Jessie Karangu is a 23-year-old from Baltimore, MD. He graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park and is proud of his rich Kenyan-American heritage. He dreams of one day becoming a radio and television show host and producer. His biggest role models in the industry are Oprah, Dan Patrick and Ryan Seacrest. You can follow him on Twitter @JMKTV.
Scott Van Pelt has hosted hundreds of shows and events over the course of 22 years at the Golf Channel and ESPN. But none of them will ever mean as much to him as Tuesday night’s edition of SportsCenter broadcasted live from the Xfinity Center in front of some of the Maryland Terrapins’ most dedicated fans.
“That’s why I’ve said privately and to my friends that Tuesday night was the highlight of my professional life. I’ve done really neat things and I’ve met really cool people and I’ve been really blessed beyond measure to get to do the things that I’ve gotten to do but if I never did another show again after that I’d be fine. There’s no words to describe what it meant to me to be home. I can’t stop thinking about how thankful I am that I got to,” said the critically-acclaimed SportsCenter host.
I was blessed with the opportunity to speak with him late Thursday afternoon. Van Pelt took us behind the scenes of how the show’s production came together, his moment with Greivis Vasquez which thousands of fans witnessed inside the arena, his thoughts on the movement to rename Byrd Stadium and the one person who made an extraordinary impact on him while he was in school.
It was once said that a good vacation is over when you begin to yearn for your work. In Jordan Greenwald’s case, he yearned for his work and then some.
Greenwald is the founder of a streetwear cultural company known as Meta Cartel. The company launched after Greenwald took keen interest to the street art he witnessed across Spain during a study abroad trip which he describes as a ‘visceral experience.’
“I was taken back by how something can be in a different country, completely out of context for someone like myself yet it really just permeates your soul,” Greenwald recalled. “It didn’t matter the culture or the language barriers, I was getting the message (of the art).”
When he came back to the United States, he decided to get a lawyer and start a business which would use art to convey messages. Greenwald is aiming to build a lifestyle brand with deep beliefs. He believes that by capturing the mind of a millennial aesthetically, he’ll be able to draw them into seeing the cultural point of view which Meta Cartel represents – progressivism.
“I want to put in that heavy and impactful message not because everyone will get it but because I feel like if we’re in a position to spread ideas and really operate like a brand and not just a company that wants to make money,” said Greenwald.
Meta Cartel’s belief in progressivism includes such positions as supporting the Black Lives Matter movement and combating institutionalized racism, gay rights and the legalization of marijuana. Greenwald doesn’t pretend to have the solution to some of these problems but says that through his brand, he wants to help keep the conversation going.
The triangle on the hat symbolizes higher thinking while the designs underneath the brim are 18th century Spanish illustrations discovered in history books, a hat tip to Greenwald’s original inspiration for starting his company.
After the hats are designed stateside, they’re sewn in a Vietnamese factory where Greenwald says the best quality hats are created.
Thousands of Vietnamese factory workers protested earlier this year and went on strike after a new law was passed barring employees who resign from collecting a lump-sum of health insurance money.
When asked about the worker’s rights issues in Vietnam and whether they affect his company, Greenwald says that to his knowledge there have been no complaints or worries. He has not been on the ground to visit but plans to do so in the future.
Maya Dawit worked for the Digman Center, where Meta Cartel’s headquarters are housed, as a video editor when she met Greenwald. Dawit has always been set on not working the typical 9 to 5 job and says that working with Meta Cartel is helping her achieve those goals.
“It’s really refreshing when you meet someone who is running a business but is running it in a way where you’re in an environment where you are comfortable,” Dawit said. “You don’t feel like you are working for a business you feel like you’re helping out a friend.”
The company has been able to channel the messages they’re trying to breakthrough to their audience through art work. Meta Cartel has commissioned artists from New York and other areas including the DMV in a quest to give creative forces a voice. Their most well known work so far is a Martin Luther King Jr. mural displayed on campus during Art Attack.
Greenwald advises incoming fans of his brand to “live an elevated lifestyle, be you but respect other people and try to have an open mind.”
The Cornerstone Grill and Loft is under scrutiny after being accused of maintaining a discriminatory dress code by the University of Maryland’s student government President late Thursday night.
Patrick Ronk, who was recently re-elected for a second term, said in a Facebook status that he noticed a sign condemning the sports bar’s patrons from wearing “do-rags, basketball jerseys, sagging pants, or ‘urban wear’ of any kind.” When Ronk approached a security guard inquiring about the sign, he was allegedly told “you’re not black, dude. You don’t have to worry about this.”
No photographic or video evidence to validate Ronk’s claims have been released. Ronk tells Pulsefeedz that taking pictures or video didn’t really cross his mind.
“I didn’t plan this as a stunt at all. This was a totally spur of the moment thing.”
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Pulsefeedz went around campus asking students from the University of Maryland whether they feel prepared enough if an active shooter situation ever arises. Hear from students as they express their thoughts on this touchy subject which no one ever wants to think about or imagine. This video was shot and produced by correspondents Emily Kallmyer and Jessie Karangu.
The Dominican Republic is under worldwide scrutiny at the moment after government officials have threatened to round up and deport anyone who is undocumented. The immigrants had until Wednesday night to sign up for a national registry and attain the appropriate paperwork giving them permission to stay or else they would be kicked out. It is believed this program is specifically targeting Haitians, who make up the majority of the Dominican Republic’s migrant population.
How many people are being affected by this?
Over 520,000 foreign-born migrant workers and their families, of which 90 percent are Haitian, are being affected by this new program and are required to sign up for the national registry. So far, only 240,000 people have started their registration process according to the New York Times.
Why are human rights groups irate about what is happening?
Many believe this law has been enacted with racial intentions. For many years, there has been strong discord between Haiti and the DR. In 2013, the DR passed a law that took away the citizenship of any Dominicans of Haitian descent. Although it was eventually overturned, a majority of these Haitian-Dominicans who were born through undocumented parents do not have official paperwork that shows their Dominican citizenship. Some are afraid that they will also be forced out of the country along with undocumented immigrants despite having every right to stay put.
The Washington Post points out that the disagreement between the two cultures dates back to 1937 when the DR’s dictator “targeted Haitians along with Dominicans who looked dark enough to be Haitian” in a bloody massacre.
World observers say that this law has the same kind of emotion behind it. They are afraid that this may continue to spark up anti-Haitian sentiments in the country and ignite even more disharmony among both sides.
How does the DR plan to deport undocumented immigrants?
Reuters says that the Dominican army has over 2,000 soldiers “ready to help coordinate the removal of people who fail to meet legal requirements to remain in the country.” There will also be buses throughout the country which will transport the undocumented immigrants to the Haitian border.
Why is the DR doing this now?
The Dominican Republic believes they have suffered from the terrible economic and living conditions which face Haiti on a daily basis. Even before the 2010 earthquake which ravaged the country, Haiti was ruled by a dictator who did not adequately use the country’s resources to help its people according to many economists. This forced many Haitians to immigrate to the DR and added more people to the DR’s population than what some government officials and DR natives prefer.
What is the United States’ reaction to this?
Because the United States is facing their own problems with migrant workers entering their borders illegally, experts tell the New York Times to expect the Obama administration to stay quiet on this issue.