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Swizz Beatz Responds To Sell-Out Claims Amid New Verzuz Partnership With X

The next chapter in the legacy of Verzuz is here. On June 19 — Juneteenth — Swizz Beatz and Timbaland announced that their Verzuz music battle platform has a new home at X, Blavity reports. “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone!” Swizz Beatz, producer and co-founder of Verzuz, wrote in a post shared on Instagram. “Verzuz is back and 100% Black owned again. Let’s give the people what’s been missing.” In a separate statement, he called X, formerly Twitter, “the best partner for Verzuz.” “Not only are we excited to have Verzuz on X, we’re excited to help X build the biggest entertainment company in the world,” Swizz Beatz said. “I would like to thank Elon Musk, Linda Yaccarino, Brett Weitz, Mitchell Smith, and the entire X team for believing in the Verzuz vision. We can’t wait to get to work.”   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Swizz Beatz (@therealswizzz) Launched during the height of the pandemic in 2020, Verzuz gave music lovers battles between favorites like...

Jun 26, 2024 Reflects On The Investments That Changed His Life — 'I Invested In Tesla In 2006 Before Elon Took Over'

While working in the music industry, many artists make the smart move and don’t limit themselves to only excelling in music. is among such musicians who are the definition of “multi-hyphenate.” As an entertainer, record producer, tech entrepreneur, and founder, the East Los Angeles, CA, native has built an extensive resume for himself. “Investor” is yet another title under his growing list of endeavors. In an interview with the “Drink Champs” podcast, recounted two specific investments he’s made thus far. When asked by host N.O.R.E. whether he’d choose Steve Jobs or Elon Musk — like in a game of “This or That” — was prompted to share how both CEOs have made an impact on his life. “I invested in Tesla in 2006 before Elon took over [the company] — around the same time,” explained on the podcast. He continued, “And then, I was a part of Beats. And then, Apple bought Beats from us. So you’re talking about two companies that changed my life. So, I...

May 6, 2024

Don Lemon Says Elon Musk Canceled His Partnership With X, Which Was Originally A Part Of Its Commitment To Amplify 'More Diverse Voices'

A partnership between Don Lemon and Elon Musk has seemingly soured. In January 2024, TV journalist and former CNN anchor Don Lemon announced on social media platform X (formerly known as Twitter) that his show, “The Don Lemon Show,” would soon be available for everyone to see — starting with X. “You’ll find it first on X, the biggest space for free speech in the world,” Lemon wrote at the time. “I know now more than ever that we need a place for honest debate and discussion without the hall monitors.” — Don Lemon (@donlemon) January 9, 2024 However, in an Instagram post, Lemon stated that Tesla Motors CEO and X Corp. owner Elon Musk is now retracting from teaming up with him despite the platform’s goal to magnify “new and diverse voices.” “Elon Musk has canceled the partnership I had with X, which they announced as part of their public commitment to amplifying more diverse voices on their platform,” Lemon noted on Instagram. He added, “Elon publicly...

Mar 15, 2024

Twitter Blue Users Reportedly Will Begin Seeing Payouts Of Up To $40K For Qualified Tweets

Twitter has finally disclosed details surrounding Elon Musk’s February 2023 announcement that users would be able to monetize content shared on the social media network.

Jul 14, 2023

Dionne Warwick Says Twitter 'Got Too Much Going On' As She Steps Down From Her Self-Appointed CEO Role

Dionne Warwick once jokingly referred to herself as the CEO of Twitter, but now the living legend wants no part amid all the chaos that seems to be circulating around the social media platform.

Jul 12, 2023

If You're An Instagram User, Here's One Thing You Should Know Before Making Your Threads Profile

There’s a new social media platform in town — and it’s called Threads.  

Jul 6, 2023

Black-Owned Social Platform Spill Becomes Twitter's Rival In Real Time As Users Migrate And Help It Reach No. 1 In The App Store

Some users of Twitter have migrated to a new social platform due to a temporary reading limit announced by Elon Musk.

Jul 3, 2023

Elon Musk's Neuralink Gets FDA's Approval For Brain Implant Technology, Plans To Move Forward With Human Trials

The world seems to be stepping into scary hours, and this time it’s not about a Drake song. Tech billionaire Elon Musk’s latest venture, Neuralink, gained the necessary approval to move forward as a brain implant and surgical tool.

May 31, 2023

Twitter Backed Minority-Led VC Firms But Has Now Dropped Its Support Team, Leaving Fund Managers Scrambling

Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter has been a rollercoaster experience. The purchase of the social media giant came with significant changes including massive layoffs and payments for the once-coveted blue check. Not to mention, AfroTech reported that one of the significant shifts with Musk as CEO was the closing of Twitter’s Africa office. The Ghana office had only 20 employees but was closed just days after officially opening. Surprising moves like the layoffs and added restrictions have been back to back as Musk navigates his power leading the company. A recent development in the shake-up is the dissolution of its corporate development team that supported minority-owned venture capital firms. According to Forbes, Twitter could be backing out of its promise of millions to venture capital firms and small businesses.

Apr 25, 2023

LeBron James Among Many Twitter Users Against Paying For The Blue Check — 'If You Know Me I Ain't Paying'

Twitter is about to conduct a full sweep of users’ free blue checks including big-name public figures and celebrities.

Mar 31, 2023

Elon Musks Asks If He Should Step Down From Twitter, Then Snoop Dogg Asks, 'Should I Run Twitter?'

On Dec. 18, Elon Musk asked users if he should step down as the head of Twitter via a poll, and Snoop Dogg asked if he should step up.

Dec 19, 2022

Twitter Spaces Feature Vanishes After Elon Musk's Interaction With Banned Journalists

Changes to Twitter have yet to cease since Elon Musk’s acquisition.

Dec 16, 2022

Elon Musk Estimates The Neuralink Brain Chip Human Trials Will Begin Within Six Months

Elon Musk continues to push technology to the limit, but is it with good intentions? According to The Verge, the Tesla CEO claims that his Neuralink project is roughly six months away from its first human trial.

Dec 1, 2022

Soulja Boy Announces He Will Create His Own Social Media App After Saying Farewell To Elon Musk's Twitter

The aftermath of Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter is continuing to change the platform as we know it. As previously shared by AfroTech, the Tesla CEO’s revamp has included a mass termination of employees, getting rid of employee resource groups (ERGs), charging for the verification process, and more.

Nov 14, 2022

Twitter User Uses Paid Verification Feature To Fake A LeBron James Trade Request

As the culture continues to grapple with the fact that the Twitter we once knew and loved may be gone, others are welcoming the changes under new CEO Elon Musk with an open mind. In fact, now that the company is allowing users to pay $8 per month to receive a blue verification checkmark, there are people that are taking things a bit too far to present Twitter users with false information. This time, someone used the elite status to cause a frenzy within the sports community by posing as LeBron James on the social media platform, Complex reports.

Nov 10, 2022