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Twitter Announces You Might Be Able To Get Your Blue Check Starting Early 2021 

Twitter's New Verification Process Will Launch Early 2021

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If you have been wondering when exactly you would be able to apply for your blue check on Twitter again, we have some good news for you.

Back in June, App researcher Jane Manchun Wong shared screenshots suggesting that Twitter was bringing back its verification process with some much-needed improvements like making qualifications much clearer for those applying for their blue check.

Tuesday (Nov.24) confirmed via its blog Wong’s discovery by announcing that the new and improved verification process will launch “early 2021.” If things remain the same, accounts that would be eligible for verification include companies, government accounts, sports, organizers, activists, brands, and “other influential individuals.” Each type of account must meet specific requirements like being profiled by another website to qualify for verification.

Twitter has a shared a draft of the policy, which can be viewed here, and is currently accepting feedback from users before the final policy is released on December 17.

Twitter also shared how your precious blue check can be taken away as well in the blog post. If a user who has been verified changes their bio or display name to mislead people about their true identity, Twitter has the right to pull their badge. Repeat terms of service violations could also lead to your blue check being confiscated. So basically, Donald Trump should have been lost his verification.

Not everyone will qualify for a blue check, but Twitter says there will be other ways to “distinguish accounts” on the social media network.

“But the blue verified badge isn’t the only way we are planning to distinguish accounts on Twitter. Heading into 2021, we’re committed to giving people more ways to identify themselves through their profiles, such as new account types and labels. We’ll share more in the coming weeks. This is just the beginning of what we have planned for 2021.”

If you want to partake in helping to mold the new verification policy, Twitter is allowing users to partake in a survey before December 8th. You can also Tweet your thoughts using #VerificationFeedback.

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HHW Tech Review: Google’s Nest Audio Is The Best Midsize Speaker On The Market For Only $99 

HHW Tech Review: Google Nest Audio

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There are plenty of smart speaker options on the market to choose from right now. Google hopes it’s Nest Audio will be the one that will grab your attention and help smarten up your homes.

Does Size Matter?

Amazon, Sonos, Apple, and Google all offer consumers wireless speakers in small, midsize, and large options that help determine where you will place them in your house. Google aims to give you a great midsize option with the Nest Audio, the replacement to the 2016 Google Home that could work in any room situation. The Nest Audio’s rather strange pillow-like shape doesn’t throw off the decor of whatever room it’s placed in, be it the living room, bedroom, or kitchen, thanks to its mesh design that does come in an assortment of color options.

Even when it’s not paired with another speaker, the Nest Audio still manages to deliver superb sound quality to fill whatever room it is in. Using just a mono speaker setup (75 mm woofer and 19 mm tweeter), the Nest Audio manages to compete with the likes of Amazon’s new Echo and will have you jamming out while doing whatever tasks at the time.

Don’t Let Its Simple Design Fool You.

Looking at the Google Nest audio, its design doesn’t blow you away due to Google keeping things very simple aesthetically wise. Outside of the four hidden LED lights that appear when you wake the speaker or adjust the volume, it’s nothing to marvel at. What matters is what’s on the inside of the smart speaker that helps it stand out from the rest.

The Nest Audio has 3 far-field microphones that do an excellent job at picking up my voice accurately when issuing commands like inquiring about the weather or telling it to play a specific song via YouTube Music or Spotify. I noticed I had to shout when trying to talk over the music playing at the time. I was also reminded that I still have Issa Rae as my voice assistant.

On the top of the Nest Audio are hidden touch controls that allow you to lower or raise the volume or start and stop songs. The touch controls are a tad bit sensitive, but you probably won’t use them that much. If you’re one of those people worried about your speaker secretly listening to you, Google added a simple switch on that easily mutes the mic.

HHW Tech Review: Google Nest Audio

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Final Verdict

For only $99, I believe Google has the best midsize smart speaker out right now with the Nest Audio. It’s easy to set up and use and pair with other smart devices around your home. If you’re in the market for a smart speaker or looking for that perfect Christmas present, you can’t go wrong with Google’s Nest Audio.

You can head here to pick one up right now and even save $30 when you purchase a second Nest Audio via Google.

Photo: Bernard Smalls / @PhotosByBeanz

Kosha Dillz looks within on “Never Ever Have I” 

By Tayo Odutola Word Is Bond


Kosha Dillz is back at it as he drops a new single “Never Ever Have I” that explores self-growth and accountability.

Bolstered by Sam Barsh’s smooth and somewhat engulfing production, Dillz proceeds to show his flaws and scars for all to see. Nothing is sugarcoated here and the glitz and glamor of social media is totally tossed aside for the listeners to really get a glimpse of the man known as Kosha Dillz.

