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Meet Weave: It’s The Tinder For Business Networking

August 20th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

unnamedHave you ever been in a crowded cocktail reception and wish that you knew the who’s who in the room?  With Weave’s new business app, you’ll be able to easily network with people just like you.  Weave is the easiest way to professionally network. Just flip through other people that are also open to networking nearby. If they also want to meet you, Weave will connect you both.  

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This is perfect for the introverts who need just a little push in the right direction when networking with strangers.

Similar to Tinder, Weave shows you professionals near you that you might want to know. You can anonymously like or pass on them.  If they also want to meet you, Weave makes an introduction. You can chat in-app or arrange to meet face to face.   Weave requires a LinkedIn profile to login which in my opinion is an easier way to connect with people than the LinkedIn app itself.

Whether you’re learning the ropes of networking, or a seasoned connector, this is a quick and easy way to meet more people

I’ve downloaded the app and look forward to taking it for a spin for a happy hour meet and greet this week.  Want to connect on Weave?  You can download the free app in iTunes and Google Play today.

 

Are you on LinkedIn?  Would you use Weave to connect with nearby business professionals?

 

 

Create Your Own App With MAGE (…And You Don’t Even Have To Code)

August 19th, 2014 by Tech Staff

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Do you have the next great app idea?  If learning how to code is still on your never-ending to do list, and you’ve been toying around with an idea for the next big mobile app for sometime, then we may have found exactly what you need to jumpstart your dreams.

 

What’s this dream-solution you ask? Well, it’s called MAGE, or Mobile Application Generation Environment.

 

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MAGE can help you create a mobile application no matter if you’re a beginner or an advanced code pro. That’s right — no programming skills necessary. Kind of like the Squarespace of apps, creating your very own can be as simple as choosing from a pre-designed template, then dragging and dropping the content you want included.

Now there’s no excuse for your business or blog not to have an app. If you have a website that you want to transform into a mobile app, all you have to do is enter in your address and MAGE can pull content, like images and text from your website, and generate a starting application for you to work with. Users can even incorporate lists, tables and menus to their apps. MAGE also provides analytics, so you can keep track of your pageviews and install numbers.

Oh, and did we mention you can create gaming apps, too? Yep! Now you’re one step closer to creating our next mobile distraction.

MAGE is running a Kickstarter campaign to secure funding to amp up its template offerings. They just passed their goal of $10,000. The campaign ends on September 9th, so if this is something that your personal business or side project would majorly benefit from, send some funds their way!

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With OnStar 4G LTE Enabled Vehicles You’ll Be Driving Your HotSpot Sooner Than You Think

August 18th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

Get ready for some serious data consumption because 4G LTE enabled cars and trucks will be hitting the road soon thanks to OnStar.

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2015 Chevrolet Corvette, Impala, Malibu, and Volt would be the first General Motors’ vehicles to come optionally equipped with OnStar 4G LTE. They will be followed by the Equinox, Silverado, Silverado HD, Spark and Spark EV. In the Canadian market, OnStar with 4G LTE will be introduced on the Chevrolet Trax as well. The majority of the 2015 Chevrolet lineup in the U.S and Canada will have a 4G LTE connection built-in at vehicle launch.

Launching on vehicles this summer, OnStar with 4G LTE is the most comprehensive in-vehicle safety and connectivity system available featuring an embedded Wi-Fi hotspot and enhanced OnStar safety and convenience services.  General Motors is introducing the broadest deployment of embedded 4G LTE connectivity in the automotive industry with more than 30 models equipped by the end of the summer, including the brand new 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe.

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During a recent launch event in New York, OnStar revealed the all-new, 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe and demonstrated the advanced infotainment and telematics features including Siri Eyes Free, Text to Voice and Valet Mode.  Hosted by John McFarland, Director of Global Marketing & Innovation for General Motors Global Connected Consumer, the high-tech happy hour illustrated just how easy drivers can stay connected while on the go.

With data packages starting at just $5 a month, drivers be cruising the information superhighway at record speeds, sooner than you think.  I sat down with John McFarland to get the inside look at the new 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe and discover just how easy connecting with OnStar 4G LTE hotspot will be.  Check out the video below.

 


For more information on OnStar and to discover when your favorite GM vehicle will be 4G LTE ready visit OnStar.com and get social online on Twitter, Facebook today.

