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April 3rd, 2014
thesmithian
…while black women in the US are making strides in education and business and affecting political trends with stellar voter turnout numbers, they remain more vulnerable to health problems and violence than any other group. Their strength at the polls is not reflected in elected positions.
March 22nd, 2014
thesmithian

'Confidential internal Google and Apple memos, buried within piles of court dockets…clearly show that what began as a secret cartel agreement between Apple’s Steve Jobs and Google’s Eric Schmidt to illegally fix the labor market for hi-tech workers, expanded within a few years to include companies ranging from Dell, IBM, eBay and Microsoft, to Comcast, Clear Channel, Dreamworks, and London-based public relations behemoth WPP. All told, the combined workforces of the companies involved totals well over a million employees.'

much more, here.

March 9th, 2014
thesmithian
…the same few companies that command virtually every airwave on the radio and television also nominate artists for the Grammys, and then use the awards to increase specific artists’ sales. That’s not unreasonable, of course. Business is business. But, just as simply, music is music, and it shouldn’t be reduced for easy sales. More than ever, it’s obvious that the Grammy Awards could benefit from a pair—or a few hundred million pairs—of fresh eyes.
February 14th, 2014
thesmithian

'…recent independent reports…confirmed what anybody who has spent some time abroad already knows. “Americans in major cities such as New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC are paying higher prices for slower Internet service.'

February 14th, 2014
thesmithian

Central and Southern California…these regions are essentially arid and semi-arid desert—if it weren’t for the massive engineering and complex business deals to bring water from the Colorado River, Sierra Nevada, and everywhere else possible. Even then, as rich as California is, this model is not infinitely sustainable.

more.

December 22nd, 2013
thesmithian

There are now zero black-owned and operated full-power TV stations in our country.

more.

November 4th, 2013
thesmithian

Data…has been underutilized in the music business.

more.

October 30th, 2013
thesmithian

…with what can sometimes seem like a Starbucks on almost every corner, why risk draining customers from its coffee houses to its tea rooms? The answer might be in the price.

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