Facebook Announces “Secret Crushes” Feature

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One of the changes Facebook is making in their sweeping update is the ability to identify your secret crush.

As a part of Facebook Dating, you will have the ability to click up to 9 people that you are already Facebook friends with as your crush.

The other people will not know you marked them unless they also click you as their secret crush.

As far as privacy goes, Facebook says, “All activity that occurs in FB Dating stays in FB Dating and will not be shared externally.” We’ll see.

Instagram officially tests hiding Like counts

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Instagram is testing out hiding the amount of likes that someone has on their post.

The person would be able to view everyone that liked their post, but would have to count them manually.

The social media website wants users to post based on their feelings and not by how many likes they receive.

Researchers are testing this new kind of Instagram in Canada.

FOH Friday: Fickle Fans, Cell Phone Companies, Donald Trump [EXCLUSIVE AUDIO]

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In this edition of FOH Friday, the morning show crew and guest host Jasmine Guy, dedicate their FOH Friday’s to a myriad of things that have been bugging them all week long.

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They go in on  people who don’t clean up after their dogs, 3D filters on Facebook, cell phone companies, fickle fans, and, of course, Donald Trump. Click on the audio player to hear more in this exclusive clip from the “Ed Lover Show.”

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George Lopez Explains Why Social Media Never Gets Under His Skin [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

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When George Lopez came through to the “Ed Lover Show,” he explained his journey of finding his voice as a comedian, and how Ed has done so himself. He talks about growing up watching Ed Lover on MTV, and how Ed’s authentic voice contributed to the success and widespread influence of that show.

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George also talks about noticing a shift in demographic at his live performances nowadays, and not letting his fear become anger. He explains why nothing he sees on social media can ruin his day or cut him too deeply, and reveals how he ended up pursuing comedy. Click on the audio player to hear more in this exclusive interview on the “Ed Lover Show.”

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David Banner Challenges Black America To “Get To Work” Following Trump Election

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Reactions to Donald Trump‘s election as President have been intense and concerning, however, David Banner is taking an optimistic approach.

Yesterday (Wednesday Nov. 9), the Mississippi rapper/producer posted a video on his Facebook page explaining that Trump becoming President “may be the best thing for black people.”

The 42-year-old rapper-activist also urged his fans to calm down and not get so emotional. “We got to stop reacting to them,” he said. “We have to plan and then react.”

In the end, Banner wants Black people to face the facts and do for self. “We are going to have to start moving as one,” he said.

Seems that Lupe Fiasco also expresses the same message on his Twitter page.

What do you think of David Banner’s comments?

Here’s Trick Daddy’s Response To The “Hoes” Who Didn’t Like His Comments About Black Women

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Trick Daddy will not let up!

After being slammed on social media for his degrading comments about black women, Trick returned to social media to share a message to the ladies who had an issue with his sexist statements.

Women on social media blasted the retired rapper for saying that black women need to “tighten up” before their White and Latina counterparts take their place in society. The Miami native took to Facebook to share how he felt about the backlash, saying, “real women know who they are,what they are and what they stand for SO F**K WHAT A RANDOM BITCH WITH TOO MUCH TIME ON HER HAND HAS TO SAY .. you hoes are followers.”

Judging by the backlash from his sexist comments and footage of him spitting at a camera due to a nasty comment from Facebook live, Trick Daddy may need to leave social media behind and realize that the Internet is undefeated every time.

PHOTOCREDIT: Getty, Facebook 

Karma! Life-Insurance Company Fires Manager For Telling Black Lives Matter Activist To ‘Die’

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One of these days, folks are gonna realize that the world — or the Twitterverse — is always watching. A lesson that we’re sure New York Life Insurance’s Corey Multer wishes he’d learned before he violently came for Black Lives Matter leader Shanelle Matthews on social media. 

According to the Daily Dot, on Saturday Multer contacted Matthews, a complete stranger, through Facebook’s Direct Messenger function leaving the following horrific note: “You f*$king racist pig whore. The world would be a much better place if you jumped in front of a moving train. Die!”



Obviously, Matthews wasn’t going to be quiet about this vile harassment.

The lead communications strategist for the Black Lives Matter National Network wrote on her Facebook page, that Multer may have singled her out due to her support of Palestinian rights and for other issues she speaks up about, the Daily Dot noted. 

