UPDATE: ‘Harriet Tubman Sex Tape’ Explodes Into Racial Controversy For Russell Simmons, AwesomenessTV & Stars [VIDEO]


UPDATE (08/15/13 13:24 PT): And it’s gone. Russell Simmons has agreed to pull the Harriet Tubman Sex Tape from his All Def Digital YouTube channel. Said Simmons in a statement: “In the whole history of Def Comedy Jam, I’ve never taken down a controversial comedian. When my buddies from the NAACP called and asked me […]

Quadruple Threats? 5 YouTubers Who Can ‘Do It All’ [VIDEOS]


Forbes magazine isn’t usually known for sensationalizing (unless perhaps James Taylor is on the byline — ooh snarky elitist burn), but their recent gusher on MysteryGuitarMan, aka Joe Penna caught me by surprise. The writer of the piece, John Greathouse, a contributor, declares “I have seen the future of YouTube And It’s Name is Joe […]

DeStorm Power: Can I Count on YouTube? [OP-ED]


I am blessed to be where I am today. Throughout the years I’ve built many strong relationships at YouTube/Google. Because of that, I’ve battled going public and addressing the frustrations I’m facing as a content creator. I finally made the decision to speak on these issues while my channel is booming, and not when the […]

A YouTube Musician Or A Musician On YouTube? [GUEST POST]


Once a YouTuber, always a YouTuber. Although some stars, like the creators of Fred and Annoying Orange, have managed to break through into film and television, they’ll forever be remembered for their online antics first and foremost. It seems as though anyone who makes their living and gains their popularity off the site is destined […]

DeStorm Power’s ‘King Kong’ Will Join MTV2 and mtvU’s Regular Rotation On March 4th


It’s always great to hear about a talented YouTuber finally getting some mainstream love. Last Friday, much to the collective joy of the YouTube community, mtvU premiered the music video for DeStorm Power’s “King Kong.” As it happens, according to an update from the rapper, due to the incredible outpouring of support on the mtvU site […]

Big Frame and DeStorm Launch Multi-Platform Urban Network Forefront.tv


Los Angeles-based media company Big Frame has taken the whole New Year’s resolution thing deadly serious. While most folks are content with resolutions like “this year, I’ll lose a few pounds” or my personal goal, “bring back graverobbing,” Big Frame is shooting for something larger than weight loss and minor felonies. Big Frame’s resolution for […]

The 2012 NewMediaRockstars YouTube High School Year-End Awards


YouTube is basically high school. You’ve got the geeks, the cool clique, the jocks, the class clowns, and the talented kids who are eventually going to move to SoHo and achieve jackshit. And since no high school would be complete without awards to rank the students and tell them where they stand with their peers, […]

YouTube’s Top Personalities Get Together For The Most Epic Collaboration Video of 2012

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As 2012 slowly comes to an end, the team at YouTube took some time to analyze which were the top 10 videos of the year based on views, shares, searches, parodies, remixes, and responses. YouTube then assembled a team of some of the top creators to produce one of the most epic collaboration videos of all […]

YouTube Personalities To Help Announce 3rd Annual Streamy Award Finalists Next Monday


Want to know who got nominated for the Streamys’ Best Comedy Web Series or Best Female Actor in a Drama Web Series categories? The Streamy Awards will announce the nominees for their third annual event next Monday with a video announcement. YouTube personalities scheduled to appear in the announcement video include The Fine Brothers, DeStorm […]

The 8 Biggest YouTube Brand Deals


Finding massive fame on YouTube often leads to popularity, a living wage and, in many cases, offers from big name advertisers. While some YouTube celebrities like Ray William Johnson have sworn off corporate endorsements, many in the YouTube creator community look to sponsors or collaborations with companies as a means for more money. Here are […]

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