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Monday, January 26, 2015

Twitter Opening In Atlanta

The San Francisco-based social networking company (NYSE: TWTR) will lease about 8,000 square foot at Ponce City Market in Old Fourth Ward. The $200 million ambitious mixed-use redevelopment that has attracted tech-brands MailChimp, athenahealth, Cardlytics and HowStuffWorks. Google is said to be scouting Ponce City Market for a new office.

Atlanta’s Yik Yak ready to take on Twitter. The expansion will grow Twitter’s Atlanta sales and marketing teams to about 70 people, according to a source familiar with Twitter’s plans.

Twitter, for its part, isn’t chirping about its growth plans: “We have nothing to announce at this time,” a spokeswoman said.

The new office, scheduled to open in the summer, will include brand strategists, who help Fortune 500 enterprises such as The Home Depot and The Coca-Cola Co. craft marketing campaigns on the social networking site. Those campaigns are a major revenue stream for Twitter, which reported $361 million in third quarter sales.

“Across the landscape of $1 billion digital advertising businesses, we are the fastest growing business within that landscape,” Twitter CEO Dick Costolo told CNBC in October.

Twitter’s Atlanta growth — the company currently employs about 15 in a small office in Midtown’s Proscenium building — makes sense.

With its Fortune 500 brands, emerging tech scene and influential digital agencies, Atlanta is a “key hub” as Twitter positions itself to monetize its large user-base.

Twitter models itself more as a media property than a social network.

Twitter is trying to move from a unique, buzzy new platform that most Americans don’t fully understand, into a viable way for brands to leverage it for customer acquisition and engagement, and for monitoring real-time feedback and data trends, said Simms Jenkins, CEO of Atlanta-based BrightWave, a digital marketing agency.

New Celebrity Portraits With Emojis

Yung Jake is a man of many trades. The pseudonymous rapper, new media artist, and CalArts alum first made waves in 2013 with an interactive HTML5 video that was featured at Sundance. In 2014, he had his first solo show at Steve Turner Contemporary in Los Angeles (see Meet Yung Jake Rapper and New Media Art Sensation). Now, he has created what was probably inevitable: celebrity portraits composed of emojis.

The Creators Project reports that Jake uses an emoji paintbrush tool called emoji.ink (don’t worry, we didn’t know that existed either) to craft the portraits, which so far include Larry David, Wiz Khalifa, Chief Keef, and yes, Kim Kardashian. #BreakTheInternet, indeed.

On his Twitter page, Jake is posting the works and asking followers who he should emojify next. We nominate Miley Cyrus because she’s colorful and it will give him a chance to employ some of the lesser-used fruits, candies, and animals. We’d also happily settle for Lady Gaga as well.

Gansta Marcus Speaks On Ferguson, Florida And Ohio Police Brutality

Lima, Ohio producer and website owner of The Wrap-Up Magazine decides to release several new tracks earlier this week. On included a track to speaks of dead teenager Trayvon Martin and Edward Wade. Its about time that a rapper talk more that just prejudice. Listen to the words in the song and check out this writen interview of what Nieman Marcus feels on whats going on in the world.

Federal charges unlikely for Darren Wilson in Ferguson case, officials say. Its sad that this man could not be charged at all in any case. I understand that he is a cop and its a high risk to lock him up, but a charge with at least parole with a guilty conviction is a option that could have taken place.

"The black community members that caused and supported these riots that took place helped to cause this conviction to go free." Ferguson is a city in St. Louis County, Missouri, United States. It is part of the Greater St. Louis metropolitan area.

Not only is this is just happening in Ferguson, but also in many various states across the United States. Ohio is no better joining in on the cause of police power. Florida really started the statement that is invloving into a movement with Trayvon Martin.

Two police officers were transported to the hospital with minor injuries recently in Ohio. While just before that releasing the 911 calls and the full surveillance video of the confrontation and fatal shooting of a 12-year-old Ohio boy, The biggest problem that I see in Ohio is not only the prison system, but also local county jail sytems. They don't care if the jail are full and have minor convictions, inmates can sleep on concrete floors exposed to any condition that is at hand.

There is just too much going on in the world. Both sides of color need to put down all protest, police set down all weapons, and raise their hands for a change. Lets all march for a better world standing together no matter how much it hurts.

February 26, 2012, in Sanford, Florida, United States, George Zimmerman fatally shot Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old African American high school student. Thousands then filled college field houses to hear Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin. Trayvon Martin was shot and killed as he walked to a family member's home from a convenience store.

Sam Smith Sued

Tom Petty won’t back down from a fight over songwriting credits. Just ask Sam Smith. Smith was ordered to pay Petty royalties for his hit single “Stay With Me.” Why you ask? Because Petty’s lawyers felt the song sounded a little too similar to their client’s 1989 track “I Won’t Back Down.” And the UK courts agree.

Related: GRAMMYs Best New Artist: Mary J. Blige on Sam Smith Smith has reportedly agreed to pay a 12.5% writing credit to Petty and Jeff Lynne of ELO, who helped write “I Won’t Back Down.” An exact amount however has not been revealed.

Smith and Petty settled this dispute out of court in October with “no mud slinging,” but news of the settlement was revealed over this past weekend, according to Consequence of Sound (via The Sun).

