We Did It And They Hid It: Honoring L.A.’s Black Founders | Black Then

In the 1950s, a plaque was installed in El Pueblo de Los Angeles State Historic Park, paying tribute to the 11 families who founded Los Angeles on Sept. 4, 1781, after a long trek north from Mexico. They were called pobladores, and more than half of them were black. Those early Angelenos of African descent had Spanish surnames, and their ethnicity would not have been known had the plaque not indicated it.

The plaque soon vanished without a trace.

via Black Then | We Did It And They Hid It: Honoring L.A.’s Black Founders.

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How That Lexus Hoverboard Actually Works | WIRED

This week, Lexus introduced a short teaser video for SLIDE, a hoverboard that appears to not just live up to our Back to the Future II dreams but, at least stylistically, improve on them. Better yet, it’s more science than science fiction. Here’s how it works—and why you won’t find one at Toys’R’Us any time soon.

Let’s start with that teaser video, a scant 37 seconds of hoverboard hype that almost prompts more skepticism than excitement. A bamboo and carbon fiber skateboard, emitting wisps of smoke, levitates an inch or two off of what appears to be a concrete surface. A foot approaches as if to mount and ride—and then nothing. We cut away.

via How That Lexus Hoverboard Actually Works | WIRED.

What Millennials Want from Work, Charted Across the World | Harvard Business Review

What Millennials Want from Work, Charted Across the World - HBR

As more Millennials assume leadership positions around the world, organizations are becoming increasingly concerned with how to ensure their success. However, most existing research on those born between the early ‘80s and late ‘90s is skewed toward understanding what a narrow, typically Western, population wants. Conclusions based on such a limited sample could lead to bad decisions (and missed opportunities) around attracting, retaining, and developing millennial leaders in a global business environment.

To broaden our understanding of what Millennials want at work, INSEAD’s Emerging Markets Institute, Universum, and the HEAD Foundation conducted the first of what will become an annual survey of Millennials — and the largest study of its kind. We surveyed 16,637 people between 18 and 30 years old, in 43 countries across Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and North America. The data was collected from May to August 2014, and the results are presented in “Millennials: Understanding a Misunderstood Generation.”

via What Millennials Want from Work, Charted Across the World – HBR.

Meet Marilyn Mosby: The Baltimore Prosecutor Ready for the Challenge | Vogue

Meet Marilyn Mosby: The Baltimore Prosecutor in the Eye of the Storm - Vogue

Marilyn Mosby | Vogue

When Baltimore’s young prosecutor Marilyn Mosby filed charges against police officers in the death of Freddie Gray, she leaped onto the national stage—as heroine and lightning rod.

It was 21 minutes that would change her life and send ripples of both outrage and relief across the country. On the first day of May, as a battalion of lawyers stood on the steps of Baltimore’s War Memorial, state’s attorney Marilyn J. Mosby stepped up to the podium and did what no lead prosecutor in America had done in many turbulent months: bring swift and severe charges against police officers in the death of a black man.

She won’t discuss specific details of the Freddie Gray case, but our conversation, over appetizers and a pitcher of sangria, happily ranges from parenthood (she and her husband, Nick, a Baltimore city councilman, have two young daughters, Nylyn, six, and Aniyah, four) to her long-held desire to reform the criminal-justice system. She laughs when she admits that her husband buys all her clothes: “I don’t have the patience for it, but Nick loves going to stores. He’ll probably be mad that I told you that.” Despite a consuming job, she attends Baptist church every Sunday, takes her daughters to dance classes, and makes every effort to end her workdays before her girls’ bedtimes. “People say, ‘Is it hard being a prosecutor?’ And I say no. This is easy. If I get home late, I have my four-year-old pointing to her watch.”

via Meet Marilyn Mosby: The Baltimore Prosecutor in the Eye of the Storm – Vogue.

B.B. King’s Business Manager Named Executor of His Estate | Black America Web

BB King | Black America Web

LAS VEGAS (AP) — B.B. King’s longtime business manager was named sole executor of his estate Thursday, despite objections from a lawyer for four of the late blues icon’s daughters.

Clark County District Judge Gloria Sturman first refused to let prominent national attorneys Benjamin Crump and Jose Baez contest King’s will on behalf of daughters Karen Williams, Patty King, Rita Washington and Barbara Winfree.

The will, filed in January 2007, puts LaVerne Toney alone in charge of administering King’s assets, his property and his trust. The trust documents have not been filed publicly.

via B.B. King’s Business Manager Named Executor of His Estate | Black America Web.

Harriet Tubman Set to Be Honored with Face on $10 Bill | Atlanta Blackstar

Americans may soon be pulling stacks of Tubmans out of their wallets at the gas station. The Huffington Post reported abolitionist Harriet Tubman is going to be featured on the newly redesigned $10 bill. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is expected to officially announce the new bill redesign on Friday.

via Harriet Tubman Set to Be Honored with Face on $10 Bill – Atlanta Blackstar.

Juneteenth: 150 Year’s Ago, Black America Got Its Own Independence Day | The Root

What better way to celebrate the start of summer than marking the day when the last slaves in the nation gained their freedom?

In 1865, enslaved Africans on Galveston Island, Texas, had been declared free two years earlier but didn’t know it. With the United States still divided over the institution of slavery and recovering after the Civil War, members of the Confederacy weren’t eager to spread the word.

Only after Union soldiers, led by Major Gen. Gordon Granger, worked their way South for more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation did word reach Galveston Island. On June 19, 1865, known as Juneteenth—a melding of the day’s month and date—the last remaining slaves in America were declared free. Juneteenth, America’s “second Independence Day,” is now celebrated around the country. It is officially observed in 43 states and is a state holiday in Texas, home of the last to know.

via Juneteenth: 150 Year’s Ago, Black America Got Its Own Independence Day – The Root.

FashionGHANA.com: All African Fashion | #AfricanFashion

Here we are. Proudly covering African fashion around the globe. We are not as old as you think but we sure love what we do and won’t be stopping anytime soon. Making sure we do not only bring the fun and beauty your way, but promise to maintain professionalism when ever you engage in any services we provide.

via FashionGHANA.com: 100% African Fashion | #AfricanFashion.

The Awesomest and Douchiest Pools in Los Angeles | Curbed LA

Mapped: The Awesomest and Douchiest Pools in Los Angeles - Curbed Maps - Curbed LA

Covina Castle pirate pool

Summer has finally come to Los Angeles and damn it’s hot. The beach is sandy and crowded and only monsters own their own pool in a drought, so you’ll have to head out into the city this weekend (every weekend?) and find the perfect pool or swimming hole for you. Whether you’re a down-to-earth sweaty person looking for a dip, a total douchebag who still thinks Entourage is aspirational, or one of the buzzier NBA players, there’s something for you on our annual map of the douchiest and awesomest swim spots around Los Angeles. All 24 are rated on a five-point scale for difficulty of access (doormen, crowds, hikes, etc.#, douchiness factor #Hollywood hotel pool party: high; public pool: low), and awesomeness levels. Have fun, stay cool, wear sunscreen.

via Mapped: The Awesomest and Douchiest Pools in Los Angeles – Curbed Maps – Curbed LA.