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Google.org Donates $1M Grant and 3D Exhibit to National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC)

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From the desk of Google:

Next week marks the grand opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). A museum 100 years in the making, the NMAAHC is much more than just a collection of artifacts. Within its walls, visitors will take part in an immersive journey into the important contributions of African Americans in the United States. It’s a mosaic of stories – stories from our history that are core to who we are as a nation. And we’re proud to help bring these stories to life with a first-of-its-kind 3D interactive exhibit and a $1 million grant from Google.org, part of our ongoing work on racial and social justice issues.

A new way to explore artifacts

A few years ago, Dr. Lonnie Bunch, the NMAAHC’s director, came to Google’s headquarters and shared his vision to make the museum the most technologically advanced in the world. I immediately knew I wanted to be involved, and pulled together people from across the company: designers who focus on user interaction, members of the Cultural Institute, engineers who work on everything from Google Maps to YouTube, and members of the Black Googler Network. For the past year, we’ve been working to deliver on Dr. Bunch’s vision.

Our team quickly learned that museums are often only able to showcase a fraction of their content and archives to visitors. So we asked ourselves: what technology do we have at Google that could help enrich the museum experience? We worked closely with the museum to build an interactive exhibit to house artifacts from decades of African American history and let visitors explore and learn about them. With 3D scanning, 360 video, multiple screens and other technologies, visitors can see artifacts like a powder horn or handmade dish from all angles by rotating them with a mobile device. The interactive exhibit will open in spring 2017.

Caption: Travis McPhail in front of the National Museum of African American History and Culture on one of many site visits to the museum in Washington, DC.
Caption: Travis McPhail in front of the National Museum of African American History and Culture on one of many site visits to the museum in Washington, DC.

Taking an Expedition through African American history

In addition to the interactive exhibit, we’re also launching two new Google Expeditions that take students on a digital journey through African American history. Earlier this year, we formed the African American Expeditions Council – a group of top minds in Black culture, academia and curation – to help develop Expeditions that tell the story of Africans in America. With participation from the National Park Service, the Expeditions team captured images of the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail, which commemorates the events, people and route of the 1965 Voting Rights March. A second Expedition, from the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, takes you around Dr. King’s childhood home and the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, where he preached.

Screenshot from the new Google Expedition highlighting the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail, which commemorates the events, people and route of the 1965 Voting Rights March.
Screenshot from the new Google Expedition highlighting the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail, which commemorates the events, people and route of the 1965 Voting Rights March. Click the picture to view more.

Discovering and sharing new stories

At the end of this week, we’re celebrating the opening of the NMAAHC during one of the most important weeks for African Americans in D.C., the week of the Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference (ALC). On Friday night of ALC, we’ll salute NMAAHC Founding Director, Dr. Bunch, and the Congressional Black Caucus. The iconic Congressman John Lewis, an Honorary Member of our African American Expeditions Council, will be on hand to talk about the impact of Expeditions in telling the story that the NMAAHC will bring to life in so many important ways.

Day to day, I work on Google Maps, where we help people around the world find and discover new places. Working on this exhibit has given me a chance to help people discover something else – the ways African American history is vitally intertwined with our history as a nation. I’m proud of the role Google has played a role in taking people on that journey.

Posted by Travis McPhail, Software Engineer, Google Maps, and Team Lead, Project Griot

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Bobby Shmurda Accepts Plea Deal, Will Serve 7 Years In Prison

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After debating heavily about in court about the stance of Bobby Shmurda‘s murder conspiracy case, it has come to our knowledge that the Brooklyn rapper and his team of lawyers accepted the plea deal where Shmurda will spend seven years in prison and five years probation.

According to TMZ:

Bobby Shmurda just pled guilty in his murder conspiracy case.

Shmurda, has been jailed since December 2014 in a case where more than 15 defendants were charged with various crimes, including murder, attempted murder and drug dealing.

The rapper was originally charged with conspiracy to commit murder and several weapons and drug charges associated with gangs.

According to the deal, Shmurda pled to conspiracy to possess weapons and possession of a weapon. The other charges were dismissed, and he’ll get 7 years in prison and 5 years probation.

A TMZ producer was in court, and heard Shmurda’s lawyer speak with his client and other defendants, imploring them to take the deal because they’d never get a sympathetic jury and they were facing life in prison. 

Shmurda’s case became a cause celebre, where other rappers were calling for his release. 

Hopefully, Bobby will be on his best behavior during his time in prison with the hopes of being released before his seven year time is up. Much luck to him. We’re praying for him, his close family and friends. This should be a lesson well-learned for the what was a rising rap star.

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The Word: Desiigner Busted For Guns and Drugs Following Road Rage Incident

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hursday night, our favorite happy-go-lucky rapper Desiigner got himself into some serious trouble with the law last night. Oh boy heeeerrreee we go!

