Fans of this legendary musical are mourning the tragic loss of a historic figure of the stage


#AceMediaNews – Aug.31: Kyle Jean-Baptiste, the first African-American and youngest person to ever play the role of Jean Valjean in “Les Misérables” on Broadway has died after falling from a fire escape, according to a show spokesman. He was 21.

Jean-Baptiste died Friday night following the show’s evening performance at the Imperial Theatre, said representative Marc Thibodeau, who called it a “tragic accident.”

“The entire ‘Les Misérables’ family is shocked and devastated by the sudden and tragic loss of Kyle, a remarkable young talent and tremendous person who made magic — and history — in his Broadway debut. We send our deepest condolences to his family and ask that you respect their privacy in this unimaginably difficult time,” a statement from the production reads.

The actor was an ensemble member of the company and an understudy for Valjean, going onstage as the ex-convict in a history-making appearance July 23. His last performance in the role was Thursday.

The Broadway community took to Twitter on Saturday to mourn the loss of a young talent.

“Shocked and saddened to have lost one of Broadway’s youngest treasures,” tweeted Tony Award-nominee Joshua Henry. Former “Glee” star Matthew Morrison, starring in “Finding Neverland,” called him “such a pure voice. Heartbreaking.” Patina Miller, a Tony winner for “Pippin,” said: “My heart goes out to all who knew and loved this incredibly talented young man.”

A spokeswoman for the New York Police Department said investigators believe Jean-Baptiste’s death was accidental.

According to police, Jean-Baptiste was sitting on a fourth-floor fire escape of an apartment in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn with a 23-year-old woman Friday night when he stood up, slipped and then fell backward to the ground.

The city’s medical examiner will determine his official cause of death, police said. A spokeswoman for the medical examiner’s office did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment late Saturday.

Jean-Baptiste was born in New York and graduated from Baldwin Wallace University. The 6-foot-2-inch tenor had recently landed two musical roles at Playhouse Square in Cleveland — in “Murder Ballad” and “Love Story.” He also had played Enjolras last year in a production of “Les Misérables” at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival.

After making stage history as the first black Valjean, he told Playbill: “I did not immediately think of it as making history. This was my dream since I was a little boy. This incredible team of creatives presented an opportunity to play a part I have dreamed of playing since I was introduced to theatre, and I am forever grateful. I felt a huge amount of responsibility to do right by them and to honor this iconic material.”

In one of his last tweets, sent Tuesday, Jean-Baptiste showed gratitude for his friends and fans: “I thank everyone who supported me and still does. I will never forget this experience. Onwards and upwards,” he wrote. “Nothing but love.”

The current “Les Misérables” on Broadway is the second revival of the hit show. It debuted in 1987 with Colm Wilkinson in the role of Valjean and lasted until 2003. A revival in 2006 lasted just a few years and the latest reimagined version landed on Broadway last year. In a few days, British opera star Alfie Boe is due to take over Valjean.

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Jay Z Joined Instagram But Quit After 14 Hours


#AceMediaNews – Aug.31: Jay Z appeared to join — and quit — Instagram over the weekend, posting a tribute to the late Michael Jackson and briefly surprising fans accustomed to the rapper’s typically quiet online presence.

“Happy birthday to the King!” the record label owner captioned a split photo showing the legendary pop star and him that was posted on Saturday. “This may be my first and last post.” Music exec Michael Kyser, a friend of Jay Z, also encouraged his Instagram followers to follow the rapper in a photo showing him posting his first Instagram post:

A photo posted by G (@littleburger) on Aug 29, 2015 at 5:41pm PDT

But Jay Z’s Instagram experiment appeared to last for only a brief 14 hours. The the account, Hovsince96, was deactivated on Sunday morning. For now, it seems, the only option to catch a glimpse into his private life may be the Instagram account of his wife, Beyoncé.

