ArtMattan Films New Acquisition Puerto Rican Film ANGELICA Gets Virtual Theatrical Date Set to August 20, 2021

Angelica by Marisol Gómez-Mouakad

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Angelica and her dolls

ANGELICA is a psychological drama that exposes the implications of racism and sexism upon a family and its members in Puerto Rico.

Purposely challenging the Eurocentric beauty standards that blatantly plague Latin America, Puerto Rican director Gómez-Mouakad tells the story of an empowered Afro-Latina fighting colorism at home.”

— Remezcla

NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES, July 29, 2021 / — ArtMattan Films, the film distribution arm of ArtMattan Productions, has announced the acquisition and virtual theatrical release of award-winning drama ANGELICA by Marisol Gómez-Mouakad.

ANGELICA is a psychological drama that exposes the implications of racism and sexism upon the family and individual, reflecting upon how the oppressive nature of both racism and sexism, affects family relations and the individual.

Angelica, after a long absence from Puerto Rico, returns home when her father, Wilfredo, suffers a stroke. This unexpected return and her father's illness force Angelica to re-evaluate her relationship with her mother and family members who don't accept her because of her skin color. She must face herself and discovers that she does not know who she is. After her father's death, Angelica must decide whether to return to the comfort of her previous life, dissatisfied, but secure, or set on an adventurous path to rediscover herself as an independent, modern, strong, black, and Puerto Rican woman.

“People talk about racism and sexism in the U.S.,” Gómez-Mouakad explains. “They may not do much, but in talking about it they are at least addressing the problem. In Puerto Rico — and across the Caribbean and Latin America — there is a lot of denial. If you do talk about the issues, you are accused of being over sensitive. But words have power and words can hurt.” ~ director Marisol Gómez-Mouakad

ANGELICA is set to get a virtual release in major markets including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago on August 20. The virtual release will be followed by a digital and home-video release.

"Purposely challenging the Eurocentric beauty standards that blatantly plague Latin America on and off screen, Puerto Rican director Marisol Gómez-Mouakad sets out to tell the story of an empowered Afro-Latina fighting colorism at home in her debut feature Angélica." ~ Remezcla

"In addition to the theme of racism, the film touches upon the implications of machismo in a patriarchal society from the perspective of women." ~ Repeating Islands

"Another glorious, glorious portrait on race and the roles women play—by pressure, by tradition, by choice. " ~ Guilie Castillo Oriard

Marisol is a Puerto Rican filmmaker and painter who completed a Masters at the New School in New York. She also participated in various screenwriting and acting workshops. She was selected to participate in IFP Project Involve workshops in the spring of 2005 and Talent Campus Guadalajara in 2009. Her first and second short film, Rosa and Lazos respectively, have premiered in various international film festivals. ANGELICA is her first feature film.

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ArtMattan Films celebrates in 2021 twenty nine years of exposing US audiences to a large variety of films about the human experience of people of color in many parts of the world. Films released by ArtMattan Films include Kirikou and the Sorceress, The Tracker, Gospel Hill, Scheherazade, Tell Me a Story, The Pirogue, Tango Negro: The African Roots of Tango, Stand Down Soldier, White Lies, The Man Who Mends Women, The Citizen, Mama Africa: Miriam Makeba and most recently The Last Tree, Made in Bangladesh and Marighella. More info at

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2021 New York Festivals Radio Awards Announces Finalists

Finalists Include the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, BBC, CBS Radio, ESPN, HarperCollins, Penguin Random House, RTÉ, Westwood One, SiriusXM

Once again, this year’s Finalists in addition to appealing to their own listeners, also impressed the Grand Jury with their mastery of the audio medium.”

— Rose Anderson, VP/Executive Producer, New York Festivals Radio Awards

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA, July 29, 2021 / — New York Festivals® Radio Awards has announced the 2021 Finalists.

The 2021 Radio Awards Grand Jury of creative media professionals and content creators from around the globe selected Finalists based on production values, writing, creativity, direction, achievement of purpose, and audience suitability. Entries achieving Finalist status will advance to the next round to determine gold, silver, and bronze trophies.

“Once again, this year’s Finalists in addition to appealing to their own listeners, also impressed the Grand Jury with their mastery of the audio medium. Across all genres, they proved that radio – the original social medium – is robust and thriving. From podcasts and audiobooks to sound art and breaking news, these talented storytellers bring the world together and engage in real time,” said Rose Anderson, VP/Executive Director, New York Festivals Radio Awards.

Global broadcasters led the way including the 2020 NYF Broadcaster of the Year, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and RTÉ Ireland, 2019 Broadcaster of the Year. Additional prominent broadcasters moving on to the medal round: BBC, CBS Radio, Bloomberg, Radio New Zealand, Westwood One, SiriusXM, ESPN, and National Radio of Argentina.

For 2021 new categories were unveiled across all genres to shine the spotlight on Social Justice. Finalists include: “How fracking could threaten Australia's Paris target” (Australian Broadcasting Corp.), “Black Lives Matter: From Protests to Police Reform” (Westwood One), “Say Their Name” (DCP Entertainment), “Birds Eye View” (StoryProjects)”, “Racism Within” (SBS Australia), “Substantial Helen” (Bioneers Radio Series), and “Barack Obama, White Supremacy and Grace” (BBC Radio 4).

