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Hollywood powerhouse Koshie Mills expands the Diaspora Dialogues platform with star-studded Inaugural International Women Of Power event in Los Angeles

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L R Kwesi Boakye Kwame Boateng Koshie Mills and Kwame Boakye 1The Diaspora Dialogues is a platform created by Koshie Mills to bridge the gap between Africans in the continent and Africans in the Diaspora. The platform hosted its revolutionary star studded Inaugural International Women of Power Event celebrating women who are game changers positively impacting Africans globally in Entertainment, Business, Beauty, Music and Fashion Los Angeles, CA (March 2, 2018) – Media Maven, Koshie Mills is best known as a power broker in Hollywood. Before founding her boutique consulting and public relations firm K3PR, her experience in the entertainment industry came from over a decade of managing the careers of her three successful sons who are actors, tastemakers and young moguls within the television and film industries; Kwame Boateng (The Plug), Kofi Siriboe (Girls Trip, Queen Sugar) Kwesi Boakye (Colony, Claws).   An African woman at the core, Koshie created and executive produced “The Diaspora Dialogues” movement and television series in 2018 to bridge the gap between Africa and its Diaspora. The new platform has helped to start conversations within the diaspora to foster healing and cultural exchange, which led Mills to curate the first-ever International Women of Power Luncheon event in celebration of International Women’s Month.   “The creation of International Women of Power Luncheon is to give a platform to celebrate the women in our community who are contributing their talents greatly to the world. This is an opportunity for everyone looking at Africa and its Diaspora to see how African women are beautiful, regal, intelligent, powerful, resourceful and resilient. When we come together unapologetically to exhibit pride in our heritage, unify and celebrate one another, we are unmatched and unstoppable. “Says Koshie Mills   The International Women of Power Luncheon was hosted by Grammy Award winning artist and actress Michelle Williams. The elegant afternoon featured a breathtaking 360 view of the California coastline, champagne cocktail reception, three-course luncheon and awards presentation at the Marriott, Marina Del Rey on Friday, March 2, 2018 from 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM.   Five women were honored for their contributions in Entertainment; Legendary Actress Sheryl Lee Ralph received the coveted ROAR “Sankofa” Award. Uber C.B.O Bozoma Saint John was the Business Excellence “Akofena” Award recipient. Australian Somali Model Duckie Thot was honored with the Goddess Beauty “Duafe” Award, Grammy Award winning artist Estelle was the Music Icon “Nyansapo” honoree and Style Innovator Claire Sulmers received the Fashion Impact “Nsaa” Award. The exclusive event also featured a special live performance by singer, songwriter and actress Estelle. Presenters included acting brothers Kwame Boateng & Kwesi Boakye, Actress Nicole Ari Parker, Actress Monique Coleman, Actress Wendy Raquel Robinson, Model Ebonee Davis and Mame Adjei. Special VIP guests in attendance included Malinda Williams, Renee Lawless, Skye Marshall, Roland Martin and Isaiah Washington. The event culminated with the Republic Of Ghana Tourism representative Dentaa Amoateng, who presented certificates of Ambassadorships for Ghana’s tourism, arts and culture to Koshie Mills, Kwame Boateng, Kofi Siriboe and Kwesi Boakye. The President of Ghana’s Diaspora Office delegate, Nadia Musah also delivered a message and letter from the office congratulating Koshie Mills for working tirelessly in bridging the gap between Africa and its Diaspora. GIP 6840 [caption id="attachment_119529" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Michelle Williams Michelle Williams[/caption] Ambassadorships L R Kwesi Boakye Kwame Boateng Koshie Mills and Kwame Boakye Photo by Earl Gibson of Estelle performing Group kOSHIE pODIUM   About The Diaspora Dialogues The Diaspora Dialogues is a platform and a movement created by Koshie Mills designed to break down barriers, bridge the gap and provide a voice for Africans in the continent and Africans in the Diaspora. The platform will allow Africans to engage in a series of intimate conversations through television talk show format, events, public forums and discussions with entertainers, Influencers, tastemakers, local heroes and change agents. The Diaspora Dialogues will facilitate cultural exchange while fostering empathy between two seemingly different groups of the same people for the purpose of uniting the global decedents of Africa to sustain future generations.   Additional information on The Diaspora Dialogues may be found at YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/thediasporadialogues Twitter: @diasporadialog | Instagram: @diasporadialogues Facebook: www.facebook.com/thediasporadialogues Social Media Hashtag: #IntWomenOfPower #TheDiasporaDialogues #KoshieMills  ]]>

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How to Be More Confident on Camera as a Youtuber

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Graduate who went viral for begging for a job with a placard says he’s received 50 offers since

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Isaac Kwame Addae, a young unemployed graduate who took to the streets with a placard, looking for a job, says he  has been offered opportunities by at least  50 different firms. (more…)

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Meta’s AI AI machine translation research helps break language barriers

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Today, Meta announced that it has built and open sourced ‘No Language Left Behind’ NLLB-200, a single AI model that is the first to translate across 200 different languages, including 55 African languages with state-of-the-art results. Meta is using the modelling techniques and learnings from the project to improve and extend translations on Facebook, Instagram, and Wikipedia.

