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Lauren DeLisa
A digi-cultural trend analyst, author, speaker, consultant and producer; Lauren deLisa is an expert at deciphering and forecasting power trends within the mash-up arena of pop culture and emerging tech. She has contributed to such media outlets as Daily Beast, and Business Insider. Lauren has also been featured on MSNBC, among other media outlets. An innovator and thought-leader she has provided digi-culture intelligence to notables from Snoop Dogg to Microsoft execs to public policy leaders, and is currently producing an on-line video pop culture trend show for Comcast.

Entries by Lauren DeLisa

Straight Outta Compton: A Private Q&A From Which Everyone Can Learn

(0) Comments | Posted August 13, 2015 | 12:57 AM

On August 14, one of the most highly anticipated biopics of the year will be released nationally. Straight Outta Compton, which documents the rise and ensuing events of the legendary rap group N.W.A. is not only being lauded for the well-crafted film, but also the manner in which the promotional...

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How Millennials Are Disrupting The Art of Donating

(13) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 3:01 PM

Remember when kids ran through the streets Halloween nights with "Trick or Treat for UNICEF" boxes in tow alongside plastic pumpkin carriers full of fun size snickers and red apples? Or what about when the neighbor's 4th grade daughter knocked on your door to sell something called a box of...

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Why the Public Loves Leaked Photos

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2015 | 3:11 PM

Another week, another leak. Flux is the new norm, and surprise is the new expectation. The latest unveiling has been a double-dose of diva exposure back to back. Not only a Cindy Crawford unretouched magazine photo made it on the scene earlier this week, but just days later, a Beyonce...

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Why the Intersection of Data and Cultural Intelligence Matters

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 10:46 AM


"Understand your user, and assume nothing," says Kate Watts, Managing Director, Huge Washington D.C.

This was just one of the striking comments set forth at a November panel I had an opportunity to moderate in Washington, DC entitled "Learning to Read the...

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I Tried the Next Level in Wearable Tech

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 9:25 PM

Wearable Tech is probably one of the hottest phrases out right now. Companies on both the fashion and tech side are racing to get into the game, each entrant hoping that it has the ticket to mass consumer adoption. Microsoft just announced this week that it will introduce a product...

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Wu-Tang's Inspectah Deck on Tech, Race and Politics

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2014 | 3:26 PM

It's been a particularly abundant whirlwind several days as one thinks about recent events within pop culture as they intersect with tech. Whether it's the social frenzy for and now the latest reports that the iPhone 6 might bend if you sit on it the wrong way, to...

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What Type of Selfie Are You?

(1) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 5:32 PM


Are you the kind who combs your hair before a selfie or do you just go for it?

Image, looks, and the selfie have never been bigger. From the "hot mugshot guy" Jeremy Meeks to the woman who has tongues wagging after spending $30,000 to look like...

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2012 Elections: View From the Cloud

(0) Comments | Posted January 25, 2012 | 5:13 PM

As the presidential nominations race heats up, one can barely keep track of all the video content related to the elections. Debates, gaffs, press conferences are all being downloaded, edited and shared at lightning speed; thanks to technology. Being an informed politico or smart constituent isn't as easy as it...

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2012 Candidates Playing Catchup With Mobile Tech-Savvy Voters

(3) Comments | Posted September 12, 2011 | 3:38 PM

On November 8, 2008, newly elected President Barack Obama tweeted to the world: "We just made history."

This summer, on July 6, 2011, he became the first president to tweet live during a nationwide Town Hall meeting conducted entirely through the social media platform Twitter.

But for today’s politicians, there...

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What Is the Impact of Young Women on Economic Growth?

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2010 | 12:20 PM

Women seem to be trending. Or perhaps more appropriately put: the study, analysis and case for the inclusion of female perspective and participation on a deeper and wider scale is trending. From the expanse of gender-related programs within the World Economic Forum to various...

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Burberry's Missed Business Opportunity

(0) Comments | Posted November 8, 2010 | 4:47 PM

Those of us in the New York City vicinity know that the temperature has dropped significantly, finally catching up to the falling leaves and early thoughts of holiday plans. It's a time when many hip New Yorkers decide which new coat picks will be added to their wardrobes. Coats that...

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What You Missed at The Economist's Conference

(2) Comments | Posted September 18, 2010 | 3:04 PM

I was recently invited to attend The Economist's Ideas Economy event, the second conference in a series which aims to stir dialogue and uncover new ideas intended to expand and overturn established thinking "regarding innovation, human potential and more." In fact, I only arrived at such a conference...

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Ice Cube Talks Diversity in the Digital Age

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2010 | 11:13 AM

Given that just this week Comcast boldly declared that their proposed merger with NBCU would be easily approved by the government by the end of 2010 (with nary a tech-centric provision in their diversity initiatives which conveniently focus primarily on television channel creation), and reports of Google and Verizon cozying...

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Digital, Youth and Politics: The Week's Hottest Moves

(1) Comments | Posted June 17, 2010 | 6:19 PM

The times, they are a changin'. Voices previously a bit off the radar are gaining more and more visibility thanks to digital platforms. If you missed the MSNBC segment on the announcement of a new series on Hip Hop and politics, definitely check it out on line. NBC's

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The Tech Industry: Revenge of the Nerds?

(156) Comments | Posted June 1, 2010 | 9:27 AM

Facebook's recent antics have tested the faith of its users; wireless carriers are posting massive profits (no doubt, due in large part to Blacks and Latinos out-indexing each month in expenditures); statistical reports demonstrate "surprising" facts that young, hip users of color are also out-indexing in Twitter usage; there are...

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What You Need To Know About The Latest Social Media Stats

(2) Comments | Posted May 5, 2010 | 10:36 AM

Last week, the mainstream social media world seemed shocked to read the latest statistics which demonstrated the power of Black and Latino presence and behavior patterns across social networks such as Facebook and Twitter.

In case you were under a rock and missed it: "Social Media Today"...

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Solving the Philly Flash Mob Phenom

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2010 | 3:21 PM

The growing teen flash mob phenomenon in Philadelphia seems to be causing greater and greater concern due to some of the off-shoot, violent behavior exhibited by various participants. Just recently there was yet more mayhem after what seems to have started out as a non-threatening event. And the...

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Kanye West and Easing Political Tensions With Digital

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2010 | 12:29 PM

The tension in our country after the passing of the health care bill seems to be at an all-time high. Harsh words, equally now with bullets, have flown freely. While many are appalled at the level of intensity, the interesting thing about much of the activity is the fact that...

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The Diversity See-Saw of SXSW

(2) Comments | Posted March 16, 2010 | 1:34 PM

As many people currently rush around deal making, networking, panel participating and tweeting at the big South By Southwest Conference (SXSW), it's important to pause just a moment to look not only at the large impact that the once little-conference-that-could has but also at how it plays into...

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Could Social Media Have Predicted Texas Primary Outcome?

(4) Comments | Posted March 3, 2010 | 6:14 AM

By now we all know the outcome of the recent Texas GOP gubernatorial primary; and Texas Governor Rick Perry has made it past the first hurdle. But as we look to further political races this year, current shake-ups with New York State Governor seat and any number of future activities...

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