The Simpsons Meet Family Guy!!!! 5 Min Teaser Video

The Simpsons Meet Family Guy!!!! 5 Min Teaser Video

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Some things in this world just have to happen and in the animated world of off the wall family comedy it was only a matter of time before the Family Guy crew crossed paths with the Simpsons clan. When the Simpsons kick off their 26th season we will also get the long awaited 2 hr Simpsons/Family Guy cross over episode. It’s the stuff of cartoon fantasy as we see Huey’s world dominating ego interact with the cartoon prince of pranks Bart. And can anything be more dangerous then putting Homer and Peter in the same space for an extended period of time? Just add beer and watch the funny take place.

This weekend’s San Diego released a lengthy teaser vid of the crossover and season premieres which will take place this September. Check it out below.

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Nas Speaks on the Challenges of Kendrick Lamar Following a Great Debut Album

Nas Speaks on the Challenges of Kendrick Lamar Following a Great Debut Album

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Within the hectic Hip Hop landscape its rare when a body of work can touch the people and have a staying power beyond a few weeks. TDE’s Kendrick Lamar perfectly captured the West coast life from a perspective most of us can relate to with his good kid, m.A.A.d. city project. Now comes the task of following up such a successful album with content equal if not greater than than its predecessor. If anyone knows the stress and pressure of such expectations its Queensbridge MC and Hip Hop legend Nasir Jones. The man who gave us Illmatic now 20 years ago links up with Insanul Ahmed from  Complex to give his opinions on what Kendrick Lamar now has in front of him.

Here is a short excerpt from the Interview.

Right. When I was talking to Kendrick, he was saying that before good kid came out, he felt a lot of pressure on him. He was kind of unsure of himself. Have you ever had moments like that? Times where you doubt yourself?

Oh, for sure. Because you had Jay Z coming. You had Ghostface’s first album. You had Raekwon. You had Mobb Deep. These guys had cornered the rap game off. And also Biggie, and many others. So the competition was severe for me to put out the next record.

I was talking to Punch, who’s the President of TDE, and he said something really interesting. He said Kendrick is “shadowboxing” because it’s one thing to compete with other rappers, but really he’s at the point where he’s competing with himself. I feel like you have a similar situation because you’ve made so many great records, but it’s like how can you do it again?

Yeah. But I think he got it. I know he got it. There’s no way he can mess it up because the love he has from the game is so large that he can almost mumble on the record and it’s going to be in rhythm and it’s going to be next level. So he’s in a great place because, again, there’re so many single artists that the album artist just holds up as a whole different kind of value. And he’s that kind of guy. So whatever he does, in my opinion, will be appreciated but at the same time he knows he has to bring it. It’s about challenges, right? Life’s about challenges. In this game it’s about challenges.

Via Complex  

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Can We Stop The Trend Of Calling People Slaves

Can We Stop The Trend Of Calling People Slaves

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You get so desensitized that it becomes a normal part of how our society works. The ridiculously over the top commentary and extreme opinions seem to be more for the ego of the person making the claims then the real situation being described. This leads to something I’ve seen a lot of since social media opened us up to the inner activities of people we usually had limited access to. People in higher profile positions when they don’t do what spectators think they should get on their high horses and let loose with all kinds of name calling and judgments. The favorite term used for black folk from other black folk in the limelight recently has been slave. New age slaves, modern slaves, etc,etc. Let’s be clear that is disgusting, inappropriate and offensive to our ancestors that truly were enslaved.