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The Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet Is The Lightest Waterproof Tablet You’ll Ever Meet

August 18th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

Back to school shopping season is here, and just in time for your next tablet purchase the lightest, slimmest and ultimate waterproof tab is here – meet the Xperia Z2 tablet, exclusively from Verizon Wireless.  FYI – This isn’t an ordinary tablet –  The Sony Xperia X2 tablet brings the best of both worlds together in a perfectly portable tab for work and play.  It offers the best of Sony’s TV and audio technologies in the slimmest and lightest waterproof LTE tablet.  As the first tablet display with Live Color LED for the best entertainment viewing experience, the Xperia X2 is the ultimate accessory for viewing your favorite movies on the go.

 

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With the Xperia Z2 tablet, Sony has developed a tablet that is both beautifully sleek and portable.  You get only the best in sharp imagery with the Live Color LED display – it provides the best natural color and perfectly sharp images on screen, it’s like watching a 60″ Bravia TV in the palm of your hand.  The Xperia Z2 audio experience is just as amazing as the visual experience.  The Xperia Z2 tablet offers a clear and dynamic sound quality experience through Sony’s Front Surround, ClearAudio+ and Digital Noise Canceling features.

 

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The tablet comes ready to go with pre-loaded Xperia camera apps to add an extra dimension of fun and creativity to your camera experience.  No more will you have to rely on downloading additional apps to find that perfect filter.  The 8.1 (rear) megapixel  & 2.2 (front) mega pixel camera allows for crisp and clear HD video and HD video chatting.  The Xperia camera apps allow AR effect for video, timeshift burst, background defocus and more.  With Xperia’s pre-loaded suite of apps, you can snap the perfect picture (or edit it until it’s perfect) the first time, every time.

 

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The 10.4″ sized Xperia X2 tablet is equipped with a super fast processor featuring Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor combined with STAMINA mode. Designed to increase performance and battery life, you’ll never continue to make a mad dash for your charging chord ever again.  The 6000mAh battery (coupled with STAMINA Mode) offers up to 10hours of multimedia usage.  This is definitely the device you need for those long cross-country (and even some international) airline trips.

 

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Wirelessly and seamlessly share content with your smartphone or TV via One-touch mirroring (NFC) and exclusive innovative accessories.  It comes with 32GB of internal memory and with the purchase of an additional memory card, you can use the microSD card slot for expandable memory up to 128GB.  Can you imagine watching a great movie during your subway commute home (New Yorkers) and then with the swipe of your finger, being able to continue your viewing experience on your television without any additional cable cords or data transfer?

 

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Did I mention that it’s water proof?  Talk about a tablet that the entire family can enjoy.  Need to entertain the kids during one last summer road trip?  Charge up the Xperia with your kids favorite movies and be prepared for 10 continuous hours of pure uninterrupted bliss (no matter what spills incur).  The Xperia Z2 offers blazing fast speed with 4G LTE connectivity, Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology and available for $499 exclusively at Verizon.

 

 

Jamming In Color With JLab’s Bombora Headphones (Review)

August 14th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

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Sometimes you need audio accessories that express the vibrant music and the way it makes you feel.  The JLab Bombora headphones delivers a world class mix of sound, style and comfort that is sure to be a hit among fashionistas, audiophiles and music enthusiasts alike. Inspired by the name for large, powerful sea waves, the Bombora features 40mm finely tuned full range drivers and JLab’s latest signature sound curve; creating an amazingly warm and rich listening experience for any genre. Over-the-ear, fully-isolating ear cups allow listeners to submerge in music the way it was meant to be heard.

 

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The Bombora headphones aren’t noise canceling headphones, however the full sound more than makes up for any music lost or ambiance noise gained.

The Bombora’s sophisticated retro design was inspired by classic lines of early headphones and the eclectic style of today’s globe stomping DJs. The Bombora is available in a variety of colors to suit any lifestyle or fashionable preference.  The Bombora headphones seen here in Baja Blue and Gringio Gray add a great mix  and pop of color to enhance any music listening experience.

 

 

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Designed to provide a flawless fit for extended play time, the Bombora features custom contouring memory foam ear cushions, hand stitched with baby soft micro-suede and an air-quilted adjustable headband for unsurpassed, long-lasting comfort. The Bombora comes standard with a removable, anti-tangle woven nylon flat cable with in-line mic.

