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Author Elizabeth Evans Helps Readers Rediscover African History

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) January 11, 2014

With the use of computers, digital records and endless amount social media platforms to share and disseminate the most personal of information, anyone in today’s world can chronicle every detail, every second of their lives. How does this compare to civilizations of the past, where languages were first developing and the written word was impossible to keep preserved?

It varies from culture to culture, however, African history was recorded orally by men called griots. Griots were trained from boyhood to remember and recite the reigns of all the chiefs and kings of the empire. Each major chief and king had his own griot who committed to memory all of the important events of the chief or king’s reign.

“If you don’t know where you come from you can’t know where you’re going is something that can be said of many young African-Americans who believe that their history begins with American slavery and consequently, believe that they are ‘less than’,” said Elizabeth Evans, author of “Sanakhou.”

“This feeling of ‘less than’ results in anger and hopelessness. Giving African-American youth a sense of pride about their African heritage before slavery could present additional and different heroes for a generation in need of pride and positive role models,” Evans continued.

Evans is no stranger to the benefits of a strong, influential role model. Her father gifted her with a passion for black history and surrounded her by the books in his library growing up, which at the time was considered the best private collection of books on African and African-American history in the country. Evans’ father gained success as he creator of the first African-American comic book in the US. It is now part of the collection at the latest Smithsonian museum, The Museum of African-American History.


By: Elizabeth Evans

ISBN: 978-1-4836-9207-4

Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Xlibris online bookstores.

About the author

Elizabeth Evans is the first African-American woman to be head of a K-12 independent school in the United States. She is a founder of The Alliance, an organization that places students of color in independent schools in Southern California giving them the educational tools to succeed in college. Her organization has a 100 percent college matriculation rate. Evans currently pursues passion for writing about ancient African history and desire to make difference through education and writing.

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Two Chicago Teachers Remix Music History with iPad Technology. Interactive Listening iBook Chosen as #1 Editors Choice by Apple

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) May 13, 2013

Interactive Listening announced today the launch of an ingenious new approach to music education with the release of its Interactive Listening iBook, recently named by Apple as the #1 Editors Choice in all categories of textbooks.

Interactive Listening is the brainchild of Pete Carney and Brian Felix, music educators and jazz musicians in Chicago, who were tired of the dead-end approach of using traditional textbooks to teach music. Instead they created a compelling iBook (interactive book) for iPads that remixes education with technology. At last, music history is fun! said Vandercook College of Music President Charles Menghini.

Created for digital-savvy students, Interactive Listening features Hollywood-style graphics, interactive 3-D instruments and computer games. At the same time, the iBook includes interactive educational content spanning 35,000 years of music, with sounds from every continent, from prehistoric cavemen to Beethoven to Coldplay. Ive never seen anything like it. Jennifer Foxx, President of the Phoenix Music Teachers Association.

In its early release in select markets in the United States, Interactive Listening is winning rave reviews.

Its thorough, and beautifully conceived, said Barbara Freedman, author for Oxford Press.

This book changes everything for education, not just music, said Mike Lawson, executive director of technology in music education in Nashville.

This book is the next step in education. Thanks for paving a way forward, Jay Berckley, music director at the Village School and TED Conference Speaker.

The Interactive Listening iBook was designed for schools that are replacing traditional textbooks with iPads. The self-published digital title is priced at $ 14.99, ten percent of the $ 149.99 textbook price Carney and Felix paid for a comparable textbook in college.

The Interactive Listening iBook is available immediately on the Apple iBookstore for downloading at $ 14.99, and available in eight countries, including the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click:


About the Interactive Listening iBook

Music Educators Carney and Felix sought to create a more relevant, current experience for their students with Interactive Listening.

We used the tactile experience of gaming and visual graphics from Hollywood movies to help music teachers in high school and college compete in the digital world, said Carney, Listening to classical, jazz or Tibetan music can be an entirely fun new experience if youre receiving instant quiz feedback about your listening skills. We discovered that students had a blast playing musical games, such as dragging and dropping parts of a symphony into the right order.

Carney said students are more engaged and drawn into their new interactive way of conveying the drama, history and elements of music.

