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It’s not often that a side dish becomes the main course. But when it does, it’s because the — erm — hors d’oeuvres are a bit more satisfying, right? The same rings true for many successful entrepreneurs: their small gigs have blossomed into a full-time businesses due to lucrative gains from their side hustles!
Take Angela Logan for example, a 60-year-old New Jersey mom of three. She was on the verge of losing her home if she could not come up with $2,559.54, Gothamist reports. Logan baked 100 apple cakes in 10 days, sold them at $40-a-pop, paid the mortgage, and even had some cash left over! An actress for decades, desserts quickly became Logan’s main chomp — she partnered up with Bake Me a Wish, an internet bakery, and launched her business.
As you might have guessed, the pastries that saved her Teaneck home, now charmingly called Mortgage Apple Cakes, are flying off the shelves. Even a 90-minute film based on Logan’s drama, titled Apple Mortgage Cake, is slated to premiere on April 20 on the UP network. Talk about a turn around!
Let’s take a look at other major businesses that morphed into greatness from just a small side gig.
CNN is taking digital to the next level with the launch of CNN Digital Studios. And first out the box will be a video news bits show made possible through a partnership with Twitter called “Your 15 Second Morning.” Not only might it generate more CNN viewers but it will also allow the company to tap into the massive digital advertising revenue. It also sets CNN up to compete with mobile-first news startups like NowThis News and Circa.
“Beyond that show, which executives hope will become a daily habit among younger news consumers, CNN has lined up some top talent for a slew of original franchise series of the news/entertainment variety,” reports The Wall Street Journal.
Among the shows: “Related with Dave Franco,” which will focus on celebrity siblings (Franco is brother of actor James Franco); interview series “Brutally Honest with Kelly Wallace”; the health-themed “Live to 100 with Sanjay Gupta”; and “Crossfire Reloaded,” an extension of the network’s recently revived debate show.
Another possible CNN web series may feature an ex-NFL player looking at productivity in people’s lives. And another is rumored to star a hot young urban chef who is a protege of Anthony Bourdain. (Bourdain has a show that airs on CNN.)
The HLN, a CNN Worldwide network, deal with Twitter is a strategic alliance. The two entities will collaborate on several projects, including a program to visualize Twitter data live on air. They are already working on a Tweet DVR. It is a save-for-later feature will capture live Tweets from television premieres and play them alongside digital video and TV replays of the same program.
Then’s there’s #TweetTheVote in which people will be polled about elections and it will include special analysis of ‘outside the beltway’ tweets, and a Twitter powered get-out-the-vote effort on TV.
“Twitter is at the center of the social circle of what’s trending, topical and talked about,” said @AlbieHechtHLN in a press statement. “As HLN becomes the TV hub of social media newsgathering, collaborating with Twitter will provide us the tools to further be a part of, and report on, the conversation.” Albie Hecht is executive vice president and general manager of HLN.
HLN recently announced a roster of new shows, including “The Daily Share,” a one-hour news and information show which will be a digest of what people are watching, searching, playing, sharing, shopping and creating in their social media lives; “2 Spouses, 3 Houses,” featuring YouTube star Jessica Edwards looking at a couples’ social media ‘likes, hearts and pins’; and “The Social Life,” with Twitter star, travel junkie, sports fan and foodie, Ali Nejad taking on missions—from building homes for the homeless to joining a pro soccer team for a day; among other offerings.
Will you follow CNN and HLN on Twitter?
We knew a major Twitter redesign was upon us after the popular microblogging site began testing the change in February. Now, Twitter has confirmed, announcing the redesign on its blog on Tuesday.
“Moment by moment, your Twitter profile shows the world who you are,” wrote Twitter designer David Bellona in the post. “Starting today, it will be even easier (and, we think, more fun) to express yourself through a new and improved web profile.”
The new profile features a larger profile photo and a customizable header image. Also, Twitter places your most engaging tweets front and center, making them larger than the rest. Users will also be able to pin a tweet to the top of the page. For those looking to provide a snazzy self-description (yeah, taking your profile information one step further), this new feature will come in handy. Finally, you can now filter tweets when viewing others’ profiles, letting you see all tweets, tweets with photos and videos only, or just tweets and replies.
Similar to Facebook, Twitter now has a square profile photo in the top left and the dominating, large “cover” photo on the top. The basic user information is housed below the profile photo; followed by photos and friends.
For those people who aren’t fans of Facebook’s design—I’ll be the first to admit, I’ve had my reservations about the platform since they rolled out the cover image and news feed roll outs—I’m interested in hearing what they have to say about the new look.
