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#onlinedating | UMD professor Jonathan England remembered as loving father, fierce ally to black community | #bumble | #tinder | #pof | romancescams | #scams

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At night, before his sons went to sleep, Jonathan England would tell them stories of “Tio Campanero” — a character of his own invention. 

The stories usually came along with a moral, his wife, Adrienne England, remembered. Some were about being kind, while others were about being a good sport. Their children can be competitive, she explained, and don’t like to lose. 

“He was just very proud of our children,” Adrienne said. “He really enjoyed being a father.”

Jonathan England’s colleagues and students in the University of Maryland’s African American Studies department knew this well. During Zoom meetings, even though his daughter and three boys could often be seen in the background, he never shooed them away. His love for them was always so obvious — he would talk about them in the classroom, positively beaming.

Now, all who knew and loved England are grieving his loss. He died from a heart attack on June 1 at the age of 47.

When England’s friends, coworkers and students talk about him, they remember him as someone who loved people deep down to his core. Someone who was the textbook example of an ally — a white person who never overstepped in his activism. A fiercely devoted professor and mentor.

But to his wife, England was loving and selfless, a man who always put his family before himself. He was the smartest person she knew, she said, with a memory that often helped them take home a win on trivia night.

They met on an online dating site in February 2007, when Adrienne was 27 and England was 34. While Adrienne doesn’t remember what his bio said, she remembers it made her laugh out loud — as he would continue to do for their nearly 12 years of marriage. 

Adrienne still remembers when she took her daughter, Ryann, to meet England for the first time. Her daughter was about 5 years old then, rolling around on her Heelys. The whole time, England was worried she would get herself hurt, Adrienne said. 

“Our daughter was not his stepdaughter,” Adrienne said. “She was always his daughter.”

As Ryann grew up, England would take her to the park, where they would shoot hoops, challenging one another. Now, Ryann is 18 and plays basketball for East Carolina University — but England still liked to pretend he could beat her, Adrienne said. 

He would joke around, talking about the days he almost had a basketball career and how everything fell apart after he sprained his ankle. 

“He was very silly,” Adrienne said. 

[“Beyond tired”: UMD students organize protest against systemic racism, police brutality]

England never told her why he decided to devote his career to African American Studies, Adrienne said. But Jason Nichols, an African American Studies lecturer, knew that his activism was not driven by guilt or pity. It was driven by love.

“He was aware of his own whiteness in a way where it wasn’t patronizing,” Nichols recalled. “He was literally concerned for the well-being of his fellow human beings.”

Love: that’s what characterized England, said Kim Nickerson, assistant dean for diversity, equity and inclusion in the behavioral and social sciences college.

“His love for people and the topics that remain close to his heart just drove him to be the great professor, friend and administrator that he was,” he said. 

And at a time when protests against police brutality and systemic racism are sweeping the country, his death is especially tragic, said Mike Locksley, this university’s football coach. 

For two weeks now, people have taken to the streets to demand justice for George Floyd, a black man who died after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee to his neck for almost nine minutes. In that time, there has been a spike in interest in podcasts, documentaries and books that explain the deep-rooted nature of racism in the U.S. and spell out how to be “anti-racist.”

“I know he would be one of the first people out there championing and lecturing and educating people,” Locksley said. 

For one of England’s former students, Brittney Woods, the professor’s allyship could be traced down to how he saw people. He never ignored their skin color, but he focused on their humanity, Woods said. 

Some suggested that England’s passion for African American Studies might come from where he grew up. From the first time Nichols talked to England — when Nichols was a sophomore at the university and England was a teaching assistant — he said he could tell where England was from.

“He had the whole Prince George’s County kind of swagger,” he said.

England’s roots sunk deep down into his choice of slang, which he transformed into an inside joke with his students and colleagues by exposing the “bama of the week” on social media. 

 “Bama” is the Prince George’s way of calling someone dumb, explained Marci Deloatch, coordinator and business manager for the African American Studies department. Sometimes, she said, England would call out a politician who said something they shouldn’t have. Other times, he’d share a funny local news story.

