Curtis Brown's New Book, '25 Years of Hell', Is an Engrossing Story of a Brave Man Who Fights Against Racial Discrimination in America

July 16, 2021 ( –

Fulton Books author Curtis Brown, newly retired corrections officer, has completed his most recent book, “25 Years of Hell”: a remarkable, true account that delves into the life of a corrections officer who is abused and mistreated for decades by his co-workers, superiors, and higher-ups for being Black in the predominantly Caucasian upstate New York prison system, and how he overcomes his trials and tribulations.
Curtis writes, “25 Years of Hell is not your ordinary prison book. It is a unique and personal story of an African American Corrections Officer in the corrupt, primarily Caucasian, upstate New York State Department of Corrections, where being Black is considered a crime. The book dives into the pervasive, systemic abuse and corruption that plagues the Department. Told from the perspective of someone who lived it – for 28 years. When everyone is against you due to the color of your skin – from the civilian plumber to the highest levels in the Department, it is one racial epithet, incident or lynching, after the next. 25 Years of Hell is a case of discrimination and retaliation, jolted by an endless shot of racial steroids. While the robes and hoods of the KKK are overtly nowhere in sight, the individuals who would be wearing them are instead dressed in officer uniforms, thereby remaining covert and outside the auspices of State and Federal authorities. Hell knows no fury like a corrections officer scorned. 25 Years of Hell is a must-read, tell-all story of the most ruthless and wretched racist practices told through the lens of Curtis Brown, who barely survived the daily doses of the 25 years of racial hell he endured.”
Published by Fulton Books, Curtis Brown’s book is a fascinating read that exposes the racial discrimination and abuse that was inflicted upon Brown by his employer, the maximum-security Elmira Correctional Facility, and its merrymen of racist, Caucasian bigots, who chose race over reason, ridicule over safety, and how it devastatingly impacted Curtis Brown’s life and career. It is a story of bravery to face racial discrimination head-on, and to stop racist practices through whatever means possible.
Readers who wish to experience this riveting work can purchase “25 Years of Hell” at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes Store, Amazon, Google Play or Barnes & Noble.

Source: Fulton Books

Miami Swim Week Powered by Art Hearts Fashion Features Over 30 Designers in Stunning Week of Shows at the Faena Forum

July 16, 2021 ( –

Miami Swim Week Powered by Art Hearts Fashion wrapped their celebrated week of runway shows and events this Sunday, July 11. In a monumental return to in-person runway shows, Art Hearts Fashion brought over 30 illustrious designers to the Faena Forum July 8-11. Exquisite collections by the hottest emerging and renowned designers drew hundreds of guests each night. Influencers and cosmopolites flocked to private afterparties and collaborations throughout the city. The week culminated in the official closing Gala on Sunday, July 11, at E11EVEN. 

Celebrities in attendance included Austin Mahone, Tyson Beckford, Ray J, Ace Hood, and the cast of Love and Hip Hop Miami, Noreaga, Pollito Tropical, Liz Vega, Vanessa Claudio, Jackie Guerrio, Elizebeth Gutierrez, Ninel Conde, Dalex, Lena Burke, Jessica Carrillo, Claudia Alvarado. Victoria’s Secret model Jessica White hit the runway herself, walking in the week’s shows. American rapper BIA and Saucy Santana performed during MATTE COLLECTION.

The fashion and beauty trends seen on the catwalk were made possible by Official Beauty Sponsor Runway Rogue, Official Haircare Sponsor Pureology, and Official Makeup Tool Sponsor Japonesque.

Additional sponsors include Cheryl’s Cookies, Dr. Brandt Skincare, Eat Me Guilt Free, Franz Skincare, the Gale Hotel, Ritz Carlton South Beach, Martin Verastegui, Rockstar Energy Drink, Savu Water, SequinWallUSA, Shibue Couture, Sol De Janeiro, Spartan Meal Prep, The Makeup Light, Vagary Worldwide, and Paige Jewelry. AHF partners: RUNWAY BUY and SELECT. Media partner: CA Apparel News. Furniture provided by Lavish Rentals. 

