Beautiful From the Street to the Screen to the E-Store   March 24th


NEW YORK — Beautiful, a media brand that stalks real people of style on city streets, is the first fashion content site to add innovative and cutting-edge shopping technology to its entire library of videos and still images. Users of the two-and-a-half-year-old website can now instantly shop the exact (or similar) items the featured strangers are using, wearing and loving.

In collaboration with Media/And, a high-end startup company that monetizes online video and pictures, all content on Beautiful has been tagged so that consumers can click to buy the latest looks from the street From beloved bags to must-have makeup to favorite footwear to gotta’-have-it gadgets to books that are bedside now, items featured in the editorial are simpler than ever to procure. The brainchild of Melissa Fedor (an editor who spent her career at leading women’s publications, including Women’s Wear Daily, W, Glamour and InStyle magazines) and Abby Wallach (a producer who spent her career at Showtime Networks Inc., and Nederlander Television and Film), Beautiful offers the ultimate service by informing, entertaining and enabling consumers to shop on the spot. And as competitors focus their efforts on selling celebrity looks, this duo is banking on the power of reality programming to prompt women to make their sartorial purchases. “Fashion-minded women are always interested in knowing what a stylish stranger is wearing but are very reluctant to ask. Beautiful Stranger takes on the uncomfortable task of inquiring, so now women can style stalk (and shop) from their desks,” explains Fedor.

Since its soft launch last month, the new technology embedded in the Beautiful content has achieved unprecedented numbers, with more than one in three people clicking-through and a 5-1/2% purchase rate, according to Media/And’s co-founders Omri Lavie and Shalev Holy. These numbers are well above industry standards and, on a small scale, prove the model for content driving commerce. “Clearly, our users are inspired to click and buy. And this inspiration is leading to content monetization,” adds Wallach.

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Melissa Fedor

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Contact: Abby Wallach:,  917-494-6981 or Jenn Goodkind:,  203-249-8022

2010 Entrepreneur Awards, Nominations Now Open   March 24, 2010


Crain’s New York is seeking phenomenally successful businessmen and women for its annual top entrepreneurs feature to run in May. Companies must have been in business for at least three years, and must have demonstrated innovation and rapid growth (current economic conditions will be considered). To be eligible, a company must be located in New York City, and must have revenue of less than $100 million. Company owners must be willing to share revenue and other details about their companies. Entrepreneurs can nominate themselves or be nominated by someone else. Winners in previous years have included: Rob Kalin of Etsy, Mark Oldman and Hussam Hamadeh of Vault, Darius Bikoff of Energy Brands Inc., maker of Glacéau beverages, and Liz Lange of Liz Lange Maternity. Please submit your nomination by April 2.  Click here to nominate a company.

BID ON CULTURE: Second Annual Request for Design Proposals   March 24, 2010

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Request for Proposal Overview: This request is for designs for banners as part of the BID ON CULTURE project to reflect the cultural vitality of Harlem along its primary commercial thoroughfare, the famed 125th Street.

Banner designs selected through this process will help to brand 125th Street as the center of culture in Harlem, a vibrant and diverse community with an unparalleled history of contribution to the nation in all fields of human endeavor.

BID ON CULTURE is a campaign to help to build a community-based vision of Harlem’s heritage, its role as a vibrant cultural center, and to help promote the continued revitalization of 125th Street as the commercial and artistic heart of Harlem. The banner designs for BID ON CULTURE will be displayed starting in June 2010 as part of Black Music Month and will celebrate Harlem’s musical legacy, personalities and venues closely associated with Harlem’s contribution to the history and development of music in America.

Requested By: 125th Street Business Improvement District (BID) in partnership with the Harlem Arts Alliance (HAA)

Request for Design Proposal open to: Professional visual artists at least 21 years of age, not matriculated in an educational institution, with an interest in Harlem. Special consideration will be given to artists currently living and working in Harlem.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: Friday, April 30, 2010, 5pm via email to

Request for Design Proposal Contact: Michael Unthank, Executive Director, Harlem Arts Alliance, 347- 735-4280.

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Every Urban Prep senior is college-bound   March 17th, 2009


Four years ago, Bryant Alexander watched his mother weep.

