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Kamala Harris’ First Vogue Cover Sparks Racial Controversies

(POP NEWS EDITION) Vice President-elect Kamala Harris graced the cover of the February 2021 issue of Vogue, but controversy over the selected cover photo overshadowed her magazine debut.

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris stepped into the fashion realm as the cover star of American Vogue’s February 2021 issue. 

While the photoshoot intended to be a progressive step toward increased representation for women of color and women in power in high fashion media, critics are speaking out against the high fashion publication for the apparent whitewashing of her skin tone and the photoshoot falling short of Vogue’s editorial standards. 

The photograph, released on Twitter, showed Harris with her arms crossed, wearing a dark suit and her trademark Converse sneakers in front of a pink and green backdrop – an ode to Harris’ sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha.

Twitter users quickly called out the magazine, stating that the magazine appeared to have lightened Harris’ skin. A source from Harris’ team says that the final cover image is not the photograph both sides agreed on. Apparently, Harris’ team, along with the editorial team at Vogue and Anna Wintour, selected the photo of Harris donning a light blue suit. A few hours later, Vogue shared the second image. 

The images were shot by 26-year-old photographer Tyler Mitchell, one of the youngest African-American photographers to have shot the cover of Vogue. Mitchell previously shot Beyoncé for Vogue’s famed September issue.

Neither Mitchell nor Harris’ team has issued a statement surrounding the controversies. The Los Angeles Times reports that Vogue released a statement defending its artistic choices, including depicting Harris as more casual to reflect her “authentic, approachable nature, which we feel is one of the hallmarks of the Biden-Harris administration.” 

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Kim Kardashian West, Paulina Aguirre & More Stars In Celebrity PSA Campaign “I Stand With Armenia and Artsakh”

In an effort to educate Western audiences on the humanitarian crisis happening now in Armenia due to the unprovoked attack by Azerbaijan and Turkey, USATVProductions/USArmenia TV and the Armenian National Committee of America  (ANCA/www.anca.org) have launched the PSA campaign “I Stand With Armenia and Artsakh.” 

At launch, multiple Grammy-winner Paulina Aguirre, Yasmine Al Massri (Quantico), Ed Begley Jr., Andrea Martin, Serj Tankian (System Of A Down), Kim Kardashian West and lifestyle and fashion expert Lawrence Zarian have lent their support to the campaign, with more celebrities to be joining daily.


Videos Courtesy of USATV Productions.

Recently, USATV’s Bagrat and Vahag Sargsyan and their friends successfully arranged for 20 tons of urgently needed humanitarian aid that was shipped via a Boeing 757 charter aircraft from Los Angeles to Armenia. The shipment included vital necessities to help the citizens of Artsakh, victims of the unprovoked war waged against Armenia and Artsakh. Financial support for the mission was provided by Sargsyan friends, Harutyun Harutyunan, Dr. Stephan Gevorkian, Vardan Seropyan, Gary & Hakop Taglyan, Arthur Levonyan and Nelson Patatanyan, along with the collective efforts of LA Armenians and Armenia Fund.

The Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) is the largest and most influential Armenian American grassroots political organization. Working in coordination with a network of offices, chapters and supporters throughout the United States and affiliated organizations around the world, the ANCA actively advances the concerns of the Armenian American community on a broad range of issues.

Brothers Bagrat and Vahag Sargsyan founded the first commercial private television company in Armenia, after the country became independent. Following in the footsteps of their father Artem Sargysan, a renowned scientist, academic and TV personality, the brothers built the largest media conglomerate in Armenia and Eastern Europe, including four national television networks, a publishing house, cable distribution companies and film studios.  In 2008, they moved to the United States and purchased the FCC licensed station KIIO Channel 10 in Los Angeles and formed USATV productions and broadcasting company.  Since USATV’s inception, the Sargsyans have produced many television formats in Armenia and Eastern Europe, including NBC’s The Voice and Deal Or No Deal, Minute to Win It (GSN) and Fort Boyard (France 2/Channel 5 UK), and in the US, more than 48 television series, five feature films, and acted as executive producer for recent features American Skin (2019) and Hunter’s Moon (2020) and series Nova Vita (2020),  among others.

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How Black Lives Matter Is Changing Our View On Film & TV

A look at Hollywood’s strained relationship with race and how the Black Lives Matter is changing our view on TV and film. There is a reckoning In Hollywood. Books, podcasts, documentaries exploring racial issues in America are topping charts and being newly featured on streaming services. Meanwhile, artworks deemed racially insensitive — or downright racist — are getting banned. Is the long-overdue reckoning in Hollywood a movement or just a moment? We caution you our story unavoidably includes insensitive images.

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