England’s bama of the week came up more than once at a vigil the university held for him June 2. There, dozens of students, faculty and alumni remembered him as a kind and supportive professor. For Woods, though, he was more than that. It was almost like he was magical.

His class felt different than any she had ever taken before, Woods said. He allowed students to have organic conversations about current events, tying everything back to the course material. And, she said, he was able to connect concepts to his students’ daily lives.

Most of the time, when Nickerson glanced into classrooms as he walked past, students would be on their phones or about to fall asleep. That wasn’t the case for England’s classes, though. 

“People were like they were at a concert,” Nickerson said. 

[Prince George’s County board of education takes steps to sever ties with county police]

At home, Adrienne often watched England plan his classes. He wanted to make a difference, she said; he wanted to reach students. He would jot down ideas on little note cards, thinking up topics to discuss with his students and ways to engage them. Adrienne would sometimes take a peek at the cards to try to decipher what he was up to. 

“His handwriting was very difficult to read,” she said, laughing. “He should have been a doctor.”

But Jonathan’s magic did not end in the classroom — it followed his students for life.

Woods currently works as a yoga instructor, she said, and is trying to figure out how to use her degree in African American Studies to promote wellness. As she navigated adulthood, she said England would check in on her. “I see what you’re doing,” she said he’d tell her. “I’m proud of you.”

A month ago, the coronavirus pandemic had forced Woods to move her instruction online. One of her new students was England. He tried to get the whole family involved, too, Adrienne remembered. As England mirrored Woods’ poses, the boys sat by his side for as long as their attention span allowed. 

“I had memories of him as an undergrad student, but now I have memories of him supporting me in my adult career, in my adult endeavors,” she said. “It’s really powerful.”

And for Jamie Tyson, England was a sort of father figure. The last part of the spring semester was especially rough for her, she said, but England was there for her. He always was. 

Back when she was England’s teaching assistant last fall, she’d always come to class with coffee and breakfast. Sometimes, England would ask about her favorite order from Starbucks and Chick-fil-a. Then, on the last day of the class, he surprised her with both.

“The way that he supported everyone and especially me — that’s something I’m definitely going to carry within me,” said Tyson, a rising senior African American Studies major.

England was a teacher for Adrienne, too, she said. He would explain what was going on in the news or aspects of the law she did not fully understand. It’s going to be different, she said, not having him here with her at a time when the nation is in turmoil.

But he did leave her with an important lesson about what will bring change in this country, she said: voting. He taught her that if you don’t use your voice, you won’t be heard, she said.

And the night before he died, England left one final lesson to the world.

“Systemic change requires acknowledgement that the system does not work. Which requires acknowledgement that the system was never designed to work for all,” he wrote on Twitter. “When those who benefit have that moment of honesty perhaps things can begin to change.”

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Grindr dating app removes ethnicity filter to support Black Lives Matter | Technology | #tinder | #pof | romancescams | #scams

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Grindr is removing an “ethnicity filter” from its dating app as part of its support for the Black Lives Matter movement, the company announced on Monday.

The controversial feature, limited to those who stump up £12.99 a month for the premium version of the app, allows users to sort search results based on reported ethnicity, height, weight and other characteristics.

In a statement posted to Instagram, the company said “We stand in solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter movement and the hundreds of thousands of queer people of color who log in to our app every day.

“We will continue to fight racism on Grindr, both through dialogue with our community and a zero-tolerance policy for racism and hate speech on our platform. As part of this commitment, and based on your feedback, we have decided to remove the ethnicity filter from our next release.?”

Grindr’s filter had come under intense criticism over the weekend after a now-deleted tweet from the company that read “Demand Justice. #blacklivesmatter”. Many condemned the company’s show of solidarity as hollow when taken alongside the existence of a feature that allows users to explicitly discriminate based on race.

The company has long maintained that the ethnicity filter was useful for minority users who wanted to find people like themselves, rather than enforce racism.

