Marcus Blackwell is changing the way students learn math with his groundbreaking STEAM Technology App, Make Music Count. The smartphone app is designed to excite students about learning mathematics. Also available to parents and teachers, Make Music Count takes innovation and piano playing to the next level.
Blackwell is a graduate Morehouse College with a B.S. in Mathematics and worked for GE Energy as a Lead Modeling Analyst while serving as the Music Director and pianist at Elizabeth Baptist Church.
“Make Music Count was created after I realized how I learned to play the piano,” said Blackwell. “As a pianist and organist who plays music by ear, I realized I built my music chords by applying mathematics versus simply listening and playing what I heard,” he added.
Some of the key features and benefits of this new app are that it is excellent for students with special needs and dyslexia. Similarly, learning math and solving problems enhances the mental growth of the student and makes them smarter and more active. This app is one of the fastest ways to learn piano and be able to play like a professional. The Educational Technology (EdTech) application is basically a 2 for one application, which is all about building confidence and performance.
According to the Blackwell, learning music through math is more engaging, interesting, and exciting for the students. Another amazing fact about this inspiring initiative is that this new curriculum sees an average of 28% increase in math test scores.
To find out more about Make Music Count, visit http://www.makemusiccount.com. Follow Marcus Blackwell, Jr. and Make Music Count at Twitter and Instagram @makemusiccount and on Facebook at makemusiccountLLC.
You can find the app for Make Music Count for iOS at itunes.apple.com/us/app/make-music-count/id1334803798?mt=8 and for Android users at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.makemusiccount.android&hl=en_US.
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October is “Breast Cancer Awareness” month; however, you should not wait until October to discuss testing options. Early detection is important in the fight against breast cancer. For uninsured and under-served patients, this may seem like a problem. 1 out of every 8 women will develop breast cancer and surprisingly 1 out of 1000 men will develop breast cancer as well. Breast cancer is most common in African Americans, however, all Americans are affected.
Dr. Amber Robins, Dr. Nwando Okafor, Dr. KaNisha Hall, and Dr. Kim Jackson, are physicians who are dedicated to helping their uninsured patients understand the crucial nature around “not” getting tested. #DocsForHer aims to drive low-income patients to seek the assistance of free to low-cost breast cancer screenings.
Roughly 44 million Americans are uninsured, while possibly 32 million are insured but their healthcare is adequate. The cost of a mammogram can range between $75 – $250 depending on the provider of the service. Not everyone can afford to be screened or they lack the necessary insurance coverage for the screening which causes them to delay testing or not get tested at all. The good news is that there are more options available.
During the month of October in support of breast cancer awareness, several medical facilities offer free screening to the insured. Patients can discuss options with their family physician or local hospitals to gain a calendar of screening events. Also, the Susan G. Komen Foundation
, as well as The National Breast Cancer Foundation
, have partnered with several medical facilities around the country to provide uninsured patients with free breast cancer screening.
Your local and state government may also provide programs that help with the cost of mammograms. These physicians are devoted to helping their patients understand the importance of proactive self-care and breast cancer prevention. Women and men are urged to inquire about free breast cancer screenings.
Early detection is key. The lack of insurance should not become a matter of life or death. Help is out there ready and available to help prevent and fight breast cancer. Our featured #DocsForHer extend their message to everyone. If you lack health care resources, take the life-saving action to find a screening assistance program in your area.
Co-written by Gin Crane
“If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.”
-Booker T. Washington
Purposed to inspire, Hip-Hop Soul musician Earl Detrick’s HERE EP is now streaming on digital music outlets worldwide. The artist formerly known as DeeSmuve pens to outreach and extend positivity with keynote lyricism.
The HERE EP sets the tone with a refreshing blend of Neo-Soul, Hip-Hop and Jazz. With scenarios drafted around personal development, love, and happiness, Earl Detrick delivers his perspective through the universal palate of musical melody.
The 6 track playlist features a composition of self-produced records that magnify the authenticity of life. Grab a glass, open your mind and stream HERE by Earl Detrick on your favorite music player!!
Click the link to stream the HERE EP on Spotify!
There is no better way to wrap up the summer than by highlighting and celebrating Black Heritage. The Houston Black Heritage Music and Arts Festival will be held at the George R. Brown Convention Center on Saturday and Sunday, August 11-12th, 2018.
This will be the 4th year that the festival has food, art, and music from talented artists including Grammy Award-Winning Lalah Hathaway, as well as Stokley Williams, J Paul Jr., and Earl Detrick (DeeSmuve). This two-day experience has something for everyone: Health & wellness education, financial empowerment, self-expression all within the unique blend of African and African-American style!
For more information on tickets, sponsorship, vending and other opportunities, visit http://www.houstonblackheritagefest.com.
All across the state of Louisiana, you can find young people who are enjoying the summer- those ten or so glorious weeks where no books beckon and a teenager can answer the calls of their bed until all hours of the afternoon. In Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, however, you’ll find students still at work, still pursuing excellence.
You see, at TM Landry College Prep, the students only get a five-day break for summer. One week, and then these hard-working students are back in the classrooms. The independent, coeducational year-round school has garnered attention for its students’ impressive academic achievements, including a 100 % graduation rate and a 100% acceptance rate to four-year universities.
Dr. KaNisha Hall, Howard University College of Medicine alumna and executive board member, was recently invited to speak at TM Landry College Prep. Hall is passionate about bridging the gap in education in Louisiana. She has longed to see advancements in the Louisiana education system since her matriculation from Louisiana Tech University for her undergraduate degree.
While visiting, Dr. Hall was astonished to see the shift in the curriculum at TM Landry and the impact it has had on the students. The programs at TM Landry require rigorous work ethic – in and out of the classroom. This college prep school is contributing to the success of young academic superstars and is a perfect fit for those who think outside of the box. TM Landry has proven to help its students accomplish their goals in college and beyond. Dr. KaNisha Hall went to Breaux Bridge to reach and teach students, and while there, she learned just what TM Landry expects.
So while there are children complaining of the heat or their boredom, some of Louisiana’s most advanced students are back at work. Here’s a recap of Dr. KaNisha Hall’s visit to TM Landry College Prep:
The journey to self-awareness and mindfulness is great, but it can also force you to address a few suppressed or subconscious wounds. Many of us are strong by default….I know I am. I’ll share with you that I’ve uncovered a few emotional scars that I developed from growing up not without having my father in my life. We would see each other in passing and I had to accept that he could not interact with me in public. He would drop by to see me for about 30 mins every other year. I felt rejected, worthless and I always felt like I had something to prove. My early relationships were a direct reflection of this. My father passed away 15 years ago and it’s even more painful to know that I’ll never have the opportunity to get close to him or hear him say I love you. This explains so much about my life and my reluctance to attach to people personally. If I never discover anything else…I’m happy to check this innate characteristic. I’m happy that those circumstances don’t determine my future. I stand for every fatherless daughter. We are too are worthy of a crown. ❤️❤️ #Transparency #ThisIsMe #Jen