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In an interview with Billboard, Dolly Parton has voiced her indisputable support for Black Lives Matter as well as the importance of changing with the times.“I understand people having to make themselves known and felt and seen,” the 74-year-old Parton said, referring to the latest wave of racial justice protests sweeping the world.“And of course Black lives matter. Do we think our little white asses are the only ones that matter? No!” The Queen of Country also explained her 2018 decision to rename the Dixie Stampede dinner attraction, a Southern-themed horse-riding and pyrotechnics show in Missouri and Tennessee, after it was called a “lily-white kitsch extravaganza that play-acts the Civil War but never once mentions slavery” in a 2017 Slate article.“There’s such a thing as innocent ignorance, and so many of us are guilty of that,” Parton said. “When they said ‘Dixie’ was an offensive word, I thought, ‘Well, I don’t want to offend anybody. This is a business. We’ll just call it The Stampede.’ As soon as you realise that [something] is a problem, you should fix it. Don’t be a dumbass. That’s where my heart is. I would never dream of hurting anybody on purpose.” Parton dropped the word “Dixie,” often used to describe the American South during the time of slavery, about 2½ years before The Dixie Chicks followed suit in June, renaming themselves The Chicks. Other segments of the interview detail Parton’s role during the COVID-19 pandemic, including the singer’s donation of $1 million toward coronavirus research at Vanderbilt University Medical Centre and the release of her inspirational song When Life Is Good Again.“As the Scripture says, ‘To whom much is given, much is required.’” Parton said. “So I look at my life with that every day and think that God expects it of me. ... If I can be an inspiration, then I want to be that. That makes me feel good.”Parton, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, made her debut in 1967 with her album Hello, I’m Dolly. Since then, the artist, actor and businesswoman has won a stunning nine Grammy Awards and received 49 nominations.Read the full interview here.READ MORE:
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Over one hundred Black British professionals have penned an open letter calling for a 24-hour boycott of the BBC over its use of the N-word. The InfluencHers, a group of professional British women of African and Caribbean origin, stated that the corporation had much more work to do in making amends after using the racial slur in a news bulletin and a history programme from last year. The collective is calling for the public here and abroad to join them on Wednesday August 19 for BBC Black Out Wednesday, starting at 9am BST for 24 hours.“We are asking all allies to join the boycott. We are asking everyone in the UK and around the world to not access any BBC content i.e. TV, radio, online and social media platforms,” the letter reads. The group also wants to see the removal of David Jordan, director of editorial policy and standards, and Fran Unsworth, director of news, “for repeatedly bringing the BBC into disrepute and causing trauma, alarm, distress and humiliation to the public, and violating the dignity of Black staff by creating an offensive, degrading and humiliating working environment”. They also urge the BBC to consult an independent organisation with a proven track record on race matters on all issues regarding race at the corporation.On Sunday, the BBC apologised after using the N-word in a report about a racist attack in Bristol. It came after the broadcaster received almost 19,000 complaints about the incident, as well as numerous complaints from staff and the resignation of BBC 1Xtra’s broadcaster Sideman aka David Whitely.The letter states: “Dear BBC, on reflection, the eventual apology made by the outgoing BBC director-general Tony Hall on 9th August 2020, is just the beginning and not the end of this N-word controversy. Sadly, it does not go far enough.“It only addresses the use of the word, not the subsequent defence of its use. This is unacceptable when you consider the damage that it has caused.”As a BBC News reporter I’ve had friends & followers ask me whether I think it’s ok that a white person said the N word on air. For the sake of not having to answer that question again - pls read here: pic.twitter.com/mUjT3Es0qo— Ashley John-Baptiste (@AshleyJBaptiste) August 8, 2020An InfluencHers spokesperson told HuffPost UK: “There can be no justification for using a serious racial slur to prop up a story when it added nothing of value or clarity to the story. What it did instead was to cause trauma to many people who feel that societal prejudice and racism is so ingrained and normalised that an important corporation thought this was valid behaviour.“Moreover, the fact that it took the BBC so long to make a statement and accept that it used language which was racially insulting, compounds this trauma because it reinforces the notion expressed amongst many Black people that it seems as though it is open season for racism against them with there being little fear of consequences.”