“We decided before we were ready to pull the plug on that, it was a conversation we wanted with our user base,” Grindr’s head of communications told the Guardian in 2018. “While I believe the ethnicity filter does promote racist behaviour in the app, other minority groups use the filter because they want to quickly find other members of their minority community.”

Grindr isn’t the only dating app which allows users to filter by race, but it is by far the most prominent. Racial discrimination on the app isn’t simply enforced algorithmically, either; a 2015 study of Australian users found that 96% had seen at least one profile that included some form of racial discrimination, ‘through language such as “Not attracted to Asians.”’ One in eight of those surveyed admitted they themselves included such language.

The announcement came on the first day of Pride month, Grindr noted. “We can still come together in the spirit of Pride, but Pride this year has an added responsibility, a shifted tone, and a new priority that will be reflected in our programming – support and solidarity for queer people of color and the #BlackLivesMatter movement.”

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#deepweb | More than 200 million MGM customers could have stolen info on the black market

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MGM RESORTS SAYS THERE WAS A DATA BREACH IN JULY 2019 — Morgan & Morgan has filed a lawsuit against MGM Resorts International over a data breach that has exposed the personal information of millions of people. The lawsuit was filed February 21, 2020 and states that in July of 2019, MGM’s computer network system was hacked. The stolen information was then posted on a closed Internet forum.

Related: Attorney files lawsuit against MGM Resorts over recent data breach

The report states more than 10.6 million MGM guests were impacted, but one of the lead attorneys said it could be much more.

“We absolutely have heard that we could be talking upwards of 200 million plus,” said Attorney Jean Martin.

She said one of their main concerns is what information was stolen. She said initially, MGM reached out to impacted customers in September of 2019, saying only names and maybe addresses had been posted online, but that information had been taken down. However in February, the lawsuit says even more personal information had been posted on an internet hacking forum, leading to prolonged risk of that stolen information spreading. Some of the information stolen included names, addresses, driver’s license numbers, passport numbers, military ID numbers, phone numbers, emails and birthdays.

“That’s what happens when your information is compromised. You never know when it’s going to go up on the web and on the dark web, when it’s going to be sold and when it’s going to be used, so now the people that have had their information compromised face this risk for the rest of their lives,” said Martin.

MGM Resorts released a statement prior to the lawsuit’s filing, and declined to give any updated information.

“Last summer, we discovered unauthorized access to a cloud server that contained a limited amount of information for certain previous guests of MGM Resorts. We are confident that no financial, payment card or password data was involved in this matter. MGM Resorts promptly notified guests potentially impacted by this incident in accordance with applicable state laws. Upon discovering the issue, the Company retained two leading cybersecurity forensics firms to assist with its internal investigation, review and remediation of the issue. At MGM Resorts, we take our responsibility to protect guest data very seriously, and we have strengthened and enhanced the security of our network to prevent this from happening again.”

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#deepweb | How This Barber Uses His Shop To Improve Black Men’s Mental Health

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The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that one in four people experience mental illness at some point in their life. For Black people around the world those stats are even more staggering. Research indicates that Black/African Americans are 20% more likely to suffer from psychological distress compared to their white counterparts. Within the Black community, mental health conversations and discussing experiences with conditions like anxiety and depression is still taboo, especially for Black men. The media often depicts Black men as aggressive and violent with few representations of them being vulnerable. These perceptions of how Black men should behave likely play a role in why the mental health stigma persists within the Black community. Black men are expected to be stoic and strong 24/7, which can lead to increased feelings of anger, resentment and isolation. Public figures like Charlamagne Tha God, who wrote a book on his experiences with anxiety, are outspoken advocates for Black mental wellbeing and are starting to open up more conversations about Black mental health. Eric “Kleankut” Dixon is a celebrity barber and mental health advocate who uses his barbershop as an outlet for Black men within the community. Eric sat down to discuss why he started his barbershop, his experiences contracting a rare condition, and the transformative power of therapy.

