The Real Marsha Ambrosius Soul Seeker Mother Matchmaker

first_img Facebook “I find soul in anything”Nyla showcases a dizzying list of musical influences, including, according to her, everything from Aretha Franklin and Marvin Gaye to Queen and Duran Duran. The album also covers a lot of historical ground, from the intoxicating modern soundscapes of “Bottle Fulla Liquor” to throwback soul on “Today,” which came naturally for Ambrosius.”Anything in three-four [time] just sounds like the right thing to,” she says of “Today.” “It floods out of you because it’s a natural element of soul that is in the body. It’s instilled in me.”Ambrosius also talks about the need for soul in our world, and how an open mind can manifest that soul through music. “It’s feeling. Especially currently, with the social climate, we music that just makes you feel,” she says, dismissing labels of her new album as simply R&B, pop or hip-hop. “Everyone’s like, ‘we need good soul!’ I’m like, ‘what’s soul, ultimately?’ I find soul in anything.””I feel like I’ve been a mother forever”As an artist who emotes, literally, for a living, becoming a mother has put Ambrosius in direct touch with the way music affects her daughter.”Music is the soundtrack, and my daughter’s already grasping what songs evoke certain emotions,” she says. “She’ll know what a sad song is, and she’ll know when it’s time to get up and dance, or she knows when it’s time to just chill. Having her learn emotions through music is a beautiful way to instill it.”This intrinsic connection between music and motherhood extends to her connection with Nyla.”I can hear my daughter down the hallway right now. I think there’s a spidey-sense or a radar that stays with you,” Ambrosius says. “It feels like even though she’s two [years-old], I’ve been a mother forever.” Unlocking life’s secrets of human connection and true love through music with the sultry soul producer/singer/songwriter Nate HertweckGRAMMYs Feb 4, 2019 – 4:04 pm Masha Ambrosius exudes realness from the moment she walks into the Clive Davis Theatre at the GRAMMY Museum in downtown Los Angeles. As an artist known for her authenticity, this genuineness has always followed her, but now, not only is she an eight-time GRAMMY nominee, she’s a mother. And her art and life have intertwined so inextricably that her latest album and her two-year-old daughter share a name: Nyla.”This is my life now,” she says, laughing, referring to the fanny-pack baby bag she’s removing from around her waist before sitting down for the interview. “Everyone’s like, ‘What’s changed for you?’ This.”The album Nyla ushered in a new phase of the multi-talented music maker’s career. Boasting an impressive resume filled with dream-come-true moments like writing and vocal producing Michael Jackson’s “Butterflies” and working with Alicia Keys, Kanye West and Dr. Dre, a successful career with poetic neo-soul duo Floetry, and now three albums into an explorative solo career, Ambrosius’ resume continues to expand. But as she moves further away from where she started in Liverpool, England, here are a few ways how she’s moving closer to herself, closer to her real. Twitter News “I just want everyone to be in love”Looking for a love connection? Just grab a ticket from Ambrosius’ next show.”I’m all for opportunity, and music does that,” she says. “During my tour right now, I encourage the audiences to raise their hands… [I ask] who came here single? Who would come to a Marsha Ambrosius concert single to hear ‘Your Hands,’ ‘Say Yes,’… ‘Freak In Me’… absolutely a bundle of sexual joy, and not wanna [say to someone] ‘hey, can I take your number? Can I take you out on a date?’ So I’m like, ‘Look around the room. There it is. I’ve presented you an opportunity.'”Ambrosius speaks from experience, as she met her husband on tour. He was a roadie for the Floetry reunion tour, and she seized the moment. Not only is she passing along the opportunity as matchmaker, she feels a deeper connection to her lyrics now, having lived real love first hand.”I feel corny, because I’m like… ‘I just want everyone to be in love like I’m in love.’ And now that I’ve found what [being in love] actually is, it’s way more incredible than I could have attempted to word in any song,” she explains, “because I was lending from what I thought it was until it happened to me, and now it’s the most amazingly terrifyingly gratifying experience I’ve ever had.””You can get rich so easily and get broke twice as fast”After our one-on-one interview, Ambrosius speaks with a large group of high school students at the GRAMMY Museum, providing valuable insight on her career and life in general. Her parting advice for the group is as encouraging as it was cautionary, letting the young people in attendance know they should not be pursue becoming lesser versions of their heroes, but the best version of themselves—and it doesn’t happen alone.”You can get rich so easily and get broke twice as fast. To be wealthy is a whole other animal,” Ambrosius says, later adding wisely, “Find your tribe and stick to it.”Diana Ross Set To Perform At The 2019 GRAMMYsRead more Marsha Ambrosius On Soul, Motherhood & Matchmaking real-marsha-ambrosius-soul-seeker-mother-matchmaker The Real Marsha Ambrosius: Soul Seeker, Mother & Matchmaker Email last_img read more

