Alex Pall and How It All Started

Alex Pall has always had a passion for music. While living in New York City he had gigs around the city that became a side job for him. He already had a main job that he did in the day but that passion for being a DJ stayed within him. The current manager that he works with now introduced him to Drew and the connection happened immediately. The two began working together, Pall quit his day job, and Drew moved to New York from Maine. This is where it all began for the two.

With these two working together a lot was being put out on the table. The had many discussions of their likes and dislikes in the music world. Pall says, “They both are aware of what was going on around them, who was killing it in the industry, and what worked and what did not.” Being aware of all this helped them to shape their identity in the industry. Pall and Drew work hard and meet on a daily basis to make things happen. The pair work hard at what they do not just because it pays bills but because it is what they love.

Pall says, “one thing we notice is that people relate to our music on a deeper level and we want that to be the case more and more.” With this being noticed the two make sure the constantly check themselves. Pall says, “It is a journey of self discovery. Trying to figure out whether something feels right or what it could entail.”

The two are in position of pressure because the fans want them to do another record and the recording label does as well. Pall says, “We are at the point where we really need to nail down who we are today and make a cohesive body of work.” They do not want a album like every other DJ album. They want their songs to be related to one another and tell a story.

The music is reaching all around the world. Pall says, “We are seeing places like South Africa and the Philistines.They enjoy the many messages and videos of fans young and old singing their music. Pall says it best, “We do not care what you look like, where you are from, or how old you are. It is just that our music makes you feel a certain way.”

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin Supports Various Migrant Right Efforts Via the Frontera Fund

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are the founders of the Village Voice Media and the Phoenix New Times. The two men invested extensive efforts by supporting the rights of migrants in Arizona. The cash settlement of $3.75 million that Lacey and Larkin used to fund Frontera Fund came into their hands after they filed a legal case against their unlawful arrests and detention instigated by Jose Arpaio who was the previous Sheriff of Maricopa County

The arrest happened due to their publication’s revelation of an investigation by conducted by a grand jury that involves the aforementioned sheriff. In the ensuing proceedings during their litigation against Joe Arpaio, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin emphasized the First Amendment Rights in their defense for publishing and baring the news concerning the former sheriff.

After Maricopa County settled the case with the two media men, they used their cash settlement money to organize a non-profit organization that sponsors several organizations that supports human, civil, and migrant rights. Read more: Jim Larkin | Facebook and Michael Lacey | LinkedIn

The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund’s main aim is to safeguard the rights of immigrants by making sure that they are given an equal opportunity like other citizens in the community. Aside from this, the Frontera Fund also strives to end racial discrimination as well as border killings.

Numerous groups are formed to protect the rights of citizens and migrants. The goal that propels these groups along with other organizations is to foster and appeal for the impartial treatment of everyone.

The desire to promote equality within the society enhances the need to exercise equality, and the formation of such organizations or groups shows that migrants and other citizens are vulnerable to unjust treatments not only their countries of residence but more so when they get to live, study and work in other countries.

The NNIRR is a recognized international organization that fights for the rights of immigrants. The organization is affiliated with other organizations to foster a more effective setting for migrants. It makes labor cost interventions better by initiating labor crusades to advocate for the said rights.

Additionally, the NNIRR has created an actual network that improves the implementation of their responsibilities as a unit. And by the sponsorship of the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund, there have been plenty of achievements within the human rights sector that have been duly documented.

Through these efforts, the affected individuals are given the opportunity to unite and speak out as one in order to improve their situation within the society.

Another group that advocates for migrant and human rights is the American Civil Liberties Union. This particular group defends the rights of individuals that are embodied in the United States’ Constitution. The organization goes as far as providing legal support in cases where an individual’s civil rights are negotiated.

The CHIRLA or the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles was established by the Ford foundation. It focuses its activities in accomplishing labor and migrant rights based on the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act.

The objective of CHIRLA is to make certain that discrimination is eradicated, and opportunities are given equally to everybody.

A glance at the famous music duo, the chain-smokers

Even though they’ve been in the mainstream music for two years only, the Chain-smoker’s “sick” music productions make the world feel like they’ve been around for an entire eternity. They first broke the billboards with their smash hit, dubbed Roses early 2015 and since then they’ve been serving the world with hit after hits such as something just like this featuring Coldplay, Closer featuring Halsey and several others which have made them household names.

The music duo comprises of two producers, Alex Pall and Drew Taggart and they took over the world with the don’t let me down tune which got almost everyone singing along and had them bagging the Grammy awards.

In an interview with Forbes magazine, the chain-smokers said that even though getting such massive success in a short span can be quite demanding as it requires them to recreate something better, the duo said that they are planning to take a different lane of music and venture into the darker territory. Fortunately, their fans seem to be already there as their new hit single Sick boy received quite a warm reception after its release in January.

According to Taggart, the single is just the first installment in this new page that they’ve turned over too and that it is a reflection of the millennial generation and what happens in their world. He further added that their fans and the world at large should prep for darker music as they have a lot of good stuff for it. Sick Boy release came in barely three weeks into 2018 and two months later, it is still rocking our airwaves as it is played on almost every station.

Who are the chain-smokers?

It is an American DJ duo comprising two young DJ’s, namely, Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall. The duo became active in 2012 but got their big break in mainstream entertainment in 2014 after the release of the hit Selfie which made its way to the top twenty hit singles in various countries. They then went on to release Bouquet debut which featured their top hits such as Roses, New York City, until you were gone and several others. This one too did pretty well and even reached the top 10 on US’s billboard hot 100.

However, their “hot” don’t let me down is what took the show and even got them bagging the prestigious Grammy award for the best dance recording. However, they again got us dancing after the release of Closer featuring Halsey which did so well and even topped the charts. Ever since the duo made its debut into the world of electronic music they have amassed a wide fan base and their future is indeed shining brightly.

Rocketship Education-Helping Students to Catch Up

Many schools in Tennessee are aware of the progress of their students but elementary students in Davidson County are in the dark. In fact, they will have to wait a whole year before getting the results back on their students’ achievements. When the rest of the results are made available in the fall, student proficiency will be the focus instead. Public schools in Nashville are tracking student progress with MAP or Measures of Academic Progress. This type of tracking provides individual student growth during the entire school year. Proficiency scores only relay information on grade level at a specific time but growth scores, also known as “value-added” scores, communicate how much each student is actually learning over a certain period of time.

These MAP assessments are being utilized in over 7,400 schools and districts all over the world. Rocketship Public Schools have been using it since they first opened their doors.

National intel has proven that students form underprivileged backgrounds tend to be behind and never get to the benchmarks that they need to be. In Nashville there are many students who struggle and a good public school is need to help its students to reach the goals that they need to achieve to have a chance at a great career and life.

Many students who are so far behind in their studies and test scores get very discouraged and even drop out of school but Rocketship Education is helping students who are behind to catch up. By improving test scores, students gain self-confidence and are encouraged to keep learning and to eventually reach their goals. It is difficult at times but not impossible.

Rocketship Education is a large network of elementary charter schools and is a non-profit organization of public schools. They serve communities that are considered to be low-income and they are trying to eliminate the gap that exists between the average student and the low-income student.

Rocketship Education was founded in 2006 and offers an approach supported by technology and is teacher-led. They provide personalized learning opportunities and engage parents to be involved in their students’ learning.