Audio Book listening saw an uptick in 2020 and a robust number of compelling Audio Book entries featuring celebrity narrators advanced including: HarperCollins Publisher’s “Mary Poppins Comes Back”, read by Academy Award winner, Olivia Colman and “The Hobbit, By J.R.R. Tolkien” read by Andy Serkis. Penguin Random House titles moving on to the medal round include: “A Life on Our Planet” read by Sir David Attenborough, “To the Lighthouse” read by Rita Wilson, “Imaginary Fred” read by Ciarán Hinds, and “Judge Dredd: America” read by Joseph Fiennes. Other Finalists Include: “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” Almost Tangible and “Händelser vid vatten / Backwater” Sveriges Radio. View the 2021 Finalists:

Podcast Finalists include “Where Is George Gibney?” and “I'm Not A Monster – from BBC Panorama & FRONTLINE PBS” (BBC), “30 for 30” (ESPN), “Unlocking Bryson's Brain” (CBC), “Nut Jobs: Cracking California's Strangest $10 Million Dollar Heist” (Audible), “Billie Was a Black Woman“ (ViacomCBS), “The Battersea Poltergeist” (Bafflegab Productions), “Weightless” (DMC Studio Argentina), My Home Town (Kevin Burke Productions), “The Long Lonely Lake” (Colorado Public Radio), “The Secrets In Us” (Loftus Media), “Driving the Green Book” (Macmillan Podcasts), ”Foundering” (Bloomberg), “Scales of Change: A Field Guide to the Dragons of Climate Inaction” (Future Ecologies Media), “Alligator Candy” (USG Media), “On a Mission" Season 3: To the Ends of the Earth” (NASA/JPL), “GIANT” (Spotify), and “The Debrief with Major Garrett” (CBS News Radio).

Documentaries give a voice to unique points of view, shine the spotlight on real-life events past and present, inform, educate, and captivate. Finalists include: “Fight of The Century” (TBI Media), “Digging For Fire” (RTÉ Radio 1 Extra),” Black Culture, Civil Rights and Change” (BBC Radio 4), “Stuff The British Stole” (ABC Radio Australia), “Voices from Antarctica” (Radio New Zealand), “The Sounds of America” (BMP Audio), “Love, to find beauty everywhere” (ORF), “My Favourite Things” (Curtains for Radio LTD.), “The Anti-Vax Files – BBC Trending” (BBC World Service London), “Bob Dylan: Verbatim” (Zinc Media), “In The Studio – Patrick Woodroffe: Lighting The Stars” (Magnum Opus Broadcasting), and “Belarus : Once upon a time in the revolution” (France Inter).

Entertainment entries advanced. Drama Finalists include: “No One Ever Asked Me That” (RTÉ Radio 1 Extra), “Miss Julie, from the balcony of ICI Première” (Radio-Canada/CBC), “The exorcism in Eksjo” (Sveriges Radio), “The Keith Urban Playlist Series 2” (TBI Media). Music Specials moved to the medal round: “The Lyric Concert – John Lennon Special” (RTE Lyric FM), “Musicals: The Greatest Show” (TBI Media), “Get Back: The Beatles in Britain” (Somethin Else), “War & Peace and Rock & Roll” (BFBS Radio), Family Rhythms” (We Are Grape Ltd.). Mini Series entries achieving Finalist status include: “Blockbuster: The Story of James Cameron” (Epicleff Media), “Roll Over Beethoven – A Sitcom from Old Vienna in Nine Acts” (Swiss Radio & Television), “Tous les chats sont gris” (Radio-Canada/CBC), and “Journeys In Sound” (Nemone Metaxas). View the 2021 Finalists:

Breaking News, features, and investigative reporting captured events as they unfolded, revealed the truth about provocative topics, and unearthed critical facts from around the globe. Entries moving on to the medal round: “Road To November” (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation), “The Great Post Office Trial” (Whistledown), “Century of Sound” (CBS News Radio), “Guyon Espiner” (Radio New Zealand), “Snapshots from Black America” (BBC Radio 4), “Maradona. The Last Idol” (National Radio of Argentina), “America in the Morning” (Westwood One), and “Latin American corruption in times of Covid-19” (Voice of America.)

The Radio Awards receives entries from radio stations, networks, and independent producers from over 30 countries around the globe. The mission of the competition is to honor the achievements of the men and women who make up the global audio storytelling community.

To view the complete list of the New York Festivals Radio Awards Finalists Visit:

The 2021 NYF Radio Award winners will be announced on October 12th at the annual Storytellers gala taking place at NAB in Las Vegas. This year is the eleventh year of NYF’s strategic partnership with NAB Show, the ultimate marketplace for people passionate about media, entertainment, and technology. All winners and attendees will have access to the multi-day NAB event which is the world’s largest media entertainment marketplace taking place this October.

