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Martin Luther King Jr. Speech Use in Dodge Ram Ad Infuriates Viewers During Super Bowl

The commercial has sparked controversy on usage rights over Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1985 speech.

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Dodge Ram + Martin Luther King Jr. =?

A speech by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is the last thing one would expect to hear narrate a car commercial. Dodge proved last night why it was something no one had neither thought about nor wanted.

In the 30 second ad, a montage of U.S Marines and American families play across the screen as King’s 1985 speech “The Drum Major Instinct” is heard in the background. The ad is a part of Dodge’s “Built to Serve” campaign, a volunteer program. While intentions were good, controversy sparked when The King Center, the nonprofit started by Coretta Scott King, tweeted no involvement with the ad.

It was later revealed that the King Estate worked with Dodge Ram to create the commercial. In a statement to Slate Eric Tidwell, the Managing Director of Intellectual Properties Management, Inc., which is the “exclusive licensor” of the estate of Martin Luther King, Jr said:

When Ram approached the King Estate with the idea of featuring Dr. King’s voice in a new “Built To Serve” commercial, we were pleasantly surprised at the existence of the Ram Nation volunteers and their efforts. We learned that as a volunteer group of Ram owners, they serve others through everything from natural disaster relief, to blood drives, to local community volunteer initiatives. Once the final creative was presented for approval, it was reviewed to ensure it met our standard integrity clearances. We found that the overall message of the ad embodied Dr. King’s philosophy that true greatness is achieved by serving others. Thus we decided to be a part of Ram’s “Built To Serve” Super Bowl program.

Even with estate support, viewers took to social media to voice their opinions.

What do you think? Check out the ad below!

Laura Eley serves as a Digital Producer for the College Media Network. She attends Spelman College in Atlanta, GA where she majors in English. In her free time, Laura enjoys brunch, cooking, and binge watching Law and Order SVU for an unhealthy amount of time.

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Solange Chosen as Harvard Foundation Artist of the Year

Solange will be honored at a Harvard Foundation award ceremony in March.

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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.

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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.

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Here are all the Winners From the 2018 Westminster Dog Show

Because dogs are very important.

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Sporting Group:  Bean (Full Of Beans), Sussex Spaniel.

Hound Group: Lucy, a Borzoi.

Working Group:  Ty (Tynan Dances With Wildflowers), Giant Schnauzer.

Terrier Group:  Winston (Winning Ticket), Norfolk Terrier.

Toy Group: Biggie the Pug.

Herding Group: Slick, a Border Collie.

Non-Sporting Group: Flynn (All I Care About Is Love), Bichon Frise.

annnndddd…..

Best in Show:  Flynn (All I Care About Is Love), Bichon Frise.

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Snapchat Update Generates Lots of Hate

This is a story that might not disappear after 24 hours.

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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.

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:

Will Snap Inc listen to their dissatisfied users?

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