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Like mother like son. Looks like Tamar wasn’t lying about that whole bullying thing. Apparently, the son of a woman who used to bully Tamar in high school tried to embarrass the youngest Braxton sister on Twitter.
Whole time my mova beat the shit out of @TamarBraxtonHer in HighSchool
— Aris (@AIR_ris__) December 11, 2013
And surprisingly, Tamar responded:
— TAMAR BRAXTON (@TamarBraxtonHer) December 11, 2013
Life is a FULL circle!
— TAMAR BRAXTON (@TamarBraxtonHer) December 11, 2013
High school was pure HELL! I was picked on,pushed around,blamed 4 things w/people I didn’t know (sounds familiar)? Things DO change.HOLD ON!
— TAMAR BRAXTON (@TamarBraxtonHer) December 11, 2013
Yes, Tamar you certainly did win. Folks are out here telling their children about you. The come up is real. But on the flip side, can we count the number of things wrong with all of this? I mean first of all what woman brags about bullying someone back in the day? Like why is your shining accomplishment making someone else’s high school experience hell? And obviously, she’s not teaching her son to do any better. I guess some things never change. A part of me really doesn’t even want to report this story because the young fool is too geeked to be getting this much attention from Tamar and websites like this one. The thing he probably fails to realize is we’re only talking about this to show the level of immorality that exists on the internet. Looks like we can add bullying to the list of generational curses.
And please believe people read the hell out of the young man for coming at Tamar. We don’t want to promote what we’re condemning but if you look at homeboy’s mentions, you’ll find his immature and backwards actions did not go unchecked.
Twitter has finally made a bold move (bold for the male-dominated tech arena) and appointed its first female board member, reports The San Jose Mercury News.
It is adding Marjorie Scardino, the former chief executive of education publishing giant Pearson, to its board. The company pushed ahead with its decision just before its initial public offering and amid criticism of its corporate governance. Scardino, who holds a law degree from the University of San Francisco, previously sat on the board of a major technology company.
But outspoken Silicon Valley critic and technology entrepreneur Vivek Wadhwa, Stanford professor and Singularity University vice president, says more women need to be on tech boards.
Just prior to Twitter going public with its announcement, Wadhwa told Inc, ”Why is it that Twitter board can have two college drops outs, a French literature major, a psychology major, a bunch of MBA, just regular guys. When it comes to women it has to be a Madeline Albright, Hillary Clinton….and then they say there aren’t enough women in tech and that’s why we can hire then. But excuse me, this French literature major and these college dropouts don’t have any tech degree…why is it that the standards are higher from women than they are for men?”
But Wadhwa also said he had “no doubt” this will be change.
Wadhwa’s prediction seems to be coming to fruition not only with the Twitter announcement but also with a shift in the workforce at tech firms. According to a new study, women are now the most popular tech hires. In fact, the tech industry added 39,900 jobs between January and September, and 60 percent of those positions went to women, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
This is a welcome surprise as every other year of the past 10 years, men claimed a greater share of new tech jobs, found an analysis conducted by technology and engineering career hub Dice.
There is still much work to be done to increase diversity in the tech sector. “On the whole, female employees still hold just 31 percent of jobs in the industry, a figure that has changed little over the last 10 years. Women also continue to lag men in compensation,” reports Business Insider. For example, in computer and information systems positions women working full time make only about 80 cents for every dollar earned by men.
On a positive note, there is a new wave of female tech stars, including Yahoo CEO and ex-Googler Marissa Mayer, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, and IBM CEO Ginni Rometty, among others. But even Mayer has previously expressed frustration with the lack of women in computer science. She said she’d like to see the industry be “more encouraging and open to having women contribute to software in more significant numbers.”
There has also been more hiring in general by various tech companies and as a result more women have joined the ranks.
As part of its latest advertising campaign, Gap features a male Sikh model alongside a female model with the caption “Make love.” Vandals in the New York City subway scribbled out the “love” and replaced the word with “bombs.” As photos of this defaced ad circulated the social networking world, Gap took authoritative action, AdWeek reports.
It was Arsalan Iftikhar, founder of TheMuslimGuy.com and senior editor at The Islamic Monthly, who snapped the photo of the offensive ad and tweeted it to his 40,000 plus followers. “I wanted the world to see how millions of brown people are viewed in American today,” Iftikhar said.
Along with “Make bombs,” the defacers also added “Please stop driving taxis” to the Gap poster. The Sikh model in the photo is identified as Waris Ahluwahlia, a fashion designer and actor.