All shows were live-streamed through Official Live Stream Partner SHIFT and are available to watch on

For additional information please contact

Thursday, July 8

7:00 PM – “MP” Swim, NATALIA FEDNER, Giannina Azar, 

8:30 PM – Kino Swim, Keva J Swimwear, Mister Triple X

10:00 PM – Sharnel Guy Swimwear, OMG SWIMWEAR, Adam Saaks Religion

Friday, July 9

7:00 PM – MANISH VAID by Jsquad, FollowingDory Swimwear, Lila Nikole Collection

8:30 PM – Jacque Designs Swimwear, Indigo Wild Swim, Asherah Swimwear

10:00 PM – Fernando Alberto Atelier, Marqueza Swimwear, Willfredo Gerardo

Saturday, July 10


8:30 PM – ARGYLE GRANT, Risqué Dukes Swim Apparel, Vilebrequin, LUXE ISLE

10:00 PM – CAMILLA

Sunday, July 11

7:00 PM – Hale Bob 

8:30 PM – Cirone Swimlingerie, BERRY BEACHY & PAPI SWIM, AUDE 



Source: Art Hearts Fashion

AVOXI Builds on Q1 Momentum, Closing Out H1 With Strong Growth

July 16, 2021 ( –

AVOXI, a global communications platform, continues its strong momentum, achieving record-breaking numbers as the company closes out the second quarter with 48% bookings and 28% revenue growth.

The first half of 2021 saw AVOXI reach several milestones, as its software platform continued to deliver product-led, customer-focused solutions that drove breakthrough numbers in net-based dollar expansion and overall product usage across key customer segments.

With its ever-expanding global reach, enhanced integrated solutions and continued investment in a world-class customer experience, AVOXI is poised for an exciting start to the second half of 2021.

“Our team continues to focus on quality and agility in all we do for our platform and customers,” said AVOXI CEO David Wise. “From our weekly software releases to the excellent customer experience we’re delivering, the team is aligned with our clients for success. The momentum we’ve built so far this year is really strong.”

Intentional Product Development Spurs Account Expansion

With a customer-focused product development roadmap, AVOXI continues to bring new products and services to market that are mission-critical for its customers, helping to secure a record-breaking 109% net dollar expansion to close out Q2.

With over-the-top software solutions that meet enterprises where they are, AVOXI brings reliable digital communications to customers regardless of their preferred platform. Recent releases including Microsoft Teams Direct Routing and AVOXI’s newest two-way local voice service, TrueLocal™, which enables customers to get the connectivity they need to diversify into new markets and reach more customers.

Empowering customers to increase their answer rates by 10x, TrueLocal™ delivers guaranteed caller-ID for inbound and outbound calls across hard-to-reach countries like Russia, China, Saudi Arabia and Malaysia.

“We’re continuing to find ways to deliver our expansive, reliable global services to our customers,” said COO Barbara Dondiego. “TrueLocal™ and MS Teams now provide a unique selection for our enterprise customers, allowing them to accelerate their move to the cloud, increase service functionality and get the reach they need.”

Product Usage in Key Verticals Accelerates Growth

In addition to overall growth and net dollar expansion, AVOXI is seeing significant traction in its usage-based model. As many sectors make their comeback post-Covid19, AVOXI’s usage-based packages are providing enterprise customers with the scalability and flexibility they need. Sectors such as Travel & Hospitality are already showing significant lifts with 39% revenue growth while other key sectors are anticipated to follow suit throughout EOY.

Team Expansion & Industry Recognition

AVOXI continues to receive praise for its global communications platform, most recently for its contact center capabilities in G2’s Best Contact Center Operations Software quadrant. Their “High Performer” recognition follows product awards earlier in the year from Capterra and CUSTOMER Magazine/TMC. To support these accolades and their ongoing investments in product development, AVOXI is expanding its team further. Hiring across the customer support and sales functions, AVOXI continues to add new members with a headcount climbing by 26% since the beginning of the year.


