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The world is truly a sick place these days. Four men were arrested, indicted by a grand jury for several felony sexual offenses after a video was posted of them having sex with two girls. One of the girls was just 12 years old, the other girl’s age is unknown.
The video was discovered when a teacher of one of the victims at Centennial Middle School discovered the video on Facebook and notified school officials.
The video was eventually taken down but not before many of the victims’ school mates had seen it online.
Allegedly, the men filmed the video at a house party in Portland, Oregon and uploaded the video to YouTube and Facebook.
The school contacted police and they arrested Cedrell Washington, 20 and Deshawn Rogers, 22 in May. Nicholas Clisby, 23 and Terry Scott, 18 were arrested on June 6 after police got tips from the public.
The charges against the four men include “involuntary sex,” sodomy, sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a minor.
Facebook and YouTube have pulled the video from their sites.
Police reported that one of the men was a member of a local Portland gang called the “Unthank Park Hustlers.” Police noted that child trafficking has increased among gangs as a way to earn money.
This girl is really in my thoughts and prayers. Being raped is traumatic enough but having your classmates watch that assault to take place just adds insult to injury.
On the next page, watch the girl’s classmates explain how they came across the video and how the police ended up catching the four men.
This Is What We Do Now? Local Michigan High School Football Star Loses Scholarship Due To Rap “Career”
Excuse us while we try to make sense of this.
*One Mississippi, two Mississippi…*
Yes, we have nothing.
Jay Harris, a local Michigan high school star, has had his scholarship to Michigan State stripped after his rap video gained popularity on YouTube. The song “DatBull 4 Life” boasts of his life of smoking weed (which is also shown in the video) and his alleged conquests with women (teenaged girls is probably more accurate).
Philadelphia newspaper The Inquirer, spoke with Michigan State representatives and they said it was a mutual decision between both sides.
Harris, whose rap name is DatBull, says that he’s always wanted to be a rapper:
“I’ve always had this in the back of my head, but never had the courage to tell my parents that this is what I want to do,” Harris said.
He adds that when he committed to Michigan State in February, it was a “half-hearted” decision. He also states that he decided to forgo his football career and education (because that’s the most important thing) a week before the video debuted and called Michigan State coach Brad Salem about two weeks ago to let him know his decision.
Here’s the good part and you’re going to love this: Harris is planning to release an album on June 1st. According to him, producer M. Stacks, who has worked with Mac Miller and Wiz Khalifa, has reached out to him and they’re going to work together:
“I try to take advantage of every opportunity I get, and for him to like my music and reach out to me, I really appreciated that.”
This is just…unsettling. We all know that that the celebrity lifestyle is tempting and the idea of having fame might be even more alluring but young men like Jay Harris don’t seem to realize that the chances of becoming a rap star are like 1 in a million. Realistically, the chances of becoming a football star are probably similar; however, he’s missing the chance to also get an education for FREE. That is an opportunity that he likely won’t get again.
One can only wonder what his parents are thinking.
We don’t want to be unfair so here’s his music video for your viewing pleasure. What do you think?
What The What?? Antoine Dodson Renounces His Homosexuality, Claiming He’s A Black Hebrew Israelite Now
While you were chilling in the house last night preparing dinner, the most interesting thing happened. According to Missjia.com, Antoine Dodson, you know, the YouTube star from the “Hide ya kids, hide ya wife” bed intruder video, went to his Facebook and announced that he would no longer be presenting himself as a gay man. Why? Because he’d had a change of heart because of his faith. He claims to now be a True Chosen Hebrew Israelite descendant of Judah. Here’s what he had to say last night:
His last real Facebook status before this very big announcement was on April 1, so who knows how long he had actually been learning about this faith and going through such a transition. But despite how he might feel about himself now–while still toting a profile picture with pressed hair that looks better than most of the women I know–it seems some of his followers were turned off by his profession. Claiming that it perpetuates the idea that if you want to, you can choose not to be gay.
“…by renouncing your homosexuality you add fuel to the argument that being gay is a choice and this will in no doubt end up hurting someone young LGBTQ. Shame on you.”
But others were supportive of his decision, including one who said “all who hatin, why hate on someone willin to change….”
With people who make a living from an identity they create on YouTube, I can’t help but wonder if this could possibly be a publicity stunt of some kind to help keep his name relevant. And if it is, that’s definitely a very irresponsible thing to say and do in front of your mainy gay and bisexual Facebook followers/supporters. However, if it’s not, then more power to him. That’s his life, not ours…but what do you think?
Let us know below!
YouTube, Twitter, and Pinterest have dramatically changed all of our lives. We now live in a world filled with more opportunities to both retrieve and create information. When it particularly comes to the entertainment business, new and social media have played a critical role in the advancement of new ideas, faces, and stories. Over the past couple of decades, the Internet has spawned a long list of Web entrepreneurs make up a vanguard of leaders you should pay close attention to. Here are superior examples of why the entertainment business should be online — and on the lookout — now.
For the past couple of days I’ve been avoiding the almost viral video of a father beating his daughters after he found out that they had recorded themselves twerking and then uploaded the video onto YouTube. If you haven’t seen the video, I’m embedding it below; but beware, it’s graphic and a bit hard to stomach.
Does this remind anyone else of slavery? It’s akin to something we saw in Django Unchained. It’s brutal. The only difference is that this man is related to the girls he’s beating. It’s honestly disgraceful.
Now, I’m not going to pretend that I didn’t get spankings when I was a child. I’m not anti corporeal punishment. But there is such thing as taking said punishment too far. The girls were screaming and apologizing, pleading for their father to stop as he whipped them, angry overseer style. It’s too much. When I was growing up, my mother was the one who spanked my sister and I. It wasn’t until I got older that they did this because my parents didn’t want to send mixed messages. We tell girls and eventually women that you shouldn’t stay with a man who beats you; but if that man is your father, it’s okay. It’s counter intuitive. Furthermore, if you’ve really done your job as a parent, you shouldn’t still need to beat your children as preteens. There are more effective punishments. Something like your child posting their twerking videos should require a conversation about respectability and standards not a beating. Because when these girls and eventually women are out of your care, what is to keep them from wyling out when you’re not physically there to beat them? (How many girls raised in overly strict homes only to get to college and completely lost their minds?)
And not only was the force of the beating too much, the most disgusting thing about all of this is that it was uploaded on YouTube for the world to see. This father sounds like a hypocrite to me. You punish your children from trying to get a little shine on YouTube and then turn around and upload a video of your own. For what? To embarrass them? To highlight yourself as a concerned father who goes to great lengths for his children? I don’t get it. The advent of social media has shown us that everyone doesn’t know what to do with internet access. Your daughters are still being highlighted in a way that is much more embarrassing than a twerk video would have been. Maybe that was the goal. And if that was the plan, it just might backfire. I’m sure this type of beating violates some type of Child Protective Services law. If his daughters or someone who knows the family decides to report this, this father could be taken away from the daughters for whom he was so “concerned.”
What do you think about this video? Did the father take it too far? Should he have uploaded the video?
Want to break into the music industry? Open a new tab in your browser and find your way to your favorite video-sharing site. Millions of people browse YouTube every day, discovering new acts through music videos and live performances. The site’s related videos section makes it the perfect tool for musicians to get their music in front of a receptive audience.
For hip hop artists, YouTube videos have become the new mixtape. The perfect fix for audiences with shrinking attention spans and an industry that favors a hot single to a good album. Savvy musicians are converting video views into new followers, ticket purchasers, and song downloaders.
If there was any doubt about video’s place in the future of the music industry, media research firm Nielsen recently reported YouTube as the number one place teens go to listen to music (64 percent). YouTube isn’t just making performers stars. The digital landscape is ripe with opportunities behind the scenes, for those strategic enough to spot them. Case in point, Simon Cowell just this week launched a YouTube audition channel, The You Generation.
Artists Catch Up With the Times
Established brands have already seen the light, and accept short-form video as the future of marketing. However, independent artists often miss out on basic parts of these marketing initiatives like brand partnerships, advertising dollars, and technical tools that boost their visibility due to a lack of knowledge.
Enter Volume Visual, the recently launched multi-channel network brainchild of digital
entrepreneurs Jabari Johnson and Benoni Tagoe. Both are YouTube veterans: Jabari for his documentary series chronicling music’s hottest rising stars and Benoni as a producer of the hit online series, Awkward Black Girl.
“One of our main goals is helping artists’ channels develop their audience,” Jabari said. “We come from YouTube backgrounds and have a lot of knowledge about the space. At the same time we have a space in L.A. that artists can come and shoot videos for free. We empower the artists with the tools to help them create the visuals on a more frequent basis and help to cut costs.”
Staying Ahead Of The Curve
Think of multi-channel networks (MCNs) as the digital era’s answer to Viacom, affiliating with multiple YouTube channels and undertaking business areas like promotion, funding, and partnerships so creatives can focus on what they do best. Rather than having a few dozen-cable networks under their umbrella, MCNs have thousands of YouTube channels.
