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Taraji P. Henson & My Houzz Renovate Her Mom’s Home (Video)

Beautiful sista doing something beautiful for her mom. A renovation that made a wonderful home that much closer to perfect. Easy to watch Taraji in anything, but what’ll get you is mom’s reaction when she lays eyes on the finished ‘new’ home when Taraji does the big reveal.

Watch actress Taraji P. Henson surprise her stepmother, Angie, with a renovation of Angie’s kitchen, living room and dining room in the Washington, D.C., area.
– HouzzTV

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Business: How Bear Grylls Really Makes All His Money (Video)

Shame on me for falling for the okeydoke. Here I am thinking the dude just rakes in cash from insanely hopping out of helicopters, taking off his shirt whenever possible, and eating all kinds of unnecessary bugs with a British accent. But nah, son. Grylls is about that grind. Drinking from streams is only one stream of income for Bear. He is trying to drown himself in potential liquidity… and he is NOT wasting any water #PickUpPennies #PinchPennies #PocketPennies #PoundsAndPounds #GryllsGotGuap

Man vs. Wild star Bear Grylls has actually got quite a few side projects that help keep that cash flowing even when he’s not in front of the camera. Here are some of the highlights from his financial journey over the years that have helped him mint his fortune in spades.
– Looper

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Technology: The Future Is Automated… But Will There Be A Place For Humans In It? (Documentary)

That headline. That is as much the question as ‘To be or not to be?’ Robots ARE replacing jobs. FACT! But what about yours? Every job is pretty much at risk according to AJ+.

Robots are already changing jobs as an endless array of robots enter our everyday lives. From trucking to service work to high-end jobs like doctors and lawyers, this documentary explores how robotics and artificial intelligence are changing the workplace.

AJ+’s documentary series on automation explores how advancements in artificial intelligence, robotics, machine learning and automated vehicles will affect jobs, cities and inequality. From trucking to radiology, new technology is already changing white collar and blue collar occupations, reshaping cities and concentrating wealth in the hands of the few. Robots are taking over the world as companies like Tesla, Amazon, Uber and Google are using robots to automate.

– AJ+

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College Student Opens Her Own Restaurant In NYC Serving Scrumptious Vegan Cuisine (Video)

Man. Why am I drooling over VEGAN chicken & waffles though. These in the video at least…

Francesca Chaney is a 22-year-old college kid with her own vegan restaurant. She swears by plant-based meals and wants to normalize them for underprivileged neighborhoods. Her restaurant, Sol Sips, is in Brooklyn, NY, and its menu is comprised of delicious, healthy eats.

Because Francesca is all about accessibility, she offers a sliding-scale brunch where customers can pay anywhere from $7 to $15 for their full meal. She hopes her mission of educating people about healthy eating grows into more Sol Sips locations and a healthier mindset for underserved communities.

– Food Insider

And she is getting her Styles P juice bar on with her approach to bringing healthy eats to the otherwise overlooked. Nice!

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Presenting Faith Newman, One Of The Architects of “Illmatic” (Video)

We certainly felt that this was a classic in the making…

Wow. An actual A&R. You see kids ‘A&R’ stands for ‘Artist & Repertoire’… a term from a bygone era of the music business when there were folks (called A&R) whose jobs were to find talent, make them commercially viable (e.g. transform raw talent into something that makes cash registers ring), and act as liaison between the label and the artist all the while. Make no mistake, A&Rs work for the music label. So, while Faith was likely enamored with Nas’ talent from the jump, she had to see DOLLAR SIGNS when she thought of his potential back in the day. She had to BELIEVE in Nas as someone who the Hip-Hop world would willing to spend money – for labels to develop as an artist and marketable ‘product’ AND for fans to buy music and tickets.

How much did she believe in Nas, even BEFORE “Illmatic” was made? Well, she went to Queensbridge to get him back in the day. And… um… you can bet she ‘stood out’ when she did. Moreover, she put herself out there and took on high risk based on her belief in the future G.O.D.M.C.

