ZOOM EXCEL COMMUNITY FORMS TO CREATE A DIGITAL SHARK-TANK MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

The cost of membership in the Zoom Excel Community is $120 a year and it comes with a complete 100% money-back guarantee. No questions asked.

LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES, May 28, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — In response to an overwhelming demand beginning at the onset of the Coronavirus quarantine, the Zoom Excel Community featuring best-selling author and success expert Michael Levine will begin a live, half-hour, weekly Zoom members-only conference call starting June – at noon Pacific time and every Friday thereafter.

Members from throughout the world will participate in a live digital “Shark-Tank” mentorship program with Levine and other leading guest experts.

“The international economic upheaval of the pandemic is unspeakably large and unparalleled in modern times” said Levine. “People of all ages feel lost, confused, and frustrated, especially young people under 30.”

The format of the Zoom Excel Community (Z.E.C) will be largely question and answer and members will be able to speak specifically to their problems and concerns both with Levine and other members.

Michael Levine, who has written 19 books including 5 best-sellers, is entirely self-educated and is the only person ever invited to speak at both Harvard University and the University of Oxford, who never attended college. Additionally, Levine has represented a record-breaking 58 Academy Award winner, 34 Grammy Award winner, and 43 New York Times best-sellers. He has also provided a non-paid media council to three (3) U.S. Presidents of both parties.

The cost of membership in the Zoom Excel Community is $120 a year and it comes with a complete 100% money-back guarantee. No questions asked.

For information on the Zoom Excel Community, please contact Executive Director, Ms. Aurora DeRose at Aurora411@TimeWire.net

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Skyworks Global Appoints Distribution Partner for Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia & Singapore

The Hawk 5 Gyroplane

SALT LAKE CITY, UT, U.S.A., May 28, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Skyworks Global Inc. (“Skyworks”), the global leader in gyronautics, announced that it has signed a sales and marketing distribution agreement with One08 Group. The distribution agreement covers the sales territories of Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore for Skyworks’ five seat Hawk 5 aircraft.

The Hawk 5 gyroplane uses a free-spinning rotor to provide lift and an airplane engine for thrust. Utilizing an engine driven pre-rotation system while on the ground, the Hawk 5 is capable of jump take-offs, allowing take-off from almost anywhere. In flight, the unpowered rotor is always in autorotation, so in the unlikely event of an engine failure, the Hawk 5’s rotor would continue to spin providing a normal glidepath, keeping the pilot in complete control. Since it has no transmission or antitorque equipment, the Hawk 5 eliminates the flight risk, periodic maintenance, and lost business days associated with these systems, providing the owner greater safety, reliability, and lower costs. Coupled with the flying simplicity of fixed wing aircraft, the Hawk 5 is a true workhorse.

Capt. Sanjeev Mathur, the CEO of One08 Group stated “Skyworks Global is the world leader in commercializing gyroplanes and we are extremely excited to be working with them to take these transformative flight capabilities to market, together. The autorotating rotor is a brilliant safety feature which continues to give the Pilot complete control and land the aircraft in case of an unlikely engine failure. Something every safety conscious organization needs to adopt.”

“We are extremely pleased to be partnering with One08 Group to bring the promise of safe, sustainable and affordable gyro-technology to this region of the world,” said Skyworks Executive Director Brig. General (Ret) John E. Michel. “Our proven Hawk 5 gyroplane delivers unprecedented safety, reliability and operational flexibility, providing users with a dynamic platform to achieve a wide array of possible missions.”

About One08 Group:

One08 Group are distributors for Aviation, Maritime, Mining and other heavy industry products, equipment and services, representing manufacturers from across the globe. They also act as Mandate or Facilitator for commodity deals. One08 Group aims to continue partnering with innovative Companies providing niche solutions. For more information about the company, visit www.one08group.com

About Skyworks:

Skyworks Global Inc. is the world leader in gyronautics, the study and design of sustained autorotative flight represented by the company's gyroplane technology. Skyworks has more than 40 patents with several more underway, all obtained in an effort to radically change not only the way gyroplanes are perceived, but also the way they are utilized. From mass personnel transportation, agriculture, and border protection to literally changing the economies of developing nations, Skyworks' goal is to change the paradigm of aerial technology. For more information about the company, its products, and individual members of the Skyworks’ team, visit www.Skyworks-Global.com

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Director Meta Akkus Signs on for US Projects

Acclaimed French-Turkish filmmaker, Meta Akkus. (Copyright Tom Robinson)

The French-Turkish director of 'Make a Wish’ has also signed with a US management & production company for representation.

