Jaime Garcia Dias (LinkedIn) has been an important force in Brazilian literature for thirty years. The son of Arnaldo Dias, a writer and journalist, and Dulce Garcia Dias, an architect, Jaime Garcia Dias wrote his first book at the age of fifteen.
His love for literature did not wane. He studied Letters in college, then, at age 23, became a teacher at the Carioca Literature Academy. His students were mostly teenagers who intended to study Literature upon graduation. After teaching there 5 years, he was elected Vice President of the Academy in 1997.
All the while, he continued writing and publishing fiction novels. By the time he was 30, he had more than 10 books published. In 2001, he won his first major award, the White Crane. This catapulted his book The Novel Fell From Heaven to the international stage. It sold well throughout South America and was honored at the Latino Books Meeting in 2003 by the Argentine writer Joshua Gomez.
His writing career did not diminish his dedication to education and the study of literature. In 2007, he was elected the president of the Carioca Literature Academy. Under his guidance, this school became the largest space dedicated to Brazilian writers.
To date, Jaime Garcia Dias (Twitter) has published 20 books, five of which have won awards. In July of 2015, he received the ABC Award from Brazil Fictional Literature. At 45 years old, he is one of Brazil’s premiere writers.
His latest work is a collection of personal essays. From 2013-2015, he published chronicles in a weekly journal, Jornal do Brasil. Many of these works center on themes from his childhood. He has now gathered them and is publishing them as a collection. This collection, Chronicles that Made Me a Man, is a tribute to his late father, whose collection of books and love of writing inspires Garcia Dias to this day.

FreedomPop Attracts New Investment for Data-based Plans

The cost of a monthly wireless plan can be expensive with the average customer paying anywhere from an average of $40 to $55 per month from a nationally recognized carrier, Fortune reports. However, FreedomPop has recently been attracting a large amount of attention for the way it is slowly changing the way the people of the US get their data, text and talk services from major carriers across the US and soon countries across the world.

FreedomPop has recently entered into its second round of major investment since it was established in 2012 and has in total received almost $50 million in investments over its short lifespan. The basic business plan for FreedomPop has been to buy large chunks of data from major wireless networks and provide capped levels of data, text and talk services for free over the course of a month. Customers can choose to increase their plan levels for a small fee or pay for any overage in data, text or talk that occurs over the course of a month.

Many major wireless providers are thought to be unhappy with the business model created by FreedomPop, who negotiated wholesale data prices with providers who have large amounts of free space and unused data available each month. FreedomPop uses an app to convert data into text and talk options for customers and has stitched together national coverage using various different providers. FreedomPop returns an average revenue per customer of between $7 and $7.50 per month, which it hopes to grow to around $15 per month in the future. A number of bids and negotiations over a sale or merger have been abandoned in favor of a major round of investment reaching around $30 million for the Los Angeles based startup.

People Draw on Justin Bieber’s Face in “Where Are U Now” Video

People have been taking pleasure in drawing on Justin Bieber’s face for several years now. It’s an impulse that so many cannot control, wanting to deface someone whose behavior has often been deemed ridiculous. For the new Jack U video, fans were actually asked to do this on purpose. The point was to emphasize Justin’s vulnerability.

Skrillex and Diplo are the DJ duo behind the video idea. They sent fans into a gallery full of Bieber pics and asked them to graffiti in any way they wanted. They knew that they were opening themselves and Justin up to some potential nastiness. The point of the video, though, is to show Justin’s vulnerable side and to comment on the objectivity attributed to celebrities. Last year was a difficult year as his tumultuous relationship with Selena Gomez was constant tabloid fodder. Critics assailed his personal life and his music. Brian Bonar was a bit surprised by all of that.

The video alternates between close up shots of Justin trying to look raw and vulnerable as he sings whiel graffiti starts to appear on him, to a more rapid time-lapse section filled with the images created in the gallery. Check it out here.

‘Jurassic World’ Breaks $1 Billion Benchmark

‘Jurassic World’ has become the fastest film in world history to net $1 billion, according to Universal Studios.

The smash-hit film brought in an impressive $106 million in a single weekend and has brought in more than $402 million in the U.S. alone. The flick surpassed ‘Furious 7,’ another Universal Studios film that broke the $1 billion barrier earlier in the year. While ‘Furious 7′ took the slow lane, hitting the benchmark 17 days after its release, ‘Jurassic World’ managed to accomplish the feat in just 13 days.