VIDEO Watch 2019 Wilmington Spring Chorus Festival

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Public Schools held its Spring Chorus Festival on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 in the WHS Joanne Benton Memorial Auditorium.Wilmington Middle School’s 8th Grade Chorus, Wilmington Middle School’s WilmingTones, Wilmington High School’s Concert Choir, and Wilmington High School’s Soundscape all performed.Watch the concert, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, below:——Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVIDEO: Watch 2017 Wilmington Spring Chorus FestivalIn “Videos”VIDEO: Watch 2018 Wilmington Spring Choral ConcertIn “Videos”VIDEO: Watch 2019 Wilmington Spring Band FestivalIn “Videos”last_img

Airbus eyes 2 billion in civil defence procurement from India by 2020

first_imgAirbus exceeded the $500 million mark in annual procurement from India in 2015 and added that it planned to surpass the $2 billion in cumulative procurement across civil and defence segment by 2020. According to a company press release, Airbus India grew 15 percent in 2015 with its overall procurement from India going north by 16 times in the last decade. “Today, every Airbus commercial aircraft being produced is partly Made-in-India,” Airbus India said. “Indian suppliers are a cornerstone of our globalisation strategy. Many of the projects with our Indian partners have been very successful and we aim to further strengthen these relationships in the future,” said Klaus Richter, chief procurement officer at Airbus Group and Airbus.The company said this was the first time any foreign aerospace and defence original equipment manufacturer (OEM) in India has crossed the half-a-billion dollar mark. Airbus India directly engages with over 6,000 people across more than 45 suppliers for various aspects of its leading aircraft including A380, A350 XWB, A320 Family, A330, C295W, A400M, Eurofighter, Tiger and NH90. The Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) makes half of the entire A320 family forward passenger doors produced worldwide, according to the press release. “If our proposals to produce the C295W military transporter in India together with Tata and military helicopters along with Mahindra materialise, we will help set-up system integration and final assembly lines which will spawn an Indian defence supplier base that will be second to none globally,” said Pierre de Bausset, president and managing director of Airbus Group India.Dynamatic Technologies, a Bangalore-based company, makes flap track beams for the A320 family on a global single source basis. Last year, the company was awarded the contract to manufacture them for the A330 family as well. Flap track beams are the assemblies on which the wings extend and retract every time the aircraft takes-off and lands.Wipro, the Indian information technology (IT) major, received technology transfer from an Airbus Defence and Space JV company in Spain to manufacture more than 8,000 aerospace actuators per year, which go on platforms such as A400M, CN235 and C295W, while SEFEE India designs, develops, manufactures and tests complete electrical harness systems for aircraft like A400M and several helicopter types.Another Indian IT major, Infosys, is tasked with providing SAP development and maintenance services.last_img read more

