Protests Shutter a Show That Cast White Singers as Black Slaves

“Slav,” a show featuring white singers performing black slave songs, has been canceled at the Montreal International Jazz Festival following criticism of cultural appropriation.
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How NFL players, teams put action behind their protests

Many NFL players and teams made efforts behind the scenes to go beyond taking a knee during the anthem, working together to make a positive impact.
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Celebrities Drive Social Media Mentions Amid Gun Control Protests

This weekend’s March for Our Lives gun control protests generated strong social media traffic, according to analytics firm Talkwalker, which tracked posts in a 24-hour period through to Saturday at 3 p.m. Eastern time.
Within that period, there were more than 2 million social posts related to the protests, and the firm noted that celebrities helped drive the bulk of the traffic. According to #NeverAgain, organizers of the protests, which was in response to a school shooting in Florida last month, there were over 800 separate events held with most kicking off at noon local time on Saturday.
In Washington, organizers estimated over 500,000 participants. Celebrities in attendance who spoke and performed included Miley Cyrus and Jennifer Hudson. In New York City, Paul McCartney spoke to participants, encouraging their cause, according to media reports.
Talkwalker said the top social post on Saturday, March 24 was from Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson with an Instagram post that had over 400,000 likes. By Sunday morning, the post had over 1.1 million likes.
“I’ll always stand for open dialogue and action – it’s the only way to ensure bad history doesn’t repeat itself,” Johnson said in the post. “When it comes to protecting our children, all bets are off

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Rihanna Protests Ad on Snapchat That Mocks Domestic Violence

“This advertisement is disgusting and never should have appeared on our service,” said a Snapchat spokesperson.
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Reid: I’m still unsigned because of protests

Free-agent safety Eric Reid, who played the past five seasons with the 49ers, says that his kneeling during the national anthem has kept him from securing any offers from other teams.
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Fashion Review: Playing It Safe Amid the Protests

Armani, Cavalli and Ferragamo sent out classic styles but Versace took a chance by pairing styles with matching scarves.
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Sources: Amid protests, Vols won’t hire Schiano

After public outcry and campus protests — including government officials protesting on Twitter — Tennessee will no longer hire Greg Schiano as the Volunteers’ next football coach, sources tell ESPN’s Chris Low.
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Overexposure, Not Anthem Protests, Blamed for NFL’s Ratings Woes

Media executives are rallying around an explanation for the NFL’s declining TV ratings: too much football available in too many places. Meanwhile, there is no evidence of a red-state boycott over national anthem protests.
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Samantha Bee Skewers Fox News’ Hypocrisy Over NFL Protests

“For black people, professional success doesn’t come with a ‘get out of racism free’ card.”
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Trump weighs in on NFL protests, yet again: 'Great anger'

Tuesday morning brought three more NFL-related tweets, in which President Trump seized on TV ratings and the Cowboys’ decision to take a knee before the anthem.



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Trump Calls for NFL Boycott in Continued Criticism of Anthem Protests

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump continued his attacks on the NFL and players who have staged protests during the National Anthem, calling for a boycott unless they “stop disrespecting our flag and country.” In a series of tweets on Sunday morning, Trump wrote that if fans refuse to go to games until players stop the… Read more »

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Ed Sheeran and U2 cancel concerts amid protests

U2 and Ed Sheeran have both cancelled concerts in St Louis, Missouri, citing security concerns with protests in the city.
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This Bar in Brooklyn Sparked Gentrification Protests

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Photographs from ‘A Day Without Women’ and Women’s Protests Around the World

On International Women’s Day, women around the world are participating in “A Day Without Women,” a strike designed to show women’s impact on the global economy. One estimate by the Center for American Progress found that if every woman in the U.S. refused to work, it would cost the country $ 21 billion in GDP for a single day, or $ 7.6 trillion for an entire year.

Many of those who cannot take a day off of work are wearing red or patronizing only female-owned establishments. Organizers are asking men to care for children and support family-oriented policies at work. And in cities across America and the globe, women are rallying for equal pay and equal rights. Here are images from the protests and strikes.

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Commanding Photos Chronicle 20 Years Of Protests In New York

Donald Trump’s presidency has fueled a surge of new activists, eager to defend the rights of immigrants, Muslims, women, children, LGBTQ individuals and all who feel threatened by the current administration. Protests have sprung up in cities across the nation since his inauguration, demonstrating that power exists not just in the White House but on the streets.