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LIFE Provides Aid to Ghana Prison Services

Ghana Prisons Need Medical Aid, LIFE Helps

SOUTHFIELD, MICHIGAN, USA, July 29, 2021 / — Ghana Prison conditions are commonly rough and sometimes life threatening due to overcrowding, insufficient sanitary conditions, shortage of medical care, physical abuse, and food shortages. Because of the overcrowding of these prisons, many inmates suffer from diseases spread by other inmates. With the large shortage of medical supplies, it is hard to give medical attention to inmates that need it.

The Ghana Prison Services humbly requested medical aid for the prisoners that desperately need it, regardless of their background. After, a careful and thoughtful assessment of their request, the team visited some of the medical facilities and the things we saw were not encouraging for fellow humans, though prisoners, to go through such situations. This and other humanly possible support informed our decision to give such a hefty donation to the Ghana Prisons Service. The uniformed men are the top-level officials of the Ghana Prisons Service, who were touched by our assistance to the outfit. The Director General and head of Technical/Logistical support services unit of the Prisons Service expressed profound gratitude to LIFE for the kind gesture. They promised to make good use of the equipment, and to make sure the items get to all of their hospitals across the country. They were extremely happy and further requested for more of such support services.

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2021 National ADDYs Present Silver Award to Poster Campaign Honoring the Lives of Breonna Taylor and David McAtee

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY, UNITED STATES, July 29, 2021 / — An Illustration and Poster Campaign honoring the lives of Breonna Taylor and David McAtee received the Silver Award at the 2021 National ADDYs presented by the American Advertising Federation (AAF) in June. The produced pieces were created by Mightily, a Louisville based full-service advertising agency, and commissioned by the Louisville Urban League, in response to police violence and the nationwide outcry for reform and social justice.

Breonna Taylor was fatally shot in her Louisville, Kentucky home on March 13, 2020, when officers from the Louisville Metro Police, forced entry under a “no-knock warrant”. Almost three months later, on June 1, 2020, while attending a protest for Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, David McAtee was fatally shot by the Kentucky Army National Guard. As protests erupted across the City, The Louisville Urban League tasked Mightily with the time sensitive project of providing materials that would stand out in store windows, at marches, and on social media, in support of the movement for change.

The illustrations and poster campaign created by Mightily, reflect a nostalgic aesthetic, drawing inspiration from the social climate of the late 60’s and early 70’s, with a bold and simple approach that integrates a ripped paper graphic treatment.

“This project demonstrates the powerful intersection between art and humanity, where a single image or symbol can evoke our emotions with just one glance. We had to develop an approach that could visually communicate the purpose behind the campaign. We chose an old-school conceptual angle to inspire the protest marches to move forward and to symbolize a movement that was not turning back.” – Rankin Mapother, CCO

The AAF/National ADDY Awards are a premiere creative competition, recognizing outstanding work in the field of advertising, bestowing 216 national awards out of 700 entries that were eligible. This year’s awards presented Mightily with a Silver Award for their poster campaign that centered on the lives of Taylor and McAtee. The poster campaign received multiple ADDY’s at the AAF local and district competition, before qualifying for national consideration.

“Reflecting back on that time, when citizens were mobilizing and there was an emotional charge across the city and the country as whole, we knew we had to simply trust the creative instincts of our team and turn the work around quickly. To meet that type of deadline, we had to bring in additional creatives that really understood what this project represented to Mightily, the city of Louisville, and most importantly, to the Taylor and McAtee families. Although we are honored by the recognition from the AAF, we are genuinely humbled to have played a small part to honor the legacies that started a movement.” – Lesa Seibert, CEO Mightily.

About Mightily
“Anti-established since 2013,” Mightily quickly garnered attention in Louisville and the industry with its recognizable aesthetic and creative attitude, servicing clients with brand strategy and identity, creative writing, customer experiences, websites, marketing strategy and consulting, research, media buying, and social media consulting and management.

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First-Ever Dalai Lama Library & Learning Center To Be Built In Ithaca, NY

Rendering of the Center’s Exterior

Supported by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, a Public Fundraising Campaign is Underway to Develop a Hub of Compassionate and Humane Education.

If you think you're too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.”

— His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

ITHACA, NY, UNITED STATES, July 29, 2021 / — The Dalai Lama is inspiring a movement toward compassion and unity in the U.S., and it will begin in Ithaca, New York.

In a statement made on His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama's 86th birthday, Namgyal Monastery – the Dalai Lama's personal monastery and North American seat – announced plans to build a Dalai Lama Library and Learning Center on its grounds in Ithaca, New York. The statement detailed the launch of a $5 million public fundraising campaign to support the project, which represents the first phase of a planned development to include the building of a Dalai Lama Museum on the site at a later date. Both projects will be the only facilities of their kind anywhere in the world.

"We are seeking the support of donors for a project of great benefit to all of humanity, the building of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama's Library and Learning Center," said Tenzin Choesang, President of Namgyal Monastery in Ithaca. "Our vision – one that is supported and shared by the Dalai Lama – is to encourage genuine human interconnection and unity in an increasingly divided world. The Dalai Lama Library and Learning Center will do this by creating a transformational hub of compassionate and humane education that is open to everyone, both in-person and online."

