NeNe Leakes & Cynthia Bailey Tell Their Truth in Kim vs. Kenya War

NeNe Leakes & Cynthia Bailey

Here’s The Truth About Kim vs. Kenya

… Our Truth, Anyway

7/31/2017 4:36 PM PDT

EXCLUSIVE

Cynthia Bailey and NeNe Leakes are not down with fake news, and they think that’s what Kim Zolciak‘s pushing when it comes to her beef with Kenya Moore.

We got the ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta‘ duo at LAX … and our photog peppered them about what really happened to make Kim charge at Kenya while shooting last week. 

You’ll recall Kim went nuclear … thinking Kenya brought up Kim’s “injured son” during some intense trash talking. So, was Kim justified? Well, there’s Cynthia and NeNe’s version of events. And then there’s Kim’s.

Anyone smell another Kim rant coming?

Snap joins rivals Facebook and YouTube to fight terrorism


Snap Inc has joined the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism, which sees consumer internet companies cooperating to stop the spread of terrorism and extremism online. Facebook, Google and YouTube, Microsoft and Twitter formed the GIFCT last month, and tomorrow it will host its first workshop with fellow tech companies plus government and non-governmental organizations.

The GIFCT started as an extension of the shared industry hash database that allows tech companies to share the digital fingerprints of extremist and terrorist content, such as photos and videos, so that once one identifies a piece of prohibited content, all the others can also block its upload. It’s almost like a vaccine program, where one company beats an infection, then shares how to produce antibodies with the rest of the group.

In identical blog posts published by Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Microsoft, the GIFCT wrote “Our mission is to substantially disrupt terrorists’ ability to use the Internet in furthering their causes, while also respecting human rights.”

The first GIFCT workshop, held in San Francisco on August 1st, will host the United Kingdom Home Secretary Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP and United States Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke, plus representatives of the European Union, United Nations, Australia and Canada. The event’s goal is to formalize how the tech giants can collaborate with smaller companies, and what those companies would need as far as support to get involved.

In the coming months, the group’s goals include adding three more tech companies to the hash sharing program beyond new members Snap and JustPaste.it, get 50 companies to share their best practices for countering extremism through the Tech Against Terrorism project and plan four knowledge-sharing workshops.

Improving automated moderation and deletion of terrorist content is critical to preventing it from slipping through the cracks. While internet giants like Facebook typically employ thousands of contractors to sift through reported content, they often have to work extraordinarily fast through endless queues of disturbing imagery than can leave them emotionally damaged. Using shared hash database and best practices could relieve humans of some of this tough work while potentially improving the speed and accuracy with which terrorist propaganda is removed.

It’s good to see Facebook and Snap putting aside their differences for a good cause. While Snap is notorious for its secrecy, and Facebook for its copying of competitors, the GIFCT sees them openly sharing data and strategies to limit the spread of terrorist propaganda online. There is plenty of nuance to determining where free speech ends and inciting violence begins, so cooperation could improve all the member companies’ processes.

Beyond banishing content purposefully shared by terrorists, there remains the question of how algorithmically sorted content feeds like Facebook and Twitter handle the non-stop flood of news about terrorist attacks. Humans are evolutionarily disposed to seek information about danger. But when we immerse ourselves into the tragic details of any terrorist attack around the world, we can start to perceive these attacks as more frequent and dangerous than they truly are.

As former Google design ethicist Tristan Harris discusses, social networks know that we’re drawn to content that makes us outraged. As the GIFCT evolves, it would be good to see it research how news and commentary about terrorism should best be handled by curation algorithms to permit free speech, unbiased distribution of information and discussion without exploiting tragedy for engagement.

Collaboration is needed for steel to evolve

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — As the Auto/Steel Partnership enters its 30th year, there have been ample opportunities for the organization to look back at the various competitors steel has faced over the years.

When the partnership was first getting started, there was a lot of discussion around the consistency of material properties, John Catterall, executive director of the Auto/Steel partnership, said at the CAR Management Briefing Seminars here.