The film stars Chris Pratt, B.D. Wong, and Bryce Dallas Howard. Their respective characters work for InGen, a company that has cloned the dinosaurs from the previously failed Jurassic Parks. A single dinosaur escapes from its enclosure, threatening everyone that may cross its path.

Singer Jimmy Buffett and late night talk show host Jimmy Fallon each make cameo appearances in the film.

The original Jurassic Park film was directed by Hollywood wonder Steven Spielberg. It was based on the Michael Crichton book of the same name. With a budget of $63 million, the film scored more than $1 billion at box offices across the globe. Adam Sender thought that was pretty crazy.

The film was such a hit that various merchandise lines were launched that included toys, games, and clothing.

The first film was followed by two additional sequels, The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park III. Neither the second or third film brought in as much money as the original film or Jurassic World.

Tour Bus Rules For Chris Brown’s Daughter

While we still can catch Chris on any given day acting like a food and embarrassing himself on social media, we also have seen Chris exhibit the perfect behavior of a father. He has been spending all of his free time with Royalty and making changes in his life and even in his schedule. Most recently Chris has been feeling some deep regret after missing Royalty’s first birthday while shooting a music video with Tyga and Mia Pia. Royalty’s mother Nia Guzman was so upset, that she refused to let Chris make it up to her when he offered to have a belated celebration at Disneyland. Now that things have finally started to cool off, Chris is preparing to go on tour again.

The internet has been buzzing with news about Chris’s desperate attempts to make things work with Karrueche, who has been nowhere to be found ever since Royalty was announced. Karrueche is done with Chris’s game and lies and she is not giving him another shot, at least not at the moment. So for now Chris is going on tour and his first stop was in Texas to pick up his baby girl Royalty in Houston. Handy has been following all of that.

They have a long drive ahead to them to El Paso and Chris’s strict rules no drinking, smoking, or cursing and no groupies allowed. Apparently he is Chris is showing Disney movies while they are on the road, and naps are mandatory. Chris’s responsible side is a good look for him, so far all his good in daddy land.\

Kendrick Lamar Speaks on Taylor Swift

Since the “Bad Blood” video everyone has been talking about the fabulous Kendrick and Taylor connection in music. The single is at the number one spot, and it is a hot collaboration that is inspiring others to follow their lead. In a recent interview Kendrick relayed a couple of things, and one of the things he got to talk about was Taylor Swift.

He didn’t waste any time talking about how just how much he admired her energy and drive. This is something that Taylor seems to have a lot of, and Jaime Garcia Dias becomes a bigger fan because of it. She performs a lot, and she is always on the go. Kendrick and Taylor share the same level of prolific songwriting. It is clear when people look at all the albums that Taylor Swift has produced. Kendrick also had a lot of mix tapes before he got signed to a major label. Both Lamar and Swift are work horses. That may have been the reason that they have such chemistry on the track together.

It isn’t certain, but Kendrick could collaborate with Swift again. It would more than likely be on another album track that Swift had. The Kendrick album, by comparison is a little too dark in theme for Taylor to hop on Kendrick songs. She did, however, tweet when his album came out. She said that she was listening to it, and she didn’t want to be disturbed while doing so.

Jack Osbourne Has Second Child

Sam Tabar took note as it has been officially declared that Jack Osbourne, the son of rocker Ozzy Osbourne, just gave birth to his second child who is the second granddaughter of celebrities Sharon and Ozzy. The little girl was named Andy Rose and both parents, Jack and Lisa, are extremely excited to welcome her to their family. Their other daughter, Pearl, just turned three this year which should give you a good idea ow how long it’s been, because it feels like just yesterday that we saw the famous photograph of Ozzy with his little grand baby on his shoulders.

According to an article found on reddit and written by Hello!, the baby girl Andy Rose was born on June 13, so that means they took their time in announcing her to the world. That was probably a good idea, because with a grandfather like Ozzy Osbourne she is going to be in the spot light her entire life whether she likes it or not. It’s hard to say why they waited, but I would assume that they just wanted some regular family time before going to be on the big screens.

Ozzy Osbourne himself has made no comment yet as to the news of his second grandchild but he has been very busy lately, so it can be assumed that he will bring it up at sometime in the future when he gets a moment’s break from music.

