Annie Easley’s contributions to Modern Spaceflight

During Annie Easley’s 34-year career, she worked on and contributed to technologies and software that led to hybrid vehicles and great strides in spaceflight and exploration, and she did all of this as one of the first few African-Americans in her field. Despite racial tensions and segregation, Easley rose above, earning top marks and was the valedictorian of her graduating class to earn her a spot at Xavier University in New Orleans.  However, when relocating after her wedding, she was unable to continue her education in pharmaceutical medicine. But that didn’t stop her from moving her career forward. Continue reading “Annie Easley’s contributions to Modern Spaceflight”

Ventilated Prefabs Zero Points Double Shot of Black History – WIRed #88

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It’s time for Episode 88 of WIRed, where Montez McCrary discusses well-prepared and well-ventilated prefabricated homes, a movie filmed for the Oculus Rift, and a DOUBLE SHOT of Black History with Joseph Saulter in Gaming and Ms. Jackie Moore in Pro Wrestling! Welcome to WIRed, bringing you the nerdy-geekery on architecture, technology, gaming, and pro wrestling. Continue reading “Ventilated Prefabs Zero Points Double Shot of Black History – WIRed #88”

Black History Month: Jacqueline “Ms. Jackie” Moore

Jacqueline DeLois Moore is a semi-retired American professional wrestler who is best known for her tenure in World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment (WWF/WWE) from 1998 to 2004, also her work with World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in 1997 to 1998 and later Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) as a wrestler, manager and road agent. Known for her aggressive and highly-regarded in-ring skills and abilities, Moore is also one of the few women to hold a male title in the WWE, as she is a former WWE Cruiserweight Champion and a two-time WWE Women’s Champion. Continue reading “Black History Month: Jacqueline “Ms. Jackie” Moore”

Black History Month: Joseph Saulter and The Urban Video Game Academy

The Urban Video Game Academy (UVGA) is an Atlanta, GA-based venture founded by CEO Joseph Saulter, the entrepreneur behind Entertainment Arts Research, Inc. (which Ebony Magazine called one of the first black-owned publicly traded gaming companies), as part of his quest to make the gaming industry more reflective of its audience.  Saulter and the UVGA go into high schools to recruit and announce theater workshops which would end up being filled up with young students ever since the academy’s first announcement at the 2005 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), which resulted and the UVGA getting calls from 120 schools and gaming companies like Electronic Arts (EA). Continue reading “Black History Month: Joseph Saulter and The Urban Video Game Academy”

ArchiLegoChrome, MoviePass, MDGenesis Book & OSW Reviews – WIRed #87

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It’s time for Episode 87 of WIRed, where Montez McCrary discusses LEGO, Google Chrome and Architecture to form a Voltron-like Monster of AWESOME, Modern-Day Black History with MoviePass, Experiencing the greatness of the SEGA Genesis/MegaDrive in book-form, and OSW Reviews, the Mystery Science Theater of Pro Wrestling history! Welcome to WIRed, bringing you the nerdy-geekery on architecture, technology, gaming, and pro wrestling. Continue reading “ArchiLegoChrome, MoviePass, MDGenesis Book & OSW Reviews – WIRed #87”

Black History Month: MoviePass, Netflix for Movies Still in Theaters

MoviePass founders Stacy Spikes and Hamet Watt

What if there was a Netflix, but for movies that were STILL IN THEATERS?!? Or “theatres” for the fancy crowd. Well, MoviePass is a subscription-based service that launched in February of 2011 by technology and entertainment entrepreneurs Stacy Spikes and Hamet Watt, and is for going to movie theaters available in the United States. The service allows members across the country to view up to one movie (just 2D; no 3D yet) every 24 hours for a fixed monthly fee — typically starting at $29.99/month by vary based on local market– plus members can select which theaters they wish to attend. As an added bonus, there are zero “blackout dates.” MoviePass works in nearly all movie theaters that accept the Discover Card credit card (should you be a member of that exclusive club called anybody), making it one of the largest subscription-based theater networks in America. Continue reading “Black History Month: MoviePass, Netflix for Movies Still in Theaters”

Historic Bond Sinks/Bathes JoJo with Perfect Flair – WIRed #86

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It’s time for Episode #86 of WIRed, where Montez McCrary discusses Bond, J. Max Bond, Architect, a single-fixture bathtub and bathroom sink, how JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure looks awesome in MS Paint, and Mr. Perfect vs. The Nature Boy on RAW! Welcome to WIRed, bringing you the nerdy-geekery on architecture, technology, gaming, and pro wrestling. Continue reading “Historic Bond Sinks/Bathes JoJo with Perfect Flair – WIRed #86”

Black History Month: J. Max Bond, Jr., Architect [1935-2009]

While J. Max Bond, Jr. was a student at Harvard University, a group of racists burned a cross outside his dormitory. Out of concern, a white professor of Bond’s at the University suggested he change his career path and put aside his dream of becoming an architect one day.  In a 2004 interview with the Washington Post, Bond recalled his professor saying, “There have never been any famous, prominent black architects… You’d be wise to choose another profession.”  However, after spending a summer working for African-American architect Paul Williams, Bond knew that he should continue following his dream and overcome racial stereotypes in the field. Continue reading “Black History Month: J. Max Bond, Jr., Architect [1935-2009]”

Norma Sklarek’s Bookless Library Shambles w/ Undead WWE Titles – WIRed #33

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..and NO, this is not about Zombie Professional Wrestling Architects; but it’s not a bad idea…  On this week’s edition of PractitioNERD WIRed, I discuss a groundbreaking female African-American architect, a new library in San Antonio WITHOUT BOOKS, how Activision intends on ruining our faith with licensed games, and I continue to complain about things the WWE should bring back (it’s like I care, or something). **AHEM**KingOfTheRing**AHEM**   Continue reading “Norma Sklarek’s Bookless Library Shambles w/ Undead WWE Titles – WIRed #33”

Norma Merrick Sklarek – Great African-American Architects

Norma Merrick Sklarek  (April 15, 1928 – February 6, 2012) was the first African-American woman to be licensed as an architect in the United States — the first to be licensed in the state of New York in 1954 and in the state of California in 1962 —  as well as the first woman to be elected Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.  Shlarek accomplished many firsts for black women in architecture, including establishing the first architectural firm to be formed and managed by an African-American woman in 1985, Siegel, Sklarek, Diamond, which was the largest woman-owned and mostly woman-staffed architectural firm in the United States.   Continue reading “Norma Merrick Sklarek – Great African-American Architects”