Electronic Arts said Thursday (August 2) that the company did not purposely omit Colin Kaepernick's name from a song it licensed for its latest game.
The video game maker came under fire when it was discovered by a Twitter user that Kaepernick's name was censored from YG's song "Big Bank," which is used in the soundtrack for "Madden NFL 19."
"We made an unfortunate mistake with our Madden NFL soundtrack," EA said in a statement issued Thursday evening. "Members of our team misunderstood the fact that while we don't have rights to include Colin Kaepernick in the game, this doesn't affect soundtracks. We messed up, and the edit should never have happened. We will make it right, with an update to Madden NFL 19 on August 6 that will include the reference again. We meant no disrespect, and we apologize to Colin, to YG and Big Sean, to the NFL, to all of their fans and our players for this mistake."
Big Sean, who makes a guest appearance in the song and performs the verse that references Kaepernick, weighed in on Thursday before EA issued its statement. Kaepernick later thanked Big Sean in a tweet.
In the song, Kaepernick's name is referenced about halfway through Big Sean's verse when he says, "Feed me to the wolves, now I lead the pack and s---. You boys all cap, I'm more Colin Kaepernick."
Kaepernick drew attention to social inequality issues during the 2016 season by kneeling during the national anthem as a means of protest. He pursued free agency in 2017 but wasn't given a tryout. He filed a collusion suit against the league's 32 owners last October; the case is ongoing.
Early in 2018, we saw the unimaginable success of the movie The Black Panther. The film wasn't just one featuring a majority black cast with a positive black role model. it was much more. The Black Panther, through the setting of the fictional country of Wakanda, showed the world what black excellence is all about. A strong leader, strong family values, strong and smart women, a focus on education, and a desire to make the world a better place. It is with this in mind that Wakandacon was born.
What is Wakandacon? It is a celebration of black creativity, technology, business, culture, entertainment and more. Wakandacon is something new! It's an inclusive place where you can be a nerd about anything – pop culture, gaming, tech, womanhood, politics, or your own beautiful Blackness.
The creators imagined a place free and unshackled from the ravages of racism; of exploitation; of discrimination; of emotional, physical, and sexual violence. With that in mind, they hope to create a space for people of all types to come together, educate each other, and celebrate all of our passions. It's an event where anyone can dress up, dance, connect, support each other, and celebrate the entire diaspora looking past the present and into our future.
The show kicks off this weekend, going from August 3rd to the 5th. It will take place at the Hilton Downtown Chicago.
Tickets are still available for the weekend festivities. Tickets cost $35 for the weekend. To join the fun, sign up for your passport to Wakanda here.
Shares of Facebook fell 19 percent on Thursday, a day after the world’s largest social media company disclosed that its quarterly revenue did not live up to expectations and that its user metrics grew slower than some on Wall Street had predicted.
The dollar value of the loss was the largest ever by a publicly traded company in the U.S.
Facebook stock had recovered from a decline earlier this year in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, one of several controversies and warning signs that the company had managed to weather with little damage to its stock. But declining revenue and user growth, topped by a warning from executives that it will continue, seemed to end that run.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s net worth plummeted more than $15 billion with the stock dive, although it’s still around $67 billion, according to Forbes’ real-time net worth tracker.
Ric Flair will take center stage in the virtual WWE Universe this fall as the face of the WWE 2K19 Wooooo! Edition, a special collector’s edition of the upcoming WWE video game.
Limited to only 30,000 copies, the WWE 2K19 Wooooo! Edition will offer exclusive “Nature Boy” memorabilia and digital content to gamers everywhere for the suggested retail price of $129.99.
The WWE 2K19 Wooooo! Edition will include:
Scarlett Rhodes is out to solve her eccentric father's mysterious disappearance. With the help of three loyal outcasts, she'll fight waves of the undead and uncover a prized relic wielding an extraordinary power that threatens all of humanity.
Verizon is shutting down its Go90 video app less than three years after its launch.
Verizon is shifting distribution of Go90’s shows to Oath’s well-established digital media brands, which include Yahoo and the Huffington Post.
The Go90 app, stocked with a mix of short-form original entertainment, live sports and licensed TV shows, was never able to attract any kind of sizable audience and as a result struggled to book advertising dollars.
The service was one of the first steps by CEO Lowell McAdam to find revenue outside its mature wireless phone service.
Instagram has a new feature that its users are bound to love. The social media platform announced that it would be adding a feature that allows users to include music in their Instagram Stories on June 28.
Instagram now features a library of songs users can search and pick from. Users can select a song by clicking on the “tap to add” sticker to a photo or video in the Stories section. There, they will find a browser for music, which they can search by song, artist, or mood. “We have a growing library of songs on Instagram, and you can search for a specific song, browse by mood, genre or what’s popular,” the official announcement states. “When you’ve selected your song, you can fast-forward and rewind through the track to choose the exact part that fits your story.”
You can also choose a song before capturing a video by selecting “new music” once the camera in IG Stories is opened. Once selecting the right song, you can assign it as background for the visual. Friends and followers will watch the video and the song playing upon viewing. They’ll also see the song credits in case they want to add it to their music library.
Check out the new feature today!
Nothing says more about the release of a new app from a social media giant than technical difficulties or an early released blog post, spoiling the news.
Facebook’s Instagram app is loosening its restraints on video in an attempt to lure younger viewers away from YouTube. The expansion announced Wednesday, dubbed IGTV, will increase Instagram’s video time limit from one minute to 10 minutes for most users.
GTV is launching now as a standalone app for iOS and Android and will also be available in the main Instagram app.
At its heart, IGTV will be both a hub within the existing Instagram app, as well as a new dedicated app that will allow users to watch IGTV videos. These are basically vertical videos produced by some of Instagram’s top creators, and curated based on past viewing behavior of Instagram’s users.
President Donald Trump declared Monday (June 18) that he will move to make a new branch of the military. This branch be focused solely on defending US interest in space.
"I am hereby directing the Department of Defense and Pentagon to immediately begin the process necessary to establish a space force as the sixth branch of the armed forces," Trump said during a meeting of the National Space Council.
"Our destiny beyond the Earth is not only a matter of national identity but a matter of national security," Trump said.
The idea of a "Space Force" isn't new for President Trump. He floated the idea during a March 13th speech detailing his national security strategy. The president described then how he had originally coined the term as a joke, while discussing U.S. government spending and private investment in space.
"We have the Air Force, we'll have the space force," Trump said in March.
In the National Defense Authorization Act, the House Armed Services Committee proposed last June the establishment of a space corps, a new branch of the military that would fall under the command of the Air Force. This branch's relationship to the Air Force would be similar to the Marine Corps' ties to the Navy. The space corps would have an area of responsibility that encompasses the vast expanse outside of the Earth's atmosphere.
At the time, the White House, the Air Force as well as Secretary of Defense James Mattis disapproved of creating a sixth branch of the military.
While the legislation passed the House, the space corps bid did not make it into the final defense authorization bill in November.
The addition of a service branch would be the first in 71 years. The Air Force is the nation's youngest branch and was added shortly after World War II.