[VIDEO] Alex Gibney’s ‘Finding Fela’ Trailer Debuts Online

Oscar award winning filmmaker Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) has finally allowed the first trailer to Finding Fela available to the public.

The documentary is slated to begin its theatrical run around the country on August 1. The aim is engage New York cinephiles first with an exclusive screening at the IFC Center. Washington, D.C., Boston, and Atlanta all have dates in August as well.

Finding Fela showcases the phenomenal power, prowess, and prose of the late Afrobeat musician. It will take viewers in-depth into his life, his loves, and his social and political importance inside and outside of Africa. For those unfamiliar with this pioneering performer, Fela Kuti was influential in developing not only Afrobeat (a fusion of Jazz, traditional West African rhythms, Funk, Highlife, and psychedelic rock), but he also displayed great courage and fight in challenging the Nigerian government.

Audiences will journey alongside Kuti and his band as they affect political and personal change within the Motherland. “I’m very proud of ‘Finding Fela’ and am delighted that the film will have a robust theatrical release in North America,” director Alex Gibney said. “Audiences can experience the story and the power of this extraordinary performer and fighter for social justice.” The documentary promises never-before-seen footage of Fela’s major market concerts and even his funeral.

Produced by Jigsaw Productions, Knitting Factory Entertainment, Okayplayer, and OkayAfrica — you can enjoy the Finding Fela trailer for yourselves below!

[VIDEO] Alex Gibney’s ‘Finding Fela’ Trailer Debuts Online

Oscar award winning filmmaker Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) has finally allowed the first trailer to Finding Fela available to the public.

The documentary is slated to begin its theatrical run around the country on August 1. The aim is engage New York cinephiles first with an exclusive screening at the IFC Center. Washington, D.C., Boston, and Atlanta all have dates in August as well.

Finding Fela showcases the phenomenal power, prowess, and prose of the late Afrobeat musician. It will take viewers in-depth into his life, his loves, and his social and political importance inside and outside of Africa. For those unfamiliar with this pioneering performer, Fela Kuti was influential in developing not only Afrobeat (a fusion of Jazz, traditional West African rhythms, Funk, Highlife, and psychedelic rock), but he also displayed great courage and fight in challenging the Nigerian government.

Audiences will journey alongside Kuti and his band as they affect political and personal change within the Motherland. “I’m very proud of ‘Finding Fela’ and am delighted that the film will have a robust theatrical release in North America,” director Alex Gibney said. “Audiences can experience the story and the power of this extraordinary performer and fighter for social justice.” The documentary promises never-before-seen footage of Fela’s major market concerts and even his funeral.

Produced by Jigsaw Productions, Knitting Factory Entertainment, Okayplayer, and OkayAfrica — you can enjoy the Finding Fela trailer for yourselves below!

Facebook Apologizes for Emotion Manipulation Experiments – Sort Of

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Facebook has apologized (sort of) for so-called emotion manipulation experiments that came to light over the weekend. That’s when a massive study published online by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science started suddenly drawing attention.

Though conducted over two years ago between Jan. 11 and Jan. 18, 2012, the recently published study results have set off a considerable debate. It’s another controversy for a social site constantly criticized for its use of member data.

The study apparently manipulated the news feeds of 689,003 members to determine whether sharing of emotional postings, both positive and negative, would affect their emotional state — and in the end how they engage socially.

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But the uproar over the weekend led Facebook to reach out to followers in an effort to explain the company’s actions. In a post on his own blog, Facebook data scientist Adam D.I Kramer explained:

“The reason we did this research is because we care about the emotional impact of Facebook and the people that use our product. We felt that it was important to investigate the common worry that seeing friends post positive content leads to people feeling negative or left out. At the same time, we were concerned that exposure to friends’ negativity might lead people to avoid visiting Facebook.”

By way of apology, Kramer added:

“The goal of all of our research at Facebook is to learn how to provide a better service. Having written and designed this experiment myself, I can tell you that our goal was never to upset anyone. I can understand why some people have concerns about it, and my co-authors and I are very sorry for the way the paper described the research and any anxiety it caused. In hindsight, the research benefits of the paper may not have justified all of this anxiety.”