Delhi lauds Dhakas support for addressing insurgency

first_imgTerror activities in northeast India have been checked due to Bangladesh’s great help and support, India’s union home minister Rajnath Singh said on Sunday.He added that rail links and bus services between the two countries facilitated travel of the region’s people to other parts of India via the neighbour without any much trouble.”Bangladesh’s immense help and support facilitated India to tame the terrorist activities in northeastern states. Our relation with Bangladesh is now at best place,” he said while addressing election rallies in Agartala.He said that with his Bharatiya Janata Party-led (BJP) central government’s establishment of new rail links with Bangladesh and introducing bus services through that country facilitated the people of northeastern states to go to other parts of India avoiding the problematic journey through mountainous terrain of the region and saving them huge time, costs and problems.Reiterating that the Narendra Modi government is very sensitive towards the development of northeast India, Rajnath Singh said that to further develop the transportation between India and other parts of the world, New Delhi and Dhaka had signed a trans-Asia rail agreement.”Various international agencies after conducting surveys confirmed that BJP is the only party in India which boosts country’s development in real terms. India now turned into a fastest growing country in the world.”Due to the good governance of the Modi government, India got the best place in various international fora and platforms, he said.Coming down heavily on the Left Front government’s “non-performance”, the BJP leader said the Tripura government is now providing salaries and allowances to the government employees at par with the recommendations of the 4th Pay Commission and promised if his party wins, these would be raised at par with what the 7th pay commission has recommended.”National conviction rate of various crimes is 47 per cent and in Tripura this is only 22 per cent. Women are not at all secured in Left-ruled Tripura,” he said adding that the union government has given Rs 25,000 crore to Tripura during the past few years but Rs 2,400 rpt Rs 2, 400 crore has remained unspent and the Left Front government is alleging that the centre is depriving it of funds.”While the national per capita icome is Rs 1.13 lakh, Tripura’s per capita income is Rs 78,000. Even after 25-years uninterrupted rule of Left government, 66 per cent people remained below poverty line with no ability to purchase a bi-cycle,” he added.Union information and broadcasting and textile minister Smriti Irani also addressed election rallies in Kailashahar in northern Tripura, where she hit out at the Left Front government for its “failure and mis-governance, growing crime against women and unemployment”.Polling for the 60-seat Tripura assembly will be held on February 18 and counting of votes will take place on 3 March.last_img read more

Dengue outbreak One more dies at DMCH

first_imgDengueOne more died of dengue on early Wednesday at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH), reports UNB.The deceased is Awlad Hossain, 32, son of Tofazzal Hossain of Paschim Bazi Kosba in Munshiganj Sadar. He worked in the readymade garment sector.Awlad had been suffering from dengue fever for the last five days. He died around 4:20am, said DMCH assistant director Nasir Uddin.So far, 18 people have died of dengue at DMCH, he added.last_img

Bengal Beauty gets a Delhi ticket

first_imgSanjay Das, a photographer whose heart lies in Bengal travelled to the nooks and corners of Bengal, spanning four years. And the outcome is the mesmerizing picturesque tale of Bengal engraved in a photo series.Bengal enraptured Das over these years and has finally materialised into the frozen moments in his collection ‘Beautiful Bengal’. Selected moments are out there for you to relish, as the exhibition gets inaugurated on 4 April.As his visions and ideas traverse the boundary of imagination, Das is putting up an exhibit of his photographs on Bengal in Muktadhara Auditorium, West Bengal Information and Cultural Centre. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The photo exhibition will be inaugurated by Krishnendu Narayan Choudhary, the Minister of Tourism,West Bengal.Tying up with the West Bengal government Das is also working towards putting all his work together in one publication devoted solely to the state. As he puts it – he has no problems driving down from Delhi to shoot what he loves best. For all you art lovers and shutterbugs, hail ‘Beautiful Bengal’ for your chance to delve into the enchanting state while keeping up with your busy schedules in Delhi.last_img read more

CMCH nursing staff urge chief to rid campus of canine menace

first_imgKolkata: Some nursing staffers of Calcutta Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) have written to the medical superintendent of the hospital urging him to address the dog menace in various wards.This comes barely two weeks after the NRS Medical College and Hospital incident in which 16 puppies were brutally murdered sparking outrage across the state. It was learnt that the nurses from CMCH have requested the hospital authorities to take steps ensuring that the dogs do not enter the wards in the hospital. It has been alleged that the dogs are often found inside the departments causing a nuisance and becomes difficult for the nurses and other staff members to handle. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedNRS Medical College and Hospital issue has given impetus to anti-dog drives in other government-run hospitals as employees have called for campuses free from cats and dogs. One Surajit Malakar, a relative of a patient admitted to CMCH said on Sunday that the surgery ward of the hospital is often filled with dogs. They roam freely inside the ward and sometimes bite the blood pouches of the patients. There had been instances where dogs had snapped the catheters of several patients. A catheter is a tube that is inserted into the body of a patient. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseAccording to sources in the hospital, most of these incidents occur at the surgery ward of the hospital. The patients are often scared of the dogs. It was learnt that after apprehending the gravity of the situation, the hospital authorities have urged the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) to conduct sterilisation and vaccination of the dogs. KMC has already started the process of sterlisation of dogs in several state-run hospitals. In a similar move, a female staffer of NRS Medical College and Hospital has written to the authorities seeking permission to relocate over 130 cats roaming freely inside various wards of the hospital. The killing of 16 puppies at NRS campus created a flutter and two nursing students who were allegedly involved in the incident remain suspended for two by the Health department.last_img read more