AVOXI, a global communications platform, provides voice, messaging and contact center – all within one platform. Giving international businesses the local presence they need to easily scale with their customers, AVOXI offers feature-rich voice technology with unparalleled coverage, quality and reliability.

Powering 7,000+ customers across 170+ countries and driving over 50+ million customer interactions every year, AVOXI’s agile cloud platform enables customers to integrate with the technologies that matter most.

Get the global voice software that enterprises trust to keep their communications running. Go global, call local with AVOXI today. Learn more at

Media Contact:

Jennifer Hopkins, CMO

Source: AVOXI

First-of-Its-Kind Soft Landing Space Tech Cohort to Take Place at Q Station in New Mexico

July 16, 2021 ( –

Q Station, a collaborative workspace supported by the Air Force Research Laboratory and U.S Space Force will host its first-ever Soft Landing Space Tech Cohort to support emerging space and directed energy companies. This Cohort will provide startup companies with a unique opportunity to work alongside space leaders in New Mexico.
The Soft Landing Space Tech Cohort 2021 is taking applications now through Aug. 30, 2021 and is open to domestic and international companies with an emphasis in space and directed energy technology development. The Cohort is a year-long program that will begin in October of 2021. Selected companies will be given free workspace at Q station for a year, a paid university intern, connection to top U.S. space research and development hubs located in New Mexico, and a year of business assistance in government contracting, public relations, marketing and finance.
“We know that space technology companies are looking for ways to work with the Space Force and other government partners, and, from a government perspective, we need collaboration with the private sector to accelerate space innovation,” said Gabe Mounce Director, Space Force Accelerators. “This Soft Landing program is a novel way for companies to connect directly with Space Force and Air Force leadership in one of the country’s most dynamic space hubs and explore ways to grow their business fairly risk-free.”
The Soft Landing Cohort program will give companies an opportunity to work in the New Mexico space ecosystem and connect to the cutting-edge technology and development being conducted on the ground in the state. Companies will be guided and given business assistance that will allow them to contract or work side by side with the country’s leading scientists and engineers in the Air Force Research Laboratory and with new U.S. Space Command leadership. The vision of the Soft Landing Cohort is to help get the best space technology companies both domestically and internationally to work with or for the U.S. government’s leaders in space technology to move innovation faster for the future.
“New Mexico is leading the country in space innovation but many companies just don’t know much about doing business here or how they would get involved in our growing space ecosystem. We hope that the Soft Landing program will ease that transition and help companies get engaged quickly and effectively,” said Randall Trask, Executive Director of Q Station and President of the New Mexico Trade Alliance.
Companies or startups interested in participating in the first Soft Landing Space Tech Cohort can apply online through Aug. 30, 2021. Applicants will be expected to move their team or a member of their team to Q Station in Albuquerque, New Mexico and participate in active programing and ecosystem-building activities sponsored by Q Station. Selected companies will be notified by Sept. 10, 2021. Space is very limited.
For more information and application details please visit
About Q Station:
Q Station is partnership focused on driving high-tech economic development and new business opportunities to New Mexico. Partners include: The Air Force Research Lab, City of Albuquerque, The New Mexico Trade Alliance, New Mexico Tech University, NewSpace New Mexico and Global Ties Albuquerque.
Media Contact:
Toni Balzano

Source: Q Station

Fusion Marketplace Makes Housing Easier for Traveling Healthcare Professionals

OMAHA, Neb.,
July 16, 2021 ( –

Fusion Marketplace has found another way to make it easier for traveling healthcare professionals to navigate their way through securing their next job. The traveler-first platform has added a housing feature provided by Furnished Finder that makes the housing process seamless and streamlined.

Traveling healthcare professionals face unique challenges when it comes to finding the right home for each new assignment. The average contract only lasts a few months, which makes finding a new home taxing for professionals.

