Support Victims Via Hand In Hand Now.

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The one-hour Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief telethon airs live from Los Angeles, New York and Nashville Tuesday night (Sept. 12) at 8 p.m ET with a 8 p.m PT rebroadcast on the West Coast via ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, CMT and more. You can watch it here.

The televised fundraiser — which will also air on BET, Bravo, E!, HBO, iHeart Media, MTV, Oxygen, SiriusXM, Univision and Westwood One — will be raising money for those affected by both Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. The telethon can also be streamed live online through AOL, Apple Music, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Beats 1 and Huffington Post.

Hand in Hand has already announced more than a hundred performers and celebrities set to make appearances throughout the show, including BeyonceJustin BieberTravis Scott, Leonardo DiCaprio and many, many more. Proceeds will benefit a wide array of charities such as the Rebuild Texas Fund, ASPCA, Save the Children and DirectRelief.

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Anheuser Busch Holds the Beer, Sends Water to Hurricane Harvey Victims

Anheuser Busch is sending canned water to victims of Hurricane Harvey. The company already sent one truckload worth of the water to help the victims of the hurricane on Monday. It is now planning to send another two truckloads of canned water to provide further assistance. This will have it sending a total of 155,000 cans of water to help.

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Anheuser Busch says that the canned water comes from its brewery in Cartersville, Ga. This facility takes time throughout the year to stop production of beer and focus on producing cans of water. The water to be sent to Hurricane Harvey victims is some that the brewery already had ready for emergencies.

“Putting our production and logistics strengths to work by providing safe, clean drinking water is the best way we can help in these situations” Bill Bradley, Vice President for Community Affairs at Anheuser Busch, said in a statement.

Anheuser Busch also provided an update on its employees in the path of Hurricane Harvey. It notes that there are 1,100 employees that work at its three facilities in the Houston area. The beer company says that all of its employees that work at these locations are safe.

Once Hurricane Harvey is finished in Texas, it will cause some issues for Americans that weren’t directly in its path. Gas prices in the U.S. are expected to spike once the hurricane is done.

Facebook TV Has Arrived

Facebook’s push into becoming a destination for original TV shows began today with the launch of its redesigned video tab.

The new tab is called, “Watch,” and will showcase a slew of shows from the likes of BuzzFeed, Tastemade, Condé Nast Entertainment, and ATTN, people familiar with the matter said.

Facebook officially confirmed the impending launch of Watch on Wednesday afternoon following the publication of this report. The company didn’t specify a date for the launch but said it would happen “soon.”

Facebook sees high-quality, scripted video as an important feature to retain users, particularly a younger demographic that is increasingly flocking to its rival Snapchat. It also views such video as a means to rake in brand advertising dollars traditionally reserved for conventional TV.

“We hope Watch will be home to a wide range of shows — from reality to comedy to live sports,” CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post. “Some will be made by professional creators, and others from regular people in our community.”

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Michelle Obama Teams Up With Spotify

Michelle Obama continues to show her love and support for the development of the youth in our country by attending the recent, Beating The Odds Summit. Partnering up with executives from Spotify, including Troy Carter, VP of Creator Services, and Danielle Lee, VP of Partner Solutions, Mrs. Obama gave an important address to the students of Washington, D.C.’s Dunbar High School.

Topics such as overcoming obstacles and learned lessons were shared by the powerful individuals to their student counterparts. 35 high school students spent a day long trip with the former First Lady as she inspired the college-bound students to consider majors or careers in the tech industry. College transition workshops, a panel where Spotify execs discussed the important role music plays, as well as a performance by R&B artist Kevin Ross all happened. The students definitely won the day by having the former First Lady invest in their future.

I don’t know about you, but I miss Michelle.

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Will Tech Take Hollywood?

Technology is giving Hollywood a run for its money.

It’s happening fast. Recently:

  • Apple hired away from Sony Pictures Television a pair of executives to oversee its entertainment efforts;
  • Facebook made its first-ever long-form original-series orders;
  • Vice received a $450 million infusion from private-equity firm TPG to fuel its content efforts;
  • Musical.ly launched its first set of short-form original series from NBCUniversal and Viacom;
  • Snapchat added 10 more such series via a $100 million deal with Time Warner.

What could this all mean? Who knows. What’s certain is that media executives had better get up to speed quick, fast and in a hurry if they don’t want to be deemed the biggest losers.

Read more here.

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Rihanna Heads to Malawi

Rihanna keeps shining bright like a diamond.

What I love about Rih Rih is that she can go from good girl gone bad to bad girl gone good in a blink.

Recently the singer, along with former Australian Prime Minister and GPE Chairperson Julia Gillard and Global Citizen CEO Hugh Evans, visited the Muzu Primary School just outside the capital of Malawi. The trio also spent time at the Lilongwe Girls Secondary School, where they sat in on math and biology classes, and watched a student debate on arranged marriage.

The footage is super sweet. Check it out:

Facebook Is Hiring 3,000 People to Monitor Content

According to AdWeek, Facebook is hiring 3,000 more people for its community operations team, which reviews sensitive material to keep violence, hate speech and child exploitation off the platform. The move brings the division up to 7,500 employees.

