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H&M receives Backlash over controversial Product Shot… again

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In January 2018, H&M came under fire after a product shot on the Swedish fast-fashion brand’s UK site used a black child to advertise a hoodie that says “coolest monkey in the jungle.”

The retail giant issued a corporate apology that still people dissatisfied and angry.

The aftermath resulted in a major decline in sales and practically tarnished the brand’s reputation, particularly with the Black community.

As the company attempted to restructure its internal culture throughout 2019, H&M has dropped the ball again according to some.

A new uproar has sparked across social media over one of H&M’s “Back to School” product shots. The theme focuses on every day after school appearances of school kids, highlighting a more natural-unkept look. The keyword being unkept.

One of the shots listed on the brand’s e-commerce site features a Back child with her natural hair undone. While it was intended to mesh with the narrative being sold to customers, some feel it looks like the model’s hair wasn’t combed at all compared to the models of other races.

One social media user even took it upon himself to retouch her hair using photoshop her to provide an example of how the styling during the shoot should have been handled.

On the contrary, others feel this is a prime example of the Black community displaying self-hate for their natural tresses.

The company commented via Twitter this morning: “We truly believe that all kids should be allowed to be kids. The school[-]aged kids who model for us come to the photo studio in the afternoon after school and we aim for a natural look which reflects that.”

What are your thoughts? Is the outrage necessary or is H&M at fault?

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Mark Cuban’s Solution to NBA Suspension over Coronavirus

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Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is making arrangements to financially support the team, employees and arena workers who won’t be able to work due to the NBA’s suspended season amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cuban has not provided the specifics or his emergency plan, but he revealed during a press conference on Wednesday that he has “already started the process of having a program in place” to pay workers whose household income is dependent upon NBA game days.

“It’s stunning, but we are where we are,” Cuban said, according to ESPN. “We have to be smart in how we respond. This is people’s lives at stakes. This isn’t about basketball; this isn’t about the Mavericks. This isn’t about when do we start, do we start? Or how do we start? This is a pandemic, a global pandemic where people’s lives are at stake. I’m a lot more worried about my kids and my mom, who is 82 years old — in talking to her and telling her to stay in the house — than when we play in our next game.”
Cuban added that the Mavericks’ program might require employees to do “volunteer work.”

“I reached out … to find out what it would cost to financially support people who aren’t going to be able to come to work.”

Amid the Mavericks 113-97 win over the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday, league officials learned that Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz had tested positive for COVID-19. The Jazz’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder was subsequently postponed, and shortly after the NBA was suspending play until further notice.

During the Mavericks’ game on Wednesday, sideline cameras captured Cuban’s stunned reaction to the news that the NBA would not play games until further notice.

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Puerto Rico Fires 2 more Officials over Supplies found in Warehouse

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“There have been actions by government officials that have been completely unacceptable,” Vázquez said Sunday. She had ordered an investigation into the warehouse of supplies and nominated Puerto Rican National Guard chief Major General José J. Reyes to replace Acevedo.

Vázquez met earlier Sunday with members of her administration and they were unable to provide information she had requested about other collection and distribution centers, according to The Associated Press. She didn’t elaborate on firing Gil and Andújar, but said she had lost confidence in them.

“There are thousands of people who have made sacrifices to help those in the south, and it is unforgivable that resources were kept in the warehouse,” Vázquez said in a statement Sunday.

On Sunday, Ponce Mayor María Meléndez expressed her dismay at the situation.

“I spent several days requesting cots and water,” Meléndez said. “They sent me to Cabo Rojo for the cots and to San Juan for the water. If I had known that those supplies were there, I would have demanded that they be taken out immediately.”

When Vázquez was asked about not knowing the supplies were at the warehouse, she replied, “That’s what the head of agencies are for … to inform the governor.”

Acevedo said on Saturday that it was “insane” to imply the aid was mishandled. 

Acevedo said in a statement that after the earthquake, the warehouse had been inspected by a structural engineer who “recommended emptying it due to the damage suffered after the event.” According to Acevedo, the Fire Department Bureau removed and distributed aid from the warehouse to those affected by the earthquakes. 

“There are still pallets of food, water, diapers, and baby formula, cots and awnings in the warehouse. At no time has it been ordered to seize or destroy those items,” reads his statement.

Puerto Rico emergency supplies in Ponce warehouse
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“It is of utmost importance to emphasize that no citizen has been denied any of the items stored at the warehouse,” he said. “At the moment there is no shortage of any of these articles and they are being distributed to the people who need it, this may be corroborated in the shelters and base camps.”

“The citizen who entered the property today, and shared the images on social networks, violated the security perimeter, which in turn, represented a risk for him. For this reason he was instructed to leave the area. Any personnel entering that structure, which is compromised, requires specific security measures to ensure their safety.”Trump signs declaration of disaster for Puerto Rico 9 days after request

A 4.7 magnitude earthquake hit Puerto Rico on December 28, kicking off a series of seismic events on the island. More than 2,000 tremors have occurred since the original quake, leaving the island’s three million people in fear, and wanting for aid. 

Puerto Ricans were waiting to see if President Trump would sign a major disaster declaration to authorize the much needed aid. Nine days after Vázquez submitted the request, the president signed the declaration. One day prior, the Trump administration released $8.2 billion in heavily restricted aid to the island.

Source: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/puerto-rico-supplies-warehouse-governor-wanda-vazquez-fires-2-more-officials-over-viral-video-showing-aid-2020-01-19/

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Bill Cosby’s publicist dubbed Eddie Murphy as “Hollywood slave” after SNL joke

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Bill Cosby’s publicist unloaded on Eddie Murphy, 58, labeling him as a “Hollywood slave” following a skit where he poked fun at his client during the comedic veteran’s return to Saturday Night Live.

“If you would have told me 30 years ago that I would be this boring, stay-at-home… dad and Bill Cosby would be in jail, even I wouldn’t have took that bet,” Murphy scoffed during the performance.

He then furthers the joke on Cosby, quipping: “Who is America’s Dad now?”

Amid receiving raving reviews by the SNL audience and critics, Cosby’s publicist Andrew Wyatt slammed Murphy in a vicious statement, calling the star out for playing a role in “the destruction of black men in Hollywood”.

“Mr. Cosby became the first black to win an Emmy for his role in I Spy, and Mr. Cosby broke color barriers in the entertainment industry, so that blacks like Eddie Murphy, Dave Chappell [sic], Kevin Hart and et al, could have an opportunity to showcase their talents for many generations to come,” Wyatt cited.

“It is sad that Mr. Murphy would take this glorious moment of returning to SNL and make disparaging remarks against Mr. Cosby. One would think that Mr. Murphy was given his freedom to leave the plantation so that he could make his own decisions, but he decided to sell himself back to being a Hollywood slave.”

He continued: “Stepin Fetchit plus cooning equals the destruction of black men in Hollywood. Remember, Mr. Murphy, that Bill Cosby became legendary because he used comedy to humanize all races, religions, and genders; but your attacking Mr. Cosby helps you embark on just becoming clickbait.

“Hopefully, you will be amenable to having a meeting of the minds conversation, in order to discuss how we can use our collective platforms to enhance black people rather than bringing all of us down together.”

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