At the time, one of the most discussed threats to steel was plastics.

The reason? The infamous Pontiac Fiero.

“The Fiero had just come out, and I actually remember, I was at Austin Rover in England, and we brought a Fiero in and everybody was like ‘this is going to be the future,'” said Catterall. “It’s going to be these steelspace frame vehicles with basically plastic panels on the outside. Well,we know how that turned out.”

Indeed, the Fiero, General Motors’ first vehicle to use a composite plastic body panels hung on a steel spaceframe, was discontinued after just five model years.

And while the plastic body panels lived on in other GM products such as the so-called Dustbuster minivans, which were comprised of the Pontiac Trans Sport, Oldsmobile Silhouette and Chevrolet Lumina APV, as well as the Saturn brand, the automaker ultimately abandoned the use of polymer body panels on its Saturn lineup in the early 2000s.

Steel, on the other hand, has evolved, Catterall noted.

“There’s more than 200 different grades available for sheet use in the automotive car body,” Catterall said.”15 years ago, there was half of that, so it’s really progressed in the last 15 years.”

Additionally, advanced high-strength steel is now on its third generation and is getting closer to being implemented into vehicles.

The reason for this quick innovation of steel is simple.

Automakers need materials that reduce weight and improve fuel economy as tighter regulations loom, as well as meeting performance requirements and keeping costs low.

But, as with many other areas within the automotive industry, collaboration is key for the parties involved to be satisfied.

“We need the collaboration between steel and the auto industry to basically get them [materials] into the vehicles as quickly as we can, the most efficiently,” Catterall said.

In addition to GM, members of the Auto/Steel partnership include Ford, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, as well as AK Steel.

Continental, Magna flaunt their autonomous stuff

The cross-border autonomous vehicle drive is believed to be the first of its kind. Photo credit: Greg Horvath

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — U.S. autonomous vehicle testing has gone international.

A Cadillac ATS and a Chrysler 300 on Monday rolled into the parking lot of the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa for the CAR Management Briefing Seminars after a 300-mile trip across U.S. and Canadian roads, including a ride through the Detroit-Windsor tunnel and over the Blue Water Bridge. Much of the trip was undertaken without a driver touching the steering wheel, accelerator or brake pedal.

The vehicles were outfitted with Level 3 autonomous vehicle technology from Magna International and Continental.

Once the vehicles arrived at their destination, representatives from the Michigan Department of Transportation and the Ontario Ministry of Transportation signed a memorandum of understanding to “promote and foster growth of connected and autonomous technology testing and deployment” between the U.S. and Canada.

Top officials from Ontario, Michigan, Magna and Continental gathered at Monday’s event. From left, Steven Del Duca, Ontario Minister of Transportation; Jeff Klei, president of Continental North America; Tom Toma, global product manager, Magna Electronics; and Kirk Steudle, director of the Michigan Department of Transportation. Photo credit: Greg Horvath

The cross-border autonomous vehicle drive is believed to be the first of its kind.

“This is really a significant day and it cements the fact that this is where innovation happens,” Kirk Steudle, director of MDOT, said.

Navdeep Bains, Canada’s minister of innovation, science and economic development, said: “Today’s demonstration is an important example of how our ongoing cross-border cooperation is advancing connected and autonomous vehicle technologies. Our government is committed to creating new good middle-class jobs, growth and long-term prosperity. By continuing to work with the United States, we will equip our citizens with the skills they need to design and build the cars of the future on both sides of the border.”

Monday’s autonomous demonstration faced challenges along the drive, including navigating through an international underwater tunnel with limited GPS service. The Blue Water Bridge near Port Huron, Mich., was also an adventure.

“It’s a big chunk of steel,” Steudle said. “All of those lidar and radar sensors get interference from all that steel. It’s very challenging from a technology perspective.”

Representatives from the two automotive suppliers said the drive helped validate technology they have been working on for years. It also helped them learn what types of technology they’ll need in the future to navigate unique situations, like international border stops.

