Daily Archives: April 17, 2017

Gucci’s New Ads, Featuring All African-American Models, Under Fire for Treating ‘Black Soul as Drag’ |Heat Street

It’s tough for advertisers to win these days.Last week, Gucci unveiled its newest ad campaign, featuring exclusively black models and inspired by black art and youth culture. Nonetheless, the images almost immediately came under fire. They were denounced as cultural exploitation and “soul drag.”High fashion has been increasingly criticized for its lack of diversity—and Gucci’s casting director recently said outright that his brand had a problem. The ad campaign was an effort to “reset the damage done and start the business back on the road of inclusiveness,” he said.In a news release announcing the pre-fall 2017 ad campaign, Gucci said it pays homage to international black culture in the 1960s. The brand’s inspirations included Malick Sidibé, a photographer from Mali whose photos depicted the ‘60s party scene; London’s recent “Made You Look” exhibit, which featured photos of “Dandyism and Black Masculinity”; and Britain’s Northern Soul movement.

Source: Gucci’s New Ads, Featuring All African-American Models, Under Fire for Treating ‘Black Soul as Drag’ |Heat Street

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Robert Taylor, “The Pioneer Who Helped Us Create The Internet”, Dies At 85

Sir Tim Berners-Lee created the world wide web but we are able to use the web because of the American computer scientist Robert Taylor, aka Bob Taylor, who helped the world create the internet. On April 13, the pioneer aged 85 took his last breath at this house in Woodside, California.Most of you might be knowing the internet is a successor of ARPANET which was the brainchild of Taylor. He was able to persuade the then ARPA director into investing in a network project that would combine various ARPA-funded projects which were physically isolated from each other.Taylor supervised the development of ARPANET between 1965 and 1969 before moving to Xerox. Initially, he as an associate manager at a research facility (PARC) in Palo Alto. During Taylor’s tenure, Xerox was able to plug their internal network with the ARPANET. This was accompanied by computers with graphical user interfaces.

Source: Robert Taylor, “The Pioneer Who Helped Us Create The Internet”, Dies At 85

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Company Sells Twigs as Revolutionary “Raw Toothbrushes” 

The msiwak twigs sold by Yoni are packaged in a plastic bag and comes with a plastic test tube to be carried around in. The raw toothbrushes “full of minerals and vitamins” can be used to clean your teeth pretty much anytime and anywhere. They remineralize tooth enamel, prevent tooth decay, whiten teeth, maintain PH at healthy levels and leave your breath smelling fresh.All of the above claims are true, but those who have been familiar with the benefits of using miswak twigs since forever have a problem with the way the company has appropriated a millennia-old cultural product and the price it is being sold for.

Source: Company Sells Twigs as Revolutionary “Raw Toothbrushes” | Oddity Central – Collecting Oddities

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8-Yr-Old Drives To McDonald’s After Learning To Drive On YouTube

Photo: Bernd Vogel (Getty)When I was eight I’m pretty sure that I was still trying to figure out how to hit a baseball that wasn’t siting perfectly still on a tee. But what is the kid in this story doing at eight? Oh, he’s just driving around and picking up chicks. Actually, he’s just driving his sister to McDonald’s.According to police, an 8-year-old boy in Eastern Ohio watched videos on YouTube on how to drive, and then got him and his 4-year-old sister in his father’s van, and simply took off. The incident occurred this past Sunday at 8 p.m. after their parents went to sleep. So now the question is what adult under the age of 70 is going to sleep at 8?

Source: 8-Year-Old Drives To McDonald’s After Learning How To Drive On YouTube

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Raining Pitchforks: Artist Lures Visitors Under 300 Spikey Forks of Doom 

When someone exclaims “It’s raining pitchforks and hammer handles out there” they rarely mean it quite so literally. Dubbed The Crusher, this installation sounds as much like a pro wrestler or horror movie as a piece of art. And as the ominous name suggests: it is something to be awed … and perhaps at least a little bit feared.

Source: Raining Pitchforks: Artist Lures Visitors Under 300 Spikey Forks of Doom | Urbanist

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New York teens are too busy playing video games to have sex 

Sure, New York City parents still worry about their teens having sex, drinking and smoking — but the kids are far more interested in smartphones and video games like Pokémon and Grand Theft Auto, a new survey has found.Nearly half of city teens — 45.6 percent — spend at least three hours a day playing their computer or video games, according to the 2015 biennial Youth Risk Behavior Survey conducted by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.That’s up from 41.7 percent in 2013 and 28.1 percent in 2005. The city teen rate of game-playing is 4 points higher than the national average.

Source: New York teens are too busy playing video games to have sex | New York Post

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University of Wisconsin-Madison offers free tampons in men’s bathrooms

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is rolling out a new pilot program to provide free menstrual products in several of its campus bathrooms — including some men’s restrooms.The public university will offer the women’s hygiene products in three campus buildings. In two of them, Helen C. White and Sterling halls, the products will be available in all of the women’s restrooms, said Steve Wagner, a spokesman for the school, in an email to The College Fix.But in a third venue, the Red Gym, the products will be available in all of the building’s bathrooms, he said.

Source: University of Wisconsin-Madison offers free tampons in men’s bathrooms – The College Fix

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Police: Man Wanted For Broadcasting Killing On Facebook Live 

Cleveland’s police chief says a manhunt is underway for a suspect they say killed a man and then posted a video of the killing on Facebook.Police Chief Calvin Williams said Sunday that he’s urging Steve Stephens to turn himself in and not to “do anymore harm to anybody.”

Source: Police: Man Wanted For Broadcasting Killing On Facebook Live « CBS Pittsburgh

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