Monthly Archives: April 2015

Giving animals a voice in the fight against police brutality

Police brutality, officer involved shootings, and unnecessary use of force: these phrases have become all too common headlines in our society. From the outrage in Ferguson, to the shooting of Walter Scott, to the most recent chaos in Baltimore, the often unnecessarily violent ways in which police officers respond to their 911 calls has fallen under… Read More

Sam Smith speaks on insecurities on “60 Minutes”

Last March, the media praised pop singer Sam Smith on his drastic loss of 14 lbs. in just two weeks. He credited nutritional therapist Amelia Freer, author of “Eat. Nourish. Glow.,” in an Instragram post saying that his relationship with food completely “transformed.” His confidence on social media portrays Smith’s positive side, but in a… Read More

Abercrombie & Fitch Ditches “Model” Employees & Sex-Sells Policy

Abercrombie & Fitch is making policy changes. Attempting to tone down the sexual nature of their notorious marketing strategy, store employees will now be called “brand representatives” instead of models, as they were previously referred to. The brand made famous for celebrating conventional beauty only is also looking to employ people who are not model-like. Applicants will no… Read More

Whole Foods under fire after Instagramming food donations to National Guard in Baltimore

Whole Foods is in a bit of an (organic) pickle following a social media publicity stunt gone wrong.   In the wake of riots that have broken out in Baltimore following the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who died of a spinal injury while in police custody, Whole Foods wanted to do what it could… Read More

Facebook’s set to launch in Nigeria

Along with seven mobile phone companies, Facebook has been leading a project to introduce internet access throughout regions that currently don’t have easy access to connectivity.   On their website, the initiative defines themselves as “a Facebook-led initiative bringing together technology leaders, nonprofits and local communities to connect the two thirds of the world… Read More

Native American actors walk off Adam Sandler movie set

Some believe that we should regard no subject or topic as sacred when it comes to comedy; the benefits of the ability to apply parody and satire outweigh the drawbacks. With this mindset comes a dilemma: at what point do we stop making a statement, and just start exploiting these topics?   Several Native American… Read More

Ride or die: “Furious 8” officially announced

Like its very own characters, the “Fast & Furious” franchise started with humble beginnings, but has evolved into a globetrotting powerhouse of a film franchise. The first film, “The Fast and the Furious,” really was nothing more than an updated “Point Break” remake — a story of an undercover cop who falls in love with… Read More

Shredding inequality and stereotypes in Afghanistan through skateboarding

Language is an essential component of public relations — representing brands, quelling crises, and being able to communicate important thoughts, ideas, and messages to audiences. In a field that is concerned primarily with communication in all of its forms, it’s essential for PR practitioners to recognize the power not just of verbal communication, but nonverbal,… Read More

Music streaming apps: So many options, so little data

Streaming music online has some taboo elements to it, considering that listening for free limits income for musicians and artists within the industry. However, these types of programs are now a commodity, and more options are popping up all over the place. With more competitors constantly climbing into the ring, how can the head honchos… Read More