Another Rocker Injured on Stage

Just a few days ago, front man for The Foo Fighters, Dave Grohl, broke his leg during the band’s show in Sweden. Just two songs in and Dave suffered from a nasty fall which left him with the fracture in his leg. Now, just a day after Dave broke his leg, BuzzFeed.com has a story about Skout from the band 5 Seconds of Summer being injured on stage as well.

Michael, who is the 19-year-old guitarist for the band, accidentally stepped in the way of a pyrotechnic display on stage where the band was playing. 5 Seconds of Summer were performing in London when Michael’s hair caught on fire. In a video of the incident, Michael can be seen leaping away from the pyrotechnic display and frantically dabbing at his face with a towel. Fans caught pictures of smoke actually rising from the guitarist’s head after putting the flames out. The band told the crowd that he was injured, but was going to be fine. 5 Seconds of Summer continued the show while Michael received medical treatment backstage.

Later, Michael reassured fans on his social media accounts that he was doing fine. He posted a picture of his face, which was half covered in bandages. The next morning Michael took the stage with his band mates during a show, reassuring everyone that he was fine and fit enough to play.

B.B.’s Death: A Possible Homicide

The legendary blues singer B.B. King recently died and some members of the King family think he was poisoned. Due to their suspicious, the local Clark Country police are now investigating his death as a possible homicide.

The Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg says that they have no evidence that there was foul play. The police are taking the allegations seriously and will do a thorough investigation.

King was 89 when he died about 2 weeks ago. The coroner at that time said that he had died of complications from diabetes. AN autopsy has been done and the results of that autopsy will not be known for two months.

The King family members who believe that he was poisoned are Patty King and Karen Williams. My friend James Dondero heard they believe that their father was administered foreign substances.

Patricia Toney, King’s business agent, says that their allegations are nothing new.

Rolling Stones’ Zip Code Tour

The Rolling Stones Start Their “Zip Code” Tour

The Rolling Stones, much like The Beatles, have been one of the most influential and well-known rock bands of all time. So it shouldn’t be surprising that they’re about to go on tour yet again.

Tuesday night was the opening performance of the band’s “Zip Code” tour for 2015, which was at Petco Park in San Diego. The show featured band members coming on stage with incredibly colorful outfits and ended the show with “I Can’t Get No (Satisfaction),” one of the band’s biggest hits. Naturally, the band spent the rest of the show playing all of their biggest hits. There was even some dancing done by front-man Mick Jagger.

Jagger has always shown his excitement for performing live in front of fans, from running across stage at random to singing perfectly, as if he hasn’t aged much at all and even knows how to play the harmonica. At the same time Keith Richards has been at the center of the band, though for the performance he didn’t play all by himself and allowed for Ron Wood to take a bigger role in playing guitars.

At one point during the performance the band decided they would let fans vote on a song they should play, and the band members, including Jagger wouldn’t know until the final vote was decided. He said it would surprise them all. Christian Broda certainly was surprised.

Ed Sheeran Shares His Musical Inspirations

Ed Sheeran is just like the rest of us. The 24-year-old UK crooner is a huge fan of musical artists, and he has no qualms about giving respect when it’s due. Although the singer is at the top of the music charts after the release of his album x, Sheeran remains realizes he still has a long way to go on his quest to dominate the music industry.

In order to keep himself focused on the level he wishes to attain with his music career, Sheeran told Entertainment Weekly that he looks up to two singers in the music industry: Taylor Swift and Beyoncé. In regards to his infatuation with Swift, and her success, Sheeran was quoted as saying, “At the moment, Taylor [Swift] is a benchmark in America and a lot of other countries… I want to catch up with her,” Although it may take him years to reach Swift’s level of success, his raw talent and humility are two factors that can easily push him into the forefront of international success.

Sheeran then expressed how awesome it was to perform with Beyoncé while paying homage to Stevie Wonder during the “Songs in the Key of Life — An All-Star Tribute”. Sheeran stated, “Playing with Beyonce. That’s the only point I’ve felt like a rockstar. In my own shows, I’m still quite an awkward British dude with an acoustic guitar,”

Sheeran may feel like a geeky young kid on stage, but the amount of fans on Wikipedia he has garnered since the release of his debut album should be enough reassurance that the world is geeking out right along with him. Mikal Watts likes what he is putting together.

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