Prestigious International Photography Awards Announces its Exceptionally Talented 2020 Category Winners

 In Epicenter of Covid 19 by Photographer F. Dilek Uyar

Photograph by F. Dilek Uyar

Vova's summer evening by Elena Litvinova

Photograph by Elena Litvinova

Elements by Katja Ogrin

Photograph by Katja Ogrin

Looking out from Within Photograph by  Julia Fullerton-Batten

Photograph by Julia Fullerton-Batten

Bodies of the NFL Photograph by Howard Schatz

Photograph by Howard Schatz

The competition celebrates the outstanding photographs in both professional and non-professional/student categories.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, October 31, 2020 / — The International Photography Awards is pleased to announce the 2020 category winners and finalists in its world-renowned competition.

International Photography Awards (IPA) is a prestigious annual competition for professional, amateur, and student photographers on a global scale – creating one of the most ambitious and comprehensive competitions in the industry. Through the competition, professional and aspiring photographers aim to win coveted trophies, titles, and impressive cash prizes in 13 categories.

Founded in 2001 by the Los Angeles based Farmani Group, the International Photography Awards is honored to announce its 2020 IPA Winners, each of whom submitted awe-inspiring entries that showcase exceptional work across various genres and styles. According to the IPA’s distinguished international jury of renowned photography experts, this year’s entries were some of the best they have seen in the competition’s history.

“This year, we received a staggering 13,000 entries from 120 countries in the world,” says founder and president of IPA, Hossein Farmani. “Many of the submissions came from some of the most important photographers in the world – creating an almost impossible task for us to select winners in each of the categories. Not only that, but each photographer submitted such stunning and thought-provoking images that directly speak to the issues our world is currently experiencing. It has been such an honor to be privy to such marvelous work.”

In the International Photography Awards, participants submit their pieces to one or more of 13 categories. Additionally, the category winners in both professional and amateur levels will compete for IPA’s top two awards – International Photographer of the Year (professional) and Discovery of the Year (non-professional/student) – to be announced later this year.

The following is a complete list of 2020 finalists in each category:

IPA 2020 PROFESSIONAL CATEGORY WINNERS (Competing for the “INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR” award that includes The Lucie Trophy and a $10,000 cash prize)

● Mike Dodd – A sustainable future of exquisite luxury mobility, Advertising
● Paulius Makauskas – New Seas, Analog / Film
● Jesús M.Chamizo – From the stage, Architecture
● Sebastian Copeland – ANTARCTICA: The Waking Giant, Book
● Nicolo Filippo Rosso – Exodus, Deeper Perspective
● Kiran Ridley – Pro Democracy Demonstrations, Hong Kong: The Revolution of Our Time, Editorial / Press
● Katja Ogrin – Elements, Event
● Julia Fullerton-Batten – Looking out from Within, 2020, Fine Art
● Ari Rex – Black Mountain, Nature
● Brian Hodges – Odilo Lawiny – Handmade soccer balls, People
● Sawyer Russel – The Silent Menace, Special
● Howard Schatz – Bodies of the NFL, Sports
● Iwona Podlasinska – The journey to the land of dreams, Still in Motion / Video

IPA 2020 NON-PROFESSIONAL CATEGORY WINNERS (Competing for the “DISCOVERY OF THE YEAR” award that includes The Lucie Trophy and a $5,000 cash prize)

● Rebeka Legovic – Temple of Colors, Advertising
● Elena Litvinova – Vova's summer evening, Analog / Film
● Peter Li – Vanishing Lines, Architecture
● Teodelina Detry – Uninhabited places, Book
● F. Dilek Uyar – In Epicenter of Covid 19, Deeper Perspective
● Tim Evans – Say Their Names, Editorial / Press
● wei fu – Muslim Congregation in Dhaka, Event
● Chloe Meynier – Made in the Shade, Fine Art
● babak mehrafshar – magnificence of desert, Nature
● Hossein Fardinfard – Blackout, People
● Aaron Chuo – The Incoming Thunderstorm, Special
● Augusto Bartelle – The Maldives: Skydiver Photographer Perspective, Sports
● Simone Francescangeli – Psi-Covid-19, Still in Motion / Video

IPA would like to congratulate all winners and looks forward to awarding the final, top two winners with the Lucie Trophy in an online even later this year.
For a full list of winners and to view their submissions, including recipients of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize in each category, please visit

About the International Photography Awards

The International Photography Awards conducts an annual, global competition for professional, non-professional, and student photographers. IPA is a sister-effort of the Lucie Foundation, a 501(c) 3 non-profit, charitable foundation whose mission is to honor master photographers, discover and cultivate emerging talent, and promote the appreciation of photography worldwide. The annual programming of Lucie Foundation is funded largely though the International Photography Awards, including the signature event, the Lucie Awards.