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TMZ reports the “Panda” rapper was arrested for a road rage incident that subsequently led to him being pinched for drugs and guns. Law enforcement tells TMZ that Desiigner and 4 others engaged in a screaming match with a driver of another car. The driver then called 911 and reported that Desiigner pointed a gun at him, the suv left but not before the other driver could jot down the license plate number.

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The cops found the suv, searched it and found a large quantity of loose pills according to law enforcement Oxycontin and other drugs. designer and 4 other individuals were all arrested and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal possession of drugs with intent to sell. The Brooklyn rapper was also charged with criminal possession of loaded weapon and menacing for allegedly pointing it at the other driver.

We sincerely hope that Desiigner takes this incident and quickly learns from it, we hate to see his young career quickly halted because of incidents like these. We will be following the situation closely as more details emerge.

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The Daily Word: Lin-Manuel Miranda To Leave ‘Hamilton’

Since opening last summer the musical Hamilton has become a pop culture phenomenon thanks to its effortless combination of hip hop and history; telling the story of Alexander Hamilton like no one had ever done before.

The brain child of Lin-Manuel MirandaHamilton has enjoyed a tremendous amount of success, and is expected to sweep at the upcoming Tony Awards after garnering a record-making 16 nominations. While Hamilton is sure to continue its run to great fanfare, in a couple of months fans of the musical will have to bid farewell to its writer and star who is set to leave the show for good.

The Hollywood Reporter reports that Miranda has divulged to members of his inner circle his plans to leave the musical once his contract is up in the coming months. Sources also revealed to T.H.R that there are other cast members whose contracts are also expiring that will be seeking hefty raises, and are prepared to leave if their demands aren’t met.

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But why would Miranda want to leave his iconic role on the heels of such success? Apparently the Broadway star would like to focus on other projects. Miranda has landed a starring role as Bert in Mary Poppins Returns, has an In The Heights movie in the works, as well as a potential new musical. At this time it is unclear whether he will reprise his role periodically, which would be a big step back from the eight shows a week he currently does.

While I’m sure Faniltons will be sad to see Miranda go, I’m sure, like us they can’t wait to see him on the silver screen or catch his next musical masterpiece will be.

 

 

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Jada Pinkett-Smith Pens Open Letter To Afeni Shakur

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In the midst of Afeni Shakur‘s sudden passing, friend of the family and Tupac‘s childhood best-friend, Jada Pinkett-Smith pens an open letter paying her respects to the Black Panther activist and Philanthropist.

Check out below, as she pays tribute to who the world called their ‘Hero.’ She was definitely a strong woman.

Today I woke up to the news that Afeni had passed. My first thought was of Sekyiwa and the entire clan that loved Afeni. Then I remembered that I was in NY to attend a Mother’s Day event named after a song written about Afeni, Dear Mama. My heart tightened and then all kinds of memories flooded in. I quickly remembered how calm Afeni was especially during any crisis. She always had a way of making me believe all would be well. But my fondest memories of Afeni was spending time with her at Jamine Guy’s house as Jasmine was writing Afeni’s book. Tupac had passed, and now I was a business woman, wife, and a mother and we could talk real and I mean really real. I got to see where Pac got his passion, his ideals for equality and justice but most of all his depth of thinking. Afeni was a giant in her own right. Today she is reunited with her son and Sekyiwa has two majestic angels to look after her. One for each shoulder. Rest in peace Afeni, and give Pac a hug and a kiss from me.

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R.I.P to the great Afeni Shakur. Our prayers are with Jada and the Friends & Family of Afeni.

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The Word: Blac Chyna, Rob Kardashian and Kim Kardashian Spotted Making A Visit To The OBGYN

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im Kardashian is definitely on her Switzerland ish! Kim has definitely squashed whatever remaining beef she may have had with her former BFF Blac Chyna and put whatever differences with her brother Rob aside for now. Kim, Rob and his fiancée Blac Chyna were spotted out looking like one big happy trio. That’s good news for Rob being that he is set to make Chyna an honorary Kardashian very soon when the two tie the knot. There was also another very interesting tidbit dropped by gossip site X17online, Chyna may have a bun in the oven. They also report that trio paid a visit to Kim’s OB-GYN.

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A very silent Chyna was all smiles and even shared a laugh with Kim as they walked together heading to the doctor. Peep the video:

All of this follows after Kylie and Chyna also put their differences aside thanks to Kim Kardashian brokering peace between the two.

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Well whatever is going on, this is still just a weird situation but it most certainly will make for interesting television. Speaking of television a clip dropped today for the new season of Keeping Up With The Kardashians premiering May 1stand it shows Kendall Jenner not too happy with her brother Rob re-gifting an IPAD and giving it to his boo Chyna.

Well we are looking forward to how this all unfolds and we are sure the cameras will be rolling to capture every single moment.

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The Daily Word: Sprint Tries To Shade T-Mobile And Is Immediately Read For Filth

In today’s edition of companies do the darnedest things, Sprint is facing backlash after sharing a video of a customer referring to T-Mobile as “ghetto.”