She stared down at a muddle of D’s and F’s on his eighth-grade report card and threatened to kick him out. He had barely passed elementary school, and high school wasn’t even on his radar. “Something just clicked,” Alexander, now 18, said. “I knew I had to do something.”

On Friday, Alexander proudly swapped his high school’s red uniform tie for a striped red and gold one — the ritual at Englewood’s Urban Prep Academy for Young Men that signifies a student has been accepted into college. As the Roseland resident and 12 others tied their knots, Chicago’s only public all-male, all-African-American high school fulfilled its mission: 100 percent of its first senior class had been accepted to four-year colleges.

Mayor Richard Daley and city schools chief Ron Huberman surprised students at the all-school assembly Friday morning with congratulations, and school leaders announced that as a reward, prom would be free. To read full article click here.

The Source and Cre8 Space Studio Gallery honor The Notorious B.I.G.   March 9, 2010


The Source (magazine) has partnered up with Cre8 Space Studio Gallery in Washington, DC to unveil an art exhibition honoring the life of iconic rapper, Christopher Wallace. On the anniversary of his untimely death, Cre8 will be revealing a special collection of paintings and custom tapestry honoring The Notorious BIG and Hip-Hop culture. The Hip-Hop exhibition will run from March 9th to March 13th from 8pm-12am.

Address: Cre8 Space Studio Gallery, 1314 9th Street, NW Washington, DC 20001

Free Admission, $5 suggested donation

Featured Artists: Aniekan Udofia (Painter), Alex Vallcorba (Arts & Crafts, Custom Sneakers), Matias Cuevas (Tapestry) and Moe Bradford, Jr. (Painter)

Cre8 Space is a gallery and creative collective founded by Howard and NYU alumni, engaging the community in the arts with powerful programming and exhibits, partnering with a non-profit youth leadership organization and bringing international design concepts via large scale installations to DC. For more information, visit

Ludacris selected to interview Quincy Jones at the ASCAP ” I Create Music” Expo   March 5, 2010


Multi-talented rapper and actor Ludacris will interview music legend Quincy Jones about his prolific career during the ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO, it was announced March 3rd by ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers). The three-day EXPO will take place at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel, April 22-24, 2010 in Los Angeles, CA.

Ludacris is the highest-selling Southern hip-hop solo artist of all time, with over 24 million records sold worldwide, as well as an award-winning actor who has forged a successful career spanning the studio, the stage and the screen. He will interview one of music’s greatest living legends, Quincy Jones, about his prolific career as a musician, composer, producer, arranger and conductor and his work with such entertainment giants as Count Basie, Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, Ray Charles, Paul Simon, Aretha Franklin and many others. Ludacris will also explore Jones’s pioneering fusions of pop, soul, hip-hop, jazz, classical and other forms of music across all mediums that have left his indelible mark on American popular music and culture.

The ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO is the premier conference for songwriters, composers and producers. It covers all genres of music and includes panels, workshops, master classes, keynotes, One-on-One sessions, song critiquing, networking events, product displays, state-of-the-art technology demonstrations, performances, and more. All music creators, producers, publishers and executives — regardless of their performing rights organization affiliation — will benefit from this unique creative event, which is designed around personal interaction, education and networking. For more information, and to register, please visit

The Legal Bound Program 2010 Summer Internship Program   March 3, 2010


Interviews are scheduled: Monday – Thursday until Friday, April 30,2010 (the deadline for interviews).

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office invites High School juniors and seniors to apply for the 2010 Summer Internship Program. To apply applicants must live in Manhattan.

Qualified students should send resume and an essay explaining their interest in law to the address listed below and postmarked no later then Friday, April 16, 2010.

A representative from the office will contact each student who sends these materials to schedule an interview: Interview appointments are limited.

Send resume/essay to:

Community Affairs Unit

New York County District Attorney’s Office

Attention: Ms. Carol Ragsdale

One Hogan Place, Room 824

New York , NY 10013

Telephone: (212) 335-9082

The interviews will take place at Manhattan District Attorney’s Office listed above or:

Northern Manhattan Office, Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building, 163 W. 125th St., Room 733, New York, NY 10027