“The BBC needs now to go further. Whilst reviewing its policy, someone needs to be made accountable, possibly by resigning, and the corporation needs to fully cooperate with any organisations requiring it to do so, including the police, EHRC and community based race monitoring groups. This must never happen again.”The InfluencHers are also calling for Whitely to be compensated if he feels unable to return to his job, after he described the BBC’s decision to use the N-word, and then to defend its use, as a “slap in the face”.TV historian Lucy Worsley also said the racial slur while reciting a quote from John Wilkes Booth, the man who killed Abraham Lincoln, in a 2019 documentary repeated three days after the first incident.Sideman quits BBC 1Xtra over use of racial slur in BBC News reporthttps://t.co/U0lgwylG0upic.twitter.com/1es8ASf6vT— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) August 8, 2020The BBC had previously accepted that using the racial slur had caused offence, but had not apologised for it, saying the use of the N-word was “editorially justified given the context”. But in a statement, the BBC’s director-general Lord Tony Hall said: “Every organisation should be able to acknowledge when it has made a mistake. We made one here.”In a email to all BBC staff, Hall wrote: “It should be clear that the BBC’s intention was to highlight an alleged racist attack. This is important journalism which the BBC should be reporting on and we will continue to do so.“Yet despite these good intentions, I recognise that we have ended up creating distress amongst many people.“The BBC now accepts that we should have taken a different approach at the time of broadcast and we are very sorry for that. We will now be strengthening our guidance on offensive language across our output.” The BBC’s use of the N-word could constitute a race hate crime, the InfluencHers argue.“This warrants an investigation. We know that over the last two weeks this event has resulted in people suffering from trauma, due to the prolonged legitimising by the BBC of the use of this extremely wounding and offensive word,” the open letter states. Related...
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Twitter contractors in charge of monitoring account security and fraud improperly accessed data from the accounts of celebrities, including Beyoncé, Bloomberg reported Monday.
Former employees said Twitter's internal controls were so lax that contractors were able to see users' phone numbers, email addresses, and approximate locations by creating fake help desk requests, according to Bloomberg.
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Twitter's lax internal policies allowed members of its security team to access the personal information of celebrity users, including Beyoncé, without their permission, Bloomberg reported Monday.
The security team, which is made up of 1,500 employees and contractors, has internal tools that allow it to see users' phone numbers, email addresses, and approximate location data in order to monitor accounts for fraud and content violations, the report said.
But widespread access to the tools and lenient rules around their use led some contractors to challenge each other to spy on celebrity accounts by submitting fake help desk tickets, former employees told Bloomberg.
Cognizant, the company that employed some of the contractors mentioned, did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment.
In an email to Business Insider, a Twitter spokesperson said the company does not tolerate the misuse of internal tools, and that doing so could result in termination, but declined to comment on the specific cases reported by Bloomberg.
The degree of access and control employees and contractors granted has come under scrutiny in recent weeks after hackers gained control of internal tools and hijacked the accounts of 130 high-profile individuals and companies, allowing them to perpetuate a Bitcoin scam that likely netted them at least $120,000.
Twitter said the incident was the result of a "coordinated social engineering attack" — a technique that involves manipulating victims in order to obtain information about an organization — that allowed the hackers to gain access to internal tools only available to Twitter's support teams.
With that tool, hackers were able to see users' personal information, including phone numbers, email addresses, and in some cases, private messages, Twitter said in a blog post detailing what happened.
Last week, Reuters reported that more than 1,000 Twitter employees and contract workers had access to that same tool, making it difficult for the company to guard against hacks like this one.
Employees have raised similar concerns around Twitter's internal security measures on multiple occasions since at least 2015, including to its board of directors, but fixes were put on the back burner in order to prioritize engineering projects focused on making the company more money, according to Bloomberg.SEE ALSO: Biden's campaign reportedly told staffers to delete TikTok from their personal and work phones citing security and privacy concerns
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Much like the desktop app for PC, Voicemod Clips lets you choose from a variety of different voices that modify your voice in real time with the flick of a switch. There are 12 to choose from daily, out of a library of 60 in total. The effects are a fun way to alter your voice for pranks on friends,...
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