[Meta's] worldly life and artistic experience, coupled with her perspective as a woman who had to rise through the ranks of the European film industry…positions her as a true asset to [the US].”

— John W. Beach

LOS ANGELES, CA, USA, May 28, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Acclaimed filmmaker Meta Akkus, known for her distinct method of incorporating stylistic elements of childlike naivety with fanciful and mature imagery into her work, has been attached to a number of US projects as the film industry ramps up the production slate for a post-COVID-19 world.

The co-director of the Soho International Film Festival documentary feature 'Turkish Passport', and helmer of dozens of commercials for big-name brands like Chanel and BMW, will direct a number of films, a television series as well as commercials as arranged through East Coast outfit Lamplighter.

Most notably, Meta is due to collaborate with acclaimed production company Go Atticus, who boast Cadillac, ASICS and Nike as clients.

In addition, Meta is in talks with Fairway Film Alliance for future projects, and is also expected to collaborate with the Tony-award nominated producers behind film 'The Unborn.'

In a statement offered to press, John W. Beach at Gravity Squared Entertainment stated, “Meta is truly a one-of-a-kind filmmaker. Her worldly life and artistic experience, coupled with her perspective as a woman who had to rise through the ranks of the European film industry on her own merit, positions her as a true asset to the American film industry.”

It is expected Meta will start filming immediately on those projects which have skeleton crews and can be facilitated under strict COVID-19 mandates, as the industry shut-down has created an urgent need for fresh narrative content.

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Dr. Eugene Gu: Changing the World Through Cool Quit

Dr. Eugene Gu

Dr. Eugene Gu

LOS ANGELES, CA, USA, May 28, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — When it comes to changing the world in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, not many have been as effective as Dr. Eugene Gu. Dr. Gu is the CEO and co-founder of Cool Quit, LLC, a smoking cessation telemedicine company that has now turned its attention, infrastructure, and resources to the fight against COVID-19. "It may sound like a platitude by now, but I truly do believe that we are all in this together. That means we must all do what we can whether we are big or small to help each other and the American people during the worst pandemic in modern history."

With new updates to Cool Quit, it seems that Dr. Eugene Gu's stock is on the rise. "We are very happy to announce that we can now offer at-home coronavirus testing kits to patients." Eugene Gu said when talking about the latest telemedicine innovation in his product line. "We have effectively been able to leverage the changing healthcare laws and expansion of telemedicine allowances to get people free telehealthcare and even free home testing kits that are reimbursed by their insurance companies."

Before the at-home coronavirus testing kits were announced, however, Cool Quit had been already putting in the work with free COVID-19 screening, evaluation, and testing for elderly Medicare patients in 42 states including Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and West Virginia. "It was a huge deal and I am happy to say that thanks to the flexibility of our staff as well as our ability to stay vigilant and nimble, we were able to get testing set up in those locations and even rural underserved areas that needed it the most." Eugene Gu noted. "I think that right now, it is important for us to stand up for those that need help the most, and that means our elderly seniors who are most affected by this pandemic. We also are reaching out to patients with underlying health conditions like obesity, diabetes, hypertension." Eugene Gu continued.

Eugene Gu, it should be noted, is a Stanford trained medical doctor who found his way into the medical testing world. "It was a way for me to do something greater than just seeing patients one on one. I found it to be a way to impact communities in a more positive way." Eugene Gu said. "I found that developing telemedicine tools and health monitoring programs could impact more people at once than my practice ever could."

Eugene Gu is also quick to point out how impressed he is with the doctors within his own organization and their ability to react in times of crisis. "I think it is important that physicians always put their patients first." Eugene Gu noted. "For many of our physicians at Cool Quit, telemedicine is a completely new technology to them." Eugene Gu continues. "But they learned quickly and adapted to the rapidly changing healthcare needs that the worst pandemic in modern history requires. I couldn’t be more proud of their hard work and dedication".

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Child Abuse in the Time of COVID-19

This is a stressful time for everyone, but children are particularly vulnerable during this crisis.

In dysfunctional households, lockdown policies can translate into a nightmare; a child may be stuck at home with an abuser.”

— Dr. Linda Miles

UNITED STATES, May 28, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Child Abuse in the Time of COVID-19
Right now, we’re undergoing a once-in-a-century (for most of us, a once-in-a-lifetime) pandemic, an international health crisis that has caused unprecedented fear and pain for many people and nations, has upended our norms, and is restructuring our current reality. In such uncertain times, it’s imperative to listen to the experts and follow their instructions to ensure that we emerge safe, healthy, and alive—with our loved ones just as intact. Above all, it’s important to face uncertainty and fear with the only thing that is guaranteed to make today and tomorrow better: loving kindness toward ourselves, our loved ones, and society as a whole.

