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Black Journalist Orgs Slam News Station for Airing Controversial Photo of Nia Wilson

Several prominent black media groups are condemning a local television news station that aired a photo that they say criminalizes a slain African American teenager.

While reporting on the fatal stabbing of 18-year-old Nia Wilson, who was viciously attacked by a white ex-felon at a Bay Area Rapid Transit train (BART) station July 22, KTVU FOX 2 News showed a photo during the July 23 noon newscast of what appeared to be Wilson holding a gun. Later that day, KTVU issued an apology on Facebook and on its Ten O’clock News. However, black journalists say that’s not good enough.

In a statement, the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), the Bay Area Black Journalists Association (BABJA), and the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education (MIJE) called the photo “unethical” and are demanding a meeting with KTVU. According to them, the picture, which was originally posted by Wilson on social media, implied that she was “dangerous” and deserved to be killed. They also argued that it triggers unconscious racial bias toward black victims.


The use of the photo can be seen as an attempt to dismiss her humanity and silence those who view her death as a racially-motivated attack. It was also in violation of copyright laws, reads the statement.

 

Such depictions reinforce unconscious bias, particularly against people of color, who are over-represented in stories about crime and violence. Please see the study “Young men of color in the Media” from the Joint Center Health Policy Institute.

 

Although KTVU anchor Frank Somerville offered a sincere apology Monday via Facebook and during the Ten O’clock News, we submit that swift action needs to be taken by the station.

 

Given previous editorial lapses, we would have hoped KTVU would’ve been more careful. The station made an embarrassing error when it read the fake names of four Asiana Airlines pilots on-air in 2013. These incidents would appear to illustrate a lack of cultural competency and training around unconscious bias among station staff and leadership.

 

NABJ, BABJA and the Maynard Institute have requested a meeting with executives at the station this week or at the NABJ Convention next week to discuss how KTVU will avoid making such an egregious error in future stories, particularly as it relates to its portrayals of persons of color.

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‘The Fairytale Continues’ for Roger Federer After Sixth Australian Open, 20th Grand Slam Title

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Celebs Slam Logan Paul Over Another Insensitive Video From Japan

Speaking out. Celebrities are outraged by controversial YouTuber Logan Paul — and they aren’t holding back on social media.

The YouTube star, 22, first received backlash after posting a now-deleted video of an apparent suicide victim hanging from a tree in a Japanese forest on Monday, January 1, but things didn’t end there.

On Friday, January 5, a Twitter account titled “We the Unicorns” shared a resurfaced video seemingly created by Paul for his channel, and captioned it: “Turns out, Logan Paul’s trip to Japan was problematic for many reasons.” The video shows the vlogger blatantly mocking — and disrespecting — the Japanese people and culture while on his trip.

Teen Wolf actor Dylan O’Brien, who very rarely tweets, shared his disgust over the video. “I’ve literally never seen such a gigantic piece of shit,” he wrote on Friday.

Other celebrities, including Life in Pieces star Thomas Sadoski and former heartthrob Devon Sawa, also chimed in. Sadoski wrote, “So the sociopathic disrespect of a dead body was just the climax of an utterly tacky jaunt through Tokyo exhibiting the worst kind of casual racism and ugly-Americanism. Awesome.”

“If Logan Paul amuses and entertains you, I feel incredibly sorry for you. Truly,” Sawa added. “So this guy goes to one of the greatest countries in the world and embarrasses us all for @YouTube likes? Sad.”

As previously reported, the internet personality came under fire after he posted a video titled “We found a dead body in the Japanese Suicide Forest . . .” The clip received millions of views before it was removed following serious backlash and outrage on social media.

Paul, who boasts more than 15 million subscribers, quickly rebutted with an apology. “Where do I begin . . . Let’s start with this — I’m sorry,” he wrote. “This is a first for me. I’ve never faced criticism like this before, because I’ve never made a mistake like this before. I’m surrounded by good people and believe I make good decisions, but I’m still a human being. I can be wrong.”

