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Mozilla Funds Top Research Projects

The Mozilla Blog - July 11, 2018 13015

We are very happy to announce the results of the 2018H1 Mozilla Research Grants. This was an extremely competitive process, with over 115 applicants. We selected a total of eight … Read more


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Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions hires Black queer scholar to ensure better representation

Black Youth Project - July 02, 2018 12302

As reported by the Hollywood Reporter, Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions has hired Kamil Oshundara as a “cultural executive,” a move rarely seen in the movie industry. Oshundara’s responsibilities include academic and cultural research to be woven into character development and storylines. Her work will also include what Hollywood Reporter terms “deep diving” into genre material in order […]


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The hypocrisy of defending Maxine Waters against calls for civility while shaming Black non-voters

Black Youth Project - July 03, 2018 7727

Dems say, “Stay civil,” and Black liberals roll their eyes in synch with us. How could they warn that our world is burning, then say we have no right to flood it out? Why would we let terrorizers be comfortable in our establishments, in our homes? My personal opinion: No matter how much we dislike […]


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Launching a successful indie game in 2018: The Moonlighter story

Gamasutra - July 05, 2018 7407

Javier Gimenez, CEO of Moonlighter dev Digital Sun, speaks to Gamasutra about how the studio funded and launched its first original game after years of being a contractor for other companies. ...

Black women cast as Cassandra, cursed to see the future and have no one believe the warnings

Black Youth Project - July 04, 2018 6571

by Leslie Mac The Greek Mythological figure Cassandra is a woman cursed to know the future, but have no one believe her. As the story goes, the Greek God Apollo fell in love with the beautiful Cassandra, and as a gift to prove his love, gave her the gift of prophecy. Well, Cassandra wasn’t feeling […]


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‘The First Purge’ is satisfying and cathartic, just as Black horror should be

Black Youth Project - July 13, 2018 6508

by Andrew Keahey This essay contains some spoilers for The First Purge. Catharsis is important. As marginalized people, every day that we’re alive and drawing breath in this country, we are bombarded with things that infuriate and sadden us. The news not only traumatizes us by showing us the seemingly incessant violence perpetrated against us, […]


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NYC performer welcomes a world without anti-Blackness in “immersive abolitionist fairy-tale,” ‘Neptune’

Black Youth Project - July 05, 2018 6084

This month, artist and poet Timothy DuWhite will be debuting the world premiere of his play Neptune, a creative performance piece exploring the possibility of a world without white supremacy and queer-antagonism. DuWhite tells Afropunk, “Neptune is my abolitionist attempt to construct a world to which I have no current blueprint other than my desire […]


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‘Pose’ actress Indya Moore to star in, executive produce Frankenstein retelling ‘Magic Hour’

Black Youth Project - July 11, 2018 5974

Indya Moore is set to star in and executive produce a TV series titled Magic Hour, which is a retelling of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. According to Shadow and Act, Moore, who is one of five trans actors on Ryan Murphy’s hit show Pose was tapped by writer/director Che Grayson. The 200 year anniversary of the […]


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Don't Miss: A postmortem for Naughty Dog's Uncharted: Drake's Fortune

Gamasutra - July 16, 2018 5635

The developers behind the first game in the Uncharted series explain what made the game the 'biggest and most complex' challenge the studio had faced up to that point in this 2008 postmortem. ...


Don't Miss: A look at choice overload in game design, and how to avoid it

Gamasutra - June 29, 2018 5488

It's easy to overwhelm players with too much choice. In this classic post, game user researcher Bob Tilford discusses the literature of excess choice and how it relates to game design! ...


“Jogger Joe” destroying a houseless Black man’s belongings is a natural part of Oakland’s gentrification

Black Youth Project - June 27, 2018 5395

By Blake Simons Oakland has made national news for ridiculous displays of whiteness again, and this time it wasn’t because of BBQ Becky. In a viral video, a white man named Henry Sintay, since infamously dubbed “Jogger Joe,” can be seen destroying a houseless Black man named Drew’s tent and belongings by throwing them into […]


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Poet Simone John talks her book ‘Testify’ and Sandra Bland’s legacy on the anniversary of her death in AAIHS interview

Black Youth Project - July 13, 2018 5225

As part of their continuing coverage on the life and impact of Sandra Bland, the activist who was pulled over and aggressively arrested following a broken taillight in 2015 then found dead in the Waller County Jail less than a week later, AAIHS (African American Intellectual Historical Society) interviewed poet Simone John. John is a […]


