Thursday, January 29, 2015

"Only One" Kanye West ft. Paul McCartney [Video]



Kanye West announced the video for his song, "Only One", directed by Spike Jonze, via Twitter this morning.  It features his daughter North West.  Cute.


Click HERE to view the video.

Click HERE to purchase "Only One" on iTunes.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Mimi G & Verizon Presents: A Weekend Getaway to L.A. For Harlem's Fashion Row! [Enter to Win]



Together with Verizon, Fashion Blogger, Mimi G presents a sweepstakes opportunity on her site for a lucky someone to win an all-expense paid trip out to Los Angeles, CA to take in Harlem's Fashion Row from February 5-7, 2015; as well as win a few additional goodies.

Eligible participants must be at least 21 years old and reside in one of the following states: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio or Wisconsin.

Click HERE for the official post and rules on Mimi G's site. Sweepstakes closes on January 25th!!


"Autumn Leaves" Chris Brown ft. Kendrick Lamar [Video]




Chris Brown's main lady in life, (Karrueche Tran), serves as the leading lady in his Asian-inspired video for the Kendrick Lamar-assisted "Autumn Leaves" from Brown's latest album, X.

I think this vid is so cute.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Global Grind's Interview With Ms. Jazmine Sullivan [Video]



Jazmine Sullivan sat with a representative from GobalGrind.com and spoke on her hiatus, an unhealthy relationship she recently experienced, coming to the brink of drug use (and regaining her senses), as well as her new album "Reality Show".



"Reality Show" is a decent album.  I am a huge fan of Jazmine's!  Especially of her vocal prowess.  She can sing ANYTHING and make a fan out of just about anyone.  Seriously.

Click HERE to buy her latest album on iTunes.


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Blackberry Tweets Via iPhone (Oh, the irony!!)



I haven't laughed as hard as my mind knows it should on this yet..

BLACKBERRY SENT A TWEET USING AN IPHONE.

As the company struggles to (maybe, with the grace of all the heavens) see a sliver of the popularity it once possessed in the early to mid-2000's, an individual responsible for tweeting on behalf of the company sent out a tweet that was created utilizing "Twitter for iPhone".

This doesn't bolster anyone's confidence in Blackberry.  At all!  I mean... not even the folks on Blackberry's payroll use the very products Blackberry is pushing.  Ever met a McDonald's worker that don't eat McDonald's????!  A sure indication that something ain't right. LOL

And of course, this embarrassment has since been removed from Blackberry's Twitter account.  Too bad the proof of its existence lives on forever via screenshots.


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Icy Road Conditions In Texas Caused The Death of 8 Prisoners and 2 Corrections Officers

Photo Credit: AP


On Wednesday morning a Texas Department of Criminal Justice bus transporting twelve prisoners and three Corrections officers in West Texas skidded off of an icy highway overpass and down an embankment; colliding with a moving freight train.  The lives of eight prisoners and two corrections officers were lost.  The five others were taken to a local hospital for treatment.  The extent of their injuries unknown.

From New York Post:

 The overpass on Interstate 20 was slick with ice Wednesday morning when the Texas Department of Criminal Justice bus left the roadway just west of Odessa, according to Ector County Sheriff Mark Donaldson.
The Texas Department of Criminal Justice said in a statement that eight prisoners and two corrections officers were killed.
Donaldson said five injured people were taken to a hospital. A spokeswoman for Medical Center Hospital in Odessa did not have information on the severity of those injuries.
Justice department spokesman Jason Clark said the bus was carrying 12 prisoners and three corrections officers from the Middleton prison in Abilene to the Sanchez prison in El Paso.
The white bus came to rest on its side, crumpled with heavy damage to its top and undercarriage.
“It’s with a heavy heart that we mourn the loss of those killed and injured this morning in a tragic accident,” said Brad Livingston, executive director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. “Their loved ones will be in our thoughts and prayers.”
The Union Pacific train was carrying freight and came to a stop shortly after being struck about 7:30 a.m. Two employees on the train were not injured.
State Rep. Tan Parker notified the Texas House of the accident and led a moment of silence.

New Music: "I Bet" Ciara [Audio]



Ciara's "I Bet" speaks on a past lover thinking "the grass is greener on the other side" and most likely wanting a girl back once she moves on.

This song is cute.  But Ci Ci plays it extremely safe, vocally.  A bit too safe, I think, on this song.  But, I love (a dancing) Ciara as much as the next.  Nice to know she's back and plans to release her next album 'Jackie' soon.


