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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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In The Middle: Of A ‘Black Parade’

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12 Year-Old Keedron Bryant Signed to Warner Records

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“OOHHH THANK YA” is all Keedron Bryant had to say on social media when news finally came out that he had signed a record deal with Warner Records.

Amidst all the difficult news we’ve been facing these past few weeks, we wanted to give you something to smile about. You might remember Keedron Bryant, the 12-year-old boy who went viral after posting a video of himself singing “I Just Wanna Live,” a song written by his mother that tells of being Black in America and just wanting to live.

Keedron’s performance was noticed by everyone from former president Barack Obama, who referred to him and posted the performance in a statement on the murder of George Floyd, to comedian Ellen Degeneres, who closed her show with his full video. 

Just when we thought this story couldn’t give us any more feels, it was announced that Keedron was officially signed to Warner Records and his viral hit would be released on all platforms Friday, June 19, otherwise known as Juneteenth, a day marking the end of slavery in America. 

Congratulations are definitely in order for Keedron Bryant.

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Netflix CEO Donates $120 Million to HBCU’s

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Netflix CEO, Reed Hastings, along with his wife, Patty Quillin, are donating $120 million dollars in total to Morehouse College, Spelman College, and the United Negro College Fund. The $120 million will go towards scholarships for the students. Each college will get $40 million.

According to the United Negro College Fund, this is the largest single donation by individuals.

In a statement Hastings and Quillin said, “We’ve supported these three extraordinary institutions for the last few years because we believe that investing in the education of black youth is one of the best ways to invest in America’s future.”

This isn’t Hastings’ and Quillin’s first time donating to HBCU’s and minority education. In 1997, the two began supporting the KIPP charter school network which helps black and latino students. In 2016, Hastings created a $100 million dollar education fund for black and latino scholarships.

“HBCUs have a tremendous record, yet are disadvantaged when it comes to giving. Generally, white capital flows to predominantly white institutions, perpetuating capital isolation. We hope this additional $120 million donation will help more black students follow their dreams and also encourage more people to support these institutions — helping to reverse generations of inequity in our country,” says Hastings and Quillin.

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