Monday, November 29, 2010

Google Grows and Works to retain nimble minds
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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Q&A: Omar Wasow

The guest on C-SPAN's Q&A is technology analyst Omar Wasow, co-founder of

Omar is an internet analyst who appears frequently on radio and television. Wasow tutored Oprah Winfrey in her first exploration of the Net in the 12-part series Oprah Goes Online.[1] He is co-founder and strategic advisor for the social networking website

In 1995, Wasow was proclaimed by Newsweek as one of the "fifty most influential people to watch in cyberspace." Around 1999 or 2000, Wasow introduced Oprah Winfrey to electronic mail in a series of 12 appearances on her television show. In 2003, Wasow appeared in an Apple, Inc advertisement discussing their latest operating system at the time Mac OS X Panther.

Wasow is currently working on his doctorate at Harvard University in African-American Studies and political science. In a 2009 interview with Brian Lamb, Wasow stated that he had started at Harvard in 2005.

Wasow is a graduate of Stuyvesant High School in New York City, where he was President of the Student Union. He then graduated from Stanford University in California with a BA degree in Race and Ethnic Relations

His website is

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Google Voice Offers Free Phone Calls

Google is offering a new service that allows users to call landline and cell phones.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Soldier Knows Best on: Google Voice: Works on Android, iPhone and others

Google Voice gives you more control over your phone calls. With Google Voice, you get one number for all your phones, cheap international calls, voicemail like email, and more, for free! (US only)
Learn more at

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Spike Lee Interview for 'If God is Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise'

Spike Lee returns to New Orleans Five years after Katrina for IF GOD IS WILLING AND DA CREEK DON'T RISE, a four hour, two part documentary debuting August 23rd and 24th, exclusively on HBO.


A little known secret, Spike was the spark that got BlackTree going in early 1996. While I was in college, Spike came to town to shoot his docudrama Get on the Bus in the dead of winter, I believe it was like February in Tennessee. Spike and the Jackie Robinson Foundation went to all of the local universities, Tennessee State, Vanderbilt, Fisk and David Lipscomb to recruit students to help P.A. on the project which was underfunded as Spike received little help from the studios but went out to actors like Danny Glover, Denzel, and friends like Jordan and Oprah to raise capital to make the film. The perfect dream for a P.A, an underfunded film with major talent, because as a P.A that means that you are going to get major experience. While normally, a PA (Production Assistant) spends his time getting coffee or grabbing waters, we were thrust into the production helping with everything from building dolly tracks to working with the extras to even standing in on some scenes. I even had 1 second of fame as I had a non speaking role that required me to give my best Oscar performance walking from a pick up truck into a convenience store, it was the best 1 second performance of my life! The cast of the film was filled with great actors from the now deceased Ossie Davis and Bernie Mac to then newcomer Hill Harper and other actors like Isaiah Washington, Andre Brauer, Roger Guenveur Smith, Harry Lennix and Wendell Pierce who would later become familiar faces on the big screen. Let me not forget Charles 'Rock' Dutton, who til this day I credit with inspiring me to be better. I mean, this was the experience of my life, especially since until that day I had never considered the possibility of being on a film set, I was finishing up my sophomore year and was well on my way to being what I considered to be my destiny, a medical doctor. Not just any medical doctor, but a specialized neurologist creating medical miracles with my hands and my grasp of science. So this was all new to me. I remember the first day that Spike actually took some time to really speak to us on individual levels, something I didn't even think would occur on a film set. I was a stranger to film sets, but I knew that the PA is not wasting the directors time with conversation, so I was shocked when Spike approached me and asked me about my afro, I was amazed. So I asked him about a shot he did in one of my favorite movies, Malcolm X, and he explained it to me, and from that minute I knew that I had found a new love. I had instantly fell in love with film the way that people fall in love with their perfect match. The crazy thing is that it had found me, I wasn't seeking to find a new career goal, or to dream a new dream. I was perfectly satisfied with which way I was going in life. But at that very moment, I knew I wanted to sit in one of those directors chairs. BlackTree had not yet formed into my mind, but not more than 5 months after shooting this film, I started BlackTree. I started it with a dream to be able to one day tell the world something, and I have. A couple of things came together at that time to make it all possible, one the 1996 Olympics were being held in my hometown, two I got my first camera a Hi 8, and three the internet was sprouting out of it's infancy into childhood and starting to show it's personality, and I got it. and that was the start of BlackTree and the end of my medical career, at least for the time being. 14 years later BlackTree Media is one of the most watched content providers on the web, our content can be indexed on over 64,000 websites and over 350 Million views on YouTube alone. So this interview was truly an honor, it is like seeing things come full circle. Now my ultimate dream will be to do a film with Spike, who knows.....maybe..... Thank you Spike for taking the time. Thank you for opening my mind to new dreams and aspirations, you've helped to change my life.

Warmest Regards,

Jamaal Finkley

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Meet the Author of, "Can I Wear My Nosering to the Interview?" Ellen Gordon Reeves

Author and NU alumnus Ellen Gordon Reeves discusses her book "Can I Wear My Nosering to the Interview?," on September 23, 2009 as part of Northeastern University Libraries' Meet the Author Series. She shared her advice on finding, landing, and keeping your first real job. She offered advice on: cleaning up your online act, using a professional email address, crafting your best resume, dressing your best for interviews, networking effectively, and avoiding emailing hundreds of resumes. Find her book in the Library's catalog, NUCAT at HF5382.7 R449 2009.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Why Smart Executives Fail

The scene: a CEO is celebrated on the cover Fortune. Soon after, the company is in the midst of a financial fiasco. What went wrong? It seems that top management made some incredibly stupid mistakes. But the people responsible are almost always remarkably intelligent and usually have terrific track records. "Why Smart Executives Fail" relates the stories of great business disasters and demonstrates the ways many businesses make themselves vulnerable to failure.