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Comic: Revolution means nothing if it doesn’t include Black women and Black queer folks

Black Youth Project - July 16, 2018 5197

by JeCorey Holder There is an illness affecting far too many Black people that I feel the need to address. I call this syndrome Selective Wokeness. Symptoms include being fully aware and vocally passionate about the racial issues Black people continually face, but having a total disregard and an outright denial for the issues specific […]


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Ethiopia and Eritrea end 20 year conflict with peace summit

Black Youth Project - July 11, 2018 5109

Ethiopia and Eritrea have declared peace after nearly 20 years of “no war, no peace” between the two countries, according to reports from the BBC. Previously, a peace treaty which was supposed to end hostilities between the nations after border conflicts from 1998-2000 was never actually implemented. As a result, the two countries have been […]


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New Features in Firefox Focus for iOS, Android – now also on the BlackBerry Key2

The Mozilla Blog - July 12, 2018 5090

Since the launch of Firefox Focus as a content blocker for iOS in December 2015, we’ve continuously improved the now standalone browser for Apple and Android while always being mindful … Read more


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Tens of thousands protest Trump visit in London

Black Youth Project - July 13, 2018 5081

As President Trump and Prime Minister Theresa May sat down for a meeting on Friday morning at Blenheim Palace, tens of thousands came out to protest the arrival of the United States’ President in central London. Friday’s meeting ends a long week of President Trump sitting down with European leaders and politicians. The U.S. met […]


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Chicago erupts in protest following the shooting of a Black man by Chicago PD

Black Youth Project - July 16, 2018 5069

According to reports from the New York Times, a police officer fatally shot a man Saturday night on the South Side of Chicago, raising the ire of neighbors who confronted the police for several hours after the shooting. The chief of patrol for the Chicago Police Department, Fred Waller told the New York Times that […]


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Elon Musk faces growing criticism over his contributions to Republican Political Action Committees

Black Youth Project - July 16, 2018 5020

According to a report from Think Progress, Tesla and Space X founder Elon Musk is facing backlash over his donation of $38,900 to a Republican Political Action Committee. According to recently released FEC disclosure forms, Musk donated to a group called Protect the House which seeks to help campaigns of GOP House members in danger […]


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curious and fractal

Harold Jarche - July 16, 2018 5012

Some people seem to be naturally curious. Others work at it. Some just lack interest in learning. You can notice this when traveling. Some people can describe many aspects of their local vicinity while others don’t know anything about why certain features exist. They say that the most interesting people are those who are interested... Read more »

Black nerds unite: Blerd City Con is coming to New York!

Black Youth Project - July 10, 2018 5012

Blerd City Con is coming to New York from July 13-15! The three-day conference will host multiple Sci-fi/Horror/Fantasy workshops, screenings, book readings, panels and more! The conference is described as “Black + Nerd = BLERD, a blend of a micro-Comic Con with the intersectionality of social issues facing people of color.” Blerd City’s founder Clairesa […]


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8 Resources for Parents to Promote Summer Learning

Northwest Evaluation Association - July 12, 2018 5003

As summer sets in, and all of the family routines change, parents might be thinking about having fun and relaxing with their kids – but they might... Continue Reading


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Huuuge Games launches mobile publishing label Tap Tap Games

Gamasutra - July 16, 2018 4997

Huuuge Games, the company behind the social casino platform Huuuge Casino, is taking aim at casual mobile games through a new publishing branch called Tap Tap Games. ...


Klang Games secures $8.95M investment for SpatialOS-powered MMO

Gamasutra - July 16, 2018 4995

That game, Seed, is one of several online titles being build with SpatialOS, tech that leans on cloud-computing to create living, persistent online worlds. ...


Summer Learning Loss: What We Know and What We’re Learning

Northwest Evaluation Association - July 16, 2018 4995

It is widely understood that on average students lose academic ground during the summer, a phenomenon frequently referred to as “summer learning loss” or “summer slide.” But... Continue Reading


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Blog: Building the boss fights of X-Morph: Defense - Part 4

Gamasutra - July 16, 2018 4993

In the fourth installment of our series we share the details about the second boss the players encounter in X-Morph: Defense -- the JAGUAR Type S tank. ...