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Posts Tagged ‘MC Hammer’

Columnist to Alec Baldwin: Silicon Valley Nerds ‘Would Adore You’

ShutterstockAlecHilariaBaldwinSince we recently highlighted Zócalo Public Square editor-columnist Joe Mathews‘ angry cross-country diatribe about Jimmy Fallon, it seems only natural to give equal time to an open letter tied to the opposite, east-to-west direction.

Responding to Alec Baldwin‘s New York magazine essay, Mathews runs down the reasons why Los Angeles might not be the right relocation answer. He notes that this is no longer the LA of Annie Hall and warns that a lot of the NYC scourges mentioned by Baldwin such as TMZ, Shia LaBeouf and thoughtless TV executives are all in Lalaland as well.

Mathews thinks he has a much better potential destination for Baldwin: Silicon Valley. A house in Marin County, he argues, could be the perfect, tranquil fit:

The nerds up north would adore you. Google and Facebook engineers routinely drool over visiting celebrities. Valley venture capitalists have thrown money at celebrity entrepreneurs MC Hammer and Jessica Alba. Silicon Valley folks have touted Ashton Kutcher as a tech guru; imagine how warmly they might welcome someone like you, who can actually act.

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MC Hammer Joins Occupy Oakland Protests

The Occupy Oakland demonstrations attracted thousands Wednesday, and among them was Bay Area resident MC Hammer. The protests lasted until the wee hours, though the crowds had significantly thinned by then. But Hammer stuck around, tweeting and taking photographs:

The photo above, which has been cropped, is one of many Hammer uploaded from his phone. They can be viewed here.

MC Hammer is Launching a Search Engine

Seriously. At first we thought Mashable had been taken in by an article from The Onion, but this is really happening.

Today MC Hammer introduced his new search engine, called WIREDoo, at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco. The search engine will provide things that Google doesn’t, including what Hammer calls “deep search.” And we don’t know what that is, but it sounds hot.

The BrainYard reports from the Summit:

Hammer, cognizant of the presence of Google co-founder Sergay Brin in the audience, said that the technology isn’t meant to replace existing search, but to add value. Specifically, search queries add the notion of data relationships to results. For example a search of the word “car” might also come with the relationships to insurance, cost, specs, mileage, and who the driver will be. A search for “home” might also include relationships to community, schools, financing, insurance and so on.

Now if Salt-N-Pepa would just launch a social networking site, my week would be complete.

LA Stand-Up Gets Ready to Kill in Cairo

Ronnie Khalil (pictured), who launched LA’s annual Middle Eastern Comedy Festival in the fall of 2009, is taking punch line diplomacy to a whole new level.

On July 6th, he will be in Cairo to headline “Freedom of Funny,” billed as the first major stand-up comedy show in Cairo since the revolution. Khalil actually performed several underground shows in the city just a few weeks before the uprisings, and says he has big plans for his upcoming gig at the El Sawy Culture Wheel:

Ronnie will announce his candidacy for “Bresident of Egypt,” a humorous reference to Middle Easterners sometimes confusing English letters. He will also unveil his plan for a “New Egypt…”

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KTLA Reporter Vies for ‘Best Journalist on Twitter’ Award

As far as FishbowlLA is concerned, the Academy to watch this week is not the one on Wilshire Blvd. in Beverly Hills. Rather, it’s the virtual amalgamation known as the Real-Time Academy of Short-Form Arts and Sciences.

That’s the group in charge of selecting Shorty Award winners for the third annual ceremony in March. West coast Real-Time Academy members include Craig Newmarket, Alyssa Milano and MC Hammer. With one day left to go in the first phase of 2011 public voting, KTLA weekend anchor Cher Calvin (@chercalvin, pictured) is trying to muster a final push. She’s currently in the #12 position for “Best Journalist on Twitter,” ahead of Rachel Maddow (#13) and Keith Olbermann (#16), but needs to place in the top six to become a social media wizard category finalist.

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MC Hammer Can Touch This Award

It ain’t exactly the Grammys. But considering where rapper MC Hammer has risen from, he will no doubt gladly accept the Social Media Marketer of the Year Award as part of the 3rd annual Gravity Summit industry conference at UCLA.

We think organizers of the February 22nd, 2011 event are missing a killer opportunity. Instead of handing out the hardware at Covel Commons, shouldn’t they be busting the podium moves at the adjacent Hammer Museum?

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Downtown LA’s Christian Rock Star

Tomorrow will see the release of a new album from the very ebullient Jaeson Ma. To celebrate, the San Francisco bred, LA located pastor, entertainer and entrepreneur plans to host a live stream, “GLORY Album Online Release Experience”, beginning at 8 p.m. PT on Tuesday December 7th.

MC Hammer‘s former right-hand man tells AllKPop.com that he spent two years working on his “GLORY” spoken word rap album, with first single “Love Featuring Bruno Mars” having already garnered three million hits on YouTube. Ma also offers this intriguing idea of the second coming of his messianic muse:

I tell people all the time, “I believe if Jesus was alive today living in Los Angeles, he wouldn’t be a pastor preaching behind a pulpit. I believe he would be the greatest Hollywood director making films bigger than Avatar!” Why? because if you read the life of Jesus, he spent most of his time telling stories or parables, relating to common people, engaging culture personally and directly to communicate his message.

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