During Monday’s border crossings, the drivers were in control of the cars. But it was a virtually hands-free trip along the state’s highways.

Jeff Klei, president of Continental North America, said his company has been testing robot cars on public roads for more than five years across the globe.

“The engineering teams are spread across locations in the U.S., Europe, China and Japan to ensure driving and safety functions can be easily adapted to the individual regions as one comprehensive team effort,” he said in a statement.

Tom Toma, global product manager at Magna Electronics, praised the multinational collaboration.

“With our commitment to innovation and ongoing work in helping define the future mobility landscape, our involvement is a natural fit and we are pleased to join with our partners in this hands-free road trip.”

Michigan and Ontario have taken steps to ensure the Great Lakes region remains competitive as the automotive landscape evolves. In 2016, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed a package of bills enabling automated vehicles to operate on roads across the state. That year, Ontario became the first province to set a regulatory framework to permit testing of automated vehicles, making it the only province to have an automated vehicle pilot program in Canada.

Jonah Hill Walks Through NYC in Muscle-Baring T-Shirt

Jonah Hill is looking fitter than ever!

The actor walked through New York City on Sunday in a t-shirt that showed off his newly buff chest and arms, and slim waist.

Hill, 33, said he wanted to lose the weight he gained for his role in War Dogs, and turned to his 22 Jump Street costar Channing Tatum for advice.

“I gained weight for this movie War Dogs, and then I wanted to get in better shape, so I called Channing Tatum, and said, ‘Hey, if I ate less and go to a trainer, will I get in better shape?’ And he said, ‘Yes, you dumb motherf—–, of course you will, it’s the simplest thing in the entire world,’” Hill said on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

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Michael Cera and Jonah Hill in Sept. 2016
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Hill curbed his bad eating habits by keeping a food journal that he sent to his doctor each day — and he once accidentally sent it to Drake of all people.

“One night I was at home and I was bored, and I was like, ‘Oh, I didn’t email this guy,’ so I wrote down, yogurt, salad, chicken, whatever. And I sent it to him, and I looked back about an hour later at my sent messages because he didn’t email back, and it must have been D-R, because he’s doctor whatever, and I sent it to Drake,” Hill said, laughing.

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“So Drake, who I don’t know well at all, I just met him once, he got an email from me that said like, ‘Yogurt, salad, chicken.’ And then just ‘Jonah’ at the end of it. He did not write back. Another guy I have to duck for the rest of my life. On the long list of people I’ll never speak to.”

Texas police agencies get some ICE powers

The acting director of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency signed more than a dozen agreements with local Texas law enforcement entities on Monday, giving them the authority to perform certain functions as federal immigration agents.

Thomas Homan, who took over as the acting director of ICE in January 2017, signed 18 new agreements with Texas law enforcement agencies to allow officers to interrogate individuals who have been arrested on their immigration status. Officers will also be able to place detainers on individuals.

“It is common sense partnerships like these that help law enforcement achieve our mutual goals, and I’m encouraged by the increased interest from law enforcement professionals who seek to join this program and protect public safety,” Homan said in a statement.

The 287(g) program – which became law as part of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act in 1996 – enables state and local law enforcement entities to collaborate with and perform functions of federal immigration agents.

“The 287(g) program is extremely helpful as it allows local law enforcement agencies to participate as an active partner in identifying criminal aliens in their custody, and placing ICE detainers on these individuals,” Matthew Bourke, a spokesman for ICE, told Fox News. “Removing criminal aliens from our communities produces a higher level of public safety.”

The 18 Texas law enforcement agencies – 15 of which are in the Houston area – will be deputized only under what is called the “jail enforcement model” of the 287(g) agreement.

“Under the [agreement], local law enforcement is not expected to determine the immigration status of individuals during the course of daily activities,” Bourke said. “Only when they process someone into a detention facility.”

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One problem with the “jail enforcement model” is at what point information is shared with federal immigration officials, said Royce Murray, the policy director at the nonprofit American Immigration Council.