This three-article series—examining Child Abuse, Suicide, and Domestic Violence— shares the expert insight of mental health professional Dr. Linda Miles, with content primarily drawn from an interview conducted by Francine Bianco Tax. These articles are directed to anyone who is struggling with issues that were initiated or amplified by COVID-19—though they aren’t exclusive to this pandemic. These articles are meant to raise awareness and to provide resources, hope, and guidance toward overcoming these dangers.

There is always a way out. There is always the possibility of a better future. Look and reach for a helping hand. Help is only a phone call away.

Child Abuse Hotline (FL): 1-800-962-4453

Child Abuse Hotline (National): 1-800-4-A-CHILD (4-22-4453)

How can we protect children from abuse, sexual slavery, and domestic violence when they and we are sequestered at home?

Today we’re experiencing a unique crisis: a once-in-a-century pandemic which—in just a handful of months—has killed hundreds of thousands of people worldwide, brought the global economy to its knees, and made the future a bit more uncertain.

It’s also altered family dynamics in many households.

Beneath the dark cloud of COVID-19 that has encircled the world, there’s an underlying crisis that is more quiet yet just as bleak and heartbreaking: child maltreatment. Child welfare organizations warn that lockdown measures will increase cases of sexual, physical, and emotional abuse against children. The world’s lockdown measures, while essential for (and successful in) curbing the rapid spread of the virus, are revealing some unfortunate “side effect” consequences.

Stay-at-home policies and lockdown orders can result in happy memories and family-bonding opportunities for healthy families. However, in dysfunctional households, these same policies and orders can translate into a nightmare. If a family member or home perpetrator is abusive toward a child, the child is now stuck at home with an abuser. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received 4.2 million reports of child abuse in April 2020 (an increase in 3 million compared to April 2019).

In dysfunctional households, lockdown policies can translate into a nightmare; a child may be stuck at home with an abuser.

Teachers, therapists, guidance counselors, and medical encounters (from dentist appointments to ER visits) provide mandatory reporting: they can notice and report if a child is injured or malnourished. With schools and nurseries shut down in most states, children now lack this extremely vital support system. With doctor or dentist visits postponed, another source of reporting is also lost. Caring individuals who may have been able to otherwise comfort, support, or provide help are unable to witness the child’s current situation. There are children in America who live in a constant state of fear; today, it is harder than ever for them to gain help or relief by being around (or confiding in) peers and safe adults.

Unemployment—another repercussion of the pandemic—can cause great stress, toxic thoughts and behaviors, and economic strain. Economic hardship is considered a strong predictor of child abuse and neglect. One 2018 study showed that a 1% increase in unemployment leads to a 20% increase in child neglect (failure to provide for a child’s basic health and wellbeing needs), along with a decrease in basic goods (e.g. grocery) expenses. Dysfunctional parents (e.g. who prioritize drinking, doing drugs, or pursuing other vices) won’t really care about attaining food for their kids—and they probably won’t get in a car, drive, and wait in a line to bring home the bread.

Some children only get to eat one substantial meal per day, and that breakfast or lunch is provided by their school or local community center. With these caretaking systems currently closed, these children risk going hungry. Malnutrition significantly affects the development of a child’s brain, and can actually stunt his or her emotional, physical, and mental growth with long-term consequences. And if that isn’t bad enough, child traffickers and online predators appear to be shifting their business models to evolve with the current situation. And given that forensic labs are all but shut down in some states, child exploitation stories are taking a backseat to murder and shooting cases.

So what can be done?

If you’re a victim of abuse, contact a hotline and you will receive immediate help. Do not stay quarantined with your abuser. The Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN) reports that, of the young people who reached out in March 2020, 67% identified their perpetrator as a family member and 79% were in lockdown with that person. In 1 out of 5 cases where the minor lived with the abuser, RAINN helped the minor to immediately contact the police.

Do not hesitate to reach out if you or someone else is being abused or neglected.

Since regular channels of reporting (like schools and doctor visits) have been disrupted, it’s essential to remember that there are other channels, including confidential hotlines and virtual outreach centers. Do not hesitate to reach out if you or someone else is being abused or neglected. If you discern abuse, step in and take responsibility for reporting it.

