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MTV To Have ‘Wild ‘N Out’ Pop Ups In Atlanta And New York

Nick Cannon  MTV To Have ‘Wild ‘N Out’ Pop Ups In Atlanta And New York
(ATLANTA) – July 7, 2017 – MTV is bringing the fun and energy of its hit comedy series “Wild ‘N Out” to a neighborhood barbershop in Atlanta and New York. “Wild ‘N Out: Live from the Barbershop,” an interactive pop-up experience, will give fans a taste of the “Wild ‘N Out” excitement they’ve grown to love with celebrity hosts, live music, freestyle battles, ‘yo mama’ contests and cash prizes.
The events will take place Sunday, July 16 in Atlanta and Sunday, July 23 in New York. Additional details will be released soon.
Fresh off its record-breaking premiere, “Wild ‘N Out,” now in its ninth season,is “bigger and bolder” with Nick Cannon as master of ceremonies and guest appearances from Chance the Rapper, Rick RossLil YachtyVic MensaBlac Chyna, Remy Ma, Papoose, Young M.A, Wendy Williams, Tami Roman and more.
“Wild ‘N Out” airs weekly at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT as part of MTV’s “Throwdown Thursdays” comedy block.
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‘Atlanta,’ ‘This Is Us,’ ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Lead TCA Awards Nominations

 ‘Atlanta,’ ‘This Is Us,’ ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Lead TCA Awards Nominations

Atlanta,” “This Is Us,” and “The Handmaid’s Tale” each netted four nominations for the 2017 Television Critics Association (TCA) Awards, the media organization announced Monday.

The TCA Awards recognize outstanding television programming in the 2016-2017 season, honoring actors, producers and programs in a variety of categories, including news and information, youth, reality, drama and comedy.

For the second consecutive year, HBO is in the lead with 12 nominations; FX has 11; Netflix has 10; NBC has seven; Hulu has four; ABC and PBS have three; Amazon, Disney and Showtime each have two; and A&E, AMC, BBC America, CBS, CNN, ESPN, and TBS finish with one.

“This was truly a landmark season for diversity in television, and the TCA nominations reflect this. Our members have chosen a variety of series that celebrate and represent a wide spectrum of performances,” said TCA President Amber Dowling. “With so many great programs—both new and returning—it was a real challenge for our members to whittle these nominees down. We’re excited to see which programs and performers make the cut as voting now gets underway to determine the TV standouts of the 2016-17 season.”

The winners will be announced at the invitation-only presentation on Saturday, August 5, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Read the full list of nominees below.

Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us,” NBC
Carrie Coon, “The Leftovers” & “Fargo,” HBO & FX
Claire Foy, “The Crown,” Netflix
Nicole Kidman, “Big Little Lies,” HBO
Jessica Lange, “Feud: Bette And Joan,” FX
Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Hulu
Susan Sarandon, “Feud: Bette And Joan,” FX

Pamela Adlon, “Better Things,” FX
Aziz Ansari, “Master of None,” Netflix
Kristen Bell, “The Good Place,” NBC
Donald Glover, “Atlanta,” FX
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep,” HBO
Issa Rae, “Insecure,” HBO
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, “Fleabag,” Amazon

“Full Frontal With Samantha Bee,” TBS (2016 Winner in Category)
“Last Week Tonight With John Oliver,” HBO
“The Lead With Jake Tapper,” CNN
“O.J.: Made in America,” ESPN
“Planet Earth II,” BBC America
“Weiner,” Showtime

“The Circus,” Showtime
“The Great British Baking Show,” PBS
“The Keepers,” Netflix
“Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath,” A&E
“Shark Tank,” ABC
“Survivor: Game Changers,” CBS

“Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” PBS (2016 Winner in Category)
“Doc McStuffins,” Disney Junior
“Elena of Avalor,” Disney Channel
“Odd Squad,” PBS
“Sesame Street,” HBO
“Speechless,” ABC