Instead of reading about the great composer Beethoven, we created listening homework for the digital world, said Carney, We found that students want to discover music, express themselves and test themselves, not read boring biographical fillers and factoids. The Internet is full of information about when Beethoven was born, but that doesnt teach you how to understand his music. We believe our interactive approach instantly brings home the impact of music to our students in way old textbooks never could.

The Interactive Listening iBook features:


Cluster Resources Wins Largest Cluster and Grid Management Contract in History Provides Moab Site License to the U.S. Department of Energy

Provo, UT (PRWEB) August 10, 2006

Cluster Resources, Inc., a leading provider of cluster, grid and utility computing software, announced today that the Department of Energys National Nuclear Security Administrations Advanced Simulation and Computing Program has selected Cluster Resources Moab workload and resource management software ( as a standard for use across NNSAs high performance computing systems.

The Advanced Simulation and Computing Program (ASC) unites the high performance computing expertise and capabilities of the national labs responsible for ensuring the safety, security and reliability of the nations stockpile of nuclear weapons without testing. ASC, also known as Tri-Labs consists of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and Sandia National Laboratories. ASC currently has the number 1, 3, 6 and 9 largest systems in the TOP500 Supercomputing list, as well as dozens of other systems equating to approximately 25% of the TOP500s total CPU count (

Cluster Resources is honored to be selected by ASC, said David Jackson, CEO of Cluster Resources, Inc. There is no organization in the world which matches the technical expertise and scope of compute systems found at ASC in terms of scalability and architectural complexity.

This agreement brings two industry leaders together. ASC is widely acknowledged for their leadership in successfully deploying next-generation massive architectures, networks and storage solutions, as well as their research and expertise in scalable middleware. Cluster Resources provides industry leadership in intelligent workload and resource management that orchestrates compute, network, and storage resources, in order to maximize utilization, availability and responsiveness. The ASC/Cluster Resources partnership will push innovation boundaries for the Supercomputing / High Performance Computing (HPC) industry on both current and future leadership-class systems.

Assessing Resource and Workload Management Solutions

ASC initiated the search for a common resource and workload management solution to improve usability and manageability of their diverse resources and to attain an improved return on their significant computing investment. In addition, the program also sought enhanced reporting for managed resources and to optimize resource utilization while maintaining the flexibility required to meet the individual needs of each site and project. ASC has a highly heterogeneous environment with systems that range from large scale Intel and AMD Opteron-based systems provided by IBM, HP, Dell and others, to more exotic and powerful systems such as Crays XT3 and IBMs Blue Gene. Going into the assessment, ASC also had a high degree of knowledge in the resource management space due to their development of advanced resource management and scheduling tools such as BProc, SLURM (, and LCRM.

ASCs expertise, from their own extensive research and development work and from managing the world's largest array of leadership class systems, makes this review and selection a great honor, Jackson said. What makes this selection so meaningful is that this organization knows supercomputing, knows the real world and is able to see through the marketing fluff that can be so prevalent. Not only does this speak well of Cluster Resources Moab product line and our service capabilities, but it also provides significant value to us as we collaborate with these thought leaders to develop capabilities for the next generation of systems and enhance our ability to meet their current and future needs.

The Selected Solution

The awarded contract grants ASC use of Moab software, which provides workload management, system accounting, capacity planning, automated failure recovery, virtualization and a host of other capabilities in cluster, grid, and utility computing environments. In addition, the contract also includes collaborative research and development, consulting, 24/7 support and other professional services.

The Moab solution adds significant manageability and optimization to HPC resources, while providing deployment methods that effectively minimize the risk and cost of adoption. Unique Moab capabilities allow it to be transparently deployed with little or no impact on the end-user; these capabilities include system workload, resource, and policy simulation, batch language translation, capacity planning diagnostics, non-intrusive test facilities, and infrastructure stress testing.

At the core of this solution is Moab Cluster Suite


Timehop – Building the Ultimate Digital History Experience

New York, NY (PRWEB) January 24, 2012

Timehop today announced that it has closed a seed round $ 1.1M investment to further build out the ultimate personal digital history experience. Timehop is a simple product that answers the question "what did you do a year ago?"


