NFL mock draft: Colorado Buffaloes’ Isaiah Oliver rises up 2018 NFL draft boards

Colorado cornerback Isaiah Oliver turned heads with his performance for the Buffaloes during the 2018 college football season. That performance has led to him rising up the projections in recent NFL mock drafts.The former Arizona high school standout (Phoenix Brophy Prep), recorded 26 total tackles and two interceptions in 10 games in Boulder this season, becoming a shut-down corner for the Buffaloes. RELATED: Mark Andrews a first round NFL draft pick? RELATED:  How many Arizonans could go in 1st round of 2018 NFL draft?He could be a late first-round pick, according to some 2018 NFL mock drafts.Chris Trapasso writes: "I've made this connection before, and it probably won't be the last time. Oliver is a burner on the outside who flashed plus ball skills during his illustrious career at Colorado. He'd help to round out a Pittsburgh defense that's on the rise."It writes: "The Falcons seemingly cut Jalen Collins for no reason, but then he was suspended. Regardless, they need a second cornerback across from Desmond Trufant. Luckily for them, they'll have several prospects at the position to choose from in the 20s." RELATED:  Former Arizona high school players shine in 2017 college football seasonIt writes: "Tennessee drafted Adore Jackson in Round 1 a year ago, but he has not proven enough to make this Titans secondary effective for the long term. Oliver can push Jackson into a nickel/versatile role (where he’s best) and allow Tennessee to focus on giving Marcus Mariota more weapons for the future." RELATED:  20 Arizonans have been first round NFL draft Oliver lands with Raiders at No. Oliver goes to Colts at No. Oliver taken by Vikings at No. Oliver picked by Raiders at No. 41 RELATED:  How Arizona high school products fared in college football 2018 NFL DRAFT:  Arizona products could make waves RELATED:  How Arizona high school products Continue Reading

Beyond #MeToo, Brazilian women rise up against racism and sexism

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Alvaro Jarrin, College of the Holy Cross and Kia Lilly Caldwell, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill (THE CONVERSATION) Women’s empowerment recently got a big boost at the Golden Globes, but the United States isn’t the only place having a feminist revival. In 2015, two years before the #MeToo campaign got Americans talking about sexual harassment, Brazilian feminists launched #MeuPrimeiroAssedio, or #MyFirstHarrassment. In its first five days, the hashtag racked up 82,000 tweets detailing the chronic sexual harassment of women in this South American nation. It soon spread across Latin America in Spanish translation as #MiPrimerAcoso. The viral success of #MeuPrimeiroAssedio spurred a spate of social media activism in Brazil, where despite decades of feminist efforts gender inequality remains deeply entrenched. With #MeuAmigoSecreto – #MyAnonymousFriend – women documented misogyny on the streets and at work. Tagging #MeuQueridoProfessor – #MyDearTeacher – university students outed sexism in the classroom. And when the weekly news magazine Veja described the wife of Brazil’s president, Michel Temer, as “beautiful, modest and a housewife” in April 2016, feminists transformed that stereotype into a meme showcasing empowered women. Temer came to power following the impeachment of Brazil’s first female president, Dilma Rousseff. Many saw Rousseff’s ouster as misogynistic. Feminists were determined that Brazilian sexism would no longer go unchecked. Black women’s bodies As race and gender researchers, we’ve been watching Brazil’s feminist resurgence closely to see whether it reflects the needs of Afro-Brazilian women, who make up 25 percent of the population. Though the country has long considered itself colorblind, black and indigenous Continue Reading

From unexpected generosity to the ‘Rise Up’ heard round the world, Baltimore loved an underdog in 2017

Strangers offering to pay a Baltimore woman’s water bills. City students pooling their pennies for hurricane victims. A Baltimore youth choir touching people around the world. This year, a few stories of unexpected generosity and strangers going out of their way to bring a smile to people they’d never met found their way into the headlines. In a year of grim news, these acts of kindness serve as a reminder that there are plenty of good people left in the world, many of them in our own backyard. The kindness of strangers When Dawn Tucker of Severn got her tax return in the spring, she thought about ways she could spend it: paying down debt or stashing it in her savings. She decided, instead, to give the $1,300 to save the home of a Baltimore woman she never met. Tucker was one of several people who offered to help Evelyn Anderson pay an overdue water bill that had prompted the city to threaten to take her home. She had read a Baltimore Sun article on Anderson’s predicament. "It's wonderful," Anderson said. "When I heard about it I said, 'Lord have mercy. God answered my prayer.' I am still shaking." But Tucker wasn’t the only big-hearted Marylander to open her wallet to help a stranger. After Hurricane Harvey devastated Texas this summer, students at City Springs Elementary/Middle School began a fundraising effort for victims. The school is one of the city’s poorest, but that didn’t stop kids from giving. “It’s oftentimes striking how we see those who have the least give the most,” said their teacher, Wyatt Oroke. Oroke and his students were featured on The Ellen DeGeneres show: the host surprised kids with a giant check for $25,000 made out to the school. And money came from Texas to help Baltimore, too. After watching a TV special on the West Baltimore youth center Kids Safe Zone, a wealthy Texas oilman named Chris Hicks began sending regular donations to help founder Ericka Alston-Buck that totaled $120,000 Continue Reading

