Nationwide — USAstreamsTV, a Black-owned company, is using technology to help break barriers that have limited many African Americans from having affordable access to live network channels. USA Today reports that the average cable subscriber spends about $85 a month for cable and more than $100 a month for satellite TV.
USAstreamsTV’s Marketing Director Joseph Scales says, “Technology is always changing and improving. Today many people are looking for ways to save money and cut the cord. The old days of accessing cable TV and digital media through hardwired devices like satellite dishes and bulky cable boxes are being replaced by more cost efficient online applications and easy plug and play devices like Amazons Firestick. This allows the same content to be streamed directly to your TV, phones, tablets and laptops through IPTV also known as (Internet Protocol TV). The software technology we use today allows anyone around the globe to watch live tv through our streaming app as long as they have an internet/WIFI connection.”
Scales mentions that most TV manufactures and TV networks are adapting to the growing demand for live streaming TV by offering their content through various internet based applications, which provide consumers access to the same content whether at home on the go. Their streaming application brings thousands of live HD quality network channels, movies, live sports, pay per view, and international channels directly to subscribers for as little as $10 per month. It is a tremendous cost savings over traditional cable and satellite monthly subscription fees. In addition to the monthly cost savings, customers do not need to be credit approved to start service and there are no long term contracts required. USAstreamsTV also provides a optional FREE 2 day trial for phone, tablet and television users.
Scales says, “It is our hope and vision to bring affordable network tv viewing to every home and community across the globe, while expanding minority participation in the industry through our growing network of service providers.”
USAstreamsTV is an IPTV (Internet Protocal TV) subscriber based hosting service. USA streams 4,000+ live television channels such as BET, OWN, HGTV, CNN, ESPN, Pay Per View, Sports packages, African and Caribbean channels. The Black-owned streaming service is available globally with reseller opportunities available. They are committed to community growth and development and is a proud supporter of the Alzheimer’s Association and HBCUs.
To subscribe to the service or learn more about USAstreamsTV, visit www.USAstreamsTV.com or call 888-258-8566.
First-ever Black Woman to Visit International Space Station
Nationwide — Jeanette Epps, a NASA astronaut, will soon make history as the first-ever Black woman to fly to the International Space Station on a mission into orbit. It will also be her first space flight in her career.
Epps, who is from Syracuse, New York, earned a bachelor’s degree in Physics in 1992 from LeMoyne College. She then attended the University of Maryland, College Park where she received a Masters in 1994 and a Doctorate in 2000 for Aerospace Engineering.
She was also a NASA Graduate Student Researchers Project fellow while pursuing her doctorate degree, where she authored several journals and conference articles on her research.
After finishing her graduate school, she worked as a technical specialist in Ford’s Scientific Research Laboratory for 2 years, co-authoring several patents. She then served as a technical intelligence officer in the CIA for 7 years. In 2009, she was one of the nine selected people to become a NASA astronaut.
Moreover, she would have made history earlier in 2018 as the first Black woman to live on the ISS, but was later reassigned for undisclosed reasons.
Now, Epps has been assigned to NASA’s Boeing Starliner-1 mission, the first operational crewed flight of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft on a mission to the International Space Station. She will be joining NASA astronauts Sunita Williams and Josh Cassada for a six-month expedition which is set to launch in 2021.
This Remix on an Old-School Toy Provides “Reel” Representation For Black Children
Nationwide — What do you get when you remix the old-school View-Master with affirming content and Black representation for children? The answer is BlackBabyBooks.com’s new Reel Representation Viewer.
lackBabyBooks.com makes it easier to discover and purchase children’s books with Black characters, but its founder, Veronica N. Chapman, believes they can offer even more. Research shows that when Black children see themselves represented positively in their media, it fortifies their self-esteem and helps protect them from the impact of racism. That’s why Ms. Chapman is launching a product that provides reel representation, pairing a love for the nostalgic View-Master with the empowering art of Black illustrators.
An entrepreneur and children’s book author, Ms. Chapman employs her talents to uplift Black children. “For years,” she says, “I have been developing products and writing to empower and inspire Black children. Thousands of children have benefited from my endeavors by reading my books, purchasing my products, and using services I designed specifically for them. As a result, Black children have learned to love themselves exactly as they are. They have started businesses, been inspired to challenge themselves, and their self-esteem has increased. Our Reel Representation Viewer is a continuation of my commitment to our children so they can stand tall in the face of any efforts to devalue them, and resist any messages that may make them question their brilliance and promise.”
The Kickstarter Campaign to take pre-orders for the Reel Representation RetroViewer is now live. Back the campaign and show reel love to the children in your life by purchasing a Reel Representation Viewer at ReelRepresentation.com
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Entrepreneur Launches New App to Empower Foodies to Support Black-Owned Eateries
Nationwide — Finding and supporting the best black eateries is now a lot easier thanks to entrepreneur Braxston Richmond’s launch of the new app, Black Foodie Finder.
Touted as the ‘Best Urban Foodie App’, Black Foodie Finder is an app database of Black-owned restaurants, food trucks, and other eateries all across the United States. The app features a list of Black-owned restaurants from over 6,000 locations that offer everything from soul food and barbecue to cultural cuisine, vegan dishes, and more.
Black Foodie Finder is a versatile and easy to use app that allows users to search for restaurants by state. This app also allows users to shop black-owned food products, find chef catering services, and hand-picked events centered/and or supported by the black community. Users can also find and add favorite recipes with images and instructions.
But it’s not just about making it easier for foodies to find black-owned restaurants. Black Foodie Finder gives restaurant owners an extra platform to showcase their business and connect with a wider demographic.
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