“Atlanta,” FX
“The Crown,” Netflix
“The Good Place,” NBC
“The Handmaid’s Tale,” Hulu
“Stranger Things,” Netflix
“This Is Us,” NBC

“Big Little Lies,” HBO
“Fargo,” FX
“Feud: Bette and Joan,” FX
“Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life,” Netflix
“The Night Of,” HBO
“Wizard of Lies,” HBO

“Better Call Saul,” AMC
“Stranger Things,” Netflix
“The Americans,” FX (2015 & 2016 Winner in Category)
“The Crown,” Netflix
“The Handmaid’s Tale,” Hulu
“This Is Us,” NBC

“Atlanta,” FX
“black-ish,” ABC (2016 Winner in Category)
“Fleabag,” Amazon
“Master of None,” Netflix
“The Good Place,” NBC
“Veep,” HBO

“Atlanta,” FX
“Big Little Lies,” HBO
“Stranger Things,” Netflix
“The Handmaid’s Tale,” Hulu
“The Leftovers,” HBO
“This Is Us,” NBC

HBO – 12
FX – 11
Netflix – 10
NBC – 7
Hulu – 4
ABC – 3
Amazon – 2
Disney Channel/Disney Junior – 2
Showtime – 2
A&E – 1
AMC – 1
BBC America – 1
CBS – 1
CNN – 1
ESPN – 1
TBS – 1

PROGRAM TALLY- (denotes shows with more than one nomination)
“Atlanta,” FX – 4
“The Handmaid’s Tale,” Hulu – 4
“This Is Us,” NBC – 4
“Big Little Lies,” HBO – 3
“Feud: Bette And Joan,” FX – 3
“Stranger Things,” Netflix – 3
“The Good Place,” NBC – 3
“The Crown,” Netflix – 3
“Fargo,” FX – 2
“Fleabag,” Amazon – 2
“Master Of None,” Netflix – 2
“The Leftovers,” HBO – 2
“Veep,” HBO – 2

Source: Variety

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The ABFF Comedy Wings Competition Announces It’s Finalists In Atlanta!

Rodney Perry The ABFF Comedy Wings Competition Announces It’s Finalists In Atlanta!
As we reported 2 days ago, its that time of the year where The American Black Film Festival starts to ramp up The Comedy Wings Competiton in preparation for their upcoming festival.
Anyway, as we stated the competition’s finalist were to be chosen on Thursday and they were in Atlanta, at The Uptown Comedy Corner.
The finalists chosen to move on to Miami for the ABFF Comedy Wings Competition were comedians Brandon Cole (B- Cole), Shereen Kassam, TuRae Gordon, Jason Weems, and Cyrus Steele II.

Tonight’s show was hosted by comedian Rodney Perry, and we hear that he may also make the trip to Miami to possibly co-host. The Comedy Wings Competition is set to kick off in Miami June 14-18th.

If you are not familiar, The Comedy Wings Competition is a national search for the new stars of comedy. The goal of the competition is to provide a platform for talented yet undiscovered comedians to break into film and television. Semifinalists are selected from around the country to participate in the live audition, and the finalists are hand picked by the judges to proceed to the event at the 2017 ABFF in Miami.

More details soon!

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We’re Hiring – Join Us for Happy Hour in Atlanta and Washington DC!

Join our team 300x225 We’re Hiring – Join Us for Happy Hour in Atlanta and Washington DC!

Do you have consulting experience as a Project Manager, Business Analyst, or Data Analyst/Specialist? Are you passionate about delivering CRM for Microsoft Dynamics 365? Do you want to be part of an award-winning team who proudly appears on multiple “best places to work” lists, year after year? If so, we want to meet you! Join us in Atlanta on December 7th or Washington DC on December 8th for a PowerObjects Happy Hour Recruiting Event!

