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Thanks to new streaming media services such as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime we now have the ability to watch entire seasons of episodic television series all at once. Dawn Chmielewski of the Los Angeles Times explains how binge-viewing is altering narrative structures, existing revenue models and the entire television landscape.Thanks to new streaming media services such as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime we now... more
Destiny’s Child members Beyonce Knowles, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams reportedly changed their Super Bowl halftime show set list last minute. What song did they leave out?
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The first ad resulting from the long-rumored partnership between Chrysler’s Dodge Ram truck division and God was unveiled at the Superbowl on Sunday. Critics applauded the commercial. The spot was voted the “Best Ad” by the New York Times, Adweek, Ad Age, Ad Hd, and others. It scored a 96 likeability rating on the Dreyfus Consumer Poll conducted immediately following the broadcast.
John Michael Luke, brand manager for the truck division, says he is delighted with the results. “This is the sort of recognition any marketer would sell their soul for,” he said. “It’s marketing heaven.” He declined to comment on rumors that future spots are in the works featuring Tim Tebow and Lolo Jones.The first ad resulting from the long-rumored partnership between Chrysler’s... more
Ray Lewis, retiring Baltimore Ravens linebacker, has a message for you: Read Psalms 91.
Lewis has a reference to the psalm, well-known as a hardship prayer, emblazoned on his undershirt and on the shoes he wore during the Super Bowl. This appears to be the second time we've seen the shirt on display in its full glory. It debuted after the Ravens' post-season win over the Indianapolis Colts in early January.
Here's the psalm Lewis is promoting in full (in the King James translation for maximum flair):
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.
Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;
There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.
Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.
He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.
With long life will I satisfy him, and show him my salvation.
His fascination with Psalms, and with King David, who is traditionally pegged as their author, was explored in a recent New York Times piece:
A conversation with Baltimore Ravens middle linebacker Ray Lewis is typically dotted with homespun philosophy, frequent mentions of faith and biblical references. This week Lewis encouraged members of the news media to read Psalm 91, which ends, “With long life I will satisfy him, and show him my salvation.”
“For me, through the ups and downs, the roller coasters of 17 years, you have to find a safe place,” Lewis said. “You have to find that place that is very quiet in your head, and anytime I read it, anytime I come across it, my Bible, the first Scripture in there is Psalms 91.”
During an interview last year at about this time, I asked Lewis which biblical figure he most closely identified with. Without hesitation, Lewis cited David, who is often depicted as a flawed but righteous king, warrior, musician and poet.
From the way Lewis talks, it's not exactly clear if his recent identification with the psalm (and with David) is a reference to his nearly season-ending torn triceps injury in October, or to his implication in a Super Bowl-party fight 13 years ago that ended with two men dead. The psalm itself is as much about overcoming hardship as it is in taking refuge in the Lord. But in any case, it's become characteristic of Lewis to talk openly and enthusiastically about his faith in interviews. That explains why Lewis, just after winning the Super Bowl and playing in presumably his last NFL game, decided to paraphrase Romans 8:31 in a post-game interview: "When God is for you, who can be against you?...
http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2013/02/03/ray_lewis_psalms_91_ravens_linebacker_s_super_bowl_undershirt_shoes_has.htmlRay Lewis, retiring Baltimore Ravens linebacker, has a message for you: Read Psalms... more
Comments made by Tea Party Type on Gabby Gifford Testimony
(And We All Thought These People Were Mean.)
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By Naomi Martin, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
on February 01, 2013 at 8:10 PM, updated February 01, 2013 at 8:28 PM
Amid the parties and fun of Super Bowl 2013, authorities say, there is a dark underworld of girls and women being forced into the sex trade. Sitting in the festive lobby of a New Orleans hotel, festooned with San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens decorations, Clemmie Greenlee, a former victim of sex trafficking from Nashville, recalled being brought to cities around the South to prostitute for those attending such large-scale events.
For Greenlee's pimps, the influx of people provided a massive money-making opportunity.
"When they come to these kinds of events, the first thing you're told is how many you're gonna perform a day," she said Friday. "You've got to go through 25 men a day, or you're going through 50 of them. When they give you that number, you better make that number."
Having been abducted and gang-raped by her captors at age 12, Greenlee said, she was one of about eight girls controlled by a ring of pimps, men who injected them with heroin and, at times, kept them handcuffed to beds. For trying to run away, she was once stabbed in the back.
Now 53, Greenlee works at Eden House in Uptown New Orleans, the first shelter for sex-trafficking victims in Louisiana; the center opened in October 2012.
"If you don't make that number (of sex customers), you're going to dearly, dearly, severely pay for it," Greenlee said. "I mean with beatings, I mean with over and over rapings. With just straight torture. The worst torture they put on you is when they make you watch the other girl get tortured because of your mistake."
