The group dropped their first single in roughly six years, “Sucker,” in March. The single earned them their first Billboard Hot 100 No.1. “The moment we’ve all been waiting for… The #HappinessBeginsTour is coming to a city near YOU. Can’t wait to bring this show to life and hit the road with @beberexha and @jordanmcgraw!” the brothers said on Twitter. Presale for the tickets begins May 7. For more information on the tour, visit the Jonas Brothers’ website. Tomasa Del Real On Bringing Her Take On Reggaetón, NeoPerreo, To Coachella Newly Reunited Jonas Brothers Announce “Happiness Begins” Tour Jonas Brothers Announce “Happiness Begins” Tour newly-reunited-jonas-brothers-announce-happiness-begins-tour News Email The much-anticipated reunion tour is here, and the brothers are bringing names you might know along with themJennifer VelezGRAMMYs May 1, 2019 – 12:11 pm The Jonas Brothers comeback could not be complete without a trek across the U.S., and now the GRAMMY-nominated trio has announced that they will hit the road on an epic tour with some names you might recognize.The brothers are launching their Happiness Begins tour, in support of their upcoming Happiness Begins album, on Aug. 7 in Miami with GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter Bebe Rexha and singer Jordan McGraw. The extensive jaunt will stop by Philadelphia, Detroit, Nashville, Tenn., St. Paul, Minn., and Tacoma, Wash., before its last stop in Los Angeles. Twitter https://twitter.com/jonasbrothers/status/1123593049869672449 Facebook
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firstname.lastname@example.org Del. Antonio Hayes has submitted a bill to the General Assembly to raise the maximum fine for a first-time offense of selling alcohol to minors in Baltimore City. (Photo courtesy of Del. Antonio Hayes)Baltimore City has the lowest maximum fine – tied with Calvert County – for a first-time offense of selling alcohol to minors. Del. Antonio Hayes (D-Baltimore City) has introduced a bill in the General Assembly to double the current maximum fine, from $500 to $1,000.“This bill, like other pieces of my legislation, is really the brainchild of people in communities that I represent,” said Hayes, who tells the AFRO that his bill was spurred by the advocacy of Dr. Marvin Cheatham, president of the Matthew A. Henson Neighborhood Association, on the issue of liquor sales to minors.Currently, in Baltimore City, the Board of Liquor License Commissioners (BLLC) can impose a fine of up to $500 on an establishment for its first offense of selling alcohol to minors. Subsequent offenses allow a maximum fine of $3,000, and Hayes says his bill, House Bill 868 (HB0868), would simply put the initial fine more on par with the fine for subsequent offenses.Baltimore City’s current maximum fine is well below that of other counties in the state, according to the freshman delegate. In adjacent Baltimore County, the maximum fine for a first offense of selling alcohol to minors is $2,000. In Prince George’s it is $12,500, and in Montgomery County it is $20,000, says Hayes.“Most liquor stores, $500 is what they do in two to three hours, so it’s not really sending them a message of the importance of [not] serving alcohol to minors,” said Hayes.Cheatham tells the AFRO that there are 15 establishments selling or serving alcohol in the vicinity of his neighborhood, four of which were fined last year for selling alcohol to minors.“What we were seeing was not only violence and crime associated with the liquor stores, but we were beginning to see an uptick in the sale of liquor to young people because they weren’t checking the IDs,” said Cheatham, who says the current BLLC has been more aggressive in policing sales to minors, but that its penalties need more teeth.“Where it is now . . . that’s far too little when you consider you sold liquor to a minor,” said Cheatham.According to Michelle Bailey-Hedgepeth, executive secretary of the BLLC for Baltimore City, 44 establishments were fined for selling alcohol to minors in fiscal year 2013, with approximately 75 establishments being fined for, or charged with, selling alcohol to minors in fiscal 2014 (running from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015).The process for fining an establishment begins with a police vice operation, generally involving an underage cadet, who attempts to purchase alcohol. If the undercover cadet is not ID’d and sold alcohol (or sold alcohol despite an ID showing the cadet was underage), the police file a report with BLLC who then holds a hearing to determine guilt and the appropriate fine.“Last year [vice] visited approximately 150 locations throughout the city,” said Bailey-Hedgepeth.“The majority of the liquor stores and taverns in the district are responsible establishments,” said Hayes, “it’s just that there’s a couple of bad apples that are not responsible, so this [bill] is really to go after the ones who are not being responsible.”Because HB0868 simply raises the maximum fine that can be assessed against an establishment for a first offense of selling alcohol to minors, the bill has no direct costs for implementation.