The clip, which has been taken down is from one of Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure‘s Listening Tour sessions with customers across the country. In it Claure asks a customer what she thinks of T-Mobile.

“I’m going to tell you a carrier name, and I want you to basically tell me what comes to your mind. T-Mobile. When I say T-Mobile to you, just a couple of words?”

While it’s clear Sprint was attempting to shade one of its competitors, it clearly backfired as the tweets came pouring in calling bullsh** on the tasteless ad. Claure even attempted to save face by posting a tweet clarifying they were simply “sharing real comments from real customers” following the initial post.

“We’re sharing real comments from real customers. Maybe not the best choice of words by the customer. Not meant to offend anyone.”

Twitter wasn’t letting Sprint cop ignorance and held nothing back when it came to calling out the racist and classist ad.

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Of course one of Sprint’s competitors could’t pass up on this golden opportunity to slide into Sprint’s customers DM’s.

Got to hand it to Verizon they saw their shot and took it!

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You can watch the ad in question below. Do you think the ad was racist and classist? Should Sprint have known better? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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The Word: Bars Closing, Kocktails With Khloe Canceled After One Season!

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Looks like it’s the last call for alcohol, Khloe Kardashian’s talk show Kocktails With Khloe has officially been put on “indefinite hold”. tumblr_nm1tq0nOwt1qk08n1o1_500

No seriously that’s it, it’s a wrap for the boozey talk show where Khloe and celebrity guest pow wowed while sipping alcohol. TMZ exclusively reports that show is done and that “both sides were unhappy”. tumblr_nj3b6zhAc21u7qlf3o1_400

TMZ also reports that Khloe wanted to focus on “other jobs” (whatever those are) and just didn’t have any interest of shooting the show anymore.

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Network execs were reportedly upset with Khloe after they noticed the reality star “checked out” on the show. If you still care to watch the remaining shows left her guest will include brother-in-law Kanye West, sister Kim Kardashian, John Legend and Chrissy Teigen. A pretty impressive line-up of guest for her curtain call.

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Well at least Khloe now has something in common with her mom Kris Jenner they both failed miserably with their talk shows and can laugh about it on Keeping Up With The Kardashians.

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The Word: Cardi B Puts Peter Gunz In His Place and The Internet Loved It.

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If you thought Pt.1 of the Love and Hip-Hop Reunion show was off the chains looks like pt.2 is going to be even better. In a clip that hit the web our favorite regular, shmegular girl Cardi B went off on one Peter Gunz.

We’re sure your asking:

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Well here’s how we got here. During Pt.1 of the reunion show Amina revealed that she is pregnant again leaving us with our mouths on the floor.

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Cardi B wasted no time chiming in, she tweeted her disgust for situation while sharing a link for a story reporting on Peter’s messy situation.

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The root of all of it though stems from this clip in where Cardi B let’s Peter have it after some comments he made.

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Well damn tell him how you really feel Cardi, she definitely put some facts out there for Peter to digest. Of course Peter had to respond to Cardi. He posted on Instagram a photo of himself with the caption “Don’t hate under the Nas pic, hate under this one…Mood”

 

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Did you expect anything else from Mr. Gunz? We sure didn’t. The internet wasn’t here for Peter either and threw their support Cardi’s way for keeping it all the way real with Peter.

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It’s clear Cardi gained a lot more fans after this clip hit the web. We here at Stuff Fly People Like are here for Cardi B

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We cannot wait for Pt.2!

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The Daily Word: President Obama Fulfills His Constitutional Duty Nominates Merrick Garland To Supreme Court

President Barack Obama announced Chief Judge Merrick Garland as his nominee for the vacant Supreme Court Justice seat, following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. Obama made the announcement this morning in the rose garden where he was joined by Vice President Joe Biden and Garland.

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Obama says:

Today, I’m proud to nominate Chief Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. No one is more qualified to serve our country right now in this critical role. Judge Garland has earned bipartisan praise as one of the best appellate judges in the country – a brilliant, meticulous jurist with a reputation for building consensus. He has dedicated his life to public service, choosing to serve our country and take on some of the most difficult and significant anti-terrorism cases in America’s history including prosecuting Timothy McVeigh in the wake of the Oklahoma City bombing. But beyond the courtroom, Judge Garland is a committed mentor and dedicated family man, advising hundreds of law clerks and tutoring elementary school kids in reading and math.

I said I would take this process seriously, and I did. I chose Merrick Garland. Take a few minutes to watch this video and meet him for yourself. I’m confident you will share my belief that Chief Judge Merrick Garland is not only eminently qualified to be a Supreme Court Justice, but that he deserves a fair hearing and an up-or-down vote in the Senate. I have fulfilled my Constitutional duty. Now it’s time for the Senate to do theirs.

Posted by President Obama on Facebook, check the visual below and get to know more about Merrick: