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#MeTooButNotYou for Grammys

This year’s Grammy’s promised to be the most diverse Grammys ever!  There was lots of great music this year from a wide slate of artists, so it shouldn’t have been difficult to break the Grammy’s long tradition of marginalizing people of color, particularly in the Hip Hop community.  The night was looking good when Kendrick Lamar, current […]

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Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings.

Ursula K. Le Guin (2016). “Words Are My Matter: Writings About Life and Books, 2000-2016, with a Journal of a Writer’s Week”, p.115, Small Beer Press

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#Oscarsjustslightlylesswhite

This year’s Oscar nomination broke with tradition by being slightly more inclusive.  After 87 years of being racist, and a couple of years of openly discussing their racism, the Academy put forth a slate of nominees that had a couple folks more racially representative of the America we live in. Jordan Peele kicked the party off […]

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The Real Beauty Aisle

This week drugstore chain (and recipient of a fair share of my money) CVS announced that is will no longer allow photoshopped images on the beauty products it sells.  Any brand looking for shelf space will have to use images that are not retouched both on their products, and in-store marketing.  CVS’s own house brand […]

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Black Movie Ticket Sales Matter

Marvel’s much anticipated Black Panther is set to open February 16, but if you haven’t gotten your ticket yet you may find yourself out of luck.  Movie tickets went on sale this week and soon after began to sell out.  Even Black Panther star Lupita N’yongo found herself ticketless for opening night. @THR says @theblackpanther is @MarvelStudios best-selling […]

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How Not to Be H&M

If you heard a rumble in the jungle yesterday is was the internet coming full force at Swedish retailer H & M for this offensive ad selling a child’s sweatshirt: The ad was taken down after a twitterstorm of critique, 960,000 news articles and spokesperson The Weekend announced he was breaking up with the brand. […]

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