This happy-hour-style interview process will give us an opportunity to show you what we truly mean when we talk about our Core Values and Proven Process. It will also give you a change to “talk shop” with PowerObjects team members and learn how you might be able to jump in and become part of our unique and high energy team. As an HCL Company and Microsoft Gold Partner, we think you’ll be excited by our vision and abundant growth opportunities.

We are in need of the following skills:

Project Management: Are you able to drive a team of professionals toward a vision and manage the resources, budget, scope, and timeline of mid to large sized projects? Have you managed IT projects in the consulting space? Are you familiar with what it means to work on an “enterprise” project? Are you able to communicate across teams to manage expectations, workloads, and scope?

Business Analysis: Our BAs are the key to eliciting the business needs and problems of our clients; and they are central to translating that business need to our technical resources to create a vision for our clients. Can you drive meetings around the CRM subject areas? Can you facilitate and lead requirement meetings with large groups of client SMEs and business stakeholders? Are you able to architect and document business requirements in a way that is translatable to technical teams? Are you able to focus on the business yet keep solutions churning in the back of your head?

Data Analysis: Our Data Center of Excellence within PowerObjects drives our capabilities with data integration and migrations. We are in need of building this team with technical data analysts and specialists that thrive on using ETL tools to migrate and integrate CRM data within Dynamics 365. Are you familiar with data modeling, mapping, and analysis? Are you able to understand a CRM data model and design and build an approach and solutions to move data in/out of it? Do you thrive on helping clients make the most of their data to improve services to their clients and their sales organization?

CRM Specialties: The CRM landscape for Dynamics 365 is rapidly growing into broader and more complex solutions like Field Services, Project Services, Unified Service Desk, CRM Portals, Business Intelligence, and Enterprise-Ready Platform solutions to extend the system. If you have deep experience or knowledge in these specialty spaces, we at PowerObjects would love to add your expertise to our team.

If you or someone you know processes these skills, contact us today.

We hope to see you at one of our upcoming recruiting events and as always, happy Dynamics 365’ing!

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SHARE Atlanta 2016 Wrap-Up: Big Data is Big Topic at Big Iron Mainstay Event

Well, another SHARE is in the books and SHARE Atlanta 2016 offered some cool surprises.

In addition to the unexpected placement of a transparent z13 in the center of the hall, the SHARE “Hack-a-thon” drew heavy participation and even more attention and the vaunted Redbooks team opened their kimono and allowed attendees to help write a new IBM Redbook in real-time.

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The IBM “Transparent z13” was at the center of the action on the show floor.

Also, Big Data was a surprisingly common topic of conversation on the show floor and in the conversations outside the session rooms during breaks. It seems that all the Data Scientists and “Big Data” analytics actually require ALL of an enterprise’s data to drive decisions, create value, and truly secure enterprise organizations. Big Iron to Big Data discussions included the debate of FICON Data Transport vs. TCP/IP and the all-important conundrum of getting important SMF and other log data out of the mainframe and into “Big Data” repositories and data lakes for real-time correlation to enable truly relevant ITOA (IT operational analytics) and enterprise security.

The welcome reception was rife with familiar faces, including one SHARE mainstay, always recognizable from the front or back due to his famous suspenders…the one and only Reg Harbeck. Reg hinted that “Mainframe Karaoke” was back on the docket and that made it clear to me that the week would be memorable.

Mainframe publishing royalty was in the house with Enterprise Systems Media’s Bob Thomas, (also the founder of the Mainframe Hall of Fame), and the prolific writer and editor Denny “The Texting Texan” Yost in town.  Not to be outdone, the MSP Communications team was here from Minnesota with Mari Adamson-Bray and Kathy Ingulsrud leading the contingent from IBM Systems Magazine. It’s great to see the media in force at SHARE.

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The “Hack-a-thon” was very popular at SHARE Atlanta.