Read next: Jay Z on the 2013 TIME 10


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Resist Nostalgia to Improve Your Outlook For the Future

Resist Nostalgia to Improve Your Outlook For the Future

#AceMediaNews -Aug.28: Nostalgia is a tricky feeling. Sometimes, it brings us exciting new Star Wars movies. Other times it brings us yet another damn Transformers film. For your own life, nostalgia for the old days can feel nice, but it can also hold you back from improving your future.

As business blog Inc. explains, getting too nostalgic for the “good old days” can make us neglect our own futures. After all, if you’re convinced your best days are behind you, you’re less likely to invest in what comes next. As long as you’re alive and physically able, you can always look forward to a new job, relationship, or stage in your life. You just have to look for it:

It’s a terrible, self-defeating temptation, Siebold says, to believe that your best days are behind you. Instead: “Self-made millionaires get rich because they’re willing to bet on themselves and project their dreams, goals, and ideas into an unknown future.” The past, he says, is only there for them to learn from.

Of course, nostalgia isn’t inherently evil. Remembering your college days fondly, or reminiscing about an old exciting job is fine. The problem arises when the longing for your past convinces you that your future won’t measure up to those old times.

Your attitude can affect your reality. If you want to invest in your future, don’t idolize your past.

Photo by Bruce Fingerhood.

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A study has revealed why men fancy thinner women (and it’s as grim as you’d imagine)


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#AceSocialReport – Aug.28: Hurrah, a new depressing study to make women even more concerned with the number they see as they step on the scales.


Data collected from scientists at the University of Aberdeen showed there is a link between a female’s thinness and how attractive she is perceived. Great.

More than 1,300 participants, both male and female from the UK and nine other countries, were shown 21 images showing females of varying weight and asked to rearrange them in order of attractiveness.

The male and female participants rated the images with very similar results – as body mass increased, attractiveness decreased.

Urgh, whatever. Who needs a thigh gap when you can just have flapjack.

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MEDIA FEATURE: ‘ War Room review: shut up and pray he quits ‘


#AceMediaNews – Aug.28: Alex and Stephen Kendrick’s faith-based film argues that domestic abuse can be cured by retiring to a bunker and praying. It’s an odd plan of attack

Is your husband a self-centered jerk? Does he ignore your needs, pay no attention to your adorable daughter, scold you for giving financial help to your troubled sister? Does he have a wandering eye and come dangerously close to committing adultery? Is he embezzling from his job? Well, you should know that it’s all your fault. When you find his behavior upsetting and take him to task you are only protracting the struggle. What you need to do is surrender, go in the closet and pray.

These tactics, say Alex and Stephen Kendrick in their latest “faith-based” film War Room, will bring your husband back to you, and cast Satan from your home. If you follow a precise prayer regimen (which remains vague in the film but all spelled out in supplemental materials available for purchase on the Kendricks’ website) there is no reason to believe that your husband won’t transform back into the man you fell for. He’ll even join your daughter for the big rope-skipping competition perfectly timed for the end of the movie.

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Message In A Bottle

#Donnnamzing post sometimes people do not understand fear and not understanding what caused it – stops them understanding in the end it’s is the fear itself they fear. A friend once said feel the fear and do it anyway, l may disagree with that in part but know everyone who is scared or fears needs a friend and blogging is a way to find friends who expect nothing but for you to hear them and have understanding of their fear – then you forget your fear as you are doing something for someone else. Have a good day Ian 😀


1funny907To me, blogging is a version of the old-timey message in a bottle.

The blogging world is a vast ocean, we throw our message out there and hope against hope someone finds it.

Some of us are trying to connect, share, find others, teach, or maybe even send out an SOS.

So how do you start your own ‘message in a bottle’ and make it reach others?


1. Don’t think about if your readers will love what you write or you’re going to be discovered, just make sure you love it, then hopefully, they will. If not, there’s always chocolate.