Just because you don’t rally or march down the street and boycott businesses as your method of trying to bring about change doesn’t make you a slave. Just because you don’t sacrifice your business and financial opportunities when others think you should doesn’t make you slave, just because you find a way to capitalize within a screwed up system doesn’t make you a slave. In reality the majority of the people who throw this insult out aren’t even in the position to understand the decisions being made. I often hear this term applied to musical artists and sports stars. They’re “slaves” & “sell outs” because they don’t give up on millions of dollars when we think they should do so. Let’s ignore how many of the business we 9-5 folk work for and deal with daily that have shady business histories but because we feel an NBA star can afford it, they should do what we don’t. Truth be told while we bang away on our laptops and smartphones about the supposed short comings of these people, most offer more charity in a year then we would in a decade. How many jobs do we create? How many scholarships do we fund? How many foundations and community programs do we launch? Yet we have the audacity to label another black person a slave?

I say often that these actors, artists and athletes are better people than me because that slave talk wouldn’t fly with me at all. Slaves had no freedom, do true options beyond stay or run which often was equal to live or die. Our ancestors for beaten, tortured, murdered and broken down through some of the most savage acts ever seen on this planet and from that horror we’ve come to the point of accomplishing the things we do today and we’re still evolving. Let’s find a better way to communicate our issues and frustrations. Lets be more truthfully and respectful to what we are, what we’ve come from and what we’re trying to achieve. There’s much we don’t truly know about the folk we find ourselves so easily speaking about.

Save the sensationalism and stop dishonor of our predecessors. They won’t threw it so we wouldn’t have to.

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Understanding The Limits of Twitter & How to Manage Them

Understanding The Limits of Twitter & How to Manage Them

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Twitter is an essential social media tool at this point. With its steady growing level of usage do you fully understand all the elements in place that effect your Twitter experience? Twitter has specific limits in place that follow a set of ratios of your “following” (those who you follow) to “followers” (those who follow you).

The reason that Twitter has these limits in place is to keep spammers in check. For example, if Twitter sees that you followed 1500 people in one day but only 150 of them are following you back then this raises a SPAM ALERT. The reason for all social media is to build connections and, if you are smart, relationships. When you are following more people than you are connecting with in this type of ratio, this is a red flag.

Building your Twitter following does require some basic knowledge so that you won’t get flagged by Twitter as a spammer and/or lose your account for the same. If you get one of those tweets or DM’s that says they can get you thousands of followers in ONE day – RUN! Your goal should be to build a quality list of followers who you are interested in and who will be interested in you and your business in return.

What are the limits?

  • Direct Messages: 250 per day.
  • API Requests: 150 per hour.
  • Updates: 1,000 per day. FYI Retweets are counted as updates.
  • Changes to Account Email: 4 per hour.
  • Daily Following: This is a technical limit imposed by Twitter. The official number is 1,000 per day. Here is a link to Twitter’s Follow Limits and Best Practices Page.
  • Other Following Rules: Once your account is following 2,000 other Tweeters,following rules are dictated by account specific ratios. Hit the Follow Limits and Best Practices Page again for more info on this.

Ok, so now that you know what the limits are I would suggest doing a little clean up. Take time to scan your follows and see what accounts are active. If someone hasn’t tweeted in months and their not someone you know personally offline then cut the connect. If your building a solid base then this is one of those situations where it is quality and quantity, but armed with a little knowledge of how the platform work should improve your experience.

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The New Face of NYC’S Hip Hop Party Scene – “Greatest Day Ever”

The New Face of NYC’S Hip Hop Party Scene – “Greatest Day Ever”

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This past Saturday an amazing event took place in Brooklyn. It was appropriately titled “Greatest Day Ever.” It was a collaborative function from a number of the power players who are reshaping New York City’s social landscape. Hip Hop is an ever evolving culture and the way many of us came up enjoying this culture has changed as well. Some changes have been for the better like the growth of venues and locations accepting Hip Hop overall. On the other hand many changes recently have been for the worse like the VIP only element that squeezes many out of the picture.. The forces behind Greatest Day Ever decided to bring the true element of the party back to the people. Meet the newest movements to move with. Hennypalooza, Brunch Bounce, APT78, Suave Haus & World Famous.

