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Hip Hop Retreat Week was about bringing people that are aspiring as well as established together for the culture. Many media personalities, artists, producers, dj’s, hosts, industry professionals, and curators came together for the first annual hip hop retreat week in Brooklyn which lasted 5 days but had events before during and after for those who are like minded. I had the pleasure of being a panelist as well as a moderator during HHRW 2016, and i look forward to next year and all to come!

 

This is part one of the podcast panel, where we spoke about going beyond radio/podcasts, and about the latest tastemakers.

 

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ADVICE FOR ENTREPRENEURS
Indeed you might ask, how can an entrepreneur need advice from a fellow entrepreneur?

Well I will answer; because not all of the ones out have life and or business experience.

That being said I would like to share a few thoughts that may help others that currently freelance, own a small or large business, or are in plans to do so.

First bit of advice is regarding FOUNDATION!

In order to build yourself in your field you need to have a strong foundation, much like a house. if you’re weak you will need to be strong.

Your team reflects highly of who you are. You must also have a strong team.

Together you will excel and be able to meet your business goals and satisfy the goals in your business relationships.

Second; you need to have GOALS in order to meet them right?

Think about what drives you?, what motivates you? Then think about how you can achieve everything necessary to meet the goals you set. GOOD now that you’ve done so LISTEN UP.

INVEST IN YOURSELF, AND YOUR GOALS

If you want to be a professional be a damn good one. Research your profession or craft, invest in the thing that you need.

Things I advise are but not limited to; formal training in your craft or line of business, tools required such as software programs to utilize or equipment and or instruments if your profession requires them.

For example:

If you’re an actor take classes, obtain experience on set and off set (volunteer, network, and expand your knowledge while doing so) to then pursue paid work. Purchase different wardrobe options so that you may submit for different castings (nurse, doctor, cop, fireman, lawyer, etc) It will land you more options.

Obtain as much EXPERIENCE as you can, you will then be in high demand. In ANY form of business, this is important.

That being said, expanding on that need for experience in all businesses you can establish and maintain internships or apprenticeships where eventually you can then get a job referral based on the “show and prove” method. Show your WORK ETHIC prove you’re worthy.

Once you’ve established your existence in your business community begin to think about your next steps.

How can I create a steady income?

How can I obtain the tools I need for my goals moving forward?

Who can I offer my business to and how do I do so?

ETC.

EXTRA STEPS ONCE THE BALL IS ROLLING FOR YOU:

Protect yourself.

Protect your content.

What do I mean by “protect yourself and your content” ?

Obtain all individuals needed that will protect you and your business.

Lawyers specific to your business.

Legal ownership and rights to your content, so that all are protected.

and more.

TO BE CONTINUED.

-This is a small portion of my advice to anyone who is an entrepreneur. For more details, to ask me questions, or to seek referrals for anything i mentioned, please feel free to write me a message I will reply.

Thanks for reading!

JDM aka MividaJDM

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DYNASTY also known as the Prince of dancehall is a very talented artist originally from brooklyn, now residing in New Jersey. He is internationally known and still extremely humble. With the charm and appearance of a suave latino, he brings a Caribbean feel to the stage when he performs dancehall music. Our very own DYNASTY makes NY/NJ proud. We know him for having an amazing voice and a charismatic personality. It has been 3 years since our last interview chopping it up so I reached out to him for an update. Get to know the man behind the work. Check out the “Where are they now” write up by JDM featuring Dynasty below!

The Q&A to bring the fan base the 411! (Q =JDM A=DYNASTY) 

Q: What is your current project?

A: “My current project is my second mixtape ‘it’s about time Volume 2’. I’m also working on a new album for 2014.”

Q: What are your goals at this time?

A: “My current goal is to become the first and the biggest latin dancehall artist from New York to make it big”

Q: Who is your favorite artist or talented person at this time?

A: “Konshens, he is a reggae artist” 

Q: What is your favorite winter fashion?

A: “Timbs and hoodies like the 90s”

Q: What was your best moment in 2013?

A: “My best moment in 2013 was being with my grandmother for my birthday”

Q: Where can everyone hear your music and or download it?

A: ” Www.soundcloud.com/princeofdancehall ”

Q: The ladies want to know what the prince of dancehall’s current relationship status is!

A: “Single” 

There you have it! A little update on our friend DYNASTY!

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Sir Mic ‘I Can’t Help It’

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Bournemouth based multi-genre rapper / lyricist Sir Mic returns with the release of his brand new single ‘I Can’t Help It’. 

With four popular mixtapes (Mini Me Vol 1, 2 & 3 and Working Class Hero), a host of impressive support slots (including the likes of Tinie Tempah, So Solid Crew, DJ Cameo and DJ Semtex), and a vast feature discography under his belt, Sir Mic is well on his way to establishing himself as one of the finest rappers to come out of the south coast in a very long time.

Renowned for his distinct and diverse style, Sir Mic has the ability to work in a whole host of genres including hip hop, grime, dubstep and dance, and has even been approached for feature work by producers of the biggest dance compilation in the UK, Clubland Smashed, as well as the hotly tipped up and coming hip hop producer Stealf, who later asked the eclectic rapper to feature on his debut album alongside Jadakiss, Joell Ortiz, Ruste Juxx and many other US / UK heavyweights.

Sir Mic marked the beginning of 2011 with the release of his single ‘I Ain’t Going Anywhere’ (featuring Cynikal & Jasmine Knight), which went on to become a huge hit online with heavy press support and over 20,000 views on YouTube.

The south coast rapper now follows up his debut commercial release with an equally impressive effort titled ‘I Can’t Help It’. The piano driven, energetic instrumentation allows Sir Mic to tell an all too common tale of boozing on a weekend with effortless delivery, and the hands-in-the-air chorus line displays the rappers open mindedness when it comes to incorporating different musical tones in his music.

‘I Can’t Help It’ has the potential to become Sir Mic’s most successful release to date, because despite having enough lyrical substance to impress the purists, almost every British citizen between the ages of 18 and 30 can relate to the single’s subject matter. Accompanied by a brilliantly original video (shot in both first and third person in a host of rowdy Bournemouth clubs), ‘I Can’t Help It’ is sure to become another viral hit for Sir Mic, and mark another step on the ladder towards commercial acclaim.

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ABOVE I HAVE SHARED A BLOG ON SIR MIC, I WOULD LIKE TO SAY I FOUND OUT ABOUT SIR MIC VIA DIAS FROM LONDON HIS COLLEAGUE IN THE INDUSTRY. I AM VERY IMPRESSED BY HIS SKILL AND DEDICATION, AND LOOK FORWARD TO WATCHING HIM GROW IN THIS INDUSTRY! -JDM 

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Being an 80’s baby I naturally grew up extremely fond of all that is hip hop culture. From the art perception in Graffiti that some saw as vandalism, to the intriguing coordination of “popping and locking” and “rocking” that is known today as “Breaking”. My generation that being 18-25 years old, was molded by mainly Rock Steady Crew and RUN DMC and were blindly forgetting to pay homage and recognition to the originators and pioneers above them. There are “rocking” crews that are out now that are so unaware of their “ancestors” in the world of Hip Hop but claim that they are “the best” in their dance genre, and proceed with arrogance. It is unbelievable. I wish they could have attended and seen the unity and peace among these men, and all the originators of their favorite “moves” and or “styles”.

Many don’t realize it but Latino’s are originators or heavily involved in a lot of music and dance. The Bronx was the borough in New York City where TBB originated, it then became a world wide affair of people starting or joining “crews” of their own for the love of the culture. In 1998 I was in high school and what we called the “bruck up” and “heel and toe” etc.. are very similar to popping and locking and the footwork of the breakers. It just had a Caribbean flow to it mixing reggae with body language be it hostile or romantic. Body Language plays a major role in any form of dance, it tells a story with every movement and loops you into the person’s emotions as they go.

It was an honor to attend the first ever anniversary in 35 years to TBB aka The Bronx Boys Rocking crew and learn more about HIP HOP History on an up close and personal level. My invitation came from one of the original members of The Rock Steady Crew Johnny “Cheesecake” Barretto after my posting on Face book riling up my fan base to vote for RSC to teach me how to break live on camera!. He communicated with Aby who is the man behind all of this!!