The Dalai Lama Library and Learning Center will span 9,240 square feet and will serve as a repository for all the works of the current and previous Dalai Lamas, and a place for study and exploration for the public, including students, scholars, spiritual, civic, and business leaders, and practitioners of all faiths. The Learning Center will be a physical space as well as a virtual destination (via its robust website) for people across North America and the world, offering free and low-cost programming such as classes, talks, seminars, meditation, and more.

The Dalai Lama Trust kicked off the fundraising campaign with a $1.3 million donation, and generous donors and members of the public already have donated an additional $1.2 million of the $5 million needed by year's end to bring the Library and Learning Center to fruition. With suggested donation levels starting at $25, there is an opportunity for many to express their support for the project, which will help to:

– Create a center of learning that promotes basic human values to include compassion, forgiveness, tolerance, contentment, and self-discipline regardless of nationality, religion or origin – both in person and online, with a wide array of free and low-cost programming (i.e. meditations, workshops, talks, retreats) accessible to everyone across the world

– Build understanding among different faiths and cultures by fostering dialogue and study in an effort to promote a culture of peace and compassion, therefore impacting social change by considering the collective flourishing impact our actions have on one another

– Extend the work of His Holiness the Dalai Lama by bringing together scientists, philosophers, and practitioners to explore and bridge relationships between contemplative wisdom philosophy and science, particularly the science of the mind and consciousness

– Establish an academic center for the study and preservation of Tibetan Buddhist culture and history with its unique language, people, literature, art forms, architecture and performing arts, and its commitment to protecting our environment's natural resources

– Preserve the collected works of the current and previous Dalai Lamas of Tibet

"We welcome all types of support – be it funds, time or other resources – from individuals to corporations, foundations and other organizations," said Choesang. "We need the public's help to make this vision of a better and inclusive world where our differences generate curiosity and appreciation for one another a reality."

Ways to Support:

– Spread the word by sharing the project on social media
– Donate through the website's donation link
– Purchase through AmazonSmile as 0.5% of total purchase will be donated to the project (select Namgyal Monastery Dharma Center as the charity of choice)
– Volunteer by lending skills, talents, and resources
– Partner by donating a portion on a company's product sales proceeds to help fund the project

All donations are tax-exempt, as the Dalai Lama Library and Learning Center is assumed under Namgyal Monastery Institute of Buddhist Studies, a 501(c)(3). Donations can be made by check, credit card online, wire transfer, donation of equities, or planned giving. To learn more about this project – including the special gifts donors receive for their contributions – visit To discuss a donation or for any questions, email Follow the campaign and project on social media @dalailamalearningcenter.

A fundraising campaign for the second phase of the project – the development of the Dalai Lama Museum, which will require $10 million to develop – will commence when fundraising for Phase One is complete. Inquiries regarding the Dalai Lama Museum should be directed to

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(Video) Iran: Khuzestan Water Shortage Protests Continually Expand Geographic Reach and Messaging

July 29, 2021 - (PMOI / MEK Iran) and (NCRI): Protests in Tehran Pars, Karaj (Gohardasht), Isfahan (Baharestan), Kermanshah, and Eyvan. Protesters chant: “Death to Khamenei, Death to the dictators, No to Gaza, No to Lebanon, I sacrifice my life for Iran”.

(PMOI / MEK Iran) and (NCRI): Protests in Tehran Pars, Karaj (Gohardasht), Isfahan (Baharestan), Kermanshah, and Eyvan. Protesters chant: “Death to Khamenei, Death to the dictators, No to Gaza, No to Lebanon, I sacrifice my life for Iran”.

July 29, 2021 - (NCRI) and (PMOI / MEK Iran): Kermanshah – 2nd day of protest against water shortages in Dareh Deraz – July 27, 2021.

(NCRI) and (PMOI / MEK Iran): Kermanshah – 2nd day of protest against water shortages in Dareh Deraz – July 27, 2021.

July 29, 2021 - (PMOI / MEK Iran) and (NCRI): Kordkuy – The rebellious youth block the road to protest the power outages – July 26, 2021.

(PMOI / MEK Iran) and (NCRI): Kordkuy – The rebellious youth block the road to protest the power outages – July 26, 2021.

(NCRI) and (PMOI / MEK Iran): Karaj (Gohardasht) – Protesters chant, “Death to the dictator, Death to Khamenei” – July 26, 2021.

(NCRI) and (PMOI / MEK Iran): Karaj (Gohardasht) – Protesters chant, “Death to the dictator, Death to Khamenei” – July 26, 2021.

July 29, 2021 - (PMOI / MEK Iran) and (NCRI): Isfahan – Gathering in protest to the power outages – July 26, 2021.

(PMOI / MEK Iran) and (NCRI): Isfahan – Gathering in protest to the power outages – July 26, 2021.

July 26, 2021 - People of Tehran stage protest, chant, “Death to the dictator,” and “Khamenei, shame on you, leave our nation alone”.

(PMOI / MEK Iran) and (NCRI): People of Tehran stage protest, chant, “Death to the dictator,” and “Khamenei, shame on you, leave our nation alone”.

July 24, 2021 - On the ninth night of the uprising, defiant youths in Susangerd and Ahvaz resist repressive forces.

