The New Yorker Presents

The New Yorker Magazine has a new television show, The New Yorker Presents, available exclusively on Amazon Video.

Each episode tells a number of stories, some light, some serious, as depicted in the broad range of topics presented in the trailer below. It’s sort of like getting The New Yorker’s top news on-the-go but in a very entertaining way, like a live version of the magazine itself. The New Yorker Presents is free if you have Amazon Prime but the first episode is available for free. #fan

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The World in 2016


(blogging while sick) Each year The Economist produces its “The World” series, a publication designed to focus on themes, trends and influential people/events for the upcoming year. If you never really spend time thinking about international policies, this is a good opportunity to get some perspective for the new year (before it arrives).

You ca buy the magazine in most stores, read it on the web or download for the first time The World in 2016 app (iOS, Android). The app is FREE. I’ve also included a short vide below from The Economist’s YouTube channel. So go ahead, grab a copy and head to a coffee shop. Sit down for an hour and #HappyReading. I will be doing just that (as soon as I get well).

All You Can News

a69fad3b-089a-4507-a6af-70abae36fd87-620x372I love the NetflixSpotifyNextIssueOysterMoviePass business models even though I don’t subscribe to them all –  you pay one flat fee and get “All you can consume.” Kind of like Golden Corral’s All You can Eat buffet. This trend continues to grow and sooner or later anything and everything you can buy will have this type of option.

To add to the fun, Reuters is launching a ‘Netflix for news-like‘ app called, Reuters TV. The app is, “Powered by over 2,500 journalists in 200 countries, offers on-demand news programming and live, unfiltered video feeds of the world’s great events.The cost is $1.99 a month or $23.88 per year. You can also sign up for a free 30-day trial.

Check out the video below.


News My Way

malcolm-x-quote-newspapersI’m done with traditional news outlets: local and national. The BeFreeProject recently reinforced my skill to learn to say no without explaining myself and I’m doing just that! In case you haven’t learned, I love to read and do it daily! So when it comes specifically to news, what do I read? Depends.

  • Live Updates: When I know to know about things happening on the ground, my go-to is Twitter. It becomes a news station by the people. You get all sides, uncoated and you get to decide for yourself! Search using specific keywords or hashtags (to stay up-to date on the latest. You’ll quickly find sources that you trust and give great overviews of what’s happening on the ground.

  • General/National News: VICE. This site is amazing and I absolutely love the show on HBO. But they also report regularly on a wide range go (global) topics. This source will definitely expand your knowledge of what most national news agencies would characterize as “less-important.”

  • Finance/Economy: Armstrong Economics. This guy has great general knowledge and always presents current events with a historic context. He shoots it to you straight and challenges your every assumption. You may not always agree but he does present the facts in an unbiased way. That’s what we want from news, right? 

  • Black People’s News: I recently told my husband, “Black people get the award for inclusiveness. Meanwhile, we are losing.” I won’t apologize for seeking out and tuning in to news from people who look like me. To that extent, I will watch local and national news that is being reported by people who look like I look. It doesn’t mean I agree with everything they may say, the key is that they tend to care about what I care about (“our issues”) and most often will present both sides of an argument. Ironically, most of these shows are on MSBNC: Melissa Harris-Perry Show, The Reid Report, Politics Nation (less often) and News One Now (I can only take so much of the host’s “personality”)

All these sites/shows have websites, Twitter, YouTube accounts and live feeds. Even if you don’t have cable, you can get most of it for free (online). Do a quick search (or click the links above) and you’ll be well on your way.

Simplicity wins with News

news(iOS only) I’ve written about Yahoo in the past and shared my thoughts on why news would be a major focus for the company. I’ve also told you that with all the news options out there, I’m still not satisfied. On the last day of 2013, Yahoo released a new mobile app, called Yahoo News Digest that is amazing! The app is sleek and presents the top 10 news stories at two times during the day: 8 am and 6 pm. When you’ve read all 10 articles, you get a green light!

The best part about Yahoo News Digest is that it pulls in live data from around the web and incorporates into right into the article in a non-obtrusive way. Before you even open an article tiny, familiar icons signal additional content: stock price, videos, Wikipedia, tweets, maps and more!

Yahoo’s news app is #winning because of one reason: SIMPLICTY. They’ve gotten back to basics and given people what they want with news: clean text and a sense of accomplishment. I just hope they offer a paid version to rid the app of ads, once that ship sails. Download the app here.