Here are some valuable resources:

Child Abuse Hotline (FL): 1-800-962-4453

Child Abuse Hotline (National): 1-800-4-A-CHILD (4-22-4453)

Child Helpline International

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children Hotline and Resources. Phone Number: 1-800-843-5678

Create a safety plan on LoveIsRespect.org

Child Protection Resources from the International Center for Missing & Exploited Children

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Domestic Violence in the Time of COVID-19

Domestic violence around the world has increased exponentially since the Covid Crisis Began

For some, a stay-at-home policy can be a time of peace, calm,
joy, and family-bonding. For others, staying at home is closer to
a prison sentence. It brings sadness, danger, and abuse.”

— Dr. Linda Miles

UNITED STATES, May 28, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Domestic Violence in the Time of COVID-19
Right now, we’re undergoing a once-in-a-century (for most of us, a once-in-a-lifetime) pandemic, an international health crisis that has caused unprecedented fear and pain for many people and nations, has upended our norms, and is restructuring our current reality. In such uncertain times, it’s imperative to listen to the experts and follow their instructions to ensure that we emerge safe, health, and alive—with our loved ones just as intact. Above all, it’s important to face uncertainty and fear with the only thing that is guaranteed to make today and tomorrow better: loving kindness toward ourselves, our loved ones, and society as a whole.

This three-article series—examining Child Abuse, Suicide, and Domestic Violence— shares the expert insight of mental health professional Dr. Linda Miles, with content primarily drawn from an interview conducted by Francine Bianco Tax. These articles are directed to anyone and everyone who is struggling with such issues that were initiated or amplified by COVID-19. These articles are meant to raise awareness of these issues, and to provide resources, hope, and guidance toward overcoming them.

There is always a way out. There is always the possibility of a brighter future. There is always a helping hand. Look and reach for it. Help is only a phone call away.

Domestic Abuse Hotline: 800-799-SAFE (7233)

What can you do if you are suffering from domestic violence?

Or perhaps someone you know—a family member, friend, neighbor, or community member—suffers from domestic abuse. The likelihood of this being someone’s reality has sadly increased over the past few months.

For some people, “lockdown” equals misery.

COVID-19 is an unconventional virus that has caused unconventional challenges. Many nations throughout the world, the U.S. amongst them on a state-by-state basis, have issued stay-at-home orders and lock-down mandates in efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus and flatten the curve. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the international number of daily reported coronavirus cases is finally decreasing after more than 3 months of ravaging Europe. The situation remains fragile, but healthcare experts across the globe agree that stay-at-home measures have indeed helped to minimize the virus’ spread.

For some—like for those who are healthy, live comfortably at home, have the ability to work from home, and are in good company—this stay-at-home policy can be a time of peace, calm, joy, and family-bonding. For others—as for people whose homes are anything but a sanctuary—staying at home is closer to a prison sentence. It brings sadness, danger, and abuse.

It can be life-threatening.

For some, a stay-at-home policy can be a time of peace, calm, joy, and family-bonding. For others, staying at home is closer to a prison sentence. It brings sadness, danger, and abuse. And it can be life-threatening.

A sad and obvious fact: domestic violence existed around the world long before COVID-19. But today’s circumstances make it worse. COVID-19 has caused major economic devastation, disconnected many from their communities and support systems, mitigated or terminated people’s jobs and sources of income, and caused widespread uncertainty, panic, fear, and stress.

An article by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration notes that these conditions may stimulate violence in households where it didn’t exist, or worsen violence in homes where domestic abuse is already happening. Even before COVID-19, the statistics are daunting. It’s estimated that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 10 men experience intimate partner sexual violence (which can result in physical injury or death), physical violence, or stalking in their lifetime. Tens of millions of women and men have or will experience psychological aggression by an intimate partner. And U.S. crime reports suggest that 1 in 6 homicide victims are killed by an intimate partner.

Today, the numbers are getting worse.

The WHO notes that, in the time of COVID-19, many countries have reported a spike in domestic violence—including, in some countries, a 60% increase in emergency calls by women subjected to their partner’s violence (comparing April 2019 with April 2020). One expert warns that there could be an extra 31 million cases of gender-based violence is lockdowns are to continue for six months.

Why is this?

We might all be bombarded by uncertainty, fear, and stress during this time, but some people succumb to unhealthy coping mechanisms. For example, because of COVID-19, maybe your partner is now jobless. Sources of income are drying out or suddenly nonexistent. In self-isolation, that person feels angry, lonely, and depressed. They might “self-medicate” or “cope” by consuming more alcohol, doing drugs, and/or losing their temper and self-control. Addictions may form or worsen. Statistically, men have a harder time admitting that they have a problem and do not usually seek mental health assistance.

