NJ Pathmark Shooter’s Identity Revealed as Terence Tyler

From Huffington Post.

The New Jersey shooter who opened fire in a Pathmark supermarket with an assault rifle was identified as 23-year-old Terence Tyler. Before killing two store employees, Tyler committed suicide. Tyler was a former marine who was employed as a clerk for two weeks. After finishing his shift at around 4 a.m. on Friday, Tyler left the store and soon returned dressed in a military-style camouflage uniform and armed with an “assault-type rifle” and a pistol.

According to a Marine Corps spokesperson, Tyler spent three years in the Marines and left the service in 2010. He did not employ overseas, the spokesperson said.

Read more at Huffington Post.

Evelyn Lozada Says She’s ‘Afraid,’ Chad Johnson ‘Needs to Get Help’

From TMZ.

Basketball Wives reality star Evelyn Lozada addressed her estranged husband Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson in an interview on Nightline Friday evening. Johnson was arrested for a domestic dispute with Lozada in which he reportedly headbutted her.

In the interview Lozada characterized Johnson as a good guy and said the incident was “a bad choice that destroyed his life … But it was his choice, it wasn’t mine.” Lozada added that she was “afraid” of Johnson but hopes he is getting the help he needs.

As a result of the dispute, Johnson, who had been a controversial player on the Miami Dolphins was fired by the NFL team. VH1 also canceled the couple’s spin-off reality television show which was scheduled to air in the fall.

Lozada said the incident occurred after she found a receipt for a box of condoms three weeks after their wedding. An argument that turned violent ensued thereafter. Lozada filed for divorce the next week.

Stevie Wonder on Frank Ocean: ‘People Think They’re Gay, They’re Confused’

From the Grio.

Stevie Wonder had interesting words to share when probed about R&B crooner Frank Ocean. In an interview with The Guardian, Wonder was asked if he’d be surprised if an openly gay artist, such as Frank Ocean who recently came out the closet, was successful within the R&B genre in circa 2012.

“I think honestly, some people who think they’re gay, they’re confused,” Wonder said. “People can misconstrue closeness for love. People can feel connected, they bond. I’m not saying all [gay people are confused]. Some people have a desire to be with the same sex. But that’s them.”

While Wonder’s comments weren’t necessarily a jab, it was a departure from Wonder’s persona of universal love. Wonder previously praised Ocean’s artistry, singing the hook to “No Church In the Wild,” which Ocean recorded with Jay-Z and Kanye West.

Read more at the Grio.

3 Must-Have Election-Tracking Tools

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Super PAC app detects when political ads stretch the truth (Image: App Store/Glassy Media)

Whether you are a political junkie or not, the 2012 presidential race has all the makings of a made-for-media event with race and social class at the center of the campaign. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are competing for your attention and media outlets and social media platforms are making this the most social presidential campaign in history.

With unlimited access to information and delivery platforms, how does an individual cut through the information without being inundated?  Platforms and media sources are all competing for control of the minds of the voting public.  Which screen grabs your attention: TV, laptop or mobile device? With the 2012 presidential election fast approaching, here are three political tools that will keep you in the know about the polls, up-to-the-minute election news and false advertising in political ads.

Poll Tracker

Want to find a great way to track the 2012 election in real time?  Check out Poll Tracker.  Poll Tracker serves as a great analysis tool to track Senate, House, gubernatorial and presidential races, as well as issues at the state level.  In tracking the presidential election, Poll Tracker’s clean dashboard lets you compare polls and presidential candidates.

Politico

Aggregating blogs, exclusive videos and poll details, among other information, Politico is a great app to download and follow the campaign trail. It’s a one-stop shop for in-depth congressional and presidential content.

Super PAC App

With Super PAC you now have an app that can detect deceptive messaging in political campaign ads.  Political ads are havens for spreading the lies of special interest and donors, but you can get the real deal with this app. Similar to Shazam, you can hold up your smartphone while any television ad is playing and, with the tagging mechanism, the app will identify if the ad is factual. It will also let you know specifics like how much money is behind the ad.

Let us know what you think about these apps.  Share your favorite political apps in the comment section.

DataSift Adds Tools to Help Businesses Make Sense of Social Data

It seems like the vast majority of companies are using some kind of social media in some capacity, whether its promoting new products or services, making connections with other professionals, or simply gathering data to learn more about their customers or network. The limitless amounts of information that can be garnered from these sites can be quite useful, but only if companies can find a way to decipher the huge pool of data and turn it into usable conclusions.

DataSift

DataSift, an online platform that manages social data, has just introduced some new tools that can help companies more easily decipher social data and incorporate it into existing business and development platforms.