If you fall into that mid 20’s to early 30’s age range you find your self in an interesting position. You’re old enough to not want to party with the wilder often more reckless younger crowds, yet you’re not in a rush to attend events you’re aunts, uncles and parents would frequent. NYC is known worldwide for its social  scene. No matter the interest or taste there is something for everyone. Hip Hop came up from house and block parties to lounges and clubs that celebrated its national and international growth. You could come as you are, enjoy the music you loved with like-minded people and all was good. Then the changes started to occur.

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The early arrivals

The truth is that Hip Hop is born of the streets and with it comes certain elements that aren’t always conducive to a great party. Suddenly the party started to become more dangerous, the door security rivaled a TSA search and the stress of looking out for trouble wasn’t worth attending. This then resulted in other venues featuring Hip Hop for its mass appeal and cool factor but being highly selective if not blatantly discriminatory towards who it let into it’s parties. Slowly but surely the classic Hip Hop spot was becoming extinct. You either have the hood party or the overly priced dress code and selective entrance party. And should you find a nice space off the radar you would hope and pray not too many people learn of it. It reached a point that we stopped looking for large Hip Hop events. Give us a small lounge, cheap drinks and a DJ on that 90’s music and we’re good.

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TGIF: Your Social Media Samurai’s Secret Summer Assignment – UBERICECREAM *Updated*

TGIF: Your Social Media Samurai’s Secret Summer Assignment UBERICECREAM *Updated*

#UBERICECREAM

Yeah have fun saying that post title 3 times fast. Summer time is in full swing and today I’ll be a part of fun campaign in the streets of NYC!!! Actually this campaign is bigger then just NYC as you’ll soon learn. What I need for you all to do is stay tuned to my social media platforms locations throughout the day. Make sure you follow the links below as I will be giving the vital info via a combination of FB, Twitter, IG & Foursquare. A big day is on deck so here is the announcement!!!!!

THE INSIDE SCOOP -UBERICECREAM

  • Ice Cream will be available on Friday, July 18th.

  • To request, choose the Ice Cream option in the app. If a vehicle is available, you’ll be enjoying your deserts in minutes.

  • No cash needed—your order will be billed to your Uber account.

Demand will be very high and availability limited.

Be a part of the #UberIceCream community worldwide—share your refreshing experience on Twitter and Instagram!

If you’re not on UBER SIGN UP NOW!!!!

 **UPDATE – Check out the Images from the Worldwide 144 City #UberIceCream Campaign after the Jump**

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Is There Room In Today’s World For Positive Media?

Is There Room In Today’s World For Positive Media?

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The Internet was in rare form when Janelle Ambrosia, a woman from upstate New York, became “famous” when an explosive video of her hurling an extended series of ugly racist threats to a black man went viral. It’s not the first time something like this has happened, and I doubt it’ll be the last. Earlier that same day, a video was released of pop star Justin Bieber making racially insensitive jokes and comments. Given our 24-hour digital news cycle, people really get to sink their teeth into material like this and at lightning speed. As expected, Bieber released an apology and the now infamous Janelle was calling radio shows to defend her actions. The people weren’t buying it and made such clear by exposing all of her personal information. As I watched this unfold, I had to ask myself, “What good was served by giving this horrible person any attention at all?”

Do we really need weekly reminders of the world in which we live? Our favorite media platforms highlight these ugly moments for a day or two before we forget about them and return to the status quo. This content fuels arguments and Internet jokes and provides writers with great writing material. As I step back and consider all content like this that I see, I realize that in the grand scheme of things, none of it changes anything. We rotate items of outrage at such a rapid pace that the conversation rarely reaches a point of addressing problems and finding solutions. We’re always in a space of reacting to moments — so much so that we are truly missing the forest by staring at the trees.