Farmani Group is a leading organization curating and promoting photography, design, and architecture across the globe since 1985. The company’s key mission is to discover and promote talent in these areas through competitions.

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Farmani Group

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A Mature Perspective on Asian Martial Traditions: New Anthologies

Some Western Pioneers in Asian Martial Arts

Newest anthology by Via Media Publishing, publishing in November 2020.

An Anthology of Chinese Martial Arts

Cover of An Anthology of Chinese Martial Arts, published in October 2020.

Martial and Healing Traditions of India

Cover of Martial and Healing Traditions of India, published in October 2020.

SANTA FE, NM, USA, October 31, 2020 / — Founded 1992, the quarterly Journal of Asian Martial Arts built a world-wide reputation for articles based on high academic standards and practical experience in the martial traditions. The journal was also published in Greece and Spain. Facing an economic crisis and the rapid growth of the internet, Via Media Publishing ceased publishing it in 2012. The more than five hundred articles published in the journal are valuable to any serious scholar and practitioner interested in the Asian martial traditions. Thus, anthologies started to be published in order to keep the material available.

Since 2012 Via Media has published nearly sixty anthologies, each focusing on specific categories of styles, usually by geographic origin including China, Japan, Korean, and Southeast Asia. Some are organized by academic disciplines. These include topics relating to health, women, conditioning, business, enforcement, weaponry, literature and movies. The recently published anthologies are titled: Martial and Healing Traditions of India, An Anthology of Chinese Martial Arts, and Some Western Pioneers in Asian Martial Traditions.

Martial arts are usually portrayed in the media with great hyperbole and often in either a cartoonish or a violent fashion. The anthologies published by Via Media offer an alternative, presenting all aspects of Asian martial traditions. The truely combative aspects include the practical skills for self-defense, law enforcement, and military training. Such applications reflect the original purpose of the combative arts. The centuries of development proved these arts also have other uses, especially for nourishing health. Many today choose to study a martial are purely as an exercise. Others incorporate the movements into dance choreography, as in classical Asian opera or modern experimental theatre.

Anyone with a genuine interest in Asian martial traditions, especially scholars and practitioners, benefit in numerous ways by reading the anthologies, since they discuss the arts as vital threads in the fabric of cultures. The authors present all facets of the arts, including theory and practice, and the spectrum of perspectives that readers will find suiting to their personal interests. The books and anthologies by Via Media Publishing will be available at 25% discount throughout the holiday season.

Michael DeMarco
Via Media Publishing
+1 505-470-7842

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Short Film, “Coercion”

2020 Virtual Hollywood African Prestigious Awards Re-Airs Halloween Day 12 Noon PST.

HAPA Awards Re-Airs On Halloween Day at 12 PM & 4 PM PST

You never know unless you try.”

— Rosa Veleno

LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES, October 31, 2020 / — WHO: Rosa Veleno leads Team Reel Life in the creation of a multi-award winning short film about the horrors of mental health and the importance of suicide prevention titled, “Coercion.” The film initially competed in the 48hr Film Festival and premiered at Regal at LA Live and celebrated a Merit Award win during 2019’s Freeway Film Festival screening at Complex Theater. This year, Team Reel Life accepts the award for 2020 Hollywood African Prestigious Awards, Best Independent Short Film. Cast & Crew: Nia Miranda, Jonnae Thompson, Ranier Clemente, Lowes Moore III, Dylan Fleming, Paul Zecharia, Rosa Veleno, Robert Tapia, Aneesa Nash, EJ Lewis, Tyfanny Rice, Teddy C. White Aldin Enriquez, David L. Watkins, Lisa Marquez, Cassie Zambran, Francios Bennett.

