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J. Cole Shows Solidarity With Protesters, Encourages NFL Boycott In Twitter Return

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J. Cole is usually too busy making albums that go platinum and touring to be on Twitter all time of the day and night. But today (Sept. 24), the Dreamville rapper made a return to the social media app to express his solidarity with NFL protesters, including his mans (sic) Colin Kaepernick, while encouraging fans to boycott. 

After admitting to his lack of a Twitter presence, and bigging up Cardi B, Cole went in.

“God bless every player that finds courage to kneel today. But the real power comes from you deciding to not watch,” tweeted Cole. “Your eyes translate to advertising money for the League and it’s [sic] owners.”

It seems like Cole isn’t falling for the jig.

He continued, “Same ones who speak out against Trump today, are the same ones that denied a qualified man a job because he took a stand against injustice. You and me have the power to deny them our attention ($$ to them) until they make a wrong situation right.”

Basically, Cole is riding for Kaep. And that means boycotting the NFL.

“How do they make it right? I know there are people smarter than me with better answers. But here’s one. Hire 3rd party investigator approved by NFLPA to determine if kap was denied a job unfairly as punishment for his stance. (I know, I know) Bare with me I’m just a rapper.. now look. Every day they stay quiet on this they’re saying that they condone what’s happening to Kap and the message it sends.

Well, you have a choice on how you respond to that. You can choose to not watch. if a boycott doesn’t force them to action, don’t even trip. This is where the real flex happens. Black people spend a lot of money with NFL corporate sponsors. White people who don’t fuck with white supremacy spend a lot of money too.

So, next you turn your attention to these sponsors. Pick one of the biggest ones and say, ‘do you agree with black balling players when they speak out against oppression?’ ‘If not, why are you spending all this money with a League that clearly condones that? …”You know what, I don’t think I can spend my money with you no more until you fix this.” Repeat this with another company, and another.

Thats when the magic happens. And sadly, in this capitalistic world we live in, that’s when your voice is heard. When you hurt the pockets. I respect whatever you decide to do. Watch or don’t watch, whatever’s in your heart. But I’m not watching til it feel right.”

Cole essentially laid out the blueprint to how successful boycotts work. He may not have said anything new (if you were paying attention during the Civil Rights portion of History class), but his influence certainly will open the eyes of many who have been unaware of the power they do possess.


Check out the full spiel below.


Photo: Instagram

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Forever 21 Is Opening A Beauty Store Filled With Our Favorite Brands

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After dominating the fast fashion scene for over a decade, Forever 21 is switching up their clothing and accessories expertise and venturing into beauty. According to Refinery29, the company is launching a beauty boutique called Riley Rose. Similar to Forever 21’s reputation of offering the latest fashion trends and crazes in one sprawling store, Riley Rose […]

The post Forever 21 Is Opening A Beauty Store Filled With Our Favorite Brands appeared first on MadameNoire.

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Are You Really Listening? 7 Simple Ways to Find out What Your Customers Really Think

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From helping you to avoid a crisis and retain customers to predicting your clients’ future needs, listening to your audience is a critical part of growing a successful business brand. Thankfully, you don’t have to spend a gazillion dollars on survey tools and consultants to figure out what your customers think about your products or services.


customers (Image: iStock/PeopleImages)


Here are few methods to gather feedback from your customers:

Ask your subscribers to take a survey via email (Google Forms has a series of free surveys). Here are a few sample questions:

What social media networks do you regularly use?
Who are your favorite people to follow online?
What websites do you visit for information on ____(for example, career, travel, fashion, or first-time mom)?
When it comes to _____ what’s your biggest challenge.
If you could solve one thing about _______, what would it be?
Which product name or album title is better?

Ask your customers to complete a quick 2-minute survey at the end of call or purchase. As an incentive, you can also enter their name into a contest.
Create a Twitter Poll – A super easy and quick way to gather feedback from people as they scroll down their timeline.
Create an image question and post to Instagram.
Conduct a Q&A via Facebook Live.
Ask an open-ended question on LinkedIn.
Assess your website analytics –  Beyond providing a snapshot of your audience demographics ( e.g., geographic location, gender, age, etc.) you can identify which social media platforms, search engines and guest blogs are driving the most traffic to your website. You can also find out which pages of your site your audience is spending the most time on.

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Howard University Protesters Interrupt James Comey Convocation Speech

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Howard University student activists interrupted James Comey’s keynote convocation speech there late Friday morning, with protesters alternating between various chants of resistance such as “we shall not be moved” and “Black lives, they matter here!” The former FBI director, whose tenure coincided with several controversial deaths of unarmed Black men, was hired last month to lead a lecture series on the HBCU’s Washington, D.C., campus.

The audience made itself heard immediately after Comey started speaking by saying in part, “We are here to reclaim this space,” and “No justice, no peace,” NBC Washington reported.

Before Comey took the stage, students made their defiant, collective presence felt in the hallway outside the auditorium by chanting “Get out James Comey, you ain’t my homie!” Comey would ultimately deliver his address in spite of continuous chanting from the audience.

A number of Black lives were lost under questionable circumstances while Comey led the FBI, including the high-profile killings of Trayvon Martin and Eric Garner. But Howard students reminded Comey about other black people who they said were killed by the FBI, according to one user on Twitter.

Students may have also been protesting Comey for the timing of his announcement last year to Congress that the FBI found new information surrounding an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of personal email while she was secretary of state. Comey made the announcement shortly before last year’s presidential election, and many people believed that helped Donald Trump win.

When he accepted the position to become Howard’s King Endowed Chair in Public Policy, Comey seemingly foreshadowed Friday’s events.

“Howard has a longstanding history of being a vibrant academic community and the perfect place to have rich dialogue on many of the most pressing issues we face today,” Comey said last month. “I look forward to contributing to this remarkable institution and engaging students and faculty alike.”

It looks like he got what he wanted, and then some.


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