Toronto store puts up coat hanger window display to advocate for abortion rights

With the news that people in the United States have been stripped of their abortion rights, one store here in Toronto is speaking out using what they have: their window display.

Bone & Busk by Katharina Mior, a couture shop and expert corsetiere, filled their shop’s display window with coat hangers recently, writing “reproductive rights are human rights” on the glass.

“We stand with our friends in the USA who are being stripped of their right to bodily autonomy,” the store wrote in the caption to a photo of the display posted to the business’s Instagram on June 24.

Bone & Busk proprietor Katharina Mior put the display up immediately upon reading that Roe v. Wade had been repealed.

“I have seen this display tagged in quite a few Instagram stories and posts and have been personally thanked by shoppers stopping in,” Mior tells blogTO.

This isn’t the first time she’s used the shop’s window to address important topics, and the response she’s gotten to this one has actually been less inflammatory than some others that were based on more locally focused issues.

“The overall response has not been as fervent or vocal as our displays of Indigenous solidarity or antifascism. Local issues that affect the people living here will always have a more impacting response,” says Mior. 

“When we mounted a display condemning war and fascism in November 2019, we had quite a lot of people who wouldn’t typically shop in our store stop in just to thank us.”

In her personal life, Mior contributes to the causes she’s passionate about by fundraising as a DJ on Twitch for organizations like the Minnesota Freedom Fund, the Indian Residential School Survivors Society, The Sophie Lancaster Foundation and the ACLU.

“I have also actively contributed to Planned Parenthood in the wake of this draconian assault on bodily autonomy rights in the USA,” says Mior. “I also actively hit the pavement at protests and am involved in various community organizations, including working as a vaccination ambassador and clinic defense.”

However, she just wants to use the window as a form of expression, not as a way to raise funds.

“I abhor using capitalism to promote a moral position. We do not sell products to raise money, I raise money through my extra curricular activities,” says Mior.

“I use my window as a billboard for promoting important ideas but I will not use those important ideas to push product. For example, several people came in asking if we carried merchandise promoting bodily autonomy and I responded that we don’t do that here.”

Inspired by the window displays of Linda Fargo and Salvador Dali, Mior always wants her windows to be an extension of her values and creativity.

“I make my displays based upon ideas I have and responses I have to what is happening in the world around me,” says Mior.

“Sometimes they are escapist fantasy, sometimes they reflect the brutal reality of the dystopian nightmare we are currently living in. I suppose I will remove this display when the next terrible thing happens, or Hallowe’en. Whichever comes first.”


David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash’s music back on Spotify post Joe Rogan protest

Joe Rogan recently found himself in the midst of a controversy after several popular stars from the music industry called out Spotify for spreading misinformation about COVID through his podcast. The members of the well-renowned band CSNY, David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash stood in solidarity with their former bandmate, Neil Young as they wished for their music to be taken down from the streaming platform. However, nearly five months later, the trio’s music is back on Spotify, as per ET Canada.

David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash’s music returns to Spotify

After the protest against podcaster Joe Rogan and Spotify, David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash’s music has returned to Spotify after not being available on the platform for months. A source informed Billboard that the trio plans on donating the proceedings collected from the streaming platform to COVID-19 charities for about a month. Apart from them, other artistes including India Arie, Joni Mitchell, and many others also pulled their tracks and projects from the streaming platform following the controversy.

Joe Rogan protest

Crosby, Stills and Nash released a statement in February 2022 as they extended their support to Neil Young and slammed Spotify for spreading ‘dangerous disinformation’ through Joe Rogan’s podcast. They mentioned they did not want their music on the same platform, until ‘real action’ was taken. They shared a statement at the time that read,

“We support Neil and we agree with him that there is dangerous disinformation being aired on Spotify’s Joe Rogan podcast. While we value alternative points of view, knowingly spreading disinformation during this global pandemic has deadly consequences. Until real action is taken to show that a concern for humanity must be balanced with commerce, we don’t want our music – or the music we made together – to be on the same platform.”

As per ET Canada, Spotify’s CEO then responded and mentioned that an advisory would be added to any podcast discussing topics around COVID. Rogan also shared a video on his social media account after the protests against him and Spotify and mentioned he was not ‘trying to promote misinformation’.


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Gyakie Delivers Stellar Live Performance Of ‘Something’ On Glitch Africa – WATCH

Afrobeats singing sensation and entertainer, Jackline Acheampong, widely known within the showbiz circles as Gyakie made an appearance on Glitch Africa with a more soulful performance of her trending song, ‘Something’.

On Friday, June 10, 2022, the award winning singer, songwriter and performing artiste served her listeners and the entire music community with a beautifully crafted song tagged; “Something”.

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‘Something’ has received positive comments and reviews from fans music enthusiast. The beautifully crafted tune also debuted on Apple Top 100 during its first week of release and now holds the 3 spot on the music chart. Screenshot below.

