20 November 2014

Shanesha Taylor Set Black People Back with Her Nigga Mentality

This, ladies and gentlemen, is the epitome of what is known colloquially as "straight up nigga shit."

(Shanesha Taylor allegedly wasted $114,000 she received in donations on her baby's daddy's rap album. Image Courtesy Scottsdale, Arizona Police Department)
Meet Shanesha Taylor.

She was arrested in March for leaving her two children, ages 2 and 6, in a hot car while she went to interview for a job. Shanesha's story, and tear-stained mugshot, captured the hearts of compassionate people across the United States.
A fund was set up, and donations totaling $114,000 were deposited into the account to assist Shanesha and her two children. Local prosecutors agreed to drop the charges against Shanesha if she would put $40,000 of the $114,000 in a trust fund for her kids.

Shanesha said no.

Now Miss Shanesha has a trial date in December, where she's faces jail time for child cruelty and other charges. People are asking, "Why didn't you take the sweetheart deal? What happened to the money?"

Did she invest in stocks and bonds? No. Did she put a down payment on a car or a new house? No. Did she buy some precious metals? No. What did Miss Shanesha do with $114,000?

Shanesha Taylor did some straight up nigga shit.

"The money is gone by all accounts,” Reverend Jarrett Maupin, a former supporter of Shanesha Taylor, told Fox 10 Phoenix. “It's been spent on designer clothes, family outings in and out of this city and reports that $6000 spent on studio time for her baby daddy's rap album.”

Ladies and gentlemen, this is the nigga mentality at its worst, and it sets black people back because of the stereotype the nigga mentality helps to perpetuate.

We all know the stereotype. White people invest their money in stocks, bonds, precious metals. Black people invest their money in rims. White people own about two or three pieces of real estate, and collect rent from those properties every month. Black people are wearing FUBU jerseys and the new Jordans, while at the same time trying to scrap up enough money so they won't get evicted at the end of the month.

Comedian Chris Rock summed it up best, on his 2004 album "Never Scared," when he said, "Maybe --now just maybe-- if [black and brown people] didn't spend all our money on rims, we might have some to invest.

"We [are] the most money-wasting motherfuckers on the face of the earth."

Shanesha Taylor wasted $114,000. Now that's ludicrous.

18 November 2014

Buku & Willy Joy Release New "Punani" Track Ahead of Their 31 January Show at Atlanta's Iris

(Buku and Willy Joy come to Atlanta, 31 January 2015.)
Following the success of their debut collaboration, "Sting" — Willy Joy and Buku are back at it again with the release of their second track dubbed "Punani."

Buku and Willy Joy are offering a free download of the nearly 5-minute "Punani" track on Soundcloud.

Over the next three months, Willy Joy and Buku will be the co-headliners on their nationwide Leaner and Meaner Tour. The Leaner and Meaner Tour comes to Atlanta's Iris, 31 January 2015.

SunTrust Bank Says Holiday Shoppers Feel Pressured to Spend More Than They Can Afford

Black Friday looms over the horizon.

Just ten days separates us from thousands of people waking before the crack of dawn to start loading their credit cards with merchandise that takes a year to be paid off.

Most folks can barely afford the stuff they purchase during the holiday season, but the feat of missing out (FOMO) on a supposed
"great deal" pressures consumers into buying anyway.

Atlanta-based SunTrust Bank commissioned a survey of 2,000 adults, and found nearly 40 percent of Americans feel pressured to spend more than they can afford during the holidays.

Among parents with children under the age of 18, this pressure is even greater with 53 percent feeling pressured to over-spend, and 20 percent think they'll be paying one or more of their regular monthly bills – such as a utility or mortgage payment – late due to holiday expenditures.

Across the country, 39 percent of consumers said they expect to spend as they go during the holiday shopping season and worry about the bill later.

These findings seem to indicate the American consumer has all the ingredients for a big dish of financial stress in 2015. But it doesn't have to be that way.

"Holidays should be less financially stressful and more meaningful," said Rilla Delorier, consumer channels executive at SunTrust Bank. "Our purpose at SunTrust is to help people achieve financial well-being, and that's especially hard to do this time of year. Through holidaymeans.com, we're showing people how they can think differently, spend thoughtfully and take specific steps to stay in financial control."

To help people better manage holiday spending and avoid stress, SunTrust is offering tips, tools and advice on a website called holidaymeans.com. Resources will include a downloadable budget worksheet to track spending; planning guide with steps to achieve a stress-free holiday; ideas for creating holiday memories; inspirational videos; and posts from guest bloggers that offer advice for a meaningful holiday.

14 November 2014

2nd Edition of Tomorrowworld Sees Increase in Both Earnings and Attendance

SFX Entertainment, the parent company of the Tomorrowworld music festival held in Chattahoochee Hills, announced today that the 2014 event saw an increase in both attendance and earnings.

"TomorrowWorld Atlanta, the North American version of the world’s largest Electronic Music Culture (EMC) festival Tomorrowland, saw attendance rise 24% and EBITDA grow by approximately $10 million from the startup losses experienced in the event’s debut last year," SFX Entertainment Chairman and CEO Robert F.X. Sillerman said.

EBITDA, or Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization, represents net income (loss) before other income (loss), interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, non-cash equity-based compensation expense, and non-recurring items, including financing and other transaction costs.

Sillerman went on to say 2014 was one of growth and transformation for SFX and expressed excitement by the tremendous progress made by the company.