The changes include the option to receive small bursts of data instead of a constant stream, the ability for non-technical managers to perform complex searches, and other features that aim to make the service easier to manage.

DataSift is used by companies to wade through the large amounts of social data from sites like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and various blogs and forums, finding relevant demographics data, interactions, online influence, and more. Companies can apply complex filters, allowing DataSift to search through all the data in the company’s social network, find what is relevant to the search, and then turn that unstructured data into digestible information that could be turned into real results for your company.

For example, users can ask DataSift to show a real-time feed of what certain consumers are saying about a brand, what the most influential people in a network are posting about, or data from a specific geographical region.

DataSift

For companies that use social media, the large amount of data that can be garnered from network connections and their posts can seem overwhelming. Finding data is one thing, but figuring out what is relevant and what it actually means for your company or brand may require some help.

There are plenty of companies and online tools that claim to help brands sift through social data, but DataSift is unique because of its natural language processing and complex search abilities.

The service has a number of different monthly plans and pricing to choose from, depending on your company’s needs. There is also a pay-as-you-go option and a free trial version.

From Small Business Trends

DataSift Adds Tools to Help Businesses Make Sense of Social Data

Intern Chronicles: Senior Gears Up to Take on the News Industry

Ryan Arrendell completed her fourth internship, working for National Public Radio (NPR). (Image: Arrendell)

The importance of internships seems to grow every year and in every industry. In today’s economy, a high school diploma is the bare minimum, and a college degree or even two can be the norm. However, not having completed at least one but preferably several internships during a college career can really hurt a student’s chances of taking that first step in their selected industries. Although necessary, internships are not always easy, requiring hard work, discipline, and sometimes sacrifice. And it’s never too early to start, getting that edge on gaining valuable experience and building networks.

Ryan Arrendell, a senior journalism major at Northwestern University, has had three internships in her college career. The veteran intern has built a body of experience that will fill her resume, even before having any full-time employment internship. Her 4th, which she had this summer, was working as a National Public Radio (NPR) intern, specifically for their “Talk of the Nation“show, in Washington, D.C.

9 a.m.
Our daily editorial meeting kicks off. The staff gathers to pitch ideas and stories that fall into these categories: News/Buzz, Op-Eds, Chase, Damn Interesting/NPR/Big Ideas, and Elephant. The “Chase” category is for specific people we think would work well for our show, “Talk of the Nation.” Chase notes get sent out to the entire NPR staff—it could be an author, politician, entertainer—anyone really, as long as they’re interesting and relevant.

The “Elephant” category is reserved for huge issues that no one really wants to talk about a la “the elephant in the room.” After we get the days’ ideas and stories written out on the board —I love writing on the whiteboard— we talk about the “main idea” for our stories for the day, which all are ideally booked with guests.

11 a.m.
I’m usually reaching out to leads by this point. As associate blog Editor for Intern Edition, the intern’s Website and project, I’m also editing posts, sending out reminder e-mails, or scheduling interviews for a story of my own.

On Tuesdays, we do a brief segment called “Letters” where the host reads emails from last week shows that feature new perspectives or even corrections. We got a lot of flack for saying “Obamacare” versus its proper name. I get the lovely task of sifting through a weeks’ worth of e-mails for the jewels that get read during the segment.

2 p.m.
It’s showtime! “Talk of the Nation” airs live from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. EST. While we’re on air, I tweet twice an hour—one tweet per topic.

“Shows” are 40 minutes and “enders” are about 20 minutes. I screen e-mails and tweets that listeners send into the show with their thoughts or rants. I usually look for questions or viewpoints that haven’t been raised thus far and then e-mail them to the producer who prints them for the host to read on air. I have to be extremely quiet while entering and exiting the studio as I hand the host the e-mails.

At around 2:50, I head back to our nook to grab scripts for the next hour.

Oh yeah, and don’t forget lunchtime. (My least favorite part is not being able to sit and eat lunch somewhere other than my desk. It’s preferred that I stay around because breaking news could happen or there may be something urgent I’m needed for.)

5 p.m.
After our post-show meeting wraps up, I open the days mail—we get tons of books e-mailed to the producers and a fair share of magazines. If I didn’t have time to clear out the show’s inbox before, I’ll take care of that as well. The amount of junk mail we get is ridiculous and I still haven’t found the spam function in Outlook!

Arrendell’s Advice for Internship Success:

Be conscious of what you say and write on the Internet. Interns can be heavily criticized for posts they’ve written about subjects. Always think of the impact of critiques and other statements online and in the office— especially if you want to work in the media industry. You never know who may notice or comment, or who you might have to work with (or report on) in the future.