Rosa Veleno®, Executive Producer & Writer: is a singer-songwriter from Detroit. The Navy veteran is a writer, content creator, publicist, and consultant through her company MegaEntivision L.L.C. Veleno has co-written records like debut single "Skin I'm In" for Disney's The Lion King star, Shahadi Wright Joseph. In 2018 she registered her service mark Rosa Veleno® after successfully winning her three-year opposition case John Veleno Vs. Sheena S. Todd. She is currently working on an EP and set to graduate with her Master of Arts degree from California State University, Northridge, for Music Industry Administration, spring 2021. During the HAPA re-air, Veleno will accept the Best Independent Short Film award on behalf of Team Reel Life.

Nia Miranda, Actress: Raised in Detroit, with Igbo Nigerian roots, filmmaker, actress, and “ARTivist” is “Bringing Love Back” through her production company. She is featured in Ty Dolla $ign’s single SULLEN SUNDAY. Nia’s latest work in the series McGraw Ave that is streaming on Amazon Prime.

Jonnae Thompson, Actress: is a stand-up comedian, actress, writer, and vocalist born & raised in San Diego, California. You may recognize her from Tru TV’s “Laff Tracks” and Seasons 1 & 2 of Revolt TV’s “Funny AF, or “All Def”. According to Jonnae, ordinary life is full of humor. She recently co-starred in the upcoming horror “Children of The Sun” in addition to the digital comedy series, “Car Therapy.”

Ranier Clemente, Actor: is a highly sought after engineer, songwriter, and recording artist. Under his moniker, Ray Champion partnered with multi-platinum songwriter Mickey Shiloh for EP titled “Rare DNA.” His record “Code” also appears in “Coercion.”

Lowes Moore III, Actor: is a Los Angeles based Actor and Vocalist raised in ‘Money Earnin’ Mount Vernon, New York. He recently inked with Brandi England and Ignite Artist Inc. Lowes also directed and produced six showcases this year to include, Two Roads Theater’s first-ever Virtual 30 Actors in 60 Minutes Showcase.

Dylan Fleming, Writer & Actor: is a Los Angeles based & bred music journalist, comedian, YouTuber, and podcast host. He is a graduate of Hampton University and the founder of PALM “” Dylan recently has worked in casting for Netflix’s Rhythm+Flow, season two, and partnered with Vitakari to curate their first-ever live music festival called .WAV; he also writes for The Urban Buzz.

Paul Zecharia, the Actor, is a Los Angeles-based artist from Michigan. The Columbia College, Chicago graduate has spent several years working on films, television shows, music videos, and commercials in the production space. Paul is currently focused on screenwriting and drafting his first novel.

Robert Tapia, Director: is a self-taught director, cinematography, and photography who just aspires to tell stories that make people contemplate. He joined this year’s 48 Hour Film Project called “DEAD ENDS.” and make micro-films with Mind Visual Productions.

Aneesa Nash, Editor: is a California native who studied at Los Angeles Film School. As an editor, she has assisted on projects at Netflix, OWN, and FX Networks.

EJ Lewis, Producer & 1st Assistant Director: is originally from Metro-Detroit, she has been featured in her first acting showcase, Virtual 30 Actors in 60 Minutes, available on YouTube. She has also worked on a short called “The Counselor,” which premiered September 24, 2020, streaming on UMC.

Aldin Enriquez, Writer & 1st Assistant Cinematographer: is a Riverside native and graduate from the University of California.

Teddy C. White, Cinematographer & Gaffer: is a director of photography, producer, and cinematographer from New York. The summa cum laude Los Angeles Film graduate has worked with T’keyah Crystal Kemah, Glen Plummer, Eric Roberts, and Tucker Smallwood.

Noel Palacios: Producer, Composer & Sound Editor: is the owner of Mind Visual Productions, he’s working on two feature films and recently began working with Dharmann Studios.

Tyranny Rice: Producer & Writer: is a film and creative director. She specialized in music videos and studied at Los Angeles Film School.

Lisa Marquez, Make Up Artist: is a Los Angeles based makeup & special effects artist. She is currently working towards a Master Esthetician License while serving as a frontline caregiver.

