SoFloAntonio Strives For YouTube Greatness

by Jessie Karangu

The biggest goal for most rising sophomores in college is not to obtain 1 million subscribers on YouTube but University of Maryland business major Antonio Lievano is a different specimen.

His prank videos have been viewed hundreds of thousands of times and a kissing prank which features a mixture of beautiful women and magic tricks is his most watched video with over 2 million views.

Although the South Florida native didn’t spill the beans of how he comes up with the ideas for his videos, he did fill us in on what it takes to be a successful YouTuber and a popular prankster.

Pulsefeedz: Who are you and what do you do?

SoFlo: I’m a regular person with dream and goals. I want to be successful.

What made you want to do pranks of your own? Who inspired you?

It seemed fun to do. Vitaly and Stuart Edge (two famous YouTube pranksters) inspired me to try out pranking.

What’s your biggest fear when you’re filming?

Getting punched, stabbed, and or killed.

Have you ever been threatened or in danger of being stabbed or killed while filming?

No, but it could’ve been close. It won’t be happening as I’m not doing dangerous pranks anymore.

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Courtesy: @SoFloAntonio on Twitter

Why not?

The reward is not worth the risk. My drugging girls prank was too crazy and the return was not worth it.

What do your parents think about what you do?

They don’t mind as long as I don’t get hurt or in trouble with the authorities.

How do we know your videos are real?

You can’t really know these days that easily, but with the camera angles and reactions you can tell. Most of the public can’t act well so you can see when they fake their reactions. Many prankers nowadays fake so much stuff and people like it.

What’s your response to accusations that your videos are staged?

It was supposed to have been revealed to have been staged anyways. Regardless a fake prank isn’t something to cry about. People like the reactions. They don’t care if it’s real. The mystery also is part of the love for pranks.

Has all of this fame gotten to your head or are you still able to remain humble? Be honest, lol.

Believe me it hasn’t gotten to my head, but I know people with less views, subs, fame etc., who think they’re above all.

What do you aim to accomplish by filming these videos?

Just fun and easy income. Also get to meet great people.

What is most misunderstood about what you do?

The fact that I don’t act like I do in my videos. Some require me to act weird or rude.

Do you foresee yourself pursuing your major once you graduate or solely going into YouTube?

I plan on being an entrepreneur. YouTube is a gateway to opportunities.

What question should I be asking you? 

You know what’s a good question? “What do you think of the people that trash talk what you do?”

The answer is?

The answer to that is I don’t care. Most of them are guys. They think I’m a tool and I get things without working hard and don’t appreciate it.

The truth is it’s difficult. I don’t even truly enjoy kissing pranks. I simply do them because people like them and it gets the views.

People make assumptions of me without meeting me, but it’s a part of being known. People will talk. Good or bad.

Is this backlash usually in your face or just on social media? And do people you don’t know recognize you around campus?

Usually on social media. The people who meet me and talk trash after they get to know me usually they change their minds.

Those who don’t talk to me and have misconceptions keep them until they talk to me. No way for me to disprove that.

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SoFloAntonio also occasionally chats with fans on live streaming service YouNow

What have you learned?

I have learned being well-known has it’s difficulties.

If you were in the dictionary, what would the definition be?

I’m defined by my hard work and desire for success.

Hard working. Passionate. Happy.

What’s your advice to other aspiring YouTube pranksters?

Be yourself. Keep your brand a personality. YouTube sells your personality when you don’t act as a character.

So the worst part about what you do is what comes with being well-known? Or is there something else?

Being well-known is mostly a positive thing. The worst thing are the World Star Hip Hop fans. I had a random person try to start a fight to get on WorldStar. Idk what he was doing. Haha.

Oh wow, lol. He just walked up to you and started pushing you around? Where was this?

No. He was asking if I was in a gang in slang terms. I have no idea. It’s on camera, but I don’t care to use the footage. The footage is poor and we were filming videos in Santa Monica, California.

Do you think the Multi Channel Network system on YouTube is fair? Are you signed with anyone? Could you survive without your MCN? (MCNs are networks on YouTube that help sell advertising for your YouTube channel, distribute your videos and take a cut from your earnings)

I’m with OmniaMedia and I intern with them. MCN’s are good if you have the right manager and MCN. It’s mostly fair for big users.

Has being on social media affected your social skills? It has for me to a degree.

Nah social media is different. I’m better in real life.

What will be the pinnacle of your success on YouTube?

1 million subs on one channel. Right now, I have 500,000 subscribers over 3 different channels.

Phaedra Parks Takes Time Off From Filming Season 7 – Find Out Why!