“What Mr. Multer’s vicious remarks actually say is that my values and beliefs are not only wrong and unvalued but that I deserve to die because of them,” Matthews said.

“We all have a moral and ethical responsibility to hold accountable those who use rhetoric to incite unprovoked violence, to affirm that a grievance of disagreement does not warrant a death wish, and that people’s sexual proclivities don’t make them disposable,” she added. 

But Matthews wasn’t done.

She later found out that Multer worked at New York Life Insurance as their Managing Director (which was on his profile page for everyone to see) and then she reached out to his employer via Twitter to show them how horrible their employee is.


And while one would think Multer’s firing should have been swift, it appeared that New York Life was dragging their feet a bit, Tweeting that they were “looking into it,” after Matthews said on Twitter that she’d made numerous phone calls without getting a prompt response.



Finally, the good news hit:

In the end, it’s clear that Multzer thought he would get away with this racist and sexist nonsense, but clearly, he messed with the wrong one.


Not this time indeed.


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Father Knows Best: Did Odell Beckham Jr.’s Dad Just Shade Khloe Kardashian?

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If you let Odell Beckham, Sr. tell it, the media is wrong about his son dating Khloe Kardashian.

Odell Beckham, Jr.‘s dad went on a rant via Facebook after someone hit his page with “crap” concerning Khloe keeping his NFL player son company at Drake‘s Memorial Day Weekend pool party.

“Really!?! Please don’t put crap like this on my page!!! This is not the Shade Room. He is 23 at a freaking party!!! Wow… lol,” he wrote in a message to his Facebook friends.

Ironically enough, it was the Shade Room who provided screenshots of his full reaction, in which Beckham, Sr. continues: “Ridiculous that GROWN MEN & WOMEN people are worried about a young man’s life and his parents don’t bc we know the TRUTH!!!!! This is RETARDED…… Lol WOW!”

We haven’t heard from his son yet, but Khloe responded to the rumors, tweeting simply, “It’s not that deep.” Click here for more of KoKo’s alleged reaction.

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Tracy Morgan Plays Air Guitar In Honor Of Prince

It’s pretty cool when celebrities do “normal people” things that everyone can relate to. Because they’re worshipped for their talent, it can be hard for someone in the public eye to just cut away and enjoy life. Those moments might be few and far between (although if you’re on Twitter it might seem like a frequent occurrence) but when they happen, a small part inside of you smiles, knowing that you just might have something in common with a random superstar.

Tracy Morgan provided one of those moments when he uploaded a video of him playing air guitar to Prince’s “Sign O’ The Times.” The above video is the first of two that Tracy posted, with him absolutely losing his sh*t. He doesn’t look like a famous celebrity putting on for the camera. He looks just like everyone else. A person who’s a fan of someone who recently passed and is trying to keep that person’s spirit alive through their music. The second video is below.

Morgan talked about Prince’s impact in The Hollywood Reporter.

“Was he an influence? Absolutely!” Morgan said. “He was free. He came from the heart. He was talking about making love, he was a sexy man!” Morgan added that Prince’s music taught him “how to be gentle,” in addition to gifting him with some bedroom tips. “Because of [Prince], I once sucked a titty for an hour,” Morgan revealed. “At the end, it looked like a tater tot.”

For the record, that last part regarding a tater tot probably isn’t a good idea to try at home.

SOURCE: Complex, THR | VIDEO: Facebook

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#NotOnMyWatch: Mark Zuckerberg Reads ‘All Lives Matter’ Employees For Filth

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While social media has helped the Black Lives Matter movement flourish, some white employees at Facebook seem to have serious issues with it.

According to Gizmodo, Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently sent a private memo reading his employees for vandalizing the company’s signature walls. Apparently, they were crossing out Black Lives Matter slogans and replacing it with “all lives matter.”


According to Mic, sources confirmed that this was happening at the Menlo Park headquarters “where there are a number of whiteboards around the office where employees and visitors alike can write and brainstorm freely.” Clearly, this has been an ongoing problem, happening 10-15 times. 

“Despite my clear communication at Q&A last week that this was unacceptable, and messages from several other leaders from across the country, this has happened again.” he wrote.

