(CC/Dick Elbers)

(CC/Dick Elbers)

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.

Source: UPI

Pandora-Tips

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

 

AP

AP

Today, Duke freshman Jabari Parker made it official. He will be forgoing his remaing years in college to enter the NBA draft.

Parker revealed his decision in a piece for Sports Illustrated with Jeff Benedict:

Ultimately, I boiled my decision down to two simple questions:

Which environment — college or the NBA — offers me the best opportunity to grow as a basketball player?

Which environment — college or the NBA — offers me the best opportunity to grow and develop off the court?

The answer to both questions is undeniably the NBA.

There is something else. My father, Sonny, played in the NBA. I know firsthand that the career span of a pro basketball player is finite. The lucky ones play until their mid-30s. With that perspective, I shrink my professional career with each year that I remain in college. It’s ironic, but true.”

Parker was one of the best players in college this year. In his one-year at Duke, the freshman averaged more than 17 points. He proved himself to be one of the most efficient scorers in the game.

Parker will be a top 3 pick in this years draft. Check out the NBA scouting report on Parker if you think that your team might have a shot at picking him up.

Source: Bleacher Report

Shinin

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. 

 

Rap Up

Rap Up

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

 

Rap Up

Rap Up

Rap Up

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Politico

Politico

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.

Source: YourBlackWorld

Sugarland Skeeters/Twitter

Sugarland Skeeters/Twitter

Former NBA all-star Tracy McGrady has officially began his second sports life.

McGrady officially retired from a stellar NBA career in August 2013. Soon after, he decided to try his hand at his second love, baseball. Tracy signed with the Sugarland Skeeters as a pitcher. He made his first start last night.

In his 1 inning of play, Mcgrady allowed one run and three hits. He also logged 15 strikes. The team beat the Alvin Dolphins 10-1.

The 34-year-old  is a non-roster invitee, so he has to impress in order to make the team. The Skeeters currently have 34 players on their roster but have to trim it down to 27 by April 24.

Source: Bleacher Report 

Washington Post

Washington Post

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.

 

drake-raptors

Drizzy may seem like a bandwagon fan, but when it comes to his hometown Toronto Raptors, he’s dead serious.

Drake was named an ambassador for the team and was supposed to be a big part of the franchises future marketing and promotion efforts. Here’s one of the collaborative efforts that Drake and the Raptors are doing.

Drizzy stared in the “We The North” commercial, repping who else? The Raptors.

Check out the commercial below

 

Sportsrants.com

Sportsrants.com

Harrison Barnes hasn’t had the season that most expected him to in Golden State, but that doesn’t mean that he can’t still do this.

Last night, the Warriors took on the Denver Nuggets. Barnes took the rock to the lane. For some reason, Nuggest guard Aaron Brooks tried to challenge the play. The result was this right here

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