He introduced me to the greats including but not limited to: The Zulu Nation, Black Spades, Pop Master Fabel VP of RSC, Trac 2 Star Child of Rock, TBB members, Rock Steady Crew, Ready to Rock, The Original Breakers, Ramel the MC, John Conzo, Tony Tone of Cold Crush Brothers, DJ Outlaw, DJ Juneski, B Boy Speedy, B Boy London, Straight Man, Rubber band, Graffiti artist and Designer Trace 2, Ness, Aby’s beautiful wife Ceci and so many more. I interviewed many of them live on camera and mingled as I absorbed a historical moment in HIP HOP History. I met the men who started what we call “break dancing” now and learned how they came to be and what their places are in society today. I can say they were all very inspiring and positive.

I attended both the anniversary held at The Betances Community Center as well as the celebration after party at “The Basement”, which was actually in the basement of a building in the Bronx where they keep Hip Hop alive. “The Basement” was a graffiti decorated room with a DJ Set Up, a Tiled floor for the “Breakers”, some great and talented people and great music. It passes for a very cool hip hop lounge in my book, something you could see in NYC nightlife. Kudos to the event coordinators and participants it was a great day for Jackie da Model. Thanks to that day I will be part of follow up events and part of Hip Hop History one moment at a time!. Peace and LOve .


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JACKIE SPEAKS SHOW SEPT 9TH 2010 WITH SPECIAL GUESTS:

SUPERMODEL MIGUEL PERDOMO, ARTIST JOHNNY MEDINA “J MCFLY”, AND ARTIST I AM PURE

According to our interview here is a little bit about each individual…you may also google them!

MIGUEL PERDOMO:
Perdomo now 28 years old, has been a male model for ten years. He began modeling after going to a phat farm casting with a friend and being chosen. It wasn’t planned. He started work with Diddy (Sean Puffy Combs) 6 years ago for Sean Jean Men’s Wear. His First agent was Drew..he moved on to 2 others after that. He is now with Ford Models Agency. YES as you can imagine he has been hit on by both women and men in the industry who tried to intervene with his work! “There are some Flames out there on the low” he said. His favorite shoot was the Louie Vuitton shoot in Dominican Republic because he got to visit his country of heritage plus flew his entire family to go with him. He was paid over 25k, that didn’t include the accommodating flights for himself and family. He does not speak to anyone directly for work, everything must go thru his manager. “Its all politics”-said Perdomo. The young Miguel Perdomo invested his time in Boxing and Basketball, now that he has an image to uphold the boxing had to be put on hold. He loved to fight in the ring or on the streets, but cannot risk any flaws to his face or body given his career. He is now waiting for a decision after a recent shoot for Polo done a lil over a month ago. When asked, he confirmed that he too is always anxious and doesn’t prefer to wait on getting pictures back..he enjoys being able to show them almost immediately (LIKE ME!) lol. In his spare time he works out a lot, and plays basketball when able. He has to control his weight gain and loss periodically so its very important that he attends the gym. He is also a fit-model for Foot Locker Corporate and Sean John. He agrees that most of the people in the industry have day jobs, because we need em!..Taxes are what kills you, and needing health insurance etc.. He and Johnny Medina met in 2008 when Johnny tried to sell him a tee shirt out of his trunk..they spoke about each others talents and then began working together Johnny for his music, Miguel for his Fashion and guidance..they are part of “The Justice League” a personal crew among their peers. Miguel Perdomo is single when asked his reply was “I’m always single”, “Moneys my girl” .. but also said “I am seeing someone, nothing serious yet”.

Johnny Medina has 2 singles out “Sunglasses at Night” and “Novella”. He says “You have to be really cool to wear your sunglasses at night”, Miguel adds “Yea, No white shoes guys” (to the uptown cats. Johnny calls himself “J. McFly” he has been doing music for 10-11 years now. He feels his single Novella was inspired by everyone who lives a “movie” like life, and women are also an influence to the song. Johnny is currently seeing someone..aaawwwww GIMMIE $20! lol.

