|Sun, July 29, 2012 at 12:17 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
National Recording artist Tia Michelle will be introducing her album "Truth is" that's going to be released SEPTEMBER 24th. It's going to be at ISTANBLUE in ATLANTA, GA in conjunction with SENSATION STATION NETWORK.
Tia Michelle got her start in singing when she was 17 and a friend dared her to try out for a high school biggest talent show/pageant. When she was called up she got on stage and sang. "Once my song ended I looked out to a crowd of stunned onlookers who didn't know my name much less that I could sing." She won the pagent.
Tia Michelle graduated college to become a Scrub Technician. She begain thinking about her life and her passion of music, linked up with HamTrackz Productions, and everything exploded from then on.
Within a year, Tia Michelle has been nominated for the GEORGIA MUSIC AWARDS 2012, performed at PROJECT TAKE BACK (FORT VALLEY UNIVERSITY, GA), PAN AFRICAN FESTIVAL (Macon, GA). She is also included in DUNIA MAGAZINE in NEW YORK. Her new single "QUESTIONS" which describes someone's personal growth. She performed that song for representatives at B.E.T and they really enjoyed it.
One thing she wants people to get out her music is "..to see me as a true artist that seeks nothing more than to be a positive influence in their life from now until forever. If you want music that's different but still speaks to your soul then keep an eye out for my upcoming album "Truth Is".
- Photo courtesy of DAVID CALIBER PHOTOGRAPH
|Fri, June 03, 2011 at 1:55 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Eminem has filed a cease-and-desist order against Audi, alleging the German carmaker illegally used the rapper's Oscar-winning song "Lose Yourself" in a commercial for its new 2012 Audi A6 Avant.
"Lose Yourself" is the same music Eminem authorized Chrysler to use in its "Imported from Detroit" campaign for its new Chrysler 200 model.
Eminem starred in a spot for the campaign which debuted during the Super Bowl and has been viewed by more than 10 million people online. In addition to the use of the song, Audi's commercial, which has not aired in North America, uses very similar visuals to the Chrysler spot. In Chrysler's version, Eminem drives past Detroit's key landmarks. The car in the Audi commercial drives past Berlin's tourist sites.
Eminem's Detroit-based publisher, Eight Mile Style, filed the order against Audi in a Hamburg regional court this week. The company has also said it will seek damages. The order only makes reference to Audi's alleged unauthorized use of the song and does not include allegations that Audi may have copied the Chrysler campaign.
But in a statement, Joel Martin, a spokesman for Eight Mile Style, said, "we believe Audi not only used "Lose Yourself" to sell their product without permission, but their spot actually feels inspired by elements of Chrysler's commercial campaign."
"Apparently someone believes that the definition of copyright laws is the right to copy others' materials, including world-renowned successes created by Chrysler Group brands," commented Chrysler Group spokesman Gualberto Ranieri, responding to the new Audi commercial, which first aired at a press event in Berlin May 19. So far, however, Chrysler has not said whether it will seek legal recompense.
Eight Mile Style has been an aggressive defender of Eminem's copyrights. Two years ago, the company settled out of court with Apple on claims that the company's iTunes service illegally profited from the digital downloads of Eminem's songs licensed from the rapper's label Aftermath Records.
(Editing by Chris Michaud)
|Fri, October 08, 2010 at 9:20 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Car and Driver, the world's largest automotive enthusiast publication, today announced the launch of Txt U L8r, a free mobile application for handheld devices created to combat the dangers of texting while driving. Sponsored by the Chrysler Brand and developed by iSpeech®, Txt U L8r automatically responds to text messages without forcing drivers to take their eyes off the road or their hands off the wheel.
How Txt U L8r works:
* When TXT U L8r is running on a driver's handheld device, the application sends a predetermined message back to the sender with an alert that the user is unavailable.
* At the same time, the received message is read aloud to the driver, ensuring he or she doesn't miss an urgent message.
* A paid upgrade of the application is available allowing the driver to respond back to messages with voice commands.
The development of Txt U L8r was prompted by a Car and Driver Texting While Driving Study that showed driver reaction times while texting were much worse compared to drunk driver reaction times. The study demonstrated the time it takes to hit the brakes when sober, when legally drunk, when reading an email and when sending a text.
Following are the results of the Car and Driver Texting While Driving study:
* When unimpaired, it took drivers an average of .54 seconds to brake.
* When legally drunk, it took an additional four feet to brake.
* When reading an email, it required an additional 36 feet to bring the car to a stop.
* When sending a text, another 70 feet was required to brake.
Based on the results of this study, Car and Driver representatives appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show in January 2010 as part of Oprah's widely popular "No Phone Zone" pledge, to discuss their findings and to demonstrate just how dangerous texting while driving truly is.
"Our experiment showed just how dangerous texting while driving can be," said Eddie Alterman, editor-in-chief of Car and Driver. "The results of our research were precisely the reason we developed Txt U L8r in an effort to help drivers avoid car accidents often associated with distracted driving. Our goal is to make Txt U L8r part of a daily driving routine while helping save lives behind the wheel."
The problem of texting while driving, coupled with the results of the Car and Driver study, were the primary reasons why the Chrysler Brand chose to officially sponsor the Txt U L8r application.
Chrysler Group LLC was the first automaker to establish a corporate policy that prohibits its employees from texting while driving company-owned vehicles and texting with company-provided communication devices while driving personal vehicles. Chrysler has implemented this policy to promote safer driving behaviors and to serve as an industry example.
The company will take a further step by enabling its employees to download the Txt U L8r application to their company-owned communication devices.
The Chrysler Brand will also take action on its Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/Chrysler) to ask its community and owners to make the commitment of not texting while driving. With a simple click, fans can take the "I Drive Text-Free" pledge as well as share it with their friends and family
"Chrysler brand vehicles are designed with available safety and security features that help to deliver your precious cargo safely from one destination to the next," said Olivier Francois, President and CEO - Chrysler Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. "Together, let's pledge to keep our eyes on the road and our hands on the wheel by promising not to text while driving."
To download Txt U L8r:
Click on http://bit.ly/aRSgul from your Android.
Click on http://bit.ly/cVWTic or http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/12376 from your Blackberry.
|Thurs, April 23, 2009 at 11:59 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Last week, I was telling you how I'm not happy with the moves President Obama has made with regard to the common man, the auto industry and Lockheed. I told you I had a simple solution that would allow the industries to keep their jobs and continue to sell products to consumers.
Lockheed is going to lose the F-22 Raptor program because the warplane costs $150 million to make. Adding research and development expenses over 20 years can more than double that price.
Instead of canceling the program, allow our allies (Canada, Britain, etc.) to purchase the warplanes. We all know that initial costs for a new product are extremely high, but once it is mass-produced, the cost drops precipitously. However, our government has been adamant about not allowing the sales of new technology to our allies. This is why one plane costs $150 million!
If you change this policy, the plane won't cost so much and 2,200 workers can keep their jobs.
I don't believe Chrysler and GM are blameless in the financial mess that they've created for themselves, but I don't believe it's only about SUV's as the news reports would have us believe. The true cause of their collapse was a combination of inflated gas prices, a lame auto line up, and the credit lines of consumers drying up.
Now, Chrysler is trying to merge with Fiat, and GM is trying to avoid bankruptcy.
GM consists of Cadillac, Saab, Chevrolet, Pontiac, GMC, Hummer, Saturn, and Buick. The first thing I would do is get rid of Saturn. All of Saturn's cars are rebadged Buicks, Pontiacs and Chevys. The consumer knows this, thus no sales.
Sell Saab back to the Swedes. Saabs are rebadged Malibus and most of the consumers can see it. Why would I spend $40,000 for a $28,000 Malibu? I know it worked by changing the grill, headlights and bumper on the front end of the Chevy Suburban SUV and calling it a Cadillac Escalade, but it's not going to work every time, on every car.
