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“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
• Chicago’s Dusable Museum of African American history supporters are against a proposal from Theaster Gates visual artist, professor at the University of Chicago and a DuSable board of trustees member who suggested the idea of creating a DuSable Futures Committee that would be responsible for recruiting artists, scholars and curators for the museum, among other things. “The content and ambition is based on my experience as an artist and my vision of the South Side as a world class arts and culture destination, with the DuSable being a leading force in representing and celebrating black culture and artists,” Gates said. [CHICAGO TRIBUNE]
• The case of former Naperville resident Sandra Bland, a black woman who was found hanging in her Texas jail cell, will now be reviewed as thoroughly “as it would be in a murder investigation,” Waller County District Attorney Elton Mathis said. Though the Waller County Sheriff’s Office ruled her death a homicide, her family disputes the claim calling for an independent autopsy “Ms. Bland’s family did make valid points that she did have a lot of things going on in her life that were good.” [NBC NEWS]
• Burundi’s presidential election began with a violent start as two people policeman and an opposition official, are killed while blasts and gunfire can be heard throughout the capital Bujumbura. Why is this important? This is the African countrys worst crisis since a civil war ended in 2005; The US has halted some aid; they are protesting the fact that President Pierre Nkurunziza is defiantly running for a third term in the face of international condemnation and bitter opposition from citizens. [REUTERS]
• Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim baseball player Albert Pujols hit home runs in both games of a doubleheader for the first time in his career as the Angels swept the Red Sox, passing Mike Schmidt for 15th on the all-time list of Most Home Runs in MLB history, at 549. [ESPN]
• Following the Toshiba $1.2 Billion accounting scandal that rocked the Tokyo based company, President/CEO Hisao Tanaka, Norio Sasaki-the vice chairman, and Atsutoshi Nishida-former president who was serving as adviser will vacate their posts. Following findings by a third-party investigation of its books, and that “top executives set unrealistic profit targets that systematically led to flawed accounting” Toshiba will correct earnings by at least 152 billion yen ($1.22 billion). Chairman Masashi Muromachi will take over as interim president. [REUTERS]
• Costco and Sam’s Club have joined several other retailers (CVSphoto.com, walmartphotocentre.ca, Rite Aid, British supermarket chain Tesco’s) in temporarily suspending their online printing stores amidst reports of a suspected data breach where customer credit card data had been potentially compromised by PNI Digital Media, a third-party vendor that manages and/or hosts photo services sites.
• There are charity auction items and then there’s the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation benefit’s list, which is not your run of the mill one week getaway at a board members Palm Beach home. Hollywood heavy hitter Harvey Weinstein has offered himself as an auction item described as “a year in the life of a movie producer as Harvey’s Weinstein’s personal guest for an entire year at the most important film events in the world.” Last year’s inaugural gala took place in St.-Tropez and raised over $25 million. [PAGE SIX]
• Yesterday it was announced that Blake Shelton & Miranda Lambert, country music’s it couple who were married for 4 years, are divorced (judge signed off on the divorce papers & had prenup). Though in a released statement that “this is not the future we envisioned” they ask for privacy during this time but reports state Blake Shelton filed for divorce twice because he believed Miranda Lambert was unfaithful(hooked up with country singer Chris Young, allegedly). [PAGE SIX]
• Italy will announce a yearlong $21.6 million initiative to strengthen its ongoing alliance with leading U.S. retailers, trade shows and special events. The plan hopes to profit from “the ever-influential youth culture” since 34 per cent of the US population of 315 million is under 25. [VOGUE UK]
• JD.com, the Chinese e-commerce company will offer an online mall dedicated to US brands to sell US goods on its site to Chinese consumers. The company also holds the rights to exclusively sell a fashion line for singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, which will be released later in the summer via another online store on JD.com named after the star.
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