I Am Pure singer of “Body Talk” single is currently finalizing editing on the music video for the song. The video was directed by Tat Wza of Hot 97 and Druski. When asked how long hes been doing music, he said awhile but he just recently dropped “Body Talk” in June and the feedback was remarkable. Body Talk was the hit that took off for him in his hometown NJ. He kept grinding, and had every NJ DJ playing the song so much that the on air DJs from out of town had no choice but to play his record. “In order to have a club poppin, you gotta play a PURE record”. The opening DJs would get such a crowd reaction that the closers (headliner DJs) asked the openers/hometown DJs about PUREs record personally. Getting the record played in all nightclubs is what lead to the radio play that he has today, the interviews, and the performance bookings. He looks like a rapper but is actually a singer, and loves that image. His inspiration for “Body Talk” record was for “Freedom of Expression” for all people of all types and ages. There is a possible remix in the works.. I predict a female on the track.. but right now we gonna have to say ALLEDGEDLY until he surprises us. PURE states ” People I stood in line for to buy their albums recognize me and have asked to work together, legendary people”-cant drop names on it tho. DJs that opened up for FLEX of HOT97 felt proud when the record was broken on air, as they had it and played it first..they felt as if they “made it” in a way thru the industry. “My people who held me down will get the remix and or next track first” said PURE. His hobbies include basketball, he is very aggressive on the courts and talks smack at 5’6” believe it or not. I challenged him live on air lol. He says Basketball is so NOW.. you have to play offense, defense and just act on it w/o time to stop. Pure is fresh out of a relationship, which he did value and is not looking but doesn’t deny that he would be interested if it came his way. His song was released and had nothing to do with his breakup FYI.

when we chatted about Facebook..the guys all agreed with my idea for a “Punch you in the face” option. Miguel wants a “I hate you” or a “dislike” button.

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PICTURES BELOW FROM OUR SHOW

JACKIE DA MODEL WITH I AM PURE

I AM PURE, MIGUEL PERDOMO, AND SUPER STAR BOOGIE

JOHNNY MEDINA AND MIGUEL PERDOMO

MIGUEL PERDOMO AND JACKIE DA MODEL

“Jackie Heard What!?”

Some industry Gossip and News!

by Jackie da Model

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In the latest lawsuits for “Its not yours its mine!” debates, and temper tantrums from hollywood:

Hip-hop star Pharrell Williams is battling an Italian fashion firm over his Ice Cream clothing line. He’s suing the Gilmar Group for blocking a trademark application on his brand name on grounds that it’s too similar to Gilmar’s Ice and Iceberg labels. The acclaimed music producer claims that adding the word “cream” — street slang for money — “creates a vastly different sound, appearance, meaning and overall commercial impression.” (AP)

Madonna and daughter Lourdes are being sued for her new “Material Girl” fashion line for teenagers by a California clothing company that says it has been using the name since 1997. They don’t want Madonna selling in same retail outlets nor at similar prices they wined about it not being fair! They told the judge they want her to fork over all teh profits asap! (Can you believe that..WTH!) Madonna teamed up with 13-year-old daughter Lourdes to design the 1980s-inspired line, which came from the pop star’s punk-girl style when she rose to fame and recorded the 1985 hit “Material Girl.” If anyone should have the name branded I think she should, hey Madonna.. just buy them out boo!

Taylor Lautner The “Twilight” teen actor is claiming “emotional distress,” fraud and “annoyance” after a $300,000 trailer he ordered to use while shooting a new movie failed to arrive on time. Lautner, 18, is seeking unspecified damages for the no-show vehicle, which was reportedly promised to him by June 21. Apparently, the trailer wasn’t “tricked out” to Lautner’s liking nor was it delivered on time. The RV was to be used while the actor filmed the movie “Abduction,” which co-stars Sigourney Weaver and Alfred Molina. (VIA AP)

CMON!!!!! This kid has more money than any 18 year old I know, is he really serious?… If I sued people every time they annoyed me I would be labeled Jackie the B*tch! I am envisioning a bunch of people attempting lawsuits over losing a game of checkers, hearing a baby crying or dog barking from neighbors house, and or having to work with an ugly co worker typical ANNOYANCE! HA..good luck sharkboy aka werewolf..
Celeb Suicide Attempts/Scares back to back!! :
Fantasia Barrino attempted suicide and said it was NOT an accident, after trying to overdose herself on August 9th with a bottle of aspirin she stated: “I was tired of people doing me wrong, constantly, over and over again, dealing with my family — my father, dealing with men and their [expletive] — I was tired,” she said. “My head was hurting me. I was over it.”

