Stephanie Adams is an American model and author. She was the November 1992 Playboy Playmate, Adams was born in Orange, New Jersey, and was raised by her aunts Joyce and Pearl, former models who encouraged her to begin modeling at the age of 16. She has African American and Cherokee ancestry, Adams graduated from Ophelia DeVore School of Charm and began a career as a model, appearing in photo shoots for Seventeen magazine, Venus Swimwear, and commercial advertisements for Clairol. She appeared as Miss November 1992 in Playboy magazine while modeling for Wilhelmina Models and she moved to Elite Model Management after becoming engaged to its CEO, John Casablancas. Adams earned a degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1992. She has appeared on the cover of Village Voice and she made a cameo appearance for the Top 10 list on the Late Show with David Letterman on November 20,2003, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Playboy magazine. In 1999, Adams founded Goddessy, according to her a portmanteau of goddess and she published her first book in 2003, and started her own publishing company in 2007.
Following the death of her aunt from breast cancer in 2003 and that same year, she published a book dedicated to her deceased aunt titled He Only Takes The Best, followed by another book written in honor of her elderly Aunt Pearl titled Guardian. Adams has produced two dozen metaphysical books, astrology calendars and a tarot card set marketed under the Goddessy brand. She published a novel titled Empress in 2004 featuring women in ancient Rome, Adams is founder and CEO of the skin care product company Goddessy Organics. With her husband, she is co-owner of Wall Street Chiropractic, early in her career, Adams was married to an Italian investment banker, but divorced. In a February 2003 She magazine cover story, Adams came out as a lesbian, however, in 2009 Adams announced that she was engaged to marry a man, and about the same time, described herself in an interview as straight. After her marriage to a New York doctor, Adams said she was retiring from public life and would spend most of her time privately with her husband and son.
In May 2006, during a dispute over where to drop her off, the taxi drivers license was subsequently revoked and he was fined $2,700 for the incident. Adams alleged that during the incident police threw her to the ground, Adams filed a lawsuit against the NYPD in 2006. In February 2012, a jury awarded her $1.2 million, Adams stated that she has no animosity toward the NYPD. Official website Stephanie Adams on Twitter Stephanie Adams at Playboy Online Stephanie Adams at the Internet Movie Database
Elliott Abrams is a former American diplomat and political scientist who served in foreign policy positions for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush. Abrams was convicted of withholding information from Congress about the Iran–Contra affair while serving under Reagan and he is currently a senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Abrams is a current member of the U. S, holocaust Memorial Council and teaches foreign policy at Georgetown University as well as maintaining a CFR blog called Pressure Points about US foreign policy and human rights. In February 2014, Abrams, a commissioner of the U. S, commission on International Religious Freedom, gave testimony before a House congressional committee that Christians globally are the most persecuted of the world religions. During the Reagan administration, Abrams gained notoriety for his involvement in foreign policy decisions regarding Nicaragua. During George W. Bushs first term, he served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director on the National Security Council for Near East and North African Affairs.
At the start of Bushs second term, Abrams was promoted to be his Deputy National Security Advisor for Global Democracy Strategy and his appointment by Bush was controversial due to his conviction in 1991 on two misdemeanor counts of unlawfully withholding information from Congress during the Iran–Contra affair investigation. Abrams was born into a Jewish family in New York in 1948 and his father was an immigration lawyer. Abrams attended the Little Red School House in New York City, a private high school whose students at the time included the children of many of the citys notable left-wing activists and artists. He practiced law in New York in the summers for his father, from 1977 through 1979, he served as special counsel and ultimately as chief of staff for the then-new senator Daniel Moynihan. Growing dissatisfaction with President Carters foreign policy led Abrams to support Ronald Reagan in the 1980 presidential election, through Senator Moynihan, Abrams was introduced to Rachel Decter, the stepdaughter of Moynihans friend Norman Podhoretz, editor of Commentary.