“After it was pointed out to Sam’s camp, they didn’t try to fight it and amicably dished out royalties,” a source told The Sung. “It wasn’t a deliberate thing, musicians are just inspired by other artists and Sam and his team were quick to hold up their hand when it was officially flagged.”

The Racist State Of America Persists

Tracist state violence has been a consistent theme in the history of people of African descent in North America, it has become especially noteworthy during the administration of the first African-American president, whose very election was widely interpreted as heralding the advent of a new, postracial era.

The sheer persistence of police killings of black youth contradicts the assumption that these are isolated aberrations. Trayvon Martin in Florida and Michael Brownin Ferguson, Missouri, are only the most widely known of the countless numbers of black people killed by police or vigilantes during the Obama administration. And they, in turn, represent an unbroken stream of racist violence, both official and extra-legal, from slave patrols and the Ku Klux Klan, to contemporary profiling practices and present-day vigilantes.

More than three decades ago Assata Shakur was granted political asylum by Cuba, where she has since lived, studied and worked as a productive member of society. Assata was falsely charged on numerous occasions in the United States during the early 1970s and vilified by the media. It represented her in sexist terms as “the mother hen” of the Black Liberation Army, which in turn was portrayed as a group with insatiably violent proclivities. Placed on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list, she was charged with armed robbery, bank robbery, kidnap, murder, and attempted murder of a policeman. Although she faced 10 separate legal proceedings, and had already been pronounced guilty by the media, all except one of these trials – the case resulting from her capture – concluded in acquittal, hung jury, or dismissal. Under highly questionable circumstances, she was finally convicted of being an accomplice to the murder of a New Jersey state trooper.

Four decades after the original campaign against her, the FBI decided to demonise her once more. Last year, on the 40th anniversary of the New Jersey turnpike shoot-out during which state trooper Werner Foerster was killed, Assata was ceremoniously added to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Terrorist list. To many, this move by the FBI was bizarre and incomprehensible, leading to the obvious question: what interest would the FBI have in designating a 66-year-old black woman, who has lived quietly in Cuba for the last three and a half decades, as one of the most dangerous terrorists in the world – sharing space on the list with individuals whose alleged actions have provoked military assaults on Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria?

A partial – perhaps even determining – answer to this question may be discovered in the broadening of the reach of the definition of “terror”, spatially as well as temporally. Following the apartheid South African government’s designation of Nelson Mandela and the African National Congress as “terrorists”, the term was abundantly applied to US black liberation activists during the late 1960s and early 70s.

President Nixon’s law and order rhetoric entailed the labelling of groups such as the Black Panther party as terrorist, and I myself was similarly identified. But it was not until George W Bush proclaimed a global war on terror in the aftermath of 11 September 2001 that terrorists came to represent the universal enemy of western “democracy”. To retroactively implicate Assata Shakur in a putative contemporary terrorist conspiracy is also to bring those who have inherited her legacy, and who identify with continued struggles against racism and capitalism, under the canopy of “terrorist violence”. Moreover, the historical anti-communism directed at Cuba, where Assata lives, has been dangerously articulated with anti-terrorism. The case of the Cuban 5 is a prime example of this.

This use of the war on terror as a broad designation of the project of 21st-century western democracy has served as a justification of anti-Muslim racism; it has further legitimised the Israeli occupation of Palestine; it has redefined the repression of immigrants; and has indirectly led to the militarisation of local police departments throughout the country. Police departments – including on college and university campuses – have acquired military surplus from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan through the Department of Defense Excess Property Program. Thus, in response to the recent police killing of Michael Brown, demonstrators challenging racist police violence were confronted by police officers dressed in camouflage uniforms, armed with military weapons, and driving armoured vehicles.

The global response to the police killing of a black teenager in a small midwestern town suggests a growing consciousness regarding the persistence of US racism at a time when it is supposed to be on the decline. Assata’s legacy represents a mandate to broaden and deepen anti-racist struggles. In her autobiography published this year, evoking the black radical tradition of struggle, she asks us to “Carry it on. / Pass it down to the children. /Pass it down. Carry it on … / To Freedom!”

NFL Partners With Youtube And Google

NFL has partnered with the biggest video website in the world, Youtube, to broadcast more content on an official channel on a multi-year, multi-million dollar deal.  First of all, it means search results will make it easier to find the content entered, giving better previews and even show YouTube videos for highlights. The only down side is it will not be available for past content, only content from here on out.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Bobby Shmurda Gun Charges Dismissed

As you probably know, Bobby Shmurda isn’t in a very good situation, to say the least. He’s been accused of many different charges, including gun charges, endangerment, and conspiracy. Well, his lawyer wiped away the gun charges. “Brooklyn D.A. Office announced that the gun case in Brooklyn will be dismissed in about two weeks,” said Howard Greenberg, Shmurda’s lawyer. That case alleged that Shmurda fired a gun into a crowd of people near a barbershop in Brooklyn

However, Bobby still faces second degree endangerment, conspiracy in the second degree, 3 more counts of conspiracy in the third degree, and one count of narcotics possession. If he is convicted on conspiracy charges, he could face up to 25 years in prison. The charges have come from the NYPD, namely a task force in Brooklyn. Bobby Shmurda is scheduled to appear in court on January 29th.

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