Janice Gassam: Could you share with the Forbes readers a little bit about you, your background and what made you decide to open up your own barbershop?

Eric “Kleankut” Dixon: Well, I was born and raised in Maryland—P.G. County, Maryland, by way of [Washington] D.C. I grew up here and…I’ve always been an artist…and then eventually I became a barber. Unfortunately, I got into barbering because of an infection I got from an inexperienced barber. It affected my scalp really bad. It caused dissecting cellulitis, it’s a rare germ from uncleaned tools…it was a bad experience so I learned to cut my own hair…which led to me becoming really good at it…it became a passion over time. I love working for myself and I love the art form of cutting hair…the best part of it is to be able to have the ability to make people feel good…and look good.

Gassam: How do you feel your barbershop creates a safe space for Black men to feel comfortable communicating?

Dixon: For someone to come to a barber and allow the barber to cut them, there’s a trust factor that you’re already building with your barber. Then, once you build that trust…it’s a place where men go where they can actually be free and take out their stress…whether it’s from a job, home, family…being able to go somewhere and really unwind…learn from others and even be the one to give knowledge to other people.

Gassam: The life of an entrepreneur is very stressful, so what are some forms of self-care that you utilize and what are some self-care practices that Black men should be taking advantage of more?

Dixon: Well…I go to a therapy myself. Just…to keep me focused. It’s always good to unpack. Some things you can’t just talk about with anybody. A therapist is able to dig deep into discovering who you are…so you can be better mentally…I definitely go to my therapist. Honestly, my job can be hard on the body a little bit. I go and I get great massages. I love it! It takes all the tension out of you…also for me, I’m an artist. I like to draw; I like to paint…I love music. I have different playlists for different moods. It relaxes me. I’m starting to read a lot more books as well.

Gassam: How do you use your platform to serve within your community?

Dixon: Now that I’ve realized that I can be a part of helping someone, what I’m doing currently is I am in class to become a Certified Advocate. So, I can be able to assist properly…I know a few therapists that are in the area…having conversations with therapists to have a better understanding of how I can help…being able to connect with other therapists so I can actually have an idea of where I can send Black men who are seeking help…I want to get the information on cost and how to seek the right therapist. Me being that person where, me being transparent about myself and being able to guide someone in the right direction.

Gassam: What are some resources you would recommend for someone reading this interview who wants to speak with a therapist but who has never had one before?

Dixon: I’m having a conversation and trying to figure out how can we help and make therapy more accessible and more affordable as well…there’s Therapy for Black Men…there’s [also] therapy via the web where you can talk to a Black therapist in other states. I know a few folks who do therapy sessions over the computer…what I want to do is get a group of therapists who are interested in creating something that is more accessible and affordable for people…when it comes to searching for a therapist, sometimes certain therapists…you’re not going to feel comfortable with…it’s important to feel like you can be comfortable…that’s the key. Being able to vibe well with that therapist. If you don’t, then it’s okay…that’s one of the main things you have to have with your therapist—being able to get a good vibe and be comfortable.

To learn more about Erik “Kleankut” Dixon, click here.

This interview has been lightly edited for brevity and clarity.

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#hacking | Black Hat Asia 2020 postponed due to coronavirus epidemic

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Security conference was due to open its doors in Singapore next month

The upcoming Black Hat Asia security conference has been postponed due to ongoing concerns surrounding the latest coronavirus outbreak, event organizer Informa has confirmed.

“After careful consideration of the health and safety of our attendees and partners, we have made the difficult decision to postpone Black Hat Asia 2020 due to the coronavirus outbreak,” read an announcement, issued via  the official Black Hat Events Twitter account.

Black Hat Asia was due to take place at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore from March 31 to April 3.

The Asian edition, one of three Black Hat security conferences that take place around the world each year, celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2019, with infosec luminary Mikko Hyppönen delivering the keynote.