Images of marches, rallies and demonstrations of all kinds are, today, relentlessly documented and shared on social media, endowing ephemeral happenings with permanent, material form. Yet long before the internet, protests were still part of the fabric of American democracy, and devoted photojournalists ensured that activist uprisings were not easily forgotten. The main difference, however, is that most of these pre-internet photos remain largely unseen. 

An exhibition titled “Whose Streets? Our Streets!” on view at the Bronx Documentary Center honors the legacy of protest photography in New York, zooming in on the years between 1980 and 2000. The show, featuring the work of 37 independent photojournalists, is co-curated by Meg Handler, former photo editor of The Village Voice; historian Tamar Carroll, author of Mobilizing New York: AIDS, Antipoverty and Feminist Activism; and Michael Kamber, founder of the Bronx Documentary Center (BDC).

The exhibition picks up in 1980, when New Yorkers were grappling with economic upheaval, shifting demographics, the AIDS crisis, the culture wars, environmental unease, and the ongoing struggle for equal rights. Many of the issues precipitating these images ― from police brutality to gentrification to a woman’s right to choose ― are still being fought out in the streets today. 

“Whose Streets?” features snapshots from a variety of moments, causes and perspectives. The photograph above, for example, shot by Ricky Flores in Brooklyn in 1990, depicts a crowd of predominantly white men deriding a black protest. The demonstration occurred after Bensonhurst resident Keith Mondello, a white man, was acquitted of murder after shooting 16-year-old Yusef Hawkins, who was black.

Hawkins had gone to the mostly Italian Brooklyn neighborhood to look at a used car, and was attacked and shot to death by a mob of eight white men. Although Mondello was considered the ringleader of the group, he did not fire the fatal shot, and thus was convicted only on lesser counts. Black protesters took to the streets in defiance of the verdict, and the photo depicts white Bensonhurst residents mocking the demonstrators, with one man holding a watermelon above his head. 

Nina Berman’s 1989 photo above depicts pro-choice protestors as they stormed the Brooklyn Bridge on July 3, 1989. The march occurred just after the Supreme Court ruled to “uphold a Missouri state ban on the use of public employees and facilities for performing abortions,” reversing elements of Roe v. Wade. Police arrested 24 pro-choice advocates that day, including activist Mary Lou Greenberg, marking a crucial moment in the battle for reproductive rights.

Certain elements of the featured photos distinguish them from the more contemporary crop scattered across various social media feeds and timelines. The style of police uniforms, outdated haircuts, the overwhelming lack of smartphones being brandished in the air. Yet, for the most part, these scenes could just as well be taking place today, when the majority of social injustices plaguing our country are just as prevalent as they were over 30 years ago. 

For the many people today still learning how to incorporate acts of resistance into their daily lives, head to the Bronx Documentary Center to see how people have been showing up and speaking out for decades. The photographs depict anger, resolution, hope and solidarity, written on the faces and bodies of countless individuals whose names often go unrecognized. The images, however, will ensure they’re not forgotten. 

“Whose Streets? Our Streets! New York City: 1980–2000” is on view at the Bronx Documentary Center until March 5, 2017.

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Political protests to dominate the Oscars

The head of the Academy Awards has told Sky News she supports stars who make political statements from the Oscars stage.
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Polanski pulls out of ‘French Oscars’ after protests

Roman Polanski recently fought off efforts by the US to extradite him from his native PolandDirector Roman Polanski pulled out of his role Tuesday as the honorary host of the "French Oscars" — the Cesars — after pressure from women's groups and the government over his child rape case. The controversy over his appearance at the Cesars ceremony next month, where he would have given the opening speech, "deeply saddened Roman Polanski and affected his family," his lawyer Herve Temime said in a statement. Leading French feminist group Osez le feminisme ("Dare to be Feminist") had called the decision by the French Academy of Cinema Arts and Techniques to invite Polanski "shameful" and urged people to protest outside.



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Women’s March on Washington Protests President Trump: Watch Live

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A sea of pink pussycat hats and homemade protest signs descended on the Capitol Saturday as hundreds of thousands of demonstrators gathered for the Women’s March on Washington. The crowds were several blocks deep on Independence Avenue near the Smithsonian Institution complex. Women and plenty of men journeyed from around the country… Read more »

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Bill Cosby Met With Protests At Denver Show

Protesters descended on a Denver theater hosting a pair of Bill Cosby comedy performances on Saturday night, chanting “Turn back Cosby,” “Rape is not a joke,” in response to the numerous accusations of sexual assault by the embattled comedian.