On the flip side, I’m already laughing at some of the pins and header images that’ll hit the network in part due to by Black Twitter. On days when gladiators overtake the social space (Scandal Day) or a politician or public figure goes left with their commentary, I can only imagine the memes and other images that’ll hit the “cover” area, tweets with photo/video timeline, and pins. But I can also see how those same options will affect change when a child goes missing, an injustice has been committed and we just want to get the word out about something for the greater good.
The new profile has already rolled out to a select group of celebs, including First Lady Michelle Obama, professional boxer Floyd Mayweather, singer-songwriter John Legend and Scandal’s leading lady, Kerry Washington. The new design will roll out to everyone else over the “coming weeks.”
What do you think about Twitter’s redesign? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.
Based in New York City, Janel Martinez is a multimedia journalist who covers technology and entrepreneurship. She is the founder of “Ain’t I Latina?” an online destination geared toward Afro-Latinas. You can follow her up-to-the-minute musings on Twitter @janelmwrites.
When you go on Twitter you never know what you’re going to see trending in that little box on the lower-left-hand side. Today, the trending topic that caught my eye was #PoorMichelle, which turned out to be a case of Twitter dragging the former Destiny’s Child member by bringing up all the ways she supposedly got played as the lesser-appreciated member of the girl’s group back in the day, with tweets like:
— RaPHAel DeLa Ghetto (@SuaveDandy) April 3, 2014
— Ari ♓️ (@PrincessRiele) April 3, 2014
— Feim | Shakira (@FeimM) April 3, 2014
But for as viciously accurate as some of these tweets may be, none of these responses topped the one from the alleged “poor Michelle” herself who address the trending topic with:
— RaPHAel DeLa Ghetto (@SuaveDandy) April 3, 2014
#PoorMichelle that’s not what my accountant said! Y’all be blessed now..
— Michelle Williams (@RealMichelleW) April 3, 2014
#POW! Now who got the last laugh?! Poor Michelle, why won’t they just let her live?
What do you really think about Tyler Perry? Did Lupita deserve an Oscar? Recently, a Twitter hashtag let a bunch of people’s unpopular opinions out of the closet. If you’re got another one to add, leave it in the comments!
Past Her Prime
Those might be fighting words.
Last night, if you were on Twitter pretty late, you might have noticed that Trey Songz was trending. And if you clicked on the trending topic, you would have quickly learned that the internets were claiming, with questionable evidence, that Trey Songz was indeed gay. And there was a tweet from his “verified account” to prove it.
Here it is:
Then there was this older, suspect picture of Trey supposedly kissing a man.
Though I knew this was probably a fake, it looked pretty convincing. But I highly doubt Trey Songz would use Twitter as a way to come out if he really were gay.
Anyway, the topic trended for hours with a slew of different reactions. Some said they suspected long ago that Trey was homosexual. Others offered support claiming that whether he was gay or not they didn’t care and would still bump his music. And then there were those who shed fake emoji tears at the devastation.
Finally, this morning, during working hours, Trey addressed the slander:
The things you people craft up with hatred in your hearts. The things people believe without question, or validity, all baffles me.
— Trey Songz (@TreySongz) March 26, 2014
Photoshop and a retweet is all people need to believe, any and everything. I feel bad for the impressionable, no minds of their own.
— Trey Songz (@TreySongz) March 26, 2014
If I’m gay then Tupac bringing me a ounce for this session wit Biggie tomorrow. No weapon. #LOVE
— Trey Songz (@TreySongz) March 26, 2014
When you’re an R&B singer in the limelight, often times the gay rumors will follow. There are those who swear, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that Trey Songz is gay. But if he says he’s not, then we’ll have to accept that. It’s not hard to photoshop some text on a Twitter profile. And that picture, upon further reflection, is not even Trey in the first place. Personally, I don’t know why people are so pressed either way.
There are plenty of people who love to dismiss the notion that there’s a rape culture that exists within our society. Rape culture excuses the behavior and in some cases the people who perpetuate these heinous acts. They excuse this behavior by pointing the finger at victim, asking questions like what did she drink?, what neighborhood was she in?, what time of night was it? and most commonly, what she was wearing?
All of this is victim blaming. It insinuates that the victim had something to do with their own assault. And it’s all problematic. More than anything we need to be teaching our brothers, our sons and cousins about consent, what constitutes it and what doesn’t, and above all else, don’t rape women. It all seems very simple. But in our society women have conversations with the younger generations about how to protect themselves from sexual assaults but not as often are younger males told simply do not assault women.
To illustrate society’s reliance on victim-blaming, yesterday Twitter user Christine Fox, who writes under the Twitter handle @steenfox, started a conversation where she asked her followers what they wore when they were sexually assaulted. Her question debunked the myth that women can somehow prevent their attacks by dressing differently.