SEE IT: Golfer Louis Oosthuizen lip sync’s to Andra Day’s ‘Rise Up’ after completing grand slam of second place finishes

Finishing in second place in all four majors could leave one singing the blues. Golfer Louis Oosthuizen finished in second place at the PGA Championship this weekend and he has now been a runner-up in all four major tournaments. Instead of feeling shame at the accomplishment, Oosthuizen took a moment to record a video of himself on a plane lip syncing along to Andra Day's "Rise Up."  He then posted the video to his twitter account.   Despite poking fun at himself, Oosthuizen has risen up and won a major championship before. Oosthuizen won the 2010 Open Championship and finished in second place in 2015. The 34-year-old came up just short of a green jacket win when he finished in second at the 2012 Masters. He also notched second place at the U.S. Open in 2015 and Sunday came up just shy of first place in the PGA championship. While majors might not always go his way, he would probably have a good chance to take home first place on Spike TV's "Lip Sync Battle." Continue Reading

Workers to celebrate May Day with ‘Rise Up’ rally for labor, immigrant rights

New York will join with dozens of other cities Monday in celebrating May Day — traditionally known as International Workers Day. A “Rise Up: Immigrant Rights and Workers Rights” rally is being organized by multiple labor and community groups for 5 p.m. in Foley Square. But many of the organizations will also hold their own events around the city ahead of the main event. The rally will feature musical acts like Flor de Toloache, Bodega Dreams, Peace Poets and the Resistance Band. Continue Reading

Starnes: We Must ‘Rise Up & Hold Congress Accountable’ on Trump Agenda

Fox News Radio's Todd Starnes said he is "cautiously optimistic" that Congress can work to pass key items on President Trump's agenda within the first 200 days.House Speaker Paul Ryan told Sean Hannity in an interview that he is supportive of Trump's agenda and hopes to pass related legislation within that timeframe."It's going to be the American people who have to rise up and make sure they hold their elected officials accountable," Starnes said on "Hannity." Hannity: Media Throwing 'Temper Tantrum' After Being Called Out by Trump Rand Paul: I'll Release an ObamaCare Replacement Plan Within 2 Months Ryan: Trump Could Lead 'Most Productive Congress and Presidency in Lifetime' "All of us gun-toting, Bible-clinging, deplorable Americans are cautiously optimistic that the Republicans can do that," Starnes said.Republicans, he said, have a "bad habit" of campaigning as more conservative legislators than they turn out to be once they are sworn-in to Congress."I think Paul Ryan is going to be a helper to President Trump," the "Deplorable's Guide" and "God Less America" author said.What do you think? Let us know in the comments below. Trump Says ObamaCare Replacement May Take Until 2018 Hannity: Trump Gave Media a 'Historic Beatdown' at Press Conference Krauthammer: Key to Trump-Russia Story Is 'Why Did Flynn Lie?' Continue Reading

‘RISE UP!’: Michael Moore Calls for People to Storm Senators’ Offices

'People Will Die': Parody Musician Pokes Fun at Dems' Rhetoric Congress Takes Off Over 200 Days Per Year Study: Russia-Obsessed Networks Barely Covered the Economy in Past Month Liberal filmmaker and provocateur Michael Moore is at it again...In a series of tweets, Moore urged his followers to "RISE UP!" and protest Republicans' efforts to repeal and replace ObamaCare."I call upon EVERYONE to observe this 4th of July week by nonviolently storming the local offices of your senators, pack town halls," Moore wrote."THIS IS YOUR COUNTRY. If just one person is being denied health care then we are all denied. We are all being attacked! ALL HANDS ON DECK!" he added. Judge Jeanine: Everything Is About 'Trashing' Trump With Mainstream Media 'Get Your Facts Straight': Podesta and Bartiromo Clash Over Russia Ties Female Kurdish Fighter Smiles, Sticks Her Tongue Out After ISIS Bullet Misses Her Head On "Outnumbered" today, Meghan McCain said Moore is "unpatriotic" and an "absolute moron."She said this means that security will have to be present at senators' offices, meaning those men and women won't be able to spend the July 4th holiday with their families."How unpatriotic is that, not to let our law enforcement enjoy the holiday weekend?" McCain said.Charles Payne suggested that Moore is just another of the "Hollywood hypocrites" who are incapable of civil, legitimate political discourse."It's OK that we have differences of opinion," Payne said. "It's just this intolerant left that's always preaching to the rest of the country and the rest of the world."Watch more reaction from "Outnumbered" above. Tucker: 'Real Tragedy' of Trump's Tweets Is That They Distract From His Agenda 'Angel Mom' Speaks Out: 'More Light Needs to Be Shed on This Problem' Cosmo Mag Called Out for Dems-Only List of Women Who Could Be President Limbaugh: CNN, 'Little Jim Acosta' Humiliating Themselves Continue Reading