(PMOI / MEK Iran) and (NCRI): On the ninth night of the uprising, defiant youths in Susangerd and Ahvaz resist repressive forces.

July 26, 2021 - Tabriz- Large demonstration against the regime’s suppression and in solidarity with Khuzestan’s uprising – July 24, 2021

(PMOI / MEK Iran) and (NCRI): Tabriz- Large demonstration against the regime’s suppression and in solidarity with Khuzestan’s uprising – July 24, 2021

Participants in the past two weeks’ protests have decried this involvement with the familiar slogan, “Neither Gaza nor Lebanon; I give my life only for Iran.”

Mrs. Rajavi predicted that the 'new era' following the August 5 inauguration of Ebrahim Raisi would be defined by a historic uptick in the conflict between the Iranian regime and civil society.”


PARIS, FRANCE, July 29, 2021 / — As summer temperatures soared in the Iranian province of Khuzestan, water shortages became a pronounced crisis, sparking mass protests in a number of cities and towns including Ahvaz, Khorramshahr, Hamidiyeh, and Mahshahr. The first such demonstrations were recorded on July 15, and these helped to establish the messaging that would define the protests for two weeks and counting.

Many participants in the first night’s protests chanted, “We will not accept humiliation.” Over time, that slogan has been adapted to reflect the government’s violent response, so that many current participants are chanting, “Iranians die, but we will not accept humiliation.” The first known fatality from the unrest took place on the second day, July 16, and the victim was identified as 26-year-old Mostafa Na’imawi.

Since then, at least eleven other protesters have been killed, apparently all of them in shooting incidents carried out by State Security Forces or the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. The Basij civilian militia has also been dispatched to help crackdown on unrest, in keeping with the multi-pronged approach that the regime typically takes toward the repression of dissent. Within the first twelve days of protests, the IRGC personally arrested at least one hundred individuals, and regular law enforcement may have swept up thousands during that same time, including known and suspected activists as well as direct participants in the unrest.

All of these arrests and killings, however, seem to have had the opposite of the intended effect, driving more Iranians into the streets to explicitly demonstrate solidarity with the residents of Khuzestan instead of driving those residents back into their homes. The solidarity demonstrations were encouraged from the second day of the protests onward, by statements from the National Council of Resistance of Iran and its President-elect Mrs. Maryam Rajavi.

The first such statement called upon “all youths” to rush to the aid of activists in Khuzestan, “especially those wounded.” This appeal to youth seemingly reflects the preexisting demographics of the protest movement, as young and often highly-educated Iranians press not just for a redress of grievances but also for a wholesale change of government in the wake of the regime’s massive contributions to crises including but not limited to the Khuzestan water shortage.

The youthful demographics of the protest movement are also reflected in early reports of casualties from the regime’s crackdown. On Sunday, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), released the names of twelve known victims of that crackdown, along with their places of residence and the locations of their deaths. Of the seven whose ages were known, all were under the age of 30 and two were only 17 years old.

One of those teenage victims, Hadi Bahmani, was given a funeral on Friday, three days after his death, and supporters used the occasion to stage another demonstration with a greater focus on the regime’s political violence and general disregard for the welfare of the Iranian people, rather than the water shortages themselves. Both categories of the demonstration have seen their slogans transition from addressing specific issues to calling for the ouster of the regime that is responsible for them.

Among some of the latest protests within Khuzestan, protesters were heard to highlight the province’s vast oil and gas resources and to ask what has happened to them and the wealth generated from them. In call-and-response chants, some protesters posed this question only to answer that the resources in question had been squandered in the regime’s terrorist activities in the region and in Gaza and Lebanon. This sentiment has proven commonplace among Iranian activists in recent years, as economic conditions have worsened for the vast majority of the population even as costly Iranian involvement in regional conflicts has expanded.

Participants in the past two weeks’ protests have decried this involvement with the familiar slogan, “Neither Gaza nor Lebanon; I give my life only for Iran.” This has been a common feature of protests spanning the past several years, including nationwide uprisings in January 2018 and November 2019. Both uprisings gave an outlet to explicit calls for regime change, which have also been repeated in the context of the Khuzestan water shortages.

The surrounding solidarity demonstrations have notably included outright declarations like, “We do not want the regime.” Meanwhile, the movement’s revolutionary prospects have grown in the form of strategic organization, with participants on Sunday burning tires and erecting barricades in order to block transit routes used by regime authorities in at least 12 different cities.

Since July 15 and the calls to action by the NCRI, related demonstrations have been recorded in Tabriz, Saqqez, Zanjan, Mahashahr, Lorestan, Bushehr, and Isfahan, in spite of the fact that internet outages are making it difficult both to report such demonstrations and to coordinate them. Nonetheless, that coordination has become a noticeable feature of some of the latest calls to action inside Iran, as evidenced by the repetition of slogans like, “From Karaj to Khuzestan, let us all unite,” and “Do not be afraid; we are all together.”

