Digital darling BuzzFeed stages newspaper stunt

New York 03/06/19, 12:23

Digital darling BuzzFeed has gone retro chic — at least for a New York minute.The online media company handed out 20,000 newspapers printed on actual paper during a publicity stunt Wednesday.It joked it was "testing a new technology."Brand ambassador Ayanna Whitmore distributes copies of a BuzzFeed newspaper at a subway ...

Mormon websites renamed in push to end use of nicknames

U.S. 03/05/19, 14:41

The Mormon church said Tuesday it will rename websites, social media accounts and employee email addresses to get rid of "Mormon" and "LDS" as the faith continues a push to be known by the religion's full name and not shorthand nicknames it previously embraced and promoted.The changes mark the latest ...

Televisa draws heat for ‘brownface’ Yalitza Aparicio parody

Entertainment 03/04/19, 15:51

A television personality for the Mexican-based Televisa network is facing strong criticism after dressing up in "brownface" and wearing a prosthetic nose to make fun of indigenous Mexican actress Yalitza Aparicio. Televisa's Yeka Rosales recently posted photos and videos of herself on social media wearing brown skin paint and thick lips ...

WarnerMedia hires former NBC exec in reorganization

Entertainment 03/04/19, 11:02

WarnerMedia is hiring former NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt as chairman of its entertainment and direct-to-consumer divisions in a reorganization. Greenblatt will run the company's marquee HBO property as well as Turner cable networks TNT, TBS and truTV, among other properties that were previously run separately. The moves come after HBO's longtime ...

UK royals to block internet trolls on social media sites

Entertainment 03/04/19, 09:58

Britain's royal family warned Monday that it will block internet trolls posting offensive messages on its social media channels — and may report offenders to police.Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Kensington Palace spelled out the policy banning offensive, hateful and racist language. The royal households say they reserve the right ...

Slaying of one of their own unnerves gangland reporters

Entertainment 03/04/19, 08:34

Shawn Cotton no longer drives his $55,000, bright pink Corvette to work because he's afraid it could get him killed like his friend. But there are two things he won't leave home without: his bulletproof vest and the 9 mm pistol he slips into his pocket. Cotton, 28, quit his $7-an-hour ...

Egypt releases prominent photojournalist after 5-year term

World 03/04/19, 04:24

A prominent Egyptian photojournalist was released after five years in prison and returned home on Monday to hugs from his family and friends, pledging to continue working despite having to spend the nights at a police station nearby.Mahmoud Abu Zaid, popularly known as "Shawkan," was convicted of involvement in a ...

Don’t Panic: How parents can deal with internet hoaxes

Business 03/01/19, 15:00

The latest parental panic on social media — over a purported challenge for kids to complete harmful tasks — elevates the importance of establishing an open dialogue with children and taking advantage of online parental controls.Warnings about the "Momo challenge" swept Facebook and other social media in recent days, as ...

Jordyn Woods: ‘I’m not a homewrecker’ in Kardashian brouhaha

New York 03/01/19, 14:21

Jordyn Woods says "I'm not a homewrecker," breaking her silence over exactly what went down with Cleveland Cavalier Tristan Thompson — now Khloe Kardashian's ex.She told Jada Pinkett Smith on the actress' Facebook Watch show "Red Table Talk" that Thompson kissed her once on the lips and that was it.Woods ...

California woman gets 15 years in elderly man’s beating

California 02/28/19, 20:41

A Los Angeles woman has been sentenced to 15 years in prison in the beating of a 92-year-old man that was captured on video and shared widely on social media.Thirty-year-old Laquisha Jones was sentenced Thursday following her no contest plea to elder abuse in December.Prosecutors say Jones severely beat Rodolfo ...

Dozens of journalists accused of breaching gag order on Pell

World 02/28/19, 19:53

An Australian state prosecutor has sent letters threatening to charge media organizations and dozens of journalists with breaching a gag order that banned reporting of Cardinal George Pell's convictions on charges of sexually molesting two choirboys, lawyers said Thursday.Reporting in any format accessible from Australia of details of the former ...

YouTube suspends comments on videos of kids

Tech 02/28/19, 17:09

YouTube said Thursday it will turn off comments on nearly all videos featuring kids — potentially affecting millions of posts on the site — after reports last week that pedophiles were leaving inappropriate comments on innocuous videos of children.The change comes as YouTube grapples with moderating content across its platform ...

In a summit first, Kim Jong Un takes US media questions

World 02/28/19, 00:39

So here's a bit of history made at President Donald Trump's summit with Kim Jong Un: for what is almost certainly the first time, the North Korean leader actually answered an impromptu question from an American reporter. Then just a little bit later, as if to prove it wasn't a fluke, ...

Hanoi Postcard: Vietnam tames media invasion but sees upside

World 02/27/19, 22:12

Journalists covering the summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may want space to work and food to fuel them through the long days, and they won't hesitate to say so. But Vietnamese officials see an upside to hosting media from around the world. In welcoming ...

California firefighters fan flames with broken window post

California 02/27/19, 18:06

A California fire department enflamed some social media users but amused others by posting pictures of the busted-out windows of a car parked in front of a fire hydrant. In a Twitter post Tuesday , the Anaheim Fire Department asks: "Ever wonder what happens when a car is parked in front ...

Gerber’s 2019 spokesbaby is a Hmong girl in North Carolina

U.S. 02/27/19, 13:18

Gerber says its newest spokesbaby is a spunky 1-year-old with "the look of wonder in her eyes," born to a Hmong immigrant family in North Carolina.The company announced Tuesday that the winner of its ninth annual photo search is 1-year-old Kairi Yang, a little girl from Hickory who sometimes makes ...

Jimmie Allen is a reflection of a new country music world

Entertainment 02/27/19, 11:37

Country singer Jimmie Allen likes to tell a story about the first time he met songwriter J.P. Williams, who is blind, before they came up with Allen's No. 1 hit single "Best Shot.""I said, 'I don't know if anyone told you, but I'm black,'" Allen said. "'So keep the black ...

Claressa Shields in another boxing 1st on Showtime

Sports 02/26/19, 18:23

Claressa Shields is participating in another first for women's boxing.The two-time Olympic gold medalist and Christina Hammer will be featured in "All Access" episodes on Showtime Sports' social media platforms.Showtime announced Tuesday that the episodes will premiere March 29 and April 5 on SHO Sports YouTube and Facebook pages. Shields ...

Billy Porter speaks on Oscars gown and social media hate

Entertainment 02/26/19, 17:36

Billy Porter, speaking to Vogue before he walked the Oscars red carpet, knew what he was in for among some social media users:"People are going to be really uncomfortable with my black ass in a ball gown, but it's not anybody's business but mine."The remark from the Tony-winning stage performer, ...

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