This Is What 200 Calories Looks Like
Adele Peters, fastcoexist.com
Guess what: 200 calories of carrots is a whole lot different than 200 calories of a candy bar.Unless you’re a seri­ous ath­lete or on a seri­ous diet, you prob­a­bly have no idea how many calo­ries you ate yes­ter­day at lunch. That’s true even…

Amazing visuals. In comparison to the rest, the peanut butter is scrawny. Yummy and scrawny.

This Is What 200 Calories Looks Like
Adele Peters, fastcoexist.com

Guess what: 200 calories of carrots is a whole lot different than 200 calories of a candy bar.

Unless you’re a seri­ous ath­lete or on a seri­ous diet, you prob­a­bly have no idea how many calo­ries you ate yes­ter­day at lunch. That’s true even…

Amazing visuals. In comparison to the rest, the peanut butter is scrawny. Yummy and scrawny.

"This Is Who We Are Now:" Why Aerie Stopped Retouching The Models In Its Ads
BY JEFF BEER, fastcocreate.com
The American Eagle offshoot has staked its entire brand image on more truth in fashion advertising.Adver­tis­ing has long been a realm of the unat­tain­able image. That house is too per­fect. That fam­i­ly too happy. That car too damn clean. Bu…

"This Is Who We Are Now:" Why Aerie Stopped Retouching The Models In Its Ads
BY JEFF BEER, fastcocreate.com

The American Eagle offshoot has staked its entire brand image on more truth in fashion advertising.

Adver­tis­ing has long been a realm of the unat­tain­able image. That house is too per­fect. That fam­i­ly too happy. That car too damn clean. Bu…

Buy It Like Beckham? H&M Plans Interactive Super Bowl Ad
Todd Wasserman, mashable.com
Clothing retailer H&M will go the extra yard during this year’s Super Bowl with an ad that lets viewers not only ogle David Beckham, but also buy his underwear.Viewers with Samsung Smart TVs will be able to use their remote controls to buy product…

It’d be more awesome if David Beckham delivered the package in his undies.

Buy It Like Beckham? H&M Plans Interactive Super Bowl Ad
Todd Wasserman, mashable.com

Clothing retailer H&M will go the extra yard during this year’s Super Bowl with an ad that lets viewers not only ogle David Beckham, but also buy his underwear.Viewers with Samsung Smart TVs will be able to use their remote controls to buy product…

It’d be more awesome if David Beckham delivered the package in his undies.

Google Doodle Honors Seminal African American Literary Figure
Rachel Pincus, psfk.com
Zora Neale Hurston is memorialized on the search homepage today.

Got a new job about six months and took a break from posting. It’s a new year. I’m back. 

Shocked, yet happy to see this Zora Neale Hurston tribute from Google.

Google Doodle Honors Seminal African American Literary Figure
Rachel Pincus, psfk.com

Zora Neale Hurston is memorialized on the search homepage today.

Got a new job about six months and took a break from posting. It’s a new year. I’m back. Shocked, yet happy to see this Zora Neale Hurston tribute from Google.

Reflection on the George Zimmerman Trial

George Zimmerman’s acquittal is not surprising.

Like in PR, storytelling is key to a lawyer’s success. In this case, the prosecution team failed to provide a narrative that would lead the jury to convict Zimmerman of second-degree murder. Clearly, Zimmerman tracked, engaged and killed a 17-year-old who was walking home from the store. The teenager raised his suspicion because the young man fit Zimmerman’s idea of a criminal, and Zimmerman felt threatened. The prosecution by intent or perhaps lack of skill failed to educate the jurors how this racial profiling without a doubt led to Trayvon Martin’s death.

In moving forward, we need conversations and actions to confront the racism embedded in our nation’s institutions and public policies. The legal system allowed Zimmerman to go freely on February 26, 2012 and July 13, 2013.

Circumstances like this trial inspire any number of actions, but self-reflection isn’t one of them. Whatever the troubling rationales for Zimmerman’s behavior, they’ll remain subsumed by the drama in the courtroom and the inevitable tide of recrimination in the wake of the verdict, whatever it is. Each side will take up their defensive positions, but, no matter what happens, we’ll still find ourselves witness to an undeclared war on crime and our own fears, one led by private citizens and in which a seventeen-year-old became collateral damage.
Jelani Cobb, columnist for The New Yorker, did a masterful job providing insight into the trial of George Zimmerman. In its aftermath, I find this quote from “Zimmerman, Everyman" (written before the verdict) key to understanding the aftermath and rhetoric from both sides.

No, These Racist ‘Asian’ Names Aren’t Really the Pilots of Asiana Flight 214 Alexander Abad-Santos, theatlanticwire.com
If some­one came up and told you the name of the pilot fly­ing Asiana Flight 214, which crash-landed at San Fran­cis­co Inter­na­tion­al Air­port on Sat­ur­day, was “Cap­tain Sum Ting Wong” you’d call him out on an offen­sive joke, right?…

Really? Someone at the station let this be aired apparently without sounding out the names. When there are calls for people of color in newsrooms and in management positions in these newsrooms, this is the type of ignorance we hope to avoid.

No, These Racist ‘Asian’ Names Aren’t Really the Pilots of Asiana Flight 214
Alexander Abad-Santos, theatlanticwire.com

If some­one came up and told you the name of the pilot fly­ing Asiana Flight 214, which crash-landed at San Fran­cis­co Inter­na­tion­al Air­port on Sat­ur­day, was “Cap­tain Sum Ting Wong” you’d call him out on an offen­sive joke, right?…

Really? Someone at the station let this be aired apparently without sounding out the names. When there are calls for people of color in newsrooms and in management positions in these newsrooms, this is the type of ignorance we hope to avoid.

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