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The city’s largest annual breakdance tournament, McDonald’s B-Boy Royale, will return to the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts on August 26. Now in its fourth year, the event will feature eight award-winning crews from across the U.S. and Canada battling it out for a $5,000 grand prize and championship title.

Hosted by HOT 97 personalities Kast One and Laura Stylez, the competition will also celebrate the introduction of breaking as an official sport at the 2018 Youth Olympics by bringing together b-boy pioneers and the next generation of dancers.

The legendary Richard ‘Crazy Legs’ Colón will serve as lead judge while hip hop icon GrandMixer DXT will serve as the tournament DJ.

GRAMMY Award winner DXT will also be honored with the McDonald’s B-Boy Royale Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to breakdance and hip hop.

Additionally, the event will feature music performances, audience battles and surprise guests.Ticket prices are $22 for adults and $17 for children (12 and under) and seniors and can be purchased at the NYU Skirball Center box office or website.

All proceeds will benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities New York Tri-State Area (RMHC-NYTSA), a non-profit organization that provides needed stability and resources to children and their families.

Source: Get Ready for McDonald’s B-Boy Royale 4 – The Hype Magazine



(CNN)Shortly after being crowned the new Miss Teen USA, Karlie Hay of Texas got her first introduction into the national spotlight.After her win on Saturday, social media users pointed out the repeated use of a racial slur in what appeared to be her personal Twitter account in 2013 and 2014.Users posted screen grabs from what appeared to be an account with her name and photo with several references to the slur.The authenticity of that Twitter account could not be verified and the tweets from that account are now private.Hay, 18, responded to the allegations online, but did not apologize directly in reference to the alleged use of the word.”Several years ago, I had many personal struggles and found myself in a place that is not representative of who I am as a person,” the statement read in both her Instagram and Twitter accounts.

Source: Miss Teen USA questioned about racial slur –

President Bill Clinton with Nelson Mandela, Ju...

President Bill Clinton with Nelson Mandela, July 4 1993. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


(CNN) — Nelson Mandela, the revered statesman who emerged from prison after 27 years to lead South Africa out of decades of apartheid, has died, South African President Jacob Zuma announced late Thursday.


Mandela was 95.


\”He is now resting. He is now at peace,\” Zuma said. \”Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father.\”


\”What made Nelson Mandela great was precisely what made him human,\” the president said in his late-night address. \”We saw in him what we seek in ourselves.\”


Mandela will have a state funeral. Zuma ordered all flags in the nation to be flown at half-staff from Friday through that funeral.


Mandela, a former president, battled health issues in recent months, including a recurring lung infection that led to numerous hospitalizations.


With advancing age and bouts of illness, Mandela retreated to a quiet life at his boyhood home in the nation\’s Eastern Cape Province, where he said he was most at peace.


Despite rare public appearances, he held a special place in the consciousness of the nation and the world.


A hero to blacks and whites


In a nation healing from the scars of apartheid, Mandela became a moral compass.


Look back at Mandela\’s early years 1990: Mandela released from prison 1994: Mandela takes oath of office


His defiance of white minority rule and incarceration for fighting against segregation focused the world\’s attention on apartheid, the legalized racial segregation enforced by the South African government until 1994.


In his lifetime, he was a man of complexities. He went from a militant freedom fighter, to a prisoner, to a unifying figure, to an elder statesman.


Years after his 1999 retirement from the presidency, Mandela was considered the ideal head of state. He became a yardstick for African leaders, who consistently fell short when measured against him.


Warm, lanky and charismatic in his silk, earth-toned dashikis, he was quick to admit to his shortcomings, endearing him further in a culture in which leaders rarely do.


His steely gaze disarmed opponents. So did his flashy smile.


Former South African President F.W. de Klerk, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize with Mandela in 1993 for transitioning the nation from a system of racial segregation, described their first meeting.


\”I had read, of course, everything I could read about him beforehand. I was well-briefed,\” he said last year.


\”I was impressed, however, by how tall he was. By the ramrod straightness of his stature, and realized that this is a very special man. He had an aura around him. He\’s truly a very dignified and a very admirable person.\”


For many South Africans, he was simply Madiba, his traditional clan name. Others affectionately called him Tata, the Xhosa word for father.


A nation on edge


Mandela last appeared in public during the 2010 World Cup hosted by South Africa. His absences from the limelight and frequent hospitalizations left the nation on edge, prompting Zuma to reassure citizens every time he fell sick.


\”Mandela is woven into the fabric of the country and the world,\” said Ayo Johnson, director of Viewpoint Africa, which sells content about the continent to media outlets.


When he was around, South Africans had faith that their leaders would live up to the nation\’s ideals, according to Johnson.


\”He was a father figure, elder statesman and global ambassador,\” Johnson said. \”He was the guarantee, almost like an insurance policy, that South Africa\’s young democracy and its leaders will pursue the nation\’s best interests.\”


There are telling nuggets of Mandela\’s character in the many autobiographies about him.


An unmovable stubbornness. A quick, easy smile. An even quicker frown when accosted with a discussion he wanted no part of.


via Nelson Mandela dies –



CNN Rap Battle

On a day when a White House reporter recited Jay-Z rap lyrics to Press Secretary Jay Carney as part of a serious question about the hip hop star’s communication with President Obama, two prominent cable news hosts found themselves unexpectedly rapping on TV. Now it’s up to you to decide who’s the better rapper: CNN’s Jake Tapper or Fox NewsDana Perino.

Jake Tapper

After POLITICO’s Donovan Slack read the lyrics to Carney and asked if Jay-Z and Obama actually discussed the rapper’s trip to Cuba as he implies in the new song “Open Letter,” Carney snarkily replied, “I guess nothing rhymes with Treasury.” That was Carney’s way of reminding the reporter that the Treasury Department handles those visas, not the White House.

CNN’s Tapper took on Carney’s challenge directly during The Lead this afternoon, offering up his own rhyme and urging viewers to tweet their own using the hashtag #TreasuryRap. Using one of Beyoncé‘s many nicknames, Tapper delivered this couplet:

“Got cleared by Treasury. We can travel at your leisure, B.”

via Cable News Rap Battle: CNN’s Jake Tapper vs. Fox’s Dana Perino | Mediaite.


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Comparison to other applications

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