Approximately 100 protesters chanted and brandished signs outside Buell Theater, which was hosting two performances by Cosby on Saturday night, the Associated Press reported. “Don’t drink the water,” some chanted, referencing the claims that Cosby drugged his alleged victims’ drinks. A brass band joined people holding signs critical of Cosby. Attendees of the performances were waved down with metal detectors by security guards. Before the 8 p.m. MT showing, police officers took positions near protesters outside the theater. No arrests were reported.

Despite the hectic setting, hundreds of ticket-holders turned out for the performances. Cosby was met with a standing ovation and he thanked the audience, Reuters reported.

Los Angeles attorney Gloria Allred, who has been representing some of the women accusing Cosby, held a press conference before the shows with a Denver woman who said that Cosby sexually assaulted her in 1986, KUSA reported. Beth Ferrier, who was in her 20s at the time of the alleged incident, claimed Cosby drugged her coffee when he was visiting Denver, causing her to lose consciousness. She said she woke up “practically naked” in the back of her car. Ferrier had accused Cosby of assault before, in 2005 alleging that they had an affair in 1984, the Associated Press reported. Allred also led demonstration to the theater before the show.

The 77-year-old entertainer had performed the previous night in Pueblo to little protest and before a packed audience.

Cosby has been accused of sexually assaulting dozens of women over a span of several decades. For years, allegations against Cosby went with little notice. But over the past year, more and more women have come forward accusing the entertainer of sexual misconduct.

The accusations against Cosby escalated in the past week, as model Chloe Goins filed criminal charges against the comedian, alleging he drugged and sexually abused her at the Playboy Mansion in 2008. Goins would be the first woman accusing Cosby of sexual assault whose case may fall within the statute of limitations, according to her attorney. Prior attempts to charge Cosby have been rejected, and Cosby has maintained his innocence.

Numerous Cosby performances have been cancelled or postponed as the controversy around him has grown.

Several of the shows that have not been cancelled have been interrupted by protests inside the venue and out, audience members at a Jan. 9 show in Canada shouting, “We believe the women!” Prior to his Colorado performances, Cosby issued a statement saying that the North American comedy tour would continue despite the backlash against him.

In addition to cancelled performances, institutions and media networks have cut ties with Cosby. On Friday, NBC announced that it would not work with him ever again.
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Panty Protests In Russia And Kazakhstan Sparked By Lace Lingerie Ban

MOSCOW (AP) — A trade ban on lacy lingerie has Russian consumers and their neighbors with their knickers in a twist.

The ban will outlaw any underwear containing less than 6 percent cotton from being imported, made, or sold in Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan. And it has struck a chord in societies where La Perla and Victoria’s Secret are panty paradises compared to Soviet-era cotton underwear, which was often about as flattering and shapely as drapery. On Sunday, 30 women protesters in Kazakhstan were arrested and thrown into police vans while wearing lace underwear on their heads and shouting “Freedom to panties!”

The ban in those three countries was first outlined in 2010 by the Eurasian Economic Commission, which regulates the customs union, and it won’t go into effect until July 1. But a consumer outcry against it already is reaching a fever pitch.

Photographs comparing sexy modern underwear to outdated, Soviet goods began spreading on Facebook and Twitter on Sunday, as women and men alike railed against the prospective changes.

“As a rule, lacy underwear … is literally snatched off the shelves,” said Alisa Sapardiyeva, the manager of a lingerie store in Moscow, DD-Shop, as she flicked through her colorful wares. “If you take that away again, the buyer is going to be the one who suffers the most.”

According to the Russian Textile Businesses Union, more than $ 4 billion worth of underwear is sold in Russia annually, and 80 percent of the goods sold are foreign made. Analysts have estimated that 90 percent of products would disappear from shelves, if the ban goes into effect this summer as planned.

The Eurasian Economic Commission declined to comment Monday, saying it was preparing to issue a statement about the underwear ban.

While consumer outrage may force customs union officials to compromise, many see the underwear ban as yet another example of the misguided economic policies that have become a trademark of many post-Soviet countries.

Sunday’s panty protest in Kazakhstan followed a larger demonstration the day before against a 19 percent devaluation of the country’s currency, the tenge.

Other people laughed off the panty ban, seeing it as yet another attempt to add regulations and controls to an already byzantine bureaucracy in the three countries.

“I think (the girls)… will still have the opportunity to wear it (synthetic underwear) whether you can buy it in Russia or not,” said 22-year-old Muscovite Trifon Gadzhikasimov, noting that most of his friends travel abroad regularly. “I think this is just another silly law that shows the ineffectiveness of our government.”

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Vitnija Saldava in Moscow contributed to this report.
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