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Intro for September 23, 2014

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Dear Gossips,

The New York Times is trying to apologise about that Shonda Rhimes article. Click here for more information about how they’re explaining themselves. They claim it was never their intention to offend. But is that enough? Can ignorance be excused by the absence of intent?

And, furthermore, there’s been no clarification about how poorly researched Alessandra Stanley’s piece was to begin with. Shonda Rhimes is a producer on How To Get Away With Murder but she didn’t create it. But if we’re talking about what she does or doesn’t create, in her own likeness, how reductive is it to posit that she’s “reclaimed” the “Angry Black Woman” by giving her a voice? Stanley’s misguided praise of Rhimes presupposes that she only writes for people of her own culture – at the expense of the other wonderful characters she’s created that don’t actually meet Stanley’s argument. Full Story

 

A hug for Harry

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Prince Harry attended the WellChild Awards last night in London. He’s been a patron of the organisation for a few years now. WellChild offers support to children with serious illnesses and their families too. At the event, Harry had a moment with 4 year old Carson Hartley winner of the Inspirational Child honour. Full Story

 

Looking good, Matt Damon

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Matt Damon was one of the celebrity speakers at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York today. Damon has been actively involved in raising awareness and support for those who do not have access to clean water and sanitation in developing countries. The statistic he’s shared many times, quite powerfully, is that “more people in the world have a cellphone than access to a toilet. Full Story

 
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