60 Minutes recently traveled to Italy to get the story behind one of the world’s wost iconic car manufacturers.
Sometimes the internet doesn’t suck…
There’s no question that New York is one of the best cities on Earth. I’ve been living here for 6 years now, and have managed to capture what I think are some decent shots of the city. Some are more recent than others, but I have never assembled them in one place until now. I hope you enjoy.
You may not like him as a musician. You may not like him as a man. But Jay-Z’s ability to not simply remain relevant, but to keep the #1 spot in a chokehold and always raise the bar despite a changing landscape in music and forever fickle fans is something to be admired.
I call it the ‘chameleon effect.’ The ability to adapt, to change, to reinvent oneself is a skill that not many possess. It’s in that spirit that Hov began this ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’ project. He told us in the slick commercial that aired during the NBA playoffs that he had to write the “new rules” as it related to distribution and album sales. So he teamed up with Samsung and released 1 million digital copies to its users a week prior to the albums release in stores. This unprecedented move guaranteed another platinum album before it was even on shelves. Brilliant. The RIAA didn’t even know what hit them, and subsequently changed its rules on how it counts digital sales.. How’s that for #NewRules?
Jay-Z’s first video from the album, ‘Picasso Baby’ keeps with the theme of doing things the music world has not yet witnessed. Jay-Z recently invited a select group of A-listers and power players in the art world to the Pace Gallery in New York for the Picasso Baby video shoot, or as he calls it “performance art.”
The result is a dope video that shows Jay-Z interacting with fans as he raps the lyrics to the song. But it’s so much more than a simple music video. Jay-Z is the muse as well as the musician. His pen is his paintbrush, and the lyrics his canvas. He’s been painting vivid images with his words for years and this time he took over an art gallery for his latest exhibit.
This Magna Carta project and ‘Picasso Baby’ video are the first lessons in ‘Personal Branding 101.’ Hov knows the value of his brand and leveraged it to go platinum despite digital piracy, music label red tape, and an industry-wide decline in album sales. He knows his brand is so strong that he leveraged it to film a music video in an art gallery while rubbing elbows with some of New York’s elite. In a society so consumed with attracting more “followers,” the fact that Jay-Z has been and continues to be a pioneer should not be forgotten. Respect.
What happens when an entire industry teams up to deny the science we all know to be true? MSNBC’s Chris Hayes takes an in-depth look at the issues surrounding climate change. What’s more dangerous to our environment carbon or Congress??
We’ve been hearing about China’s rapid changes and economic prosperity for many years. When I was in Beijing for the 2008 Olympics, I saw what that looked like first-hand. Construction cranes dotted the skyline, and a it seemed like a new structure was being erected on every corner. I wondered at the time if those signs truly indicated what was really happening in China, or if there was more beneath the surface…
Come to find out, there’s more beneath the surface. Housing development is one surefire way to raise a country’s GDP, and China has been on a building frenzy in recent years. Numerous new cities have been built over reclaimed villages and farmland as China transitions its society and attempts to urbanize.
Vice, the best show on TV right now (in my humble opinion) went to China to investigate further, as did 60 Minutes back in March. What they found were large cities, built for 1 million or more people with only 30,000 or so residents. Ghost towns in essence..
And that is why this report from the Times is so important. China plans to move a quarter billion (250,000,000) people from rural areas into the vacant cities they are building all around the country at unprecedented pace. This migration will cost $5 trillion according to estimates.
We all remember how the collapse of the U.S. housing market not only devastated this country’s economy, but had global ramifications as well. What if China’s mass migration doesn’t work, and the real-estate market tanks for a billion people?? What happens to the global economy then?
Let me begin with this caveat.. I’m a die-hard Syracuse fan, and as such the University of Michigan, while not a traditional rival, still ranks pretty high on the ‘schools I don’t like’ list. I won’t even mention the final four debacle..
I long for the days when the Syracuse quarterback outplayed the Michigan signal-caller, and the Cuse would beat the storied Wolverines. If not win, at least make a great game of it.. If only this were 1913 and not 2013..
Actually, you could make the argument that despite the contrasting recent trajectories of the two proud programs, the one thing that still holds true in 2013 is the Syracuse QB outperforming his counterpart from Ann Arbor. In this years NFL Draft, the New York Giants selected Ryan Nassib to back up Eli Manning and his two championships. Meanwhile, Denard Robinson doesn’t even play quarterback anymore…so there’s that.
I digress… I say all of that to say I don’t usually root for Michigan, but that may soon change. I saw the above video of Jabrill Peppers,a high school senior from New jersey who recently committed to Michigan. Peppers is the #2 athlete in the nation, as well as an aspiring musician. I’m looking forward to watching this kid play for the Wolverines.
All of that talent on the field, combined with the lyrical prowess he’s displayed is a rare combination. I had visions of Deion Sanders circa 1994. Congrats young man. Stay grounded and continue to work hard. Don’t let your successes go to your head.
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