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Fans of the Bravo hit show, The Real Housewives of Atlanta, might be seeing a little less of Phaedra Parks next season.

The self proclaimed “Southern Belle” has gone through a lot within the past few weeks, with her husband Apolla Nida being sentenced to eight years in prison. The sentence comes after he pleaded guilty to identity theft and bank fraud back in May.

A source close to E! News says that Phaedra is taking a few weeks off from filming Season 7 of the show, to focus on her family. The source also confirmed that within the past few months, the couple’s marriage has been on the rocks.

He has not been showing her the same respect, he’s been filming a lot. He’s been out and about and trying to be seen as much as possible before he goes to jail. Right now, he’s not exactly sure when that will be so he’s living it up while he can.

RHOA, The Real Housewives of Atlanta Cast

The Real Housewives of Atlanta began filming it’s seventh season earlier this summer with Phaedra, Kandi, NeNe, Kenya, Porsha and Cynthia all returning. Last season the show saw record ratings, making it one of the highest rated shows in Bravo’s history.

Season 7 of The Real Housewives of Atlanta is set to premiere in November!

- Dallas Jordan

Kerry Washington Says Goodbye To Scandal

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Talk about changes!

The hit show Scandal will be seeing some major changes in it’s upcoming season, starting with it’s main star. Actress Kerry Washington will not be returning to the 4th season after refusing a pay decrease. Washington, allegedly made $300,000 during season 3, but with an increase of production costs, Washington was asked to take a pay decrease. Washington will be replaced by Meagan Good, who is known for her roles in blockbuster hits such as “Think Like a Man”.

Meagan is not the strongest actress in Hollywood, but what she lacks in acting she makes up in sex appeal. The creators of the show believe that Meagan will bring in a larger male demographic to an already female driven show.

Fans of the show have already been taking to social media saying they will not support the show anymore and will tune into Scandal’s rival shows “Being Mary Jane” and “The Game” instead.

Just kidding, this story is just a fun fabrication……I hope you had a good laugh! Season 4 of Scandal starring Kerry Washington premieres September 25th, on ABC.

- Dallas Jordan

Naya Rivera Says “I Do”

Naya Rivera, Ryan Dorsey

Talk about bouncing back quick!

Three months after ending her engagement to Big Sean, the Glee star has now said “I Do” to another man in Hollywood, actor Ryan Dorsey. The couple said “I Do” this past weekend during a small intimate ceremony in Cabo San Lucas.

We feel truly blessed to be joined as husband and wife, the surprise newlyweds tell People. Our special day was fated and everything we could have ever asked for.

According to E! News, Naya walked down the aisle wearing a Monique LhuillIer gown. She carried a bouquet of daisies and baby’s breath. Dorsey, on the other hand wore a Dolce and Gabbana suit. The couple exchange Neil Lane rings.

Ryan and Naya met four years ago and began dating after her romance with Big Sean ended. Now back home in LA, the couple says they are excited to build a life together. “True love always prevails” says the actors.

There’s no word on whether or not any of her Glee co-stars were in attendance, but the wedding took place just 12 days after Naya went from a regular to a recurring role on the sixth and final season of Glee.

- Dallas Jordan

Alleged UMD Peeping Tom Charges Dropped

Ernest Attakora Marfo, 21, has been cleared of all charges involving a peeping tom incident which occurred in April inside of the women’s bathroom at the University of Maryland’s Biology-Psychology building.

Public records indicate that Marfo’s peeping tom charge and disturbing school activities charge were dismissed during a court hearing on July 11th, 2014.

According to police reports, the criminal involved with this case placed his cell phone, with the lens pointed towards her direction, on the floor of a bathroom stall being occupied by a female employee of the University.

Pulsefeedz was not able to get in contact with University Police to learn if any steps were being taken to find another suspect in this case.

Fundraisers Reach Goal To Help Janelle Oni’s Family

The power of social media has been realized once again and a tragedy for many has turned into hope.

After a tragic accident early Sunday morning which killed recent Salisbury University graduate Janelle Oni, friends and sorority sisters (Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.) of Oni’s teamed up together to launch a fund which helped pay for any funeral costs which her family will incur.

The goal was to raise $10,000 but since Sunday, when the fund started, donations have soared past what organizers expected. As of late Monday night after 1,200 shares all over various social media sites, the fund has raised $11,154.

Because GoFundMe, the site used to raise money, has no time limits; the campaign will most likely continue for the time-being. GoFundMe takes 5% of whatever funds are raised for their own operational purposes but they allow withdrawals to be processed at any time.

