Farmers in Midwest states hit by unprecedented flooding this week are wondering how they will recover from flooded fields, ruined crops and lost harvests. Additional flooding is possible in the coming weeks as rainfall and snow melt continue to overfill rivers and streams.
Ava DuVernay's "Queen Sugar" is set to return for a fourth season on OWN and will once again feature an all-female directing team: Cheryl Dunye, Numa Perrier, Bola Ogun, Carmen Marron, Heidi Saman and Tchaiko Omawale. DuVernay started the creative initiative in the show's first season.
HBO is celebrating Women's History Month with the Inspiration Room, which showcases personal diaries of women that celebrate the female narrative. The diary entries are semi-anonymous and are re-enacted by several stars at HBO, including Margarita Levieva, Susie Essman, Dominique Fishback, Poorna Jagannathan, Angela Sarafyan and Natalie Gold.
Jesy Nelson announced she will be taking part in a documentary for BBC titled "Jesy Nelson: My Story" and will focus on mental health and body image. Nelson, a member of girl band Little Mix, said she wants to offer her perspective on how social media can have an impact on mental health.
As the NCAA men's basketball tournament gets underway, many bosses have given up trying to stop employees from following the games during work hours. Instead, they're giving into the March Madness and sponsoring watch parties and office pools.
The creator of an app named Millie wants to inspire millennial giving by sharing three charities at a time with users and allowing them to "swipe right" to make a donation to one of the causes. The app, which can be preloaded with funds, also features real-time donation data, details about each organization and a countdown to spur giving before rotating to another set of nonprofits.
Ninety-three percent of the nonprofit news groups that used NewsMatch's year-end matching campaign saw an increase in donations, ultimately resulting in 90,000 new first-time donors and gifts surpassing $14 million. The organization uses Institute for Nonprofit News and tools from the News Revenue Hub to teach reporters and news organizations how to fundraise.
A recent column about Alice's Kids in the Washington Post has resulted in donations surpassing $80,000 and might result in the Alexandria, Va.-based nonprofit's expansion into other cities, says Executive Director Ron Fitzsimmons. Lawyers and other professionals across the US are also volunteering their services as a result, he says.
Catholic Charities, Living Classrooms and the Historic East Baltimore Community Action Coalition are each opening a new Safe Streets location in Baltimore as part of a city effort to combat violence. "Our goal is to not only stop altercations, but also to connect the community to resources, including job training, meal programs, residential treatment therapy for children," says Catholic Charities Executive Director Bill McCarthy.
The University of Southern California has chosen Carol Folt as its new president while dealing with the aftermath of its involvement in a recent college-admissions scandal. The school has frozen the accounts of students involved in the alleged scandal, and Folt says she will take further action to help the school recover.
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