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Jermaine Dupri Talks About His First Social Media Venture Global14.com

With the accessibility of Twitter and popularity of Facebook fan pages, artists continue to dip into the social media game as a way to connect with their fans and followers. Hit-making producer Jermaine Dupri stopped by New York City Wednesday on his "1414" tour, which his first social media venture. JD is dropping in on 14 cities across the country in 14 days to promote his newest site, Global14, in partnership with Crown Royal whiskey.

I decided to do this tour to really connect with the lifers,” JD says, a term he coined for his Global 14 members, now more than 28,000 of them. The blog (global14.com) showcases the music maker’s interests, dedicated to various topics in lifestyle, fashion, sex, education and music. Global 14 was born from random posts Dupri would share daily to see what kind of reaction he could get.

“A year ago, I came up with this blog and just started sharing my random thoughts,” Dupri told VIBE. “There’s no real way to tell how many people come to your site but I started seeing a hundred comments on one thing then another.”

He also began to notice people throwing up “L” signs (the “lifer” gesture) at events, witnessing the reach of his site first-hand. But in a world of blogs on blogs on blogs and multiple social media platforms, JD says the difference between his blog and the likes of Twitter and Facebook are that people can connect based on one common thread.

As JD swipes through his 305,000-follower timeline, he demonstrates how users can get lost in the many thoughts coming at them on Twitter. On Global 14, people can create their own groups and forums on a specific topic and just post whatever they’d like, but not get lost in the shuffle. It’s even become a pseudo-Craigslist in that JD wants people looking for work to come to the site and use it as a resource.

“I even tell artists to come to my site and tell ‘em there’s people on there who willing to work for free, just to do it,” JD says, citing freelance photographers as an example. He also pointed out the contrast between Global 14 and Facebook is the connection with the creator.

“People don’t know Mark Zuckerberg beyond what they saw in the movie,” JD said. “But even then, people still don’t know who he is.” And JD lets his personality show in his posts, ranging from video games he plays to interesting phone apps he uses to fly cars he’d ride in. As his site gains more attention, Dupri denies working on personal musical projects, even ruling out a possible follow-up to his 1998 debut album Life in 1472.

His main priority is creating a space for the people to bond through his site and showing love to them in-person on this tour.

“If one person finds someone else with the same interests, then they can meet each other in person and be like, we have something in common.” --Adelle Platon

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Oprah Responds To Viral Video Of Her Eating Unseasoned Chicken

A hilarious old video of Oprah Winfrey making an uncomfortable face as she dives into a piece of unseasoned chicken has been circulating the Internet all week. While these sort of silly videos wouldn't usually garner a response from the billionaire, Oprah surprised everyone when she shared a video explaining the chicken-eating experience and her initial reaction.

To give you some context, the video is a clip from The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2006, in which O invited her guest Anna Ginsberg to make her award-winning chicken dish. After one bite, it became clear that Oprah wasn't too pleased with the chicken's bland taste. She even asked at the time if she could add a little seasoning.

I often think about the time Oprah did a cooking segment with a woman whose chicken recipe won $1 million, and Oprah's jaw dropped when she tasted it and realized the lady didn't even add seasoning pic.twitter.com/rfs7PS1Jc3

— Spencer Althouse (@SpencerAlthouse) December 9, 2018

Now, more than 10 years later, Oprah is setting the record straight. In her new video posted on Instagram on Thursday (Dec. 13), she noted that she likes to provide a pleasurable experience for her guests but also live in her truth. On that particular day, she was presented with a dilemma. "I was having a moment of trying to decide: Do I want her to have a great time? What is my real moment of truth?" she said. "Because the truth for me was that I'm used to having salt and pepper on my chicken. That's just the truth...That's what I was thinking, 'This chicken needs some salt and pepper.'"

So that's that; Oprah has spoken. She may have played it off at the time, but like many others, she would prefer her chicken with seasoning.

 

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'Sesame Street' Praised For The Inclusion Of Homeless Character

Sesame Street continues its crusade to include statement-making characters on their block. This time around, families will be introduced to Lily, the show’s first homeless character.

According to USA Today, Lily- an adorable hot pink, red haired puppet- was first introduced to the show in 2011, but in new online clips, Lily opens up about being homeless and staying with friends.

"Now we don't have our own place to live, and sometimes I wonder if we'll ever have our own home," she says to Elmo in one clip. In her initial appearances on the show, Lily discusses her family’s food insecurities, meaning they didn’t have much to eat.

“We know children experiencing homelessness are often caught up in a devastating cycle of trauma – the lack of affordable housing, poverty, domestic violence, or other trauma that caused them to lose their home, the trauma of actually losing their home, and the daily trauma of the uncertainty and insecurity of being homeless,” said Sherrie Westin, President of Global Impact and Philanthropy at Sesame Workshop.

“We want to help disrupt that cycle by comforting children, empowering them, and giving them hope for the future," she continues. "We want them to know that they are not alone and home is more than a house or an apartment – home is wherever the love lives.”

In recent years, Sesame Street has introduced a slew of ground-breaking new characters, including Julia, a puppet with autism, and Alex, a character whose father is incarcerated.

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Cardi B To Join James Corden On A Forthcoming "Carpool Karaoke" Segment

Your rapper’s favorite rapper Cardi B is slated to make her debut on “Car Pool Karaoke” with James Corden, Billboard reports. The Late Late Show host teased the upcoming episode, which airs Monday (Dec.17) via Instagram along with a small schedule of the show’s upcoming guests.

 

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Here’s what the next two weeks look like on the @latelateshow! Seeing the year out with a bang x x x

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In addition to the “Money” rapper, Amber Heard and Armie Hammer will also appear on the same episode. Corden is closing out the last leg of 2018 strong by having a slew of other prominent stars on the show on the last week before the program goes on break for the holidays. The likes of Gwen Stefani, RuPaul, Jennifer Lopez, Emily Blunt, Leah Remini, Lin-Manuel Miranda, among others will be featured on the show after Bardi’s Monday episode.

To say the least, we're sure the British talk show host and the newly minted Grammy-nominated rapper are going to have the time of their lives.

The 26-year-old's now estranged husband Offset, along with the other members of Migos were guests on the beloved show. Joining Corden as he drove through the streets of Los Angeles, the trio performed a slew of hits including "Walk It Talk It"  while also giving a nod of praise to past hits, including Whitney Houston's "Wanna Dance With Somebody."

With all the fun Migos had with Corden, we can only imagine what shenanigans James and Belcalis are going to get into.

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