Iftikhar asked his followers to share the photo to generate some social buzz; soon after the photo became viral throughout Facebook and Twitter:
“After hundreds of re-tweets and Facebook shares by people of all colors and backgrounds around the country, there was so much social media buzz in less than one day that Gap contacted me directly after hearing about its vandalized advertisement and wanted to know the exact location,” he added.
The same day Iftikhar posted the photo, Gap responded with lightning-fast quickness: “@TheMuslimGuy Hi there. Thanks for informing us. Can you please follow & DM us? We’d like to know the location of this,” Gap tweeted.
While Iftikhar was very impressed with Gap’s fast response to the defaced ad, he was most dazzled by Gap’s next move: “I have to say that the best part about the company’s response to this social media campaign is that it currently has the Sikh model as their current Twitter background photo.”
This just goes to show you how social media has revolutionized the voice of the public. With the emergence of Twitter, Americans can now bind together to protest any injustices to affect change — all with just 140 characters and one click of a button.
Moreover, it shows how Sikhs continue to be misunderstood in the US. NBC in the Bay area did a story, speaking to ordinary Sikhs who report a rise in discrimination post-9/11. Sikhism is a religion that started in India in the 15th century. However, a Stanford survey finds that it remains a mystery for many people. Many respondents to the survey mistook Sikhs for Muslims.
“That a large U.S. corporation began to understand that we are part of the American fabric, that we are just as American as anybody else and actually not that bad-looking either,” a California business owner, Mandeep Dhillon, told NBC News.
Do you think the photos you post on various social media networks should be used by someone else for profit? If you say no, A US jury probably agrees with you.
Recently, a jury ordered two agencies — Agence France-Presse (AFP) and Getty Images — to pay a total of $1.2 million for photographs they acquired through Twitter, reports The Guardian.
This is one of the first cases to deal with the issue of how images that individuals make available to the public through social media can be used by third parties for commercial purposes.
It could well prove to become a landmark decision, the judgment in favor of freelance photographer Daniel Morel is open to appeal. Morel, a former Associated Press staffer, took photographs in the aftermath of a January 2010 earthquake in Haiti in and created a Twitter account (@PhotoMorel) to post them.
“A few hours later, the pictures were downloaded by an AFP staffer and subsequently distributed to Getty without Morel’s authorisation,” reports the newspaper. Morel argued that the agencies violated the copyright act after the images were re-published by AFP without his permission.
So Morel hired a lawyer who issued cease-and-desist orders to the agencies. But AFP sued Morel, alleging commercial defamation. In response, Morel filed a counterclaim AFP, Getty and the Washington Post for infringing on his copyrights of the photos.
The Post and several other news outlets, including CBS, ABC and CNN, settled out of court with Morel for undisclosed amounts.
The AFP case went to court and lawyers for the agency argued in the district court in New York that since the photographs had been first posted to Twitter, they were open to commercial use. The jury, however, felt otherwise and found for Morel.
As for Twitter, it has previously stated that users maintain exclusive rights to any photographs featured on their site.
So the question is what further implications this case can have. Tons of photos are uploaded to Twitter each day. We’ll see how far this ruling will extend.
When Twitter was younger and and more prone to problems, users were often greeted with an error screen featuring the Fail Whale: “Twitter is over capacity,” it read. Now that the social media platform has matured, Twitter has done away with the irksome sea mammal, TheNextWeb reports.
Possibly unaware that Twitter would blow up so quickly, the early start-up site struggled to manage the incredible number of users who came to tweet. Now, Twitter has met and exceeded the demands of its millions of users — even setting off its IPO on the New York Stock Exchange without a hitch. With the social site running smoothly, there isn’t as much need for the Fail Whale.
On the rare occasion that Twitter does get a little buggy, Christopher Fry, Twitter’s senior VP of engineering, says that you will still see an error page — just not the Fail Whale, thankfully. “If you come to Twitter [...] there are always gonna be problems,” Fry says. “No service is ever perfect. But right now you will see robots instead of the Fail Whale.”
Yes the Fail Whale is iconic, but the social network service can’t wait to see it go. “It had a long history and some of our users feel very connected to it. But in the end, it did represent a time when I don’t think we lived up to what the world needed Twitter to be,” Fry says.
“The Fail Whale is a thing of the past,” he concludes.
Twitter, which recently had its IPO (or Initial Public Offering, its first issuance of stock to the general public), has drawn major criticism for the lack of diversity on its board of directors, which consists entirely of white men. Women and people of color are wholly excluded from the decision-making positions at the corporation, reports The Grio.
African Americans are not even represented in the senior ranks and the executive team. Vijaya Gadde, Twitter’s newly hired general counsel, a woman of Indian descent, is the company’s only non-white male executive officer.