Another problem is a missing safety net. Domestic violence patients—including children—usually end up in emergency rooms. Doctors and other hospital staff often have been trained to notice the signs of domestic abuse. The same applies in other settings—abused kids might get noticed at school, abused women might get noticed at social gatherings with friends or community members. Now, however, with citizens urged to “stay home” at all costs, these domestic violence cases are unseen and unreported. Those safety nets are gone.

Yet there are others, still.

Here is the good news.

In the words of WHO’s Regional Director Dr. Hans Henri P. Kluge: “Violence is preventable, not inevitable.” Violence isn’t a “family affair” or a private matter. If you suffer from domestic violence, reach out. If you see someone else suffering, speak up.

“Violence is preventable, not inevitable.” –Dr. Hans Kluge

Realize you’re not alone (or to let that person know that he or she is not alone). Realize that this is a situation you can and must emerge from.

COVID-19 won’t go away any time soon or on its own. Neither will domestic abuse. This is a long-term situation. If you’re isolated, you’re at risk. But you’re not alone.

You are not alone.

Again: YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

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New Cosmetic Invention is Turning Heads – Customizable Lash Bling

Laura Hunter, CEO, Tori Belle Cosmetics wearing her latest invention, "Crystal" Lash Bling.

Laura Hunter, CEO, Tori Belle Cosmetics wearing her latest invention, “Crystal” Lash Bling.

Seattle-start up adds sixteenth magnetic product to their rapidly growing cosmetic line

I invented the Lash Bling Magnetic Lash Accessories to so we always have the option to be a little “Extra” ”

— Laura Hunter

WOODINVILLE, WA, UNITED STATES, May 28, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Tori Belle Cosmetics (www.toribellecosmetics.com), launched June 11, 2020, World Beauty Day, a subsidiary of LashLiner, LLC (www.lashliner.com), the company that created The LashLiner System, a patent-pending magnetic eyeliner and false eyelash system developed and designed by makeup artist and photographer, Laura Hunter.

Leveraging the popularity and success of The LashLiner System, Tori Belle was founded with the goal of providing a platform that offers an opportunity for hope, independence, and prosperity to its Affiliates. Tori Belle has over 28,000 Affiliates nation-wide and is expanding internationally starting with Canada in July 2020.

Tori Belle Cosmetics is back with yet another new to the world invention! Tori Belle knows that glam is back in a big way, and they are helping makeup enthusiasts unleash their inner artists with their latest innovative product release- Lash Bling. Lash Bling features twenty crystals perfect for pairing with any complexion or makeup style.

“Lash Bling combines the innovation of the Tori Belle’s magnetic eyeliner and lash strips with the sparkle of customizable bling,” said Tori Belle Cosmetics CEO and founder, Laura Hunter. “I love a little extra sparkle and thought it would be amazing for all women to be able to add some to every pair of lashes, so I invented the Lash Bling Magnetic Lash Accessories to so we always have the option to be a little “Extra,” Hunter adds. The range of glam is immense with individuals and strips of crystals. Wearers can have a small sparkle on their eye or all of the extra bling their lashes can handle!

Crystal Lash Bling is the first of many Lash Bling styles that are being added to Tori Belle's full magnetic collection.

The full Lash Bling set comes with two magnetic beautiful bling strips and twenty individual and shimmering stones. Additionally, every Lash Bling set is reusable. All you need to do is clean your bling properly, so you can wear them over and over. To use Lash Bling, start by applying your Tori Belle lashes. The magnetic eyeliner and magnetic strip lashes will hold together. Once your lashes are applied, choose your bling and apply them to the band of your lashes. Whether you want a couple of stones per eye or a full strip, Lash Bling has options ranging from a bit of glitter to full bling according to what suits your occasion and preferences.

All Lash Bling products are magnetic on the backside of each crystal, and they attach directly to any set of magnetic lashes you have. To apply the crystals, hold each gem or your strip of gems with the magnet facing towards your lashes. The stones jump right into place as they are designed to be attracted to the magnets of your lashes. Add as many or as few as you like to complete your full diva glam look.