Francios Bennett, Production Assistant: is attending LA Valley College for Screen Writing. He is working on a single with artists Pretty Money and has done production work on Christopher Nolan’s Tenet and Wisdom of Fools.

David L. Watkin, Writer: is a writer, he worked with the team virtually during the 48hr film project.

Cassie Zambran, Make-Up Artist: is a makeup artist, she worked with the cast on set to create Coecion’s gory horror scenes.

WHAT: Founder Tina Weisinger, Co-Founder Amberr Washington, and the executive and supporting team members conquered the 2020 Hollywood African Prestigious Awards exhibited October 17th-18th. The international awards show was successfully broadcasted and streamed live from South Africa to Los Angeles. This year’s message was “I Am Because We Are One,” with hosts Ugandan socialite Zari The Boss Lady & Comedian Michael Blackson. You can find the links to the show this year’s winners and more updates on our website. The 5th annual HAPA show is scheduled for the first Sunday, November 2021!


WHEN: October 31, 2020

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INSTAGRAM: @rosaveleno
HAPA 2020 BEST-INDIE SHORT FILM: Coercion By Team Reel Life

For interview and speaking requests, contact Lynn Jeter at or (323) 933-8007.


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Lynn Jeter & Associates
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Coercion, an Award-Winning Short Film By Team Reel Life

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The Blog wishes Bitcoin a Happy 12th birthday

Happy Birthday Bitcoin

Happy Birthday Bitcoin

After 12 Years, the World's Most Powerful Computer Network Redefines Money

MIAMI, FL, USA, October 31, 2020 / — On October 31, 2008 some fellow (or fellows, we do not know for sure) named Satoshi Nakamoto released a nine-page white paper titled “Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System,” bringing Bitcoin to the world.

One of the core elements of Bitcoin was the concept of a distributed, forward-append only, immutable ledger called a blockchain that was maintained by all network participants. The blockchain would detail every single transaction, with all records linked cryptographically, with the database transparent to one and all.

Another fundamental aspect of Bitcoin is that only 21 million bitcoins, the native token of the network, would ever exist. This stood, and stands, in stark contrast to fiat currencies, such as the U.S. dollar, in which the amount of currency regularly increases, debasing value over time.

In the 12 years since its birth, Bitcoin has become the most powerful computer network in history, currently processing some 142 exahashes per second (EH/s). One exahash is one quintillion calculations.

In its short life, the project has already redefined money and stands ready these next decades to change the way people store and exchange value.

Happy Birthday Bitcoin.

The blog regularly comments on Bitcoin and on cryptocurrency culture. Earlier examples of articles are this one and here and over here. Visit us at

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Female-owned Businesses Perfectly Imperfect Produce and Augment Therapy share $25K in NEO Business Pitch Competition

Renée DeLuca Dolan, Founder, FES

Ashley Weingart, First Place Recipient, $25,000

Lindsay Watson, Runner Up Recipient, $5,000

It’s so gratifying to support Northeast Ohio female business owners and entrepreneurs in this way”

— Renée Deluca Dolan, President and Founder of Contempo

CLEVELAND, OHIO, UNITED STATES, October 31, 2020 / — The Female Entrepreneur Summit (FES) held a pitch competition for women entrepreneurs in Northeast Ohio to compete for a total of $25,000 in cash prizes. Since its inception in 2012, the Female Entrepreneur Summit (FES) has awarded over $50,000 to help women owned businesses scale and grow in Northeast Ohio.

This year, its founder, Renée Deluca Dolan had reached out to her personal and professional network to receive donations totaling $25,000 from local professionals and businesses to support the 2020 FES Pitch Competition.

Six finalists were selected from a large pool of applicants and participated in a virtual pitch on October 21. Each finalist presented her business and growth intentions to a panel of judges, which consisted of FES Pitch donors and entrepreneurs.

After much thought and deliberation, Ashley Weingart of Perfectly Imperfect Produce was awarded the top $20,000 prize. Lindsay Watson with Augment Therapy was presented the runner-up prize of $5,000. A celebratory announcement was made via livestream at the Female Entrepreneur Summit Wednesday, October 28.

The judges noted that this year’s winners provided a unique approach to solving a market need.