Be well-rounded and prepared for anything. Once internship could differ greatly from another. “Interning at NPR is great,”Arrendell says. “It’s a lot different than my internship last summer at ABC’s local DC Metro-area TV station, WJLA. I was always on the go shadowing a reporter, talking to people for “man on the streets” or rushing out of the building for an earthquake.”

5 Ways To Prepare For Success With Intelligent Forecasting

My company, Journyx, has been around for sixteen years now and during that time, we have weathered one of the biggest economic downturns in history, the emergence of the simultaneously exciting and terrifying social media sphere, and major transitions in how software is purchased and delivered. However, we were not always so hardy.

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In the beginning we came close to absolute failure a couple of times. It had nothing to do with our product; customers found it delivered on its promised functionality and then some. It also didn’t have to do with our team, or any shoddy internal politics.

The reason I’m telling you this back story is because there’s a lesson to be learned here: we did not have a clear vision of our pipeline and cash flow. We had difficulty predicting how much cash we would have in the bank several weeks in the future. It was a serious problem and, unfortunately, a common one. Perhaps even one you’ve experienced in your company.

It is easy, particularly for small businesses and startups, to focus on the excitement of the here and now. The future is an abstract concept for enterprise-level businesses, until it isn’t. You have to focus on growth from the beginning. Success is not a pipe dream, but paradoxically it can destroy you if you aren’t prepared for it.

We were not the first company to face periods of growth we were not able to handle and we won’t be the last. Fortunately, it is simple to implement a system that allows for intelligent forecasting.

Following are five steps you can take to make sure your business doesn’t face the same problems:

1. Track Projects Individually

Tracking employee time spent on projects is great, but you will reap maximum benefit when you track each project separately. This allows you to view each project as a unique element in company profitability. This insight is incredibly valuable when allocating resources because you will know the parameters for each project relative to the current availability of the company.

2. Monitor Employee Tasks and Changes in Productivity

In any organization, the benefits of knowing what your employees are doing at any given point are obvious: you want them working on tasks that are actually beneficial to the company. But it’s also important to consider which jobs they are most effective at. Implementing a system that allows employees to track time against specific tasks will allow you to see where they are most useful. Odds are that’s what they enjoy doing best. No need to change employee job roles every day, but do consider a change when the evidence suggests that they’ve honed skills in a new area and could be of more use elsewhere.

3. Build a Database of Prior Projects 

Having a backlog of your projects will be incredibly valuable, though it takes some time to build. With this information, you can determine how many people it normally takes to finish a project; improve accuracy of your budgets based on scope; and perfect timelines based on overall project parameters. Even the least efficient projects become valuable because you can glean just as much information from them. You will know what did not work, what factors caused you to go over budget, and learn from the mistakes.

4. Always Know Your Available Resources

A critical piece of any project plan is creating your team. This task is easier when you know exactly who is available (with the skills you need), and what their schedule will be for the duration of the project. If you have an automated project management system, employee schedules are readily apparent and any requests for leave will be noted. You will also know the tasks that other employees are working on so you can avoid stretching resources too thin or allocating an individual to tasks for which they aren’t well suited.

5.  Constantly Monitor Resource Use Relative to Budget and Schedule 

If you compare time and resources spent on a project versus percentage complete, you can see which projects are absorbing too many resources to remain profitable. This allows you to redistribute assets to projects as necessary or even kill projects that are too far gone to benefit your company. It is always better to determine issues early on, and a dynamic tracking system provides that insight. Sometimes it’s best to cut your losses and move on; costs can quickly spiral out of control, causing your situation to worsen.

While it is possible to keep track of these systems using basic business programs (we used Excel and QuickBooks early on), automated, programmable systems will greatly reduce cataloguing time and errors.  Whatever method you choose to use, start ASAP if you haven’t already. Growth should be a cause of excitement, not concern.

From Small Business Trends

5 Ways To Prepare For Success With Intelligent Forecasting

Thinking of Majoring in Entrepreneurship? Read This First

For many heading to campus who also dream of starting a business one day, majoring in entrepreneurship can help. But it’s far from the only major decision you’ll need to make along the way.

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What Does Your Legacy Look Like?

Legacy…we hear that word a lot these days. But what really does it mean? Does it have real value? and why is it important, if at all?

My aunt ran a business, she was 100% devoted to it, some people would probably say it was her life, that she was a workaholic even. But if you really knew her you knew she worked so much, tried to build the business so much because she was trying to take care of her family and build a comapny for them to have, to enjoy, and to be proud of. She passed away from cancer a few years ago and I think the legacy she left was something pretty special, something to be proud of, something to be remembered by.