2. Remember as you send these bottles out, those you’re trying to reach are never far from the madding crowd (hearing people mispronounce the title, Far From the Madding Crowd is actually more fun than the book/movies, is that wrong?). People are busy, so when they open their email to…

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FEATURE: ‘ So you think the Social media companies give it all Free keeping you happy to spend is their domain aim ‘

It’s All About the Consumer, Not Social Domains


There weren’t really eighty-eight of them. They just called themselves “The Crazy 88.”

– Bill, “Kill Bill 2,” Miramax Films, 2004

Businesses are running so fast today trying to catch the next great thing, they’ve lost sight of the reason they’re in business … the customer.

They’re setting up departments to handle the internet, to handle individual segments of the Web, IoT (Internet of things) and IoE (Internet of Everything).

They’ve become so compartmentalized, so departmentalized that all they’re seeing is what they do and how they do it, rather than why in hell are we doing this!

Suddenly, the organization is overflowing with experts in whatever, telling us how well their thingie connects, engages with the consumer.

They’re quick to tell you how important their activity is to the growth, success of the company.

Like wolves, the first thing they do is establish/mark their turf!

You probably see it in your own company.

Simply put – The Internet of Choices will kill businesses.

Every time there’s a new “opportunity” to reach out, grab a customer, companies set up new departments of skilled people to leverage the opportunity for … more sales.

Let’s run the numbers:

– 7B+ people on the planet

– 4500+ firms listed on global stock exchanges

– 125M + companies globally

– 99% of the firms are SMBs (small-medium businesses)

That means there are 56 customers (assuming everyone gets their fair share) that they can identify, reach, inspire.

How hard can that be?

Obviously, pretty hard.

It shouldn’t be because according to a recent CivicScience report, most of us are nearly always connected, can always be reached.


Always Connected – “Normal” people stay connected nearly round-the-clock/calendar but it doesn’t mean they’re waiting to like your marketing messages, retweet your pearls of wisdom, check out your poster ads or even spend a bunch of time with you … except with they’re ready to buy something. Mass social media efforts fall short and so does the compartmentalization of your experts.

Whether it’s an iPod, ereader, laptop, desktop, smartphone, tablet or TV, 60 percent of us folks are almost always connected, 40 percent of us never unplug and only about 17 percent really take a break.

And it isn’t just passive.

Our IP (internet protocol) address, social media pages and the thousands of free/freemium apps we download/use tell companies more than we probably want them to know about us and still … they can’t hit the target.


Should Be Easier – There’s enough information out in the wild and in your customer databases to zero-in on a specific customer’s wants/needs; and while we give 1:1 communications lip service, few experts don’t want to bother doing the extra work.

Marketers sorta’ try with behavio

al targeting – if someone looks at something but doesn’t buy, show them a relevant ad to give them “another chance.”

If they buy, show them another product that will enhance their purchase experience.

It beats the heck out of garbage (even targeted stuff) filling your inbox every time you turn around.

The problem is people:

– Don’t buy your product for your design, your image of what it will do

– Don’t care about your content, your Facebook wall, your Tweets

They make buying decisions for emotional reasons – the why of the company that aligns with their personal why – and use the logical reasons – what it is, how it works to justify those decisions

Fundamentally, they buy you first and your product second because you resonate with them.


Priorities – It’s embarrassingly funny that marketing people weigh the importance and value of consumer contact more than the individual does. But it’s difficult to understand individuals and what they expect when you don’t get out and talk with them.

Unfortunately, marketing folks think consumers are more into company/product engagement than they really are.

Just because folks are following your social media stuff, it doesn’t say your marketing is successful–you don’t know what you don’t measure.

People are smarter than marketing/communications types give them credit for because to them, customized, personal means … customized and personal!

As long as the relationship is a true reflection of them, they’ll hang around.

When your social media/ad messages don’t meet their whole self image … BAM!! Outta’ here!

Don’t believe marketing is “disconnected”?

Consider the fact that 49 percent of guys/gals who hustle this stuff think that ad forwards/shares have something to do with how well they’re engaging with folks.

