So, anyone who caught the Sunday premiere of VH1’s “Love and Hip Hop Atlanta: Dirty Little Secrets” was nothing short of entertained! The cast chock full of characters (some that we love, but most that we love to hate) reunited to divulge how the show has changed their lives and give us a little insight into how they are now. Mimi and Stevie still have a ridiculously confusing relationship, Joseline is……..Joseline, Mamma Dee is still getting acclimated to life in the spotlight, Scrappy and Erica are doing GREAT, K. Michelle has FINALLY found love and is using this new found fame to help her music career and Shay is officially out of the Erica-Scrappy love triangle. Below, is a compiled list of the 11 Best Moments for those who missed the show. VH1 hasn’t added the episode to their site yet, so hopefully this will hold you LAHHATL fans over until it airs again. Enjoy:
1. “It gave me and my ass a platform”Safe to say that none of the stars of Love And Hip Hop: Atlanta (except for maybe Stevie J) has reached a level of notoriety and fame like what they hit after being on the show. When they were asked how the show has changed things for them all, each cast member had a different response. Momma Dee can no longer go to Family Dollar, Rasheeda can’t step into a Walmart without being recognized, Karlie Redd’s sex life is now off the charts, and K.Michelle…well, she explains that “Before the show I was just popping in trailer parks and beauty shops.” But after? “It gave me and my ass a platform!”
2. Burning QuestionsEveryone has questions for the cast, so what are the biggest topics that fans ask the stars of the show about? For Erica and Scrappy it’s whether or not they’re really going to get married (answer: YES!), for Stevie, it’s “Are you ever going to settle down? (Answer: Inconclusive!) and for Joseline it’s “What do you do for your body?” (Answer: “Standy by! Body By Joseline is coming out. I gotta keep this body pimp, pimp, pimp, PIMP! But I don’t know why you wanna know, you ain’t gonna do it.”
3. Stevie and Mimi, what’s up with that?When asked how the show has affected their relationship, Stevie and Mimi did have an answer. Stevie: “At the end of the day we are still a couple, no matter what the world thinks.”
Mimi: “Are we?”
4. Reacting to the parodiesOne of the funniest things to come out of season one was the animated parody of the show. We were walking around the office saying “I wanna put them paws on ‘em,” for a solid week after, and it turns out, the cast loved it too.
“That was the most hilarious thing I’ve ever seen in my life!” Mimi said after re-watching.
What Joseline learned about herself after watching the clip: “B—h, you really don’t know how to speak English!”
5. Joseline would be totally fine if she got sent back to the strip club Girl’s still got moves.6. Funky Dineva’s Top 3 Hairstyles of the YearFunky Dineva was on hand to discuss the best/worst hair of the season. The top three? All 25 of K.Michelle’s looksplus Deb Antney, whose “hair is laid like stale gold meatloaf,” and Erica’s momma.7. Reunion Reactions: K.Michelle Vs. RasheedaEveryone’s seen Rasheeda and K.Michelle’s reunion meltdown by now, but we never really heard from those two women about what happened in the aftermath. When she was asked how she feels about Rasheeda now, K.Michelle answered “Who cares?? She’s the fake Chilli. She needs to stick to the rivers and lakes that she’s used to.”
8. Reunion Reactions: Shay Vs. Erica and ScrappyAt the reunion, Scrappy’s side-piece Shay walked off stage when Scrappy told her he was going to work things out with Erica. And she had to wait backstage, watching, as Scrappy then proposed to Erica. In never-before-seen footage from the backstage, we see Shay react to the proposal, and though she’s hurt she says she wishes them well before walking out of the building. As Erica watches this, she says “I kinda felt bad for her,” and Scrappy agrees. “I hate even looking at that. It took everything in me not to cry, not to snap, not to g out there and shoot that b—h,” Shay says when she watches it back too. As bad as Erica feels though, she gets in a dig but explaining that “Karma’s a b—h.”
9. Who Threw The First Punch?So much has been made of the fight between Stevie and Scrappy, but until now we never knew how the fight, which started AFTER Stevie apologized to Erica, began. And now we know just who threw the first punch. JOSELINE.
10. Stevie, Dirty DogDuring the special, we heard from several of the show’s producers who had the best dirty little secrets of all. Executive Producer Stefan Springman explained that when he was casting Stevie and Mimi on the show, just before he met the two of them, he saw Stevie making out with Joseline on the hood of a car. In the casting room, Stevie then walked in as Mimi’s other half and explained that he was one of the “good guys.” And the rest is history.
11. The Most Boring Person On The Show Is…Also during the casting process, one person who was almost deemed too boring to be cast was Erica. “When I first met Erica, I thought she was extremely boring,” producer Carlos King said. Erica says that’s because she was extremely nervous being on a reality show.
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Strange as it may seem, George Zimmerman used his MySpace account up until the day of his arrest (4/11) for the murder of 17 year old Trayvon Martin. Even stranger, is the profile name that Zimmerman used for himself.
“Datniggytb”, was the name he chose to identify himself with on the site. Some might find it coincidental that he chose to put the letters “tb” at the end of the name, which many could associate with Trayvon Benjamin, which were Trayvon Martin’s first and middle name.
One of George’s family members spoke up about the meaning behind the name, and how it had nothing to do with Trayvon Martin.
“That was an old nickname his black friends gave him. He didn’t have an issue with the profile name. They called him ‘Tugboat’ because he was so big.”