 

In an effort to develop high-quality machine translation capabilities for most of the world’s low-resource languages, this single AI model was designed with a focus on African languages. They are challenging from a machine translation perspective. AI models require lots and lots of data to help them learn, and there’s not a lot of human translated training data for these languages. For example, there’s more than 20M people who speak and write in Luganda but examples of this written language are extremely difficult to find on the internet.

 

We worked with professional translators for each of these languages to develop a reliable benchmark which can automatically assess translation quality for many low-resource languages. We also work with professional translators to do human evaluation too, meaning people who speak the languages natively evaluate what the AI produced. The reality is that a handful of languages dominate the web, so only a fraction of the world can access content and contribute to the web in their own language. We want to change this by creating more inclusive machine translations systems – ones that unlock access to the web for the more than 4B people around the world that are currently excluded because they do not speak one of the few languages content is available in.

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“It’s impressive how much AI is improving all of our services. We just open-sourced an AI model we built that can translate across 200 different languages — many of which aren’t supported by current translation systems. We call this project No Language Left Behind, and the AI modelling techniques we used are helping make high quality translations for languages spoken by billions of people around the world. To give a sense of the scale, the 200-language model has over 50 billion parameters, and we trained it using our new Research SuperCluster, which is one of the world’s fastest AI supercomputers. The advances here will enable more than 25 billion translations every day across our apps. Communicating across languages is one superpower that AI provides, but as we keep advancing our AI work it’s improving everything we do — from showing the most interesting content on Facebook and Instagram, to recommending more relevant ads, to keeping our services safe for everyone,” said Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a post on his Facebook profile.

 

Language is our culture, identity, and lifeline to the world. However, as high-quality translation tools don’t exist for hundreds of languages, billions of people today can’t access digital content or participate fully in conversations and communities online in their preferred or native languages. This is especially true for hundreds of millions of people who speak the many languages of Africa.

 

“Africa is a continent with very high linguistic diversity, and language barriers exist day to day. We are pleased to announce that 55 African languages will be included in this machine translation research, making it a major breakthrough for our continent,” Balkissa Ide Siddo, Public Policy Director for Africa said while speaking about the launch of the AI model. “In the future, imagine visiting your favourite Facebook group, coming across a post in Igbo or Luganda, and being able to understand it in your own language with just a click of a button – that’s where we hope research like this leads us. Highly accurate translations in more languages could also help to spot harmful content and misinformation, protect election integrity, and curb instances of online sexual exploitation and human trafficking.”

 

While commenting on accessibility and inclusion in the pursuit of building an equitable metaverse, Ide Siddo added “At Meta, we are working today to ensure that as many people as possible will be able to access the new educational, social and economic opportunities that the next evolution of the internet will bring to future technology and an everyday living experience tomorrow.”

 

To confirm that the translations are high quality, Meta also created a new evaluation dataset, FLORES-200, and measured NLLB-200’s performance in each language. Results revealed that NLLB-200 exceeds the previous state of the art by an average of 44 percent.

 

Meta is also open-sourcing the NLLB-200 model and publishing a slew of research tools to enable other researchers to extend this work to more languages and build more inclusive technologies. Meta AI is also providing up to $200,000 of grants to non-profit organizations for real world applications for NLLB-200.

 

There are versions of Wikipedia in more than 300 languages, but most have far fewer articles than the 6+ million available in English. Following Meta’s partnership with the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organization that hosts Wikipedia and other free knowledge projects, modelling  techniques and learnings from the NLLB research are now also being applied to translation systems used by Wikipedia editors. Using the Wikimedia Foundation’s Content Translation Tool, articles can now be easily translated in more than 20 low-resource languages (those that don’t have extensive datasets to train AI systems), including 10 that previously were not supported by any machine translation tools on the platform.

 

To explore a demo of NLLB-200 showing how the model can translate stories from around the world, visit here. You can also read the research paper here.

 

 

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I single-handedly popularized Shea Butter in the United States – Margaret Andega

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According to Margaret Andega, a Kenyan entrepreneur in Atlanta, she was the driving force behind the commercialization of Shea Butter in the US during the late 90s. (more…)

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Ludwig Nii Jr urges information sharing in the creative space

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How are CBD Flowers and CBG Flowers Different?

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CBG flower and CBD flower are two types of flowers that are used for their respective health benefits. CBD flowers are known for their calming and relaxing effects, while CBG flowers are known for relieving pain and inflammation.  (more…)

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