 

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Ultra-Soft Micro Suede

Over-Memory Foam Cushions

Flawless Acoustics w/ Fully-Isolating Ear Cups

Detachable Flat Anti-Tangle Nylon Cable with In-Line Mic

 

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Pair with phone or tablet to experience T-Mobile Music Freedom and stream all the music you want!  Stream all the music you want on your phone or tablet from the top music services including Pandora, iHeartRadio, iTunes Radio, Rhapsody, Spotify, Slacker, and Milk Music without using your 4G LTE data.  T-Mobile’s equipment Installment Plan (EIP) price: $0 down and 24 equal monthly payments when bundled with other accessories to meet minimum requirement of $69 (Full retail price: $59.99) For more details visit T-Mobile.com.

Infused Art and Sound Found At The Inseparable Soundwall Experience in NYC

August 13th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

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If you’re looking for an unforgettable experience that stimulates your sense of sight and sound, why  not check out the “Inseparable: Soundwall Experience” in NYC.  “Inseparable: The Soundwall Experience” is a hybrid art, music and tech series featuring artist collaborations, exhibitions and events that seamlessly integrate art and music like never before.  The summer group exhibition in partnership with Soundall reaffirms music and visual art as inseparable forms of expression.  Soundwall is customized, hand-crafted, framed artwork that hangs on the wall and plays music wirelessly.  Using the Soundwall technology as a channel to explore the bond between sound and sight, each artist was asked to curate a song paired to their visual work.

 

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Recently I got the opportunity to explore “Inseparable: The Soundwall Experience” for myself and discover the artistry of Ricky Aiello Jr. (son of famed actor Danny Aiello), Bradley Theodore (artist behind the infamous Anna and Karl NYC mural), Fab 5 Freddy and more.  The instillation of art and sound was an experience that went beyond the initial senses.  It was interesting to learn the stories behind the artwork as well as how music played an integral role in the creation of some of the pieces on display. Apparently Soundwall pieces are the next big thing in heightening the art and entertainment experience.  Curated by Laura O’Reilly of Wallplay and Mike Namer, Founder of Gallery 151, “Inseparable: The Soundwall Experience” can be viewed at Gallery 151 – 131 W. 18th Street in New York.  For more information online visit gallery151.com and experience.soundwall.co.

Get a look inside of “Inseparable: The Soundwall Experience” below…

 

The TRUTH About Facebook’s New Messenger App (Hint: It Won’t Do Anything You Don’t Want It To)

August 13th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

Facebook wants to force you to adopt it’s standalone mobile app and it’s efforts has privacy-concerned users upset and up in arms! Recently reports have surfaced and gone viral bashing the social network recently because it claims the app gives Facebook “direct control over your mobile device” and allows Facebook to call phone numbers without a users’ intervention and send text messages without confirmation, but IT’S NOT TRUE.

Guess what? Facebook Messenger isn’t any more invasive than Facebook’s main app — or other similar applications.  The fear actually stem from a message that greets owners of Android devices when they install the app. It explains that the app requires permission access to the device’s camera, microphone, list of contacts and other information.  Want to know the truth about Facebook’s new messenger app?  Discover what it can and can’t do below.

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Here’s THE TRUTH about what Facebook’s mobile messaging app does and doesn’t do.

TRUE OR FALSE:  The Messenger app is new.

(FALSE) Facebook’s Messenger app has been around since 2011. In April, it started requiring that users in Europe download and install the app if they wish to send messages to Facebook friends. Two weeks ago, the company said it would expand the requirement to other parts of the world. Facebook says it’s forcing users to make the switch because a standalone app offers more features. For example, the app is faster, it offers a selfie cam, stickers and can be used to reach people on your contact list who are not Facebook users.

 

TRUE OR FALSE:  You have to use the Messenger app if you want to send messages to your Facebook friends.

(FALSE)  While it’s required to download if you are using Facebook’s mobile app on the iPhone or Android smartphones, you can avoid it if use the Facebook messenger service on your desktop or laptop, iPad or even the mobile Facebook website.

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TRUE OF FALSE:  The Facebook Messenger app’s terms of service are different from —and more intrusive than— Facebook’s own official terms.