This more than troubling, consider blacks love of Twitter. Slightly more female than male, 74 percent of people between the ages 15 and 25 use Twitter and they are dominated by black people.
“A 2013 Pew study found that 26 percent of black internet users prefer Twitter, as opposed to 19 percent of Latinos and 14 percent of whites. In 2010, 13 percent of blacks used Twitter, while 18 percent of Latinos and 5 percent of whites used the social-networking site. Twitter is also the most popular choice for urban dwellers—20 percent, as opposed to 14 percent of suburbanites and 12 percent of people in rural areas,” reports The Grio.
Many observers say that the diversity problem is reflective of the larger high-technology industry. Moreover, it could be a problem for the company. “This is the elite arrogance of the Silicon Valley mafia, the Twitter mafia,” Vivek Wadwha, a fellow at Stanford University’s Rock Center for Corporate Governance, recently told the New York Times. “It’s the same male chauvinistic thinking. The fact that they went to the I.P.O. without a single woman on the board, how dare they?” he added.
Wadwha also told the Washington Post that women become discouraged when they see an “all-male universe,” a boys’ club from which they are excluded. His solution is to fix the board by simply adding diversity. The current board is not comprised of all tech people (there are actually a couple of college dropouts and even one philosophy major), so it shouldn’t be that difficult.
Twitter CEO Dick Costolo responded with a personal attack: “Vivek Wadhwa is the Carrot Top of academic sources,” referring to the over-the-top comedian.
One reason blacks are so drawn to Twitter is it’s cell phone friendly, and blacks are more likely to access the web through mobile devices. In fact, in 2011, blacks owned mobile phones at a rate higher than the national average—44 percent vs. 35 percent. Blacks also used their phones twice as much as whites, with 200 more text messages per month.
Plus, black celebrities are more active on Twitter than are white celebrities, so naturally their fans would follow them on the social media network. In addition, blacks, whose median age is seven years younger than whites, are a higher percentage of the 25-34-year-olds that prefer Twitter most.
We have seen the strength of “Black Twitter” in driving trending topics which push issues of sometimes social and political importance and even helping to turn the ABC’s Scandal into a big hit.
But the wide racial disparity between Twitter executives and Twitter users is troubling. It also shows the corporate leadership is missing out on a untapped market, putting the company itself at a strategic business disadvantage. “This is a systematic problem that you’re seeing in the technology industry which must be fixed, because it’s damaging the technology industry, it’s bad for our economy, it’s bad for innovation,” Wadhwa said.
“Which drummer is not like the other?” Home Depot asked in the controversial tweet. Sparking outrage on in the Twittersphere, Home Depot later apologized for the tactless tweet, Time Business reports.
While Home Depot quickly took down the offensive tweet, a Twitter user already grabbed a screenshot and sent it to the NAACP. “Hey @NAACP, when y’all get a minute, check this @HomeDepot tweet out,” said @OfficiallyIce. Before the NAACP could get a word in, Home Depot quickly issued an apology: “@OfficiallyIce @NAACP We are deeply sorry for the dumb tweet and have deleted it.” It was one of many apologies Home Depot would issue.
The apology was insufficient, however, as many users wanted to know the reasoning behind the tweet. “@HomeDepot but will there be an explanation? We are still in the dark about why it was even posted,” asked one user. At another attempt to tame the backlash, the hardware megastore released a statement an hour later: ”We have zero tolerance for anything so stupid and offensive. Deeply sorry. We terminated agency and individual who posted it,” Home Depot tweeted.
“The outside agency that created the Tweet and The Home Depot associate who posted it have been terminated. We’re also closely reviewing our social media procedures to determine how this could have happened, and how to ensure it never happens again.,” Home Depot told ABC News.
Some accepted the apology, such as this Facebook user: “Very respectful way for you to respond to that offensive tweet. I will continue shopping at the Home Depot. Thank you for firing whoever posted that!” Others, like this Twitter user for example, still harbored a grudge against the retailer: ”Home Depot was dead wrong for that ill-advised joke, I don’t care what anyone thinks.”
For Home Depot’s sake, hopefully the damage control will help the home improvement retailer remain one of the 100 most valuable brands in the world.
Do you think the tweet was racist?
[h/t NBC Connecticut]
In case you missed the frenzy among usually calm financial writers, today was Twitter IPO day and what a day it was! Actually, everything went pretty smoothly. And that’s exactly what Twitter, the market, and investors wanted.