“Housing is the most stressful part of starting a new assignment,” said healthcare traveler Carolyn Davidson. “The housing feature on Fusion Marketplace will relieve a lot of stress we have when trying to find housing options.”

The feature will show the traveler everything they need to know about the home, including whether it allows pets, if it includes utilities, if it is furnished, and the minimum amount of time the traveler can lease the home.

Travelers are consistently looking for reliable resources to find housing. Some travelers say they have even avoided certain assignments just because housing struggles have held them back.

“My fiance and I have three dogs, so finding pet-friendly housing can be a challenge. We’ve looked on several websites, but even the most popular ones don’t give us any leads,” Davidson said. “The more resources the better.”

Now, travelers using Fusion Marketplace can manage their careers and secure housing all in one place. With this traveler-first platform, taking the leap into a new adventure as a healthcare professional is that much more streamlined.

About Fusion Marketplace:

Fusion Marketplace is a staffing recruitment platform where healthcare travelers are in control. Healthcare travelers now have more career, agency, recruiter, and lifestyle choices in one convenient location. Unknowns known. Learn more at

About Furnished Finder: 

Furnished Finder is a short-term housing provider for travel nurses and other business travelers who need furnished housing. We boast a 92-day average stay and are major data providers for corporate housing coordinators and medical staffing companies across the U.S. Property owners list their available short-term apartments on Furnished Finder, as healthcare travelers command a consistent appetite for traditional corporate housing and alternative housing types alike.

Source: Fusion Marketplace

Fred VanVleet Joins UTU.ONE

July 16, 2021 ( –

The Toronto Raptors’ Fred VanVleet, who has made a career of always betting on himself, has announced he will be joining UTU.ONE as a key influencer in preparation for the official 2021 UTU.ONE launch. The move also opens the door to the massive global sports and collectable market. 

Equipped with an indomitable spirit and self-belief, Fred signed with the Toronto Raptors, spending time with the Raptors 905 to hone his game and was a key member of the Raptors 905 championship team, leading in to Fred starring for the Toronto Raptors and their 2019 NBA Championship team where Fred was one of the most clutch and important players. 

Fred’s spirit and self-belief has led to his globally known motto “Bet on Yourself”. It led to him signing a lucrative extension with the Toronto Raptors, and it makes him a great addition to the UTU.ONE social network. The App allows sports and basketball enthusiasts to connect directly with players through their own DAC (Decentralized Autonomous Community) made exclusively available on the UTU.ONE social app where fans can earn and collect token rewards that can then be used for additional one-on-one exclusive engagements or be used to purchase collectable items authenticated by VanVleet.

UTU.ONE is the only platform that combines the token economy and NFTs with the power of social media and is the next generation social media platform for real people offering unique features such as: facial recognition sign-up and NFT rewards designed to benefit UTU members for interacting with the platform and other members.

The UTU.ONE App is currently in an open beta test and can be downloaded from both Apple and Google stores.

Open Beta Test Apple: Beta Test Android:

About UTU Technology Inc. – The company was originated in both Australia and Canada with a group of experts in Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, IoT, with business executives from IBM, Alibaba, Apple, and Deakin University’s Blockchain Innovation Lab. The company developed the world’s first DAC app for iOS and Android on EOSIO, in addition to many other blockchain business solutions and decentralized applications. In 2020, UTU technology Inc. made the strategic decision to establish its HQ in Toronto, Canada to further the company’s business expansions worldwide.