Just days before the outbreak of the water-shortage protests, the NCRI held the Free Iran World Summit, featuring multiple speeches from Mrs. Rajavi and dozens of political supporters from the United States, the European Union, and elsewhere. In one of her speeches, Mrs. Rajavi predicted that the “new era” following the August 5 inauguration of Ebrahim Raisi would be defined by a historic uptick in the conflict between the Iranian regime and civil society. The protests in and around Khuzestan are arguably a preview of this phenomenon and an expression of the people’s expectation that Raisi will not meaningfully address water shortages or other well-recognized crises.

Raisi was a major participant in the 1988 massacre that killed over 30,000 political prisoners, most of them members of the People’s Mojahedin, MEK. In 2019, several months after being appointed judiciary chief, he oversaw the crackdown on the nationwide uprising in November of that year, which killed approximately 1,500 people in a matter of days. In recognition of this legacy, the vast majority of Iran’s eligible voters boycotted Raisi’s effectively uncontested election and arguably signaled their intention to resist his rule for as long as it lasts.

This sentiment was also repeated against the backdrop of the water-shortage protests. On Monday, young activists in the city of Karaj declared that “unless we obtain our rights, these protests will continue every night.” In the same demonstration, State Security Forces attempted to carry out an arrest but were repelled by massive crowds. Meanwhile, the implications of such clashes were expressed in multiple protest regions, with participants boasting that “neither guns nor tanks” will prevent the Iranian people from continuing to protest for their rights and perhaps ultimately for a wholesale change of government.

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Iran: protesters in Karaj join demonstrations in Khuzestan, 12-day protests demand regime change

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Raymond Reggie Offers Scholarship To Graduating Louisiana High School Students

Raymond Reggie offers Louisiana students a college scholarship.

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New Orleans native, Ray Reggie, has started a scholarship for high school students looking to enter the digital marketing field.

Giving back is the best part of life! This is my way of helping students here in Louisiana thrive in a growing digital world!”

— Raymond Reggie

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA, UNITED STATES , July 29, 2021 / — Raymond Reggie of New Orleans, Louisiana has launched a scholarship in his name to help Louisiana students entering the digital marketing industry. In an increasingly virtual world, digital marketing continues to be a growing industry. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of marketing professionals in the workforce is expected to grow by 6% between 2019-2029. That amounts to approximately 19,000 new jobs.
The Raymond Reggie Scholarship was created to financially support students interested in the fields of advertising, marketing, and business.

Ray Reggie pushed into marketing and advertising in 1991, starting his own business that has since grown into a $65 million annual enterprise that revolves around digital marketing. Companies from around the world have sought to retain his expertise in his field, and Ray caters to the smallest independent businesses all the way to Fortune 500 entities. This scholarship is not only a passion project for Ray, it is his way of giving back to the great state that he is proud to call home.

Ray Reggie believes that success starts with support, and has created the Raymond Reggie Scholarship in order to bolster the future of digital marketing, advertising, and business. Students local to the State of Louisiana and who are graduating seniors in 2022 can now look toward a bright future in the digital world with the additional support of the Raymond Reggie Scholarship. Look ahead to the exciting forecasts of the digital world, and tell us about yourself and how digital enterprises serve to shape your future careers.

Please visit this link to learn more about the scholarship and to apply:

To apply, You must be a high school senior graduating in 2022 and be located in the state of Louisiana to be eligible for this scholarship.
Simply tell us a bit about yourself and why you're interested in entering the marketing, business, or advertising field!

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Brotherhood Crusade receives $800,000 grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

Charisse Bremond Weaver, Brotherhood Crusade President & CEO

Charisse Bremond Weaver, Brotherhood Crusade President & CEO

Brotherhood Crusade receives $800,000 grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

We provide an immense amount of love, care and resources to the youth we serve; they know they will never be alone and this grant will directly support our goal to break the cycle of poverty.”

— Charisse Bremond Weaver, Brotherhood Crusade President and CEO

LOS ANGELES, CA, USA, July 29, 2021 / — The Brotherhood Crusade received a landmark grant for $800,000 from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. The funds from the Hilton Foundation will assist Brotherhood Crusade in providing services and programs that will directly impact youth by preparing and readying them to thrive in middle-wage, highly compensated careers and entrepreneurship opportunities.

“We are proud to recognize the importance of Brotherhood Crusade’s history as a community leader in South Los Angeles and are excited to support their work in building career pathways for youth throughout the area,” shares Elizabeth Cheung, senior program officer at the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.

Brotherhood Crusade community services and programs are designed to change the trajectory and narrative of young adults of color and provide them with the requisite skills to excel in life and make a positive impact in their respective communities.

Conrad Hilton said “Love one another, for that is the whole law; so our fellow men deserve to be loved and encouraged – never to be abandoned to wander alone in poverty and darkness.”

President and CEO Charisse Bremond Weaver of the Brotherhood Crusade said “This is what great partnerships are all about, an alignment in understanding the critical needs of our youth and how through learning, thriving, connecting, leading and working we will forever change the outlook of our community. We provide an immense amount of love, care and resources to the youth we serve; they know they will never be alone and this grant will directly support our goal to break the cycle of poverty.”


About Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

International hotelier Conrad N. Hilton established the grantmaking foundation that bears his name in 1944 to help people living in poverty and experiencing disadvantage worldwide. Today, the work continues, concentrating on efforts to improve early childhood development outcomes, support older youth as they transition from foster care, ensure opportunity youth can access career pathways, prevent homelessness, identify solutions to safe water access, help integrate refugees into society and lift the work of Catholic sisters. Additionally, following selection by an independent, international jury, the Foundation annually awards the $2.5 million Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize to an organization doing extraordinary work to reduce human suffering. The Foundation is one of the world’s largest, with assets recently growing to approximately $7.5 billion. It has awarded grants to date totaling more than $2 billion, $207 million worldwide in 2020. Please visit for more information.

About Brotherhood Crusade

Celebrating 53 years of service to the Los Angeles community, Brotherhood Crusade was founded in 1968. The organization's principal mission is to champion equality and equity by removing and/or helping individuals overcome the barriers that deter their pursuit of success in life and facilitate opportunities for a better quality of life by effectuating improved health & wellness, facilitating academic success, promoting personal, social & economic growth, providing access to artistic excellence & cultural awareness, increasing financial literacy and building community agencies & institutions. Brotherhood Crusade provides direst services to more than 3,000 youth and young adults and additional 25,000 residents through its special projects.

Brotherhood Crusade has a history of building alliances with other organizations, corporations and foundations of goodwill that are committed to and understand the tremendous need for helping our community and people grow and prosper.

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Covatic partners with CACI to enable ground-breaking on-device Acorn segmentation



The news follows hot on the heels of Covatic’s launch of A-Type, a sustainable solution to the digital advertising industry’s ID and privacy challenge

LONDON, UK, July 29, 2021 / — Covatic, the fast-growing Techstars-backed technology company has announced a partnership with CACI, via its new A-Type solution, which will enable advertisers to benefit from detailed Acorn segmentations and on-device targeting whilst preserving user privacy.

Covatic’s recently launched A-Type solution is an entirely new approach to audience targeting which places user privacy front and centre whilst providing rich audience segments – without tracking users. GDPR, CCPA and Apple ATT safe, it does not require users to login and harnesses CACI’s powerful consumer classification, Acorn.
With A-Type using Covatic’s on-device processing to allocate groups of users to relevant third-party socio-demographic data, without exposing any form of ID, this creates highly relevant audiences and represents a future-proofed solution.
Daniel Pike, Covatic’s Chief Product Officer, explains: “We are delighted to partner with CACI to enable the digital ad industry to continue to ensure it can provide relevant messaging at the right moment in time and in the right context. Together, we provide insights gained from the real world and processed on-device to ensure no personal data is shared, whilst at the same time enabling advertisers to target their communications with the precision consumers have come to expect.”

Cara Bramwell, Principal Consultant, CACI adds: “We are excited at the potential of this pivotal partnership with Covatic on their innovative A-Type solution. It will enable us to provide the industry with Acorn’s powerful consumer classification segments of the population, so, whether you are trying to understand your existing customers, identify profitable prospects or allocate resources effectively, we provide insight to help you do just that – at a time when privacy-compliant, on-device targeting provides one of few sustainable solutions to tightening industry rules.”

In recent weeks, Covatic has also joined forces with industry association, the IAB UK, as it develops its future-facing product offer and continues to help marketers grapple with a shifting and evolving digital landscape.

Nick Pinks, CEO of Covatic, comments: “Contextual advertising and on-device processing is more important than ever when it comes to building a sustainable digital ecosystem. With consumers placing more importance on their privacy and the broader industry realising the importance of respecting user’s data – the media industry is becoming empowered to act. This partnership between CACI and Covatic is a great example of how it is possible to deliver targeted advertising and engagement, while using CACI’s powerful data and Covatic’s approach to preserving user privacy by doing everything on device.”

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About Covatic

Covatic empowers the publishing and media industry to deliver personalised digital services that respect and protect personal privacy.

It’s ID-less, privacy-first technology enables publishers and brands to use industry recognised socio-demographic data to create targetable audiences without exposing any personal data. Covatic’s pioneering approach to on-device processing ensures that the industry has an accurate, future-proof ad solution that delivers highly relevant ads while protecting user privacy. This approach ensures all the data-processing ‘smart stuff’ lives on the customer’s own kit – such as their phone – and so does all their data.

Understanding, segmenting and targeting online audiences is critical to today’s advertising economy. But regulatory changes, and the strategies of key industry players such as Apple and Google, are proving disruptive and will require many companies to adopt new ways of working. Covatic’s solution – A-Type is a simple to include SDK that allows publishers to sell high value CPMs based on targeting while remaining GDPR, CCPA and Apple ATT-safe, it doesn’t even require users to login.

Covatic offers highly compliant, ethical and future-proofed technical solutions that are attractive to companies that want to address audiences more effectively in a fast-changing digital privacy landscape.