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Apple May Soon Equip Phones With A Built-In Screen Protector (of sorts)

The cracked and smashed iPhone screen is probably about the most unattractive of all cosmetic phone issues, as well as the most common across the board for all iPhone owners.  No one is safe from the iPhone misfortunate of a bad/weird phone fall.  Sadly, even a "soft" or short fall can result in a broken screen. *cringe*

I learned my lesson years ago and have since placed a Zagg screen protector on all new iPhones (and iPads) I get.  For me, these screen protectors truly protect against scratches as well as impacts and cracks.  I don't drop my phone ALL the time, but I've surely dropped phones enough to produce a busted screen or two, I believe; yet they all stay intact.  I'd suggest a Zagg protector to anyone currently looking to protect their phone's screen... For the now.

..And for the future?..

Screen protection may become a concern of the past if Apple rolls out a new mechanism that they believe may help protect phones' screens from the ugly demise of a fall.

Here is the story from New York Post:

An ingenious new Apple invention might one day curb cracked iPhone screens — by flipping phones mid-air so as not to damage fragile components.
The freshly patented “protective mechanism” senses when an iPhone is falling and uses a tiny motor to help it land like a cat. It measures speed of descent and time of impact to help the phone position itself while falling — much like cats do. A combination of gyroscopes and GPS is employed to shield sensitive parts of the phone from certain disaster.
Apple has not yet announced specific plans to include the technology in its devices, but fans hope it is soon.
Apple engineers Nicholas King and Fletcher Rothkopf invented the mechanism, according to the patent, which was filed in September 2011 and granted last Tuesday.
“Mobile electronic devices are being used more often and more . . . However, people may drop their mobile electronic devices, or the mobile electronic devices may otherwise may be caused to enter a free-fall state,” Apple notes in the patent.
Hmm.. Wonder how much that'll cost us consumers, IF it's ever rolled out.  I'm skeptical on how efficient this mechanism would actually be in protecting the screen from cracking.  Even an iPhone that lands on its back is susceptible to screen cracks, right?  Would the price of a feature that only has a fraction of a chance at working be worth it?  For me, I think I'd rather stick to a $30-$40 screen protector that's already proven to work.

I suppose we'll see..

Man's Wife Chops Off His Penis Twice In One Night!



This is truly a "Some People don't learn" story:

A married couple in China are being referenced worldwide as a cautionary tale of what cheating can get you.

Fan Lung, 32, used his wife's cell phone to send a mistress an email.  (Why??.. No one can understand his logic, I'm sure.)  His 21 year old wife, Feng, discovered the email and proceeded to help rid him of his penis as he slept.  Because that's the source of all males' evil, right?  (Who knows?..I'm purely guessing at her logic.)  

Fan was taken to a local hospital, where the doctors successfully reattached his member.  And where Feng attacked for the second time, successfully removing Fan's penis once again and throwing it out of a window.

Fed up with his wife's antics for the night, Fan chased Feng outside and commenced to giving her a dragging and beating.  Seriously.  The two were fighting outside of the hospital.  As you can in the picture above, Fan is naked and bloody.  Penis missing (you can't see that, but we know the story).  Dragging his penis-chopping wife all 'round.

Feng has been treated at the hospital following the fight and the penis is still at large. No pun intended.  I'm curious as hell to know where a penis goes after being tossed out a window!  And also: Why in the hell did Fan allow the Missus anywhere near him after that shit she pulled back at the house?!

Pure craziness.


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You Can Try Out Fitness Trackers For Just $20!

Photo found @ tracker.com


A company named Lumoid makes it possible for those interested in tracking their fitness efforts, to try trackers before they buy.

For just $20, one can obtain a Wearables Box containing 5 brand new fitness trackers of their choice, (25 to choose from), to try out for a week.  When the week is up, you'd return the trackers to Lumoid with the return label supplied by the company.  If there is one (or more) that you would like to keep, you pay retail for the tracker(s).

This is such a convenient concept!  Beats purchasing a tracker and returning; sometimes facing restocking fees. Or even worse, purchasing and keeping an item that you will never or barely use. Plus, you have the chance of testing 5 trackers all at once, side-by-side... Daily.  Options is a beautiful thing.  Always.

Here is a list of the 25 trackers that are available for rent at Lumoid.com:

  • JAWBONE UP24 Wristband
  • Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor
  • Withings Pulse O2
  • Striiv Fusion Activity and Sleep Tracker
  • Garmin Vivosmart
  • Garmin Vivofit
  • Fitbit Flex
  • Fitbit Charge
  • Fitbit One
  • Nike+ Fuelband SE
  • Withings Pulse Wireless Activity Tracker
  • JAWBONE Up Move Activity Tracker
  • Misfit Shine
  • Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale
  • Withings WS-50 Smart Body Analyzer
  • Pebble Smartwatch
  • Samsung Gear Fit
  • Nike+ Ipod Sensor
  • LifeTrak Move C300
  • Gymwatch Sensor
  • Basis Peak

Everyday I'm Hustlin': A Man Straps 94 iPhones to His Body in an Attempt to Smuggle Them Into China



This guy's "gait" and "posture" tipped off Hong Kong authorities as he tried to make his way to over to China.  (Ya think???!)  Ninety-four of the latest models of the iPhone strapped to his body: 5S, 6 and 6 Plus.

