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Inspirational Commencement Speeches That Challenged Us To Dream Big

May 27th, 2014 - By Tanvier Peart
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Can you remember back to your graduation ceremony? It’s a day that comes with great happiness and a bit of fear as you enter the workforce and adulthood. For this reason many institutions seek commencement speakers who can inspire the next generation to achieve their dreams. Here’s a look at the most inspirational commencement speeches that challenged us to dream big. Perhaps it will even speak to your current situation.

“Reject The Slander That Says A Black Child With A Book Is Trying To Act White” The Best Celebrity Commencement Speakers

May 6th, 2014 - By M A
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It’s a wonderful time of the year for college students around the nation. With young adults bidding farewell to frat parties, all-nighters and general recklessness, students are gearing up for one final hurrah: Graduation. So now seems as good a time as ever to take a look back at our favorite celebrity commencement speakers whose words we have no doubt will stick with these grads throughout the years.

They Weren’t Always Large & In Charge: These Famous Celebs Once Had Internships Like The Rest Of Us

January 2nd, 2014 - By Blair Bedford
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Coffee runs, making photocopies, taking notes, being seen but not heard around the office. Those are some of the typical duties of an intern looking to make their way up the corporate ladder to establish their career. Although it is not the most glamorous job, interning helps you get your foot in the door to some great professional opportunities.

These celebrities knew how to make the best of their internships which catapulted their budding or already established careers. From a Teen Vogue fashion intern to a fashion designer and best-selling author, from a high school technology intern to one of the most influential people in the history of consumer electronics, these celebrities used their internships to make their mark.

Here are celebrities who used their internship as the foot in the door to their now infamous success.

What Was That About? Celebrities Who Went Through Weird Phases

November 7th, 2013 - By Iva Anthony
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We all have a stretch of time in our past where we were on some other stuff or trying to find ourselves. We talked different, dressed odd, and everyone told us it was just a phase, and thankfully they were right. The same can be said of these celebs. While individuality and creativity should be applauded, many people were scratching their heads and raising their eyebrows when these stars went through their weird phases.

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Christina Aguilera always knew she would be a star. Getting her start early on the “Mickey Mouse Club,” Aguilera’s career began along the same time as fellow pop diva Britney Spears. Trying to differentiate herself from her rival, Aguilera decided to be edgy and played up her sexuality and bad girl image to help sell records. Catching a lot of negative criticism for her overly sexual image, Aguilera eventually toned things down after a brief hiatus to start a family and retool her image. Most recently, Aguilera has rejoined her red seat on NBC’s hit singing reality competition show “The Voice.”

So What Did Kanye West Get For Father’s Day Aside From Baby North West? He Reveals “Other Gift” From Kim On Twitter

July 2nd, 2013 - By Clarke Gail Baines
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It was on June 15 that little North West came into the world, the first child of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, and in grand publicity fashion that would make mommy proud, “Nori” was born just shy of Father’s Day and Kanye’s Yeezus release. The idea of having a child born for Father’s Day is usually gift enough for most men, but Kim still found time post-childbirth to get Kanye another gift for his first Father’s Day. So what was it? The rapper and new father posted a picture of his “other gifts” a few weeks late, doing so yesterday on his Twitter page:
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That’s right, Kardashian managed to get Yeezy two Apple mouses that had been signed by founders Steve Wozniak and the late Steve Jobs. Of course, West was vocal in a past interview about feeling like he was the successor to Steve Jobs, saying he’s to music what Steve Jobs was to the Internet. Therefore, it’s safe to say that he was probably super stoked about this gift–hence his decision to share it with the world. Also, it’s been said by Wozniak that Kim Kardashian set up a meeting between him and Kanye as an alleged late birthday present soon after giving birth and recuperating in the hospital. He was one of the first people outside of the family to meet the new baby, even getting to see her before Kim’s brother Rob, aka, the black sheep of the family. Wozniak recounted that meeting with Piers Morgan:

“I have seen a lot of babies, and a baby represents the love between the people and that meant more to me and the love that Kim was showing to Kanye. Just because he was interested in technology and companies, she, as a birthday present, she had me come up there to meet him.”

So maybe it was then that Kanye was given the mouses…or who knows, maybe Kim could have purchased them off of ebay? Either way, the “other gift” was clearly well-received.

No Student Loan Needed: These Famous Names Became Successful Without A College Degree

June 5th, 2013 - By Blair Bedford
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Getting a college degree is a prerequisite for many jobs and highly recommended if you want to make it in many industries. But there are many people who have also managed to build successful careers without getting a diploma. We take a look at a few of them and try to analyze how they did it.

Are CEOs Overvalued? It Takes The Average Walmart Employee 785 Years To Earn Head Honcho’s Salary

June 1st, 2013 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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If you are a Walmart employee who makes $12.67 an hour, it will take you about 785 years to earn the CEO’s $20.7 million salary, according to the Huffington Post. Furthermore, this estimate only assumes that you don’t take vacation days or pay taxes.

This mind-blowing calculation truly puts the CEO-to-worker pay ratio into perspective: Are CEOs overvalued?