Pulsefeedz was not able to get in contact with organizers at the time of this posting to learn what the next plan was for this process but many fellow sisters of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. have expressed their gratitude and appreciation on social media due to the kindness and generosity of 442 donors and counting.

I’m so speechless. I’m so grateful. You guys cannot tell me that God isn’t real. If you didn’t know my sister, she was the epitome of selfless. She dedicated her life to God by giving and uplifting people. Her smile was contagious, and her compassion was incomparable. She lived and loved with her whole being. She was a role model and left a legacy of greatness on our campus and in our community.

Your contributions mean so much to us. We thank each and every person who gave their time, money and sent prayers to support my sister, her family and community. We can never repay you but we pray that God bestows the best blessings in your life. May you all find comfort in knowing Janelle is in the best company and care with our Lord and Creator.

Rest in Peace Janelle

- Afnan

MY TAKE: Social media has turned a mess into a message. The reaction to this unfortunate incident proves again that there is still hope for humanity. We still care and love one another even if we don’t know each other.

Janelle touched so many lives and the outpouring of support has happened for a reason. What’re you doing to make an impact on your friends, your family and your community? As a friend and colleague, thanks for all the memories Janelle. We miss you already.

DONATIONS ARE STILL BEING ACCEPTED AT http://tinyurl.com/JanelleOni

Jessie Karangu

 

Salisbury University Graduate Is The Victim of College Park Hit and Run

 

  • Janelle Oni, a 21-year-old from Randallstown, Maryland was crossing the street on Route One in College Park, MD at around 3 a.m. when she was struck by a mini-van.
  • The mini-van drove off but was eventually stopped by police two miles away from the scene according to WJLA.
  • Oni was pronounced dead at the scene after paramedics tried to revive her on the spot. Her mother tells The Baltimore Sun that she was having dinner with her sorority sisters.
  • Jacky Luangraj, a 33-year-old from Manassas, Virginia had a blood alcohol level TWICE the legal limit (.08 is legal limit, .16 was Mr. Luangraj’s intake) and faces 15 charges which include:
  1. negligent auto homicide
  2. driving under the influence
  3. reckless endangerment
  • Police stopped Luangraj after seeing damage to his windshield, glass in his lap and some of the victim’s hair wedged inside of the glass. He also failed his sobriety test.
  • Oni, who graduated in May with degrees in conflict resolution and communications from Salisbury University, was an only child and planned to attend graduate school and eventually counsel underprivileged kids
  • Since the beginning of UMD’s spring 2014 semester, five pedestrian accidents have occurred on Route 1. Of those five incidents, two have been deadly. This incident marks the third fatality on this road.

UPDATE – A mugshot of suspect Jacky Luangraj has been released by Prince George’s County Police. Luangraj was denied bond during a court hearing on Monday.

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FAMILY AND FRIENDS ARE ACCEPTING DONATIONS TO HELP PAY FOR ONI’S FUNERAL COSTS:

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2nd UPDATEDonors reached their goal of raising $10,000 for Oni’s family but are still accepting donations using the link above.

Alleged Victim of Harassment By Kenyan Woman Speaks Out

Kenyan Woman Caught in a Verbal Confrontation with African American Men at a US Train Station [VIDEO]

The alleged victim of harassment by a Kenyan woman at a Boston train station has spoken exclusively to Pulsefeedz.

After posting a video which garnered worldwide attention, we asked to speak with the individual who is known on Facebook as “Flyboi Dizzy.”

Do you regret posting this video?

After posting the video and seeing the response I feel like a lot of people have gone through what I have gone through. I’m glad I put it on camera so that we can learn and grow from the situation. No one was right in the situation by far, I was real in shock to have someone that I consider my people talk to me like she did. I’m a firm believer of being held accountable for your actions. I don’t know her from a hole in the wall.

Looking back at the video and seeing how we said “you’re crazy” never dawned on me that she just might be. It was more of a defense tactic, feeling embarrassed in front of hundreds of people and there’s nothing you can do but try to out shout the hateful things being said. She felt that way before us, so I know we didn’t play a part in creating that hate.

I feel we didn’t make it better, but it’s almost like the truth was there and I wanted to uncover it. All the time I hear of black people talking down about other black people with social networks etc., so to have it right in front of you was like tell me why! How are we stupid? How are we a disgrace? Last time I checked my mom isn’t on drugs! Not saying that I took that personally but I know someone’s mother is on drugs and I feel like when you speak about them you’re speaking about me.

This is my community and you have to take the good with the bad. I can’t say I’m from here and then when the topic switches to the negative things jump ship. We are in it together and I feel I contribute everyday. Being a positive example Is just enough. Not harming my community and owning it.