Chevy should be your economy car. The highest price car should be no more than $30,000 with the exception of the Camaro and Corvette. You should not sell any trucks or SUV's under this moniker. GMC should be your truck and SUV division. Do not sell rebadged cars under this moniker.
Sell or close the name Pontiac. There is nothing in that auto line up that is remotely original. The G8 is a rebadged Holden from Australia and it's priced too high for most Pontiac consumers. Stop naming the cars with letters and numbers. No one wants a G6 or G5. If I wanted a "G" something I would go to Lexus or Mercedes.
Close Hummer! It was originally designed as a war truck, so take it back to the Pentagon and continue selling it to the government. Make Buick your intermediary luxury vehicle. The brand is mostly sold to 50-year-old consumers that want a luxury car but can't or won't purchase a Cadillac.
Make Cadillac the premier luxury car like it used to be. Cadillac used to be the Mercedes of America from 1902 until the late 70's when quality took a back seat to cost. You've brought the value of the brand back, but you need to do some more work. All Cadillacs need to be rear wheel drive and have V-8 engines if you want to compete with BMW and Mercedes.
By the way, did you know that in 2005, GM had to give Fiat $2 billion dollars to terminate a five-year-old put option that gave Fiat the right to sell Fiat Auto to GM for a fair market price? How crazy is that? I give you $2 billion to
|Fri, April 17, 2009 at 5:00 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
President Obama, I am not happy with you. You reneged on your pledge to help the common man. Your administration has canceled the Lockheed F-22 Raptor program because the warplane costs $150 million to make. This move will cost 4,500 Lockheed workers their jobs and potentially another 1,000 Lockheed managerial jobs.
If you assume $40,000/year for each employee and another $75,000 for each manager, the annual salary loss will be $180 million...or one plane and a couple of missiles. Now, this doesn't include the loss of small businesses and independent contractors that will be let go and the parts suppliers that will lose Lockheed contracts. All told, the job loss could be 100,000. Granted, the Pentagon did say that the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, a plane that is slated to be partly assembled in Cobb County Georgia, may see an increase in build requests, but no one knows when or how many that will be. To me, that statement was just a way of placating the fears of the Lockheed worker.
Now, you're telling Chrysler and GM to make the United Auto Workers take a pay cut or you won't give them money to help save Chrysler and GM. Again, if you assume $40,000/year for each employee and another $75,000 for each manager, the annual salary loss will be $180 million or more. Between two companies, that's $360 million in lost salaries a year, which doesn't include the second-tier employees in other working sectors.
The most amazing thing to me is that you forced GM's C.E.O. Rick Wagoner to resign because he didn't follow your philosophy, but you didn't ask the C.E.O. of AIG to resign nor did you force AIG employees to take a pay cut. No, instead you hand them $80 billion and they have a party. Less than 6 months later, you gave them another $80 billion and they give each other bonuses. WTF?!?!
Please don't give me this garbage about learning from AIG and applying it to GM and Chrysler because that is pure crap. No individual person at these two companies caused the economic collapse of the company or the country like AIG did, but what we are being led to believe by the news offices is that the UAW refuses to take a pay cut and that's why you won't help GM or Chrysler. But, why should they take a pay cut? AIG didn't. I don't know why AIG is so much more special than Lockheed, GM or Chrysler! From my perspective, the only people that about to be hurt from this is the COMMON MAN.
President Obama, I don't like these moves you're making. They do not represent your "save the common man" philosophy. They reek of "save the corporate big wigs"...again!
I don't believe this is where you want to go, so next week I will tell you how I would save all of the American automakers and the jobs associated with them and their subsidiaries, while avoiding bankruptcy in the process. I will also tell you how to continue the Raptor program and save taxpayer dollars on each purchase. IF you were to follow my plan, consumers would purchase American automobiles again.