There were several harrowing responses. Women wrote how they were wearing jeans and t-shirts, some were in office clothes, bathing suits, school clothes, a maxi dress, hooded sweatshirts etc.
The most memorable responses came from women who were sexually assaulted as young children.
“pink princess pajamas. I was 6.”
“House clothes-probably jeans and a t-shirt. I was 7. My mom’s friend babysat me. It was her nephew…”
“Pajamas at a sleepover in a room full of girls and an irresponsible mother.”
“…a black & white striped, one piece bathing suit with a ruffle around the middle. I was 6.”
Then there were the women who had survived several assaults and described more than one outfit.
Fox herself told The Washington Post that she was assaulted by a man she knew and trusted and there was nothing she could have done differently.
Fox says she hopes people focus on these stories. These stories and the brave people who shared them inspired some much needed conversations.
“I’m not an advocate or anything like that. I’m just a person who has had this experience. I had no idea that it was going to turn into this. The most important thing is that it brought awareness to a lot of people, myself included.”
She said in addition that the survivors, parents reached out to her to tell her they were going to talk to their children about sexual assault.
Now that Porsha is newly divorced and on the market, it only makes sense that dudes are trying to get at her, she’s an attractive woman. And while it would nice for Porsha to move on and find love, we have to say that she absolutely, positively should not be moving on with the likes of someone like Chad “Ocho Cinco” Johnson.
We all know how the man gets down. The fact that he cheated on his wife, days into their marriage and head butted her when she confronted him, is no secret.
And while we might suspect that Johnson would maybe want to keep his love interests on the low low for a while, that doesn’t seem to be the case.
Johnson is a big fan of Twitter, you may remember that’s how he and Evelyn met. And since Twitter has led to a relationship in the past, we’re sure he’s thinking why not go back to the well. He threw out this line to the “Real Housewife” on Twitter and unfortunately, she bit.
See how the interaction went down.
Some waywards praised Ocho Cinco for being a mack while others said that this whole interaction was a mess and Porsha should not go down this road. Of course we agree. She shouldn’t. The biggest issue is the fact that Johnson is a known abuser and cheater. But beyond that, perhaps she might want to step away from former football players for a while. Or maybe she should think about the fact that she’s falling right into the same trap Evelyn fell into. Either way Porsha, girl… run. I pray the conversation didn’t continue in their DMs.
At the end of the day, this was just a couple of tweets. Porsha could very well have kept it at a couple of smileys and kept on moving. But if you see these two out here in these streets together, know that this is where it started and you saw it here first.
“That’s What Happens When You Bring Strays Home” Nick Gordon and Bobbi Kristina’s Cousin Go At It On Twitter
The Houston family is no stranger to drama. But usually it’s not aired out for the whole world to see. But that wasn’t the case earlier this morning when Gary Michael Houston, Whitney’s nephew and Nick Gordon, Bobbi Kristina’s husband started beefing on Twitter. Apparently, Nick and Gary had some type of disagreement that nearly turned physical. And instead of settling it there, they took it online.
The tiff started when Nick called Gary, who is Michael Houston’s brother, and other members of the family “fake.”
And after that Gary, who is an aspiring musician clapped back.
That’s when Nick goes into details about the physical altercation. Nick says that a girl held him back, I guess insinuating that a.) he’s weak or b.) he was scared to fight Nick.
I guess around this time someone must have gotten in Houston’s ear and told him to chill out, promote his music or take this foolishness off the internet.
Sigh. I’m not going to pretend that my family doesn’t have their own set of unique problems. But Twitter is not the place to hash all of this out. It’s tacky, to say the least, and I doubt Auntie Whitney would approve.
When we first got word that Amanda Bynes tweeted that she wanted Drake to murder her vagina we thought it was a hoax. Surely, someone had hacked her account. But then the odd tweets kept coming. Right after she expressed that she wanted Drake to hook her up, she was talking about his looks: “Drake has the ugliest smile, ugly gums uneven teeth ugly eyes.” It seemed like every other week, Bynes was calling another celebrity ugly.
But now that she’s in treatment for her schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, Bynes is trying to make amends for her reckless comments and has expressed her remorse.
According to TMZ, sources directly connected to Amanda report that she is close to being herself again. They say, “the fact that the Drake Comment ‘horrifies her’ shows she again has a sense of the difference between right and wrong.”
These sources also noted that Amanda stopped smoking weed, is in the process of removing inappropriate tattoos and is kind to the people she comes in contact with.
And even better, Amanda is reportedly studying at the Fashion Institute of Design Merchandising in Orange County and has become so confident she makes presentations in front of the class.
That’s awesome! We’re hoping that Amanda can stay on the right track and get back to her real self.