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Matchmaker Shae Primus suggests Black women stop excluding options in finding love

Shae Primus is a certified matchmaker based in Atlanta. Her company, Middleclass Matchmaker seeks to connect middle-class professionals going through life sans a partner.

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Spike Lee Says He will not use Chrisette Michele’s Music in His Netflix Series


Spike Lee is added to the long list of people disappointed in Chrisette Michele’s decision to perform at Donald Trump’s inauguration. The director took his feelings to Instagram and voiced that he would no longer be using her music in his latest Netflix project. “Good Morning Folks. I Wuz Sorry To Read That “Sistuh Girl” Is Singin’ At DT’s Inauguration (And To Use His Fav Word-SAD).” He wrote, “I Wuz Thinkin’ ’bout Using Chrisette’s Song- BLACK GIRL MAGIC In My Netflix Series SHE’S GOTTA HAVE IT…. NOT ANYMORE. And Dat’s Da Truth, Ruth.”

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inauguration protest at Trump’s Manhattan hotel


Thousands of New Yorkers — as well as a healthy contingent of entertainment industry names including Julianne Moore, Robert DeNiro, Alec Baldwin and Sally Field — gathered on Manhattan’s Upper West Side Thursday night, turning up for a political protest organized by Michael Moore, Mark Ruffalo and Fisher Stevens on the eve of the inauguration of incoming president Donald Trump.
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GS9 Affiliate Santino Boderick sentenced to 117 1/2 to 130 years

Santino Boderick the co-defendant in a Brooklyn gang conspiracy told a Manhattan judge to “suck my d–k” Wednesday just before he was ordered jailed for more than a century.

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Game of the Week: Cam and Panthers should scare Packers


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By Matt Chatham

The Carolina Panthers are not doing it with style points. The reality is this team just continues to log victories without any need for the catch-stat performances the current aberration of the game greatly favors.

The Panthers are 7-0 and are just good at football.

As the Packers come off a surprisingly poor performance against the Broncos that Cheeseheads everywhere hope was a mirage, they collide with that one team in the NFL that wins much more on collective rather than star performance. Somehow, someway the Panthers are the fourth-highest scoring team in the NFL. Yet one of the safest bets in non-Carolina markets around the country is asking someone to name all the offensive contributors for the Panthers.

 

 

 

Nevertheless, they are still a huge threat to a Packers team looking to keep a speed bump from decomposing into a slide.

It can’t be smoke and mirrors — the NFL has no endorsement deal for either of those things.  So how does this Panthers offense get it done?

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Cam Newton is the unquestioned star of the Panthers offense, but that doesn’t mean you’ll get 400-yard passing games with barrels of touchdown passes. His reputation for wildly athletic scrambles from the pocket and big, downfield throws after escaping pressure are well-earned and still a serious threat. Containing Newton in the pocket and not allowing him to run wild for big gains on pass plays is an obvious key for n defense, and will be no different for the Packers.

But the more important development to understand for a defense preparing for the 2015 Panthers offense is that Cam isn’t just Cam the running quarterback — he’s a bonafide running back option for Carolina.

“But wait . . . aren’t those basically one and the same?”  Not exactly.

Skillful scrambling quarterbacks are one thing in the NFL — there are several of those. But quarterbacks who audible and call their own numbers as direct-snap ball-carriers are an entirely different animal because it significantly changes the blockers a defensive front has to account for to have proper fits and not get gashed.

The following example shows arithmetic on the defense’s right that would normally close off that side as a run option. But with Newton at quarterback, that side is actually still very alive because the running backs are simply used as lead blockers — often without any read-option element (below).

What this means in live action is if the Packers aren’t able to hold Newton to modest gains on these kinds of plays (three yards or less, essentially) they’ll need to go to eight-man boxes to make sure they aren’t short a gap in their run front.

This Panthers pass offense isn’t one that sits back and picks a defense apart with 45 throws a game, but if they can induce a defense into eight-man boxes through these unusual running scheme plays, the passing game and those wide receivers whose names you barely know fast become open for business.

NO EDGE, NO CHANCE

This is a relatively simple theme that shows up for many teams in the NFL, but it’s particularly important against Carolina because of the collection of dynamic runners they have in their backfield. Running back Jonathan Stewart can run with power, but time and again throughout this season he’s surprised an edge defender responsible for “setting the edge” of the defense with his bounce-out ability (see below).