Some key topics and items from the keynotes and session rooms included:

  • Skills Gap and the “Mind the Gap” infographic (and educational programs like zNextGen, SHARE Academy and Mainframe Academy to address it)
  • SHARE officially joins that “Open Mainframe” project
  • Martha McConaghy won the SHARE President’s Award as did Donna Hudi in a surprise 2nd award that made everyone smile
  • Congratulations rightly went out to William C. “Beaver” Holt from TSYS, a 1st time speaker at SHARE!

The Keynote from Contently’s Shane Snow was about thinking in new ways (I refuse to say “outside the box”), and was worthy of detailed write-up, so here it is:

 Key points included:

  • Think Sideways (aka “Lateral Thinking”)
  • Think Simple (Radical Simplification)
  • Think 10x

Snow made some great references in his pitch, including:

  • Lateral Thinking” – Unconventional orientation and approach to problem solving… like MacGyver!
  • His childhood “Bigger or Better” game where groups each start the day with something small (like a toothpick) and go door to door for “trade ups” for slightly bigger and better thing, eventually getting up to something unthinkable (like a car) when they day began. Small wins, he said, motivate as well as get you closer to solving the big problem.
  • The cheetah is the best predator not because of its straight ahead speed, because it can turn and move sideways at high speed (80 mph), hence “The Cheetah Principle” is about lateral thinking and movement.

Snow also gave a poignant example of talented surgical operation team that had far too many children dying despite their individual skill, constant communication and teamwork during operations, and all-out effort.  Frustrated, he looked for answers in non-traditional places and after seeing a Formula 1 pit crew team work a pit stop, the leader then:

  • Studied their approach
  • Hired a dance choreographer for the surgical team
  • Ended all the talking and had each member of the surgical team be silent and only do their own job
  • Used the Anesthesiologist as team Flagman/Lollipop Man who observes all and alone says when to start and when the operation is finished/complete
  • The results were a remarkable 50% of surgical errors reduced overnight and virtually all errors removed over time.

The “Radical Simplification Concept” was next and his example of the desperate need for incubators ($ 20-40K each) as globally they could save 20 million babies if were 100x cheaper.  Attacking the problem by radically simplifying the core problem for preemies resulted in a 100x challenge and the development of an inexpensive baby sleeping bag with a safe heating pad to replicate the core purpose of an incubator.  The “Embrace Infant Warmer” is already saving hundreds of thousands of lives and resultant efforts have created a promising new company with the highest corporate social responsibility (CSR) profile.

Finally, he discussed the concept of 10x vs. 10%.  “It’s easier to make something 10x better than 10% better” is the quote from the appropriately named Astro Teller.  Decision-making towards a lesser goal often saps the will-power to use lateral thinking and true creativity.  Einstein always wore the same suit to reduce the number of non-essential decisions.  A 10x goal often drives those and generates great stories, passion from the organization’s members and outsized support towards being part of a huge effort toward something remarkable.

His thought-provoking keynote ended with the reminder that setting really big goals drives better performance and lateral thinking and the borrowed, but appropriate quote, “It’s easier to start a revolution than a lemonade stand.”

After that great keynote, “enterprise security” was on my list and I heard some new (and a few familiar) acronyms and terms that everyone that touches security should learn:

  • IDS (Intrusion Detection Systems)
  • IPS (Intrusion Protection Systems), meaning detect AND defend
  • SNORT (an open source product with some traction)
  • SIEM (Security Information and Event Management): as in the category of products as covered by Gartner, etc.
  • MSSPs (Managed Security Service Providers)
  • DAMs (Database Activity Monitor)
  • Correlation(as in correlation of security information and events to find patterns, anomalies, etc.)
  • Splunk and Hunk (Splunk Analytics for Hadoop)

I also heard (and in some cases joined) some great conversations about IMS-to-DB2 migrations, advanced network monitoring tools and new zIIP engine utilization opportunities with DBAs, operational efficiency leads, and capacity planners.  Great best practices sharing all over at this aptly named event.