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COMMUNITY OUT POUR IN RESPONSE TO LOS ANGELES BHERC “OPERATION LOVE” CALL FOR BLANKET DONATIONS FOR HOMELESS

Volunteers gather blankets from donor

Volunteers gather blankets from donor

Executive Board and members of the New Frontier Democratic Club deliver 200 blankets

Executive Board and members of the New Frontier Democratic Club deliver 200 blankets

BHERC John Forbes collects blanket donations car side

BHERC John Forbes collects blanket donations car side

Angelinos across the south land respond with donations of blankets and monetary support in response to BHERC “Operation Love” drive for blankets for homeless.

The blankets will go far to support those in need as the pandemic has created new homeless who now find themselves without jobs and on the street. We will continue to do our part, however small.”

— Sandra J. Manly, President and Founder BHERC

LOS ANGELES, CA, US, May 28, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC) “Operation Love” volunteer team members welcomed a steady flow of donors Sunday, May 24th from 1:00 to 3:00PM. Their goal for this day, was to gather 100 blankets that they would in turn distribute to the homeless the following week. What they could not anticipate, was the out pour and steady march of vehicles and face masked pedestrians that pushed that goal to an unbelievable 1121 blankets. In addition, monetary donations for the purchase of additional blankets were collected as well.

The decision to do a blanket drive is in direct result of the request made by homeless residents that BHERC “Operation Love” has served in prior distribution campaigns. It is also in line with the mission of the initiative to serve the seniors, homeless and those with underlying conditions during the COVID -19 pandemic with vital services in any way that is possible. In particular, those in South Los Angeles. To date the initiative has supported the LA Union Rescue Mission with a donation of $15,000, 6000 rolls of toilet paper from the special drive, 500 packets of essential hygiene goods from a special drive; prepared and distributed 3000 essential hygiene kits and Mother’s Day gift baskets, lunches and dinners. "New Frontier Democratic Club (NFDC) was thrilled to assist the Black Hollywood Educational Resource Center (BHERC) in its citywide blanket collection project benefiting the Los Angeles Homeless Community during the Memorial Day Weekend. We understand many of the homeless population are veterans, as well as many of them are African American. Given the need for the homeless to have critical assistance during this COVID-19 crisis, NFDC gladly supports the outstanding leadership Sandra Evers-Manly has provided to the Los Angeles Community and various projects BHERC has done to improve the quality of life for those who need it most in our great city!", stated the Honorable Mike Davis, President, New Frontier Democratic Club.

As more than 25 volunteers hustled and busied themselves organizing the donations all generations were represented including members of the National Black Nurses Association. The executive board and members of the New Frontier Democratic Club stopped by with a donation of 200 blankets. Other supporters included Debra Legans, DL Transportation, Inside Out Communications and Jan Perry. Longtime supporter Larry Chatman, Production Coordinator, Record One Studio. doubled his contribution for this drive. “Once again Operation received an incredible out pour of love from organizations and individuals. These blankets will go a long way in supporting those in need as the pandemic has created new homeless who are now find themselves without jobs and on the street. We will continue to do our part, however small, to make a difference. We encourage anyone who can to do the same!” remarked Sandra Evers-Manly, President BHERC. Ongoing supporters of BHERC Operation Love” include The Los Angeles Sentinel, Lawrence Tolliver, Tolliver’s Barbershop, Mothers in Action, Tracy Mitchell, President and Larry Chatman, Production Coordinator, Record

Although our nation is starting its recovery, there is still a long way to go the problem of homelessness is large and made more complex by COVID – 19. BHERC “Operation Love” encourages everyone to remember our homeless, our seniors and those with underlying conditions. Any small thing that you can do will help. There are simple things that each person can do and BHERC suggests that you consider reaching out with love in a way you choose or in one of the following ways:
• Call a senior to check on their well being
• If shopping (do so under City/State and CDC guidelines), pick up an item or two for a senior or someone in need (practice physical distancing)
• Help with an online task
• Make a meal and drop off (practice physical distancing)
• Send an online order to someone in need
• Contribute/volunteer to/for an organization that helps the homeless

The blankets will be distributed Sunday, May 31, 2020 by BHERC “Operation Love” with a meal by volunteer team members to homeless in South Los Angeles. Email bherc@bherc.org for timeline and locations.

For more information about BHERC and its programs log on to www.bherc.org or email bherc@bherc.org or call 310.284.3170 or 213.400.3489. #BHERCOperationLove #BHERCStrongerTogether

About the BHERC – Founded in 1996 by Sandra Evers-Manly, the Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center is a nonprofit, public benefit organization designed to advocate, educate, research, develop, and preserve the history and future of Black images in film and television. Through film festivals, award ceremonies, book signings, script readings, contests, scholarships, other programs, and special events, BHERC recognizes the contributions of Black men and women in front of and behind the scenes in the entertainment industry.

