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James is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of HicksNewMedia, a Digital Publishing and Technology Consulting team providing effective and relevant solutions to individuals and businesses looking to more effective utilize the social interweb. Follow him on Twitter and on Facebook.

Understanding March Madness

During our most recent segment of ITNLive we had the distinct privilege of having Bill Herenda as our guest host.

For those that don’t know Bill, here is a link to a Personality Profile that we did on him back in 2011 – great read

For ITNLive Bill gave us the Consuming Consumer definition of what is March Madness; essentially what all these brackets, conferences and Cinderella stories are all about.

It was a great interview – check it out and let us know your thoughts.

Phil Jackson Joins Twitter

Coach Phil Jackson has joined Twitter – that’s a good thing.

Whatever device he uses to type on – that’s the funny thing!


Need to work on that auto-correct Phil!

Check out his first, and only tweet thus far.

The homepage link on his profile page goes to penguin.com – where Coach Jackson is promoting his book, Eleven Rings (quite convenient).


In Eleven Rings, Jackson candidly describes how he:

  • Learned the secrets of mindfulness and team chemistry while playing for the champion New York Knicks in the 1970s
  • Managed Michael Jordan, the greatest player in the world, and got him to embrace selflessness, even if it meant losing a scoring title
  • Forged successful teams out of players of varying abilities by getting them to trust one another and perform in sync
  • Inspired Dennis Rodman and other “uncoachable” personalities to devote themselves to something larger than themselves
  • Transformed Kobe Bryant from a rebellious teenager into a mature leader of a championship team.

H/T to @lagilliland1 for letting me know about Jackson’s tweet.

“Don’t Give Up . . . Don’t Ever Give Up!”

I just got done watching the ESPN 30 for 30 special on Coach Valvano and the incredible run of the 1983 NC State men’s basketball team, and how they beat the tournament favorite University of Houston Phi Slamma Jamma squad consisting of Clyde Drexler and Hakeem Olajuwon for the NCAA national championship.

To say that was an emotionally moving experience would be the biggest understatement of the day for me.

Incredible story – many ups, many downs, an unfortunate legal bout, and a tragic loss due to cancer.

Above is Coach Valvano’s speech he gave at the 1st ESPY Awards when he was awarded the inaugural Arthur Ashe Courage and Humanitarian Award.

Watch it! And as Coach V said,…

Don’t Give Up…Don’t Ever Give Up!

Additional Information

Get more information about that magical 1983 NCAA season here.

For more on Coach Valvano and his V Foundation head here – we also have the V Foundation highlighted as the HicksNewMedia Cause of the Week.

Thrift Shop – Classical Style

I played a little violin back in the day (I stress a little), but nothing like my man Peter Lee Johnson.

If you don’t know – you need to know, Peter Lee Johnson has been blowing up YouTube with his violin skills do covers of numerous popular hits; this one of Thrift Shop, R. Kelly’s Ignition, and Taylor Swift’s I Knew You Were Trouble, just to name a few.

Think along the lines of how Karmen got started – this guy is going to be around for awhile.

Follow Peter on Twitter, YouTube, and his Facebook page.

Hey Ellen Degeneres – you need to get this guy on the show!!

My New Favorite Band: The Tennessee Kids

This is definitely going to be one of THE biggest musical tours of the year.

We know the frontmen, JT and Jay-Z, but I’m really digging the band, The Tennessee Kids.

In case you missed the performance from last weekend on SNL, here they all are performing Timberlake’s latest hit, Suit & Tie.

Who’s got their concert tickets already?

Celebrities Join Strikewithme.org For Clean Water

Jason Bateman, Josh Gad and Jessica Biel are joining Matt Damon to strike against the toilet until everyone has fresh, clean water.

This may be a short strike…

However, check the video, then check out the site and join the strike.

I never thought that Jessica Biel was this funny – she’s good!

You can also show your support on Instagram by using the hashtag #STRIKEWITHME

Tyler Perry’s: Temptation

When seduction becomes an obsession, the last person you can trust is yourself!

That’s the tagline for this new feature film from Tyler Perry, Temptation, an explosive romance about forbidden desires.


This film tells the provocative story of Judith, an ambitious married woman, played by Jurnee Smollett-Bell, whose temptation by a handsome billionaire leads to betrayal, recklessness and forever alters the course of her life.

The movie is star studded – Vanessa Williams, Brandy Norwood, Lance Gross, and even Kim Kardashian.

After checking out the trailer, tell us what you think – are you planning to see this film?

The film hits theaters on March 29. You can keep up with all the social chatter now via Twitter and on the film’s website.


History of Rap – Fallon and Timberlake Style

With The Roots providing the instrumentals, Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake give us their History of Rap – Parts 1, 2, and 3 in this video.

I’ve always been a JT fan – so shouts out to him. I find it interesting that as they pan out to the audience at the Fallon show, there’s really not a lot of diversity in the room.

We gotta change that…

Video via Facebook

Sheryl Sandberg – Lean In

Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg talks about empowering women in business to thrive, excel and believe in themselves via her new Lean In initiative.

Lean In is a global community committed to offering women the encouragement and support to lean in to their ambitions.

For more information check out leanin.org

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5 Mobile Apps For Collaboration

This week I’m going to focus on social collaboration apps – not just social media/networking but collaboration.

