Richard Roeper investigated for allegedly buying Twitter followers

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McCabe & Pres. Trump.  There were rumors of F.B.I. deputy director’s upcoming retirement but it seems Andrew McCabe will take a leave before his March 18 retirement though the White House denies President Trump had anything to do with it. The NY Times, stated that McCabe abruptly stepped down s the F.B.I.’s deputy director after months of withering criticism from President Trump, telling friends he felt pressure from the head of the bureau to leave. Don’t forget the State of The Union speech will happen tonight….Read more


• The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Inc., Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase & Co. are forming a company to figure out how to reduce health-care costs for their hundreds of thousands of U.S. employees with the aim of improving employee satisfaction and reducing costs. Berkshire Hathaway Chairman and CEO Warren Buffett, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos and Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase made statements in the prepared remarks.

In Chicago news: The Chicago Sun-Times announced they are sidelining columnist Richard Roeper following the New York Times’ “Follower factory” story (see Monday 1/29 HITN for the reference) over the weekend. Roeper is named as one of the many celebrities that bought followers from bot account company Devumi. Roeper had 226,000 followers as of Monday, a drop from 253,00 a year ago. He also suddenly lost a significant number of followers in September, only to get a gain of 25,000 shortly thereafter, according to the New York Times. In a  statement released from the Suntimes saying “We will not be publishing any reviews or columns by Rich until this investigation is complete.” Feder made the announcement of his return to the Sun-Times just last week. Recode reports that Uber had looked at buying Chicago-based freight logistics company Load Delivered Logistics, to complement its existing UberFreight service though the idea fell apart. Singer, poet, Chicagoan Jamila Woods is featured on a NPR’s Tiny desk, take a listen.

 Waymo and Uber are making headlines. Waymo, the self driving car company from Google’s parent company Alphabet is deepening its partnership with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. The automaker announced that it would supply “thousands” of additional Chrysler Pacifica minivans to Waymo. While one company is buying another is selling. Uber, fresh off the launch of its new campaign enlisting its driver to help stop human trafficking, is selling off its active leasing portfolio of Xchange Leasing to Fair, the car leasing startup. Uber first established Xchange in 2015 to lease new and nearly-new vehicles to drivers who did not come to the service with their own cars.


• The highly anticipated Marvel Black Panther movie made its world premiere in Los Angeles Monday night. Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o, Angela Bassett, Michael B. Jordan, Issa Rae, Daniel Kaluuya to name a few were all in attendance along with director Ryan Cooler and Disney chief Bob Iger. Black Panther opens in theaters nationwide Feb. 15  But who dressed David Oyelowo?! Of all the attires, he chose 2 mismatched patterned shirt and pants, smh.
• Kim K West got bold online, clapping back  after receiving some backlash for several revealing shots she posted on her social media account. She followed up her Bo Derek braids snap with photos of her showing her blurred frontage and then she posted a photo of her on the phone captioned Hi, can I get zero f***s please, thanks.’



• Model sisters Gigi and Bella Hadid are the cover stars of British Vogue. The sisters, on two different covers of the March issue of British Vogue, also appear in a naked in one of the spreads shot by Steven Meisel. Speaking of magazine covers, Cardi B and Zendaya are on the cover of the upcoming Issue 12 of CR Fashion Book out March 1. Zendaya and Cardi interview each other where they talk about high-low fashion. Lastly, Covergirl cosmetics brand is partnering with Allure magazine for a Youtube series, Allure Incubator, the first-ever beauty influencer reality competition. The concept pits five social influencers through a sequence of lessons and challenges led by industry insiders for the chance to win the grand prize of becoming a member of the CoverGirl’s stable of beauty influencer ambassadors. The six-episode series will be available across Allure’s site and social platforms in addition to the release on CoverGirl’s YouTube channel.

“If You Are Working On Something That You Really Care About, You Don’t Have To Be Pushed. The Vision Pulls You.”― Steve Jobs

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Angela Bassett in Naeem Khan @ “Black Panther” LA Premiere

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Bolaji Sosan
Bolaji Sosan

pronounced: Boh-la-jee, like the Bellagio but w/o the O. SLC Founder and Editor, loves to write about topics at the intersection of career and lifestyle for today's young professional and future leaders.

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