Microsoft amplifies focus on conversational AI Acquires XOXCO shares guide to developing

first_imgOn Wednesday, Microsoft shared that it has signed an agreement to acquire XOXCO, an Austin-based software developer with a focus on bot design. In another announcement, it shared a set of guidelines formulated to help developers build responsible bots or conversational AI. Microsoft acquires conversational AI startup, XOXCO Microsoft has shared its intent to acquire XOXCO. The software product design and development company has been working on conversation AI since 2013. They have developed products like Botkit which provide development tools and the Howdy bot for Slack that enables users to schedule meetings. With this acquisition, Microsoft aims to democratize AI development. “The Microsoft Bot Framework, available as a service in Azure and on GitHub, supports over 360,000 developers today. With this acquisition, we are continuing to realize our approach of democratizing AI development, conversation, and dialog, and integrating conversational experiences where people communicate,” reads the post. Throughout this year, the tech giant acquired many companies which have contributed to AI development. For example, Semantic Machines in May, Bonsai in July, and Lobe in September. XOXCO is another company added to this list enabling Microsoft to get more closer to its goal of “making AI accessible and valuable to every individual and organization, amplifying human ingenuity with intelligent technology.” Read more about the acquisition on Microsoft’s official website. Building responsible bots with Microsoft’s guidelines Nowadays, conversational AI is being used to automate communication, query solving, and create personalized customer experiences at scale. With this increasing adoption, it is important to build conversational AI that is responsible and trustworthy. The 10 guidelines formulated by Microsoft aims to help developers do exactly that: Articulate the purpose of your bot and take special care if your bot will support consequential use cases. Be transparent about the fact that you use bots as part of your product or service. Ensure a seamless hand-off to a human where the human-bot exchange leads to interactions that exceed the bot’s competence. Design your bot so that it respects relevant cultural norms and guards against misuse. Ensure your bot is reliable. Ensure your bot treats people fairly. Ensure your bot respects user privacy. Ensure your bot handles data securely. Ensure your bot is accessible. Accept responsibility. Some of them are described below: “Articulate the purpose of your bot and take special care if your bot will support consequential use cases.” Before starting any design work, carefully analyze the benefits your bot will provide to the users or the entity deploying the bot. Ensuring that your bot’s design is ethical is very important, especially when it is likely to affect the well-being of the user such as in consequential use cases. These use cases include access to services such as healthcare, education, employment, and financing. “Be transparent about the fact that you use bots as part of your product or service.” Users should be aware that they are interacting with a bot. Nowadays, designers can equip their bots with “personality” and natural language capabilities. This is why it is important to convey to the users that they are not interacting with another person and some aspects of their interaction are being performed by a bot. Also, users should be able to easily find information about the limitations of the bot, including the possibility of errors and the consequences of these errors. “Ensure a seamless hand-off to a human where the human-bot exchange leads to interactions that exceed the bot’s competence.” In cases where a human judgment is required, provide a means or ready access to a human moderator, particularly if your bot deals with consequential matters. Bots should have the ability to transfer a conversation to a human moderator as soon as the user asks. Users will quickly lose trust in the technology and in the company that has deployed it if they feel trapped or alienated by a bot. “Design your bot so that it respects relevant cultural norms and guards against misuse.” Bots should have built-in safeguards and protocols to handle misuse and abuse. Since bots can now have a human-like persona, it is crucial that they interact respectfully and safely with users. Developers can use machine learning techniques and keyword filtering mechanisms to enable the bot to detect and respond appropriately to sensitive or offensive input from users. “Ensure your bot is reliable.” Bots need to be reliable for the function it aims to perform. As a developer, you should take into account that since AI systems are probabilistic they will not always give the correct answer. That is why establish reliability metrics and review them periodically. The performance of AI-based systems may vary over time as the bot is rolled out to new users and in new contexts, developers must continually monitor its reliability. Read the full document: Responsible bots: 10 guidelines for developers of conversational AI Read Next Microsoft announces container support for Azure Cognitive Services to build intelligent applications that span the cloud and the edge Satya Nadella reflects on Microsoft’s progress in areas of data, AI, business applications, trust, privacy and more. 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