(FALSE)  Facebook’s terms of service are the same for all its mobile apps, including the main Facebook app. You can read it here. What’s upsetting people is the list of “permissions” they see when they download and install the app on an Android phone. It’s a long list with 10 items, each of which states that the app needs access to features on your phone including contacts, calendar, location data and Wi-Fi information. Sure, that’s a lot of personal data. But it’s the same data most messaging apps have access to. On the iPhone, users don’t get the list of permissions when they install the app, but when they use it, permissions pop up individually. You can view the app’s list of permissions HERE  (Click “view details” under Permissions.)

 

TRUE OR FALSE:  Facebook’s Messenger app will use your phone’s microphone to record you.

(FALSE)  The app needs permission to use your phone’s microphone and camera. But it requires that access because the microphone is needed for voice calling, a service that the standalone app offers that the Facebook app doesn’t, and sending sound with videos. Same with the camera, it needs access if you want to send your friends pictures.

 

TRUE OF FALSE:  Facebook will direct the app to send SMS, or text, messages without your permission.

(FALSE)  One of the permissions does say that Facebook can edit, receive, read and send SMS messages. But the company says the reason it wants to send and receive SMS messages is so that if you add a phone number to your Messenger account, you can confirm by a confirmation code that Facebook sends via text message.

 

Now that you know the truth about Facebook’s new messenger app are you still nervous about installing the “new” app now?  Have you made the switch to the upgraded Facebook Messenger app yet?

Fans Hold The Power With Drake vs Lil Wayne App

August 11th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

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Making a blockbuster concert tour isn’t easy, sky-rocketing ticket prices in a recession torn economy makes it harder than ever to purchase tickets to see your favorite acts perform.  Let’s not even talk about the concert experience nowadays, unless you’re at a Beyonce’, Jay Z or Justin Timberlake, you won’t find many pyrotechnics or displays of in your face entertainment, that is until Grammy® Award-winning, multi-platinum selling, recording artists Drake and Lil Wayne squared off against each other on the opening date their co-headling Drake Vs Lil Wayne Tour at the Darien Lake Performance Arts Center in New York on Friday night.

 

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As the lights dim to begin the show, fans are treated to a “Street Fighter”-inspired intro video which set-up the conflict between the student and teacher.  Fans who used the Drake Vs Lil Wayne Tour app prior to the show were able to determine which artist goes first.  After numerous rounds of Drake and Lil Wayne hits such as “John” “The Moto,” “Believe Me,” and more fans have a front seat for all the action and can send “Power Up” energy using the Drake vs Lil Wayne concert app to their favorite performer.

After a heated final round, fans are instructed to use their app to vote for a winner.  

I love the concept of “using” “real time” crowd participation to interact with the show flow of a concert tour.  Plus the fact that the app and tour takes on the concept of one of my favorite video games “Street Fighter” by Capcom doesn’t hurt either.

Promoted by Live Nation, the tour kicked off on Aug. 8 at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center in Darien Center, N.Y. and will make stops in 31 cities across the United States with shows planned in New York City, Chicago, Atlanta, San Francisco, Houston, Dallas and Los Angeles. Tickets for remaining shows are on sale now through the Live Nation mobile app and at www.livenation.com.

 

Could you see more and more concert tours taking on the interactive app approach?  Which concert would you like to see with an app soon?

 

Save Money On The Spot With The Walgreens App And Paperless Coupons #WalgreensPaperless

August 11th, 2014 by Christen Rochon


Disclosure:  This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

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I love saving money and I love saving it with as little planning as possible.  So when Walgreen’s asked me to share my experience saving money on the spot with the Walgreen’s App and paperless coupons, I was ecstatic to share – because I know you’ll be excited once you see how you can save money instantly too!

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Remember the extreme couponing craze from years ago?  I’ve never been a big coupon clipper but I am jealous when I see pantries filled with groceries and cleaners on a five dollar budget!  Now, the art of couponing has been revolutionized on a smartphone app, so that people like you and I can save money too!  Since I don’t do much pre-planning when it comes to last-minute shopping at Walgreen’s – I like to scroll through the app while shopping in the aisles in order to catch a money saving coupon for items I’m currently shopping for in-store.

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What is the Walgreen’s App and paperless coupons all about?  The Walgreens paperless coupons are basically manufacturer eCoupons that can be ‘clipped’ to your own Balance Rewards account and redeemed when you purchase to product. That means, no more reading through Sunday’s paper for coupons or sifting through the in-store circular to find the best deals.  Simply download the Walgreen’s app, add your Balance Rewards number and discover your eCoupons right there on your smartphone.  To redeem simply scan your Balance Rewards Card (via the App on your phone, the actual card or by punching in your phone number) at checkout and it automatically is applied. Say goodbye to Sunday paper scissor sessions cutting up coupons or remembering to bring them to the store.