Today’s media seems more concerned with satisfying its numbers rather than bettering society. Getting the people mad while driving clicks and page views seems to trump the concept of highlighting the good in our world and striving to make ugly incidents like these a thing of the past. Yet, I can’t really blame the media exclusively because we, as a society, are so predictable that it’s too simple not to take advantage of the way we react to certain situations. It makes me wonder how many of us are built for the long haul. To improve the world in which we live, it will take more than comedic memes, hashtags and witty blogs.

It’s as if we’ve forgotten how to put our boots on the ground and do real work. We’ll talk the talk and type up an angry storm, but then what? Can we successfully transition from digital discourse to actual offline engagement?

Ultimately, the cycle remains the same. Media supplies us with information that we presumably find interesting and compelling. This could range from our favorite celebrity acting unfavorably to the various happenings of everyday lowlifes. We, in turn, make no real push to see things changed, but we get mad as hell that these ignorant people exist. It’s the same thing, time after time after time: Justin Bieber, Donald Sterling, Janelle Ambrosia, Madonna, some local members of government… the list continues to grow and with no signs of stopping.

At some point, the way we deal with the negativity when it’s brought to light must change. Clearly, what we’re doing now isn’t bringing us any closer to peace. Now, people do more to not get caught doing wrong rather than eliminating the wrongdoing completely. Some may say that changing the world isn’t even the media’s role. Some feel the media must be a neutral way to spread information, be it good, bad or ugly. I wish such were true, but to find media without some kind of an agenda would be to truly locate an elusive unicorn in the wild.

Sadly, we may just have to deal with things as they are and accept the ills of life while our ever-expanding media continues to show us this continuous reality show.

 

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Lebron James Vs The Editor!!!!

Lebron James Vs The Editor!!!!

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As the sports world and much of mainstream media continues to chime in on the meaning and weight of Lebron James recently announced decision to leave Miami, one person has a different issue in mind. Apparently the presentation of Lebron’s thought via Sports Illustrated wasn’t as perfect as many have expressed. In fact someone decided to grade the open letter of LBJ with the all too familiar red pen!! I guess even the best NBA player on earth has room for improvement. How many of us are having grade school flashbacks now??? Take a look.

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Lebron Didn’t Owe Anything To Anyone But He Gave Us What We’ve Been Asking For

Lebron Didn’t Owe Anything To Anyone But He Gave Us What We’ve Been Asking For

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Never in Modern NBA history has the off season seen the level of drama and attention that this year’s free agency has produced. The assumption of players making quick and easy decisions to resign with current teams has been completely thrown out the window. The minute that Lebron James entertained that idea of leaving Miami teams have made a mad dash to move players and free up cap space for a shot at The King. As it stood yesterday morning, James’ final call appeared to be between Miami and an unexpected return home to play in Cleveland. This has all played out over the past 7-10 days. The viewing public, media and league peers seemed to be getting frustrated and annoyed that no decision had been yet. Then Lebron gave it to them and a lot more with it.

As our media cycle has extended to an endless 24 hour schedule and every person with wifi service can get info and spread their opinion to the world, we also seemed to have developed this incredible, if not unrealistic sense of entitlement. We have come to expect that our every want and desire for answers will and should be fulfilled with the same speed that we can perform a Google search. As it relates to Lebron James, the sports masses feel as if Lebron was running late on some imaginary schedule that he was supposed to be operating by. As calls on national sports radio shows and tweets on the matter piled up, the aggravation increased.  Demanding questions like “What’s taking so long?” or “Why hasn’t he decided already?” were all too common.

What we would learn around 12:30pm yesterday is that the time was spent crafting one of the most well executed sports entertainment announcements of our time. While the ESPN neetwork was the platform of choice for the original decision. James would turn to sports industry staple Sports Illustrated to announce that he was coming home. Lebron James had completed his term in Miami and would be returning to play for the Cleveland Cavs. While this news was not a shock to many, the manner in which it was done and the stance that he took caught the nation off guard. Unbeknownst to anyone Lebron had a man to man meeting with Cavs owner Dan Gilbert last Sunday. The sting of the open letter Gilbert wrote in the aftermath of Lebron’s departure was still a sore point with not only James but his family as well. By meetings end the two parties were back on the same page. In that regards Lebron is a better man then most of us.