He has since decided to take a break from vlogging.

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Maria Sharapova Wins Her First Grand Slam Match Since Her Drug Ban

Maria Sharapova’s trademark grunt was back at the U.S. Open on Monday night, as was her signature style — for her first round match, she appeared in a black outfit by designer Riccardo Tisci and Nike. Her shot-making and swagger were back too. Sharapova, the five-time Grand Slam champion, former world number one, and the most controversial player in her sport, won her first Grand Slam tournament match since serving a 15-month drug ban, beating world No. 2 Simona Halep, of Romania in three sets, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.

Though the New York crowd offered Halep more vocal support when the players arrived on the court, if anyone booed Sharapova, it was barely audible. Americans have shown a willingness to forgive athletes who’ve taken performance-enhancing drugs. The fans in Arthur Ashe stadium were no different.

Sharapova entered the match with a 6-0 career record against Halep, and this match showed why. Sharapova served heavy, hit all the angles, and covered more ground than her opponent. Halep would not go quietly; she won four straight games in the second set to force a decisive third. But Sharapova refused to beat herself up for losing the lead: she promptly went up 3-0 in the final set before holding on.

With Serena Williams sidelined, and the women’s field unusually wide open, a redemptive run to a second U.S. Open title for Sharpova — who received a wild card invite to the tournament, she’s ranked so low — is far from out of the question.

If Sharapova pulls that off, she’d have risen from the very depths of her once storied career. In June of 2016, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) banned Sharapova for two years after she tested positive for meldonium, a heart medication that has been shown to have potential performance-enhancing benefits. Sharapova has said she’d taken meldonium since 2006, but the drug wasn’t added to the World Anti-Doping Agency’s banned substance list until the fall of 2015 (the ban took effect on January 1, 2016).

She tested positive for the drug at the 2016 Australian Open, the last Grand Slam tournament she played in since before this one. She claimed she hadn’t realized that WADA banished the drug; an ITF tribunal concluded that Sharapova had not intentionally doped, but “she does bear sole responsibility” for “failing to take any steps to check whether the continued use of this medicine was permissible.” On appeal, her two-year ban was shortened to 15 months.

So Sharapova returned to the court in April. Her ranking was too low for her to automatically qualify for the French Open, or Wimbledon; the organizers of neither tournament extended her a Wild Card invite. (She did not request one for Wimbledon, and missed the qualifying rounds because of injury). U.S. Open officials, however, welcomed Sharapova, now ranked No. 146, to New York for this year’s event.

Some players have criticized Sharapova’s return. Canadian star Eugenie Bouchard labeled her a “cheater,” and said she should be banned for life. Bouchard, 23, said that before she played Sharapova at the Madrid Open in May, players she normally didn’t talk to privately wished her luck.

“I’m not oblivious,” Sharapova wrote in a first-person essay published on the Players’ Tribune in July. “I’m aware of what many of my peers have said about me, and how critical of me some of them have been in the press. If you’re a human being with a normal, beating heart, you know … I don’t think that sort of thing will ever fully be possible to ignore. And I don’t think it will ever not be weird or hurtful to go through.”

After winning match point, she fell to the ground, and held a hand to her mouth, a clear gesture of disbelief. She also blew kisses to an enthusiastic crowd. Yes, Sharapova will likely never win back the trust of some players and fans. But a second act is now firmly in her hands. And it got off to a magnificent start in New York.


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These Are The Best Slam Dunks In Movie History

There are few things as emphatic as a slam dunk. You know this. We know this. The movie industry knows this.

Everybody, from Jim Varney’s Ernest to Michael J. Fox’s Teen Wolf to Woody Harrelson’s white man in “White Men Can’t Jump” have gotten their slammin’, slo-mo closeup in films.

So while dunks are happening in the very real NBA Finals, Huffington Post Movie Mashups is celebrating with a cool compilation of jams that happened in the land of make believe.

These Hollywood moments are truly in your face.

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