French authorities are upset after spending time and resources to find a missing child who was only real on Facebook.
French police called off the search for missing a 2-year-old boy after investigators determined that the child and his parents were only figments of social media.
Police began searching far and wide and even dredged a lake after it was reported that Chayson Basinio disappeared from a supermarket parking lot.
Detectives were prepared to inform relatives that the boy was gone for good when they realized something; he had never been there in the first place.
Basinio and his “father,” 20-year-old Rayane Basinio, only existed on Facebook.
“It [the inquiry] was long and complicated but we can now say that the young Chayson has never existed and nor have his father or mother,” public prosecutor Eric Mazaud told the Guardian.
“Sadly, this is a very modern-day story. Someone decided to create false Facebook accounts and took pictures from real accounts to feed the false accounts and make these people seem real.”
The woman who reported the boy missing, supposedly his great-aunt, is now in police custody and will likely be charged with inventing a crime.
“We don’t know why someone decided to make a false report. We are currently trying to work out a motive. Either that person has a psychological problem, or there were other purposes behind it, such as revenge,” Mazaud said.
Major record labels are suing Internet radio giant Pandora for copyright infringement for using songs recorded before 1972 without paying license fees.
The labels, including divisions of Sony, Warner and Universal, argue that songs such as Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” and the Beatles’ “Hey Jude” are not covered by federal copyright law, but they have been protected in common law by states including New York.
In the lawsuit filed in New York state court, the labels claim that artists and labels have been deprived of tens of millions of dollars every year by services such as Pandora.
“Pandora’s refusal to pay Plaintiffs for its use of these recordings is fundamentally unfair,” says the lawsuit.
Other artists whose song copyrights are alleged to have been infringed by Pandora are Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Elvis Presley, James Brown and Led Zeppelin.
Pandora streams songs randomly according to artists or genres like “Motown” or “‘60s Oldies.”
The record labels also sued satellite radio company Sirius XM last year in a similar case.
Source: NY Post
On the horizon of releasing his 2nd project, Test Of Time on April 24th, Isaac Reid is back to make his artistic imprint with a refreshing single, ‘Shinin‘. The background collage of smooth instrumentation was produced by Trakksounds & Albie Dickson.
Last night, Nas debuted his documentary, ‘Time Is Illmatic,’ at the Tribeca Film Festival. The One9-directed film, which features interviews and concert footage, chronicles Nas’ journey from Queens to the release of his 1994 debut Illmatic.
Nas was joined by his friends and family including Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz, Wale, Raekwon, Roxanne Shanté, and father Olu Dara.
Following a musical intro from Alicia Keys, he performed all nine tracks off Illmatic and brought his younger brother Jabari and nephews on stage.
Check out some pictures from the event below
Conservative CNN television host Don Lemon has angered the African-American community many times in the past with his commentary on the Black community.
Lemon found a new target to criticize recently.
The Rev. Al Sharpton has found himself in Lemon’s sights.
Sharpton’s past came to light this month. The website, DNAinfo.com broke the news that Sharpton was an FBI informant in the 80′s. The site says that Sharpton would wear tape recorders to meetings with members of the Genovese crime family.
This has led many in the black community to reflect on Sharpton’s legacy as a black leader and whether or not he is the best person for the role. There is also the question of whether any one person is the best fit for every member of the African American community.
Lemon made an appearance on fellow conservative radio host Laura Ingraham’s show this week and stated clearly that he doesn’t see Rev. Sharpton as his leader on any level. Lemon even feels offended by the notion that people would think that all African Americans must follow the same person.
“Many people think that African-Americans are monolithic and they speak with one voice and that there is one leader,” Lemon said. “Yeah, there are a lot of people who follow Al Sharpton, I have nothing against Al Sharpton, I have no beef with him, but I don’t agree with everything that comes out of Al Sharpton’s mouth and Al Sharpton is not my leader.”
Lemon has caught flack from the African-American community in the past. His comments about the death of Trayvon Martin really caught the ire of many. He’s also called out Russell Simmons and others Blacks as race baiters.
Congratulations to Sean “Puff Daddy/Diddy/P. Diddy” Combs will follow a long line of great African-American figures when he gets up to deliver this years commencement speech at Howard University.
The Historically Black College has had a who’s who of names deliver the speech in the past. This year, the former HU student gets the chance to get an honorary degree and send off the seniors in style.
Some critics have pointed out that Diddy didn’t graduate from Howard and that he might not be the best candidate for the job.
Regardless, it’s happening. Who knows what his speech will be about? One thing you can count on is that where eve Diddy goes, a show follow.