The Flip The superstar on Glitch Africa delivered an a well curated performance of her recent single ‘Something’. The talented songbird showcases her versatility and proves that she can make us feel as much as she can make us move. Watch video below.

‘Something’ happens to be a single off Gyakie’s forthcoming EP captioned; “My Dairy”. The six tracked body of would be released on Friday, July 22, 2022 on all streaming platforms.

Source: Ghgossip.com


‘Kingmaker’ director says legal action underway after 2nd billboard using unauthorized photo of Imelda Marcos spotted

Second time clearly was not the charm for Digital Out of Home (DOOH) Philippines, the advertising agency that was called out for using an image of former first lady Imelda Marcos from the documentary The Kingmaker without permission on a billboard birthday greeting.

After apologizing to The Kingmaker director Lauren Greenfield over the weekend, it seems the company is guilty of another case of copyright infringement (as well as atrocious grammar) as evidenced by yet another billboard showing Mrs. Marcos in the signature red terno dress alongside the greeting, “Happy 93th birth day First Lady Imelda Marcos.”

“Getting reports of a second copyright infringement in Manila that occurred yesterday as well. Same company,” Greenfield wrote on Twitter.

The photograph of Imelda Marcos was used in the posters of the award-winning 2019 documentary, which chronicles the political career of the former first lady and her family’s attempts to rehabilitate their image after her husband, former President Ferdinand Marcos Sr. was ousted as a result of the 1986 People Power Revolution. 

Poster of “The Kingmaker,” featuring Imelda Marcos. Image: Lauren Greenfield / The Kingmaker

READ: Acclaimed Marcos documentary ‘The Kingmaker’ is now free for streaming

Over the weekend, DOOH Philippines issued an apology to Greenfield and took down the greeting after images of a massive billboard wishing the former first lady a happy birthday using the photo went viral on social media.

“First, we would like to sincerely apologize for using your “Kingmaker” image for our billboards. We must confess that we were unaware of your copyright, and we appreciate that you brought the matter to our attention,” the company wrote in a statement.

“Please be informed that as soon as we were made aware of the issue, we immediately took the greeting down. We take full responsibility for the mistake, and we are truly sorry.”

Yet hours after the apology was made, photos were reportedly sent to Greenfield of another billboard, operated by the same company, showing the same greeting.

Greenfield said that legal action was already underway.

Copyright infringement in the Philippines is punishable by law with imprisonment of one to three years and a fine of PHP50,000 to PHP150,000 (US$900 to US$2,721) for the first offense, and jail time of three years and a day to six years, plus another fine of PHP150,000 to PHP500,000 (US$2,721 to US$9,070) for the second offense.


Vacation Bible School album reaches No. 1 on Apple music chart

Spark Studios

Lifeway’s Vacation Bible School soundtrack “Spark Studios” reached the No. 1 spot on Apple Music’s Top 100 Children’s Music Albums chart in recent weeks. 

While the album is now at No. 9 on the iTop Chart for children’s music albums, it reached the top spot during the Southern Baptist Convention’s Annual Meeting in Anaheim, California, in mid-June, announced Lifeway, which, though self-funded, is the SBC’s publishing and distribution division.

Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Lifeway said the album also reached the 63rd spot on the overall Apple Music Top 100 chart for all genres.

The album’s popularity proves that “VBS is returning in full force across the country” after a gap of two years due to the pandemic”, said Lifeway’s VBS and kids ministry specialist Melita Thomas to Baptist Press.

“We’re very proud of the role music plays in Lifeway’s VBS as it’s an intentional part of our strategy. You’ll find the daily Bible verses embedded in the daily songs and the theme song often includes the theme verse in its entirety, which makes it easy for kids to memorize,” Thomas continued.

Released Dec. 3, 2021, the album features six tracks, including this year’s VBS theme song titled “Spark Studios,” which is based on this year’s VBS theme verse of Ephesians 2:10, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

The goal of memorizing is for the kids to “internalize those truths as they listen to and sing the words over and over again … getting the truth of God’s Word into the hearts and minds of children and their families,” Thomas added.

Independent contractors Paul Marino and Jeremy Johnson helped write and produce the album.

“It’s a real honor to write this and to use it for God’s kingdom,” Marino told Baptist Press. 

“Our challenge is to take the overall theme and what they want to say with the theme, and put music to it with lyrics that rhyme and work with the Scripture verses,” he added. “We try to put it all together so it’s one cohesive album, and from the beginning to end it takes you on a journey through the week of the VBS. This year’s theme is different from many other years of our theme songs, but it gives it a new freshness and the kids really grabbed onto it.”

Johnson added, “It’s more than just entertainment or an album just to listen to, it is God’s Word that has the power to change kids’ lives forever.”


BTS’ Label Recruits ARMY to Protect Band From Attacks, Defamation – Billboard

BigHit Music, the South Korean record label, says it is going after “malicious postings” related to K-pop supergroup BTS – and is looking to fans to supply intel to aid in the crackdown.

On June 29, BigHit released a note on social networking platform Weverse warning that the company had recently filed “additional criminal complaints against postings with personal attacks and defamation,” using new information provided by fans and collected through its own monitoring activities.

The Weverse note came two weeks after BTS shook up the pop music world by revealing that the seven-member boy band was taking an indefinite break to pursue solo projects. The group’s fan group, known as ARMY, has lashed out on Twitter against journalists in the U.S. for their portrayals of the group’s break, which was originally translated by BigHit parent company HYBE as a “hiatus” on the video of a dinner where band members discussed the issue. (“We’re going on a hiatus now,” Suga said in Korean.)

While ARMY is well-known for criticizing online posters who make unflattering comments about BTS, toxic cyberbullying is real in Korea — and has been attributed to several high-profile suicides, including in the K-pop world.

BigHit says that one poster uploaded posts containing “insults against [BTS]” using dozens of different IP addresses on DC Inside, a South Korean internet forum. “We have been monitoring these types of malicious postings and filed criminal complaints against the poster for all the postings with malicious comments,” the company said.

The label says it has found other defamatory postings with “extremely malicious and delusional content” and initiated legal proceedings against the posters. “The complaint we have filed includes platforms not mentioned in this notice and we would also like to inform you that we cannot reveal every detail of the content of the complaint to ensure a proper investigation.”

BigHit described their Weverse note broadly as an “update” on its activities to protect BTS. “Our company regularly initiates legal proceedings against perpetrators of malicious activities related to BTS, including defamation, personal attacks, sexual harassment, the spread of groundless information, and ill-intentioned criticism,” the label said.

The company has refused to settle cases, noting that “the accused of an ongoing investigation recently attempted to settle the case but there will be no settlement nor leniency… our policy of no settlement and no leniency remains in effect.” BigHit urged fans to make continued use of a hotline (protect@bighitmusic.co.kr) to report any cases of abuse.

Tension Over Criminal Defamation and Cyberbullying

In South Korea, unlike in the United States (on a federal level), defamation is a criminal charge — and speaking truth is not always a defense. “Openly false facts” under South Korea’s criminal code can result in up to seven years in prison. But if the court finds that a defendant made true statements with the “intent to commit defamation” and not out of “public interest,” then a defendant can still be convicted and sentenced to up to three years in jail or a fine.

Criminal defamation creates an atmosphere of constrained expression. A defamation law like South Korea’s, which “does not adequately distinguish between truth and falsehood, can act as a powerful tool of repression,” says Pen America, a free expression advocacy organization. International groups like the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression have repeatedly called for decriminalization of defamation around the world because of how it can limit free speech.

In the entertainment world, the threat of defamation charges has often led South Korean media outlets and blogs to self-censor – with gossip publications withholding celebrity names when they report on salacious news. And in recent years, following high-profile suicides, news portal sites have removed the comment sections only for entertainment stories.

Despite more protective laws for targets of potentially defamatory speech, South Korea has been under pressure to crack down on cyberbullying after a series of high-profile suicides.

In 2019, actress and singer Sulli was found dead at 25 after receiving online abuse for years. She rose to prominence as a member of girl group f(x), beginning as a trainee for K-pop company SM Entertainment, and later became known for her outspokenness about her struggles with mental health issues, cyberbullying and even her romantic relationships.

After taking a break from music in 2015 to focus on acting – SM Entertainment said in 2014 that she was “suffering physically and mentally from malicious and untrue rumors spreading about her” – she hung herself on the second floor of her home in Seoul.

The suicide prompted several celebrities to call for better support for those in the K-pop industry.

Then this February, influencer Cho Jang-mi, 27, known as BJ Jammi on YouTube and Twitch, was found dead at her home, with a person claiming to be an uncle writing on Twitch that she had been suffering from severe depression due to online hate speech “and rumors,” Korean news agency Yonhap reported.

Cho had been accused of making a hand gesture in one of her videos implying she hated men; she had appealed for bullying that branded her a “man-hater” to stop.

Her death came a day after Kim In-hyeok, a 28-year-old professional volleyball player, was found dead. He had pleaded with people to stop sending hate comments and spreading rumors online about his appearance and supposed sexuality.

Days after news of Cho’s death, a petition was posted on the South Korean president’s website calling for punishment for YouTubers and online commentators who spread rumors or hate speech about Cho. In just a few days, it had been signed by almost 150,000 people.


G-Dragon’s ‘Obsession’, ‘Crayon’, ‘CROOKED’ and more: Which is your favourite solo track by him?

