Snoop Dogg, I’m Not Boycotting Roots

Roots- History Channel

Snoop Dogg is encouraging Black People to boycott the new movie remake of Roots. Being very vocal his objections, Snoop said“… [F] that old [ish] …” This response is not shocking or surprising to me. This is a typical reaction some black people have when they see a “slave movie.”

Let’s face it, watching black people being beat and humiliated by White slave owners is very painful. These period pieces can easily make Black people angry and frustrated, since there is nothing we can do to right those wrongs. Thus, many of us go the route of dismissing and devaluing the past which is a reason why African Americans know very little about their own family history and genealogy. [Read more...]

Stacey Dash, Do You Want To Censor American Culture and Business?

Ms. Dash, in response to your recent comments on Fox News where you recommend getting rid of Black TV channels like BET, I say this. A business has the right to curate content, music, media, and food for a specific audience of our society. Restaurants do this all the time giving us a wide variety of choices: Italian, Chinese, Southern Soul, Jamaican, Indian, and more. Is it racist for these businesses to only make one style of cuisine? Absolutely not, unless they were denying someone entrance because of their race, nationality, gender, or religion. [Read more...]

Steve Harvey and His Smart Phone

While browsing Facebook, I saw a clip of the “Ask Steve” segment of the Steve Harvey Show. After watching several clips, I came upon the following video where an audience member asked Harvey if there was a technology he couldn’t live without. Harvey talked about how much he used his smartphone. Then he began talking about intrusion with the camera on these devices. He mentioned even when you tell people know, they still take the picture. I can attest to this, most times people will take pictures on various occasions and post those pictures without asking if it’s okay. To many, I believe they feel the mere act of taking the picture gives permission to post on social media, but we must be mindful of our friends and family’s privacy.

The Digital Youth Network

Dr. Nichole Pinkard of DePaul University is doing some really good work with youth and digital literacy. She is the founder of the Digital Youth Network (DYN) which is tailored for urban students in Chicago. The program has in school initiatives, physical space for after school activities, and a social network called iRemix. Another cool tool that the program has developed is called Curateit, which allow youth to collect a gallery of digital media in a safe environment.

Use Online Trends in Journalism to Make Your Content Sociable and Shareable.

After writing my first article on Storify, I came across a related article , I found this great YouTube video by Sarah Marshall. Her presentation, “Around the World in Online Innovation.” She basically gives a lesson on how to make your content shareable and provides good examples for study. If you haven’t notice the changes in journalism websites since the invention of Web 2.0 and social media, then roll up your sleeves and prepare to be schooled. If we want to generate more traffic and buzz about our articles we can’t rely on the traditional “build it and they will come” approach web content development. In this video Sarah Marshall describes the latest trends in online journalism. The main takeaway is realizing that the main gateway to your website is no longer your homepage but your articles that are shared on social media. Thus the popularity of your website relies on the individual strength of each article. The bulk of your content should be short and concise, listy, and most importantly, shareable.