Security expert Mikko Hyppönen delivering the keynote at Black Hat Asia last year

With its origins being traced to Wuhan, China, the coronavirus outbreak in question refers specifically to the novel strain of pathogen now known as COVID-19.

According to a situation report (PDF) from the World Health Organization yesterday (February 13), there have been nearly 47,000 confirmed cases of infection globally, with more than 1,300 deaths.

News of the Black Hat Asia postponement follows a similar announcement earlier this week that Mobile World Congress 2020 would not go ahead in Barcelona this month due to concerns surrounding the virus.

DEF CON China, a hacking event that was slated to take place in Beijing in April, was also postponed last month due to concerns surrounding COVID-19.

“Our sympathies are with those affected during this difficult time,” an announcement on the Black Hat Events website read.

“Please know we are planning to host Black Hat Asia 2020 in the fall this year. We hope you are able to join us and will provide an update with the new event dates as soon as possible.”

The announcement as it appears on the Black Hat Asia website

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#cybersecurity | #hackerspace | [Webinars] Black Duck on VMware Cloud and open source scans

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#deepweb | Cybercriminals also offering Black Friday bargains on dark web: report

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Black Friday deals have spread to black-market retailers hawking drugs, stolen data and fake IDs online, according to new reports.

The annual discounting bonanza for legitimate businesses is now also a staple of the internet underworld, digital security firm co-founder James Chappell told Sky News. 

“We’ve seen the same strategies that online retailers and physical retailers use, being used in these criminal markets,” said Chappell, whose company is called Digital Shadows.

“We see them used either to provide discounts, ‘stack ’em high and sell ’em cheap’ type strategies, and we’ve seen the same with discount codes, introductions, building up excitement before the event, adverts that entice and enthuse,” he told the outlet.

A week before the big day, Chappell’s company found more than 1,600 posts about “Black Friday 2019” on dark web criminal forums, according to the Independent.

Cybercriminals in the UK make more in illegal online sales than any other European country, per a new report from the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction.

The report noted that British dark web retailers pulled in over $30 million USD between 2017 and 2018.

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#deepweb | Black Friday: Dark web criminals offering shock discount and deals on illegal purchases | UK | News

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The annual discount has become a major event for businesses and it now appears to have filtered down to the darkest depths of the internet, experts claim. Online security firm Digital Shadows co-founder James Chappell said common marketing strategies used by regular businesses are now being used by criminals. He claimed: “We’ve seen the same strategies that online retailers and physical retailers use, being used in these criminal markets.

Mr Chappell described how one strategy to provide discounts is to “stack ‘em high and sell ‘em cheap”.

He added: “We’ve seen the same with discount codes, introductions, building up excitement before the event, adverts that entice and enthuse.”

UK criminals make more from selling drugs online than anywhere else in Europe.

It was revealed this week in a report from the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction.

The report claimed there were £24million worth of sales in 2017/18.

Sky News reported how social media contributes to the issue.

The outlet claimed platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat are increasingly being used to sell illegal drugs.

National Crime Agency director of investigations Nikki Holland said she wanted to do more to tackle the problem.

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Despite this, the dark web also hosts harmless and legal content.

In the legal world of Black Friday, the consumer rights group warned customers this week many offers were not as good as they seem.

There were claims that some items were much cheaper at other times of the year.

Black Friday is an American celebration on the first Friday following Thanksgiving.

It is used as a method of firing the starting gun for the Christmas shopping season.

Black Friday is increasingly gaining traction in the UK, with many businesses offering Black Friday deals.

The consumer rights group has urged shoppers to do their research before buying any products which appear to be on sale.

The organisation tracked the prices of 83 products which went on sale on Black Friday last year for six months before the big sales day.

It found that all but four (five percent) were cheaper at other times during that period.

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#cybersecurity | #hackerspace | 5 Digital Threats to Watch Out for on Black Friday

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans The end of November is a busy time in the United States. On Thanksgiving, friends and family gather together to give thanks for good food and good company. Once they’ve put away the leftovers, many Americans don their coats and head to the malls for Black […] View full post on