Well, that’s about it for this wrap-up.  Lots of other great stuff and conversations in Atlanta last week, including reminiscing with mainframe and polka stalwart Stefan Kochishan from CA, and hanging out with DB2 Guru and blogger Troy Coleman (now back on the IBM mother ship btw), and our new pal, former heavyweight boxing champion Tony Tubbs (who was in town with his nephew, a top contender for the belt).

 Let us know if you have anything to add.  Also, we’d like to learn about what you are doing with mainframe data for analytics and a little bit about your needs. If you fill out our 2-minute (7 question) survey, we’ll send you our new Big Iron-to-Big Data whitepaper. See you at SHARE San Jose!

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Atlanta Needs You: Speak at the User Group Reboot

finger pointing 1 Atlanta Needs You: Speak at the User Group Reboot

Hi folks!  Next week, on Wednesday May 18th, Atlanta is going to reconvene the Modern Excel User Group.

Due to some scheduling shuffles, our own Austin Senseman, who was originally going to be the speaker, now needs to be elsewhere, and I promised to help find his replacement.

If you’re interested in helping out, please leave us a comment on this post and we will be in touch ASAP!


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Donald Glover’s New FX Networks Comedy ‘Atlanta’ Casts Its Leads!

Donald Glover’s FX Networks comedy pilot, “Atlanta,” has cast its lead actors as production gets underway this month. 

Brian Tyree Henry, Lakeith Lee Stanfield and Zazie Beetz will star in the pilot along with Glover, who created and wrote the pilot.

“Atlanta” revolves around two cousins on their way up through the Atlanta rap scene whose opposing views on art versus commerce, success and race will make their quest anything but easy, says the press release.

Accomplished music video director Hiro Murai will direct the pilot, which will be produced by FX Productions, and begin shooting in Atlanta at the end of July.

Here’s a breakdown of each character the above actors will play:

Donald Glover will play Earnest “Earn” Marks, a loner who left Atlanta only to return; now working an unglamorous job and barely getting by. When his cousin Alfred becomes Atlanta’s hot rapper, Earn sees an opportunity to manage Alfred’s career.

Brian Tyree Henry will play Alfred Miles, Atlanta’s hot of the moment rapper who plans to capitalize on the sudden fame as quickly as possible. Henry is currently recurring on HBO’s “Vice Principals.” He will next be seen in the feature film “Puerto Ricans in Paris.” He’s also done some theatre, including Broadway’s “Book of Mormon.”

Lakeith Lee Stanfield will play Darius, Alfred’s oddly talented right-hand man and musical collaborator. Stanfield can currently be seen in “Dope,” and will next be seen in the features “Snowden,” “Straight Outta Compton” and “Miles Ahead,” among several others. 

Zazie Beetz will play Van, a pragmatist caught up in a complicated relationship with Earn (Donald Glover) due to their daughter. Beetz is currently shooting “Wolves” for writer/director Bart Freundlich. She has appeared will next be seen in the feature “Finding Her.”

If “Atlanta” is eventually ordered to series, it’ll be the second cable TV project starring and created by black creatives, set in Atlanta, with Atlanta in the title, ordered for the next TV season. The other is a half-hour comedy from Diallo Riddle and Bashir Salahuddin, titled “Brothers in Atlanta,” which stars both gentlemen as 2 young struggling entertainers, trying to make it big in Atlanta.

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Hannibal Buress Asks Life’s Biggest Questions In New Comedy Central Series!

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Salesforce moves forward on Buckhead office expansion; could add 300 jobs – Atlanta Business Chronicle (blog)

 Salesforce moves forward on Buckhead office expansion; could add 300 jobs   Atlanta Business Chronicle (blog)

n November, Atlanta Business Chronicle first reported the enterprise software giant’s plans to expand its regional hub in Atlanta, with plans to take an additional 50,000 square feet in a Buckhead office tower.

On Dec. 31, Salesforce filed a building permit with Atlanta for renovation work on the 31st floor in Atlanta Plaza, a 34-story building, where the company employs more than 250 people on two floors. The permit involved work on nearly …

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