anderson” is about John Brown’s raid on Harper’s Ferry in 1859 in an attempt to free the slaves of Virginia and the black men who fought alongside him. Harper’s Ferry is considered by many to be the catalyst for Southern secession which ultimately led to the Civil War.  The play combines Lange’s signature drama and comedy as it peels away traditional stereotypes prevalent in the South before the Civil War. He educates audiences with vivid characters and historical facts from the rarely told black perspective.

     


     

  • 00:48

    Twelve Years A Slave, Solomon Northup descendant, Irene Zahos..Call To Action!

    in Culture

    Twelve Years A Slave, Solomon Northup descendant, Irene Zahos..Call To Action!


    Join The Gist of Freedom as we welcome Irene Zahos! Mrs. Zahos is promoting a CALL TO ACTION on behalf of Solomon Northup, her great, great grandfather. The Solomon Northup Legacy is initiating a campaign to have Solomon recognized for his activism role to end slavery. His book, Twelve Years a Slave, was a catalyst that prompted people in the mid 1800's to look at slavery  under the most extreme conditions of humanity and denigration of the human spirit.


    www.blackhistoryblog.com www.blackhistoryuniversity.com


    Solomon Northup upon his release and rescue from bondage became involved with the Underground Railroad acting as a conductor taking escaped slaves from Vermont into the freedom of Canada. He selflessly believed that "all men were created equal and that they should all; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.


     As we look at the 21st century and with Solomon's book having been adapted to the 2013 Academy Award winning film, 12 Years a Slave, a new conversation has become engaged with a CALL TO ACTION giving voice to another hidden aspect of slavery called, human trafficking. The international viewing of the film has encouraged action and some positive results through the work of the UN-ILO. It has also brought American History into the limelight bringing attention to America's Slave History on a plateau that had not been acknowledged before. The National School Boards Association (NSBA) partnered with New Regency, Penguin Books and the filmmakers to distribute copies of the acclaimed film, book and study guide to America's public high schools.

  • 00:51

    Magna Carta Celebration with Prof. and author Robert Pallitto, In the Shadow...

    in Education

    The Gist of Freedom is pleased to welcome Professor Robert Pallito, author of In the Shadow of the Great Charter.


    In the Supreme Court's 2008 ruling on whether Guantanamo detainees could be barred from U.S. courts, Justice Anthony Kennedy cited both the U.S. Constitution and the Magna Carta. Why would a 21st-century judge invoke a document signed by an English king in the 13th century? As professor  Robert Pallitto,  author of In the Shadow of the Great Charter; shows, Magna Carta's legacy in the United States reaches back to the nation's founding, with even the colonial charters reflecting its influence and principles that protect the rights and liberty of the citizenry. A book signing follows the program.
     


    Magna Carta Day: June 15-800th Anniversary of Magna Carta


    Magna Carta Cake


    Monday, June 15, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
    National Archives, Washington D.C ~ William G. McGowan Theater Lobby


    Click here for more info http://www.archives.gov/calendar/


    In celebration of the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta, join us for a slice of Magna Carta cake! Free cake with an image of Magna Carta will be served to the first 200 attendees.


     


    An image of Magna Carta will be icing on the cake!

  • 00:22

    Erica Garner, a daughter of Chokehold Victim Eric Garner & Host Doshon Farad

    in Education

    "If A Good cop actually used forced to stop the murder of my dad then he would be alive today." ~ Erica Garner


    WWW.BlackHistoryBlog.com | WWW.BlackhistoryUniversity.com


    Erica Garner, the daughter of chokehold victim Eric Garner will discuss the latest indictments and arrest of police with guest host, Dashon Farad on The Gist of Freedom.


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    Texas Cop who threw girl to ground and pointing his pistol at other black youths resigns.


    It appears two Good Cops saved the lives of the two teens Casebolt drew his gun on the teens while they tried to assist a teenager being assaulted by Casebolt.


    The two officers in this brief video represent two different policing styles: the Guardian and the Warrior. As a former police officer and current policing scholar, I know that an officer’s mindset has tremendous impact on police/civilian encounters.

  • 01:01

    Entrepreneur and Underground Railroad Conductor ~Rev. Peter Fossett (1815 -1901)

    in Education

    Join Historian and African American Artifacts Collector, Philip Merrill on The Gist of Freedom as he lectures on Rev. Peter Fossett and other historical related topics.