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Be sure to sync your Balance Rewards membership to the Mobile App to get started. Each paperless coupon can only be used once. Once it is redeemed it will be deleted from your coupon list.  Just by using my Walgreen’s App and paperless coupons I saved close to $20 during my most recent visit shopping for items like Body wash, shampoo, mouth wash, vitamins, and laundry detergent!  As if you needed another reason to love saving money at Walgreen’s, when you use your Balance Rewards card you can earn cash towards your purchases too!  That’s even more money saved!  That’s money that can be used to invest towards my next vacation, to buy anew pair of stylish shoes or more!  I can’t wait to see how much I save on my next visit.

How much do you hope to save using the Walgreen’s app and paperless coupons this week?

 

 

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Disclosure:  I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias® and Walgreens. #WalgreensPaperless #CollectiveBias #cbias #SocialFabric.  To find additional  deals using your Walgreen’s app and paperless coupons at your closest Walgreens, check out their store locator online. The team behind @Walgreens on Twitter and Facebook are always helpful, learn more about the Walgreen’s app and paperless coupons visit Walgreens.com.

 

DivasAndDorks On TV: Let’s Talk Back To School Gadgets w/ Roland Martin and News One Now On TV One

August 8th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

This week, as a guest on the News One Now morning show with Roland Martin I discussed the best Back To School Gadgets plus, the latest in affordable tech and deals that you can find in retailers today. Discover my top picks and which items I shared with News One Now on TV One below.

 

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News One Now host Roland Martin and Christen Rochon talk “Back 2 School” gadgets on TV One.

 

Who says Back To School shopping is just for students?  As one of the biggest technology shopping seasons of the year, now is the perfect time to grab the best deals online and in stores.  The combination of families stocking up on school supplies, college students shopping for electronics and select state sales tax holidays makes this one of the busiest times of the year for retailers and they’re giving up the best deals to earn your business.

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Discover the best back To School gadgets and deals that you can find from retailers such as Radio ShackTargetWalMart and more in the video below.

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Samsung S Tab 8.4 with Bluetooth keyboardGalaxy S5 & Gear 2 ($499, $149, $199 & $199)
The Samsung Galaxy S Tab is incredibly thin and light design so it’s easy to tote around and carry to class, add a Bluetooth keyboard and there’s no need for a laptop.  It’s Super AMOLED screen makes streaming movies during study breaks better than ever.  Students can easily view two applications side-by-side for easy multi-tasking with Multi Window and for a fully connected experience, sync up with the Galaxy S5 & Gear 2 from AT&T for a total immersion in the next big thing in technology.
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Great for students of all ages, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 is a great tablet to break into the tablet craze without breaking the bank.  Its’ 7? screen makes it the perfect size that’s portable and comfortable to hold so it’s great for on-the-go use.  Plus it also has Multi-Window so you can view two applications side-by-side for easy multi-tasking.

If you’re looking for more Back To School gadget ideas for the entire family check out a complete #Tech4All post shared earlier this week here.

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Proximo Bluetooth trackers ($32)
Every 3.5 seconds, a mobile phone is lost or stolen. When you consider the threat to your sensitive data, your downtime and the cost of recovering your phone, you’ll see exactly why Proximo is the perfect tech accessory to help you keep track of your technology. The Proximo Bluetooth trackers will alert you with a customizable alarm the moment you move a set distance away from any of your devices using your iPhone/Android device or tracker fob.

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Quirky desk accessories Pivot Power & Space Bar ($20 & $100)
Pivot Power Pop bends to fit any sized plug or adapter without wasting a single outlet, but this version brings bold, head-turning hues. Finally, your power strip is something you’ll want to showcase, not something you’ll want to hide away. Space Bar is a sleek desk accessory that minimizes clutter while providing additional USB ports for your computer. After a long day of work, slide your keyboard into the space below the shelf and store your office miscellany—keys, digital camera, etc.—up top.

For more entertainment and news that affects your community be sure to listen to “NewsOne Now” with Roland Martin, weekdays at 7 a.m. EST and watch at 9 a.m. EST on TV One. 

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