G-Dragon is a South Korean rapper, singer-songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur and fashion designer, known as the ‘King of K-pop’. G-Dragon is the recipient of numerous awards, including seven Mnet Asian Music Awards, six Melon Music Awards, two Korean Music Awards, two Golden Disc Awards, two MBC Entertainment Awards, among several other awards. Additionally, he is the first and only solo artist to receive the Mnet Asian Music Award for Artist of the Year in 2013.

Born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, G-Dragon officially debuted in 2006 and rose to prominence as the leader of the South Korean group BIGBANG. In 2009, he released his first solo album ‘Heartbreaker’; the album and its title track of the same name were commercially successful, becoming the best-selling album by a Korean soloist at the time and earning him Album of the Year at the 2009 Mnet Asian Music Awards. This was followed by a collaboration with fellow BIGBANG member T.O.P for the album GD & TOP in 2010. His first EP ‘One of a Kind’ (2012), spawned three singles: ‘One of a Kind’, ‘Crayon’, and the chart-topper ‘That XX’. The EP earned Best Album at the 2013 Seoul Music Awards. In 2013, he embarked on his first worldwide tour as a solo artist, making him the first Korean soloist to tour Japanese dome arenas. His 2017 EP, ‘Kwon Ji Yong’, yielded the number one single ‘Untitled, 2014’, and the supporting concert tour Act III: M.O.T.T.E became the largest tour ever conducted by a Korean soloist.

Widely recognized for his influence on youth culture, fashion trends, and music in South Korea, G-Dragon was named by Forbes in 2016 as the most influential person under 30 in Asia’s entertainment and sports. G-Dragon has written or co-written 23 number one songs on the Gaon Digital Chart most of which he has also co-produced. 

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Filmmaker Lauren Greenfield cries copyright infringement over Imelda Marcos billboard

(1st UPDATE) ‘Clearly, whoever stole my image to wish Imelda Happy Birthday doesn’t understand copyright infringement,’ says the filmmaker

MANILA, Philippines – Filmmaker Lauren Greenfield has called out the use of her image of Imelda Marcos in a billboard greeting the late dictator’s wife a happy birthday.

In a July 2 tweet, Lauren shared images of the billboard from the Philippine Star.

“Clearly, whoever stole my image to wish Imelda Happy Birthday doesn’t understand copyright infringement,” she said, tagging artist’s agency Institute Artist and its co-founder Matt Shonfeld. She also used the hashtags “stop the steal” and “the Kingmaker.”

It’s not immediately clear whether Lauren will be taking any legal action against the people behind the billboard.

The billboard in question, located along EDSA, shows Imelda in a red terno, with the text “Happy 93th [sic] birthday first lady Imelda Marcos.”

The image in the billboard was taken by Lauren for her documentary The Kingmaker, and was even used in the film’s poster.

In a statement, billboard company Digital Out-of-Home Philippines (DOOH PH) apologized to Lauren, saying “We were unaware of your copyright, and we appreciate that you brought the matter to our attention.”

DOOH PH also said it immediately took the billboard down after being made aware of the issue.

“We take full responsibility for the mistake, and we are truly sorry,” the DOOH PH said, while also offering its services to her.

The Kingmaker is a 2019 documentary focusing Imelda throughout her reign as first lady under the dictatorship of her husband Ferdinand Marcos. 

The documentary also traces her efforts to restore their family name and gain back political power – a journey that has recently come to completion with her son Bonbong Marcos becoming the 17th President of the Philippines. – Rappler.com


Cardi B reveals her BTS bias is THIS member

What a marvellous pick! Though we’re sure we’d have said the same thing had she chosen anyone else too but we’re already imagining the many styles of collaborations this revelation can bring about. Cardi B went on Twitter to speak about her new release ‘Hot S–t’ and began talking on the hashtag #AskCardi where her fans sent her their many burning questions.

One particularly interesting one caught her eye as the ‘WAP’ hitmaker was asked, “Who’s your bias(favorite) in bts? #AskCardi “ she very candidly replied to the tweet with a cropped photo of BTS member Jimin from the group’s appearance at the 2022 Grammy Awards. Looking handsome as ever, her answer was loud and clear.

With this, Jimin has caught the eyes of another celebrity adding to the long list of people who have admitted to being his fans. Choosing a bias, and especially one in BTS, is not an easy feat and we’re happy to see Cardi B succeeding.

This has taken us back to dreaming of a collaboration between BTS and Cardi B, hoping that the two global stars would finally come together and give us the record of a lifetime. The ‘I Like It’ singer has previously revealed that her daughter Kulture is a part of the BTS ARMY. She has spoken about how a song was planned between the two of them before but had to be cancelled because of scheduling conflicts. She then said a “maybe” on being asked about a future possibility. Is this a hint? We don’t know, but we sure hope it is!

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