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Lesson Learned From A Fish, Protect Your Work At All Costs

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If you do not speak up when it matters, when would it matter that you speak? The opposite of courage is conformity. Even a dead fish can go with the flow.

Protect your work as best you can. No matter what type of medium you create in. Even with your best efforts, there are some cases where someone will take the work you created and claim it as their own.

 

Earlier this week, on KingofReads.com (see how easy it was to link this), I wrote a blog reporting an audio of Lisa Nicole, of Married to Medicine fame, going smooth off on her husband’s presumed mistress. This audio was received from an anonymous source early Monday afternoon. I wasn’t sure if the audio was real or if I should post it. I researched online to see if any blogs had shared it. There was no mention of it anywhere. So, I thought to myself “Do I hurry up and post it to be the first or do wait until I confirm it?” In the blogging world, a lot of us want to be the first because we are rarely first. This is especially true if you’re an up and coming blogger. I decided to go for it and uploaded the audio on Soundcloud. Following the advice of a close friend, I took the precaution of editing my voice over the track repeating “KingofReads.com exclusive“. This was a done just in case someone hijacked my audio and posted it on a media player without crediting me.

 

The article went live on KoR (It was so easy I linked it again)! Not too many big name blogs shared it or talked about it. Only one blogger knew of the audio before I published the blog. The article picked up steam and was shared several times on Twitter and Facebook.

 

Fast Forward to the next day and a couple of blogs, if that’s what you want to call them, posted it on their site’s with just the SoundCloud link. Luckily the SoundCloud was branded with my logo and website information so I was okay with that. I pretty much expected that much from them. A couple of others followed suit, from Fameolous to some other random site with spam all over it. Then I came across StraightFromTheA’s blog, which at one point known for it takes on Atlanta celebrities and culture. The site had a reputation for bad journalism practices that stemmed from downloading episodes of reality shows and posting it to their site in addition to making slanderous claims. I knew it was highly possible that my audio would be embedded on a media player to their site with no link to the source. I was right. 

When you play the audio an ad plays from advertisers. I’m sure these advertisers don’t want to monetize content that the publisher doesn’t have permission to use.  But hey slap your logo on and call it whatever… The least that you could do is link my site since I broke the story.

 

 

 

It’s simple professional courtesy and proper journalism practice to link and cite your sources. This is especially true of a blogger who has more than 10 years in the game. You can link your sources, right? A hyperlink?

 

Nah. They didn’t want to do that. Just a ‘King of Reads‘ no .com.  No nothing.

 

When people asked her why wasn’t it linked, it was brushed off like it wasn’t important. No other blog deliberately downloaded the audio and posted to their site. 

 

The time in which it took to download the audio and embed the file on a media player is longer than the time it takes to hyperlink the article from which the audio was stolen from.

 

For those who ask “Why does it matter you can hear King of Reads.com in the background?” …

Independent Black Bloggers and Content Creators Matter.

 

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Match Black Women brings Hi-tech Love to Matchmaking Services

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Match Black Woman brings Hi-tech Love to Matchmaking Services
New dating site offers innovative solutions for Black women 

Atlanta, GA: MatchBlackWoman.com offers dating and networking solutions for women of African ancestry to find compatible suitors. An innovating dating service, the site offers membership levels and business opportunities to not only connect with others, but monetize their time and investment.

Built on the belief that voluntarily connecting people who share common interests can lead to greater compatibility, the platform seeks to propose a solution by bridging the gap of a tough online dating market while providing a service for individuals who have an interest in dating Black Women.

The site has a number of features designed to help seekers find a potential mate. Women can meet single men, network with other women, receive matchmaking services, video chat, and participate in forums. There are also unique search options based on music preferences, eating habits, lifestyle, and more.

MatchBlackWomen.com is a social networking dating site designed from a womanist perspective. It includes the interests of women and includes forums to discuss issues relating to Black women and the broader community. It’s time we had our own space. This is a way to make things fun, interesting, and connect with like-minded people.

There are three membership options: Free, Gold, and Black Diamond. Free members can create a profile, post three photos and conduct member searches. The Gold level allows members to add up to six photos, send and receive unlimited messages, video chat, post on an activity wall, have access to forums and news, and set privacy limits. The premium Black Diamond level has all the features of the Gold level, with unlimited photos.

Business people have an added incentive: become an affiliate! Earn 55% commission per signup, making finding true love while getting paid even better! For more information on the site, or to express interest in the business opportunity, contact [email protected].

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Mom Gets Criticized for Showing Toddlers Kissing on The Mouth

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Mother of 3, Ashlee Muhammed receives backlash for her parenting skills, due to a viral video of her twin boys kissing on the lips.

Although most people seemed to think that the video showed an innocent sign of affection, others were not feeling the brotherly love.

All You NEED Is LOVE 🌹@supernovaandjetman

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One follower called Muhammed’s parenting skills reckless, despite her intended message.

Majority of the negative comments were received by black men.

They accused Muhammed of highlighting perversion and sexuality amongst toddlers. However, Muhammed defends her video.

She states that “The World needs more love like this”.

What are your thoughts, did she take brotherly love too far?

In the African-American community, it seems like we’re so afraid to teach boys to show affection because we’re in fear of them being gay. However, that’s a disturbing label to put on toddlers.

Do you think this warranted the drag session she received in the comments? She decided not to take the video down despite its controversy.

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Money Moves: New Year’s Financial Checklist Part 2

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Thanks for checking out Part 1, and we’re back with Part 2!  Let’s get to it!

Do you have savings?  This may sound like a silly question, but it may surprise you.  Did you know that 57% of Americans have less than $1000 in savings?  Are you included in that group?  If so, don’t feel bad.  You can turn this around.  The old saying is “plan for a rainy day”.  Well my new saying is “plan for a tsunami”.  An emergency fund of $1000 is a great place to start for savings. This will come in handy to pay for unexpected car repairs or medical bills, or an array of actual “emergencies”. $1000 may seem like a lot, but if you could put away $20 a week for one year you can attain this goal.

After you have allocated your emergency fund, you can focus on your general savings. A great way to save is to set savings goals.  Do you want to buy a new house? Are you in the market for a new car?  Perhaps you’ve been eyeing a new designer bag or shoes.  Whatever it may be, set savings goals and be diligent about achieving them.

Also, did the holidays hit you hard?  Have you been dying to take that trip to Dubai?  Creating a holiday fund account can ease the unnecessary stress of Christmas shopping, and reduce the risk of going into debt.  Summer will be here before you know it.  If you start saving now in a vacation account, you can take that dream vacation and do it in style.

 

Stay tuned for Part 3!  Have questions? We love to help!  Leave a comment or for more specific questions, email me at [email protected]

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