Conversation & Controversy Sparked By CNN’s Black in America 4

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Advice For Emerging Black Tech Entrepreneurs – CNN BIA4 from ICED MEDIA on Vimeo.

CNN once again hit us with a the 4th installment of their Black in America series, this time bringing to light the disparities of the tech world. This edition, titled “Silicon Valley – The New Promised Land” was hosted by Soledad O’Brien. Michael Arrington, founder of tech crunch and a venture capatilist sparked conversation and controversy with his comment “I don’t know a single black entrepreneur” and stating further “Not enough women or people of color are even asking for funding.”

The response, was divided, some saying he’s right while others grew angry citing dozens of website founders, graphic designers, programmers, engineers and coders they know. The tech world, seems to be color blind, so blind they aren’t even aware of their own bias and failure to provide funding to Black founders. With the growing economic and innovation oportunities evolving in the tech space lack of funding and investment opportunities for Black tech entrepreneurs has become a serious issue.

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Tionna Smalls Speaks on New Season, New Projects & Lessons in Reality TV [interview]

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Tionna Smalls hosted an intimate viewing party for the new season of the VH1 show “What Chilli Wants” at her newly opened store Lovey’s in Brooklyn.

Amongst the laughs, smiles, and hugs from close friends and family, we managed to grab Tionna for a quick interview right after viewing the first episode.  In this interview she tells us what we can expect to see this season, her thoughts on the image of black women on reality TV, and the story of how she landed her first paid gig at Gawker. She also dishes about her new book, and a few other ventures she’s launching behind the scenes.

Watch the video to hear her thoughts on what you can expect this season, and her image in reality TV.

Style: Chloe & Reese Sample Sale

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Angela & Vanessa Simmons Introduce Home Sweet Home Collection

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Movie Review – Hot Tub Time Machine

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Hot Tub Time Machine

Four guy friends, all of them bored with their adult lives, travel back to their respective 80s heydays thanks to a time-bending hot tub.

What Worked: Ok, here we go. Hot Tub Time Machine. Do I really need to say more? Based on this title how could you not immediately want to run out and see this? Still no? Whats wrong with you? Ever since I saw the red band teaser trailer back in July, I’ve been hyped up to see this. One of the great things about this, besides how funny it is, is the cast. Besides John Cusak, the other 3 leads are usually “second bananas” and are only cast in small roles. But this brings out the people who I’ve watched for years to the forefront. With as much hype as this movie was getting before it came out, it had to great. No one was saying a bad word about it. And they all turned out to be right. When I heard it was “this years The Hangover“, i was annoyed because I hate movie comparisons like that. But it really is this years The Hangover. If, for some strange reason, you didn’t like that movie, then you’d better skip this one.

What Didn’t Work: Going into this I knew it was going to be stupid. But good stupid, not Disaster Movie stupid. So, if your one of those people who cant watch a movie without noticing all its plot holes and being bothered by it, than this isn’t the movie for you. And if I had one complaint, it would be how much the ending makes no sense. But its a time travel movie. Those never make any sense.

Score: 9/10

Movie Review- How to Train Your Dragon

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How to Train Your Dragon

A hapless young Viking who aspires to hunt dragons becomes the unlikely owner of a young dragon himself, and learns there may be more to the creatures than he assumed.

What Worked: I am really loving this new wave of animated films. Years ago, one would come out and be bad. But written off because “it’s for kids”. And only a couple of good ones came out. But now these films are getting better. Maybe its because of Pixar. We now have such high standards for animated movies. And Dragon is one of those great animated movies. Its perfect for kids and for adults. With the 3D…their seems to be a lot of backlash now with 3D films. I do agree that not every movie needs 3D. Its just another way to jack up ticket prices. But animated films in 3D are just beautiful. Dragon isn’t a traditional animated movie. More action-adventure than comedy. And very heartfelt (a word I’ve never used before). And the score is just fantastic. This years Cloudy with A Chance of Meatballs.

What Didn’t Work: Everything worked. NOW GO SEE IT.

Side Note: I do feel a bit weird giving this a 10/10 because that implies its a perfect film. But I honestly tried to find something wrong with it. Anything. But I couldn’t.

Score: 10/10

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