Ashley Weingart, Perfectly Imperfect Produce Perfectly Imperfect Produce
Recognizing the opportunity to save perfectly good food from landfills, Ashley Weingart created Perfectly Imperfect Produce, a direct-to-consumer sales channel for fresh produce with slight cosmetic imperfections. The company acquires fruits and vegetables from local farms and suppliers, repacks it in subscription boxes and delivers it to homes/offices throughout Ohio. A box of food is donated to a family in need with every purchase.

Ashley plans to utilize the pitch funds to launch a new meal kit product line. The meal kits will capitalize on slicing and preparing the produce, which will differentiate her product in the marketplace.

Augment Therapy, Lindsay Watson
Augment Therapy was discovered by Lindsay Watson as a way to engage in important healing exercises and motivate kids by using augmented reality and interactive software. It can be used in clinical settings, the home and the office as a motivational tool, progress tracker and exercise prompt for children needing therapeutic exercise.

Augment Therapy’s goal moving forward is to create more awareness. Lindsay plans to utilize the funding to create video and marketing content that tells the stories of the people using and benefiting from their software.

The other finalists included:
Jessica Davis, Rebuilders Xchange (RBX)
After recognizing a market for reclaimed business materials, Jessica Davis discovered Rebuilders Xchange (RBX) as a retail hub for building components and architectural salvage. The company manages an online and physical marketplace for the buying and selling of materials such as flooring, lighting, HVAC, cabinets, etc. It currently operates on a consignment model to connect contractors with the public.

Chelsea Monty-Bromer, RooSense
RooSense, a consumer diagnostics company, was developed by Chelsea Monty-Bromer to transform the way athletes train, and push them to reach their peak performance. A lightweight wearable sensor, RooSense is a proprietary non-woven fabric and integrating sensing materials that provides its wearer with important feedback about both health and performance. It can also monitor hydration in workers and infants exposed to dry, heat-heavy environments.

Aya Schlachter, MGS Global Group
Aya Schlachter founded MGS Global Group in 2005, and it’s since become a global company that offers architectural support, graphics production support and design professional consulting services in multiple industries, including retail, residential and hospitality.

Kendra Valton and Gina VanCant, The Milk Mission
Sisters Kendra Valton and Gina VanCant founded The Milk Mission to support mothers and children in the African American community who don’t have enough access to breastfeeding resources and maternal wellness education. The company is a research and telehealth platform that offers online breastfeeding classes, lactation e-consultants and other breastfeeding products.

This competition was made possible with support from generous donors: Renée DeLuca Dolan, President of Contempo Design + Communications (; David M. Ciccarelli, Financial Advisor and Director of Business Development for Lifetime Financial Growth; Lucy Fanger, CEO of On Technology Partners; Donna M. Heffernan, CPA, Heffernan & Associates Inc.; Y’llon Herron, Small Business Underwriting Leader for Westfield Insurance; Amy Jenyk; and Lorne Novick, Senior Partner and Services & Deal Flow Management for JumpStart.

Geauga Growth Partners served as the fiscal sponsor for the competition by accepting the donations and processing the funds.

DeLuca Dolan said that the pitch competition will return next year for the Female Entrepreneur Summit’s 10th Anniversary. “It’s so gratifying to support Northeast Ohio female business owners and entrepreneurs in this way. As an entrepreneur, I understand how hard it can be to raise capital to grow and scale. These women are inspiring and all of the entries were impressive,” she said.

Founded in 1996 by Renée DeLuca Dolan, the company is a full-service design and communications firm providing visual branding, environmental graphic design and digital creative for businesses and organizations throughout Northeast Ohio. Contempo Design + Communications is the official design partner of the Cleveland Indians. Find out more at

Madeline Duncan
Contempo Design + Communications
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Kenya Wildlife Safari Vacations Travel and Tour with Cruzeiro Safaris Kenya

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Giraffes in the safari plains of masai mara

Cruzeiro Safaris Kenya is prepared to host tourists, delegates and casual travellers through providing tour operator services in Kenya.