We often use the celebrity status of individuals like Lebron James as a weak excuse to strip them of their humanity. While we are observers, fans, etc….we are also strangers to these people. When Lebron lost in the 2011 NBA Finals to the Dallas Mavs he pissed a lot of people off when he delivered the truest reality check to the hordes that were attacking him all season.

“All the people that were rooting on me to fail, at the end of the day they have to wake up tomorrow and have the same life that they had before they woke up today. They have the same personal problems they had today. I’m going to continue to live the way I want to live and continue to do the things that I want to do with me and my family and be happy with that.” – Lebron James

Now 3 years removeed from that moment Lebron delivered another reality check. Not one that would place him in the role of villain but rather as simple man longing to go back home and do right by the community that first supported his dreams and aspirations.

“….this is not about the roster or the organization. I feel my calling here goes above basketball. I have a responsibility to lead, in more ways than one, and I take that very seriously. My presence can make a difference in Miami, but I think it can mean more where I’m from. I want kids in Northeast Ohio, like the hundreds of Akron third-graders I sponsor through my foundation, to realize that there’s no better place to grow up. Maybe some of them will come home after college and start a family or open a business. That would make me smile. Our community, which has struggled so much, needs all the talent it can get.

In Northeast Ohio, nothing is given. Everything is earned. You work for what you have.

I’m ready to accept the challenge. I’m coming home.”

Lebron is not a machine that we turn on and off to perform without emotion when we say so. Every so often these sports stars remind us that they are still human. They experience the same feelings and frustrations that we do. Day in and day out we’re hit with stories of people blowing the opportunities presented to them or showing little to no humility for what they have. In the midst of multimillionaires negotiating contracts with billionaires, the best player in the NBA and one of the biggest sports figures on the planet made his moment about home. He took something that all of us can relate to and put that as the headline. There was no shortage of reasons for Lebron to never professionally deal with Cleveland again. LBJ could have poked his chest out and as a man declared that no disrespect will be tolerated thus shutting out the Cavs from his thoughts. That would have been the easy option. It’s what I would have done. Yet, Lebron elected to forgive and move forward in spite of it all.  The Lebron James love fest won’t last forever, so when our focus gets back to wins and loses in pursuit of championships I hope we’ll keep this moment in mind.

 

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NYC’s Copacabana Introduces New Signature Rum “1940”

NYC’s Copacabana Introduces New Signature Rum “1940”

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This week marked the introduction of a new player into the spirits industry. The collaborative efforts of Barrio Spirits and the legendary Copacabana night club is the brand new Copacabana 1940. They introduced New York City to their creation with a 1940’s throwback themed event hosted at the Copa. Guests were introduced to the rum via a number of signature drinks like the Show Girl, GoodFella and Perfect Storm. I have to admit that I quickly became a fan of the GoodFella which is is a smooth Orange & Lime Juice based creation.

Dj Miguelito was on duty so the music set a great tone for the evening as the drinks kept flowing. In addition to the great rum, celebrity chef Alex Garcia kept the crowd fed with glazed shrimps with avacado, chicken lollipops with mango salsa and panini’s. This launch was the right balance of laid back lounge affair and summer time party.  Melanie Torres’ Dance on Two Studio entertained us with special dance performance perfectly in line with the Nostalgic 1940 theme.

I had a good time with old friends and met new  people who are working on some interesting projects and businesses. One of them was Wonderlee who styled much of the staff and many guests with her custom bow ties. Her ties have been worn by the likes of Questlove and Malik Yoba and are instant conversation starters.

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I have to say that overall it was a great event. Be on the look out for the Copacabana 1940 Anejo Rum and definitely try that “Goodfella” out next time you visit the Copa.

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