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H&M Receives Backlash Following Controversial Advertisement

“In the year 2018 there’s no way brands/art directors can be this negligent and lack awareness…. We have to do better.”

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Popular clothing brand H&M recently posted an advertisement on their website of a young African American boy modeling a sweatshirt reading “Coolest monkey in the jungle.” The company has since received a huge amount of scrutiny across social media, with many critics believing the advertisement carries racist undertones.

The image appeared on the British version of the Swedish retailer’s website.

In an interview with the Washington Post, H&M apologized for the advertisement, “We understand that many people are upset about the image. We, who work at H&M, can only agree. We are deeply sorry that the picture was taken, and we also regret the actual print. Therefore, we have not only removed the image from our channels, but also the garment from our product offering globally.”

H&M explained that they will be investigating the image: “It is obvious that our routines have not been followed properly. This is without any doubt. We will thoroughly investigate why this happened to prevent this type of mistake from happening again.”

Several celebrities have taken note of this advertisement and shared their disappointment in H&M on Twitter and Instagram.

NBA star Lebron James posted an altered version of the image on Instagram giving the boy a crown and removing the words from the sweatshirt. He said, “Enough about y’all and more of what I see when I look at this photo. I see a Young King!!”

Designer Alex Medina tweeted, “In the year 2018 there’s no way brands/art directors can be this negligent and lack awareness…. We have to do better.”

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Trump Has a Really Big Budget Proposal

And it might hit higher education right where it hurts.

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The president is feeling confident about his 2019 budget (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

The White House’s 2019 budget proposal was released yesterday, with the bold headline being that the administration wants $4.4 trillion for the year. The proposal bears President Trump’s vision of an America armed for war, paid for in part by an America that doesn’t prioritize education.

The $4.4 trillion is a dramatic increase from the amount of money the Trump administration spent during 2017. Much of the added funds would go toward military spending and toward funding a wall on the border between the United States and Mexico.

“We’re going to have the strongest military we’ve ever had, by far,” the president said. To “balance” the federal budget see-saw, Trump removes weight through cuts, scientific research, public broadcasting, and domestic programs benefitting the poor and middle class, such as student loans.

The proposal would also reduce funding for social programs like Medicaid and Medicare. Even with these cuts, government spending is projected to increase the federal debt by at least $7 trillion by 2027.

According to CNBC, “The proposal would sharply curtail income-based repayment plans, scratch the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, and embolden the government to go after students who don’t pay their loans and cut funding for federal work study in half.”

Implementation of such changes to loans would be seen by borrowers only after July 1, 2019. 

As lawmakers from both parties digest the details, they will be arming for a potentially long struggle toward approval in the weeks ahead.

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Dunkin’ to Stop Using Foam Cups by 2020

And it’s about time, too.

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There has always been something different about getting coffee from Dunkin’ Donuts. It’s a no-frill — but super tasty — alternative to Starbucks or your local brewer, with down home, no-frills feel.

And they serve their brew in those foam cups. Comforting and easy to grab, sure, but not very good for the environment.

Dunkin’ announced today that those polystyrene foam cups will be completely phased out from its stores globally by 2020, reducing the waste stream by millions.

Foam packaging of any kind decomposes very slowly, washes into waterways and can harm sea life and other creatures who depend on the water supply to live.

McDonald’s also said it will get rid of any remaining foam cups in the next few years as well, though they have already drastically reduced dependance on them.

So raise one to Dunkin’ for taking a step in an environmentally friendly direction.

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Buzzfeed and NBC Launched a ‘Millennial Parenting’ Channel Today

Playfull is aimed at parents aged 20-34, which is you, college students with kids.

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NBCUniversal and BuzzFeed launched something that is being called a “millennial parenting channel” today on Facebook.

Peggy Wang, BuzzFeed’s editorial director for lifestyle brands told Digiday that the focus will be giving parents valuable and relatable information with a BuzzFeed bent. Those parents are in the age range of 20 to 34, meaning it would include some college students.

Expect to see a 15-second commercial that will air during the Winter Olympics pushing the Playfull brand.

The idea behind Playfull is to replicate the success of other lifestyle platforms like Tasty and Nifty. Together, those two channels have over 100 million followers on Facebook.

Here’s the video that appeared on Playfull’s page this morning:

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