For better or worse, my citizenship in the United States is not subject to question or debate. I can rest easy knowing the soil beneath my feet is mine by birthright. Despite this assurance, I’m ashamed to mention how long I go before I remember, and ultimately, appreciate this privileged position. It is only when I am left to question the citizenship status of others that I reflect on my own.
Gracious enough to spare a few minutes before celebrating their first book club on the road, I parlayed with the four founders (Attah “A.T.” Essien, Kenny Reeves, Terrance “T. Lee” Lee, and Sobechi “Sobe” Ibekwe) to learn more about their idea to discuss influential Hip Hop albums, their interpretation of the genre’s rapidly changing sound, and what’s next for the growing platform. Oh, and, their intent to continue producing quality content and “make that sh*t look sexy.”
Facebook and Instagram believe they can change the world’s dialogue for the better. With DeepText, a natural language algorithm, the platforms attempt to combat destructive speech by scanning and flagging endless amounts of web text, spam, and derogatory comments. The impact of this algorithm can change how users engage. But, will it be for the better?
VSB has leveraged the shifting preferences of young, tech savvy consumers. Technology has enabled , consumers to seek out platforms that resonate with their interests. For VSB, that meant becoming a vital cultural source for the growing Black Millennial community.
Amazon made major headlines last month after the announcement of their blockbuster acquisition of organic food supermarket chain Whole Foods Markets. The deal, which has Amazon acquiring the supermarket chain at $42 per share, is significant because it allows Amazon to leverage its already massive, low-margin business model to provide even more convenience for its customers.
Jay-Z isn’t the best lyricist ever. He didn’t sell the most records. It’s unlikely his list of #1 hits on Billboard Hot 100 is at the top either. However, one will be hard pressed to deny his relevance to popular music. Is relevance a criteria of the academy?
IF KANYE WEST AND JAY-Z ARE RAP GODS, CHANCE THE RAPPER IS HERCULES AS HE FORGES HIS PATH TO HIP HOP MT. OLYMPUS. HE TRIUMPHS OVER EVERY TRIAL, CHANGES THE WAY THE INDUSTRY FUNCTIONS, AND ASCENDS TO A GOD-LIKE LEVEL. BUT, LIKE HERCULES, HE REMAINS WITH THE PEOPLE, MAKING CHANCE A MARKETING GENIUS.