NAIROBI, NAIROBI, KENYA, October 31, 2020 / — Their website is easy to navigate being an e-commerce and guests can easily access, read details and book online for Tour within Nairobi and Mombasa as well as Road Safaris and Air Safaris.
The famous Safari for 6 days to Destination Amboseli National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park and Masai Mara National Reserve with 4×4 wheel drives has gained populace within the last minute travelers especially during this season termed as the high season. The full Package details can be found on this link.
Learn more on wildlife Safari Packages and their Online Booking Partners on
Other safaris that can be booked through Cruzeiro Safaris Kenya Include:

Seven (7) days Photo Wildlife Safari in Masai Mara
Four (4) Days Lake nakuru and Masai Mara Safari
Six (6)Days Amboseli, lake Nakuru and MAsai Mara in 4×4 wheel drives
Three (3 ) days Mara Serena Safari By Road Offer
Two (2) Days Amboseli Safari Tour
Nine (9) days Africa Safari Nairobi to Mombasa and Vice versa
Four (4) Days Lake Nakuru and Masai Mara Safari
Nine(9) Days Safari from Nairobi to Mombasa
Nine(9) Days Mount Kenya and Masai Mara
Three (3) Days Masai Mara Safari by Air
Seven (7) Days Serena safaris by Air
Five (5) Days Masai Mara By Air
Two (2) Days Governors Camp Safari By Air
Three (3) Days Serena Masai Mara by Air
Seven (7) Days Singles/ Solo Travel Package by Air with Luxury Accommodation only
Three (3) Days Mara Intrepids Safari by Air
If one is searching or finding things to do in Nairobi their e-commerce site has vast information and tour packages choices
Follow the links for book and pay options
Option 1: 6am – 11am – Nairobi National Park Morning Tour in 4×4 wheel drive for Game drives.
Option 2: 2.00pm – 6.30pm – Nairobi National Park Afternoon
Option 3: 6am – 1pm – Nairobi National Park Tour and Giraffe center in 4×4 wheel drives for game drives
Option 4: 6am – 11am – Nairobi National Park Morning tour including park entry fees
Option 5: Full day Tour to Amboseli National Park –
Option 6: Full Day Tour to Lake Naivasha and Crescent Island –
Option 7: Full Day Tour to Lake Nakuru National Park –
Option 8: Giraffe center Tour –
Option 9: Nairobi Safari Cat Show with Dinner –
Option 10: Nairobi City Tour with National Musuem Visit –
Cost Includes:
• Game viewing drive,
• Transport pick up and drop off from hotel / Airport
• Lunch where applicable on the package
• Entry to Giraffe center with applicable package
• Park Entry Fees in All Parks where applicable.
• Safari Driver guide
Not included:
Drinks of any kind
About Cruzeiro Safaris Kenya is established in Kenya, incorporated in 2004. Its core business is safari packages and day tours complemented by air travel. It has a well-established wealth of experience in arranging memorable tours and safaris and has established a client base who provide with repeat business year after year. Join us on facebook, twitter and youtube. Safaris in Kenya may be tailored to the tourist taste and can extend to Tanzania and Uganda. Browse and read reviews on trip advisor page and one can also book from trip advisor link.
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Ethiopian Oromo Activists Support Letter from U.S. Senate to Secretary Pompeo calling for U.S Action in Ethiopia

U.S. Senate: Senate Chamber

U.S. Senators join members of the House of Representatives' call to end ethnic and religious violence in Ethiopia.

FALLS CHURCH, VIRGINIA, UNITED STATES, October 31, 2020 / — The Oromo Legacy Leadership and Advocacy Association (OLLAA) welcomes the news of a joint letter from members of the U.S. Senate to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo regarding Ethiopia's growing political and human rights crisis. The Senate letter is signed by Senators including Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (MD.), Senator Elizabeth Warren (MA), and Senator Christopher Coons (DL). The U.S. Senate letter follows the powerful August 21st, 2020, letter by members of the U.S. House of Representatives to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo regarding the same issues of concern; the growing political and human rights crisis in Ethiopia. As with the House letter, the Senators in their joint letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo express their deep concerns about violence, repression, and the Ethiopian government’s departure from democratic norms. The Senate letter echoes the House letter, which asks Secretary Pompeo to push the Ethiopian government to:

• Return to valued democratic norms,
• Respect human rights,
• Ensure a fair and fully transparent judicial process for all those arrested during the recent unrest, and
• Ensure transparent and independent investigations into the reported extrajudicial killings of peaceful Ethiopian protesters and activists.