Twitter set the IPO price at $26, but when the stock began trading on the New York Stock Exchange at around 11am it quickly jumped to $45.10, a 73 percent increase. This puts the value of the company at $25 billion, making the company’s chairman Jack Dorsey a billionaire “on paper,” as The Wall Street Journal put it, and priced the stake of the company’s CEO Dick Costolo at $345 million.
Despite all the chatter today, this isn’t the biggest thing ever to happen to the stock market. The WSJ points out that just last week, The Container Store saw its stock double last week after its IPO.
Perhaps even better than all that is the fact that the IPO went off without any issues. The fear going in was a repeat of Facebook’s botched IPO on the NASDAQ last year. (The NASDAQ has taken a hit as a result of that, and other, problems.)
Now that things have launched, the company has to live up to all the hype. It’s strength is its mobile capability, but the company still has much to prove. But in its most recent quarter ending in September, the company reported even bigger losses — $64.6 million vs. $21.6 million the prior year. It’s not expected to be profitable until 2015, according to analysts Bloomberg spoke with. The company raised $1.82 billion today, which the company is expected to use to expand, particularly overseas.
[h/t NY Times]
Before your friend runs her mouth about the new Scandal episode you missed, you can pinch her lips shut and shout, “Wait! I didn’t see it yet!” But what happens when you’re on the net? The odds of your eyes befalling onto a site that will spoil your favorite show is dangerously high! Luckily, a new Chrome app can fix that.
It’s called Unspoiler — a free application for Chrome, a web browser, that blocks any reveals from your favorite TV programs. “Once you’ve downloaded Unspoiler, click the ‘UN’ button in your toolbar and type in the words you don’t want to see–anything from ‘Olivia Pope’ to ‘Game of Thrones’ to ‘New York Knicks,’” a press release states.
Before you proceed to viewing any website, Unspoiler will check for keywords that suggest a plot reveal. The app will then slap a red banner across the page saying “Warning! This may be a spoiler for [insert favorite show].” After that, once you’ve finally get around to watching Scandal or whatever guilty pleasures you love to watch, you can go back and read the banned text. After all, I’m sure you’d love to know what MadameNoire thought of the latest episode of Real Housewives of Atlanta. But not before you get to check it out for yourself.
The free Chrome app is great for Facebook and Twitter, which are breeding grounds for spoilers. Once a popular show is on, everyone flocks to social media to post and tweet their reactions and launch a nation-wide conversation. A conversation many wish they haven’t overheard — what good is watching the episode now if you already know that Olivia Pope will [insert spoiler]? (Is it Thursday yet?!)
But Unspoiler isn’t perfect — for sites like Tumblr, which mostly lists images and moving gifs, you may find that the app won’t be much help there. However, looking at the big picture, “it seems to do a pretty decent job of keeping the biggest reveals out of reach,” GeekOSystem explains.
Will you get it?
If you’ve ever gone to a PWI (predominately white institution), you know the struggle of trying to have a gathering or event for black folks and having white men and women say, “But it would be racist if we had a white homecoming, right? That’s so hypocritical!” But you would think that in everyday life, if folks want to have black awards shows and event to show love to people who don’t get their just dues in the mainstream media, it wouldn’t be a problem. But alas, with Twitter, there’s always a platform to complain and bash just about everything and make it trend for attention. Such was the case with folks going in on the Black Girls Rock event that aired on Sunday night on BET, with white folks (and even some black folks) deciding to push a #WhiteGirlsRock hashtag that was pure foolery:
And the Tweets went on and on with folks basically saying the same thing: If white women had a show solely praising their accomplishments, black folks would be up in arms. But of course, these Tweets were met with responses from black individuals who reminded everyone that when you’re in the majority, you will always see positive images of yourself (and just more images in general) on television and in the media, so would you really need a White Girls Rock show? Folks are always looking for a reason to pit one group of people against another these days. Writer Dream Hampton, a producer for the event, even decided to share the real:
Soon as white women show up at a runway show and ask ‘Why is this show totally white?’ I’ll pay attention to #whitegirlsrock
And it continued from others:
If you want #WhiteGirlsRock just check out the shows on CBS, NBC, ABC, MTV, FOX NEWS, Lifetime, HBO, Showtime, TNT, USA Networks…
It’s a shame how many black dudes are protesting for a #WhiteGirlsRock platform. Do their capes for their snow bunnies ever come off?
All in all, it’s just a shame that something folks CLEARLY didn’t watch and give time to before making a judgment was getting attacked for celebrating women who do great things and influence young black girls everywhere. And when you have people on Twitter steady trying to bring you down and ask why sistas even deserve an event to show love to one another, it makes such a celebration all the more necessary. Haters.