About CACI
At CACI we do amazing things with data. Our heritage of understanding consumers and their behaviour underpins everything we do and forms the basis of our unique range of data products and solutions. We help our clients to grow their customer volumes and revenue by providing a range of marketing services. We create unrivalled insight for our clients – insight that can lead business change, increase customer engagement and drive digital transformation. We use it to shape digital products, maximise digital acquisition and integrate marketing technology.
CACI Limited is part of CACI International Inc., a $5.7billion company listed on the NYSE, providing professional services and information technology. In the UK, we employ over 800 people across 10 offices.
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Multi-Award Winning Documentary Filmmaker, Angelena Bonet, Wins 'Best Inspirational Film' at the Venice Film Awards

Angelena Bonet - AACTA Awards

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Angelena Bonet - Best Inspirational Film

Best Inspirational Film

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Change The World

Australian documentary filmmaker, singer-songwriter and humanitarian has won 'Best Inspirational Film' award for her biopic documentary in Venice, Italy.

Modeling in Italy was such a highlight but does not compare to creating my film. Touching hearts, using my voice and inspiring others to rise above their own adversity is what truly matters to me!”

— Angelena Bonet

SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA, July 29, 2021 / — Australian singer-songwriter and documentary filmmaker, Angelena Bonet, has won ‘Best Inspirational Film’ for her documentary “Change The World” at the Venice Film Awards. Bonet’s biopic short film, which she produced in its entirety, has won 160 film festival awards worldwide. The inspiring film just screened in Tokyo, Seoul and is now currently screening at the 4th Dimension Independent Film Festival in Bali, Indonesia. She has been the recipient of many special awards including the 'Humanitarian Award' at The Jane Austen International Film Festival and the ‘Human Spirit Award' at the DOCS Without Borders International Film Festival in The Bahamas.

A former Australian Supermodel, Angelena has produced this short film, a feature film tetralogy, six music videos and two docu-web series thus far, which have all received numerous International Film Festival Awards. Experiencing two personal tragedies was the catalyst that lit the fire that drives her. She describes her work as “a labor of love” and so fulfilling on a deep level. Her documentaries chronicle her life to the present day, which she has produced, directed and edited in their entirety and self funded. Her soulmate and fiancé of three days, Erick Deeby, suddenly and unexpectedly passed away in August 2007. He had written and recorded instrumental pieces of music for her between 2005 and 2007. Bonet then wrote the lyrics and melody to his music after his devastating death and during her time of deepest grief. Then on May 26, 2012, she was a victim of a violent attack and was kidnapped and gang-raped but miraculously survived the attempted murder in Melbourne, Australia. Suffering Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a consequence of the heinous crime, orchestrated by someone that she knew and trusted, she is now ready to share her story. The music she co-wrote with Deeby has become the soundtrack for her films and also won numerous 'Best Original Soundtrack' awards worldwide.

As a global ambassador for women and girls, Angelena is a voice for those who cannot speak, or those struggling to heal. Angelena recently released "Change The World" on YouTube to make it available to everyone for free. She realises that many women and girls who could benefit from her voice and be inspired by her journey may be at a financial disadvantage and wanted to help them and not expect anything in return. Domestic violence has risen exponentially since the Covid-19 global pandemic began and many victims are in lockdown with their abusers. Angelena hopes to reach those women and give them hope and assure them there is light at the end of the tunnel and they are definitely not alone or forgotten. Now empowered by the crime that almost took her life, Angelena is a warrior in the fight to end violence against women. With a fierce commitment to helping victims heal and take back their life, she brings to bear a multitude of talents, wisdom and personal experience. Only from the depths of her despair and darkest days has she truly found her voice and the courage to share about her experiences and to speak out. After surviving the life-changing crime in 2012, Angelena wanted to make a difference in the world and shed light on issues humanity is yet to resolve and generally swept under the carpet. Violence against women has been a hidden disease in every culture since time immemorial and was already a silent global epidemic before our current global pandemic began.

Before the #MeToo movement had begun, Angelena chose to go public with her story and decided to create her production company, Crystal Heart Productions, in Toronto in 2014. She had the intention of interviewing women and girls all around the world and from all walks of life for an online talk show Heart Of The Matter, and thus allowing women’s voices to be heard. She then included interviews with women's rights leaders such as President Obama's Women's Equality Advisor Tina Tchen, Tony award-winning playwright and activist Eve Ensler, CEO of Canadian Women's Foundation, Paulette Senior and Australian Journalist, Tracey Spicer, to name a few in her sequel Angelena: Heart Of The Matter which has won numerous film festival awards worldwide. Bonet has also served as the Australian Ambassador for World Mental Health Day, an official blogger for OXFAM, a public speaker at V Day One Billion Rising Organization events, a current member of the RAINN Organization Speaker Bureau in Washington D.C. and also raises awareness and funds through her non-profit organization, Crystal Heart Foundation. Her mission is to support charities that are in alignment with ending of violence against women and supporting survivors’ recovery from PTSD and has also created a non-profit web series "The Angelena Bonet Show". She sends a powerful message of self-love and healing through her documentary films as well as her singing, songwriting, public speaking engagements and her non-profit work. Based on her life experiences and connections with people from all walks of life, Angelena tells us “it is crystal clear to me that love and forgiveness really are the keys. They can and do conquer all”.

From Australian supermodel to multi-award winning documentary filmmaker, singer-songwriter, actress and humanitarian her message is one of peace, love and unity…

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