Know What You Are REALLY Saying
Shigetaka Kurt was on to something (to say the least) when he invented the emoji. Today emojis are the World’s Fastest Growing Language. However, what you mean may not be what you say and what you say may not be understood in certain cultures. Take it a step further and one emoji that you use all the time could potentially ruin an international business deal, lose a friend or land you in the slammer. So, know what you are saying and know what you are REALLY saying.
AOL and US NEWS online offered four emojis to never use with certain cultures or when communicating with someone in certain countries. To warn you in a nutshell, here they are:
1. HORN EMOGI: “This emoji has two meanings. The horn gesture is an apotropaic sign used in Italy and other Mediterranean countries to ward off bad luck and to ward off the evil eye. The second meaning, when the symbol is directed towards a specific person in Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, and Uruguay, suggests that that individual’s partner has cheated on them.”
2. WAVING HAND: According to Emojipedia editor Jeremy Burge,”The waving hand emoji can be used in China as an offensive sign-off such as “‘don’t let the door hit you on the way out’ in English.” When used on WeChat in China, the emoji can translate as “we’re no longer friends.”
3. THUMBS UP: The thumbs up emoji is, for many of us, an easy way to say “OK” or “I agree” without having to type actual words. But, in Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan and Nigeria, the thumbs up gesture has an obscene meaning, which translates as “sit on it.
4. “PEACE SIGN: This emoji might be “peaceful” in America, but in the UK it’s not friendly. The V-sign, as it’s known in Blighty, basically means “f*ck off.” Text this to your British mate, and you might not be friends for much longer.
So good luck if you’re communicating outside of your zone. Just know what you are REALLY saying.©
by Dianne Thompson® comments welcome at email@example.com
Jada Pinkett-Smith Blasts “All Eyez On Me”
Jada Pinkett-Smith is still none too pleased by the Tupac biopic and she’s once again airing out the movie. The actress who’s currently promoting her film “Girls Trip” recently stopped by Atlanta’s “The Ryan Cameron Morning Show With Wanda Smith” and spoke candidly on her true feelings on “All Eyez On Me” which she previously called “deeply hurtful.”
According to Jada nothing’s changed, her feelings are STILL hurt because the film was a “disservice” to Pac’s legacy.
“What you’re seeing in regards to my relationship with 2Pac is not true,” she told The Ryan Cameron Morning Show with Wanda Smith and Jarard J.
“Those posts”…, the actress explained, were “important to me because my relationship was really special and it was very complicated;
and I just felt like [the movie] was a huge disservice.”
“My relationship with Pac would have shown people a true—what he truly was,” she added. “Cause it’s one thing to see Pac’s persona, publicly, and who he was personally.”
She also flat-out called it “exploitive” and tearfully added that we as a people need to “protect” important individuals to our culture.
Pac’s Movie Review
“As the former head of Communication and Media Relations for Death Row
Records, I worked closely with Tupac Shakur from the time he joined the label
until his tragic murder in 1996. After that fast-paced nine-months’ experience,
I watched the highly anticipated Tupac biopic, “All Eyez On Me,” with both
nostalgia and concern.
I respect the enormous challenges of compressing such a brief but full
life into two and a half hours. However, I had hoped the audience would get to see more
of the Pac I knew. Beyond the chart-topping recording artist and charismatic performer,
the victim and perpetrator of violence, and a ladies’ man who occasionally spouted
Shakespeare, he was far more intelligent, articulate, sensitive and self-aware than
While Afeni Shakur, for whom I also worked, shaped his early years in the social
revolutionary tradition of her Black Panther background, she also strongly encouraged his
intellectual and creative growth. In fact, he even saw himself as a revolutionary working
to change society through what others considered simply a part of his “Thug Life.”
The filmmakers’ choppy editing often fails to provide a useful context
for key events. For example, Pac’s encounter with Faith Evans, then
Biggie Smalls’ wife, is reduced to a brief glimpse of her and a manufactured magazine
cover with the two of them together. This segment gives no clue as to the damage to Pac
and Biggie’s friendship inflicted by alleged evidence of an affair.
Rumors to the contrary, Tupac indeed left us more than two decades ago. But
“All Eyez” are still on him.”
– George Pryce
George Pryce & Tupac Shakur
(George Pryce completes finishing touches on an upcoming tell-all book)
What George Pryce means by “the haters” is the fact that in the entertainment industry, there are stories and situations that even the strong are afraid will be exposed. After more than a half century in the “business”, George Pryce has outlived the worst of his “haters”, which is why he says the time is right.
Pryce has kept years of diaries that include Diana Ross, Tupac Shakur, Barbara Streisand, Miles Davis, Andy Warhol, Margaux Hemingway, Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey, Joan Collins, Sidney Poitier, Snoop Dogg, Marion “Suge” Knight to name a few. George Pryce has nearly completed a memoir based on those diaries, a hot, revealing pile of paper forming pages of truth including:
- What was the real meaning of Tupac Shakur’s last album title?
- What celebrity once sold a car for $35.00?
- What do mahogany and brunch have in common?
- What celebrity sneaked a famous man into a Beverly Hills dressing room and why?
- And what is the author’s recollection of one of the most compassionate stars in Hollywood?
George Pryce is legendary himself, having been a television Public Relations Manager, a magazine publisher and a music industry publicist. In those positions George had some experiences that would deem the Good, the Bad and the Ugly a fairytale. George Pryce is probably best known for having been the first African American to head the publicity department at New York’s PBS television station in the late 1960s. The former WNDT-TV is now most famously, WNET-TV, Channel 13. From Chicago in the 1960’s to Hollywood today, George Pryce is letting it all hang out.
In his upcoming book, which he hopes to release by 2018, Pryce reveals his most private moments as a celebrity publicist and as publicist for a high end Beverly Hills fashion designer. George also says a chapter devoted to his years at Death Row Records will be a great read that you will not be able to put down. The exact release date for the book of shocking stories is yet to be determined, but is guaranteed to set a lot of records straight.
Updates on the progress of the book release will be posted as available.
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