RIP, Google Reader

If you have been following me since 2008, then you know how important Google Reader is to me.  Not only do I use it to follow my favorite sites, topics, and influencers, I also use it to keep up with LinkedIn activity.

Last week Google announced that it will shut down Google Reader on July 1.  I know that people have been declaring RSS dead for years, but most sites still have that orange square button in the corner, so that statement never made sense.  I know that Twitter, Facebook newsfeed, and Google+ are delivering news in a very social way that has appealed to far more people than those who use Google Reader…but there is still a decent sized population that cannot live without Google Reader.

I will try not to be over-dramatic here; the world has not ended.  But Google Reader was the best tool for a networker and media strategist such as myself in this age of constant online enhancements.

I will find a replacement that will have some of the features that GReader provided, but why do I have to, is the question.  Why did it come down to this? Lots of good discussion about this on Quora.

I’m encouraged by what Feedly has done for the last few years and I’m excited to see what Digg will do.  And one retweet about Google Reader shutting down, brought Prismatic to my attention.  I will give them a spin just for being attentive.

And I would probably be willing to pay for it (maybe Google should have asked for dough), though the jury is still out on Newsblur.

If you have found the best alternative for Google Reader, please let me know.

(There’s also a site to vote for the best replacement.)

Brown Girls Burlesque (BGB) Presents She’s A-Shake-A-Ning! In Philly, DC, And NYC

BGB AllStars Presents She's A Shake-A-Ning!

BGB All-Stars Spring A-Shaken-A-Ning from Brown Girls Burlesque on Vimeo.

Brown Girls Burlesque presents the first BGB ALL-STARS Show:  She’s A-Shake-A-Ning!  The series begins at Philadelphia’s Underground Arts on Thursday March 21, then moves to The Black Cat in Washington, DC on Friday March 22, and ends up in the troupe’s homebase of New York City, Saturday March 23 at Joe’s Pub.

The Lovelies of BGB; Chicava HoneyChild, Essence Revealed, Miss AuroraBoobRealis, and jazabel jade welcome Miss Viva Las Vegas 2012,  Jeez Loueez aka the Powerhouse of the Midwest, Oakland’s La Chica Boom, Josephine Belle of Minneapolis’ Black Hearts Burlesque, Sophie Sucre of Philadelphia’s Peek-A-Boo Revue, and GiGi Holliday from Baltimore’s Gilded Lily Burlesque for the World Premiere of the BGB ALL-STARS Show. The aim of this new BGB ALL-STARS series is to round up burlesque performers of color from every corner of the country on one stage.  Joining them will be poet St. Skribbly LaCroix (as Philly host), comic Simone Shif (DC), and comic Robin Cloud (NYC).

She’s A-Shake-A-Ning ticket and show info:
Philadelphia Thursday March 21st, 8pm
Underground Arts 
1200 Callowhill Street, Philadelphia, PA 19108
Tickets available at:

Washington, DC Friday March 22nd, 8pm
Black Cat
1811 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009
Tickets available at:

New York City Saturday March 23rd, 11:30pm
Joe’s Pub
425 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10003
Tickets available at:,com_shows/task,view/Itemid,40/id,6565

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Brown Girls Bur­lesque is a com­pany of women of color ded­i­cated to cre­at­ing their own reflec­tion in the art form of bur­lesque using whimsy and the the­atri­cal depth. BGB stands out in the crowded space of the neo-burlesque move­ment by cir­cum­vent­ing the clas­si­cal and new school inter­pre­ta­tions of bur­lesque by blend­ing cul­tural tra­di­tions, expe­ri­ences, and a dis­tinc­tive artis­tic aesthetic.

For more on the show and sneak peek visit: