Following the backlash he received after last Sunday’s Grammy awards, the Grammy’s chief Neil Portnow has announced a task force for female advancement. There was a lot of controversy surrounding this year’s Grammys and it’s treatment of women, including album of the year nominee Lorde not being invited to perform, and Ed Sheeran beating out four women for best pop solo.
This announcement came shortly before female executives in the industry penned a letter calling for Portnow’s retirement. According to Rolling Stone, Portnow apologized for his statement the night of the awards where he said that women in music need to “step up.” He then went on to say, “The Recording Academy is establishing an independent task force to review every aspect of what we do as an organization and identify where we can do more to overcome the explicit barriers and unconscious biases that impede female advancement in the music community.
In a letter penned via Variety, the female executives point out that his task force idea only call’s men to “welcome” women as opposed to truly recognize their achievements, and that they are demanding for his resignation, as the Grammy’s “do not fairly represent the world in which we live.”
The problem is larger than people realize. A recent study by USC has shown that between 2013 and 2018, 90.7% of Grammy Award nominees were male, and only 9.3% female. On top of that, the LA Times reports that in 2017 83.2% of artists in top pop songs were male while only 16.8% were female.
Once again, #EdSheeran wins over much stronger female contenders, so instead of #kesha‘s song about overcoming sexual abuse, we reward another song by a man about a woman’s body. #GRAMMYs #metoo #timesup #grammyssomale
— Anya Silver (@AnyaSilverPoet) January 29, 2018
— Gaga Magazine (@GagaMagazineUK) January 29, 2018
Solange Chosen as Harvard Foundation Artist of the Year
Solange will be honored at a Harvard Foundation award ceremony in March.
The Harvard Foundation has selected Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Solange Knowles as its Artist of the Year.
Every year, the Harvard Foundation’s student and faculty choose an artist to be honored. Past recipients of the title have included artists such as Shakira, Will Smith, Salma Hayek, Matt Damon, Jackie Chan and John Legend. The Foundation’s mission is to promote diversity, inclusion and equity throughout Harvard University’s community.
Solange is a distinguished artist who landed her first No. 1 album on the Billboard Top 200 chart with her 2016 release “A Seat on the Table.” In 2017, she also received a Billboard Impact Award and was named one of Glamour’s Women of the Year. In December, she announced in an Instagram post that her New Year’s Eve show in South Africa would be canceled due to her struggles with an autonomic disorder.
Wrote, deleted and re wrote this like 5 times… Still not sure what exactly or how much I want to share… However it’s so important to me for the people in South Africa, a place that has tremendous meaning to me and that has given me SO SO MUCH, to know why I won’t be performing at Afro Punk this NYE. The past five months I have been quietly treating, and working through an Autonomic Disorder. It been a journey that hasn’t been easy on me… Sometimes I feel cool, and other times not so cool at all. It’s a complicated diagnoses , and I’m still learning so much myself, but right now, my doctors are not clearing me for such an extended lengthy flight, and doing a rigorous show right after. I can’t put into words how saddened and sorry I am that I am unable to perform for you guys this NYE, there is simply no other place I wanted to be than there with my family to bring in 2018 with you…….but I give you my ABSOLUTE WORD I will come back with AfroPunk and deliver this performance…..as it is so extremely important to me to connect with the people who have so closely inspired me in so many ways. I can’t thank Afro Punk enough for their support, and to all of the other festivals this past summer/fall who have known about my health, kept it confidential, and gone out of their way to make me feel supported while doing these shows. As a part of the self care that I’ve tried to encourage this past year, it needs to start with myself, and I’m looking forward to doing a better job of this 2018. This past year has been one of the most fulfilling of my life… Performing this record and experiencing the energy exchange with you guys has been astounding, and I’m so excited about continuing to do the work I feel so absolutely humbled and appreciative to be doing next year. It gives me life.
However, Solange is not going to let that stop her. “Performing this record and experiencing the energy exchange with you guys has been astounding, and I’m so excited about continuing to do the work I feel so absolutely humbled and appreciative to be doing next year. It gives me life,” she explained in her post.
Solange will be recognized at the Foundation’s Cultural Rhythms Festival annual award ceremony on Saturday, March 3. The festival celebrates cultural and ethnic diversity at Harvard and is attended by over 2,000 people each year.
Here are all the Winners From the 2018 Westminster Dog Show
Because dogs are very important.
Sporting Group: Bean (Full Of Beans), Sussex Spaniel.
— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) February 14, 2018
Hound Group: Lucy, a Borzoi.
— Alejando Maza (@alejando_maza) February 14, 2018
Working Group: Ty (Tynan Dances With Wildflowers), Giant Schnauzer.
— Westminster Dog Show (@WKCDOGS) February 14, 2018
Terrier Group: Winston (Winning Ticket), Norfolk Terrier.
— Westminster Dog Show (@WKCDOGS) February 14, 2018
Toy Group: Biggie the Pug.
— Lauren Young (@LaurenYoung) February 13, 2018
Herding Group: Slick, a Border Collie.
— Christine Goodfriend (@GoodfriendC) February 14, 2018
Non-Sporting Group: Flynn (All I Care About Is Love), Bichon Frise.
Best in Show: Flynn (All I Care About Is Love), Bichon Frise.
Snapchat Update Generates Lots of Hate
This is a story that might not disappear after 24 hours.
Yesterday, Snapchat automatically updated millions of accounts across the globe. Without warning, users woke up to a different-looking version of the app, that is apparently messier and more confusing. This update has caused many longtime Snapchat fans to not only publicly complain, but also abandon the app for good.
Why is the snapchat update so horrific it makes me not wanna use snapchat and I love snapchat
— Libs (@LibbiGriff) February 13, 2018
— Lane Fulton (@LaneSFulton) February 13, 2018
— Jessica Lynne (@one_jls_betch) February 13, 2018
According to The Guardian, the update has made over 700,000 people angry enough to sign a change.org petition requesting that Snapchat change their format back. The petition is aiming to reach one million signatures, and can be signed here.
Within hours, several videos have surfaced which explain both how to remove the update and how to cope with it. Watch them here:
HOW TO FIX SNAPCHAT UPDATE!: pic.twitter.com/AiRYnSNUBh
— elijah (@thotery) February 13, 2018
Snapchat’s new update has some users upset… but we figured out some tricks to make the transition easier. pic.twitter.com/h6EUc9z6j3
— CNBC (@CNBC) February 13, 2018
Will Snap Inc listen to their dissatisfied users?
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High School Student Arrested After Grandmother Finds Journal Detailing Massacre Plans
Plans for a school shooting were thwarted just a day before the massacre in Parkland, Florida.