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Mack Wilds and Photographer Johnny Nunez Team Up For New Range Of Emojis

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Kim Kardashian may have the market cornered when it comes to celebrity emojis, but her reign won’t last for long if legendary entertainment industry photographer Johnny Nunez gets his way. After unveiling a line of emojis featuring Beyoncé’s stylist Ty Hunter, Nunez and his business partner Nicholas Semkiw (a.k.a. Intro Media) are introducing a new […]

For Women And Minorities, There’s Never Been A Better Time To Be A “Techie”

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When Nas announced the “Opportunity Fund” in 2014, in conjunction with Google and New York City-based tech educator General Assembly, the message was clear: the future is technology, and more women, African-Americans, Latinos and other underrepresented groups need to be involved. While women are earning more college and advanced degrees than ever (recent Department of […]

Non-Profit “Sound Affects” Teams With Artists To Fight Cancer

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“The Big C” (cancer) is a scary subject. While nearly everyone knows someone who’s suffered from the disease, we’ve made great strides in terms of early detection and treatment. Still, there’s more to be done. In 2005, Dr. Mona Jhaveri worked to develop and commercialize a DNA-based therapeutic compound that could have potentially been a […]

More Than Macklemore: How Seattle’s Culture Influences Its Sound

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For much of the 90s, the city of Seattle was synonymous with the grunge scene. It went much farther than music, though; flannels and combat boots became mainstays in fashion (recently making a comeback, but that’s another story…), influenced heavily by what the kids at the shows were wearing. Sir-Mix-A-Lot’s anthem “Baby Got Back” not […]

Seven Steps To Protecting Yourself Against HIV/AIDS

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People living with HIV in 2015 are healthier than ever. The advent of better drugs with fewer side effects has greatly improved the lives of those infected with the virus that causes AIDS. Today (World AIDS Day) we remember that even with these advances in treatment and increased prevention efforts, HIV is still a deadly […]

Scarlett Johansson quits Oxfam

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Citing a “fundamental difference of opinion,” actress Scarlett Johansson stepped down as ambassador for the humanitarian group Oxfam. Johansson had been criticized by the group and others for her association with SodaStream, an Israeli company with a factory in a settlement in the Palestinian West Bank. Oxfam opposes trade from settlements, considered illegal under international law. A […]

Obesity Risk For Kids Begins Before They Start School

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A new study finds that much of a child’s “weight fate” – that is, whether he or she will fight the battle of the bulge for their life – is sealed before kindergarden. The study,  published in this week’s New England Journal of Medicine, was paid for by the federal government. Overweight 5-year-olds were found […]

Jailed Ethiopian Journalist Wins “Golden Pen of Freedom Award”

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Eskinder Nega, an Ethiopian publisher, journalist and blogger who is serving an 18-year jail sentence under anti-terror legislation, has been awarded the 2014 Golden Pen of Freedom. The yearly press freedom prize is given by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA). Mr Nega was arrested on September 14, 2011 after publishing an […]

Folk Singer/Activist Pete Seeger Dead at 94

The man partially responsible for folk classics like “If I Had a Hammer,” ”Turn, Turn, Turn,” ”Where Have All the Flowers Gone” and “Kisses Sweeter Than Wine” has died. Pete Seeger was 94 years old. Both an activist and a musician, Seeger sang against Hitler and nuclear power. In 2011, he joined the Occupy Wall Street […]

NYPD Looking For More Detectives to Handle Murders in Outer Boroughs

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Following an investigation that found more officers are available to handle Manhattan homicides than for homicides in the outer boroughs, the NYPD is looking to recruit “qualified members of the services in ranks of sergeant, lieutenant and detective to fill current and anticipated vacancies within borough detective squads,” per an internal memo. The Manhattan South […]

Ex-New Orleans Mayor Nagin On Trial For Bribery Charges

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The mayor who led New Orleans during the Hurricane Katrina catastrophe will begin a trial for a corruption scandal during his last days in office. Ray Nagin was indicted a year ago on charges he accepted free trips and more than $200,000 in bribes from contractors in exchange for helping them secure lucrative city contracts. The […]

Today is the Third Anniversary of the #Jan25 Revolution In Egypt. Listen To Freeway and Friends Pay Homage to the Uprising.

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Three years ago today, the Egyptian people overthrew their dictator of 30 years, Hosni Mubarak. Bombings yesterday and clashes today marked this anniversary in a state currently under police rule, following the ouster (some would say coup) of President Mohammed Morsi. Even if Egypt’s future seems uncertain now, the revolution was a heroic undertaking by […]

Brazil Faces Protests Over World Cup

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Brazil is bracing itself for widespread protests in more than 30 cities including Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and Porto Alegre. The Anonymous Rio protest group said on its Facebook page that “there will be no World Cup” and proclaimed Saturday’s “Operation Stop the World Cup” to be only the first act. Last year, […]

New Drug Could Help You Forget Bad Memories

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In the movie “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” the protagonists erase their memory in the hope of getting a fresh start. This may be closer to reality than we think. A new drug, HDACi, has proven to interfere with one of the ways that brain cells record memories and doctors could someday prescribe the drug […]

Brooklyn Judge Headed To Hollywood

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Known for her quick wit and being tough as nails, Brooklyn Supreme Court administrative judge for  criminal matters, Patricia DiMango, will step down from her post to star in “Hot Bench,” a new CBS TV court show created by the producers of “Judge Judy.” While her wise cracks about defendant attire are legendary, the judge […]

Blasts Rock Cairo, Killing 5

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Several bombings targeting police hit Cairo this morning, killing five. The blasts occurred the day before the third anniversary of the January 25, 2011 revolution. Since the revolution, the country has seen its first democratic election and the removal of that leader, President Mohammed Morsi, by what many would call a coup d’etat. Egypt recently […]

FDA studying caramel coloring in soda

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The Food and Drug Administration is conducting new studies of the safety of caramel coloring in soft drinks and other foods. Previous research has shown no identifiable health risk. The agency’s announcement comes in response to a study by Consumer Reports that shows varying levels of an impurity formed in some caramel coloring  in 12 […]

People see Obama as nice guy, so-so Prez says poll

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An AP poll shows that while 58 percent of Americans finds Obama “very likeable,” less than a third  consider him to be an above-average president. After his first inauguration, nearly two-thirds of Americans predicted Obama would be an “outstanding leader.” The president’s numbers took a hit because of persistent unemployment, controversy over his decisiveness, honesty […]

Two protestors dead after clashes with police in Kiev

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At least two people died in clashes between protesters and police in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev on Wednesday. Medics on the scene said the deaths were caused by bullet wounds, although it is unclear whether they were rubber or real bullets. The past two months have seen countless clashes in the Ukraine as the […]