Oklahoma ex cop sentenced to 263 years

Daniel Holtzclaw was found guilty on multiple charges brought again him Thursday, after 13 women came forward with allegations of being sexual assaulted by the former Oklahoma City police officer. Holtzclaw was under investigation after a woman he sexually assuallted came forward, leading investigators to 12  other women who also accused him of being sexually assaulted from December 2013 to June 2014. The month long trial saw testimony from all 13 women, with 36 charges brought forward. He was found guilty of 18 charges, including rape, forcible oral sodomy and indecent exposure.   Unlike most news stories involving police misconduct and violence against black people, this trial has not received mass media attention. My question is, why? Throughout recent years, the media has extensively covered stories of excessive force and violence from police officers, often leading to the death of dozens of black males in the country, and who were typically found not guilty or charges failed to even be brought forward. However, one of the only cases in which a police officer is actually faces charges for crimes he committed, it has been minimally covered in the main stream media and news outlets. Social media has once again become the main platform for exposing the truth and giving this trial the attention it deserves. For more information on this case and trial, please feel free to check out the links below: The 13 Women Who Accused A Cop of Sexual Assault, In Their Own Words Former Police Officer Daniel Holtzclaw Found Guilty of Rape Cop Who Allegedly Abused Black Women Faces All-White...

Firefox Launches App for iOS

Firefox is having a big week! After releasing their financial results for 2014, just shy of $330 million, The Washington Post also reported on Firefox launching an app available for iOS devices. Over recent years Firefox has become preferred choice of users for their computers and Android devices, and now Apples users can get the same opportunity. Additionally, with Firefox ending their contract with Google last year, the company is focused on other browsers like Yahoo and Yandex as their default default search engine. Chris Beard, Mozilla’s CEO, has this to say about their decision, “In evaluating our search partnerships, our primary consideration was to ensure our strategy aligned with our values of choice and independence, and positions us to innovate and advance our mission in ways that best serve our users and the Web.” Previously, I was accustom to using Google Chrome over Mozilla Firefox, but recently I have made the switch to Firefox and found it easier to use and navigate, especially when working from campus. I will be downloading the Firefox app for my iPhone, Safari has got to go; however, the app doesn’t allow users to make it their default browser, so an extra click or two will be...

Simplicity is Key!

  This weeks blog update was minimal opposed to my revamp a few weeks ago; my main focus was typography and sharing content.   To ensure readability, I changed my headline front color to blue, removed the italicized front for clarity,  and also, underlined each headline to emphasize each posts title. Additionally, I adjusted the front size for the content in each post, making it easier to read on a mobile device. With this weeks topic focusing on curating content from an audience, I decided to add a “sharing” option to my blog and posts. This will make it easier for content to be sharing on other websites and social media platform, if desired. To this was quite easy. I activated the “ShareThis” feature in the plugin section of WordPress, also accessible here –> ShareThis! And lastly, I provided my other social media accounts to my “So, You Want to Get to Know Me. . .” page....

Detroit Church Hosts Prayer Vigil for Paris Victims

 After the horrific terrorist attack that left 129 people dead and many injured in Paris Friday night, people from all over the world have voiced their support for the victims on social media and news stories. In Detroit, a local church held a prayer vigil, in show of support for the France and Paris. The vigil was orchestrated by a young woman who has family in friends living in Paris. A few dozen people from ‘all walks of life” came to show their support, and garnered the emphasis of coming together as people and not just through segregated religions or races. “Terrorism is not only against Christian or Muslim, terrorism is evil and is against all religion,” said Imam Husham Husainy of the Carbela Islamic Center, at the vigil held Saturday night. Detroit is rich in French natives, and is home to roughly 4,000 French people, and has 70 French businesses in the metro, according to local residents. For more on this story, check out the link below. Detroit Church Honors Victims of Paris Attacks...

My Top Ten Travel Destinations!

I’ve always wanted to travel, and if ever given the opportunity I would travel to overseas Europe, and also, within the United States. I’ve realized that most of the places I want to visit, I’ve gotten from movies and TV shows, when I was younger. Below is my map of my top 10 travel destinations, check it...