Information on the company can be found at:

For all media inquiries, contact:

Source: UTU.ONE

New SVOD Service LATIVO TV Coming to North America

AUSTIN, Texas,
July 16, 2021 ( –

LATIVO TV, a subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service, is set to launch in the United States in fall 2021. Targeting the growing Latino American community, the streaming service aims to celebrate and enable Latino talent, both on and off screen, by providing a central hub to showcase their work. LATIVO TV will be the only multi-platform digital video subscription service offering a curated, relevant catalogue in both English and Spanish.
Founded by Austin based American Mexican businessman and entrepreneur, Noel Tristan, LATIVO TV will feature an array of original scripted and unscripted TV series, movies, documentaries and podcasts all featuring Latino talent and available exclusively on LATIVO TV. Subscribers will also gain access to an extensive library of content in both English and Spanish from celebrated Latino actors, comedians, producers and filmmakers.
“Latino momentum is now, the time is now. Latino’s are tired of being on the sidelines in entertainment and LATIVO TV will be the platform to get us, Latinos, in the game, finally!” said Noel Tristan, CEO and Founder, LATIVO TV. “This service aims to be the main hub for all Latino entertainment and shine a positive light on the rich culture and history that characterizes the Latino American community. We want to partner with Latino actors, producers, directors and filmmakers to help them shine and tell their stories.”
Headquartered in Austin, TX, LATIVO TV is privately funded and will be available on responsive web, mobile (iOS and Android), Roku, AppleTV, and Chromecast at launch in the U.S. The service will be available in other international markets in the future. Pricing for the service will be available at launch.
Latino Americans comprise the largest diverse ethnic group in the United States, with approximately 19% of the U.S. population identifying as either Latino or Hispanic. It is currently projected that, by 2030, the Latino/Hispanic population in the United States will have risen to over 75 million. LATIVO TV’s mission is to serve this community, by offering the best of Latino-American content, in both English and Spanish, on demand and all in one place.
Stay tuned for more details regarding the LATIVO TV service, including pricing and available content. Interested customers are invited to submit their contact information at to receive updates regarding service availability.
Follow @LATIVOTV on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and TikTok.
Press Contacts:
Tara Taghizadeh 310.721.6003
The only multi-platform digital video subscription service offering a curated, relevant catalogue in both English and Spanish for modern-day Latino Americans.
From today’s most popular dramas and comedies to classic favorites and cutting-edge documentaries, LATIVO TV has you covered.


Carico International's 'Carico 360' Becomes One of the First Products Certified Under the NSF, Inc. Protocol P448

July 16, 2021 ( –

Carico International, Inc., which has helped people live longer, healthier lives for 54 years, today announced it is one of the first products certified under the NSF, Inc. Protocol P448, Sanitization Performance of Commercial Steam Generators. NSF Protocol P448 “describes the requirements for the safety and effectiveness of commercial vapor steam generators and their applicability to produce steam that could be used as a substitute for chemical sanitizers.” This is the world’s only third-party certification program for commercial steam generators.

NSF Protocol P448 “is intended to certify steam generating equipment that sanitizes surfaces which meet the requirements of the 2013 FDA Food Code Chapter 4 Section 7.”

The Carico 360 heats ordinary tap water to over 360 degrees, producing a hot, “dry steam” that contains less than 5% moisture. The Carico 360’s dry steam is more effective than regular cleaning because it removes the dirt and residue normally left behind using standard cleaning techniques. At the same time, the high temperature sanitizes the surface killing virtually all germs, bacteria, mold and mildew. The unit is equipped with a wide range of tools that allow you to address any type of surface.

The Carico 360 reaches this remarkable level of cleaning without using toxic chemicals. It does not require a second step process of cleanup using residual water. The Carico 360 does not require using, changing and/or cleaning rags because the unit is equipped with a vacuum to remove the dirt you loosened.

The NSF Certified Carico 360:

cuts labor costs 
reduces water consumption
reduces costs of wastewater purification (sewer)
reduces disposal costs 
reduces toxic waste
improves quality/health inspection
is easy and safe to use
eliminates the need for workers to touch unsanitary areas or handle toxic chemicals
reaches into angles and small cracks other cleaning methods cannot reach
sanitizes as well as cleans

“Carico is driven by the desire to help people live longer, healthier lives,” said Rob Shumay, Vice President of Carico International, Inc. “This certification not only validates the relevance and integrity of our brand, but it also allows us to introduce a new and significant improvement in cleaning and sanitizing anywhere food is sold or prepared.”