The top MCNs rack up views that rival some cable networks, with the most successful companies targeting mainstream music, gaming, and pop culture. Hip hop culture, Volume Visual’s target, is noticeable absent from the mix. The venture highlights a clever strategy for staying ahead of the curve in the rapidly changing business of entertainment: pay attention to what’s shaping the landscape and figure out how to make what works for similar markets work for you.
The key to cementing a place in the future of entertainment industry may lie in creating your dream job, rather than applying for it. Technology is changing the landscape of countless industries. Odds are embracing those changes will help you anticipate trends before the old guard catches on.
“I always say that it’s never smart to bet against technology,” says Jabari. “Technology is not only at the forefront of this industry, but our culture. Finding ways to have technology interact with the normal human experience – that’s always going to win.”
C. Cleveland covers professional development topics and entrepreneurial rebels who blaze their own career paths. She explores these stories and more on The Red Read, Twitter (@CleveInTheCity) and Facebook (/MyReadIsRed).
You’re doing it. At work when you need a break. On your smartphone when you’re waiting for bus. In the evening, on your tablet, while you’re waiting for the commercials to end and The Walking Dead to get back to the zombie apocalypse. You’re watching YouTube videos.
And now, YouTube has announced that it officially has one billion unique users every single month. Congrats to them! YouTube puts it in perspective for us: “Our monthly viewership is the equivalent of roughly ten Super Bowl audiences.”
And: “If YouTube were a country, we’d be the third largest in the world after China and India.”
YouTube isn’t the only social network celebrating. Twitter is seven years old today. Can you even remember a time before tweets? Crazy. So congrats to Twitter too! Video commemoration below.
Even as these networks become more and more ingrained in our daily existences, there are new things right around the bend. And what’s old is new again! Vevo, the music video channel on YouTube, has announced that it will be starting a 24-hour music network online that will be going to television later this year. I want my Vevo TV! (For those who can remember the old MTV commercials.) According to Bloomberg, it’s all about the money, as the company tries to raise some and then make some.
And more companies are getting into the video game, with Conde Nast launching a video network based on its mags, Glamour and GQ.
Then you have digital giant Facebook trying to ramp up its digital game, possibly with hashtags.
So even as we stop to recognize these milestones, the tech world keeps moving along at a rapid clip.
Simon Cowell, the sharp-tongued Brit behind American Idol and The X Factor, has unveiled a new YouTube channel, The You Generation, dedicated entirely to audition videos. It will launch today in 26 countries.
According to Reuters, Syco Entertainment, the joint venture between Cowell and Sony Entertainment, will be holding competitions every two weeks (26 total) over the next year in which people will have the chance to upload a video of themselves showing their skills for the chance at a cash prize. And this isn’t just about singing. The videos can showcase style skills, cooking prowess, and talent in lots of other areas. All of this is leading to a grand prize of some sort. The channel already has more than 89,000 subscribers.
Reuters goes on to say that Cowell is taking his cues from the feedback that he sees happening online as the ratings for his television shows start to slip. There’s been a shift in where the excitement is in some ways. So even if you’re not planning on auditioning, there a lesson to be learned here about which way the entertainment industry is headed.
Check out the clip after the jump, introducing The You Generation.
The Abuse Of Power: Philly Cop Found Not Guilty Of Punching Woman On Camera Proves That Police Brutality Is Gender-less
Last week, an ex-Philadelphia police officer, who was caught cold-cocking a woman in the face during the city’s Puerto Rican Day Parade last year was found not guilty of simple assault.
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the courtroom, which was packed with fellow Philadelphia police officers, erupted into cheers when the judge read his verdict of not guilty in the assault case against ex-police Lt. Jonathan Josey, who had been seen striking Aida Guzman in a 36-second video, which was uploaded onto YouTube and went viral. Writes the Inquirer, while the judge in the case “remained troubled by Josey’s actions” he also noted the ex-officer’s testimony, which included Josey stating that he was, “trying to swipe a beer bottle from Guzman’s hand and accidentally hit her.”
As to the videotape itself, which in my opinion doesn’t really jive with Josey’s accidental-punch theory, the Inquirer reports that the judge in the case didn’t feel that the video was enough proof of intent to harm and said: “This is not a social media contest, this is not trial by video.”
Yeah, thank goodness this is not a social media contest because then we might have folks actually voting for guilt based upon what their two eyes saw in the actual video, as opposed to the magic beer bottle theory, invented by a police officer on trial for assault.