In response to a string of disturbing videos that have surfaced on the social network in recent weeks, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the company is expanding its global community operations team.

Zuckerberg said employees will be tasked with reviewing the “millions of reports” the platform receives every week. He said reviewers will help the company more quickly remove content that violates Facebook policies while working with local law enforcement to respond when needed.

“Over the last few weeks, we’ve seen people hurting themselves and others on Facebook—either live or in video posted later,” Zuckerberg wrote. “It’s heartbreaking, and I’ve been reflecting on how we can do better for our community. If we’re going to build a safe community, we need to respond quickly. We’re working to make these videos easier to report so we can take the right action sooner—whether that’s responding quickly when someone needs help or taking a post down.”

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Last month, it announced it’s exploring the use of machine learning to prevent offensive videos from being shared.

“No one should be in this situation in the first place,” he wrote. “But if they are, then we should build a safe community that gets them the help they need.”

Today, community activists and civic leaders in Chicago met with Facebook officials Thursday to urge more aggressive action to curb violence on Live as the social media giant faces a backlash from users traumatized by grisly images of shootings, suicides and murders on the streaming service. The meeting came in response to a call from Rev. Jesse Jackson and Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin to shut down Live for 30 days following last month’s murder of Cleveland grandfather Robert Godwin Sr.

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Facebook and Rainbow Push Officials Meet. Credit: USA Today. 

Microsoft Gets into #MakeWhatsNext

Little girls dream big in a new short film from Microsoft, talking about their passion for curing breast cancer, cleaning up the environment and bringing fresh water to the world. Doctors, inventors, entrepreneurs—it’s easy to envision these determined, articulate and thoroughly woke kids stepping easily into any of these roles. Statistics say otherwise.

Only 6.7 percent of U.S. women and 16 percent of women globally graduate college with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) degrees, the mini-movie tells its participants. Pulling no punches, it continues: “Odds are you won’t solve these problems.”

There’s no denying the impact of watching pre-teens full of promise and intellectual curiosity get smacked with brutal reality. It’s heartbreaking. And that’s no accident, according to Microsoft, which wanted to “inject a sense of urgency and scale” to this year’s #MakeWhatsNext campaign, dubbed “Change the Odds” and timed to International Women’s Day.

The 90-second video, sends out this plea: “Change the world. Stay in STEM.” In effect, it’s asking young women to buck the current system, recalibrate the numbers and make a mark in traditionally male fields.

This is the third year of #MakeWhatsNext, with last spring’s video focusing on female inventors. Science-loving girls in the campaign could identify Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin and other famous inventors but came up empty when questioned about their female counterparts. Microsoft and m:united launched a series of digital shorts focused on specific women inventors and their work.

For the new campaign, the brand kicks off MakeWhatsNext.com, a resource for girls interested in STEM that includes an experiential tool with LinkedIn that will show youngsters how to pursue their goals across industries and social causes.

Take a peek:

The Entrepreneur Creating a New Food Chain

When he was 11, Oscar Ekponimo was so hungry he would stare at the kitchen cupboards in his home in Calabar, Nigeria, wishing they would magically fill with food. His father had stopped working after a partial stroke, and his mother earned so little as a nurse that he and his siblings ate just one substantial meal every two days. “My mom used to remind us that the hunger was not forever,” he said. “That always kept me going.”

Now 30 and a skilled software engineer living in Abuja, Ekponimo is working to ensure others do not suffer as he did. He has developed an app called Chowberry, which connects grocery stores and supermarkets with NGOs and charities to put wasted or leftover food to use.

I’m living for this idea! Read more of the TIME article here.

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Blue Ribbons at the Oscars

I won’t event go into the Best Picture snafu at the end of tonight’s Academy Awards. Instead, I will talk about what people wore; specifically, one particular accessory – a blue ribbon.

The best-attired stars were those signifying their support for the American Civil Liberties Union by adding a blue ribbon to their finery. Ruth Negga, early to the red carpet, pinned one to the bodice of her crimson lace Valentino frock—appropriately enough, considering the sizable role that the ACLU played in Negga’s film Loving.  Lin Manuel-Miranda and his mother, Dr. Luz Towns-Miranda, staunch defenders of human rights, both pinned theirs onto their red-carpet attire, as did Karlie Kloss, who wore one low on the hip of her white Stella McCartney gown.

According to the ACLU, the group reached out to all major nominees to participate in the initiative to “Stand With the ACLU” and demonstrate their solidarity with the nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, which has worked for nearly 100 years to defend and protect individual rights and liberties. The organization has been especially busy since Trump’s election, having established a Constitution Defense Fund that focuses on a seven-point action plan related to his administration’s agenda (including demanding government transparency, protecting the rights of immigrants, protecting reproductive rights, defending First Amendment rights, defending LGBTQ rights, defending core civil rights and liberties, and mobilizing the American people).

Consider it the newest—and most stylish—way to wear your heart on your sleeve.

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