Timbaland scared the hell out of his family and fans! He text a family member while he was driving and said he was by a cliff and “tired of the stress”. He later called up Ryan Seacrest’s radio show and said he was not suicidal….wheeewwwwwww… stick around Tim we need you here in the music world!

GOSSIP!!:

Kimora Lee Simmons

Just days after Kimora released a statement saying she was moving on from Baby Phat, new reports have surfaced saying she was actually FIRED! Kimora Lee Simmons was “unceremoniously dumped” from Baby Phat, sources close to the ex-model said of her abrupt exit from the clothing company she founded with ex-husband Russell Simmons. Sources said Simmons is mulling a possible lawsuit against owner Kellwood. “She was blindsided that Kellwood fired everyone,” said one. But another Baby Phat insider it could have been a way to slash costs: “Kimora was going over-budget. She’d pay herself a fee to be in the ads, plus she paid her children fees to appear in ads. It costs thousands of dollars to airbrush her because she’s a size 10. Plus, they spent a ton of money on body doubles. They would shoot another model in the clothes, and take Kimora’s head and put in on her body.” Kellwood had no comment.
(written article via AP)

My take on this?.. She chose to leave because she knew there was trouble ahead you cant blame her, whether she was alledgedly fired or quit it was for the best because there are obviously some issues behind the scenes at that company. As for her children and herself.. they modeled for Baby Phat case closed. Whether pictures were shopped up to perfection or not they were still considered employees / models. I dont think anyone works for free, I believe that term is called VOLUNTEER work! So off to better endeavors! Go Kimora.. show us what you can do and gain americas hearts again.

Heidi Montag: Old news but reader worthy the famous Nip & Tuck Surgeon Dr. Frank Ryan passed away Aug 18th while tweeting and driving. He would have been the one his client Heidi Montag would run to for this new plan! She stated yesterday how she wished she hadn’t done so many surgeries. She said that her surgeries are part of what ruined her and Spencer Pratt’s marriage because he always had to take care of her and aside from that she looked horrible after going under the knife so much. She wants a breast reduction at this time and is considering going down to a semi normal size to balance out her body, after all big breasts come with drama! (I SHOULD KNOW)..back pain, oggling, custom clothes etc.. “My Boobs are crushing me” she told Life & Style. This woman went thru over 10 hours of surgery for perfection, and almost died from a Demerol OD during recovery. Demerol=Meperidine is used to relieve moderate to severe pain, it is in a class of medications called narcotic analgesics. A group of pain medications similar to morphine. At this time she doesn’t want to be in the lime light as a celebrity she said shed like to just “get out of Hollywood” and that she really doesn’t have any friends or family back home, its time for this chic to go on hiatus.. She also said she wont get anything done again, at least not for a long time.

Nicki Minaj: being compared to Lauren Hill (as a female emcee that sings and raps), Lil Kim and Foxy Brown (attitude, wigs, lyrical genre and carribean twists).. Who’s next?.. I think she has a little bit of every influence but at the end of the day she is Nicki Minaj and she is on the rise so let the girl rock!

Miss Universe / Jimena Navarrete: You can look but you can’t touch! She has a man so back up!!!! What did you think a strong, smart Latina like her wouldn’t be snatched up!? Think again fellas 🙂
Shakira: Is on thin ice for being a latin diva in the streets of Barcelona, she rode a motocycle without a helmet, danced in a public fountain and disrupted traffic while filming for her new video.

MUSIC TIME!!!!

