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Writing I’ve Done Elsewhere This Week: Virginia Dude Claims Land in Africa, Protect Your Ideas, Racist Casting Call

Hey folks! My weekly roundup of where else I’ve written every week. I’m a columnist for TheGrio, where I have a section called “Luvvie’s Lane” to talk about race, culture, politics and other things. I also have my tech blog Awesomely Techie where I talk about technology, tools, resources and general geekery.

So on to what I’ve written this week.

A Guide to Intellectual Property, Copyrights and Trademarks for Businesses, Blogs and Brands

As someone who makes a living off my ideas and someone who manages a nonprofit with a brand that is often infringed on (no you cannot have an event called “Rock the Red Pump” without our approval), knowing about Intellectual Property (IP) law is really important for me. Over the years, I’ve learned so much about it, through having an IP lawyer (shoutout to Patrice Perkins), going to many panels, owning multiple federal trademarks.

In my latest post on Awesomely Techie, I share some of the info I’ve learned with you so you know what your rights are and how to protect your work. Check out this crash course on things you should know about intellectual property, copyrights and trademarks.



Virginia man claims African ‘kingdom’ to call daughter ‘princess’

Seven-year old Emily told her father, Jeremiah Heaton, that she wants to be a real princess. Instead of taking her to Burger King and ascending that throne by consuming fatty foods, the Virginia man traveled to Egypt. He found an unclaimed piece of land, planted a flag and called it the Kingdom of North Sudan. Nobody’s king Jeremiah wanted to prove to his kids that “I will literally go to the ends of the earth to make their wishes and dreams come true.” Princess Emily got her wish and all was well.

Then everyone told Disney’s producers to shut the hell up because that’s really racist and they shouldn’t tell such tales. EXCEPT NO! This is a real story. Writers from “The Onion” didn’t whip this up. This happened in real life, and I haz the sads about it because everything sucks and people are the worst.


Read my the rest at The Grio.

‘Straight Outta Compton’ casting call is a straight up mess

Production has begun on Straight Outta Compton, the biopic about N.W.A. and Universal Studios is looking to cast more people for it.

They’re apparently working with Sande Allesi Casting, and the agency posted a call for the film that placed women in the categories A-B-C-D (it was on the agency’s Facebook page but was deleted. Gawker has the text).

The casting call created a pyramid of girls needed and ranked it in a way that is so offensive that I almost want to laugh at its wrongness and boldness. Did Donald Sterling write this? I read it and asked Jesus to take the wheel, hold my mule and be a fence.

Straight Outta Compton Movie

Read the rest at The Grio.

So yeah! getchu a piece of my randomness. And in case you missed any posts here from this week, here’s a list:

* This Woman Permed Her Eyelashes. Because: Beauty
* Picture from the Whitney Houston Biopic Released and I Have Questions About Bobby Brown
* 67 African Snails Confiscated at LAX Airport and Deliciousness is Wasted
* 4 Things We Already Know About Season 4 of Scandal
* The Rock’s Fetching Fanny Pack and Titilating Turtleneck: Throwback Thursday

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1 Comment

  1. July 19, 2014 at 11:03 am

    LOve your article a usual, but about Princess Emily, I think the problem was simply that the guy had poor parenting skills. I didn’t see any white privilege in his act. In this world, whether you’re black or white as long as you have money you can claim that anything is yours. And I doubt that the President of Egypt or whoever had to deal with him was truly pissed about what he wanted since he had $$$. Look at these super wealthy people who buy this or that island. I don’t find what that guy did any different.

    By the way, on another subject,that “Straight Outta Compton” casting call wasn’t just racist as hell, it was also digusting. The first time I read it I found it so absurb I wondered if it wasn’t someone’s sick jock. Unfortunately, it wasn’t