There are 5 apps at the top of my list this week:

Kibits – Kibits allows you to create private, secure collaboration rooms and share almost any type of media – files, photos, videos, links, locations, notes, and more – in realtime. Each Kibits collaboration room includes integrated chat and task management.

Google+ – Stay connected and share life as it happens. Join a Hangout, post a photo, or see what friends are sharing while you’re on the go.

Quora – Quora is an awesome source for knowledge exchange. Ask any question, get real answers from people with first hand experience, and blog about what you know.

Cloze – Cloze allows you to keep track of all the people that are important to you. Quickly browse email, Facebook, LinkedIN and Twitter in one inbox.

Conspire – Conspire is a bit different. Conspire is a daily magazine from the folks at Mindjet that offers articles about collaboration, data visualization, and the practice of agile business and marketing.

Any other iOS or Android (or even Windows Phone) collaboration apps that you think should be on this list?

Feel free to add them to the list below.

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Brittney Griner Got Game

Brittney Griner,Baylor University basketball center knows her some basketball!

The 22 year old 3-time All American showed off some of those dominating skills recently when she dropped 50 points against Kansas and then topped the night off with the exclamation point dunk!


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Why I Just Fell In Love With Best Buy

I’m a huge fan of community and doing what you can to positively influence those around you.

From a personal perspective that’s important, but from a professional and business perspective that’s huge as well – it can literally make or break your company.

Today is the day that the Mophie Juice Pack Air for iPhone 5 starts shipping, so I, like thousands of other users, are looking to get our hands on one QUICKLY!

I sent out a short tweet this morning stating that I was about to head to my local Best Buy to see if the iPhone 5 Mophie was in stock.

Not really expecting a reply, but within 10 minutes I had the following conversation with @BestBuySupport:



I love ya ^TT

William “Jahmal” Miller Nominated for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s 2013 “Man of the Year”

lls-motyThis post hits home for 2 reasons. 1- the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is one of our Causes of the Week highlighted on Pinterest. and 2 – this young man is in my local area of Sacramento…

The Greater Sacramento Area Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) has nominated William “Jahmal” Miller for the 2013 “Man of the Year.” The Sacramento native has set a personal goal of raising over $100,000 for the campaign that kicks off on Thursday, February 28, 2013. Supporters may follow Miller’s campaign and receive updates including how to donate via his Facebook page.

In addition to raising funds towards a cure, I hope to help increase awareness by drawing attention to the startling disparities that exist within communities of color,” stated Miller. “Access to health care coverage, socioeconomic status and prevention awareness should not be determining factors in the incident and death rates for any group including African Americans. African Americans/Blacks have the highest overall cancer incident and death rates of any racial or ethnic group. As a community and a region, this is a statistic we have to change. Lives are at stake.

Every year candidates around the country compete in a spirited 10-week campaign for the title of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s “Man & Woman of the Year.” Candidates are judged solely on their success in raising money to help LLS fund research to find cures and better therapies for cancer, and provide information and support to blood cancer patients and their families. Every dollar raised counts as one “vote.” Each LLS chapter names local winners, and the highest fundraisers nationally are named National Man & Woman of the Year.

The local ten-week campaign begins with a Kick Off Celebration, to be held on Thursday, February 28, 2013, and culminates with the Grand Finale, a black tie gala on Saturday, May 11th, 2013. Candidate fundraising events are held in the weeks between the Kick Off and the Grand Finale. Contributions can be as low as $1 or less and amounts of giving are limitless. All funds raised will be used for life-saving blood cancer research, financial assistance, programs and assistance to patients and their families. This is a unique opportunity to support local volunteers, including Miller, and help name one person “Man of the Year” through their fundraising efforts.

William Jahmal Miller

About William Jahmal Miller

A native of Sacramento, Miller has over 14 years of professional experience within healthcare including past positions at Sutter Health and his current role as communications manager for Kaiser Permanente’s National Community Benefit, Health Policy and Research Division. Miller graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology at Columbia University and a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration (MHA) at the University of Southern California.

In addition to his career, Miller’s deep commitment to improving healthcare extends to his community involvement. Miller has served on the boards of the HERS Project, National Association of Health Services Executives, American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, Bloodsource, Faith Fellowship Community Church and the Ronald McDonald House Charities. He currently serves as the co-chair for the Regional Action Committee of the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce’s young professional program, Metro EDGE. He is a proud husband and father of two beautiful daughters. Miller was featured as a Black Man in Leadership in the February 2008 issue of THE HUB Magazine and been nominated on several occasions for 40-under-40 lists.

Aside from his specific efforts to increase awareness, Miller has made a personal commitment to continue encouraging all people to donate blood, register with the national bone marrow registry, engage others and simply make a commitment to sustain this effort.

Disparities elimination has always been has been the guiding objective of my personal mission,” said Miller. “I’m equally proud of all of the professional and volunteer efforts that have allowed me to strive toward this objective; however, my service on the Bloodsource Blood & Bone Marrow Advisory Council best illustrates life-changing and even life-saving results that really show what can be accomplished when people and resources are leveraged to foster health equity.

If you would like more information about the Man, Woman & Students of the Year campaign and have an interest in supporting, please contact Jennifer Pear, Campaign Manager at (916) 929-4720.

An estimated 44,600 new cases of leukemia are expected to be diagnosed in the United States in 2011. In 2011, about 662,789 people are living with lymphoma or are in remission (no sign of the disease). Males are expected to account for nearly 57 percent of the new cases of leukemia.

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