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Here’s the latest for Wednesday May 22nd: Pelosi says Trump “took a pass” to work together with Dems; Probe inconclusive on Va Gov. racist yearbook pic; Flooding concerns in 3 states following severe storms; and Prada goes fur free.

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Fashion Watch: Chopard jewels glitter in Cannes

At the Chopard dinner in Cannes, Elle Fanning wore a 1950s Prada prom dress with Chopard jewels, while Zhang Ziyi stunned in a scarlet gown from Atelier Versace. (May 21)

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Why These Gucci Clothes Are Racist

Gucci, Prada, Moncler, Katy Perry Collections, and Burberry are just some of the brands that have released racially insensitive products in recent months. Many of the pieces in question resemble blackface, a practice that dates back to the 1800s. Blackface was used in Minstrel Shows, where entertainers would paint their faces black and outline their lips to make fun of black people. Blackface not only fed negative stereotypes about black people, but it also reinforced the idea of white superiority, leading to the drastic levels of inequality we see today.

After social media and celebrity outcry, Gucci, Prada, Moncler, Katy Perry Collections, and Burberry have since apologized and taken the pieces in question off their sites. Gucci and Prada have also announced diversity efforts like scholarships and a council to prevent products like these from being made in the future. Many aren’t sure if these efforts are genuine and wonder what else can be done to prevent future insensitivity in the fashion industry.

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ShowBiz Minute: Marshall, Prada, Lucas

(19 Dec 2018) Stars mourn director and actress Penny Marshall; Prada withdraws luxury trinkets over blackface controversy; Forbes announces George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey as America’s richest celebrities of 2018. (Dec. 19)

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Prada criticized for racially-insensitive figurene

(18 Dec 2018) Prada is no longer selling a line of accessories and displays following complaints they featured blackface-style imagery. A brand consultant in New York City believes Prada can use the controversy as “a teachable moment.” (Dec. 18)

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Prada monkey-like toys: Racist message or just unintentional bad branding?

High-end fashion label Prada has said it will recall a controversial line of toys after it faced a barrage of criticism and cries of racism for the blackface-like characters.

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