Consumers? Oh about 15 percent think they have any skin in the game when they share an ad.

So much for that happy face on the Tweet report you send to your boss.


Loading Up – Every new great idea that emerges in the social media and customer contact fields are quickly added to many marketing teams’ growing arsenal of tools. Customers want a simple, single view of the company and they want seamless discussions across the organization.

All it says is that consumers are people (creatures of habit) and they come back sorta’, kinda’ without thinking but they want something in return.

That’s right; consumers aren’t into all the social media just because it’s in vogue right now.

More than anything, they want to know you understand them; so pull up your big boy/girl pants and develop an experience that matches their tastes … not yours.

If they’re a hardcore gamer, give ‘em the images, talk to them in their tough-as-nails action language.

If they’re a creative person who produces brilliant video content, then be sophisticated instead of using the screaming weekend specials approach.

So there’s a huge divide between consumers, companies/brands/products; and the marketers wonder why their connection with the consumer is so fleeting.

Nothing personal, but your engagement efforts aren’t personal.


Different Needs – Consumers are only peripherally aware of company social media and other communications activities until they are interested. Then they begin their search for the decision-making information they expect to find … quickly, easily. If they can’t find it instantly, they move to a better company, better product.

People on the hunt for a product or service visit your site or stop by your social media activities for a variety of reasons and check a few very key items.

If you don’t have them, you must have something to hide or you simply don’t give a crap and are way into your brilliant social media work!

A McKinsey report released a couple of years ago said that the average company had more consumer data in their CRM (customer relations management) database than the Library of Congress.

Heck, more people in Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Twitter are in sales than in mining the information they scrape.

No need … there’s an app for that.

Not that people mind – hey, Gmail is “free”, the Facebook/LinkedIn brag pages are “free” – it’s just that folks want you to understand what their needs/wants are … not yours … or yours … or yours.

It’s not about the individual silos of social media (and we all have our favorite that we swear is where the real action is), advertising, shows/events, publicity or any of the individual marketing/communications tools.

It has to be a totally integrated effort that moves smoothly, seamlessly across every outreach, contact activity and shares information across all segments of the organization. Why?

Jeezz folks, it’s all about/for the customer, not insignificant silos!


In/Out Fast – Despite the engineering logic and carefully crafted marketing messages, consumers continue to make their buying decisions based on information that resonates with them. They make buying decisions based on a combination of emotional/logical information. When it works, they line up at the cash register.

In the McKinsey report cited earlier, 40 percent of the company execs didn’t have a clue as to their digital program owners, targets or how it was being measured, held accountable.

If you don’t have clue and/or don’t want to own up to it; perhaps the money, time and people could be used more effectively somewhere else.

You know, like somewhere else in the customer buying process cycle.

Or, from management’s perspective … the selling process.

Selling isn’t an entity separate from marketing, social media, communications or other internet tools.

The Internet/web just made it tougher because you can’t give ‘em your 15-second elevator pitch anymore.

We’re now told you have six seconds to engage/interest the consumer. That means creating the right content for the right consumer on the right platform at the right time.

Preferably … now!


In a world that is increasingly commoditi​s​
ed, if you don’t focus on the job that’s most important consumers will simply cut you off.

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What’s current in your genre?

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Want to write YA?

Find out what they are reading and  writing.Stay Young at Heart

A good place to start is WattPad.

One of my granddaughters, a writer of fanfiction, turned me on to Wattpad. There you can see what’s trending with the YA group, find contests and even test the waters, if you’re brave enough.

Are you writing murder and mayhem? Romance? Hot XXX? Or Children’s books?

So maybe you need to find out what is trending in those genres. A good place to start is with the best sellers list. Check out what everyone is saying about the top ten on Amazon, Goodreads and Barns & Noble.

I don’t have a crystal ball, and I’m not suggesting that you try to guess what the next big thing will be. However, I do believe it’s good to stay current.

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