They were married from 1980 until her death in June 2013, the couple had three children, Jacob and Joseph. His nomination to Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs was unanimously approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on November 17,1981. Abrams was Reagans second choice for the position, his first nominee, during this time, Abrams clashed regularly with church groups and human rights organizations, including Human Rights Watch. They accused him of covering up atrocities committed by the forces of US-backed governments, such as those in El Salvador and Guatemala. In early 1982, when reports of the El Mozote massacre of hundreds of civilians by the military in El Salvador began appearing in U. S, the massacre had come at a time when the Reagan administration was attempting to bolster the human rights image of the Salvadoran military. Abrams implied that reports of a massacre were simply FMLN propaganda, in 1993, documentation emerged suggesting that some Reagan administration officials could have known about El Mozote and other human rights violations from the beginning.
Unrepentant Reaganite Abrams claimed that Washingtons policy in El Salvador was a fabulous achievement, neither the direct aid, nor any foreign contributions, could be used to purchase weapons
Elliot Ackerman is an American author, currently based in Istanbul. He is the son of businessman Peter Ackerman and author Joanne Leedom-Ackerman, at the age of nine, his family moved to London. The family moved back to Washington, DC, when he was fifteen, beginning in 2003, Ackerman spent eight years in the U. S. Marine Corps as both an infantry and special operations officer. He served multiple tours of duty in the Middle East and Southwest Asia and he led a 75-man platoon that aided in relief operations in post-Katrina New Orleans. He was attached to the Ground Branch of the Central Intelligence Agencys Special Activities Division. Ackerman served as Chief Operating Officer of Americans Elect, an organization founded and chaired by his father, Peter Ackerman. Americans Elect is known primarily for its efforts to stage a national online primary for the 2012 US Presidential Election, as one of its officers, Ackerman was interviewed extensively, notably on NPRs Talk of the Nation. Ackerman has served on the board of the Afghan Scholars Initiative, most recently, Ackerman served as a White House Fellow in the Obama Administration.
He currently lives in Istanbul with his wife and two children and writes on the Syrian Civil War, Ackermans fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New Republic, The New York Times Magazine and others. He is a contributor to The Daily Beast, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Ackermans first novel, Green on Blue, was published February 17,2015 by Scribner. Reception has been positive, with Publishers Weekly noting that the novel is bleak and uncompromising, in Stars and Stripes, Green on Blue and Phil Klays Redeployment were described as carrying the sting of authenticity and the sensory expression of experiences lived. Ackerman is a recipient of the Major General Edwin B. Wheeler Award for Infantry Excellence, a West Point Literature Professors Inspiring Plea for Creativity in Our Military. The New Republic Oct 27,2014 Hometown Heroes, War and the Arts October 3,2014 Pictures from My War. The New Yorker Sep 21,2014 Watching ISIS Come to Power Again, the Daily Beast Sep 7,2014 Charlie Balls.
Ecotone, Volume 9, Number 1, Fall 2013, pp. 81–90 Airstrikes, the Daily Beast Aug 8,2014 The Islamic States Strategy Was Years In the Making. The New Republic Aug 8,2014 Waiting Out the Afghan War, the New Yorker Aug 6,2014 Syrias War Poets. The Atlantic Jul 28,2014 Four Hundred Grand, the Daily Beast Jul 6,2014 A Black Flag and a Rainbow Flag. The New Yorker Jul 2,2014 Watching ISIS Flourish Where We Once Fought, the New Yorker Jun 17,2014 The Wounds Caused By Friendly Fire
Brian Alvey is an American serial entrepreneur, programmer and blogger. He grew up in Brooklyn and now lives in San Francisco where he is the CEO of Clipisode and he is best known for co-founding the blog publishing company Weblogs, Inc. with Jason Calacanis. As Alvey describes it, Jason and I didnt invent blogging, Alvey designed the first TV Guide website in 1995 and was the senior technical member of the in-house team that built the first BusinessWeek site that year. He continued designing and developing database-driven Web applications for companies including BusinessWeek, Intel, JD Edwards and his Tech-Engine career center application has powered over 200 online career centers including XML. com, Computer User, OReilly & Associates Network, DevShed, and the Cold Fusion Developers Journal. He has been the art director of three print magazines and the Chief Technology Officer of Rising Tide Studios where he personally developed The Venture Reporter Network. Alvey has built publishing systems for sites designed by Jeffrey Zeldman including the Web design magazine A List Apart and he was the architect of the system that powers the redesigned global network of Capgemini websites.