Michael Duke, Walmart’s chief executive officer, received a 14 percent pay raise; he made $18.1 million in the previous year. Because of the new Dodd-Frank law implemented in 2010, shareholders of a company are now able to vote on a CEO’s proposed pay package. Economists call it the “say on pay” policy, according to the New York Times.

However, overpaid chief executives aren’t fazed:. Stockholders wind up approving the suggested salaries 97 percent of the time.

The problem here is that CEOs are often rewarded, but not reprimanded, for their poor performance on the job. Chief executive officers may break more of a sweat in boosting profit if they acknowledge their salary (or position) is in jeopardy.

JCPenney, for example, thought they struck gold when they hired the former CEO of Apple, Ron Johnson, for their company. They paid him the usual outlandish CEO salary expecting revenue revival under Johnson’s leadership. Unfortunately, Johnson drove JCPenney over a cliff and lost $500 million in 18 months.

This is not to say that all CEO’s are overrated. Steve Jobs, the deceased magnate of Apple, well-represented the value of his massive salary. He demonstrated his worth and significance to Apple when he yanked the company out of bankruptcy and molded it into one of the most profitable corporations ever.

CEO’s have long argued for the advantages of making millions a year. Most of them ensure us that such strong financial incentives for the chief executive officers will help drive the company to the top. But should their pay seriously be hundreds of times the salary of the average worker?

Some argue that CEOs shouldn’t be paid less, but they need to apply more effort into their work. Over the last three decades, the CEO’s salary increased 127 times faster than the average worker’s pay. But has the job increased that much in workload?

Do you think the salaries of chief executive officers are justified?

More of the Same: Apple Schedules the Release of Another (Very Expensive) iPad

February 1st, 2013 - By CAP
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This week Apple failed at trying to steal Blackberry’s shine. The day before Blackberry was scheduled to unveil the new Blackberry 10, Apple confirmed the rumors of a new iPad that will be released February 5. However, all everyone was talking about the following day was Blackberry’s new phones and the appointment of Alicia Keys as global creative director.

So let me break down what’s new about the “new” iPad… Nothing! OK, maybe a couple of things. You’ll get a higher resolution screen and 128GB of space. But is that enough to make you trash your old one and spend $799 to $929 on a new one? Probably not. And if you don’t currently have one, this tablet will now be the most expensive one on the market, and might be out of your budget.

I am having a case of deja vu. I remember a company that released a really cool cell phone that was very successful and everyone went out and bought it. Then the same company turned around and released another version of the same phone with very minimal changes eleven months later that turned out to be a flop. Oh yeah… that was Apple with the release of the iPhone 4S and the subsequent release of the iPhone 5.

Earlier this month The Huffington Post reported that Apple cut its order of iPhone 5 components due to lower-than-expected demand and that Apple’s first quarter orders were about half of what the company expected.

So once again we have another Apple product being released with very few changes, but this time only months after the last version, the iPad Mini. According to CBS News, analysts are beginning to question if Apple still possesses the “cool” factor and the capacity to create new innovative products as opposed to just making slight changes to its existing line of gadgets.

iPhone appears to be losing its edge. Naysayers have always questioned how strong the company would be outside of the leadership of Steve Jobs. However, I still had so much confidence in the company that I recently decided to joined #teamiphone. But lately, Apple has left myself and many others underwhelmed. And the release of another rendition of the same old iPad does not seem reminiscent of the Jobs era.

Nina Simone & Marvin Gaye Biopics Take Notes: First Photos Of Ashton Kutcher As Steve Jobs Drop…And They’re Twins

December 4th, 2012 - By Clarke Gail Baines
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Can’t say how I feel 100 percent about Ashton Kutcher these days, especially after the whole ugly split between him and Demi Moore and the fact that “Two And A Half Men” is just NOT funny, but I can say that I’m starting to get VERY excited about his starring role in this Steve Jobs biopic. And it will be refreshing to see since I don’t think anyone has watched Kutcher play a serious role since…maybe Butterfly Effect!? Why? To get people excited and the ball rolling on promotion, stills from the movie just dropped with Kutcher dressed like Jobs circa the early ’80s and I must say, these two men look eerily similar.

The photos were put out to also alert people that the movie, jOBS, will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival this January, closing out the very popular annual event. According to the Guardian UK, the movie will cover about three decades of the entrepreneur and tech king’s life, and it definitely sounds captivating, just check out the movie description that was put on the Sundance press release. “The true story of one of the greatest entrepreneurs in American history, jOBS chronicles the defining 30 years of Steve Jobs’ life. jOBS is a candid, inspiring and personal portrait of the one who saw things differently.” And if that’s not enough for you, get excited because the movie also stars Dermot Mulroney,  Matthew Modine and more. Don’t know who those people are? It’s okay, I’m not too sure either, but that’s what they made Google for! Anyway, now that you see the stills, are you excited for the biopic? Do you think Kutcher and Jobs look very similar or is this a miss?

 

Switched At Birth: Celebrities Who Were Adopted

January 15th, 2012 - By Kschlicher
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Although their lives can sometimes seem “perfect” and un-relatable from the outside, the lives of celebrities are probably more normal than you think. Take a look at these 8 celebs who were adopted, some even rising from terrible pasts to create incredibly prosperous futures…

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