George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, faces a second-degree murder charge for shooting Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager in Sanford, Fla., the special prosecutor in the case announced Wednesday.
In a televised news conference, State Atty. Angela B. Corey outlined the charges in the case that has sparked national demonstrations calling for Zimmerman’s arrest.
“I can tell you we did not come to this decision lightly,” Corey told reporters. “We do not prosecute by public pressure.”
She said her office had filed information with the charge.
Zimmerman, who has maintained he acted in self-defense, was in custody, Corey confirmed, though she gave no details. He had been in hiding since the shooting after his family said he had received death threats.
Martin, 17, was returning from a convenience store run on Feb. 26 — he had bought a bag of Skittles candy and an iced tea — when he caught Zimmerman’s eye. Zimmerman, 28, was driving out of his gated community in Sanford on his way to the supermarket when he called the Sanford Police Department to report a young black male acting suspiciously, possibly on drugs, he said.
The police dispatcher asked Zimmerman whether he was following the youth. When Zimmerman replied that he was, the dispatcher told him: “We don’t need you to do that.” Moments later, Zimmerman — armed with a 9-millimeter weapon — got out of his car.
Zimmerman has said he shot Martin in self-defense after the youth struck him in the face, knocked him down and began pounding his head into the ground. But many believe Zimmerman was the aggressor, emboldened by his status as the self-appointed neighborhood watch captain.
Coverage of the case was largely limited to local media until the call between Zimmerman and the dispatcher was made public, along with a 911 call that one resident made just before the shooting. In the background of that call, someone can be heard yelling for help. Martin’s parents insist that voice belonged to their son. Zimmerman has said the voice was his.
The phone calls and steady stream of new evidence, not to mention potential evidence, have turned many Americans into armchair CSI experts.
But the case itself struck a chord — and not just within the African American community. Many Americans consider it cut-and-dried evidence of the social injustices that blacks in this country have long faced.
The intense media attention has been propelled in part by outrage in the social media world. Twitterhas been flooded with tweets linked by the hashtag #Trayvon. And an online petition at Change.orgdemanding Zimmerman’s prosecution has received more than 2.2 million signatures — the single biggest reaction the online petition platform has ever had.
In the wake of such scrutiny, as well as marches, protests and rallies held across the country, the U.S. Justice Department and the FBI have launched probes into the case, and Corey was assigned to review the matter. The case even gained the attention of President Obama, who called for a thorough investigation.
And, no surprise, the case has also stirred up a backlash against the media attention.
A recent survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press found that many people — including a majority of Republicans and 43% of whites surveyed — said the media had gone overboard in their coverage.
source: Los Angles Times
Facebook buys Instagram for one billion. With 15 million users, Instagram is growing wildly because it has made mobile photo sharing not only easy, but fun. According to data from Wildfire Interactive (resource links below), Photo and video posts perform better in the new Facebook Timeline layout. If Facebook can start capturing more of this mobile photo activity, via Instagram, they’ll be in great shape as the world continues to go mobile.
“Photos are now tops when it comes to generating comments, outperforming the next-best post type by more than 8 percent. Sharing of videos has also increased; when it comes to generating shares, video posts in the new Timeline layout now outperform the next-best post type by 90 percent.” — my post at American Express OPEN Forum
The app played well with Twitter and Facebook. Mashable reported last November that Instagram had only 12 percent of the photo sharing pie on Twitter, but that was before they added an Android app for their uber-popular mobile photo sharing service this month. The Android app added 1 million users on the first day. Even though Facebook dwarfs every social platform, they have not been strong in the mobile content world, thus the acquisition of one of the hottest consumer tech tools in the mobile space.
What does this mean for makers, hackers, inventors, product creators, and the DIY crowd?
If the big brands are paying attention to Pinterest, Instagram, and others, it means there’s opportunity for the nimble little brand. Many maker and do-it-yourself communities already use Flickr for uploading and sharing photos. It’s a great tool, and I personally use it, but it may not be as user-friendly for fixing, enhancing, and modifying your photos as Instagram.
The beauty of Instagram, from a marketing perspective for maker companies, is the ease of fixing or changing photos as you document a process. Many of us work on developing a project or a kit or new hack and the documentation comes later, which is often painful. You can make the photo part easier with Instagram. If you’ve been tying your Flickr stream into Facebook or Twitter or another social network, then you’ll get the opportunity. Instagram simply makes mobile engagement easier. Facebook wants that mobile engagement, too. If you’re building community around a product, kit, or maker project, this tool is still powerful and will grow in importance to your social sharing efforts.
GigaOm reported with a bit more analysis as to why Facebook wanted Instagram: Mobile sharing was Facebook’s Achilles Heel.
Finally, Rafe Needleman over at Cnet has an excellent commentary on the topic and what the the billion dollar Facebook Instagram deal means for the likes of Twitter, Google, Yahoo, and Path.
In a surprise turn in the Trayvon Martin case, special prosecutor and State Attorney Angela Corey decided against using a grand jury, saying in a press release that “it’s not needed.”
In short, alleged gunman George Zimmerman cannot be tried for first-degree murder since a grand jury would be needed for that charge.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, Sanford police classified the case as a possible manslaughter before it was turned over to prosecutors. Since Martin was not an adult at the time of his death, a manslaughter charge could carry a maximum sentence of 30 years.
Zimmerman has yet to be arrested, despite more evidence emerging which supports the argument that this was a homicide.