Have your thoughts/feelings about Africans/Kenyans changed because of this encounter?

As far as Kenyans go, it’s always been love and always will be love. I spoke with my cousin about the fact people all over the world are apologizing on behalf of her. But we are adults; well-raised young men that can isolate a situation like this and not take it out on the whole country. I always look at the big picture it’s not just Kenyans that feel this way about Black Americans so I would never isolate someone.

Courtesy: Facebook/Flyboi Dizzy

She just randomly came up to you guys and started arguing with you? Don’t you think you provoked her more by following her?

She started shouting “nasty black Americans” and shooing us, waving off with her hand and that’s what sparked it. I think (following her) irritated her, of course. But I don’t think that’s why she said what she said.

Would you have still followed her if you could do it all over again?

Probably not. I have a clear mind. My actions were mainly reactive in the heat of the moment. Almost like a “got to have the last word ” moment.

Many people on social media have said that they are familiar with her crazy antics at that same particular train station. Were you familiar with them before you encountered her?

I never seen her before this. Seems like she’s been a problem to a lot of people. On the MBTA (the train) and airport. They should also take a closer look at who they allow there. I paid to ride a train not be called “American trash” and “nigger.”

Some have called for you to take down the video because of they believe she is mentally ill. Will you and do you think you should?

It doesn’t matter, people have already seen it and once it’s on the internet, it’s there forever. Someone (Kenyan journalist Robert Alai) put it on YouTube. I have noticed everyone has their own opinions.

But do you think you should you take down your copy?

No, that defeats the purpose of posting it.

Do you plan on alerting authorities or pressing charges?

No way. I’m gonna keep living my life and pray she makes it around hers safely.

HERE’S THE STORY IN CASE YOU MISSED OUT!

- Jessie Karangu

Kenyan Woman Insults Americans At Boston Train Station

Kenyan Woman Caught in a Verbal Confrontation with African American Men at a US Train Station [VIDEO]
Courtesy: Mwakilishi/YouTube
A Kenyan woman has many people talking after a video in which she ranted about African-Americans spread like wildfire on social media.

The video, which takes place at a Boston train station, begins with an argument between an African-American male and a Kenyan lady who begin hurling insults at each other for reasons which are unknown.

UPDATE: Flyboi Dizzy SPEAKS with Pulsefeedz!

According to a Boston-based musician known as Flyboi Dizzy, who posted the video, the woman allegedly approached him and his cousin and randomly harassed them for no reason whatsoever. The harassment allegedly lasted for 1 minute before Flyboi Dizzy began filming which provoked the subject even more.

I took this video primarily out of disbelief.

Flyboi Dizzy continued his description on Facebook of what happened by saying the following (viewer discretion is advised):

We were called stupid american niggers, trash, mothers on drugs, no beautiful women in our community, all of the above for simply being black. I honestly am happy that she ran into myself and my cousin (because) had this been at 2pm when students were heading home, we probably would be saying RIP.

There’s nothing heroic about the situation at all, and if I could do it again I probably wouldn’t say the hurtful things I said because I was hurt. No one is perfect. But I would record this again, we have to shine light on the darkness that corrupts society. This video has been up for a couple of days and hundreds of people have shared with friends and family.

For me its an eye opener, I never thought someone that is the same as me disowns me. I would be the first person to hold a door for this woman, carry her groceries , and defend her if she was in trouble. 22 year old young man with a woman old enough to be my mom disrespecting my culture, everything that I am, all the stereotypes we already face and work everyday to over come. Shit hurt. But look there’s positive message in everything , find it in this video, discuss, move on. Don’t make anyone else feel like this and educate one another!

Here’s the video, take a look.

MY TAKE: The worst part about this video? Many online commenters have done nothing to find a solution and have instead perpetuated the hatred which both sides portrayed towards each other, which is very unfortunate.

This video is a step in the wrong direction when it comes to African/Black relations in the United States but it’s also a teachable moment that there are still people in this world who are ignorant to the progression our society has made over the past couple of decades. If you ever encounter these kind of people, take it in stride and pray for them. There’s no reason to argue with stupidity.

Despite my negative comments towards the video’s subject about her thoughts, I find it hard to believe that a random woman would purposely walk up to African-American males and insult them unless she was provoked and someone triggered her emotions on purpose. I’m not defending her actions or anything she said but the notion that this was a random act of ignorance is pretty hard for me to believe unless she’s mentally ill.

Remember there’s three sides to every story. The two entities involved and the truth. So far, we’ve only gotten one side of the spectrum.

UPDATE: Flyboi Dizzy SPEAKS with Pulsefeedz!

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- Jessie Karangu

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