Sex and Super Bowls
In the past year, authorities in Louisiana have been working to raise awareness about the rampant sex trafficking that has historically accompanied the Super Bowl. While there is a widespread perception that human trafficking is a problem only in foreign countries, data from the U.S. Department of Justice show the average American prostitute begins working between the ages of 12 and 14.
Established in 2006, the Louisiana Human Trafficking Task Force, comprised of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, plus faith-based and nongovernmental organizations, has been meeting regularly to try to increase trafficking arrests and rescue the victims.
As a tourist destination, New Orleans attracts sex workers year-round, said Bryan Cox, spokesman for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in New Orleans. But many of those young women are not here by choice. So, in the weeks leading up to the Super Bowl, both outreach and undercover efforts have ramped up.
Those efforts have paid off to some degree already. As of Thursday, at least eight men had been booked with sex trafficking and five female victims had been rescued from their clutches, Cox said, noting that such cases are investigated jointly by the New Orleans Police Department, State Police, the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI, among others.
Two of the women, ages 21 and 24, were brought to Covenant House, a homeless shelter for young people at the edge of the French Quarter, according to executive director James Kelly. After taking a shower and spending the night, however, the women left without accepting the services Kelly and others were trying to offer them.
"We believe they went back to turning tricks," Kelly said. "We did our best to try to care for them and try to get them to stay, but they were 21 and 24, and there was no way we could force them to stay, and neither could the FBI."
Such behavior is common, Greenlee said, noting that she had repeatedly returned to her captors after stays in the hospital or jail, mainly out of fear. She said many times, the women are brainwashed; they believe they have no other options, no future to pursue.
"They're terrified," she said. "You can say you're going to save us, you can say we don't have to worry about the pimps no more. We already know what power they have shown us. So either you come back to them, or you find out two days later they either got your grandmother or they just broke your little baby's arm.
"There's no such thing as we want to go back to these guys," she said. "We do not feel that no one -- not even the law -- can protect us, and we do not want to die. I'd rather live in that misery and pain than to die."
http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2013/02/former_sex_trafficking_victim.html#incart_m-rpt-2By Naomi Martin, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune on February 01, 2013 at 8:10 PM,... more
Beyonce is set to headline the halftime show at Super Bowl XLVII on Feb. 3 in New Orleans.
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An Open Letter to Billy Crystal host of 84th Annual Academy Awards from a Black Woman in Beverly HillsI believe it’s safe to say that most Americans have heard about the racist slur you made after the commercial break in regards to best supporting Oscar winner Octavia Spenser’s emotional and moving acceptance speech while hosting the 2012 Academy Awards on Sunday, February 26, 2012.
In case you are unclear as to the remark I am referring to, you said:
“That moment for Octavia is what the Oscars is all about. That was pretty amazing… and I loved that movie a lot when I saw it. When I came out of The Help, I wanted to hug the first black woman that I saw, which from Beverly Hills is about a 45 minute drive…”
That comment left me staring at my television screen in disbelief until one of my very close friends – recording artist, author and reality show personality, Norwood Young called after hearing the same disrespectful, tasteless remark and was equally as outraged by the irresponsibility of you, the writers and producers of the Academy.
READ MORE at Diversity News Magazine
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Hilarious - It turns out that football fans weren't the only ones ticked off. A few males decided to cut the television feed during Madonna's halftime performance, sending one aging material girl into a feeding frenzy...
http://veracitystew.com/2012/02/07/jimmy-kimmels-challenge-i-unplugged-the-tv-during-the-super-bowl-video/Hilarious - It turns out that football fans weren't the only ones ticked off. A... more
While many sports fans are preparing for Sunday’s Super Bowl by organizing parties and shopping for TVs, the U.S. government is preparing in a different way. Just yesterday, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency seized 307 different domains suspected of violating NFL copyrights. Of those, 16 were suspected of illegal streaming. The rest were allegedly selling counterfeit NFL merchandise....
http://www.redicecreations.com/article.php?id=18459While many sports fans are preparing for Sunday’s Super Bowl by organizing... more
And we have the video of her saying it:
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After Madonna had promised there would be no wardrobe malfunctions, rapper M.I.A. decided to creat some buzz for herself as she flipped the bird
MORE http://bumpshack.com/2012/02/06/nbc-apologizes-for-m-i-a-s-middle-finger-gesture-during-super-bowl-halftime/After Madonna had promised there would be no wardrobe malfunctions, rapper M.I.A.... more
Judges/coaches Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green and Blake Shelton turn into ninjas as they fight for The Voice
MORE http://bumpshack.com/2012/02/06/betty-whites-the-voice-kombat-super-bowl-ad-video/Judges/coaches Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green and Blake Shelton turn... more
Los Angeles Times...