Living History Flying Event to Feature Fighters of the Red Star

Living History Flying Event to Feature Fighters of the Red Star

Chino, CA (PRWEB) June 19, 2010

Fighters of the Red Star, the story of the Russian air war against Germany during World War II, will be the subject of the Living History Flying Event hosted by Planes of Fame Air Museum at the Chino Airport on Saturday, September 4, 2010. The event will begin at 10:00 a.m. with a seminar describing the air war on the Eastern Front and the YAK-3 fighter plane, one of the most effective Russian combat aircraft of World War II, and conclude with a flight demonstration by the Planes of Fame Air Museum’s YAK-3U.

A story little known in the West, the air war on the Eastern Front during World War II was one of intense, unrelenting combat form the first day of the German invasion of Mother Russia until the war came to a conclusion in the streets of Berlin. Initially plagued with inferior combat aircraft an dpoor training, Russian aviators nevertheless fought with greet courage and dedication, sometimes even resorting to ramming Greman aircraft in the air while desperately trying to defeat the enemy.

Although the German Luftwaffe actually out-scored the Russians, the Russians were able to overwhelm the Germans with strength of numbers, helped to some extent by the supply of equipment from the United States and Britain, and Sheer determination. Unlike their Allied counterparts in the West, Russian aviators seldom received breaks from combat. So, many of those who did survive were able to run up high individual scores in air-to-air combat.

An independent, non-profit institution dedicated to the preservation of the artifacts and history of aviation, Planes of Fame Air Museum was the first permanent air museum in the American West and a pioneer in the concept of restoring historic display aircraft like the Yak-3 to flying condition. Staffed primarily by a core of dedicated volunteers, the museum supports its operations with admission fees, donations, facilities rentals and proceeds from the use of its aircraft in various productions.

Planes of Fame Air Museum also has a special membership program available to the public, with one of the privileges of membership being the opportunity to experience orientation flights in genuine warbirds. At each monthly Living History Flying Event, members in attendance can have their names entered into a drawing for a free warbird orientation flight. Planes of Fame Air Museum is open to the public every day, except Christmas and Thanksgiving, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. General admission is $ 11, youngsters 5-11 are admitted for $ 4 and admission is free for accompanied children under five. For more information, please call (909)597-7576; or visit the Planes of Fame Air Museum website at


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First Woman in History to be Honored by Saint Society

First Woman in History to be Honored by Saint Society

Creston, CO (PRWEB) April 18, 2007

Her Holiness Sai Maa Lakshmi Devi became the first woman ever bestowed the title of Jagatguru in the five thousand year history of the Vaishnav Saint Society and the first woman in the one thousand year history of the Kumbh Mela in Prayag India. It is also the first time in history that the Jagatguru title was given to two living gurus from the same lineage (Satuwa Baba and H.H. Sai Maa). "Jagatguru" is the highest title that can be received, and it means Master of the Universe. Her full title is Anant Shri Vibhushit Jagatguru Bhaktimayi Meera Bai.

H. H. Sai Maa is a world-renowned global humanitarian, visionary leader and the author of the book, "Petals of Grace" and numerous CD's dedicated to personal transformation. She is deeply committed to serving humanity through integrated transformational seminars and world wide humanitarian service with an emphasis on empowering women and children. Her Holiness will be in Vail, Colorado for a week-long workshop this Spring, April 29th through May 6th, entitled "The Power of the Passionate Soul."

Satuwa Baba was quoted as saying, "Today the world is passing through a critical spiritual phase. In this regard, by making a lady a Jagatguru we have shown a broadness of mind of the Indian culture and Sanatana Dharma. I am very proud of my disciple Atmiji (H.H. Sai Maa) for her devotion, dedication and seva (selfless service) in the religious, cultural and social domains."

This honor is a milestone event, a moment in history, where antiquated traditions and systems are under going transformation, allowing for greater equality and balance. This event provides inspiration to women, and many others around the world. The President of the 13th Akhara Parishad, Shri Mahant Shri Gyan Dasji said after a sacred ceremony called a Pooja, "We are opening the door to celebrating the practice of equality in India." President of All India Four Cult, Shri Mahant Ram Lakhen Dasji, added, "To award this title to a lady is not a simple event for Sanatana Dharma. It is a kind of Renaissance - the Saint Society should move ahead in the same light."

