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|Tue, August 15, 2017 at 8:07 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Image via IstagramIf there is one thing we all learned from "The Dave Chappelle Show" it's that Dylan from MTV's "Making the Band" spits hot fire.
The "Making The Band" parody is still one of the most popular skits from the three seasons of the sketch comedy show. Its popularity is thanks in part to Dave Chappelle's hilarious impersonation of Dylan, one of the members of Da Band, a hip-hop group managed by Diddy (also played in the sketch by Chappelle). Before Friday (August 11), Chappelle had never met the man who takes up all the spots on the top five MCs list, but all that changed at the ?House of Vans in New York City. As you can see in the Instagram video below, ?they quoted some of the sketch's iconic lines, and Chappelle recorded a quick promo for Dylan's upcoming album Pain 2 Power.You can cop Dylan new album, Pain 2 Power, coming out on September 15, 2017.
|Fri, August 11, 2017 at 7:21 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Looks like SoundCloud, the digital music service and favorite of independent artist, will live on. The struggling brand secured a fresh round of funding that assures SoundCloud will remain independent, even as a new executive team takes over to steer the service into the future.
The new injection of cash comes via The Raine Group, a boutique merchant bank, and a Singapore-based investment company named Temasek. Together they are leading a $169.5 million investment round that infuses SoundCloud with much-needed cash.
Along with the new money, SoundCloud also will have a new CEO and COO. Former Vimeo CEO Kerry Trainor succeeds founder Alex Ljung as chief executive, and Michael Weissman, another former executive at the video platform, was named SoundCloud's chief operating officer.
Ljung and SoundCloud co-founder Eric Wahlforss will remain with the company they founded a decade ago. Ljung will serve as chairman of SoundCloud's board, and Wahlforss as chief product officer.
SoundCloud last reported some 170 million users
|Fri, August 11, 2017 at 2:53 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Ezekiel Elliott stands on the sideline during the Dallas Cowboys' preseason game against Miami. (Ron Jenkins / Associated Press)
The season hasn't started yet but the Dallas Cowboys are already taking Ls. The NFL announced Friday (August 11) that last year's Rookie of the Year, star running back Ezekiel Elliott, will have to serve a six game ban to start the season.
The suspension was brought on mostly by a 2016 accusation of domestic violence made by Elliott's former girlfriend. The prosecutors in Columbus, Ohio declined to press charges, however the NFL still did there own investigation. While Elliott was able to avoid the traditional criminal charges, the NFL investigation uncover a pattern of behavior that they consider detrimental to the league and they issued the suspension.
Below is the NFL's official explanation of the suspension:
"Ezekiel Elliott of the Dallas Cowboys was notified today by the NFL that he will be suspended without pay for the team's first six 2017 regular-season games for violating the league's Personal Conduct Policy."Over the course of the last year, the league conducted an extensive investigation. League investigators interviewed more than a dozen witnesses, including Ms. Tiffany Thompson, who had alleged multiple instances of physical violence in July 2016, and Mr. Elliott. The league also consulted with medical experts. League investigators examined all available evidence, including photographic and digital evidence, thousands of text messages and other records of electronic communications."Pursuant to the Personal Conduct Policy, Commissioner Goodell sought the views of four external advisors (see below) to assist him in evaluating potential violations. These experts range in experience from law enforcement, judicial and public service, and other specialized subject areas."The advisors participated in a meeting on June 26, 2017 in New York City with Elliott, who was represented by his legal team and the NFL Players Association. The group also reviewed the league's investigative reports and materials, the expert medical reports, and multiple NFL Players Association submissions on Elliott's behalf."In a letter to Elliott advising him of the decision, Todd Jones, the NFL's Special Counsel for Conduct, said these advisors 'were of the view that there is substantial and persuasive evidence supporting a finding that [Elliott] engaged in physical violence against Ms. Thompson on multiple occasions during the week of July 16, 2016.'"After reviewing the record, and having considered the views of the independent advisors, the commissioner determined that the credible evidence established that Elliott engaged in conduct that violated NFL policy."Elliott may appeal this decision within three days. If he does not appeal, Elliott's suspension will begin September 2, the day of final roster reductions for NFL teams. He is eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games. Elliott will be eligible to return to the team's active roster on Monday, October 23 following the Cowboys' Sunday, October 22 game against the San Francisco 49ers."
