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A Company Copes With Backlash Against the Raise That Roared

There are times when Dan Price feels as if he stumbled into the middle of the street with a flag and found himself at the head of a parade.

Three months ago, Mr. Price, 31, announced he was setting a new minimum salary of $70,000 at his Seattle credit card processing firm, Gravity Payments, and …

Salaries & Wages

New Music: Meek Mill “Wanna Know”

Undertaker Rap.

The wait is over. Produced by Jahlil Beats and featuring another Drake reference track, Meek Mill returns fire with his response.

New Music

Jay Z Reportedly Looking To Get Out Of TIDAL

• Apart from exclusive events here and there like a Jay Z B-sides concert and a Rihanna “BBHMM” viewing session, TIDAL hasn’t really done much of …

1973 | Meet Donald Trump

David W. Dunlap is a Metro reporter, and writes the Building Blocks column. He has worked at The Times for 40 years.

Some Americans are just getting to know Donald Trump. Readers of The Times have known him for 42 years.

They first met him, on the front page no less, on Oct. 16, 1973. Then 27 years …

Donald Trump

Who Runs the Streets of New Orleans?

On the morning of Sunday, March 29, Sidney Torres was sipping an espresso in the kitchen of his mansion on the edge of the French Quarter when a jarring notification lit up his iPad and two iPhones. Pimps fighting with drug dealers and johns. Man has gun. Hurry. The message came from a neighbor 10 …

New Orleans

The Evolution Of Beef: It Started Way Before Hip-Hop

“James I got yo letter/ It came to me today/ You said I could have my baby back/ But I don’t want her that way/…

Hip Hop

Need to up your Instagram game? Here's how

(CNN) — Does your Instagram feed require a revamp? Need to find a way to up your game? A group of young creatives are at hand to help.

instaLens, a Cape Town start-up, is gaining quite a reputation due to its range of easy to use lenses for your smartphone. (Read more about their story in the gallery

Instagram

Three Strategies to Improve Diversity in Publishing

A selection of titles from Bobby Nayyar’s Limehouse Books.

Bobby Nayyar, publisher of the UK’s Limehouse Books, offers three strategies for open and …

Diversity

10 Amazing Paid iPhone apps on sale for free today

InstaRoll

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InstaRoll is best app for Create fun short video

CREATE SPECIAL PHOTO MOVIE, JUST SECONDS
Sticker, Music, Text and beautiful …

iOS Apps

Clementa Pinckney, a Martyr of Reconciliation

The preacher who tried to heal the wounds of Charleston fell victim to neo-Confederate ideology in the city where the Civil War began.

The Reverend Clementa Pinckney, pastor of the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, was murdered last week at a Bible …

Political History

New School Study Shows Black Kids Get Cops, White Kids Get Docs

A new study says black students are more likely to get criminalized discipline, while white students receive medical intervention.

In the midst of rising racial tension nationwide, new data on school discipline is bolstering the argument that America’s race problem begins in school.

The study, …

Education

Chief Keef: Chicago’s Mayoral Candidate From Hell

The weapon-brandishing rapper has upped the ante in his feud with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, announcing plans to run for mayor of Chiraq. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

“Stop the violence, stop the killing, stop the nonsense. Let the kids grow up!” rapper Chief Keef declared to an amazed crowd via …

Chicago

How Kevin Hart Went From 'Undeclared' to Unstoppable: A Timeline

From the Laff House to Madison Square Garden, the evolution of a stand-up superstar

Kevin Hart is one of comedy's most omnipresent personalities and one of its biggest money makers. From his humble beginnings getting booed off the stage at Philadelphia's Laff House to breaking records on tour, Hart …

Kevin Hart

Dr. Dre to Release New Album as 'Straight Outta Compton' Soundtrack

Rapper-producer will drop album later than rumored August 1st date

Dr. Dre will finally end fans' 16-year wait for a new album when the rapper releases his Straight Outta Compton soundtrack, which will consist of new music entirely produced by The Chronic mastermind, a source tells Rolling Stone. Dre …

Dr. Dre

Taco Bell will have a bouncer, as well as alcohol - L.A. Biz

Patrick T. Fallon | Bloomberg

Doritos Locos tacos and a fountain drink are arranged for a photograph at a Taco Bell… more

You on the list for that …

Restaurant

If Black NBA Players Can Fly to Israel on a Republican Billionaire’s 747, Can They Support #BlackLivesMatter at Home?

