A look back at the state of racial representation in Hollywood this year

By Shannon Liao

2017 was a good time for racial representation in movies. From films like Hidden Figures to Coco, it seems that Hollywood is more invested than ever in telling stories with diverse leads. Not all of the news is good, however; the past year also saw two more whitewashing controversies thanks to the live-action Ghost in the Shell and Netflix’s Death Note, and people of color on the big screen still lag far behind their populations in real life. Although it’s difficult to square all these trends into one easily understood narrative, especially as no single report out there has all the numbers and data, we can still piece together a general idea of how this year stacked up against years prior.

Get Out, which premiered in February, explored…

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Darby’s News: A look back at the state of racial representation in Hollywood this year

      

What's at play in Iranian protests? - CNN

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(CNN) The largest public display of discontent in Iran since the 2009 Green Movement has brought about a series of tweets from US President Donald Trump, pushback from the Iranian government and a scene that might have been unfathomable a decade ago
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Summoned by a Prank Call, Police in Wichita Kill a Man at His Front Door - New York Times

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The call to the police sounded dire: a violent dispute at a house in Wichita, Kan., a person shot to death, an armed man holding hostages and threatening to burn the place down. Police officers raced to the scene and surrounded the house. A man emerged
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Call of Duty player’s swatting prank results in deadly police shooting of Kansas man

By Nick Statt

A feud between two Call of Duty players, who argued after an online wagered match reportedly worth just $1.50, led to the death of a 28-year-old Kansas man, who was shot and killed by police after a fraudulent SWAT team call sent a small army of police officers to the man’s private home. The news was first reported by local newspaper The Wichita Eagle, which cites numerous now-deleted tweets in which Call of Duty players take responsibility for participating in or observing the intended prank. One player allegedly provided a fake address to another, who proceeded to embroil the innocent stranger in the feud without thinking of the consequences.

The move, known as swatting, involves a disgruntled internet user calling in a fake threat of…

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Actress Rose Marie of 'Dick Van Dyke Show' fame dies at 94 - ABC News

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FILE- In this April 11, 1963, file photo, standing from left, Morey Amsterdam, Rose Marie, and Richard Deacon, and Dick Van Dyke, right, gather around Carl Reiner, in barber chair during a rehearsal of an episode for the “The Dick Van Dyke Show
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Apple’s flagship Chicago retail store wasn’t designed to handle snow

By Nick Statt

Apple’s new flagship retail store in Chicago, the one with a MacBook-shaped rooftop, is nothing short of an architectural marvel. At least, that’s how some news reports put it when the store opened back in October. Beyond standing out among the less inspired buildings of the downtown Chicago area, the new Apple Store also happens to be very poorly thought through considering its thin roof now has dangerous icicles hanging perilously over public walkways.

The deadly ice daggers have forced the closure of those spaces, as pointed out by local blogger Matt Maldre and reblogged by Daring Fireball‘s John Gruber. As Maldre explains, the fancy building design, while seemingly in service of Apple’s new “town square” ideal for its retail stores,…

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