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THE 2019 SCHOLARSHIP FUND GALA WILL FEATURE…
  • Cocktail Reception Including a Signature Cocktail, generously sponsored by Howard Hughes Corporation, a Full Open-Bar and passed Hors D’oeuvres
  • Silent Auction Featuring 100’s of items donated by generous Washington-area businesses and attractions Donate an item here!
  • Three-Course Gourmet Dinner
  • An Action-Packed LIVE Auction Showcasing Priceless and One-of-a-Kind Items, with Auction Paddles sponsored by Burke & Herbert Bank
  • LIVE Music & Dancing provided by Perfekt Blend, a 10-Piece Band playing the hits of today & yesterday (back by popular demand!)
  • And…NEW this year, a FUN Photo Booth for Guests, sponsored by Transurban VA expresslanes (Come Camera-Ready!)
 Make The Dream of College Become the Possible!
The Gala helps support $1 Million in College Scholarships 
for local Alexandria students in need each year.

With Gratitude to our

Generous Corporate Partners for Supporting Scholarships and Opportunity for Alexandria kids.

Sponsorship Opportunities are always available.

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3 Investing Lessons From Jay-Z

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In 2019, Shawn Corey Carter became hip-hop’s first billionaire. Better known as Jay-Z, Mr. Carter didn’t just make his money by rapping, although he’s one of the industry’s best-selling artists. Instead, he built a sprawling empire, including a music label, a sports management company, a streaming service, and a high-end sports bar.

With the Brooklyn-born rapper continuing to grow his net worth, there are certainly many investing lessons to learn, both from his business ventures as well as from his lyrics. Here are three of them.

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Google’s Advertising Platform Is Blocking Articles About Racism

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On Martin Luther King Jr. Day this year, the Atlantic decided to recirculate King’s famous “Letter From Birmingham Jail,” which the magazine had run in its August 1963 issue and republished, in print and online, in 2018. Several hours later, the publication’s staff noticed that Google’s Ad Exchange platform, which serves many of the ads on the Atlantic’s website, had “demonetized” the page containing the letter under its “dangerous or derogatory content” policy. In other words: As part of its efforts to protect advertisers from offensive internet content with which they would not want their products to be associated, Ad Exchange had locked out one of the most important texts of the civil rights movement.

Google controls more than 30 percent of the digital ads market. A big chunk of that business happens through Ad Exchange, a marketplace for buying and selling advertising space across the web. According to its publisher policies, Google does not monetize, or allow advertising on, “dangerous or derogatory content” that disparages people on the basis of a characteristic that is associated with systemic discrimination—race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, etc. As the policy outlines, this might look like “promoting hate groups” or “encouraging others to believe that a person or group is inhuman.” Because of the scale of Google’s ad-serving business, however, it can’t enforce this policy on the front lines by hand, so instead the company uses an algorithm that, in part, scans for offensive keywords in articles. But the system doesn’t always take context into consideration. Several mainstream publishers, including Slate, have had articles demonetized under this policy when covering race and LGBTQ issues.

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