Green Bay has good symmetry and athleticism on the edges of their defense with outside linebackers Julius Peppers and Nick Perry, but so do many teams. The big trap teams fall into against the Panthers offense is getting “nosy” — playing against the Carolina edge blockers too tight so that defenders don’t really have leverage on either Stewart or Newton when they take off to the outside with their surprising burst.

Securing the edges of both the passing pocket and the run-blocking front are something that the Packers have to mind every snap throughout the game.  The Panthers have a quirky habit of hitting their head against the wall to no avail for several snaps until somebody gets nosy on the edge and then blasting off a game-breaking run.

ICE THE BLITZ

The Packers are one of those teams that loves to put pressure on opposing quarterbacks with creative rush schemes.  One of the biggest aspects of Cam’s game that’s grown in 2015 is his ability to stay calm under pressure and either deliver a quality ball or scorch that pressure with his feet. It’s probably illegal to admit as much, but Newton is far better at this critical aspect of big-time quarterbacking than the Wilsons and Lucks of the world.

If the Packers want to rely heavily on the blitz against Newton, they’re playing with fire. Because of his rare size and cannon arm, he shows great patience when the rush comes, willing to take the hit and still throw a strike under duress (below).

Newton’s pre- and post-snap diagnosis of pressure schemes is miles ahead of where it was just a couple years ago. He’s still apt to make a mistake, but are plenty of examples on tape of him doing so without a thinned secondary due to a pressure scheme. Especially since his receiving targets aren’t world-beaters, the decision to put less people where he’ll be throwing the ball is the kind of decision that gets you beat against this particular team.

OVERLOAD WITH OLSEN

Because the Panthers are so insistent on winning on the ground, a super-skilled tight end that can block and catch is the perfect compliment. Greg Olsen is one of those rare players who never comes off the field and really excels in all aspects of his job. He’s not a glass-eater in run-game blocking like Rob Gronkowski, but he’s proficient enough that his location in the formation is no key on the direction of the play. The Panthers are more than willing to put the point of attack in the run game right behind him.

Because he’s a significant player in the run game, jamming him in the passing game becomes more problematic for linebackers because they have to honor their line and backfield keys and not get caught chasing Olsen — who may be blocking.

The Panthers offense clicks at its highest level when Olsen gets involved in the passing game, both as a vertical seam threat and as a sticks player on third downs. The example below shows Olsen’s ability to threaten the deep part of the field through the seam and simple out jump defensive backs for 50-50 balls.

If there’s a single pass catcher on the Panthers offense that the Packers must give extra attention in coverage, it’s Olsen. A blunted Panthers running game with controlled tight end passing production is a recipe for success — a recipe that other teams are surely aware of, but thus far unable to bring to completion.

When these two elements are clicking, the wide receiving corps of Ted Ginn, Jr., Corey Brown, and Jerricho Cotchery usually go to work with timely catches.  To derail the Panthers offense from this roll that they’re on, somebody is going to have to put a full game together against them. Leaving a hole in the dam in any one of these areas and defenses have inevitably drowned against them.

If the Packers can plug them all, they will be the first.

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Apple slapped with new $840 million claim for ebooks price fixing

Apple was found guilty of conspiring with 5 major publishers to increase the prices of e-books last summer, but so far it hasn’t had to write a single check. But that could change soon thanks to a newly-filed damages claim.

Steve Berman, an attorney representing consumers and 33 states who linked up with the DOJ’s case against Apple, says the company’s actions caused e-book buyers to spend an extra $280,254,374. And wants that tripled…

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Bloomberg reports:

“State attorneys general and consumers who sued the world’s most valuable technology company over its e-book pricing are seeking $280 million in damages and want that amount tripled, a lawyer for them said in a filing yesterday with the federal judge in Manhattan who presided over the U.S. case against Apple.

The plaintiffs say they’re entitled to triple damages under antitrust law because the U.S. had already “conclusively proven” at a trial last year that Apple orchestrated a conspiracy to fix prices. The amount sought is 0.5 percent of the $158.8 billion in cash that the Cupertino, California-based company reported that it had as of the end of 2013.”

U.S. District Judge Denise Cote has said that she will hold a trial later this year to address the damages sought by the states. Cote is the Judge who found Apple guilty of e-book price fixing back in July, following a non-jury trial.

She also found Apple liable to the 33 states that joined the US Justice Department in its lawsuit. The Justice Department didn’t ask for money in its case, but it looks like the states are seeking major damages. This will be interesting.

