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FWD Nation is a multi-dimensional, multimedia portal that is amplifying the voices of the fast-paced, text-messaging, word-abbreviating millennial generation.  Our goal is to help push FWD the agendas, initiatives, and issues that matter most to our fans and followers.  FWD Nation is a new digital dimension where young thirsty minds can drink their fill of our intellectual cocktail with a splash of entertainment, business and politics, as well as arts and culture.  From our boisterous but esteemed blog network to our new wave of webisodes, FWD Nation is where politics and pop culture are…well…FN cool!



Friend Request Accepted: Facebook’s Initial Public Offering

Posted by on May 18, 2012 in Biz and Tech, Features |

Care to hit the ‘Like’ button with your wallet?


, the second most visited website on the Internet, exited venture capital this morning as CEO and Founder Mark Zuckerberg rang in the opening bell of the NASDAQ from Facebook world headquarters in Menlo Park, CA.

FB entered the market with an initial market valuation of just shy over $112B, an initial share value of $38, and is projected to raise another $18B. Hundreds of Facebook’s employees became millionaires instantly as their shares in the company now had tangible worth to them. Flyers posted around headquarters like this one encouraged employees to remain focused despite their new-found wealth.


With such prosperity at such an influential company, what can possibly go wrong?


Let’s go back and check the News Feed:



Are College Career Counselors Doing a *Good Enough* Job?

Posted by on May 18, 2012 in Biz and Tech, Culture & Society, Features |

Do College Career Centers actually work? I’ve been asking myself this question ever since I was in undergrad from 2004 – 2008 at a prominent, flagship state university.

I’ve seen so many of my friends graduate school with high academic marks in their field but find that life after graduation is a brick wall or employment in their industry is a castle surrounded by a moat of nasty alligators. I’ve spoken at Universities, Colleges, Networking Events, Panel Discussions, and even wrote . And I keep coming to the same conclusion…



3 Golden Rules for College Entrepreneurs

Posted by on May 16, 2012 in Biz and Tech, Features |

Most college students are worried about what party to attend next, but I was busy thinking of innovative ways to make my first million. I built Tatto Media from my dorm room, sold it a few years later for $60 million, and continued forward with big plans for my future.

It’s a daunting task for a startup business to try and get off the ground amidst the social media boom. Here are the three best pieces of advice I ever received that helped make me a successful entrepreneur:



TEDxUSC: Where Ideas Meet Great Minds

Posted by on May 15, 2012 in Biz and Tech, Features, FWD Bloggers, RA Brown |

For those of you who weren’t able to get your hands on a ticket to TEDxUSC

() 2012 early this May, fear not! FWD

Nation was in attendance and is proud to bring you the play-by-play on an

unforgettable day of talk from some of the world’s most compelling




Mitt Romney Is Still Faking the Funk

Posted by on May 15, 2012 in Features, FWD Bloggers, Joshua "Uppity Negro" Lazard, Politicking |

I’ve long been a proponent that Mitt Romney is really an undercover liberal posing as a conservative.  Well, let me clear that up.  He’s clearly a fiscal conservative, but honestly who isn’t.  Most liberals, save the bleeding heart ones and the uber-progressives that occupy the coasts, would probably err on the side of fiscal conservatism as well.  But far too often, the reasons for big government versus small government come down to funding the social programs, and we’re back to culture wars.  I said all of that to say, ol’ Romney, ol’ Mittens, is a social liberal.

I’m still not convinced otherwise.  His grandfather was a toe-the-line Mormon and had a polygamous relationship to boot.  And anybody that subscribes to a religion that believes that the biblical Garden of Eden and the concept of a “new Jerusalem” was physically located in Jackson County, Missouri can’t help but be socially liberal.  Not to mention, his father was governor of Michigan, a state known for his grand Democratic machine that worked with fellow middle-of-the-road Republicans.  And then, of course, he had his political career as governor of Massachusetts.  Granted Massachusetts, like most states up north has their ability to elect a Republican here or there, it stands to reason they’re not some Republican á la Haley Barbour, but still quite aware of the progressive social nature of the state.




Humans…and Then Politics: Obama’s Evolved Leadership

Posted by on May 10, 2012 in Features, FWD Bloggers, Kenya T. Parham |


Congratulations, America… We have a human for a President!


Should by some weird twist of re-written history fate, in some paradoxical universe, his long list of bipartisan feats, legislation and monumental accomplishments go forgotten, President Obama has officially solidified his place on the right side of history, as the first President to openly state that same-sex couples should have the right to marry.



PSA – Politics as Usual *Picks up the Mic*

Posted by on May 8, 2012 in DaQuan Lawrence, Features, FWD Bloggers |

This might offend my political connect…*shrugs*

Does anyone remember anything important in 1992? How about 1996? Some of us may remember 2000 and that Y2K stuff. Or maybe even 2004, and hopefully we all remember 2008. If you haven’t guessed by now, I’m referring to election years and the past five Presidential races. As the 2012 Presidential elections draw closer, the nation is beginning to bear witness to one of the most interesting races in the history of American politics.



Hypotheticals, & All That Jazz

Posted by on May 7, 2012 in Features, FWD Bloggers, Kenya T. Parham, Politicking |


It was a year ago that Times Square and Ground Zero were packed with patriotic party-goers and SEAL Team Six enthusiasts. Bin Laden had been wiped off the map; the Man America Hated met his red-white-and-blue maker and, for a few seconds, everyone breathed a sigh of relief – a rare sense of unity in these dismally polarized times. Unfortunately, these sort of brotherhoods are temporary and, now, the two possible future leaders of this country are squaring off on the biggest bounty the Empire has ever seen.

Last week, at NYU Law School, Vice President Joe Biden was the first official from the Obama administration to come straight out with the bloody accusation. He mentioned that the President’s decision to execute “speaks more powerfully to the differences” between the candidates than anything else – not income, Obama/Romneycare, or political views; just that split-second order to kill. Since then, Biden’s words have translated into a campaign soundpiece, labeled as a “one chance” decision, from democratic superstars like President Bill Clinton.



The Arsenio Hall Show’s Last Episode (1994): Hip Hop Hasn’t Been the Same

Posted by on May 7, 2012 in Features, FWD Bloggers, Simon Dufour |


At a time when Hip-Hop was gaining steam but still not yet the main musical force in the mainstream, The Arsenio Hall Show (run date Jan. 1989 to May 1994) was one of the few shows that gave a voice and place to Hip-Hop and African-American youth culture.  Arsenio Hall had many episodes interviewing rappers followed by performances by them, but on his last episode (aired May 27, 1994) he managed to get almost everyone in the Hip-Hop world to all perform together on one song and the results were amazing: A Tribe Called Quest, Naughty By Nature, Fu-Schnickens, CL Smooth, Yo-Yo, MC Lyte, Guru, Das Efx, Wu-Tang Clan and Krs-One all in one place.



Beyond “Idea Guys” (Those that “Think”) and ‘Doers’ (Those that “Do”)

Posted by on May 7, 2012 in Biz and Tech, Features, FWD Bloggers, RA Brown |

Doing is powerful. Ideas maybe more so. But the personality-divide that’s emerged between the self-proclaimed ‘Doers’ and “Idea Guys” may be doing more harm than good, and the Gen Y American entrepreneur culture needs to move past this if our generation wants to remain the global powerhouse of innovation.