“Spotlight” is Spot-on in its Journalistic Portrayal

 Debuted on November 6, Spotlight, was met with critical acclaim for its representation of the 2002 Massachusetts Catholic sexual abuse scandal, and its accurate imitation of The Boston Globe’s “Spotlight” team’s coverage of the case. An article published by TakePart, commended the film and director Tom McCarthy’s effort to showcase the fundamental need for investigative journalism in news reporting. Many news sources have emphasized the importance of producing online material to retain their audience, but have not attempted to rebuild the “foot on the ground” hard-hitting, investigative journalism, that once was a definitive factor in producing worth-reading news. The critical decline of journalist, the increasing demand for free news, and numerous online news sources, are not acceptable measures to produce quality material, McCarthy says, and I couldn’t agree more. The amount of quality, dedication, and hard work that comes with actual investigative journalism, does not compare to the mass amounts of “news” that is published by multiple news sources, for the sake of getting a story out. Today’s news stories often focus on the “who” and rarely “what” that people need to know. Without a redemption in sight, investigative journalism is continuously placed on a back burner, for Kardashian and Donald Trump’s immigration discrimination news, that is given the forefront; however, Spotlight is here to remind us why we still need this essential form of journalism, today. Check out the trailer for Spotlight...

The Sun Removes Their Paywall!

With this week’s discussion  about websites use of  paywalls, the biggest question to answer has been, is it profitable? Unfortunately for The Sun’s online website, it has not been, as the company decided to remove it completely, starting November 30th. The Sun is a tabloid newspaper that is based in the United Kingdom, whose content showcase a majority of entertainment news. The Guardian reported on the inevitable decision of Rupert Murdoch, owner of The Sun, to go against his long standing belief of profiting from editorial content, and foregoing the company’s paywall, hoping to compete its rival, Mail Online. Last July, the company removed parts of the paywall, but did not boost its revenue. As The Sun’s website has seen brighter days. Their audience has slipped noticeably withing recent months, and has less than an average of one million views daily, with its competitor maintaining a consistent 13 millions views daily. In order to combat the financial loss of removing their paywall, The Sun plans to boost their story count, looking to gain to attraction and views from web users. Their goal is to produce “a straightforward, easy-to-use access shop front”, with a complete revamp of their website. A link to this story is located here –> The Sun Removes Websites...

#IamNotJust

Lady Gaga launched her campaign, #IamNotJust, Saturday morning, that looked to change the way people were labeled by themselves and others, based on pure assumptions. As her campaign began to trend on Twitter, she had many followers, re-posting, micro-blogging, and tweeting about it. Gaga tweeted and posted to instagram faithfully throughout the day, even while she attended the Emotion Revolution event at Yale University, that was live streamed for her followers and supporters to watch. The event was shared, explored, and spread throughout the day, gaining an impressive following in a short amount of time. Below this post is a Storify story, showcasing the spread and trend of #IamNotJust throughout its first to days, check it out! [View the story “Lady Gaga takes over Social Media with #IamNotJust campaign” on...

Million Man March 2015

It may not have been millions this time, but Friday’s 20th anniversay of the legendary Million Man March had an amazing turn out. Thousands of supports gathered in Washington D.C., under the new name #JusticeorElse, to protest the unjust actions that have led to many deaths of black Americans in recent years.     Then:   Now:   Although it had been talked about for months, many people had no idea the event was happening until it was already underway, and after seeing many posts on social media about said gathering, many people became upset that their was not national news coverage of this historical event. But I ask, were they acutally looking? Backlash from social media users quickly criticized news sources like CNN and MSNBC, and also, BET, who took some heat for their lack of coverage on a “black” event. Even though there was not a massive amount of TV coverage, many news sources, including those previously stated, posted news stories covering the event on their websites.        In a previous post, I shared results from a study done by the Media Insight Project, that focused on how young adults gather and consume their news. The results were spot on when it referred to younger millenials relying on social media or simply, stumbling upon their news while on social media websites. By no means is this a bad thing, but what is not understood is that social media is not specifcally a credible news source. Of course news and current event are talked about on social media, but it is largely opinionated and usually lacking of facts....

Every Blog Loves a Good Makeover :)

After reviewing the online course, Functional Web Design, I received some awesome tips on how to makeover by blog! The most important tips I read were about catering to your audiences needs, making a blog easy to read and follow for readers, and knowing your blogs strengths and weakness. As you can tell, my blog has a new layout and background. Although I liked the funky colors and set up of my previous layout, I found it to be extremely bulking and hard to read my name and tagline, so I decided to go with something simple and elegant, but still has a pop of color. The course I took stressed making sure your blog readable and accessible for everyone, so a change to my layout was crucial. Also, having a bulking content layout can be a turn off for readers, so I adjusted my posts to have the headline and a partial excerpt from the post, to give my readers the choice of previewing the post before committing to reading the entire thing. Another noticeable change to my blog, are the widgets I added. There is a small “thank you” to my readers to visiting my blog, gallery of my Instagram account, and my RSS feed from my Feedly account. I know some of my readers must be wondering where I get my post concepts about, so I added the RSS widget, to allow my readers to view some of the articles I come across daily, and possibly, join Feedly if they don’t already have an account or RSS feed themselves. My posts are traditionally related to my classes,...