In 2002, Brian Alvey was the creator and co-host of the Meet The Makers conference, in 2003 he invented and launched Blogstakes, a sweepstakes application for the blogging community. He was an investor and chairman of the comic book publishing company ComicMix. On September 23,2003, along with Jason Calacanis and supported by an investment from Mark Cuban, co-founded the publishing company Weblogs. Weblogs, Inc. was home to such blogs as Engadget, time Warners America Online purchased Weblogs, Inc. in October 2005 for $25–30 million. While at AOL, Alvey was named the architect of Netscape. In November 2006, AOL purchased the blogging platform Blogsmith, at one time, Blogsmith powered 14 of the top 100 blogs. After AOL, Alvey founded Crowd Fusion, a content management system company. In July 2008, Crowd Fusion raised $3 million from Velocity Interactive Group, Greycroft Partners, Crowd Fusions platform customers have included TMZ, The Daily, MySpace, Essence and Extra. In June 2012, Crowd Fusion acquired London-based Ceros, Ceros was spun out of Group FMG, a marketing services company based in London and New York.
With that deal Crowd Fusion changed its name to Ceros and appointed Ceros CEO Simon Berg as its CEO, Alvey is currently a board advisor and Chief Scientist of Ceros. Alveys startup Recurrency was one of seven companies in the Winter 2014/2015 LAUNCH Incubator, Recurrency debuted at the 2015 LAUNCH Conference on March 2 at the Fort Mason Center in San Francisco and on March 4 won Best Incubator Company. In 2016, Recurrency again joined the LAUNCH Incubator and pivoted into Clipisode, Clipisode, an app for hosting a 5-minute daily talk show featuring friends and fans, was announced on stage at the 2016 LAUNCH Conference
Leigh Alexander (journalist)
Leigh Alexander is an American author and journalist. She is the former Editor-at-Large and News Editor for Gamasutra, in February 3,2016, Leigh announced that she would be leaving Offworld and pursuing things outside of gaming. Offworld was launched on March 9,2015 by Alexander and games journalist Laura Hudson, Offworld was a gaming site with a focus on diversity and inclusiveness within the gaming community. The site featured editorials, news pieces, and articles from guest writers and her writing has appeared in Variety, the Los Angeles Times, Polygon, Edge, The Guardian, The Atlantic and Time. She produces a series called Lo-Fi Lets Play, in which she plays. On February 14,2015 Alexander released a short story. The book features illustrations by Emily Carroll, Alexander recorded an audiobook version of Mona herself. Alexander cites the video game Silent Hill 2 as an inspiration, during the Gamergate controversy Alexander was one of several women who received harassment associated with the hashtag.
On August 28,2014, Alexander published an article on Gamasutra titled Gamers dont have to be your audience, the article became a focal point within the Gamergate controversy, with users of the Gamergate hashtag successfully campaigning Intel to pull all of their ads from Gamasutra. Alexander criticized Intels decision, saying Intel was fleeced by a hate mob, Intel issued an apology and said that it did not intend to be taking sides in an increasingly bitter debate in the gaming community. Intel resumed advertising on Gamasutra in mid-November, in an interview with MSNBC Digital that aired on October 21,2014, Leigh Alexander spoke out against the Gamergate movement and talked about the harassment of game developer Zoë Quinn. Alexander stated that her criticism of Gamergate stemmed from what she believes to be the terroristic dominance of traditional appetites in what should be a diverse, during GDC2015, Alexander hosted the #1ReasonToBe panel, aimed at better serving women and minorities within the video games industry.