However, this is all kind of ironic when you think about how just last week, the nation was patting itself on the back over the sharp decline of incarceration rates for black Americans, particularly women, who have seen their rate of imprisonment fall from its high of six times the rate of white women to now just 2.8 percent. Likewise, the rates of imprisonment for whites and Hispanics have risen over the same decade. I guess that is considered progress, right? And perhaps now that more white people are starting to get locked up, we’ll finally start seeing some real reform in how our society carries out justice.
This is particularly true of women who find themselves the victims of police brutality, albeit less visible than their male counterparts. Like Tamika Williams, the 13-year old Akron, Ohio student, who had her arm broken by a school resource officer after she was detained for allegedly swearing and tearing papers off the school’s walls. Or the case of Linette Vazquez, who was violently slammed to the ground by police while handcuffed and sitting on a bench in a holding cell.
Sometimes the misconduct goes a lot further than abuse, such as the case of a male Sacramento patrol officer, who is currently on trial for allegedly raping and kidnapping six women, or the case of the Texas officer, who is currently awaiting charges of aggravated sexual assault for allegedly handcuffing an immigrant waitress and sexually assaulting her on the hood of his police cruiser. Sometimes these incidences of police brutality prove to be fatal, including the case of Alesia Thomas, a 35-year-old mother of two, who suffocated while in custody of the LAPD, or in the case of Rekia Boyd, who was shot and killed by an off-duty police officer.
While there are no real hard numbers about the rate of reported incidences of police brutality among women, according to a report issued by feminist women of color group INCITE, women who are likely to be viewed as “masculine” —including African American, working-class and low-income women, who routinely are systematically devalued — “are consistently treated by police as potentially violent, predatory, or non-compliant regardless of their actual conduct or circumstances, no matter how old. young, disabled, small, or ill.” Because of this delineation, these women are more likely to be subjected to abusive language in interaction; have their handcuffs tightened excessively and treated with greater physical harshness by law enforcement officers than women, who are white and perceived to be of a higher class.
The INCITE report also cites two studies by the Sex Workers’ Project in New York City, which state that 30 percent of street-based sex workers and 14 percent of indoor sex workers interviewed reported violence by police officers. Moreover, the report says the following. “Reported incidents included officers physically grabbing and kicking prostitutes, as well as beating them; one incident of rape; one woman was stalked by a police officer; arid throwing food. Sexual harassment included fondling of body parts; giving women cigarettes in exchange for sex; and police offering not to arrest a prostitute in exchange for sexual services.”
In this country, the crimes against the poor by authority figures such as the police are often unnoticed or even punished. That is why it’s important we not see these incidences as solely a gender or even a racial issue, but rather an abuse of power issue, relegated by people of all colors (as seen in the Josey/Guzman case, which was a black cop striking a Latina woman) against people from the most vulnerable parts of our society.
Doing It For Ourselves: Alchemy Networks Partners With YouTube To Bring Online African-American Programming
Maybe African-Americans in Hollywood are slowly learning that if no one will give us the “green light” for programming we’d like to see, we have to start doing it for ourselves.
Enter Alchemy Networks. The new channel which joined forces with YouTube in December, was founded by media veteran Peter Griffith and will center around urban lifestyle and celebrity entertainment. It will also feature original programming.
Griffith told Lee Bailey of EURweb that they’re not interested in being the biggest channel but instead, they want to be the best within every market they target. In fact, they didn’t just “sign on” with YouTube when they came to the table with their ideas. Griffith, along with his partners Alvin Williams, Anthony Maddox ad Xothil Arkin, came up with their own plan, took it back to YouTube and hoped they were still on board:
“What we told them was ‘We’re not the same.’ Let us come back to them and tell what we thought was the best way to approach this community,” he recalled. “And we came to them and said ‘Look. What we’d like to do is develop not just one channel, but several channels that target different demographics of the African-American community.”
Luckily, YouTube jumped aboard. So far, they have two premium channels: Kaleidoscope, which targets 18-34 year olds with a focus on music, gossip and entertainment as well as FWD, launching this month, which targets 25-54 year olds with a focus on the same but also including beauty and fashion.
Kandi Burruss is the first celebrity to sign on with the network. Her new show, Kandi & Friends, will debut later this month. There’s been no word if it’ll be similar to her own show Kandi Koated Nights but it will feature some of her celebrity friends.
Alchemy, to date, boasts one million views per week and has 900,000 subscribers.
Hopefully, with the formation of Alchemy Networks and other independent online shows, we will see more programming that we’ve longed for. Over time, who knows? It might even filter onto actual television stations.
Will you check out Alchemy channels on YouTube?