He added, “I was already very disappointed by this disrespectful behavior before, but after my communication I now consider this malicious as well.”

Zuckerberg also reminded employees that caring about African-Americans doesn’t mean not appreciating others, but more about supporting “the black community [to achieve] the justice they deserve.”

In addition to checking their employees, the company has launched an investigation to find the vandals and will host a town hall on March 4 to address these issues.

These types of incidents shouldn’t be that surprising given the staunch lack of diversity in Silicon Valley. African-Americans and Latinos make up a mere 4 percent of Facebook’s employees, while Twitter only 3 percent, Mic points out.

While many major tech companies have opened their eyes to racial and gender tensions within their workplaces, instituting new diversity initiatives, clearly the impact has yet to be felt.

[SOURCES: Gizmodo, Mic]


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Facebook CEO Blasts Employees For Crossing Out Black Lives Matter Signs

Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg has reportedly taken his staff to task for scrawling "all lives matter" over "black lives matter" messages written on the walls of the social network's Menlo Park, California headquarters. Zuckerberg posted a message for empl

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg sent a stern message to employees who have been crossing out the “Black Lives Matter” slogan on a public company art wall and writing in “All Lives Matter.” Zuckerberg’s frustration was voiced in an internal memo that was leaked, according to an exclusive report from Gizmodo.

Reporters at Gizmodo were able to obtain the private memo, which was originally posted via a Facebook employee-only intranet system. In the memo, Zuckerberg addressed the troubling incidents at the social media giant’s Menlo Park, Calif. headquarters.

A portion of Zuckerberg’s memo is posted below, as reported by CNN Money:

There have been several recent instances of people crossing out ‘black lives matter’ and writing ‘all lives matter’ on the walls at MPK.

Despite my clear communication at Q&A last week that this was unacceptable, and messages from several other leaders from across the company, this has happened again. I was already very disappointed by this disrespectful behavior before, but after my communication I now consider this malicious as well.

There are specific issues affecting the black community in the United States, coming from a history of oppression and racism. ‘Black lives matter’ doesn’t mean other lives don’t — it’s simply asking that the black community also achieves the justice they deserve.

Zuckerberg continued and said that the incidents were “hurtful” and tiresome,” adding that there is an ongoing investigation of who has been crossing out the slogan. He also invited staff to attend a March town hall meeting that will serve as a primer for those to learn more about the Black Lives Matter movement.

The company confirmed to CNN Money that the memo was a factual document but would not elaborate further.

Facebook has come under fire in recent times for the lack of racial and gender diversity, with just 2 percent of the staff reported as Black. The company confirmed to CNN Money that the memo was a factual document but would not elaborate further.

SOURCE: Gizmodo, CNN Money | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty | VIDEO CREDIT: Inform


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“Which One Is The Mom” Photo Goes Left For UK Mother/Daughter Duo

Riding in after the viral photo of a mother and her twin teens that had everyone asking “which one is the mom?” Donna Galt, 33, and Mya, 14, said they, too, stump people who run into the UK mother/daughter duo.

The two appeared on ITV This Morning’s “hot topic” segment, where the host explained that Donna and Mya are the UK’s version of twin Kaylan Mahomes, her sister Kyla, and mother Tina Brown.

As a reminder, here are the “triplets” in all their glory. After a week of speculation (and “Black don’t crack” memes), the family came forward to reveal that Brown was the woman on the left (in the black blazer).


Things didn’t go so well for Donna and Mya, who said they are often mistaken for sisters. The two even dress alike when they go out with one another.

But Twitter users weren’t buying it. In fact, they quickly pointed out who the mother was in this case.



It may seem obvious, but we’re still going to ask the question: Can you tell the difference? Sound off below…

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Son Wants To Put Lottery Ticket On Facebook, Dad Hilariously Curses Him Out

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Parents either hate technology, or see it as some sort of sorcery and magic.

Fortunately in this instance, it’s the former. A man recently recorded his father showing off his lottery ticket from the failed $800 million drawing last week. All’s well until the dad tells his son not to post the video on Facebook. Like any good kid, he trolls his dad by saying, “Don’t worry about what I post on Facebook.”

All he wanted to do was show the world what he thought was the winning number.