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History Channel’s Modern Marvels Series Features 80s Tech and Pop Culture Experts

History Channel's Modern Marvels Series Features 80s Tech and Pop Culture Experts

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) May 9, 2006

There’s no one around who knows more about how the Rubik’s Cube, Pac-Man, Talking Heads or “Miami Vice” impacted the popular culture of the ‘80s than Los Angeles businessman David Landis. Landis, who is the President of the Internet radio station Ultimate-80s and an authority on ‘80s popular culture, will be featured on the May 24 airing of the long-running acclaimed History Channel series Modern Marvels. He was tapped for the show because of his expertise about ‘80s entertainment, music and pop culture.

The show highlights the amazing technological advances as the digital decade was born. It was the transition from the industrial age to the information age as microchips, Apple computer, CD players, video games, and the Walkman forever changed entertainment and communication. During the episode, entitled 80s TECH, Landis shares his insights into the trends and crazes of this unique decade and what was happening in society during the development of these technologies.

“The ‘80s was a time of incredible innovation bringing futuristic style items into the reach of the typical American consumer accessible. Simultaneously, we also witnessed the launch of products now considered staples of current global cultures from PCs and cellular phones to the remote control locking system for cars,” said Landis.

Produced by Actuality Productions, Inc., with Executive Producer Don Cambou, and writer/producer Beata Ziel, the 80s TECH show features Landis, Apple computer co-founder Steve Wozniak, a visit to the Computer History Museum, conversations with Sony and more.

The Ultimate-80s Internet radio station is the brainchild of Landis, who launched the station in 2001 both because of his knowledge of the ‘80s, and the impact the music and culture have on society today. Ultimate-80s plays some of the most memorable music of our times featuring songs by the well known artists including U2 and Duran Duran to more obscure tracks by bands such as Wire Train and Blancmange.

Landis, who began his career in the music department of the William Morris Agency, has appeared on TV, radio and in newspapers as an expert on ‘80s popular culture.

The one-hour Modern Marvels: 80s TECH episode is scheduled to air on May 24, 2006. Check the history channel web site at for exact times.

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Home Version of ‘Making History’ Videogame Now Available

Home Version of 'Making History' Videogame Now Available

Newburyport, Mass. (PRWEB) December 15, 2005

Muzzy Lane Software today announced the home version of its popular computer strategy game, “Making History,” used by schools across the country. With multiplayer interactivity and deep historical detail, “Making History” offers families and game enthusiasts alike the smartest gift for this Holiday Season.

The “Making History” series begins with the global conflict of World War II, and in 2006 will include the American Revolution and Civil War. Constant updates to the game’s content and features are available at the “Making History” web site,

“Consumers are looking for something intelligent and challenging to do with their game systems,” says Nick deKanter, Muzzy Lane vice president. “The home version of “Making History’ fills that void, providing the adrenaline rush that gamers want with the political, diplomatic and economic challenges you don’t see in typical shoot-em-up games.”

Don’t like the way history turned out? Don’t understand why nations behave the way they do? Go ahead, it’s your turn.

Simply choose a country, and “Making History” puts you in charge of the events that shaped the modern world.

You don’t have to chomp on a stogie or wave your fist, but you do have to face the same problems that confronted Winston Churchill, FDR, Stalin, Mussolini and other world leaders.

Think you can just right-click your way out of trouble or F7 your way to a better score? How about an unexpected trade embargo? Or a defense treaty gone sour? Or a strike by factory workers, political protests and riots in the streets? Oh, and let’s not forget a couple thousand pounds of bombs dropping on your tea party.

It’s all there in “Making History,” as it was in from 1936 to 1945. With one huge difference: You determine the course of history.

“No decision can be made in a vacuum, and no action occurs without a consequence,” says deKanter. “That’s a life lesson not just a history lesson, which is why the game has become so popular in high schools and colleges.”

