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Rosie Perez: The ‘Handbook for an Unpredictable Life’

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Rosie Maria Perez was born on Sept. 6, 1964 in Bushwick, Brooklyn, where she was raised in a Catholic orphanage after being abandoned by her mom and taken from her aunt. She made a most memorable screen debut as Spike Lee’s girlfriend, Tina, in “Do the Right Thing,” and later landed an Oscar-nomination for a nonpareil performance in “Fearless.” Her many other credits include “White Men Can’t Jump,” “Won’t Back Down” and “The Counselor.”
Rosie serves as the Artistic Chair of Urban Arts Partnership and sits on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. Here, she talks about her career and her autobiography, “Handbook for an Unpredictable Life.”  

Build A Game In A Day with Beta workshop

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The Memphis Chapter of Black Girls CODE will host a game development workshop on July 26 at New Horizons Computer Learning Center at 4775 American Way. The workshop will focus on using Beta, an interactive tool that allows players to simultaneously play, create and share games while learning how to code.
“Kids absolutely love building games in Beta,” said Meka Egwuekwe, Core Team Lead. “We are excited to bring this groundbreaking learning platform to Memphis for the first time, and are looking forward to our girls expressing their creativity.”

Boko Haram: ‘Bring Back Our Army’

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Boko Haram, the Islamic terrorist group that has been in the spotlight since abducting more than 200 schoolgirls from Chibok, Nigeria, in April, is once again drawing attention to itself, releasing a video mocking the Bring Back Our Girls campaign, NBC News reports.
In the video the radical group’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, can be seen laughing and chanting “bring back our army,” in a taunt targeting the very Twitter campaign that was launched against him and his group. 

Deciphering the new game in tech: Do businesses value diversity?

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Vast wealth, massive disruption, formidable power — these are just the few of the big-ticket prizes behind some of the doors of the high stakes game known as the tech industry.
For many years, it has been an exclusive, members-only sort of sector but now, new players try to shoulder their way in to a seat at a table brimming with abundance.  There’s a new breeze beginning to blow in the thin, exclusive air of the tech giants’ offices in this country, and the direction seems to be that of a call to action for diversity. But with just as many complexities as entrants, how things will truly shake out in the long run is almost anyone’s guess.

How to raise a financially responsible child

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Two weeks ago I handed my son his first debit card for his own bank account. Since he’s 15 years old, I figured it was time for him to control his own money. For the past couple of years he’s received a minimal allowance, which he’s never complained about. Most kids would scoff at $20 a week, but not him. Every time I handed him a $20, you’d think he’d just received $100.

But what he didn’t know was that technically he was earning $40 a week for the errands he’s required to do. For the last several years the extra $20 he wasn’t getting was going directly into his account.

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