D.C. Chancellor Kaya Henderson will be leaving her job at the end of September and the administration of D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser wants to make sure that the public has input into the selection of her permanent successor.On Aug. 30, 139 residents from throughout the District gathered into the atrium of the Roosevelt High School in Ward 4 to tell city leaders what they want in a new D.C. public schools leader. The deputy mayor for Education, Jennie Niles, said that public feedback and participation in the process is crucial.Deputy Mayor of Education Jennie Niles led a recent chancellor search community forum. (Courtesy Photo)“This is the first of three events that we are doing to find out what you, the residents, want in a new chancellor,” Niles said. “Mayor Bowser (D) is committed to education. Good schools are key to the health of our city.” Niles said the second forum will take place at Eastern High School on Sept. 7 and Savoy Elementary School on Sept. 14, both from 6:30-8 p.m.Henderson first served as a top deputy under D.C. Chancellor Michelle Rhee and was appointed by D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray (D) in 2011 as the chancellor. While as chancellor, Henderson has been credited for continuing D.C. public school reform, raising standardized test scores, increasing enrollment and an improving the graduation rate.Her critics point out that she had a polarizing relationship with the teachers union and would fire principals at will that she felt were underperforming despite the academic progress of the schools they led.Niles told the forum participants that their input will be put into a report that will be given to Bowser. Simultaneously, the city has hired an executive search firm, Boyden, to look nationally and internationally for qualified candidates, Niles said.A committee, called D.C. Rising, that consists of 17 education leaders and business and civics stakeholders will manage the process and make a recommendation to the mayor for chancellor.Niles said that Bowser intends on making a selection in early to mid-October. Henderson will be replaced temporarily by a top D.C. school administrator, John Davis, as the interim chancellor, until the end of the school year.“John Davis will serve as the interim chancellor until June 2017,” she said. Davis is considered to be a leading contender for chancellor and it is widely known that he is interested in the job.There were 24 tables in the atrium with a range of 5-10 people per facilitator. Niles gave the participants three questions to ponder.The first question was what would you want a new chancellor to focus on? The second was the selection factors in terms of personal and professional qualities, skills and experiences of the new chancellor? The final question was the participants’ opinion on the direction of the District’s public schools.The participants had 15 minutes to discuss each question and the facilitators took notes to verify the responses.“We need to have more African-American male teachers, we need to focus on closing the achievement gap and retain effective principals and let principals have more autonomy in the schools,” Stephen Jackson, the former principal at Dunbar High School, said speaking on behalf of his table.Another table focused on lessening the education gap between the races in the school system.“We need to reduce the achievement gap between the races, allow initiatives to take hold and disband them at will and improve school culture,” said LaFonda Willis, a member of the Ward 5 Education Council.Outside of the meeting, members of the Washington Teachers’ Union, of whom Henderson has had plenty of battles with, distributed flyers to participants, questioning the two-month selection process of the chancellor and articulating five qualities that it wants to see in a new school district leader. Elizabeth Davis, who is president of the Washington Teachers’ Union, is also a member of the D.C. Rising committee that will present the qualifications and its recommendation to Bowser for the new chancellor.Terry Goings is a Ward 4 resident and a civic activist in the Lamond-Riggs neighborhood questioned whether the forums would actually contribute to the decision process.“The process is typical of a citywide forum,” he told the AFRO. “The mayor’s team wants to get as many views as possible before she makes her decision. The question is will the information that we submit today get to the mayor?”
April 7, 2015 2 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now » The idea of the digital picture frame is logical, but in execution, it doesn’t always work. In many cases, the picture quality isn’t great, the frames are cheesy and the whole vibe is a bit suburban-country-living gone wrong.A new art-tech startup, Meural, is making digital picture frames super classy and innovative. The image appears on a matte LCD display and the frame is made by hand of maple wood. The New York City-based startup isn’t interested in a slideshow of family vacation snaps from your latest family trip to Disney, either. The idea is for you to rotate images of fine art and professional photographs in your Meural.The startup is being very careful not to upset the art community traditionalists. “We unreservedly respect the established means of art collection and curation,” says CEO Vladimir Vukicevic, in a statement announcing the launch. “Meural is working closely with museums, galleries and artists to create an innovative new layer in visual culture by increasing the opportunity for exploration and accessibility.”Related: Marc Ecko on Entrepreneurship as an Art Form (Video)The discovery component of the Meural “digital canvas” makes it appealing to the indecisive set. And what if your tastes change? Or your mood shifts? Or you grow tired of a particular image? The Meural frame is connected to an app wirelessly, so you can change the image from across the room. But, also, if you are standing in front of the image, the frame is gesture sensitive, so you can wave your hand in front of the “digital canvas” and change the image displayed.Related: Artists Are Job-Creating Entrepreneurs, Too.The Meural frame is not available for purchase just yet. It’s in pre-order, starting at $395, and is expected to ship this fall.The technology that Meural is using to collect pre-orders is a new “standalone” crowdfunding software developed by the alternative finance platform RocketHub. The pre-order software, called LaunchPad, allows businesses to customize the RocketHub software to their particular needs. Vukicevic, the founder of Meural, was previously the CTO of RocketHub.Related: Crowdfunding Nearly Tripled Last Year, Becoming a $16 Billion Industry