Alexander advocated for creating spaces for minorities and marginalized groups within gaming culture, referencing both the panel and her website Offworld, Alexander said that doesn’t have to be a huge upheaval. Simply create space for our experiences in our work and lives, the panel was well received by members of the games press like Polygons Danielle Riendeau. The panel drew an audience that one of the largest venues in the GDC
Eric Alterman is an American historian, author, media critic and educator. His weblog named Altercation was originally hosted by MSNBC. com from 2002 until 2006, moved to Media Matters for America until December 2008 and he writes from a primarily liberal viewpoint. He earned a BA in history and government from Cornell University, an MA in international relations from Yale University, shortly after that he became the Washington Correspondent for Mother Jones, and soon thereafter Rolling Stone, before returning to The Nation as a columnist in 1995. Alterman has been an editor to ELLE, and a regular columnist for Worth. Alterman was hired by MSNBC in 1996, both appearing as a commentator on the channel and writing a column posted on its website. In 2002 MSNBC engaged him to create the blog daily Altercation, in September 2006, after a ten-year association, Alterman and MSNBC parted ways. Media Matters for America hired him as a Senior Fellow and agreed to host Altercation, regular contributors to his blog Altercation included sportswriter Charlie Pierce and historian and military officer Robert Bateman.
On December 22,2008 Alterman announced that Altercation would be moving to The Nations website in 2009 and he has worked as a history consultant to HBO Films. He published his first book, Sound & Fury, The Making of the Punditocracy, Alterman published a number of other books, including the national best-sellers What Liberal Media. The Truth About Bias and the News, and The Book on Bush, the others include, Who Speaks for America. Why Democracy Matters in Foreign Policy, and an edition of Sound & Fury. His It Aint No Sin to be Glad Youre Alive, The Promise of Bruce Springsteen, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Ronald Reagan, and George W. Bush. His seventh book, published in 2008 by Viking was called Why Were Liberals, in 2008, Alterman published a lengthy essay in the New Yorker on the decline of American newspapers and the future role of new media news sites. His eighth book, Kabuki Democracy, The System vs. Barack Obama, was published in early 2011 and it was an extension of a lengthy article he had published in the Summer of 2010 in The Nation.
In 2012, Alterman published his book, The Cause, The Fight for American Liberalism from Franklin Roosevelt to Barack Obama. Three years later, in 2015, he published his book the ebook and paperback on demand, Inequality in One City, Bill de Blasio. He is perhaps best known for his criticism, which is the subject of two of his books. He writes a column for The Nation and a weekly column for the Center for American Progress website
He is a contributing correspondent to NBC News, where since 1996 he has appeared on NBC, MSNBC, and CNBC. Alter was one of the first magazine or newspaper reporters to appear on MSNBC, when the shows were on the air, he could often be heard on Imus in the Morning and The Al Franken Show on Air America Radio. Alter is currently a producer on the Amazon Studios production Alpha House, which stars John Goodman, Mark Consuelos, Clark Johnson. His 2010 book is The Promise, President Obama, Year One, published by Simon & Schuster, the Promise was a New York Times Best Seller, reaching #3 on the list at its peak. Alters new book on President Obama, The Center Holds, the Center Holds debuted on the New York Times Best Sellers list on June 23,2013. The show is part of Andy Cohens new 24-hour network, Radio Andy and his mother was the first woman in the Chicago area to be elected to public office. He graduated from Phillips Academy in 1975 and Harvard University in 1979, when Newsweek launched his wide-ranging column in 1991, it was the first time the magazine allowed regular political commentary in the magazine, other than on the back page.
Alter bites me in the ass sometimes, but at least he knows what were trying to do, Alter gained international notoriety on election night 2000, when on NBC with Tim Russert and Tom Brokaw, he claimed that the election would be settled in court. He was the first pundit to predict the months long recount process, two months after the September 11 attacks, Alter wrote an article for Newsweek called Time to think about torture which became one of his best-known articles. In the column, he suggested that the U. S. might need to rethink, Alter was a fierce critic of President George W. Bush, emphasizing what he considered Bushs lack of accountability and his position on embryonic stem cell research. Alter, a survivor, has written about his own bout with lymphoma. On NBCs Today Show, Alter was the correspondent for several stories about the effect of the Iraq War on returning veterans, a longtime proponent of education reform, Alter played a major role in the Academy Award nominated documentary Waiting for Superman.