SFX Entertainment, Inc. is the largest global producer of live events and digital entertainment content focused exclusively on electronic music culture (EMC) and other world-class festivals. SFX produces and promotes a growing portfolio of live events that includes leading brands such as Tomorrowland, TomorrowWorld, Mysteryland, Sensation, Stereosonic, Electric Zoo, Disco Donnie Presents, Life in Color, Rock in Rio, Nature One, Mayday, Decibel, Q-Dance, Awakenings and React Presents, as well as the innovative ticketing service Flavorus.

10 November 2014

Cannabis Career Institute Offering Courses on How to Build a Medical Marijuana Business in Georgia

The Cannabis Career Institute (CCI) will be offering business building courses in the medical marijuana industry in Georgia, 15 November 2014.

Two weekend classes will be held at the Hilton Atlanta Airport.

CCI's courses are the first of their kind to offer a model for a state mandated certification program.

Experienced facilitators will provide basic steps and knowledge for cannabis entrepreneurs interest in starting up cannabis based businesses.

CCI covers all laws in each state with state unique courses. Those attending the CCI course will hear all about the legal issues surrounding operating a Medical Marijuana Business from attorneys who specialize in Medical Marijuana Law; learn how to grow the best Medical Marijuana; and learn from highly skilled instructors about how to make Medical Marijuana Edibles such as cookies, brownies, cakes, and butter.

The Atlanta class, which includes a fee of $299, is completely booked, indicating that there is a high demand among Georgians wishing to start a medical marijuana business.

Based in southern California, the Cannabis Career Institute has held classes for marijuana entrepreneurs across the nation in cities like Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, and Las Vegas.

Tomorrowworld 2015 Tickets Go On Sale 13 November

Get ready for a threepeat.

Tomorrowworld, the electronic dance music festival that attracted thousands to Chattahoochee Hills, is returning in 2015.

Clear your calendars for 25 - 27 September 2015.

Tickets for the third edition of Tomorrowworld go on sale Thursday, 13 November.

Payment plans are available. For more information, visit Tomorrowworld.com

State Representative Dexter Sharper Apologizes for Inflammatory Get Out to Vote Message

(State Rep. Dexter Sharper (D - Valdosta) says it was a mistake to imply Governor Nathan Deal and U.S. Senator-elect David Perdue would take away Section 8, EBT, or CAPS benefits. Image courtesy Georgia House of Representatives)
Days before the 2014 General Election, state Representative Dexter Sharper (D - Valdosta) took to Facebook and urged people to get out and vote.

Rep. Sharper's message was quite blunt.

"Listen! If you are on Section 8, EBT, or CAPS," Sharper (pictured right) wrote in a Facebook post, "You need to get out to vote ASAP. Your benefits are at risk if Michelle Nunn and Jason Carter are not elected!"

Sharper's post was roundly criticized by Republicans and Democrats alike.

Eventually the post was taken down, but the damage was done. Now, Rep. Sharper is trying to undo some of that damage.

In an open letter sent to Georgia Unfiltered, Rep. Sharper apologized and said his get out the vote message was a mistake.

"In an attempt to excite voters to turn out, I did something I regret today," Sharper writes. "I used the threat that if people did not get out and vote for Michelle Nunn and Jason Carter, their Section 8, EBT or CAPS benefits would be in jeopardy. That threat should not have been an issue in this and any other election. It was a mistake and I am sorry.

"I feel as a Man that if you make a mistake acknowledge your mistake," Sharper concluded.

The full text of state Representative Dexter Sharper's apology can be read below:

07 November 2014

Georgia State University Marching Band Slated to Appear in 2014 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

In less than three weeks, families across the United States will gather to give thanks, eat turkey, enjoy football, and watch the 88th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Kicking off the 2014 holiday season, the Macy's parade hits the streets of New York City, Thursday, 27 November, at 9AM. The parade features more than 8,000 participants, including the 180-plus member Georgia State University Marching Band.

(The 180-plus member Georgia State University Marching Band will be among 8,000 participants in the 2014 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade)
2014 marks Georgia State University's first appearance in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Dr. Chester Phillips, Director of Athletic Bands at Georgia State, says it's an honor to be part of a storied holiday tradition in America.

“It is difficult to express how excited I am to see the Georgia State University Marching Band receive an invitation to march in the 2014 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade,” said Dr. Phillips. “Since I was a child, my family has maintained a tradition of watching the parade each Thanksgiving morning, and this year our band will be a part of the magic. Simply amazing! We are honored for the invitation and looking forward to being in New York and performing at Macy's Herald Square."

The Georgia State University Marching Band was selected to be one of 10 marching ensembles in the 2014 Parade beating out of more than 175 applicants nationwide.

“The Macy's Band Selection Committee is amazed at the incredible performance quality the Georgia State University Marching Band has achieved in only a short few years of existence! We are thrilled to introduce this exciting new band to the Macy's Parade audience,” said Wesley Whatley, creative director, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The 2014 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade features 16 giant character balloons; 33 novelty, balloonicles, balloonheads, and trycaloons; 27 floats; 12 marching bands, 1,300 cheerleaders/dancers; and 1000 clowns.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is broadcast nationwide on NBC. Regularly one of the nation’s most viewed events, millions of families tune-in every year to watch the revelry unfold. This year, the TODAY Show’s Matt Lauer, Al Roker and Savannah Guthrie will anchor the three-hour broadcast from 9AM – Noon in all time zones.