The letter from the U.S. House of Representatives, and now the U.S. Senate, shines a powerful light on the issues facing Ethiopia and will, without a doubt, have far-reaching implications for the protection of human rights, safeguarding the rule of law, and putting the country back on a path to democracy. OLLAA urges Secretary Pompeo to follow the House and Senate actions by condemning the widespread human rights violations in Ethiopia. These include the mistreatment of political prisoners, such as Jawar Mohammed and Bekele Gerba, who have been denied necessary medical attention, the killings of dozens of peaceful protesters that took place after Haacaaluu Hundessa’s killing, and the use of schools and stadiums as unofficial, undeclared prisons.

OLLAA believes that the United States has a vital national interest in ending repression, inter-communal violence, and democratic backsliding in Ethiopia. Only decisive action by the United States and the exertion of American leadership can achieve these critical objectives.

Karl Von Batten
Von Batten-Montague-York

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Clifton Taulbert keynote speaker at launch of Southwest Tennessee Community College's Entrepreneurship Institute Nov. 4

American author and international businessman Clifton Taulbert will give a keynote speech at the launch of the M.O.S.T. Entrepreneurship Institute Nov. 4.

MEMPHIS, TN, UNITED STATES, October 31, 2020 / — Renowned American author, international business consultant and acclaimed speaker Clifton L. Taulbert will be the keynote speaker at the virtual launch of Southwest Tennessee Community College’s M.O.S.T. (Men of Southwest Tennessee) Entrepreneurship Institute Nov. 4, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Taulbert is a Pulitzer nominated author of 14 books, including the international best-seller Once Upon a Time When We Were Colored, selected by the U.S. government as a gift to Nelson Mandela when he was released from prison. His Eight Habits of the Heart: The Timeless Values that Build Strong Communities prompted Justice Sandra Day O’Conner to invite him to address the U.S. Supreme Court, and his The Last Train North garnered him the Doubleday New Author of the Year award and first African American to win the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award for Non-Fiction. Recognized as a thought leader on community issues, CNN invited Taulbert to the be the “Voice of the Community” at the turn of the millennium.

Taulbert also is president of the Freemount Corporation, a human capital development company in Tulsa, Oklahoma, serving clients from Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, federal agencies, professional organizations and post-secondary institutions. Time Magazine recognized Taulbert as one of America’s outstanding black entrepreneurs and his consulting philosophy has been embraced by many companies, such as Lockheed Martin and Bank of America. Additionally, Taulbert is the President and CEO of Roots Java Coffee – an African American owned national coffee brand.

Project M.O.S.T., now in its 10th year, received $600,000 of renewed funding by the U.S. Department of Education’s Predominantly Black Institutions (PBI) grant to continue its efforts to help first-year African American male students adjust to the college environment, as well as aid in retention and graduation efforts. The Entrepreneurship Institute, an outgrowth of their work, is seed-funded by a $8,500 grant from Southwest’s Student Success Council and designed to infuse an entrepreneurial mindset among all students and the culture of the college through curriculum development, experiential learning opportunities, online ed2go courses, workshops, events and activities, with foundational support from faculty and community stakeholders.

“Our desire from the start in creating the institute is to enhance the retention and graduation efforts of Southwest students by introducing a new way of thinking about themselves and the world that is fueled by a spirit of enterprise,” said Kariem-Abdul Salaam, director of Project M.O.S.T. “The institute is presently for students; however, we intend to make it a permanent part of the college that the entire community can embrace as a center for entrepreneurship.”

To register for the virtual Nov. 4 kick-off event, visit and enter Entrepreneurship Institute Kick-Off or access this link:

For more information about the Entrepreneurship Institute, contact Kariem-Abdul Salaam at

Diana Fedinec
Southwest Tennessee Community College
+1 901-333-4247

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Etalon Day Spa Opens In Penn Quarter

Front of Etalon Day Spa

WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES, October 31, 2020 / — ETALON DAY SPA announces their grand opening located at 707 D Street, NW. Owner Sergey Markov and Sara Liao have been treating clients at local luxury spas for years, now they will be bringing the highest quality of massage services to the Penn Quarter neighborhood. “We are very pleased to be moving into our new space, which we are positive will be something our clients will feel comfortable and relaxed in, as we deliver the best service we possibly can,” says Markov