The NFL Players Association has said they are reviewing the decision. Elliott will most likely appeal the suspension, if only as a means to shorten the amount of games, but he has yet to say what he will do. Elliott has three days to file for the appeal.
Elliott was a key piece of the Cowboys' NFC East championship team last season. As a rookie, he led the NFL in rushing. He had 1,631 rushing yards and 15 rushing touchdowns after Dallas used the fourth overall pick to draft him last year
|Thurs, August 10, 2017 at 5:02 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
It's only day nine of the Cook County Sweetened Beverage Tax and already the county may suffer from it. This time the issue comes from the federal side as how the tax is being charged could end up costing the county $87 million.
Cook County did the right thing by informing retailers that purchases made with federal food stamp benefits are exempt from the soda tax under federal law, but it's also allowed retailers to tax those purchases and provide refunds as a workaround for stores that haven't been able to program their point-of-sale systems. Despite the immediate refund, that practice still violates the strict rules laid out by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Services, the federal agency overseeing the food stamp program.
"It is FNS's strict interpretation that retailers may not charge the tax to SNAP recipients at any time and that providing an immediate subsequent refund at a customer service desk does not cure the problem or the violation of the law," said James Dimas, secretary of the state Department of Human Services, in a memo to Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle on Wednesday.
Preckwinkle spoke at the Cook County Democratic Party's slating event Thursday. Asked about the memo afterward, she declined to comment because she hadn't yet reviewed it.
To avoid "suspension or disallowance" of the federal money, the state human services department has until August 21 to submit a corrective action plan that either details how the county tax will be fixed or confirm a delay of the tax to allow retailers more time to program their point-of-sale systems.
Under federal law, SNAP purchases are exempt from state and local sales tax. Months ago, Cook County officials were hopeful that they'd be able to apply the tax universally by having retailers fold the cost of the tax into the selling price of the products, like overhead costs, instead of tacking it on at checkout.
But the state Department of Revenue advised in June that would constitute an "overcollection" because the higher selling price would then be subject to sales tax. On June 6 - less than a month from the planned July 1 start date - the county announced the tax could also be added at the point of sale, thus rendering SNAP purchases exempt.
Source: Chicago Tribun
|Tue, August 8, 2017 at 9:24 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
When it comes to streaming video, there is a huge pie and everyone wants a piece of it. Disney already has a nice piece that they mainly share with Netflix, but today's (August 8) announcement shows they want the whole thing for themselves.
Today the company said they intend to remove all of it's movies from Netflix. Disney is doing this in preparation for their very own branded streaming service that they plan on launching in 2019. The goal is to start in the United States then expand the service globally. While talking to CNBC's Julia Boorstin, Disney CEO Bob Iger explained that despite the decision to remove the content from the provider, they still have a "good relationship" with Netflix. Movies that will be removed include all Disney and Pixar titles. The Disney movies will remain available on the platform through the end of 2018. Marvel branded TV show such as "Daredevil," "Luke Cage" and "Jessica Jones" will remain with Netflix.
Disney's new platform will be the home for all Disney movies going forward, starting with 2019 releases including "Toy Story 4," "Frozen 2" and the live-action "Lion King." They will also be adding exclusive movies and TV shows to the planned service.
Disney also announced plans on launching an ESPN streaming service in early 2018. This will reportedly feature close to 10,000 sporting including content from MLB, NHL, MLS, NCAA and tennis.
Netflix stock dropped more than 5 percent after the Disney news came out
|Tue, August 8, 2017 at 1:38 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Lena Waithe has made history recently as she earned an Emmy nomination for comedy writing. The actress who stars in the hit Netflix series "Masters of None," became to first black woman to earn a nomination in the category.
Waithe's nomination comes from her work on the "Thanksgiving" episode of "Masters of None," which she wrote along with series star Aziz Ansari. ?The episode shows Waithe, who stars as Denise, coming out to her mother, played by actress Angela Bassett. "I didn't know I was the first black woman," Waithe told reporters of her nomination at an event on Friday. "Hopefully, not the last. We've got to work on that," Waithe added.
Waithe previously told TV Guide that the episode was inspired by her own experience coming out. She said she didn't initially intend to bring such aspects of her life to the show but later changed her mind after Ansari encouraged her to share her story.
Along with her work acting and writing for "Masters of None," Waithe has also worked as a producer on the 2014 film "Dear White People," as a writer on the Fox TV series "Bones," and will act in the upcoming film "Ready Player One," which hits theaters next year.
"Masters of None" is available to steam on Netflix.