“Never Ever Have I” is the 10th track on Kosha Dillz latest 14 song album Nobody Cares Except You. Read the lyrics here.

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Dana Williams wishes you “Happy Holidaze” 

By Tayo Odutola Word Is Bond


“Happy Holidaze” by singer Dana Williams is a true reflection of the times we live in. With this ongoing global pandemic, this might just be the zaniest Christmas in human history and Williams sure got us covered with her alluring melodic runs and a solid reminder to always look at the bright side of things. It might look a bit gloomy with lyrics like “I don’t know what days it is or even the time of year/ how the hell am I suppose to spread, holiday cheers” she still keeps her hopes up for a better tomorrow.

 

Dana co-wrote the song with producers Jordan Waré and L.3.G.I.O.N, who collaborated with her on multiple tracks this year including “Knife.”

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Busta Rhymes Talks Massive J Dilla Stash, ‘ELE 2’ & More 

Leaders Of The New School Perform At The Beacon Theater

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Busta Rhymes defies the idea that Hip-Hop music is a young person’s game, especially proving he’s got plenty left in the tank with his latest studio album, Extinction Level Event 2: The Wrath Of God. In a new interview, the great Bussa Bus shared that he’s sitting on 300 beats from the late J Dilla among other revelations while sharing details of his 30-year and still ongoing career.

Sitting down with Cheo Hodari Coker for GQ, the 48-year-old rapper and entertainer went through a range of topics that included his dramatic weight loss, his connection to Q-Tip, and of course the depths of ELE 2. However, the admission that he’s holding on to 300 J Dilla beats caught the attention of most readers.

From GQ:

“Strap Yourself Down” is also interesting because you have a Dilla beat. Was that a beat that you’d worked on with Dilla years ago, or was it something that you came across, or…

Well, it’s actually a production combined of Pete Rock and J Dilla. You know it’s two beats. The first beat of the song is produced by Pete Rock. And then it switches to J Dilla. J Dilla left me with over 300 beats before he passed. I’m extremely selective with who I give them to, which is why I haven’t given them to anybody except Raekwon and that was for Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Part Two. I think he has about four Dilla joints on that project. I’ve always tried to represent and uphold the legacy of the late, great J Dilla, through all of my albums. You know what I’m saying? I think the only album I probably didn’t have them on was Back On My Bullsh*t. I’m a huge fan of Dilla, I think Dilla is probably top three best producers in the world. To me, my top three favorite producers ever are Dr. Dre, Q-Tip, and J Dilla.

Read the entire piece by following this link.

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Trevor Noah Tapped To Host The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards 

GRAMMY Awards Arrivals 2020

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Trevor Noah really coming up in the world.

After making his mark on The Daily Show post-Jon Stewart, Trevor has now gotten himself some more prime-time shine as the Grammy’s have announced the South African comedian has been tapped to host the 63rd annual Grammy Awards. According to The Grio, the NCAA Image Award winner is as excited about his new gig as we all are.

“Despite the fact that I am extremely disappointed that the Grammys have refused to have me sing or be nominated for best pop album, I am thrilled to be hosting this auspicious event,” he said in a statement. “I think as a one-time Grammy nominee, I am the best person to provide a shoulder to all the amazing artists who do not win on the night because I too know the pain of not winning the award! (This is a metaphorical shoulder, I’m not trying to catch Corona). See you at the 63rd Grammys!”

Given his political satire and clever jokes, The Grammy’s should be a helluva good time when it airs come January 31st.

Are you excited about Trevor Noah hosting the Grammy’s come January? Let us know in the comments section.

HHW Gaming: Sony Promises More PS5 Consoles Will Be Available For The Holidays, We Shall See 

Sony Promises More PS5 Consoles Will Be Available For The Holiday Season

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It’s no secret, trying to cop a PS5 right now is just as hard as copping a pair of Off-White Jordans on SNKRS. Sony is well aware of this issue and is promising more consoles are coming.

Today (Nov.25), Sony hopped on Twitter with the promising news that it will be making more consoles available for retailers to get out to customers while thanking gamers for making the PS5’s launch is its “biggest console launch ever.” We haven’t seen any numbers confirming this, nor has Sony explained how it determined that but based on just how scarce the console is and how high the demand is for it, we are inclined to believe that Sony isn’t making wild claims.

Even the most expensive bundles, which can cost up to $800, are selling quickly. Look no further than GameStop’s drop that had gamers voicing their frustration about the retail chain running out of PS5s as soon as the link to buy its limited bundles went on sale.

