A.J. Johnson takes credit for Rosie Perez and Jennifer Lopez’s big breaks


A.J. Johnson says she gave Rosie Perez and Jennifer Lopez their big breaks in Hollywood.

Johnson was originally chosen as the choreographer for “In Living Color’s” dance group, the Fly Girls — but she landed a role in iconic ’90s comedy “House Party” before “In Living Color” even went on the air.

“The schedules conflicted between ‘Living Color’ and ‘House Party,’ so [the show’s creator, Keenen Ivory Wayans,] was like, ‘You have to choose.’ And I said, ‘OK. I’ll play the lead in a movie,’ ” she told Page Six. “And I said, ‘I’ll do you one even greater — I’ll find you my replacement so you’re not missing anything.’”

Johnson said that she knew Perez “from dancing in the city” and called her to tell her she could have the gig. “But then Keenen said, ‘And I want you to replace yourself as a dancer as well.’” So Johnson said she called Perez again and said, “‘Rosie, bring the heavy chick — the Puerto Rican girl’ — and that was Jennifer.”
Perez had already starred in “Do the Right Thing” by then, but “Living Color” made her — and Lopez — household names.

Johnson stars in the new show “Stuck With You” on UMC.


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Mom goes viral for making her kid do pushups as punishment


A Texas mom forged a surprising friendship with a stranger thanks to a viral Facebook post and some pushups.

Mom of two Molly Wooden took her kids to the Hobby Lobby bathroom in Killeen, Texas and noticed a 10-year-old boy giving his mom attitude.

In return for his bad behavior, the mom ordered her son to drop to the ground and give her 10 pushups. Wooden snapped a photo to show her husband.

“I was in awe,” she tells The Post. She posted it to her 950 or so Facebook friends, writing, “As your son gave you the back talk of the century, you stayed calm and collected.”


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Israeli forces attack Palestinians determined to defend their land


Ramallah, Feb 28 (Prensa Latina) Israeli forces on Friday attacked Palestinians stationed on a mountain in the West Bank city of Nablus, to prevent settlers from occupying the territory, clashes in which about 40 people were wounded, WAFA news agency reported.

Tel Aviv regime soldiers opened fire on dozens of villagers, some of whom were taken to hospitals for treatment, including a 16-year-old teenager who was shot, the source said.

Those clashes occur a few days after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced the construction of thousands of settlements (for settlers) on Palestinian lands, particularly in Har Homa and Givat Hamatos.

The recent decision by the head of government to reactivate the controversial E1 project, referring to the construction of about 3,000 homes within a key area, caused special concern.

If this program is implemented, it could divide the West Bank in two sides, and it would hamper the establishment of a visible and continuous Palestinian state, politicians and activists denounced.

The conflict between both parties raised their voice after the so-called Deal of the Century was presented by US President Donald Trump, with Israel’s consent.


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Google and Microsoft leave China for Southeast Asia, says Nikkei


Hanoi, Feb 28 (Prensa Latina) Google and Microsoft are taking accelerated steps to move their productions from China to Southeast Asia because of the spread of the new coronavirus in that country, media reports quoting the Nikkei Asian Review refer here.

Hanoi, Feb 28 (Prensa Latina) Google and Microsoft are taking accelerated steps to move their productions from China to Southeast Asia because of the spread of the new coronavirus in that country, media reports quoting the Nikkei Asian Review refer here.

A report from VNA, the Vietnamese news agency, indicates that among the places where the investments of those two giants will end up is the Indochinese nation.

The presumption seems right because sources who preferred to remain anonymous told Nikkei that in April Google will start producing its Pixel 4A smart phone in Vietnam, and in the second half of the year, the Pixel 5 in the country itself.

Other sources ‘familiar with the matter’ revealed to the influential Japanese newspaper that Microsoft plans to start producing its Surface line in Vietnam, including laptops and desktops, in the second quarter of this year or shortly thereafter.

Hanoi, Feb 28 (Prensa Latina) Google and Microsoft are taking accelerated steps to move their productions from China to Southeast Asia because of the spread of the new coronavirus in that country, media reports quoting the Nikkei Asian Review refer here.

A report from VNA, the Vietnamese news agency, indicates that among the places where the investments of those two giants will end up is the Indochinese nation.

The presumption seems right because sources who preferred to remain anonymous told Nikkei that in April Google will start producing its Pixel 4A smart phone in Vietnam, and in the second half of the year, the Pixel 5 in the country itself.

Other sources ‘familiar with the matter’ revealed to the influential Japanese newspaper that Microsoft plans to start producing its Surface line in Vietnam, including laptops and desktops, in the second quarter of this year or shortly thereafter.

Almost all of Google’s smart phones and Microsoft-built computers have been manufactured in China.

But the trade war between the United States and China, and now COVID-19 led many companies to consider the risks of excessive dependence on the Asian giant.

‘The unexpected coronavirus coup will definitely push electronics manufacturers to seek more production capacity outside their traditional and profitable base in China,’ an unidentified supply chain executive told Nikkei.

According to the Japanese newspaper, Google and Microsoft declined to comment on the issue.

The truth is that Vietnam, despite having borders and intense commercial traffic with China, is one of the countries that have most successfully dealt with the contagious: only 16 positive cases, all promptly detected and treated and already hospital discharge.

Vietnamese laws regarding foreign investments are very flexible and, on the other hand, the country seems to have sufficient skilled labor force to meet the requirements of new technologies and the cost of labor is highly competitive.


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How coronavirus benefits Netflix and other ‘in-home’ services


“What would people do if stuck inside all day?”

Amid fears over a global economic slowdown from the widening coronavirus outbreak, companies like Netflix that provide in-home services are best positioned to withstand the storm or even see upside from the crisis, according to industry analysts.

Netflix “is an obvious beneficiary if consumers stay home due to coronavirus (COVID-19 virus) concerns, and this has been reflected in considerable stock price outperformance this week,” BMO Capital Market analyst Dan Salmon wrote in a research note Friday.

Netflix shares are up 0.8% this week through market close Thursday, amid the worst sell-off on Wall Street in nearly nine years over fears that a broader spread of the coronavirus may lead to a worldwide recession. The S&P 500 index has plunged 8.3% this week through Feb. 27.

In addition to Netflix, other tech companies catering to internet-connected consumers at home that could benefit from coronavirus include Facebook, Amazon, Peloton and Slack, according to MKM Partners analyst JC O’Hara. “We tried to identify what products/services/companies would potentially benefit in a world of quarantined individuals,” O’Hara wrote in a note Thursday, per CNBC. “What would people do if stuck inside all day?”


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