    Entrepreneur and Underground Railroad Conductor ~Rev. Peter Fossett (1815 -1901)


    At the age of 11, Fossett's life took a turn for the worst in 1826. On July 4, 1826, Jefferson died. While Jefferson freed Fossett's father in his will, the remainder of the Fossett family still remained in bondage, being sold at auction in January 1827.


    Peter Fossett was enslaved by John R. Jones. Fossett's father attempted to purchase Peter's freedom, but Jones refused to sell his son Peter so him. In 1843, after purchasing several family members' freedom, Joseph Fossett moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, leaving Peter behind in Virginia still in bondage. Joseph Fossett made several trips back to Virginia to see his enslaved family members. Twice, Peter Fossett tried to run away to join his family in Ohio. Both times his owner recaptured him.


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    In 1994, Philip Merrill founded the organization Nanny Jack & Company, an archives and consulting agency specializing in creating projects that illuminate the African American experience through memorabilia, oral history and research. The company would eventually house over 30,000 artifacts, including photographs, rare books, folk art, documents, music, dolls, furniture, and quilts. Nanny Jack & Company would go on to collaborate with various educational organizations and television channels, including The Smithsonian Institution’s Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture, the Discovery Channel, the Maryland Historical Society, Maryland Public Television, and the History Channel. In 1996, Merrill became an appraiser with the Public Broadcasting Service’s (PBS) television show Antiques Roadshow.

  • 00:48

    Booker T. Washington & Africa, The Making of A Pan Africanist~ author Dr.Wright

    in Education

    Join The Gist of Freedom as welcome author Dr. Tyrene Wright,  “Booker T. Washington And Africa, The Making of A Pan Africanist.”


    A Booker T. Washington scholar, Dr. Wright takes a different approach to examining Washington and the Tuskegee model. Her research focuses on Booker T. Washington's role and relationship with African people and Africa which argues that Washington's role was to promote sustainable agriculture, and economic models amongst African communities worldwide. She is the author of Booker T. Washington and Africa (forthcoming) which is the first book of its kind, and covers two international policy cases: The Liberian Crisis, and the African Exclusion Measure, where Washington proves himself to be an adept Pan-Africanist and negotiator for African people.


     This book establishes that Booker T. Washington belongs amongst the canon of Pan Africanists that shaped the 20th century, therefore the discourse and narrative on Booker T. Washington has shifted.  CLICK FOR MORE


    About Author:
    Tyrene Wright PhD., is a scholar, human rights activist, producer, poet and founder of African Women for Africa, an international non-government organization. She holds a B.S. in History from Tuskegee University, a Master's of Arts in History with a concentration in Modern Africa from the City University of New York, and a Ph.D. from the Union Institute & University in Public Policy. Tyrene has held various appointments throughout the City University of New York, specifically John Jay College for Criminal Justice, City College, La Guardia Community College, and York College. After teaching for the University of Cheikh Anta Diop (Dakar University) in Dakar, Senegal she returned to the U.S. and founded African Women for Africa, an organization designed to provide health literacy to African women throughout the African World.


     

  • 00:03

    Militant Abolitionist/Vigilance Member, William Lambert, Arrested slaveowner

    in Culture

    Join The Gist of Freedom, www.blackhistoryblog.com, as we welcome William Lambert's descendant Christina Streety-Napier!
    Lambert was a friend of radical abolitionist John Brown and, like the more militant abolitionist leader Henry Highland Garnet, Lambert called for the slaves to rise up against their masters. At times Lambert very publicly helped fugitive slaves escape to Windsor, Canada, which was just across the Detroit River from the city of Detroit. Lambert’s most famous incident occurred in 1847, when he had the owner of fugitive slave Robert Cromwell thrown in jail so that Cromwell could escape to Canada by boat.

    Abolitionist and civil rights activist William Lambert was born in Trenton, New Jersey in 1817, the son of a manumitted father and a freeborn mother. As a young man Lambert was educated by abolitionist Quakers.

    Twenty-three year old Lambert arrived in Detroit, Michigan in 1840 as a cabin boy on a steamboat, and eventually started a profitable tailoring and dry cleaning business. Upon his death Lambert left behind an estate estimated at $100,000. Lambert was also a founder of the St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church and served as one of its wardens.

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