ETALON from French Étalon –the word is used as a “perfect example”. Markov explains, “We wanted to create a name that reflects the products and services we offer. The mission of ETALON DAY SPA is to provide the best possible experience for our guests, to help them become healthy, productive, and live better. For us, it’s a journey to build a legacy and reputation of being the best, delivering the best, and creating an Etalon culture that we are proud of each and every day. “

Whether seeking pain-relief or pampering, ETALON has a therapeutic service for everyone. Choose from a list of specialized bodywork including Deep Tissue and Soft Cupping therapies. Swedish, Prenatal, Sports, Reflexology, and Aromatherapy massage. Melt tension away with a Hot Stone or Himalayan Salt Stone treatment. “Our staff has a wide background of expertise that makes each session feel customized,” says Liao.

ETALON follows strict COVID-19 safety procedures, please see the website for full COVID-19 Policies, Guidelines, and Safety Measures

ETALON is open 7 days a week, Monday – Friday from 10 am to 8 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 9 pm.

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Sounds of Justice: Superstar Seth Anthony's "Free Taylor" Debuts 7 November 2020

Seth Anthony makes movement music for those dealing with real-life issues

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, October 31, 2020 / — Thousands of people have been wrongly convicted across the country in a system defined by official indifference to innocence and error.

Taylor Conley was one of those who were wrongfully convicted, and he was incarcerated in 2006 at the age of twenty and is serving a life sentence.

Inspired by Conley's story, Seth Anthony, a rising musician who makes movement music for those dealing with real-life issues, devised the "Free Taylor" concept after Taylor and his wife Cecilia started a social enterprise called "Designed Conviction." The company is dedicated to giving a voice to those who have been incarcerated or formerly incarcerated.

The United States has the largest prison population and the fastest rate of incarceration in the world. According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, nearly 6.9 million people were in the criminal justice system (including jail, prison, probation, and parole) by the end of 2014, and 2.2 million people were in prison or local jails. Incarceration rates disproportionately impact people of color, especially in terms of drug-related offenses, despite the fact that drug use and sales are comparable across race and ethnicity.

"No matter the struggles or hardships a person may go through, you can always persevere if you don't give up." – Seth Anthony.

A fresh mix of rap and rock, the sonically sensational "Free Taylor" EP will be released on November 7, 2020, the date Anthony was finally released from prison.

Working with James Wood, owner and head engineer of Executive Studios, "Free Taylor" features Bubba Sparsxxx and Burden. To learn more about this special EP, go to

Born in Florida, Anthony made poor decisions at a young age and got involved in selling drugs, spending a total of eight years in prison. Since then, his music, unique style, and voice have set him apart. Now with over 22,456 monthly listeners, his most popular tracks include such hits as "Ballad of an Outlaw," Roughnecks Fall in Love," and "Rebel Road." Seth Anthony is on the way to becoming a nationally recognized artist.

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Seth Anthony was born on February 14, 1986, in Fort Pierce, Florida. An Independent American Country singer and songwriter, Anthony started making music at the age of 17. Inspired by his mother, an aspiring singer/songwriter from Tennessee, his diverse set of musical influences have played a significant role in creating his unique, cross-genre brand of "roughneck country." With challenges that music helped to overcome, Anthony's trials and tribulations led to coping techniques through lyrics that told a story. Anthony writes poetic narratives that help him connect with listeners while working through past traumatic experiences. He excels in the novelization, crafting short stories through personal experience and his imagination. In 2017, Anthony relocated to Tampa Bay and began recording at Executive Studios in Clearwater, Florida. He immediately gained the attention of his peers and fellow musician for his unique style and sound.

Designed Conviction offers professional Creative Design, Web Design, and other creative services to give a voice to and promote the rehabilitation of incarcerated/formerly incarcerated individuals. Doing business for a cause Designed Conviction is a social enterprise with a mission to break the stigma around incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals and promote positive rehabilitation through art, media, and marketing design. Portfolio work by the Designed Conviction community of designers and creators can be found on many channels, including social media, podcasts, YouTube, and online/print magazines. Our goal is to give incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals a voice, remove stigmas and empower the members of society while also helping small businesses and entrepreneurs thrive. Visit

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