dailyphoto090826Remembering Aaliyah’s Legacy 8 Years On
One of the last hits from Aaliyah’s all-too-brief career was the track “More Than a Woman,” released posthumously from her self-titled third LP. The song and the video both showcased Aaliyah Dana Haughton, then 22, at her finest: flirty, reserved, sultry and, most importantly, it left listeners and viewers with a palpable sense that there was indeed more to come from this talented artist. Unfortunately, her life was tragically cut short when a plane carrying her and her entourage crashed shortly after takeoff. Her death — which occurred exactly eight years ago — still feels like it happened entirely too soon. (Continue Reading…)

Microsoft Edits Black Person Out of Ad; Everyone Offended
This is what racism in advertising looks like: Microsoft photoshopped a black man out of one of its ads targeting the Polish market (image below). Is this racist against black people or the Polish? Or both? You decide! Microsoft prepared two web sites touting its IT infrastructure software, one in English and one in Polish. The English one featured the usual politically correct rainbow coalition of smiling everymen: A white woman, a black man and an Asian man. The Polish site, however, featured a badly edited white man’s head sitting on top of the shirt collar of the man who was black in the English ad. (Here’s the English-language version of the site. Here’s the Polish-language version.) Microsoft apologized, and has already started a witchhunt internal inquiry to figure out who needs to be fired. (Continue Reading…)

Attorney Gives Jena 6 Teen Counsel, Chance at New Life
Jesse Ray Beard said he was constantly in trouble, even when he behaved. It took being accused of the racially charged attempted murder of a white classmate in the Deep South to turn his life around. Beard, 18, now interns at a New York law firm as he prepares for his senior year next month at Canterbury School, a Connecticut prep academy where Beard is highly regarded among peers and teachers. “I didn’t change the way I act. I didn’t do nothing different. It was just that I was at Canterbury instead of Jena,” he said. “It was like Jena was out to get me — and not just me, but other people, too.” If not for the controversy surrounding the Jena Six and the palpable racial tension in the Louisiana town, Beard never would have met the attorney who changed the course of Beard’s life by removing him from everything he knew. (Continue Reading…)

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