Since preorders for the next-gen console began and its eventual release, it has been a broken record of gamers’ complaints who can’t purchase one when retailers drop links to buy it only to be defeated by bots and scalpers trying to capitalize off the high-demand. Gamers across the pond haven’t been lucky either. IGN reported that UK reseller CrepChiefNotify says it “acquired nearly 3,500 PS5s to resell.”

With news like that, how can regular consumers compete?

While Sony is claiming that this is the “biggest launch ever,” it could also go down as one of its sloppiest as well. Whether it’s the bots gobbling up consoles, the consoles being difficult to manufacture due to COVID-19, Sony is not clear on the reasoning. Thing’s aren’t any better on the Xbox Series S|X front either, with Microsoft admitting that it more than likely won’t be able to match the demand until Spring 2021.

We know the jig is afoot when it comes to these next-gen consoles. We highly recommend you follow @PS5StockAlerts or @XboxSeriesXInfo for updates when more consoles are dropped.

Good luck.

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Fofty’s Fury: 50 Cent Blasts Grammys For Best Rap Album Picks 

Celebrity Sightings In New York City - May 09, 2019

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The 2021 Grammy Award nominees were announced on Tuesday (Nov. 24) and most were pleased and even shocked by the amount of notable Hip-Hop acts named. However, 50 Cent voiced his displeasure with the selections and called the Recording Academy “out of touch” in typical Fofty fashion.

In a now-deleted post, 50 Cent took to his favored social media vehicle of Instagram to share his distaste with the Grammy nominations.

“Best Rap Album,” Fif wrote with some emojis in tow. “They out of touch this shit ain’t it, get the fuck outta here. 50cent #bransoncognac #lecheminduroi.”

Most are speculating that the artist born Curtis Jackson was perhaps angered that the late Pop Smoke and his studio debut album Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon was not among the nominees. Fif served as one of the executive producers for the project alongside Steven Victor

The nominees for Best Rap Album include Freddie Gibbs and The Alchemist for Alfredo, D Smoke for Black Habits, Jay Electronica for A Written Testimony, Nas for King’s Disease, and Royce Da 5’9 for The Allegory.

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8 Things We Learned From Barack Obama on The Breakfast Club 

Barack Obama x The Breakfast Club

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The election of Joe Biden to be the 46th President of The United States brought a collective sigh of relief to the world and as ecstatic as we are about a return to normal, we still can’t help but miss good old number 44, Barack Obama.

With his memoire, A Promised Land hitting book shelves across the board, the last real American President we’ve had sat down in a socially distanced setting with The Breakfast Club to talk politics, racism, and life with your favorite morning trio.

Taking the time to explain why he wasn’t able to “do more for Black people” to Michelle not totally on board with his Presidential dreams, our favorite President in history elegantly breaks down all kinds of aspects of his life as only he can.

Here are the 8 things we learned from Barack Obama on The Breakfast Club.

Misha ,J.Hurt , Katori Walker team up with Evil Needle on “Red Skies” 

By Tayo Odutola Word Is Bond


Finnish producer Misha recruits the talents of J.Hurt, Katori Walker, and producer Evil Needle on his new single “Red Skies.” 

Bolstered by a sublime and dreamy backdrop courtesy of Misha and Evil Needle, Cali MC‘s J.Hurt and Katori Walker come through with insightful verses that reflect on the state of affairs in the states.

Misha is half Finnish and half Ukrainian Hip-hop/R&B producer based in Helsinki, Finland. In May 2018 he released his producer debut Feel through Chillhop Music – one of the leading tastemakers in the instrumental hip-hop scene. After a couple of releases via Chillhop Music Misha followed up with his debut EP named Midnight Sun.

J.Hurt is a rapper/songwriter with a raw and emotional style that drews inspiration from influences such as Tupac Shakur and Kanye West. He has released seven projects thus far since 2010 (including collabos with Katori and Kota The Friend) and has been consistent in his approach to push people to think and challenge the status quo.

Katori Walker is a sharp observer and adept wordsmith, delivering powerful, socially conscious rhymes about street life, societal ills, and everything in between. Growing up in Pasadena, he was inspired by classic west coast rapping styles with influences from the likes of 2Pac, 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre. Starting off rapping at the age of 9, Katori has grown and developed his own contemporary style breaking away from the sounds of other Hip-Hop artists of today. Check out his latest project – the „Idols“ EP – where he reflects on the impact and style of artists like Kendrick, 50, J.Cole and Kanye while proving that can stand next to the best.

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