And here she is, 25 years later, talking about how glad she was that she did.

Faith Newman signed Nas to Columbia Records in the fall of 1991, but even she couldn’t predict the heights he’d be taken to after the release of “Illmatic.” Heights that “probably none of us could imagine.”
Mass Appeal

Indeed. But the streets knew, especially the bootleggers. Turns out Faith has spoken on that before… at length (see link here).

EARLIER POST: THE MASSIVE BOOTLEGGING OF NAS’ CLASSIC “ILLMATIC” ALBUM

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Erick Sermon Is Always About Business! Watch Him Speak On His Latest (Video)

Good stuff, Sway. Erick [and Parrish] Making Dollars since way back. But how? And how is business today? Somehow, you know it’s gotta be good for Erick Onasis (remember that name?).

Erick Sermon Talks Business: His New Streaming Company, Sampling Company & New Album
Sway’s Universe

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Gary Owen Speaks On Loving Black People, Joking With Them, But Staying Out Of Beef (Video)

Gary Owen does look like ‘Tommy’ from “Power” though, really. Back with the Power 105 Morning Crew for another interview. Talking T.I., Kim Kardashian, Kodak Black, and more…

Comedian Gary Owen drops in to say why he loves coming on The Breakfast Club and explains the beef he has with Delta Airlines. He also chats how he learned golf from watching Tiger Woods.
Breakfast Club Power 105.1 FM

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Chelsea Handler Speaks On Dating, The Risks Of Sex With Her, & Her New Book “Life Will Be The Death Of Me” (Video)

Man, the last time Chelsea stopped by The Breakfast Club was HILARIOUS! This one just as much so, and engaging on another level.

Comedian Chelsea Handler stops by to talk about her dating and sex life and whether or not she wants to be in a relationship. Handler also chats her experience with drugs and how they let her think in different ways.
Breakfast Club Power 105.1 FM

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Ryan Serhant Speaks On Early ‘Careers’ And How He Eventually Got Started In Real Estate (Video)

Charlemagne said he can smell a motherf’er with money. And Ryan Serhant probably showed up drenched in cash cologne. Ha!

Real estate broker and TV personality Ryan Serhant drops in to talk how he got his start on the Bravo show ‘Million Dollar Listing.’ Plus, he talks clients who have wasted his time trying to impress a girl.
– Breakfast Club Power 105.1 FM

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Food: The ‘Impossible Whopper’ Is Coming To Burger King. But How Does It Taste? (Video)

Ohhhh! That’s what they meant by an Impossible Whopper. It is very possible that I will cop a couple when they come to the Atlanta market for my own taste test. I love the Whopper. And I’ve had some decent veggie burgers. This is set to be better than both!

Burger King has become the largest restaurant chain to embrace plant-based meat. See what Impossible Foods had to do to win over the King.

No April Fools’ joke: This Whopper is meat-free, and you’d never know. I ate Burger King’s Impossible Whopper, made of plant meat.

– CNET

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Chainz & Gary Vee Talk About What It Takes To Make It While They Take Shots At A Crate (Video)

When you’re fed, it’s hard to be hungry.

Yes yes! #CrateTalk is real talk with 2 Chainz and Gary Vee, two of the preeminent hustlers of time. The construct for their convo on business hustle is the court, where athletes hustle. Appropriate.

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Food: Chinese Takeout With A Twist (Video)

Maaaan WHAT??!!! Chinese restaurant food is already the move when I’m in the mood. But I have been known to take down a Philly sub like a mad man (and lay down for a nice nap ASAP after)… So why not COMBINE the Chinese food and sub sandwich concepts? And it’s waaaay more than sandwiches!

And those egg rolls… Just take my money!!!

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RIP Nipsey Hussle (Video)

I hoped against all hope that it was not true, but CNN and major news and online reporting outlets confirm that Nipsey Hussle died tragically, the result of a shooting near his clothing store, in the area of Crenshaw and Slauson. Born Ermias Davidson Asghedom, he was 33 years old.

