Category Archives: Technology

ThisNthat Spotlight: John A. Baker, Jr. Aka ‘Spoken Reasons’ – Hear How Poet Used YouTube to Build $800K Net Worth

John A. Baker, poet, comedian, producer and wealthy Young Black Man who uses technology to be a winner
John A. Baker, poet, comedian, producer and wealthy Young Black Man who uses technology to be a winner

 

*At a time when all we seem to hear about is black men running from the law, getting killed or being incarcerated as if the white man’s life depended on it, its refreshing to discover a young man who has his energies directed towards a solid financial future.

Someone who, though not a huge TV or film star, has made some waves in the medium – but is not dependent upon it.

John A. Baker, Jr. better known as Spoken Reasons, may or may not be familiar to you, but you can ask his 1.7 million YouTube channel subscribers about him. I’m sure they will confirm his status as  one of the biggest internet celebrities out there today.

At 26-years of age, Baker, a comedian, actor, producer, and poet from Bradenton, Florida, has amassed  a net worth of around $800,000.

And we get the impression he’s just getting started.

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Age Ain’t Nothin’ But a Number: Check Out 2-Year-Old South African DJ (Watch)

 

2-year-old Oratilwe Hlongwane, also known as DJ AJ to his fans, plays with a music system at his home in Alexandra, Johannesburg.
2-year-old Oratilwe Hlongwane, also known as DJ AJ to his fans, plays with a music system at his home in Alexandra, Johannesburg.

*He might not be able to form a coherent sentence yet, but boy can this toddler put together a beat! The boy knows his stuff. Adults didn’t think much of it when the little boy started playing around with the knobs and buttons of a sophisticated music system at first, but after a while, when they noticed him paying attention to song selections and boppin’ his head in rhythm to the base-heavy beats, they knew this was no fluke.

Now, Oratilwe Hlongwane is given much respect as “DJ AJ,” South Africa’s youngest disc jockey.

The DJ does his thing at shopping malls in and around Johannesburg, South Africa; where crowds gather to watch him; whipping out their cellphones to share his talent on social media – where he has become a phenomenon. Continue reading

ThisNthat Quickbits: Ever Hear a Cat Say ‘No!’ to a Bath…You Have Now (Watch)

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Awww boo, trust me. It ain’t that serious.

This is just something you’ve got to do. But “Tigger” the cat says ‘Talk to the paw!’ ’cause he’s not happy about getting the bathtub.

This video from 2010 shows Tigger the cat’s very vocal reaction to bath time. His howling actually sounds like he’s saying “no!”

But his owner is quite used to his protests, and insists on giving Tigger a really needed bath.

“I decided to give him the bath on this day because he came in with a couple [of] car oil stains on his back which he was unable to clean himself, nor would it have been healthy for him to lick the chemicals off,” she wrote in the video’s YouTube description.

Sometimes, little buddy, we just gotta do what we gotta do.

Watch the video of Tigger’s huge disagreement with a certain bathtub directly below.

Should This Teacher Be Fired Because Students Sent ‘Get Well’ Letters to Mumia Abu-Jamal? (Hashtag Campaign)

Mumia
Mumia Abu-Jamal

 

*No one is born racist. No one is born mean and unkind. No one is born without the capability to show compassion. These are all learned characteristics and behaviors. So who better, in addition to a parent, to teach our children how to be colorblind, kind and compassionate people than an elementary school teacher?

Someone who is in the classroom each day guiding them, teaching them, about the world around them. But its unfortunate, when teachers are punished for thinking on their feet. Teachers who are passionate about teaching and encourage their students to participate in life. This is probably what a New Jersey elementary school teacher thought she was doing when she had her third grade class write letters to incarcerated journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal.

But this teacher is getting no commendation, instead she may be fired.

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Associated Press Jumping on the E-Book and Paperback Train With ‘AP Editions’

One of AP's first books
One of AP’s first books

*The Associated Press is tapping its global news coverage and vast archives to launch a series of paperback and e-books called AP Editions.

In collaboration with Miami-based Mango Media, AP is releasing the first 15 of what will be dozens of titles planned this year, drawing from recent reporting in text and photos, in addition to AP’s rich archive dating to 1846.

The initial titles, which can be located at www.ap.org/books, are developed from key moments in history, major current events, profiles and oddities. AP’s first books recount the fall of the Berlin Wall, Ebola’s impact on Africa and beyond and the magic of the cosmos made real by the Hubble Telescope.

“AP reporters and photographers have spent nearly 170 years in all quarters of the globe, telling the most important stories of their time,” said Sarah Nordgren, director of content development at AP. “By teaming up with Mango, AP has the opportunity to bring those stories once again to light, with the added perspective of history.” Continue reading

Watch: Lt. Col. Merryl Tengesdal: Flyer Higher Than Most, As First Black Female U-2 Pilot

Lt. Col. Merryl Tengesdal stands in front of a U-2 Feb. 9, 2015, at Beale Air Force Base, Calif. Tengesdal is the only black female U-2 pilot in history. Tengesdal is the 9th Reconnaissance Wing inspector general and a U-2 pilot.
Lt. Col. Merryl Tengesdal stands in front of a U-2 Feb. 9, 2015, at Beale Air Force Base, Calif. Tengesdal is the only black female U-2 pilot in history. Tengesdal is the 9th Reconnaissance Wing inspector general and a U-2 pilot.

 

*Many little girls had aspirations of soaring the skies and being at one with the stars, but one child we know of actually grew up and did it. Her name is Lt. Col. Merryl Tengesdal, and she is one of only eight female pilots to ever fly the U-2, an aircraft built to go to extremely high altitudes to collect intelligence which it brings back to decision makers worldwide for analysis.

Tengesdal is also the only black female pilot during the aircraft’s history.

 Born in the New York borough of the Bronx, Tengesdal is also a 9th Reconnaissance Wing inspector general and she was recently selected for promotion to the rank of colonel. She proudly asserts that she does not take her job for granted.

“I have seen the curvature of the earth,” Tengesdal said. “I have seen sights most people will never see. Flying at more than 70,000 feet is really beautiful and peaceful. I enjoy the quiet, hearing myself breathing, and the hum of the engine. I never take it for granted.” Continue reading

Watch Croc Fight Three Lions at Once and More Amazing Videos

Amazing videos

*Do you remember the world before the Internet? Thinking back, it was a little less exciting. We can definitely chime in on the pros and cons of technology, right? But you’ve got to admit, the Internet has opened the gates for us to see some pretty amazing stuff. Take a look at some of it in the videos below and scroll down to show us your own amazing videos for an upcoming feature.

Who’da thunk it? At first the fight started off fair. One crocodile. One lion. But then two of the lions buddies joined in.

Uh oh. Sh*t just got real. Continue reading

Soon You’ll Be Able to Send Money on Facebook. Wow! (On Second Thought) ‘Uh Oh!’

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*You know how some things just make you say ‘Uh oh?’ You don’t know exactly why you feel that way. But you do. Especially when it comes to your money and all of the ways you can send it online.

Now Facebook is getting into the act of giving you that option. To send money to your “friends,” that is.

The social network giant announced Tuesday that users will be able to send money from their mobile devices using its Messenger app. According to what a Facebook spokesperson told The Huffington Post, users will also be able to send payments in the Chat feature for desktop. However, there is at least one regulation. Continue reading