TOP 10 Songs on Latin Billboard:
1. “Yerbatero” -Juanes

2. “Dime que me quieres” -Banda El Recodo

3. “Cuando me Enamoro” -Enrique Iglesias ft Juan Luis Guerra

4. “Alejate de Mi” -Camila

5. “El Malo” -Aventura

6. “Al Menos” -Original Banda el Limon de Salvador Lizarraga

7. “Nina de Mi Corazon” -La Arrolladora Banda el Limon de Rene Camacho

8. “Te Recordare” -El Trono De Mexico

9. “No Puedo Volver” -Intocable

10. “Amarte A La Antigua” -Pedro Fernandez

Colombian Hit List on Facebook

Posted: August 26, 2010 by JDM aka JACKIE SPEAKS in INTERNATIONAL, MEDIA

Colombia is already known for the inspiration to many films that portray “gangsta life” and “drug trafficking” etc.. the latest in the news is that Colombia has a crazy list rotating on facebook of Teenagers that were threatened. They were told leave colombia in 3 days or die. Check out CNN article below:

(CNN) — Three teens who were on a 69-name hit list posted on Facebook have been killed in the past 10 days in a southwestern Colombian town, officials say.

Police say they do not know who posted the list or why the names are on it.

“It is still not clear,” Colombian national police spokesman Wilson Baquero told CNN. “This is part of the investigation.”

But officials note that a criminal gang known as Los Rastrojos and a Marxist guerrilla group called the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia operate in the area.

The hit list on Facebook, which was posted August 17, gave the people named three days to leave the town of Puerto Asis or be executed, said Volmar Perez Ortiz, a federal official whose title is defender of the public.

Police at first thought the posting was a joke, Perez said in a statement issued Saturday. But the publication of a second list with 31 additional names led authorities to convene a special security meeting Friday, Perez said.

The posting of the lists and the meetings occurred after the first two killings, which took place August 15, Perez said.

On that day, officials say, 16-year-old student Diego Ferney Jaramillo and 17-year-old CD retailer Eibart Alejandro Ruiz Munoz were shot and killed while riding a motorcycle on the road between Puerto Asis and the town of Puerto Caicedo.

Both their names were later found on the first published hit list.

Also on the list was Norbey Alexander Vargas, 19, who was killed August 20, Perez said. Another young man, 16-year-old student Juan Pablo Zambrano Anacona, was wounded in the same incident when he gave chase to the assassins, Perez said.

Colombian media said Monday the number of those threatened has grown and panic has overtaken Puerto Asis, with some parents sending their children out of town because their names are on the Facebook notice.

The names of 31 women were posted on the other list, said Radio RCN, semana.com and other news outlets.

Residents have been overcome with “panic and anxiety,” several news outlets quoted Putumayo state official Andres Gerardo Verdugo as saying.

Several of those residents posted their concerns on Twitter, an online messaging site.

“Panic in Puerto Asis, Putumayo, because of threats against young people,” wrote a user who goes by JuanSepulvedah. “Our youth must be protected.”

Someone who posted under the name JulianEco brought up the Facebook connection.

“The situation in Puerto Asis is tenacious, that a social site be used to add fire to the Colombian conflict,” the post said.

Twitter user hugoparragomez likened the situation to the drug-fueled crime waves in other Colombian cities.

“What is happening in Puerto Asis, Putumayo, is grave, the same as in Medellin,” the tweet said. “Authorities should take control of the situation. Who is investigating?”

Still others inflated the death count.

“In Puerto Asis they have killed 20 young people threatened on Facebook and the authorities have not said anything,” wrote jesusmhenriquez “That is Colombia.”

Federal officials say they are taking the threats seriously and have sent investigators from Bogota, the nation’s capital, to Puerto Asis. Internet experts are among the investigators assigned to the case.

Authorities also are offering a reward of 5 million pesos (around $2,750) for information on the killings.

Perez, the federal defender of the public, noted that the Los Rastrojos criminal gang is active in Puerto Asis, “executing violent actions, resolving community conflicts, imposing living and conduct norms, intimidating and meting punishment against … drug sellers and consumers, sex workers, people with criminal and unlawful histories and threatening social leaders, business people, taxi drivers and motorcycle taxi drivers.”

Perez said the Marxist guerrillas, commonly known as the FARC, also are active in the remote area, which borders Ecuador.

Two Facebook representatives did not return a message Tuesday asking for comment.