He sits on the Board of Directors of The 74, in 2009, Alter was the commencement speaker at Western Connecticut State University, which awarded him an honorary doctorate. He has received degrees from Utica College and Montclair State University. In April 2011, Alter left Newsweek, joining Bloomberg days after, Alter is an executive producer of the Amazon Studios show Alpha House starring John Goodman. Written by Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau, the series revolves around four Republican U. S. Senators who live together in a townhouse on Capitol Hill, after developing the script with Trudeau, Alter sold the pilot to Amazon, which picked up the show as its first original series. The eleven-episode first season began streaming online in late 2013, production for the second season of Alpha House began in the summer of 2014
Lee Abbamonte is a New York City-based travel blogger, on-air travel personality and entrepreneur who claims to be the youngest American to visit all 193 United Nations member states. Lee Abbamonte was born in Bridgeport and raised in Trumbull and he graduated in 2000 from the University of Maryland, College Park, where he received a degree from the Robert H. Smith School of Business. Abbamonte earned his MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in 2010, after college, Abbamonte worked on Wall Street, spending time at Cantor Fitzgerald, Intercontinental Exchange and Citigroup and as a senior financial adviser for Merrill Lynch. By 2008, Abbamonte had visited more than 100 countries, in that year he launched his travel blog LeeAbbamonte. com and decided to make an effort to visit every country in the world. He is currently regarded as one of the worlds most well-traveled people, Abbamonte has appeared on television many times, including as an expert on FOX Business, Fox News and Fox 5 New York, and as a bachelor party planner on Travel Channel. S.
News & World Report, and many others, Abbamonte is a member of the Travelers Century Club and an elected member of the Royal Geographic Society. During an interview on the Frommers Radio Travel Show, Arthur Frommer called him the Marco Polo of the 21st Century, with fellow travel bloggers Johnny Jet and Gary Arndt, Abbamonte is a member of the Travel TriFecta LLC, a multimedia marketing partnership. Abbamonte is a sports fan, having written and spoken about his love of all sports. His favorite teams are the New York Yankees, New York Giants, Maryland Terrapins mens basketball, Miami Hurricanes football, Arsenal F. C. FC Barcelona, Abbamonte made his television debut in 2006 appearing on the ESPN sports trivia show Stump the Schwab
Scott Raymond Adams is the creator of the Dilbert comic strip and the author of several nonfiction works of satire, commentary and general speculation. His Dilbert series came to prominence through the downsizing period in 1990s America and was distributed worldwide. Adams worked in various roles at big businesses before he became a full-time cartoonist in 1995 and he writes in a satirical, often sarcastic, way about the social and mental landscape of white-collar workers in modern business corporations. In the 2016 U. S. presidential election, Adams drew attention for his prediction that Donald Trump would defeat all Republican primary challengers. Scott Raymond Adams was born in 1957 in Windham, New York, Adams is of half German descent. He has English, Welsh, Dutch and he grew up a big fan of the Peanuts comics, and started drawing his own comics at the age of six. He became a fan of Mad magazine, and began spending long hours practicing his drawing talent, in 1968, he was rejected for an arts school and decided to focus on a career in law.
Adams graduated valedictorian at Windham-Ashland-Jewett Central School in 1975, with a size of 39. He remained in the area and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Hartwick College in 1979, in his senior year, a vehicle breakdown almost forced him to spend a night in the snow, causing him to vow never to see a snowflake again. He took a trip to California a few months after his graduation. Adams worked closely with engineers at Crocker National Bank in San Francisco between 1979 and 1986. Upon joining the organization, he entered a management training program after being held at gunpoint twice in four months as a teller, over the years, his positions included management trainee, computer programmer, budget analyst, commercial lender, product manager, and supervisor. He earned an MBA in economics and management from the University of California, Adams created Dilbert during this period, the name came from ex-boss Mike Goodwin. Dogbert, originally named Dildog, was based on his familys deceased pet beagle Lucy.
