Living the jet-set life doesn't have to break your pockets (The Root) I live on a plane. I live in the world. I don’t identify with a home, per se. I’m most comfortable when I’m in a foreign land. And I live well with the best of everything. The best of food, the best hotels, the best people and the best experiences. This is a question I know you get a lot: How’d you get started? I was always a jet-setter. But my background is in business and public policy. In 2009, I was working in development at a large nonprofit in Washington when an opportunity to cover the annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival presented itself. A friend of mine is an editor at a national women’s magazine, and she couldn’t make it to this fabulous trip to South Africa, and suggested I go in her place. So like any true jet-setter, I quit my job and went. Read more on TheRoot.com … Black Enterprise MagazinesOur Best VideosLatest Money Tips … [Read more...] about Single-Minded: On Living the Jet-Set Life
When John F. Kennedy's convertible was crossing Dealey Plaza, he was five minutes from the Trade Mart in Dallas, where 2,000 people were waiting to hear him give a speech. The president never spoke those words. Until now. Sort of. Fifty-five years later, in one of the many groundbreaking and controversial ways history is becoming less about dates and more about data, technology has extended Camelot by another 18 minutes. JFK finally delivered that last speech in his own "voice."Taking more than 116,000 snippets of speech from samples of the 35th president's other recordings, a Scottish "voice cloning" firm has produced a Kennedy-esque rendition of his final scripted words:"America's leadership must be guided by the lights of learning and reason," a virtual version of that unmistakable Boston Brahmin accent intones, "or else those who confuse rhetoric with reality and the plausible with the possible will gain the popular ascendancy with their seemingly swift and simple solutions to … [Read more...] about Is technology bringing history to life or distorting it?
Touting it as the park’s biggest investment ever, a new Legoland theme park based on the company’s movie franchise will open next year.Legoland Florida announced today that it plans to debut Lego Movie World in the spring. No specific date was given.Legoland said the new park would have three new rides, character meet and greets and giant play area for kids.The move is another upgrade to the 7-year-old theme park, which debuted a virtual reality-based roller coaster in March and Lego Ninjago World early last year.The theme park also expanded its Star Wars feature last year.“The sights and sounds will be fully immersive bringing the Lego movie franchise to life in a way that only a Legoland park could,” Legoland Florida General Manager Rex Jackson said in a news release. “We know kids come from all over the world to see the stars of the Lego movie, and we can’t wait to see their faces light up as they interact within the imaginative world of … [Read more...] about Legoland Florida announces new theme park, set for 2019 debut
On a Saturday morning in late August 2013, 10-year-old Daniel Chacon awoke early. It was hot, as mornings often are in Bordos de Agua Azul, his neighbourhood in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. His family was poor, barely scraping together a living by selling pickled vegetables on the roadside. Daniel and his 14-year-old brother insisted on contributing as best they could. They’d managed to talk their parents into renting a horse and buggy, which they used to collect discarded boxes, selling the cardboard to recycling collectors for pennies a pound. It may have seemed like a tedious job, but there was an element of risk to the task because of an unfortunate characteristic of the area: Since 2011, San Pedro Sula has been the world’s most murderous city. (Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras, holds the No. 4 spot.) Children fleeing these horrors have recently become a political issue in the US, where they are increasingly turning up in search of asylum and safety. But Daniel and his … [Read more...] about DISPATCH FROM HONDURAS: What Life Is Like In The Murder Capital Of The World
For some residents of southwestern China's Radish Village, very little has changed in the decade since a devastating earthquake nearly levelled their ancient homes. The tiny hamlet is one of several in Sichuan province that decided to preserve the destruction as a memorial to the disaster that left 87,000 people dead or missing when it struck on May 12, 2008. But there is one major difference: among the debris in Radish Village, life goes on. Vegetable gardens quilt the spaces where homes once stood. Survivors grow greens and other crops among the rubble to supplement their meagre income. An abandoned ruin. Collapsed homes double as hog pens. Bees buzz through empty window frames and into rooms open to the sky, where elderly survivors tend to their hives. The honey is one of several products locals hawk to tourists wandering the village's quiet footpaths. As an early morning mist breaks, women in the traditional blue robes of the local Qiang minority group set up tables full of … [Read more...] about Life among the ruins: Chinese village 10 years after quake