Portland Trail Blazers wearing “I Can’t Breathe” shirts. (Photo: Brace Hemmelgarn, Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sport)A billionaire has sent a group of …

Middle East

The Untold History of Black Baseball Players in Mexico

From the late 30s through the 40s, for black American ballplayers, there was a real “Field of Dreams”. It was south of the border, in Mexico.

“I …

Mexico

Six reasons why white male conservatives want to control the reproductive lives of poor brown women

What do conservative politicians want even more than balanced budgets or an end to abortion?...

Women's News

Vietnamese Rapper Faces Potential Arrest for His Viral “F*ck Communism” Track

“It’s this generation’s version of ‘F*ck Tha Police’ because it clearly identifies the problems people are seeing and directly spells them out.”

There’s a new D.C. reality show and it’s not set in D.C.

Just when we thought we were out, they pull us back in.

Earlier this month, nosey gym rats noticed that TV cameras were sprinkled throughout the Equinox Bethesda and that personal trainers there had to sign NDAs (non-disclosure agreements), which the fitness buffs promptly ignored when they told …

Reality TV

Fela.net Provides A Digital Home For An Afrobeat Legend

On July 27th of the year 2015, Fela.net was relaunched with an eye on providing the Afrobeat pioneer with the digital digs he rightfully deserves in …

What do software engineers who earn $500,000 a year do?

This question originally appeared on Quora: What kind of jobs do software engineers who earn $500k per year do? Answer by Amin Ariana, Innovation Growth Engineer.

Disclosure: I’m an ex-Googler. This answer does not represent the company.

The premise of the question is somewhat misguided in that there …

Facebook

[BEHIND BLACK HOLLYWOOD] Janine Sherman Barrois Sharpens Her Pen for TV

Janine Sherman Barrois

“If you look at me,” says writer/executive producer Janine Sherman Barrois, “it’s, ‘hmm, she looks like she can write Waiting to

TV

How tech doc #ReWriteTheCode made $25K in 2 days - Through the Cracks: Crowdfunding in Journalism

#ReWriteTheCode smashed its crowdfunding goal in a matter of days, successfully funding a documentary that will investigate the intersection of race …

Journalism

I've been viciously attacked for daring to start a women's tech site

In the past few months, there have been some promising developments in tech diversity. Eileen Burbidge and Martha Lane Fox were given prominent government roles, Jacqueline de Rojas was appointed president of techUK, Apple finally had female employees presenting at their conference and the E3 …

Feminism

Could Mobile Technology Be The Future Of Live Events?

Is your smartphone a potential goldmine? As studies show an increase in the use of phones at live events, these mobile devices could be a means towards …

Mobile Technology

Stock Video Service VideoBlocks Courts Universities And Students With A Free Semester

VideoBlocks, a subscription service and marketplace for stock video footage, is giving universities and students a chance to try it out for a semester before they pay for it. The company is also offering a $10,000 to two universities for research in how the availability of digital content — like …

College & University

Finally, We’re Going To Get Data About Diversity In Venture Capital

Tech companies have been releasing data about diversity for the past year or so, but relatively little is known about diversity in the startup and venture capital ecosystem.

Enter the 2015 Venture Census, a survey started by the National Venture Capital Association, Dow Jones VentureSource and …

Venture Capital

Grandmaster Flash lost crates of vintage vinyl in car park mix-up

Hip-hop pioneer Grandmaster Flash says he lost three crates of irreplaceable vintage vinyl when a valet mistakenly gave his car to the wrong person.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme, he said some of the collection dated back decades.

"Records that I collected 40 years ago, some of my old …