Friday News: Apple Watch hates tattoos, reading and shame, images of Black women on tv, and 50 Shades verdict in Texas court
Shari Lipner, a dermatologist and assistant professor at Weill Cornell, doesn’t believe the watch “would be a problem with African Americans or people with dark skin. This is really a different type of pigment (than) in the tattoos.” . . .
As for people with tattoos, Lipner suggested it would only be an issue if the tattoo is directly below the watch sensors, adding that smartwatch owners with amateur or light-colored tattoos also shouldn’t run into snags. But the darker blue or black inks on some tattoos could interfere with how the sensor reads your heart rate, giving users unusual numbers. –USA Today
Also top-down, and equally useless, is false shame, whereby you passive-aggressively apologize for your crummy taste in books: “Oh, I know I should probably read ‘The Goldfinch’ or whatever, like you with your big brain, but what can I say? I like these novelizations of ‘Star Trek’ episodes.” That’s no good either. Get behind your “Star Trek” novelizations. Make the case for them. Say, if you must, that the hasty generic splurge of a sci-fi hack has — by definition! — more of wisdom and rude life in it than any dry Pulitzer Prize winner. –New York Times
“I don’t care what White people think of me,” continued Story, on mainstream media’s “politics of race” discussions of Black shows. “I love Empire,” added Blay, but admitted that she understands why some Blacks might not like the show. “I think we’ve been trained to respond to popular images in a certain way. We are not supposed to enjoy anything that is made by the mainstream about Black people.” Morgan pointed out, “I do not want Black women’s problems to always be contentious, misery, trauma and violence — that’s the only way that we fit into an American racial and sexual narrative. If you are going to write an article about the misrepresentation of Black women, then you need to account for the Black female audience that loves the show.” . . .
“We absolutely want representation that represents some aspect of our lives, but the shows we are talking about…aren’t White shows with Black people on them. We are talking about Black shows with Black creators and Black directors,” noted Cooper on Scandal and Murder creator Shonda Rhimes and Mara Brock Akil, the creator of BET’s Being Mary Jane. –Spokesman-Recorder
The jury deliberated for about 10 hours over three days before determining on Thursday that Pedroza was defrauded by Amanda Hayward, her Australian partner in an e-publishing business that originally released what would become a New York Times bestseller.
State District Judge Susan McCoy will determine how much Pedroza eventually gets after an accounting of the financial records connected to book sales is completed. Records on the royalties have been sealed, but earlier estimates were that her share could be $10 million to $20 million. –Star-Telegram