“In our criminal justice system, somebody is innocent until proven guilty, and the information-sharing that happens in this context is at the arrest stage, not at the conviction stage,” Murray told Fox News. “There could be some overlap between someone who is convicted and who presents a public safety threat, but you don’t know that until the end of the process, and the information-sharing is at the beginning.”

For example, Murray said, police could be called to a residence to investigate a domestic violence situation and encounter two people who don’t speak English well with physical injuries. Both could be arrested before officials determine that the woman was simply defending herself against an attacker.

“But by that point, the information-sharing with ICE has happened,” she said.

IMMIGRATION OFFICIALS CONTINUE ENFORCEMENT EVEN IN CITIES HOSTILE TO THEM

Murray also critiqued the program’s “diversion of resources.”

“Any work that local police are doing to enforce immigration law means they’re not spending their time pursuing other public safety matters,” Murray said.

Trump signed an executive order in January which called for the beefing up of the 287(g) program.

“It is the policy of the executive branch to empower state and local law enforcement agencies across the country to perform the functions of an immigration officer in the interior of the United States to the maximum extent permitted by law,” the order states.

A few days before Trump signed the order, Jackson County Sheriff A.J. “Andy” Louderback, who attended Monday’s ceremonial event, signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with ICE.

So far, ICE has signed agreements with 60 law enforcement agencies in 18 states – including the agencies that participated in Monday’s event.

The agencies that signed Monday won’t immediately be a part of the program, Sarah Rodriguez, a deputy press secretary at ICE, told Fox News. Officers will need to be selected and undergo a month-long training process. Additionally, ICE supervisors will be assigned to oversee the agencies in the 287(g) programs.

“Free reign is not the case,” she said, predicting it would take one year before the agencies are “operational” with the program.

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Rodriguez stressed that the programs shouldn’t disrupt the communities in which they are in place because law enforcement officials will only be deputized for those “brought to jail for criminal activity.”

“That’s the beauty of this program. It doesn’t involve activity that would disrupt the community,” Rodriguez said. “The community can expect fewer criminals persisting on the streets and causing problems.”

But Murray argued that a partnership between ICE and local law enforcement officials could deter people from reaching out to report a crime as they could be worried about their own immigration status or a family member’s.

287(g) agreements have been signed in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

Other agreements under the law included a “task force model” which enabled officers to question and arrest people believed to have violated immigration laws and the “hybrid model” which combined the “task force model” with the “jail enforcement model,” according to the American Immigration Council. The task force model was discontinued in 2012, but immigration activists worry it could be reinstated. 

Dana Q2 profit jumps with U.S. manufacturing deal

Dana Inc.’s second-quarter net income increased 67 percent to $75 million, helped by higher demand for light-vehicle and off-highway products, improved operations and a major acquisition.

Total revenue climbed 17 percent to $1.84 billion during the second quarter.

The supplier’s light-vehicle sales shot up 47 percent to $1.6 billion from $1.3 billion, while commercial vehicle sales edged up slightly to $686 million. Sales at the company’s off-highway business advanced 47 percent to $723 million from $493 million.

Revenue from power technology sales rose 5.6 percent to $46.5 million.

The company incurred a $3 million charge related to the $100 million acquisition of U.S. Manufacturing Corp., completed in March, as well as a $3 million restructuring charge.

U.S. Manufacturing had been Dana’s second-largest customer, behind General Motors. Dana said debt refinancing activities during the quarter also reduced earnings by $6 million.

The maker of axles, drive-shafts and thermal products gave an upbeat full-year revenue forecast of $7 billion, up 8 percent, and said free cash flow would improve 67 percent from a year earlier.

“We have raised our financial guidance this year consistent with our continued strong operating performance and improved customer demand,” Dana CEO James Kamsickas said in a statement. “The solid foundation that we have established will serve as an enabler for Dana to continue to deliver on our commitments beyond 2017.”

