A Brief History of How Maya Angelou Influenced Hip Hop


Rest in Peace Maya! We will always love you!


The renowned poet Maya Angelou, who died at age 86 today, was a major inspiration to the hip-hop community — Wu Tang Clan, Mary J. Blige and mogul Russell Simmons are among the celebrities who mourned her death on Twitter today. But Angelou’s relationship with rap runs deeper than just a few memorial tweets.

Tupac Shakur’s posthumous 1999 release Still I Rise (released as 2Pac+Outlawz) borrowed its title from Angelou’s poem of the same name; the rapper and the poet met on the set of the 1993 movie Poetic Justice, an experience that brought him to tears, as Angelou once told it:

“Years ago I did a movie called Poetic Justice, and there was a young man the first day who cursed so, I couldn’t believe it. I walked around, behind him, tried to ignore him. But the second day, he and another young man, [a]…

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Google Plans Low-Cost, High Quality Wi-Fi Networks For Small- And Medium-Sized Businesses, Report Says


EXCELLENT!! Now come to Canada 🙂


Google is apparently planning to offers subsidized, commercial-grade Wi-Fi hardware to small and medium-sized businesses, The Information reports, alongside software to help greatly improve the quality of the Wi-Fi experience at places like doctors’ offices, restaurants, gyms and more. The hardware would be the only cost involved, as it would use the businesses’ existing Internet connections, unlike the Google-provided Wi-Fi networks running at Starbucks businesses across the U.S.

The plan is to get better Wi-Fi in the hands of these businesses in order to get more users working on Google apps and services, which ultimately means more customers spending more time engaging with Google’s money-making products, even when they’re away from their usual home and work Wi-Fi networks. This is the same team behind Google Fiber, the search giant’s high-speed net and TV service, which is being trialled in select markets across the U.S., The Information reports.

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Will voters buy Andrea Horwath’s common sense evolution?


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Cut the waste. Respect for tax dollars. Government that makes sense.

These are the buzzwords of Ontario’s New Democrats. And if they sound more like Rob Ford than Tommy Douglas (or Jack Layton), that’s not by accident. Leader Andrea Horwath is doubling down on the populist platform she ran on in 2011, eschewing the party’s traditional progressive principles in the process.

It’s a gamble intended to capitalize on election and byelection gains the NDP made in blue-collar ridings such as Windsor-Tecumseh, leveraging Horwath’s likeability to appeal to voters as the average guy’s party.

If it works, it could open up strategic blocs of support in regions such as southwestern Ontario, as well as rural or suburban ridings that aren’t traditional NDP territory.

Star candidate Jagmeet Singh, for example, nabbed the provincial NDP’s first Peel Region seat when he won Bramalea-Gore-Malton in 2011, thanks both to his own community connections and…

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Ontario election called for June 12 as Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals lose support of NDP


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Kathleen Wynne met with the Ontario Lieutenant Governor Friday and was granted a June 12 election after NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said she can no longer support the Liberals’ minority government.

“Andrea Horwath and Tim Hudak made the decision to go into an election,” Wynne said in a Friday afternoon news conference. “The people of Ontario…have a choice between safe hands and risky tactics.”

Wynne hinted at the Liberals campaign message and she said her party had guided Ontario through the tough times of the recession, although Ontario is not expected to balance the budget until 2018.

“Our recovery is taking hold and it is taking hold persistently,” she said. “Companies are hiring again. We are on our way back. We cannot put that at risk.”

Earlier Friday, Horwath came out strongly against supporting the Liberals any longer.

“This budget is not a solid plan for the future, it’s a…

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Ontario budget 2014: Everything you need to know about the budget, from higher taxes to a new pension plan


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Ontario’s minority Liberals have given the New Democrats a week to decide whether they’ll support the new budget or force an election.

Premier Kathleen Wynne says she wants to meet with NDP Leader Andrea Horwath by May 8 to discuss whether her party will support the $130.4-billion spending blueprint.

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If Horwath — who did not comment on the budget today — agrees to support it, Wynne says she wants to determine a plan for passing it before the legislature rises in June.

The make-it-or-break-it budget tabled today could seal the fate of the minority Liberals, who need the support of at least one of the opposition parties to avoid defeat.

The New Democrats have propped them up in the past, but Horwath wouldn’t say what she’ll do.

Wynne says the contents of the…

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