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Snapchat executives apologize for Juneteenth’s ‘chain’ filter



Snapchat executives apologize for Juneteenth's 'chain' filter

An executive from Snapchat’s parent company apologized for the controversial Juneteenth filter who passed the company review process despite input from black employees.

Oona King, vice president of diversity, equality and the inclusion of Snap, dismissed allegations that the company launched a filter that asked users to smile to “break the chains of slavery” without consulting black staff.

“Mistakes of characterization on social media – that white executives at technology companies fail, once again, to include Black’s perspective – are completely untrue,” King, who is black, told employees in a letter on Saturday. “What is true is that despite our diverse backgrounds, we are all human beings, and humans make mistakes.”

King said black employees were “fully involved” in creating and approving the filter but acknowledged that Snap officials failed to realize how it could offend people on a holiday that marked the release of black Americans from slavery. Snapchat pulled the filter and apologized after triggering Friday’s reaction.

“This error has taught us valuable lessons, and I sincerely apologize that it came at the expense of what we meant as a respectful warning on this important day,” King said in the letter, which published by The Verge. Snap spokesman confirmed its authenticity for The Post.

Snap is still looking for where the idea for what is called “Lens” originated, said a company spokesman. But black staff were among those who suggested using a smile to “trigger” the effect while two white employees questioned whether it was appropriate, according to King.

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King’s team reviewed the filter “from the perspective of Black’s creative content” but failed to consider how it would look when used by people who were not black, he said.

“We feel very welcome as black people to celebrate the end of slavery – as we do with picnics, BBQs, street parties and other forms of celebration throughout America – and say‘ Smile! Happy Juneteenth; we are no longer enslaved! But we are also not truly free! “King wrote.” But for white people to tell black people: ‘Smile! You are no longer a slave who offends extreme feelings.”

Unlike other Silicon Valley giants, Snap has never released a report on the diversity of its workforce. The company has plans to openly release its diversity data, “along with additional context and our plans for meaningful change,” said a Snap spokesman.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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