Among commenters on Kramer’s post were those who seemed genuinely nonplussed by the experiment. Meanwhile, others echoed criticisms in the academic community that reference in Facebook’s terms of service to “research” doesn’t give the social network the right to use its members as guinea pigs without their consent.

As Kashmir Hill, who writes about digital privacy for Forbes notes:

“Based on Kramer’s remarks and Facebook’s statement, it’s evident that the company still doesn’t understand the core concern of critics: That testing whether users’ emotions can be manipulated through content curation is creepy.”

The fallout from this latest experiment is yet another reminder of the care businesses of all kinds must take when dealing with the data of your customers and community.

It’s also more evidence that Facebook is manipulating news feeds — including perhaps the news you’re sharing with your followers.

Facebook Photo via Shutterstock, PNAS

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[VIDEO] Have The Roots Gone Pop In New Kellogg-Themed Concert?!

There was a time when fans of The Roots were the only ones interested in granola bars and healthy eating. Now, the super-legendary group from the city of Philadelphia are celebrating milk and cereal in an effort to help Kellogg’s promote its products.

Has this made The Roots more subversive than ever or just capitalizing on their fame to cash checks? After opening with a Cymande breakbeat at the Kellogg’s Recharge Bar, the band began what would eventually be a unique and innovative concert that professed the benefits of having a great breakfast.

The Roots’ armed with milk and cereal inspired instruments, which included bowls, spoons, milk jugs, and more, showcased the group’s artistic skill. Joined by seven students from Philly’s Creative and Performing Arts high school, The Roots had the crowd transfixed as they put on for the culture. “No lie, there’s like 20 3-year-olds here. It’s like a preschool,” a staffer said. This is a totally different crowd than the ones the crew performed in front of alongside Dave Chappelle two weeks ago. The legendary Illadelph collective were also at Hot 97′s Summer Jam sandwiched between Wiz Khalifa and Nicki Minaj. In addition to their in-house band duties for The Tonight Show, it seems that The Roots have transitioned from underground Hip-Hop showstoppers to a dynamic powerhouse force in pop culture.

Able to shape their sound into any format, The Roots are straddling a line that finds them challenging their contemporaries (…and then you shoot your cousin is their latest project to soon be released) and establishing themselves as the top band in the land. The Roots’ partnership with Kellogg’s was meant to show families how a serving of their breakfast food and one cup of skim milk can help start one’s day in an extraordinary way.

“A good breakfast is the gateway to a great day and through our partnership with Kellogg’s we hope to build awareness around the importance of protein and grains for a nutritious start to the day,” Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson said. “Additionally this partnership affords us the opportunity to give the hard working students at the High School for Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) in Philadelphia much needed support to help them continue to grow as musicians and chase their dreams.”

The group whom also got their start as students at CAPA have consistently given back to their community. But, we here at Black Enterprise, must ask you the reader, have The Roots gone pop along the way?

Watch the video and share your thoughts below:

Google Will Help Women And Minorities Learn Coding For Free

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Google's $50 million initiative will go towards its Women Techmakers program, funding Code School programs for women and minorities, as well as other initiatives.

Google’s been on a roll as far as diversity in programming goes. Although only 17% of Google employees are women, it was one of the first tech companies to voluntarily release its diversity numbers, showing a significant dearth in the number of women and minorities at the company, and taking steps to encourage underrepresented groups to explore computer science programs.

At Google I/O, its developer conference, the company had more than 1,000 women developers in attendence, and featured an all-women developer team in Nigeria. In addition to the lottery system it uses to give away tickets, Google gave passes to organizations like Women Who Code and the Anita Borg Institute For Women and Technology.

Now, Google’s Women Techmakers’ initiative is teaming up with Code School to get even more people involved in programming.

Google will pay for three months’ worth of Code School for “thousands of accounts,” according to Code School’s blog.

