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Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, testified on Wednesday before the House Oversight Committee, and his opening statement contained a multitude of credible allegations against # 45. Trump instructed Cohen to arrange for a straw bidder to purchase a portrait of Trump and repaid the bidder with $60,000 Read More

An interview with billionaire businessman, founder of Quicken Loans and owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Dan Gilbert. In this interview, Dan discusses his career as a entrepreneur and lessons he has learnt along the way. Dan also talks about the importance of culture, managing sports teams and Detroit.  source: Investor Archive 

Over the years, mainstream media and pop culture created a stigma that looks down upon being intelligent. In today’s society “being cool” is actually the opposite of being intelligent, and essentially certain entertainers “dumb down” their intelligence for ratings and record sales. Dumb it Down exposes the entertainment industry for forcing prominent African American celebrities to tone down their intelligence in order to maintain relevant.

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Genius, formerly known as RapGenius, is a site that explains the complex meanings behind the lyrics in rap songs. The site then went on to add RockGenius to its family of sites. Now after a site relaunch, Dan Gilbert has written a blog where he explains why he chose to invest $40 million with the company. Check out an excerpt below:

Since its debut in 2009, Rap Genius has caught on in a big way among artists and the public, allowing everyone to dive into the lyrics of hip-hop music to find a deeper and better understanding of the creators’ original intent. In addition, the burgeoning company has entered into licensing partnerships with all of the major music publishers, as well as dozens of smaller ones.

Friday, Rap Genius took their concept to a completely new level by re-launching the platform as ‘Genius’ (genius.com). With a new name and a broader scope, Genius takes a huge step toward fulfilling its mission to crowdsource the annotation of ALL TEXT on the internet (that’s right—the entire web).

To read the rest of Dan Gilbert’s blog post, head over to ChooseThinking’s website.

 

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Jay-Z bought one of Swizz Beats original paintings of legendary artist Jean-Michel Basquiat on the hood of a Benz.

Swizz takes to twitter to celebrate selling of his artwork:

Look who purchased my Basquiat on Benz Hood 2day,” Swizz wrote. “What a honor and Blessing I’m so grateful for the support! July 4 its Showtime ART LIFE!!! I will use proceeds to continue helping kids in need.”

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Movie star Nicolas Cage traveled to Carson City earlier this month to urge state lawmakers to pass a movie tax incentive bill, promising to use his connections in the industry to help spark a filmmaking boom in Nevada.

“My name is Nicolas Cage, and I’m an American filmmaker,”

“I have four scripts that could easily be shot in Nevada,” said Cage, who described himself as a Nevada resident, adding he’d like to wake up at home, go to work shooting a film and return home at the end of the day. Read More

DD172.TV brings you the first episode of “We Went to China” a film documenting Damon Dash and the DD172 crew on one of many trips to the far east . Co – Starring Raquel M. Horn, McKenzie Eddy and Shelly Pecot AKA “Mama China” as well Chinese artists DJ Wordy, Hedgehog , MC Yan as well as several other of China’s musical elite .

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NEW YORK — A Jean-Michel Basquiat painting has set a new auction record for the graffiti artist at a sale of postwar and contemporary art in New York.

Christie’s says “Dustheads” sold for $48.8 million on Wednesday.

His “Untitled,” a painting of a black fisherman, held the previous record when it sold for $26.4 million last November.

Also breaking world auction prices for artists were works by Roy Lichtenstein and Jackson Pollock.

Lichtenstein’s “Woman With Flowered Hat” fetched $56 million. A classic example of pop art, the 1963 painting is based on Pablo Picasso’s portrait of his lover Dora Maar.

An important drip painting by Pollock, “Number 19,” realized a record $58.3 million.

Christie’s says Wednesday’s auction brought in $495 million, the highest total at any art auction.

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