Pop music review: Madonna at the Super Bowl
The halftime show? A spectacle by the Cleopatra of the game. It also was a well-planned — and shockingly transparent — ad for her new album, 'MDNA.'
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Cee Lo Green and Madonna perform during halftime of the Super Bowl game Indianapolis. (Mark Humphrey / Associated Press)
By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
February 6, 2012
To label the selection of Madonna as a halftime performer at the Super Bowl as curious is to neglect the surreal history of what has become one of the year's most discussed 10 minutes of music on American television. From the high-water mark Janet Jackson-Justin Timberlake nip slip to the weird nonsequitur Rolling Stones gig to a children's choir singing "Michael Row the Boat Ashore," the Super Bowl has never been short on ridiculousness.
But all different kinds of musical craziness had nothing on this year's Bridgestone Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show performance. Madonna was defiantly unconcerned with the more conservative red state wing of the football fan base who'd never be caught dead singing along to one of her songs, and her halftime show was pure spectacle by the Cleopatra of the game.
Think about it. In less than 10 minutes, America watched marching warriors pulling a massive chariot; faux trumpeters announcing the arrival of Madonna; a man name Redfoo with a ridiculously large afro fronting a duo called LMFAO; a polyglot British-Sri Lankan rapper slyly flipping the bird at the camera; a cartoonish multiple-personality Nicki Minaj; and a charismatic Buddha of a singer with a golden voice in one of the best bandleader outfits ever created, to say nothing of his stunning black choir robe.
At the center of it all was Madonna in her element, vogueing with a break-dancing lyre player, riding a bejeweled human serpent, slipping into her best single of the '00s, "Music," dancing near a tightrope walker who did a back flip as she passed, and sitting on Redfoo's shoulders during a mash-up with LMFAO's "Party Rock Anthem." We saw Madonna looking absolutely silly as a 53-year-old cheerleader with equally noncheerleaders M.I.A. and rapper Minaj, and, perhaps most improbable of all, Madonna in front of a church choir pretending to be chaste.
In fact, if you break down the show, produced by Stuart Davis (known to dance fans under his moniker Les Rhythmes Digitales), the whole thing was arguably more outrageous than the notorious Jackson nipple shot. Madonna's new album, "MDNA," is a sly reference to the drug Ecstasy; M.I.A.'s father was part of a Sri Lankan rebel group called the Tamil Tigers (once listed as a terrorist group by the State Department); LMFAO is an acronym in text slang for "laughing my ... ass off;" and singer Cee Lo Green hit the big time with a song about a middle-finger kiss-off. In this company, Minaj looked positively PG.
But despite its success AND extravagance, this whole halftime package most of all was little more than an ingeniously well planned — and shockingly transparent — advertisement for "MDNA," and not much more. The rollout for the album began with the announcement that she'd be performing at the Super Bowl and was teased by a music video released Friday for her new single, "Give Me All You're Luvin'," featuring Minaj and with a remix also featuring LMFAO, which, of course, she performed. Talk about marketing to a lot of eyeballs.
But then Madonna is Madonna for a reason. And we saw it firsthand Sunday.
.Los Angeles Times... . Pop music review: Madonna at the Super Bowl The... more
MADONNA - SUPER BOWL HALFTIME SHOW: VIDEO|Ft Nicki Minaj & Mia - Give Me All Your Luvin, LMFAO Sexy and i know it , And Cee-Lo. Madonna gave all of her luvin and she's still sexy and we know it when she took the stage for her performance at the Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday, February 5 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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Check out the entire video footage of that incredible performance featuring LMFAO, Nicki Minaj, M.I.A. and Cee Lo Green:
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Super Bowl XLVI between the New York Giants and New England Patriots kicks off at 3:30 p.m. Pacific time today.
At last glance, the Patriots, who finished 13-3 to earn the AFC’s top seeding in the conference playoffs, were a 2 1/2-point favorite.
Nobody is quite sure why, although quarterback Tom Brady and Coach Bill Belichick are 3-1 in Super Bowls and are the only QB/coach combination to appear in five Super Bowls.
Experts and fans seem solidly behind the Giants, who came together late in the season when their defensive line returned to health and Eli Manning looked like the elite quarterback he claimed to be at the start of the season.
Manning guided New York to a handful of fourth-quarter comebacks, including three late in the season when they qualified for the playoffs as NFC East champions with a 9-7 record.
Time to cast your vote in our poll.
http://www.theinset.com/2012/02/super-bowl-xlvi-win-nfl-championship/Super Bowl XLVI between the New York Giants and New England Patriots kicks off at 3:30... more