And suddenly, the words “Don’t act so fucking stupid” can’t leave his dad’s mouth soon enough. In his rage, he doesn’t even hesitate to call his son a “stupid motherfucker.” The father’s perfectly plausible explanation is that people will come after them for the $800 million cash winnings. He cares if his granddaughter gets kidnapped, but his son’s well-being isn’t too important. “If they want to snatch you I don’t give a fuck,” he blurts out.

Let this be a lesson to any kids trolling their parents: keep doing it.

SOURCE: Power 107.5 | VIDEO SOURCE: YouTube

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Good Samaritan Gives Shirt Off His Back To Homeless Man In New York City

A man was caught on camera generously giving the shirt off his back to a homeless man on the subway in Manhattan.

A touching moment of kindness between two people was caught on camera after a man literally gave the shirt off his back to a shivering homeless man on Friday evening.

The New York Daily News reports the viral video below was posted by Lazaro Nolasco on Facebook and has received just over 12 million views. Nolasco says he was on the subway train leaving the Washington Heights area of the city Friday night when he saw a man identified as “Jay” walk up to a homeless man and give him his shirt and hat.

Nolasco said the passenger asked the homeless man if he was OK and if he needed to go to the hospital.

Shivering and hunched over, the do-gooder helped the man put the white t-shirt and black skull-cap on.

The New York Daily News reports:

“It was just us on the train,” said Nolasco, whose video of the encounter went viral.

“The guy didn’t have a shirt on,” he told the Daily News. “His body looked sick. The guy did a good deed, so I wanted to record it. I would tell him, ‘God bless him.’ That was thoughtful.”

The 21-year-old posted the video that evening after getting off the train at 42nd Street. The encounter occurred just a few days after temperatures in the city dropped to blistering lows.

Last Sunday, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed an executive order to have the homeless taken off the streets and placed into shelters when temperatures drop to 32 degrees Fahrenheit or below. The New York Times reports the order was put into place to ensure public safety. The low on Friday averaged 31 degrees.

Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters he respected the strategy. The tactic was used in the past by former mayor Edward I. Koch, but met legal obstacles.

The Coalition for the Homeless reports the majority of New York’s homeless population is living with an undiagnosed mental illness. More than 100,000 men, women, and children make up the New York Shelter system. Approximately 57 percent of shelter residents are African-American, 31 percent are Latino.

SOURCE: New York Daily News, NY Times, Coalition of the Homeless | VIDEO CREDIT: Facebook, Inform


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The Force Awakens: Man Threatened To Shoot Friend For Spoiling ‘Star Wars’ Plot

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Is ruining the end of the new Star Wars movie a total buzzkill? Sure. But serious enough to threaten shooting a friend? Probably not.

Well, that’s what happened when Arthur Charles Roy of Montana got angry when a kid shared a subplot in a Facebook post. But his response wasn’t simply a joke that he left in the comment section- instead he sent the victim a picture of him holding a gun, alleging it was a Colt 1911 with a “hair trigger.”

The friend responded by calling a school resource officer to report the threat, which was taken so seriously that his school was shut down for the better part of Friday morning. Roy was arrested on Friday afternoon much to his mothers dismay, who claims it was just a BB gun.

Roy was charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon and has been jailed with his bail set at $10,000. May the force be with him.

SOURCE: NY Daily News | VIDEO SOURCE: Inform

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5 Signs You Are Addicted To Social Media

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Whether or not this applies to you, some people have a hard time admitting that they struggle with social media addiction. You know, the people who eat, sleep and s**t with their phones in their hands at all times or the friend who calls everyone by their social media name.

Below are 5 signs that can help you determine if you spend too much time checking timelines and posting selfies every other hour.

1. Whether you’re at home or even worse out at dinner, you snap a pic before you taste the food or even say your grace.
2. You’re logged in to a social media account on every device you own, phone, laptop and iPad.
3. The first thing you do when you wake up is scroll your TL to the last post you saw before you went to bed.
4. The last thing you do before bed is check your timeline. Did you brush your teeth though?
5. You spend more hours each day tuned into other people’s lives than being productive. Try a new hobby for once.

Don’t worry, if you find majority of the list applies to you or someone you know, there are some ways to help overcome this addiction. Apps like Moment or Cheeky are used to help you calculate how much you check your phone and how much time you’re spending on apps.

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