“Together, our goal is to invest in women and minorities so they can continue developing their technical skill sets,” Code School said. “Having access to self-learning programs (such as Code School) is instrumental in that.”

Google’s inclusive programs are more important than ever, with more information being revealed about the demographics of tech companies in Silicon Valley. In Facebook, Yahoo!, and Google, only 2% of employees are black.

Google isn’t indiscriminately passing out codes though, it’s helping women already inside its development community and Google I/O attendees. You can apply for the program through Google’s Women Techmakers’ program. Already have your code? You can redeem your code on Code School’s page.

Study: Effects of Race and College Completion on Employment

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It’s no secret that African Americans have to work twice as hard to be considered equal, and a recent study released by Young Invincibles provides further proof that a racial employment gap still exists.

The data was collected by looking at numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Census and studying the effects that race and education has on job opportunities. Based on the study, a black male with an associate degree has the same chances of receiving employment as a white male with a high school degree.

“At every level of education, race impacts a person’s chance of getting a job,” Tom Allison, one of the study’s authors tells ThinkProgress.

Despite showing a higher unemployment rate for blacks, the research shows that earning an additional degree has a much greater impact on African Americans than whites. According to the data, a black male with a professional degree has a 146% larger increase in job opportunities than his white counterparts.

The study points to hiring discrimination, high incarceration of African Americans and lack of generational wealth as reasons for why an employment gap is still so prevalent today.

Look at the graph below to get a further idea of the impact race and education has on job opportunities for black males.

Tell It to Uncle Sam: 5 IRS Reports You Have to Make

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It seems that the government wants to know everything you do – and you’re required to self-report it. If you don’t, you may be liable for penalties (and they usually aren’t even tax deductible). So don’t overlook these reports below.

1.    Workplace Injuries

Covered employers (those with more than 10 employees) are subject to numerous recordkeeping and reporting about workplace injuries and illnesses under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). While small businesses (10 or fewer employees) are exempt from these requirements, there are two instances when even the smallest companies must report:

  • A death of a worker.
  • An incident that sends three or more workers to the hospital.

The report is made orally and must be done within eight hours of the incident. Find more about all recordkeeping and reporting from OSHA.

2.    Cash Transactions

If you receive more than $10,000 in cash in one or more related transactions in the course of your business, you must report the transaction to the IRS as well as to the party that paid you. “Cash” means bank drafts, cashier’s checks currency, money orders, and traveler’s checks with a face amount of more than $10,000.

Reporting is made on IRS Form 8300, Report of Cash Payments Over $10,000 Received in a Trade or Business. (It is also called FinCEN Form 8300.) It is filed with the IRS Service Center listed in the instructions to the form, regardless of the location of the business (there is no e-filing for this form).

The form must be filed by the 15th day after the date the cash was received. Thus, if you receive a payment in cash of $11,000 on July 1, 2014, you must report it by July 15, 2014. If the deadline falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, file by the next business day.

Failure to file this required report can result in civil, and even criminal, penalties.

3.    Retirement Plans

Retirement plans, other than SEPs and SIMPLE IRAs, are subject to annual reporting requirements. Reports are made on an IRS form in the 5500 series (depending on the type of plan); they are filed with the Department of Labor’s Employee Retirement Security Administration.

Small plans covering only an owner (or owner and spouse) or partners (partners and their spouses) are exempt from filing if the assets of the plan don’t exceed $250,000. However, even for these plans an information return must be filed in the final year of the plan.

Failure to file can result in penalties. However, under a pilot program for these plans, no penalties will be imposed if they self-correct (i.e., file the required return) by June 2, 2015.

Caution: If you’ve done a ROBS (rollover as business startup) but have not filed returns on the belief that you’re exempt because of plan assets being under the $250,000 threshold, you have an opportunity to catch up with filing requirements under this pilot program. (Qualified plans under a ROBS arrangement must file annually regardless of plan assets because the plan, not the individual, owns the business.)