Dana shares inched up in afternoon trading after the company posted better-than-expected second-quarter revenue, beating the consensus estimate of $1.68 billion. The company reported earnings of $0.68 per share, $0.17 better than average estimate of analysts — $0.51.

Shares of the Maumee, Ohio, supplier rose nearly one percent following the report.

Dana ranks No. 58 on Automotive News’ list of the top 100 global parts suppliers, with worldwide sales to automakers of $5.83 billion in 2016.

Linkin Park Chester Bennington: ‘Rolling Stone Music Now’ Podcast

The latest episode of the Rolling Stone Music Now podcast is now available. Listen and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Spotify or check it out below.

Hybrid Theory producer Don Gilmore and Machine Gun Kelly pay tribute to the late singer, and Rolling Stone’s Brittany Spanos and Kory Grow join host Brian Hiatt in the studio

Listen and subscribe to the podcast on iTunesor Spotify and tune in Fridays at 1 p.m. ET to hear the show live on Sirius XM’s Volume Channel.

Rachel Lindsay Has No Time for This Instagram Comment From Dean Unglert

Dean Unglert’s upbeat personality and blinding smile made him a fan favorite on The Bachelorette this season—but, if you recall, he actually got off to a rough start. He was the contestant who told Rachel Lindsay, “I’m ready to go Black and never come back” during the After the Final Rose special in March. Unglert’s (very bad) joke was quickly dragged on social media, but the 25-year-old managed to redeem himself with Lindsay. She took the comment in stride—like the queen she is—and actually kept Unglert around until the hometowns episode. Fans were devastated when Lindsay ultimately decided to send Unglert home, but their “breakup”—if you can call it that—was amicable nonetheless.

Well, at least we thought. Unglert and Lindsay just had a little back-and-forth on Instagram that surfaced on Imgur and has us wondering if there actually is some bad blood between them.

It all started when an Instagram user shared a photo of herself with Unglert and captioned it, “Went Black, but came back.” This message is obviously problematic, but Unglert found it funny. “Lololol at the caption,” he commented on the picture, seemingly validating this ignorance.

But don’t worry, Lindsay noticed—and she promptly told the time. “Sent back…he didn’t come back lol,” Lindsay wrote. See these comments for yourself, below:

PHOTO: Instagram

Doesn’t Unglert know by now not to mess with Rach? She literally told DeMario Jackson to “get the f–k out” during an earlier episode of the Bachelorette! Plus, she’s no stranger to the social media clapback. Exhibits A and B: These Twitter haters. She doesn’t have time for games.

Real talk, though: This gets us excited for the Bachelorette’s Men Tell All special, which airs tonight at 8 P.M. on ABC. Those dudes better look out.

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MTV Is Bringing Back Total Request Live

Total Request Live was a staple on MTV from 1998-2008 — a daily destination for all of your music and pop culture needs. And now, the unforgettable New York-based program is returning.

The TRL franchise will debut on Monday, October 2. The daily live show will air from the network’s iconic Times Square studio and become the prime destination for youth culture and a meeting point for millions of fans.

“If we’re going to come back and reinvent MTV, the studio is a given,” MTV President Chris McCarthy revealed during an interview with The New York Times. “It is the centerpiece.”

The new and improved 8,700-square-foot, multi-functional studio allows for bigger audiences, expansive sets and simultaneous productions including new digital extensions of TRL. The program, which will initially run an hour a day (but might expand to a longer format), will feature a rotation of five rotating hosts including D.C. Young Fly, Erik Zachary, Amy Pham, Tamara Dhia and Lawrence Jackson. The digital extensions will feature platform-specific, premium content across YouTube, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and Musical.ly.

“It’s the right route,” McCarthy told the newspaper. “When you talk to artists and they say to you, unaware of what we’re doing, ‘Can you bring back TRL‘? We’d be crazy not to reinvent that.”

“MTV’s reinvention,” he added, “is coming by harnessing its heritage.”

Share your thoughts about the return of TRL in the comments — and stay with MTV News for more updates!