The Carico 360 will have a significant positive impact on owners, employees and customers by reducing their exposure to toxic chemicals, improving food safety and reducing water consumption.”

“The NSF Certified Carico 360 helps brands and companies improve operations with an actionable, scalable solution to a number of problems they face,” said Richard R. Cappadona, Founder and CEO of Carico International, Inc. “Reducing exposure to toxic chemicals is one of the single-most effective things people can do to improve their health, and NSF Protocol P448’s clear, uniform standards and the Carico 360 are important steps in making this the norm.”


Rob Shumay, Vice President, Carico International, Inc.


Source: Carico International, Inc

TAG Inc. Wins 2 Globee® Awards in the 6th Annual 2021 American Best in Business Awards

July 16, 2021 ( –

TAG Inc, the leader in procure to pay savings and consulting services for the healthcare industry, announced today that The Globee® Awards, organizers of world’s premier business awards programs and business ranking lists, has named TAG as a two-time winner in the 6th Annual 2021 American Best in Business Awards.

The sought-after American Best in Business Awards recognizes industry leaders, services, performance, products, and teams across all industries and offered additional awards this year as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic the changed the world.

TAG received the following awards:

Company of the year in Healthcare Products and Services (GOLD WINNER)
COVID-19 Company Response of the Year (SILVER WINNER)

“We are proud to be recognized as a healthcare industry leader serving our country during these difficult times,” says John Weiss, CEO, “I owe it to our team for dependably driving forward and providing assistance and strength when our clients were struggling the most. It’s an honor to be among such great company and we look forward to continuing to make an impact on the healthcare industry.”

TAG is among many American companies to receive honors during this year’s awardees such as IBM, Makers Nutrition, NewAge, and Hilton Supply Management. View the complete list of 2021 winners here:

Source: TAG Inc

Community Networking Platform, hOp, Secures $8 Million in Series A Funding

AUSTIN, Texas,
July 16, 2021 ( –

Community platform hOp, built to decentralize social networking and foster authentic community, announced today that they have raised $8 million in Series A. The round was led by Neil Ramsey of Qubit PE.

“The time for authentic community is now, the way forward is decentralized, vertical-based community, and these guys are doing it.”

“hOp’s approach to a decentralized social platform is going to revolutionize the way we create community for the better.” – Neil Ramsey, Series A Lead Investor

Since its launch in 2015, hOp has pioneered Social Networks-as-a-Service (SNaaS) by connecting residents in the multifamily real estate market, providing a platform for apartment residents to connect, ask for favors, swap goods, vote on community matters and more. Within this model, hOp also provides local businesses with free, in-app advertising opportunities shown to nearby app users. In 2020, hOp announced API integrations with three major property management softwares: Yardi, RealPage, and Entrata, providing an even more impactful solution for residential apartment managers. 

“We are energized by this support to help more people gain the tools to facilitate and measure authentic community.” – Chris Peifer, Co-Founder/CEO

hOp plans to put this round of funding to use by investing in their intellectual property with the filing of more patents (of which there are currently three), pursuing a hiring goal to increase their workforce by 50% by the end of 2021, and expanding the number of hOp powered social networks via several strategic distribution relationships.   

The company previously raised several rounds of Seed capital, which brings the total raised to just over $19 million. 

About hOp

Founded in 2015, hOp is a Community-as-a-Service platform where your message is heard and your community is safe. hOp provides a private social network where community members connect with their neighbors and local merchants without disclosing personal identifiable information. Our mission is to give the ownership of community back to the people who built it. 

We provide your members with organic avenues to become invested in the community you’ve curated by helping each other; we call it a hOp. Access thoughtfully curated analytics and insights to drive deeper, more meaningful community participation by leveraging our community-building experts and automated tools. 

With each hOp, we turn positive experiences into positive reviews, learn about what motivates and excites your community, and help you retain your members by turning them into community advocates.

Anna Epps, Sr. Marketing Strategist at hOp

Learn more about hop on our website at

Source: hOp