When we think about our businesses are they just about making money? is that all we are here to do? I want to make money just as much as the next guy, but if it is our sole focus what does that say about us? What does that say to our co-workers, our families, our friends, and our communities? When you are gone will your employees say that it was great to work with you or that it was a battle to come to work everyday? Will they say that your mission statement truly meant something or it was just a saying that nobody really believed in or practiced? Are your employees proud of where they work or do they tell their friends “it’s just a job”? Personally, I don’t want to work at “just a job” I want to be part of a company that has a culture of excellence, holds its employees in high esteem, values its place in the community, and sets a high standard for how it operates.

Most of us are either entrepreneurs, work for a startup, or small to medium sized company and we have a responsibility (especially if we are owners or managers) to see that our companies care about more than just the bottom line. Of course if your company is not profitable it cannot be in business, I am not talking about that, I am talking about the individuals and companies that only care about their own wealth and not about how their actions effect their employees or community. A huge corporation possibly will get by on treating its employees badly but if you are a smaller company you cannot. If you do 1) I think your company will ultimately suffer monetarily, 2) your legacy will not be one to be proud of. Is that really what you want?

I propose that your legacy is something that you can determine but you need to start today. Most of the time we know what the right thing to do is and we just don’t do it.  I also propose that having a good legacy adds significant economic value. first of all, individually and as a company, the more you are trusted the more other will want to do business with you. Secondly, the higher affinity employees feel with a company the higher they will produce. Thirdly, a brand with a great legacy will last a long time. Today is your opportunity to begin changing your legacy for the better so how you will be remembered will be something you, your family, and company will be proud of.

I leave you with some of my aunt’s final writings in the company newsletter. She knew what she wanted her legacy and the companies legacy to be long after she was gone. It was a legacy she had striven for and something those after her could strive for, something to come to work for and take pride in, her legacy is something to remember for good. What will yours be?

In our time, corporate greed seems to be at an all-time high. Ethics are thrown out the window for profit. Honesty is a joke. We did not fully realize that integrity has real value. We assumed everyone has it and many do not…the first phrase of our mission statement says “by striving to honor God and each other…” Striving implies that there is effort put forth to honor God and to honor each other. As the CEO, my passion is to put forth the effort to honor God and you. I hope each of you will join me in the effort.”

J. Matthew King @mking1988 aspiring entrepreneur, sports and books lover, husband to a beautiful wife, member of a wonderful family, and ever seeking to be the christian man I should be.


Tyrese Gibson on Filmmaking and Picking Up Where Jodeci Left Off

Tyrese Gibson got his start crooning jingles on a bus in a Coca-Cola commercial.  Now with nearly 20 years of showbiz experience behind him as an actor and a singer, the superstar who often goes by simply Tyrese, has gone back to his soda pop roots as a celebrity mentor to six young filmmakers as part of the Sprite Films program.  Since 1998, the program has given student filmmakers from colleges and universities across the country the opportunity to showcase their talents on a national stage. On September 5, a panel of renowned film industry professionals will select the winning film, which will be shown in select theatres this November.

Tyrese took a break from shooting his latest film to talk with BlackEnterprise.com about mentoring the next generation of moviemakers, his own filmmaking ambitions—and his mission to bring true R&B back to the masses.

As a mentor in the Sprite Films competition, what type of wisdom did you impart to the participants?

I was there to offer clarity and help them work through certain things. I think a lot of times people don’t think beyond the moment. It can be very discouraging if you don’t win. You can go home and start to doubt yourself. I had to remind them that some of the biggest stars who started on Star Search, American Idol and some of these other shows end up being way bigger whether they made the final cut or not. I would offer small tidbits to remind everyone how blessed and fortunate they were to be finalists.

Do you have any filmmaking ambitions?

I do. I actually just told a friend of mine that if they’re going to do anything for me for Christmas or my birthday— to put me through film school. I want to do a four-month course of some type—just get away and start having some fun playing with the cameras. Of course I’ve done plenty of movies and I’ve seen the gist of what happens and how it all works, but I want to see everything through a director’s point of view.

As a director, what genres are you most interested in directing?

I think the dramas are a little easy for me right now, and then eventually you want to lighten it up and get into some funny stuff.  I want to do something that may be a little dark and then go to the next level after that.

You have a great relationship with director John Singleton. Is he someone you look up to as a mentor and director?

Oh, absolutely. John Singleton changed my life forever. I was just talking to him on the phone last night.

How do you juggle both your film and music career?

Scheduling is everything. I think a lot of people get overwhelmed with doing so many things at one time. I’ve always been a multitasker, and ultimately I just love what I do. So, I don’t look at it as work.