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Snapchat pulled the Juneteenth filter and apologized – again



Snapchat pulled the Juneteenth filter and apologized - again

Snap Inc. trying to show black users they care about by releasing interactive camera filters to commemorate Juneteenth. But social media filters and protests that occur only remind the world of the company’s history of racist or insensitive mistakes and lack of internal diversity.

Juneteenth marked the anniversary of that day in 1865 when the last black American enslaved in Galveston, Texas, was released 2½ years after the Emancipation Proclamation. Filter, ask user to “SMILE” to break the digital chain, debuts Friday morning on Snapchat. Within a few hours, the company had withdrawn it and apologized.

Noting that the company had issued the same offensive filter in the past, three former employees said the Juneteenth filter tone illustrates the lack of effort and attention to the issue of race and diversity.

“Aaa and this is what happens when you don’t have black people on the product design team. As a Snap alumni, this is very embarrassing. It doesn’t have to be this difficult, ” tweeted Ashten Winger, who is black and previously worked at Snapchat, developed original content.

In his apology, Snapchat said it was investigating the error.

“We are very sorry to members of the Snapchat community who consider Lens to be offensive,” the company said. “A diverse group of Snap team members were involved in concept development, but the Lens version that aired for Snapchatters this morning has not yet been approved through our review process.”

This is not the first step Snap with a filter.

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In 2016, the company released a Bob Marley selfie filter as part of the “4/20 days” celebration that darkens the user’s skin in a reggae icon caricature, triggering a strong reaction from users who show that the lens is digital blackface. In the same year Snapchat released a anime-inspired filters which causes people’s faces to look like Asian racist caricatures.

Company has widely facing criticism in the past to filter the skin and eyes of people who brighten up according to racist Western beauty standards. A filter from Marie Curie released in 2017 as part of an International Women’s Day effort including smoky eyes and facial thinning effects, which horrifies some users.

“For us today where everyone is trying to become more racially aware and more politically aware, to be honest it is very surprising to me that they have not put in place the right system to prevent this from happening again,” said Diana Baik, who is a producer at Snapchat before leaving the company in 2018.

Good said that she left the company because she was demoralized by the culture there as a woman of color. He said Snapchat might have linked the misstep to internal miscommunication, but there were no more valid reasons for this type of incident.

Chief executive Snap Evan Spiegel recently told employees that he was delaying the release of a report showing the demographic composition of the company’s workforce. Based on People in business, Spiegel said he was “concerned that releasing data publicly only reinforces the perception that technology is not a place for under-represented groups.”

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“Years ago I asked @evanspiegel to face him with all his hands if he had taken care of everything to make sure that @Snapchat would NEVER make this mistake again. He gave me his words that it would never happen again. The test results have determined THAT IS LYING, “a former Snapchat Black employee tweeted Friday morning.

The same employee developed in the notes posted to their Snapchat story.

“We know when you don’t care. We know when we have meditations,” he wrote. “It’s not polite to every black employee either past or present who helped build this place.”

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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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