4.    Hiring Workers

You can only hire workers who are U.S. citizens or residents or are authorized to work in the U.S.

A number of states require certain employers to verify the eligibility status of a worker through an electronic system. For example, North Carolina mandates the use of E-Verify for companies with 25 or more employees. Find state by state information.

You can also voluntarily use the federal government’s E-Verify to determine the eligibility of workers. It’s free.

5.    Foreign Accounts

If you have a foreign bank account that had a value at any time during the year exceeding $10,000, you have to report the account to the U.S. Treasury. The reporting is done on FinCEN Form 114; it must be filed electronically. The deadline is June 30, 2014, for 2013 accounts exceeding the threshold. There are no extensions permitted.

Note: Reporting is required even if you also reported the account to the IRS on Form 8939 with your tax return.

Conclusion

Make sure to learn about all of your reporting requirements. If you miss one, you may be able to escape penalty by arguing reasonable cause and correcting the error as quickly as possible.

Always consult with an attorney if you have any questions about your legal obligations to report your activities to the government.

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Jay-Z & Beyoncé’s BET Awards Feature Sparks Twitter Ridicule

Jay Z, Beyonce and Drake each score 5 BET AWards nominations

Instead of a live performance, power couple Jay Z and Beyoncé showed a clip from their

On Sunday, June 29, the 2014 BET Awards praised the best in black music, film and TV, with actors like Chiwetel Ejiofor and artists including Nicki Minaj receiving honors from the music television channel.

The night included performances by Chris Brown, Usher, and Iggy Azalea, but the final act was arguably the most anticipated: Jay Z and Beyoncé. And while the power couple did close out the show, it wasn’t exactly how everyone expected.

The power couple didn’t do a live performance at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, like BET teased throughout the evening, but showed footage of the Cincinnati, Ohio leg of their “On The Run” tour.

The performance began with Jay Z, who took a shot at TMZ for its leaking of his altercation with Solange Knowles. After, Beyoncé appeared, performing a pretty risqué number in a flashy leotard.

So what do expecting fans do when Jay Z and Beyoncé not only neglect to arrive, but send a video of themselves in their place?Tweet some pretty good jokes, apparently.

WNBA Player, Brittney Griner, Sets Blocks Record

WNBA player Brittney Griner (Image: Facebook)

According to ESPN, Phoenix Mercury’s Brittney Griner, has broken a record with 11 blocks in a single WNBA game. The record of 10, was previously held by Lisa Leslie (2004) and Margo Dydek (2001). Griner also scored 21 points as the Phoenix Mercury beat the Tulsa Shock 80-77 on Sunday.

“I knew I had a couple of blocks, but I didn’t know how many,” Griner said. “To do that is pretty big, now I guess I have to try to beat it.”

Lisa Leslie (Los Angeles Sparks) achieved her 10 blocked shots vs. Detroit, September 9, 2004, while Margo Dydek (Utah Starzz) blocked 10 shots vs. Orlando, June 7, 2001.

Apple CEO Celebrates In San Francisco Pride Parade

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Apple CEO Tim Cook is an outspoken supporter of LGBT rights. (Image: Apple)

Last weekend was the 44th Annual San Francisco Pride Parade, celebrating LGBT pride in California.

Apple participated in the parade, bringing out its own banner and spreading #ApplePride on Twitter and Instagram. One Apple employee in particular also showed his support: CEO Tim Cook.

While Cook didn’t participate in the actual march, according to Reuters, he did come out to show his support of Apple employees celebrating Pride Day.

Cook is no stranger to the LGBT community, and is very outspoken on the topic of human rights and LGBT rights. On Friday’s CNBC “Squawk On The Street” segment, co-anchor Simon Hobbs made the claim that Cook had come out as gay, though it was quickly dismissed by New York Times columnist James B. Stewart, who did not want to speculate about the sexuality of Cook.

Cook himself hasn’t come forward announcing whether he himself is gay, though OUT magazine included him in their list of most powerful people in the LGBT community.