CFA revives Rise Up for flood relief

Acadiana Roots, the Daily Advertiser’s music and conversation series Thursday night at Feed N Seed, and Wayne Toups’ Acadiana Strong concert Sept. 4 at Evangeline Downs have two things in common.Ticket sales from both events go toward local flood relief.Proceeds from both shows will land in Rise Up, the Acadiana Disaster Response Fund at the Community Foundation of Acadiana.This same fund attracted more than $11 million after hurricanes Katrina and Rita struck the Gulf Coast in 2005.CFA has revived Rise Up as a safe and reliable way resource for contributions to flood recovery. Since 2000, the foundation has existed as a nonprofit corporation that connects donors, large and small, to causes of interest.According to president and CEO Raymond J. Hébert, CFA has distributed more than $86 million to charitable causes.Previous funds administered by the foundation include musician Jo-El Sonnier’s “Healin’ Song” for shooting victims and their families, British Petroleum tourism dollars from the Gulf Oil Spill, the Richard Guidry Fund for a French library at Woodvale Elementary and a Line of Duty Fund for slain Baton Rouge police officers.Managing more than 200 funds, CFA is not limited by geography, but mainly serves eight parishes, which include Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary and Vermilion.Hébert said with the recent, flood disaster striking the region, the Rise Up fund was resurrected.“When a qualified disaster happens, we kick into disaster response mode,” said Hébert. “Folks are generous and they want to give us money to assist those that were affected by the flood. We reactivated this Disaster Response Fund.”Individual and businesses donations in nearly any amount can be made at the secure web site, CFA administrators work with federal, state and local agencies, along with nonprofits and churches, to ensure the donations Continue Reading

Teens in struggling Austin rise up through song

AUSTIN, Ind. -- Courtney Neace crouches on a stage with her show choir, then slowly gets up, hands reaching forward, singing, “Born to Rise.”And she is.Through music and movement, 17-year-old Courtney rises above the darkness in her short life. She lives in the epicenter of the state’s worst-ever, drug-fueled HIV outbreak. She lost her mom to drugs five years ago. Most of her classmates have also been touched by addiction in some way.But in Austin High School’s Dimensions show choir, they find a family – brothers and sisters among fellow singers and a “second mom” in director Kathy Risk-Sego. Just when the city sorely needs a ray of light, the group is preparing to compete in the Fame Show Choir National Championship April 21-22 in Chicago. It’s the first time they’ve ever made it so far.Students are tackling a theme they know well: overcoming obstacles and learning to shine. The lyrics in “Born to Rise,” include the line: We are the ones who will break the chain. Their closing number is called “Unstoppable.” AN EPIDEMIC BEGINS: How did the HIV outbreak start? “My students, they rise up. They blow my mind actually,” says Risk-Sego, 46. “I knew the songs I chose would speak to them.”She says Austin’s reputation as a drug-plagued, struggling city “isn’t us. We are more than that.”For Courtney, it has taken a long time to realize this.As a young child being raised by her grandparents, she often visited her drug-addled mom, who was sometimes so high from shooting up painkillers that she couldn’t hold up her head. Courtney saw her mom, Nancy Renee Helen Sue Neace Campbell, hit herself and pull her hair out as she suffered through drug withdrawal.In an essay Courtney wrote about her experience, she recalled that Campbell was once asked: “If you could give up drugs right now to go to heaven, would Continue Reading

Gov. Cuomo urges upstate crowd to ‘rise up and make their voices heard’ on reform

ALBANY - Gov. Cuomo took his act on the road to the far corner of the state Thursday in hopes of mobilizing the public to back his ambitious agenda. Cuomo traveled to Jamestown, which is closer to Cleveland than to Albany, to parrot a version of the State of the State address he gave last week. He told a group of several hundred that his calls for ethics reform, imposing budget cuts, and capping state spending and property tax hikes will only be heeded by the Legislature if the public is behind them. "If it's going to change, it's going to change because the people of this state rise up to make their voices heard," Cuomo later told reporters. The new governor also unveiled a new "Citizens Campaign" website, which solicits suggestions from the public on how best to reform state government. The Democrat, who in attempting to tackle New York's problems said he will seek to de-emphasize party affiliation, had local Republican state Sen. Catharine Young introduce him to the crowd. "The state is teetering on the edge of a cliff, and we've got to work together to solve the fiscal and economic crisis," Young said. Cuomo will deliver his message again today in Watertown, a small city near the Canadian border. The swing coincides with a new statewide ad campaign backing his agenda by pro-business interests ahead of his unveiling later this month of his first budget proposal. Despite his push for public participation, Cuomo sought to tamp down the fact that he'll be able to enact his entire agenda at the start of the fiscal year, which begins April 1. "I think we will make progress, [but] I think it's unrealistic also to think you're going to correct 20 years of neglect in 20 days," he said. While in western New York, Cuomo told reporters that he's been in contact with the leaders of the Seneca Indian Nation about collecting taxes on cigarettes sold to non-American Indians. "I intend to collect all the revenue that the state is entitled to," Cuomo Continue Reading