Beyond the obvious, what is really saddening is that while Nip lived a lifetime in his short years, he had so much more to live for. He was fresh off a well-deserved Grammy nomination and consistently recognized for his solid body of work in rap, his noteworthy successes in business, and his neighborhood activism in keeping with global thinking and local action. But he was due for more: J. Cole and Drake both shared that they were set to do songs with him and would miss his presence. He was in the final stages of buying up the block [where his business operates] and bringing peace & brotherhood to his hood. And we just posted on the committed relationship and family life he had built with Lauren London on here.

Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle died after a shooting in Los Angeles near a clothing store he owned, according to a high-ranking law enforcement official with the Los Angeles Police Department. CNN’s Brooke Baldwin discusses with DJ HeadKrack.
– CNN

Such a loss for us all. In time, we will heal. But for now, we will mourn. Rest In Peace, Neighborhood Nip.

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Reggie ‘Bruh Man’ Ballard Remembers His Late Friends Tommy Ford & Bernie Mac (Video)

Wow. You can see real pain as ‘Bruh Man’ speaks on it. He’s in tears. He mentioned the grind, but like this?? Damn. Short, but poignant clip.

CH News caught up with Reggie ‘Bruh Man’ Ballard and discussed the passing of his late friends Tommy Ford (‘Martin’) and Bernie Mac.
– Comedy Hype

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Labels Make Artists Fake An Image For Clout & Fame. Recognize That There Are ‘Rules To This Sh!t’ (Video)

Like that?? Yup! Like we already knew, if we’re being honest (ref: Industry Rule #4080)… when a big record label gets behind you, you gotta ‘front’… gotta put on a persona and WEAR THAT SH!T.

In Episode 13, the crew discusses how record labels make artists have a certain brand image in order to sell records. These artists dive into what happens when you show off your body to sell your music.
– BETNetworks

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Just Some ‘Bears’ Rolling In A Benz (Video)

The Jayforce.com website is a RAIDERS affiliated site, but this video about the Chicago Bears is interesting. Plus we still got love for Khalil Mack.

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Take An In-Depth Look At Life On Tour And Understand That There Are ‘Rules To This Sh!t’ (Video)

The Game rapped it best: “Who you know gonna turn down some groupie love?” And you know the answer… nobody! But, see, that is the problem; especially on tour. Being on the road is about handling BUSINESS. Hanging or hooking up with groupies can take your mind off business. Who can afford that? You already know the answer to that, too… NOBODY!

LV, D Dot, Too $hort, Tokyo Jetz, Dreezy, Ayo & Teo, Cousin Stizz and more dive deeper in what goes down on the road. #WhatHappensOnTour
– BETNetworks

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Hasan Minhaj On ‘Drug Pricing’ (Video)

Hard work keeping the funny in this half-hour monologue on a very serious matter: Price gouging by Big Pharma at the expense of more than half the U.S. citizenry. But Hasan did it.

On the latest episode of Patriot Act, Hasan dissects one of America’s most pressing issues: the rising cost of prescription drugs. Hasan breaks down how America’s complicated healthcare industry has lead to these price hikes over the past few decades, and looks specifically at how increases in insulin prices have impacted the millions of Americans that need it to survive.
– Patriot Act

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Don’t Undervalue, Or Overvalue, Social Media’s Impact On The Music Industry Today (Video)

Older heads in the grind are still probably trying to ‘get’ social media, but like Too Short says here… They MUST at least be glad that it wasn’t around when they were young and wild. Hahaa!

In ep. 108 of RTTS, Dreezy, Tokyo Jetz, London Jae, Domani, 30 Roc, D Dot & more discuss how being active on social media is important for your career.
– BETNetworks

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What Are Full-Time Rideshare Drivers Making Yearly? (Video)

This New Yorker makes up to $540 a day driving for Uber, Juno and Lyft from CNBC.

Knowing folks who drive for companies like Uber and Lyft (like we all do at this point), does anybody know if the fares are really fattening pockets out here in these streets though?

Watch and learn.

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