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Archatrak Introduces Modular Deck Kits for Urban Street Seating

BOZEMAN, MT, USA, May 28, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Archatrak Inc. has introduced a modular deck kit called StreetDeck for building enclosed seating areas on urban streets or pavements. The kits permit rapid assembly of completely self-contained raised decks, including all decking materials, planter boxes, protective railings and ramps.

In recent years, many cities have developed programs to encourage more activity in urban centers, for example by replacing one or two car parking spaces with small seating areas, commonly known as Parklets. These Parklets are normally established and managed by local trader associations or groups of civic-minded citizens, who are obligated to take full responsibility for their design, permit application, construction, maintenance and insurance. But the total cost of designing and building a Parklet from scratch can easily exceed $30,000, a cost which is well beyond the means of many community organizations.
StreetDeck was designed as a more affordable means of developing such urban seating, built around the concept of modular components. The basic StreetDeck structure is a raised deck covered with porcelain pavers constrained within a steel frame. The frame and the pavers are supported by adjustable height pedestals to ensure a level deck surface, irrespective of the slope of the roadway or pavement. Planters, railings and ramps are then added, either supplied by Archatrak or other manufacturers. A typical deck, taking the place of two car parking spots, is 32’ long by 6’ wide, but the modular design of StreetDeck permits the deck to be extended in both length and width as needed.

As the CEO of Archatrak, Malcolm Kay explained, ‘We wanted to create a modular deck that would be affordable for community groups, that could be easily built and disassembled as necessary in any location, but still offered the opportunity for extensive customization. Of course when we first developed the concept, we hadn’t anticipated the current Covid 19 situation. But with cities like New York closing streets and restaurants all over the country still suffering extreme hardship, many business associations are now looking at products like StreetDeck as a solution for temporary seating on closed off roadways or pedestrian malls.’

Although the Covid 19 situation has undoubtedly impacted on the expansion of the Parklet concept in its original format, until business conditions recover, Archatrak is hopeful that StreetDeck can help restore active street life in Downtown business districts, in at least some minor way and in compliance with social distancing guidelines.

About Archatrak:
Archatrak is a national supplier of porcelain pavers, wood deck tiles, pedestal support systems and outdoor amenities for both commercial and residential applications.
For more information, please visit http://www.archatrak.com/

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RECORD ATTENDEES STREAM ONLINE DEBUT OF 2020 BHERC "SISTAS ARE DOIN’ IT FOR THEMSELVES" FILM FESTIVAL AT BHERC TV

Top: Jabree Webber, “It Happened One Night”; Sandra Evers-Manly; BHERC, Zoe Malhotra, “God Bless the Cook”; Mid: Alycia Cooper, “Trade”; Lenore T. Douglas/Cheray O’Neal, “Weep Not”; Wanjiru Njendu, “Boxed”; Bot: Nicole Thompson, “Blackbird” Dez Volmeus, “

Top: Jabree Webber, “It Happened One Night”; Sandra Evers-Manly; BHERC, Zoe Malhotra, “God Bless the Cook”; Mid: Alycia Cooper, “Trade”; Lenore T. Douglas/Cheray O’Neal, “Weep Not”; Wanjiru Njendu, “Boxed”; Bot: Nicole Thompson, “Blackbird” Dez Volmeus, “

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2020 BHERC Sistas Film Fest Entries

SIgnature BHERC “Sistas” Film Festival makes successful debut online to global viewing audience citing flexibility, ease of use, superb and thrilling content.

Now more than ever the Black female perspective is needed in filmmaking, we cannot deny their power. The community needs to know and support our “Sister Sheroes” as they tell our stories.”

— Sandra Evers-Manly, BHERC, President and Founder

LOS ANGELES, CA, USA, May 28, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC) BHERC TV streaming service is fresh off of a successful 27th Anniversary of the “Sistas Are Doin’ It For Themselves” Short Film Festival streamed online at BHERC TV May 23rd Noon to May 24th 5:00PM with a vibrant and interactive Q and A ZOOM session that followed the end of the festival with the filmmakers at 6:00PM on Sunday May 24th.