Submissions to various publications of both Dilbert and non-Dilbert comic panels failed to win publication and these included The New Yorker and Playboy. However, a letter from a fan persuaded Adams to keep trying. He worked at Pacific Bell between 1986 and June 1995, the personalities he encountered there became the inspiration for many of his Dilbert characters, Adams first published Dilbert with United Media in 1989, while still employed at Pacific Bell. He had to draw his cartoons at 4 a. m. in order to work a day at the company
Julia Allison is an American journalist, television commentator, public speaker and former BRAVO star. She has appeared as a guest commentator on networks such as CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, NBC, Headline News, ABC and MTV. She co-starred on the Bravo reality show Miss Advised, upon graduating from college, she moved to New York and began working as a columnist for amNewYork, after which she became editor-at-large for Star magazine. In 2007, she went on to join Time Out New York as a columnist and she became a nationally syndicated technology columnist with Tribune Media Services and had a series of columns on ELLE. Her writing has featured in newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, New York Magazine, The Guardian UK. She appeared on the July 2008 cover of WIRED magazine and the February 2008 cover of Time Out New York and her work includes speaking engagements on new media and marketing, as well as assisting various companies such as Sony as brand spokesperson. Julia went to school at New Trier High School.
Julia received a degree in Government from Georgetown University in 2004. During college, she wrote a column for the campus newspaper. A Georgetown University alumna, Allison is originally from Wilmette, a suburb of Chicago. She did party coverage for the Huffington Post, in addition, she has worked with various brands, including as a spokesperson for Sony until early 2010. Other appearances include E. MSNBCs Scarborough Country, Montel Williams, NY Residential, media appearances include New York Citys Fox 5, and Sirius radio. She co-hosted NBC New York Nonstops TMI Weekly, which is owned by Next New Networks. Allison was pictured by renowned photographer Platon on Wired magazines cover in August 2008, according to CBS News, Julia through the use of attorneys, has been quite effective at rewriting her history and rebranding herself by having websites removed or taken down
Clay Aiken is an American singer, television personality, author and activist. Aiken was the 2014 Democratic nominee in the North Carolina 2nd congressional district election, Aiken began his rise to fame placing second on the second season of the television program American Idol in 2003. He and the 2003 Winner Ruben Studdard were both offered recording contracts by RCA Records, and his debut album Measure of a Man was released in October 2003. He released four albums on the RCA label, Merry Christmas with Love, A Thousand Different Ways. His fourth studio album, On My Way Here was released on May 6,2008, after the release of On My Way Here, Aiken left RCA and signed with Decca Records. His first album with Decca and True, was released June 1,2010 and he has been a frequent talk show guest, particularly on The Tonight Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live. He appeared as a guest star on Scrubs, Drop Dead Diva,30 Rock and he competed in the fifth season of The Celebrity Apprentice and placed second in the finals to Arsenio Hall.
Aiken created the National Inclusion Project in 2003, accepted a UNICEF ambassadorship in 2004 and he was the UNICEF Ambassador of Education for All Children Worldwide, he traveled extensively on their behalf in this role. In 2006 was appointed for a term to the Presidential Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities. Aiken made his Broadway debut playing the role of Sir Robin in Monty Pythons Spamalot in January 2008 and his run ended in May but he rejoined the cast as Sir Robin in September and remained through January 4,2009. In 2014, Aiken announced his intentions to run for Congress in North Carolinas 2nd congressional district and he won the Democratic primary held on May 6,2014, but lost to Republican incumbent Renee Ellmers in the general election on November 4,2014. Clay Aiken was born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina, as a young boy, Aiken sang in the Raleigh Boychoir, and, as a teenager, he sang in school choirs, church choir and local theatre productions. After high school, he sang lead with a band, Just By Chance, co-hosting and performing with the band at Just by Chance and Friends shows in Dunn.
He was MC and performer at the Johnston Community College Country Showcase in Smithfield and at the North Carolina Music Connection and Hometown Music Connection shows in Garner, and Benson. He performed the national anthem numerous times for the Raleigh IceCaps and the Carolina Hurricanes hockey teams, Aiken attended Raleighs Leesville Road High School and took courses at Campbell University before enrolling at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. In 1995, Clay started working at the YMCA, still in high school, Clay learned quickly that he could make a difference in the lives of young people. It was during that experience that he decided to finish college, while attending college in Charlotte, he took a part-time job as an assistant to a boy with autism, and it was this childs mother, Diane Bubel, who urged him to audition for American Idol. On August 8,2008, Aiken announced, on his blog, the birth of his son in North Carolina, My dear friend, Jaymes