In the meantime, Apple has other stuff to worry about. Next month, the company is set to face Samsung in round 2 of its Northern California patent infringement battle. Apple won the first round, netting nearly $1 billion in damages.

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AT&T launches new family plans

AT&T launches new family plans with ‘best-ever’ prices
By Cody Lee, Feb 1, 2014

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In an effort to fend off T-Mobile’s ‘Un-carrier’ attack, and stay competitive with Verizon, AT&T announced a new set of family plans this afternoon. The plans include unlimited talk and text and then a bucket of 10GB of data that can be shared by all of the accompanying devices.

But the big news here is the pricing. AT&T is saying that these new plans come with the best-ever prices, and at first glance, they do look appealing. For instance, the entry-level option costs just $130 per month with unlimited talk, text and then 10GB of data for 2 smartphones…

Here’s a full breakdown of the pricing:

att plansAnd here’s an excerpt from the press release:

“Get ready to take advantage of AT&T’s1 (NYSE:T) best-ever prices for people wanting a family-size bucket of data and unlimited talk and text on the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network.2 As an example, a family of four can now get unlimited talk and text, and 10GB of data – enough for the whole family to share – for $160 a month.

These best-ever prices on AT&T’s best-in-class network are available beginning tomorrow to any AT&T customer, including small businesses with up to 10 lines, and customers of Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and other wireless carriers who switch to AT&T.”

So how do these ‘best-ever’ prices compare to the other guys? Well they aren’t good enough to beat T-Mobile, which offers unlimited data for two smartphones for $100/month. Sprint and other regional carriers are also cheaper. But let’s compare it to AT&T’s biggest competitor: Verizon.

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As you can see, AT&T’s new 2-line smartphone plan is $50 cheaper than the Big Red carrier. They both give you unlimited talk and text, and 10GB of data per month, and the two companies have comparable nationwide LTE networks—well, more comparable than say Sprint or T-Mobile.

So should you switch? That answer will vary from person to person. But AT&T is nearly finished with its LTE rollout, which has consistently been rated the fastest in the country, and is now offering competitive plan pricing and $100 per-line bill credits. It’s certainly worth looking into.

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Commentator to Be Arrested Because he is Critical of Obama

Dinesh-DSouza-300x210 ObamaEver wondered if Obama has ever placed someone in jail because he didn’t like him? Yup, he did.

What’s Obama’s beef against filmmaker and author Dinesh D’Souza?

1) He’s conservative

2) He’s outspoken

3) He’s donated money to the 2012 Senate campaign (over $20,000 worth)

4) In Obama’s eyes, that’s too much money

5) D’Souza has been critical of Obama in his books and films.

6) That makes Obama mad.

Obama’s indictment of D’Souza claims that he used straw donors for his campaign donations, and misreported it. Obama doesn’t like that.

Gerald Molen, the director of D’Souza’s film 2016: Obama’s America, believes the indictment is politically motivated.

“When American citizens begin to suspect that people are being arrested for alleged minor violations because of their vocal dissent against their elected representatives or rulers, it breeds disrespect and contempt for the law and suspicion of those officials,” he told the Reporter.

Molen calls this a “minor violation,” and compares it to the IRS’s harassment of Republicans and tea party groups.

“In light of the recent events and the way the IRS has been used to stifle dissent, this arrest should send shivers down the spines of all freedom-loving Americans,” he said.

It really is true that we have become an America full of criminals; all because we wear the badge titled ‘Republican’ or ‘Conservative.’ Or ‘tea party group.’
Michael Moore made films during the Bush administration, and Bush never indicted him. Double standard? Indeed!
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Man Faces Felony Charges After Police Search His Instagram

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In today’s episode of “People Sure Like to Post Their Criminal Activity on the Internets,” we have 19-year-old Depree Johnson, of South Florida, who was charged with 142 felony accounts after his Instagram page caught the attention of local authorities.

According to Yahoo, Johnson already had a rap sheet that included grand theft, burglary, and felony possession of a firearm but he still posted incriminating photos of himself flaunting cash, jewelry, drugs and weapons on the social networking site.

A local sheriff spotted his page and called for a search warrant.  Police found $250,000 in loot including illegal guns and ammo, and Johnson was eventually named the ringleader in a string of 30 to 40 burglaries in Palm Beach-area senior centers.

Johnson has been charged with 142 counts of being a felon in possession of a weapon or ammo.

Officers also arrested four other people alleged to be working with Johnson.

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