More than 1250 national and international viewers logged in at their leisure to enjoy the 7 films selected for this year’s event. Many commented in the Q and A that one of the key benefits of the festival was the opportunity to watch the films “on demand” and multiple times. Others indicated that they had not been able to travel to Los Angeles in the past. Having in online, allowed them the opportunity to participate as well as to meet the filmmakers. “I had a phenomenal experience participating in the BHERC Sistas Are Doin’ It For Themselves Film Festival. My film Blackbird is a proof of concept for a feature script I wrote that is seeking funding. As a filmmaker I felt very supported and I am grateful for an opportunity to share my film with the world and reach a global audience.” Stated Nicole Thompson Director “Blackbird”.

The Q and A was exceptionally informative. Moderated BHERC President Sandra J. Evers-Manly, the session moved amongst the filmmakers attempting to answers the overwhelming number of questions from the audience. Delving into the motive, inspiration, budgets, practical and technical aspects of the making of each of the films. Allowing also to display some of the personalities and backgrounds of filmmakers. Each were able to provide insight and advice about their process and what to do to get started as well as what projects they are working on next. The 2020 filmmakers consist of emerging directors who are students, actresses, even a long-time comedienne who is now a director. All who have a unique voice and story that was told with many more to come. “This year’s festival was a little different from our past festivals. It was our first time going virtual and it was great. The response from both the filmmakers and the audience was overwhelmingly positive,” remarked John Forbes, Executive Director, BHERC. “The audience was able to watch the films at their leisure and streaming films gave the filmmaker a wider audience base, not only locally but globally. We had viewers from the state Washington to Washington, D.C., from California to New York and beyond.”

“I am so honored to have “It Happened One Night” selected as a part of the 2020 Sistas Are Doin’ It Themselves Film Festival. BHERC consistently supports us filmmakers. We had an extraordinary weekend of screenings and a fantastic panel discussion,” stated Jabree Walker, Director, “It Happened One Night”. "SISTAS…" began twenty-five plus years ago as a call to the entertainment industry to acknowledge the grand talent among African American women filmmakers. A screening and discussion now one of the most recognized inspirational and emulated events of the Black filmmaking community and the only program that has consistently supported the work of African American women filmmakers for more than two decades.

Past "Sista filmmakers and participants" have included Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love & Basketball, Shots Fired), Kasi Lemmons (Eve's Bayou), Yvette Freeman (ER), Dianne Houston (first Black Female to be nominated for an Academy Award / Short Film category) and the Oscar-nominated Dee Rees (Mudbound).

The 2020 class of Sistas Short Film filmmakers included:
It Happened One Night – Jabree Webber, Director/Writer: In 2022, after Roe v. Wade is overturned, a woman struggles to find the care she needs after being sexually assaulted.;
Lost and Found – Director/Writer Dezmyre Volmeus: A successful fashion editor recently engaged to her ex-con lover. She used her connections to get him a hotel manager position, only to find out he got an employee pregnant. Should she fight and make it work or can love conquer all?
Trade – Alycia Cooper, Director/Writer: After being released from prison, a married father of two must protect his family from the cellmate he crossed a line with.;
Blackbird – Nicole L. Thompson, Director/Writer: A young woman is torn between two worlds: her day job cleaning planes and her dream of becoming a pilot. When she takes steps to pursue aviation, she is met with resistance, and must fight against the odds to get her wings.;
Weep Not – Lenore Thomas Douglas, Director/Writer, Cheray O’Neal, Writer: Journey Gordean, a successful journalist gets to cover a story of a lifetime, but her ambition is tested when that very assignment is the man who assaulted her when they were children.;
Boxed – Director/Writer/Producer Wanjiru Njendu: Boxed is a fictionalized short film based on the true story of Henry "Box" Brown a slave who mailed himself to freedom in 1849.;
God Bless the Cook – Director Zoe Malhotra, Annalise Pasztor: Roslyn Spence, a Cordon Bleu-trained chef, introduces her greatest mentor and challenge: her mother. At 94 years old, Edith Bell is still cooking, dancing, and sharing stories of when she cooked for Hollywood’s biggest stars. When the two are in the kitchen together, sparks fly between the two big personalities with very different life experiences. Through their shared language of food, this story reflects on that special bond shared between mother and daughter.

Due to the COVID -19 pandemic The BHERC Sistas Are Doin' It For Themselves Film Festival” this 27th year was an opportunity for participants to screen the films online at BHERC TV. A New streaming service launched in February 2020 that provides short film content — from comedy to drama, narratives to docudrama — produced and directed by Black Filmmakers. BHERC TV is a leading worldwide provider of narrative and documentary short films about the African American experience as well as content from across the diaspora and diverse populations. For more information about BHERC TV log on to www.bherctv.com.

Lura Ball
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