“Making History” offers both single- and multi-player modes so you can challenge your peers to global competition or duel the AI-controlled software all by yourself. Built-in chat lets you confer with your allies and enemies. A real-time scoring system lets you see how your country – and your government – is holding up, and how your performance compares to actual history.

“Making History” operates on Windows 2000 or XP, requires a Pentium 4 processor (or Athlon equivalent), 2 GB of hard disk space, 512 MB of system RAM and 64 MB of video RAM.

For more information or to purchase “Making History” online, visit

About Muzzy Lane Software

Founded in 2002 and based in Newburyport, Mass., Muzzy Lane Software is delivering a next-generation video game platform for learning. For more information about the company, visit


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Harlem, NY - Popular Harlem restaurant Amy Ruth's Home-style Southern Cuisine Restaurant and R.A.M Inc announced their plans to celebrate Black History Month with an "Intimate Dinner and Dialogue" series with special spoken word performances. Starting on February 5th at 6PM, Rev. Al Sharpton will kick off the series with community residents in a rare opportunity to discuss personal issues and will be highlighted by some of the nation's best

spoken word artists at this ticketed event. Amy Ruth's Home-Style Southern Cuisine Restaurant is located at 113 West 116th Street between Lenox Avenue and Adam Clayton Powell Blvd.

Other speakers to be featured during the month include: Rev. Calvin Butts,

Rev. Dr. Waytt Tee Walker, legendary actress Ruby Dee, Isaac Hayes, Percy

Sutton, Toni Faye of Time Warner Inc. and Attorney Elaine Jones, president of NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Spoken word artists include: Storyteller Oni Lasana, Abiodun Oyewole of the Last Poets, Flowmentalz, actor/playright Benu, Former National Slam Champion-Kayo, Award winning poet - Napalm,

spoken word recording artist - BoogieMan, actress/poet Ihsan Muhammad and Lamar Hill, winner of Def Poetry Jam (Philadelphia). Poets appear courtesy of R.A.M Inc.

Amy Ruth's Restaurant was established in 1999 by Rev. Sharpton's former Chief of Staff, Carl Redding and grew in popularity in record breaking time. Patroned by notables such as, Former President Clinton's Chief of Staff George Stephanopolis, Roca-fella Records, CEO, Damon Dash, R & B recording artists Stephanie Mills and Ashford & Simpson.

Amy Ruth's has earned numerous awards and national press coverage. R.A.M Inc, founded by Reggie Mason is New York's premier artist management and event planning company for many well-known spoken word artists and capacity filled events. R.A.M Inc. has been planning spoken word performances for five years at prestigious

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The IT History Society Introduces New Database

The IT History Society Introduces New Database

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) January 11, 2011

The IT History Society ( has added to its existing series of databases, a listing of famous technology quotations that have been said over time. An example quotation – “I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.” -

Thomas Watson, Founding Chairman, IBM, 1943

The IT Honor Roll’s new historical technology quotation database is now addition to the IT Honor Roll, searchable historical archival database, and calendar of historical IT conference and events.

“The IT Historical Society is pleased to be adding more historical resources for use individuals and educators to use to further understand the important history of the information industry”, said Jeffery D. Stein, Chairman of the Board.

The membership presently includes more than 300 historians and archivists, as well as institutions such as the Center for Technology Innovation, Charles Babbage Institute, Computer History Museum, IEEE History Center, Mid-Atlantic Retro Computing Hobbyists, U.K. National Archive for the History of Computing, ACM History Committee, Agilent, Applied Materials, Caltech, Computer Conservation Society, Deutsches Museum, Hewlett Packard, IBM, INPUT, INTEL, The Internet Archive, Microsoft, the Smithsonian Institution, and Symantec. Membership in the Society is complimentary due to the generous donations from the computer industry.

The IT History Society assists in the collaboration of like-minded institutions and individuals to expand the reach of historical and archival activities while at the same time communicating to the private sector the value of preserving their history and heritage for generations to come.

About ITHS

The IT History Society exists to enhance and expand works concerning the history of Information Technology and to demonstrate the value of IT history to the understanding and improvement of our present and future world.


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