We Need More White Players in the NBA – The Tech Diversity Hustle

2016 NBA All-Star Starting Lineups

It is far more difficult to become a starter in a NBA All-Star game than it is to get a job at Google or Facebook. The simple fact is that to become a starter in a NBA All-Star game requires a great deal of hard work.

2016 Hip-Hop Cash Kings

On the same note, it requires a great deal of hard work to make it in the hip-hop game.

Robert Smith

Robert Smith is the second wealthiest African-American and is number 268 on the Forbes 400 list. He is the founder, chairman, and CEO of Vista Equity Partners, one of the best performing private equity firms of the last 15 years, yet certain people refuse to invest in his funds because he is Black.

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Prince Tribute Concert – Healthy Food is a Human Right

It’s not a crime to murder Black organizers in an operation run by the national political police.
~ Noam Chomsky

Prince Tribute Concert

The sky was all purple
There were people runnin’ everywhere
Tryin’ to run from their destruction
You know I didn’t even care
They say two thousand zero, zero
Party over
Oops, out of time
So tonight I’m gonna party like it’s 1999
In 1999 worldwide music revenue was $27 billion, in 2014 it had dropped to $15 billion. Most blame Napster for this decline, but if you dig deeper you will find that Wall Street and government policy are the actual cause of the steep decline in music revenue. The death of Prince is a metaphor for the death of music and especially Black music.

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Rethinking School Lunch

Why Real School Food?

The City School District of New Rochelle (NY) and the Mamaroneck Union Free School District (NY) have contracts with Aramark.

Aramark at Kauffman Stadium

There is a better way!
We can train local people to feed our school children healthy meals.
At DC Central Kitchen, they have prepared nearly 6,300 healthy, scratch-cooked breakfasts, lunches, and suppers each day for children at 10 public and private schools in Washington, DC.  They are proving that healthy, scratch-cooked meals can be enjoyable for children, affordable for school districts, and valuable for teachers who need children to be nourished and focused.
The Obamas at DCCK

President Barack Obama checks in on First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia as they prepare burritos while volunteering at the DC Central Kitchen in Washington, D.C., on Martin Luther King Day

Click image for interview with Robert Egger, founder of DCCK.

Let’s replicate what is being done at DC Central Kitchen.

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Genius Farm: Crazy Enough To Change The World

Here’s to the crazy ones. The rebels. The troublemakers. The ones who see things differently. While some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.

Crazy Enough to Change the World

The Achievement Gap
For decades, educators have struggled to close the “achievement gap,” the persistent differences in test scores, grades and graduation rates among students of different races, ethnicities and, in some subjects, genders.
According to an American Psychological Association article, a group of social and cognitive psychologists have approach this problem not based on the idea that at least some of these disparities are the result of faulty teaching or broken school systems, but instead spring from toxic stereotypes that cause ethnic-minority and other students such as women to question whether they belong in school and whether they can do well there. While such a major problem might seem to require widespread social change to fix, the psychologists are finding evidence that short, simple interventions can make a surprisingly large difference.
Sofia, Judit, Klara, and Susan Polgar

Sofia, Judit, Klara, and Susan Polgar

We have the example of the Polgar sisters. László Polgar believes that geniuses are made not born. Before he had children, he wrote a book called Bring Up Genius! He and his wife Klara raised their three daughters, Susan, Sofia, and Judit, according to the precepts outlined in the book.

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2nd Annual New Rochelle Broadband Forum

New Rochelle Broadband Forum

Save the date.
Samant Virk, MD
Instead of ensuring that America will lead the world in the information age—U.S. politicians have chosen to keep Comcast and its fellow giants happy.
On October 6, 2016, an unprecedented $750 million plan to launch an ultra-fast internet service in Westchester County’s four largest cities (Mount Vernon, New Rochelle, White Plains and Yonkers) was unveiled as one of the most ambitious infrastructure projects since opening the Tappan Zee Bridge and Metro-North railroad.
Gigabit Westchester

Yonkers mayor Mike Spano speaks about the joint initiative to pursue gigabit broadband with New Rochelle mayor Noam Bramson, left, Bill Mooney, CEO of the Westchester County Association, White Plains mayor Tom Roach and Mount Vernon mayor Richard Thomas, Oct. 6, 2016 in White Plains. (Photo: Tania Savayan/The Journal News)

“What we’re learning is that digital infrastructure can be every bit as important (as roads and bridges),” New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson said. “As we come to rely on high-speed access to information – whether we are business, whether we are medical providers or whether we are residents – that kind of high-speed access is not going to be a luxury, it is going to be a requirement.”
Our First Forum in 2016

Building A Fiber Network
Tuesday, March 8th at 6:30 pm

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Genius Farm: Reversing Diabetes, Unemployment & Climate Change

In March, Terrance Jackson did a presentation:
Genius Farm
Teaching young people to grow food for their communities and solve the critical problems of our times.

We will begin at the Genius Farm by building personal food computers based on the work of the MIT Media Lab’s Open Agriculture Initiative. The OpenAg Initiative is developing open source “Food Computers.” A Food Computer is a controlled-environment agriculture technology platform that uses robotic systems to control and monitor climate, energy, and plant growth inside of a specialized growing chamber. Climate variables such as carbon dioxide, air temperature, humidity, dissolved oxygen, potential hydrogen, electrical conductivity, and root-zone temperature are among the many conditions that can be controlled and monitored within the growing chamber.
Personal Food Computer

Caleb Harper, Director of MIT’s Open Agriculture Initiative, demonstrating a personal food computer and showing students how controlled environment plant-growing works.

Genius Farm introduces students to the importance of both growing food and programming computers.

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Terrance Jackson for Westchester County Legislator

Terrance Jackson for Westchester County Legislator

On October 6, 2016, an unprecedented $750 million plan to launch an ultra-fast internet service in Westchester County’s four largest cities (Mount Vernon, New Rochelle, White Plains and Yonkers) was unveiled as one of the most ambitious infrastructure projects since opening the Tappan Zee Bridge and Metro-North railroad.
Gigabit Westchester

Yonkers mayor Mike Spano speaks about the joint initiative to pursue gigabit broadband with New Rochelle mayor Noam Bramson, left, Bill Mooney, CEO of the Westchester County Association, White Plains mayor Tom Roach and Mount Vernon mayor Richard Thomas, Oct. 6, 2016 in White Plains. (Photo: Tania Savayan/The Journal News)

“What we’re learning is that digital infrastructure can be every bit as important (as roads and bridges),” New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson said. “As we come to rely on high-speed access to information – whether we are business, whether we are medical providers or whether we are residents – that kind of high-speed access is not going to be a luxury, it is going to be a requirement.”
On October 18, 2012, I started the blog StartUpWestchester which transitioned into StartUpTown on November 25, 2013. I have been an advocate for small businesses and startups for many years. Small businesses and startups are keys to our future here in Westchester County and across the nation, and we need government officials that understand the technology in order to thrive in the 21st Century.
According to a report by American Express OPEN:

Neighborhoods with thriving independent businesses saw home values outperform citywide markets by 50 percent over the last 14 years.

In the New York Metro area, the average home value would have increased 176% or $291,672 to $457,672 from 1997 to 2011 if it was located near a successful independent business district.
And according to a national study by sociologists at LSU and Baylor University:
Counties and parishes with a greater concentration of small, locally-owned businesses have healthier populations — with lower rates of mortality, obesity and diabetes — than do those that rely on large companies with “absentee” owners.
So if you live in a neighborhood with thriving independent businesses, chances are your home is worth more and you are healthier than if you lived in neighborhood without thriving independent businesses.

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