The coveted phones are said to cost less in Hong Kong than in China.


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Contaminated Beer to Blame in 72 Deaths in Mozambique?



Over the weekend a funeral was held for a child in Mozambique.  That child's mother is said to have brewed a traditional beer known as Pombe; which is now thought to be the culprit behind the deaths of 72 people (including herself) and hospitalization of 35 more.

From Huffington Post:

About 35 victims are now hospitalized, down from 196, according Paula Bernardo, director of health, women and social welfare in the northeastern Tete province. At least seven people are still in critical condition in hospitals in the Chitima district, Bernardo told Radio Mozambique.
Dozens of people fell ill in Chitima and in the neighboring Songo district after drinking traditional beer, known as Pombe, at a funeral over the weekend. The beer, brewed from millet or corn flour, is believed to have been poisoned with crocodile bile, according to district health officials.
Police investigating the incident said the barrel in which the beer was originally brewed has since disappeared, hampering the investigation.
Police have no leads, police spokesman Zeferino Sande told Radio Mozambique. Medical and law enforcement reinforcements were sent to the region to assist with the disaster.
Blood and traditional beer samples were sent to the capital Maputo to be tested, said provincial health director Carle Mosse.
District health officials said Sunday that it was likely crocodile bile that poisoned the beer, a common practice in the region. The mother of the child whose funeral people attended, had brewed the beer and died.
One expert questioned the claim that crocodile bile is poisonous.
Johan Marais, a South African who has farmed crocodile for eight years, said he has tested many parts of the animal for consuming. He said that the animal's bile, a greenish-brown liquid produced in the liver and stored in the gall bladder, was found not to be toxic.
However, some traditions demand that when a crocodile is killed, that the reptile's bile be removed and buried in front of witnesses to ensure that it does not fall into the wrong hands, and used as poison.
Medical tests are yet to confirm the exact source of contamination.
Mozambique's government on Sunday declared three days of mourning, from Monday to Wednesday.

Explaining My Absence...

Pic source: Kimberlyloc.com
No.  I wasn't out living it up soooo much that I couldn't post anything on this site.  (Though I wish I were.) I gotta keep it straight with y'all, even though we all know the internet is the last place that anyone tells the truth about themselves!  Ever notice how everyone is like so abundantly rich and "making moves", living the good life (says them) online??  It's ridiculous!

Anyways, that's a whole 'notha post for another time.

Look.. I don't even know how many "Where I Been" posts one blog can possibly have.  (Seriously)  Since I began this blog in 2010, I've gone MIA quite a few times.  But this last mind trip has been the longest.  Take a look at the posts.... MONTHS!

There's a post here and there since July 2014.  Mostly posts that I very consciously willed myself to throw together and publish.  You know, for the sake of being a "Blogger".   And I think that's the thing, kind of... I don't know... The whole feeling of having to post daily and attempting to keep everything current.  Came a time when that wasn't cool for me anymore.  I used to be super pressed to throw a post together and publish it before it hit all the other, known gossip/urban sites.  For instance, I check Huffington Post several times a day and follow TMZ on Twitter.  As far as news coverage, all your crime stories and politics, etc., Huffington Post is usually the site that A LOT of the blogs get their information from.  Believe me.  I've seen straight copy-and-paste on many sites that don't even credit the ole Huff.  And then, for the credible celebrity news, TMZ pretty much has that on lock.  Again, most sites' source.

So, I'd get news from originating sites, such as those mentioned above, and work super fast on creating and publishing a post before some of the other blogs had a chance to post.  And many times that I failed to post before them I'd either not post at all or post and have this nagging feeling that I am LATE and shouldn't have bothered with it.

...And then came my decision, (whether consciously or subconsciously, I can't tell which to be honest),  to only post when I felt like getting around to it.  No more rushing to regurgitate what is seen on every other blog net-wide.  And essentially that turned into me cranking out an average of about 3 posts per month since July 2014.

Three posts per month for about 7 months.  I used to publish that many posts by lunchtime everyday, prior to July.  You know?..

And I didn't miss it.  I still stayed abreast of all the news.  I just went from gathering news and sharing to simply hoarding the news all for myself.

Plus, I don't get paid for this SHIT!  <<And that, right there, trumps all else said before.  Because, for a cute lil penny, I'd regurgitate stories all day long!  Y'all know it's all about the motherfuckin' money!... Y'all know that! 

(Does the big advertisers endorse swear words??)

Anyways, today is a day that I woke up feeling like doing something old and familiar.  So, I'll be putting up a few posts today and we'll see where it goes from there.