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‘Art Everywhere’ in San Antonio | Goal reached in 2020 to spread hope and inspiring messages – KENS5.com01.24.21

If downtown looks a bit brighter and more colorful, Centro San Antonio probably had something to do with that. One of their big art projects was completed in 2020.

SAN ANTONIO If you've been downtown in the last few months, colorful murals or paintings may have caught your attention.

That's the work of Centro San Antonio and it's all part of their Art Everywhere initiative. Their goal to complete 10 huge art installments in the downtown area before 2020 was over. And yes, they did it.

Downtown is a place for extraordinary experiences; where our memories are made and become the stories we tell. Its beautiful to see them articulated via art, Andi Rodriguez, Vice President of Cultural Placemaking at Centro San Antonio, said. This initiative is not only an opportunity to support local artists, but an opportunity to support small and local businesses through an enhanced urban landscape and foot traffic generated by interest in these new pieces.

Rodriguez said it took the help of partnerships with the City of San Antonio, Frost Bank and local property owners and local businesses to make their project a reality.

They commissioned several pieces including Jubilant And Exuberant Is The Melanin of Our Skin, the temporary word art at Travis Park written by San Antonio Poet Laureate Andrea Vocab Sanderson, for example. SA Is Amor, is the yellow and red hard-to-miss mural on the side of the Travelers Hotel on Broadway.

"Touch is a colorful street-level mural outside of Herwicks Art Supply. It's a piece by Suzy Gonzalez that reminds us of the importance of unity in the face of challenges.

Instructions For Use For Adapting To Our State of Constant Change is a mural on the Maverick Apartments and is a collaboration between Anthony Dean Harris and Justin Parr to offer comfort and stability in the face of a global pandemic.

To learn more about the Art Everywhere initiative, click here.

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‘A Critical Conversation’ exhibit uses art to impel consideration in Eugene-Springfield – The Register-Guard01.24.21

Matthew Denis|Register-Guard

A synonym for propaganda is "information."Another synonym for propaganda is "disinformation."Its all in how people process this data.

Because propaganda tends to illustrate a viewpoint, it evokes emotions and some type of reaction, filmmaker Gregory S. Black said. That's what draws me to create: the ability to get emotions or get people connected.

Towardthis end, Black co-organized A Critical Conversation, an exhibition that offers a subjective artistic perspective to spark dialogue. In the show, Black and 10 additionalartists make their statement on the intersection of art, race and privilege at home and in the wider culture. A short film from Black will join in-gallery printmaking performances, paintings panel discussions and selected poetry intend as an anti-racist message in spurring commentary and questioning race at Eugene Contemporary Art'sANTI-AESTHETIC art space.

"A Critical Conversation"

What: Amulti-disciplinary group art project focusingon the intersections of art, race and privilege at home and the culture at large. The expositionfeatures a group exhibition, in-gallery printmaking, performances, moderated panel discussions and selected poetry presented

When:Now through Sunday, March 21.

Where:Showing at theANTI-AESTHETIC art space, 245 W 8th Ave. (COVID-19 restrictions in place) andonline at

In A Critical Conversation, artists attempt to enlightensociety ofthe daily toil taken from a racialperspective.

Blacks Black Lives Matter, Awareness-Achievement-Humanity,for example, offers a record of the Oregon Black experience from the mid-1990s to now. Video segments and stills document different aspects of what African Americans face daily in thisstate.

Little things that you probably wouldn't even recognize, but they are significant in our culture in Oregon, Black said.

Blacks initial platform was still photography as he wanted to look at the world through the lens of a camera. When video became affordable, Blacks perspective changed to film, recording that rainbow of people of color.

It's a chocolate rainbow, if you will, Black said. Its the experience of growing up Black and experiencing Black culture and being in America, a place where youre really not wanted.

Oregon, Black said, is the only state ever admitted to the Union with "Sundowner laws"on the books. If a Black person were caught in a restricted place, the law required six lashes at best and torture and death at worst.Black shot interviews with 80- and 90-year old African Americans born in Oregon who recall this time in the 1930s and 1940s.

"Many of them found a way to overcome and still be successful," Black said. "Many of them became professionals like educators and dentists.They moved on to be ordinary human beings that have families to raise, to food to put on the table, to keep the lightson.

Also enabling this, Black said, were and are people of diverse races who proffer different levers of power. A Critical Conversation, for example, was funded with a 2020 Jordan Schnitzer Black Lives Matter Artist Grant and, through co-organizer Kathleen Caprario, was a 2020 Lane Arts (Council) Artist Grant recipient.

With individuals like Jordan Schnitzer and organizations like LAC funding art, Caprario said this is a time whenthis community's and this countrys people can help shift norm expectations.

One of our hopes is that A Critical Conversation will get people talking about our behaviors on a broad, national level and on an intimate, personal level in Eugene-Springfield, Caprario said.

A Critical Conversation is not only an exposition, but a form of confrontation, challenging cultural perspectives withviews into another world. This macrocosm reveals the continued schism between Western and Native paradigms in exhibiting artist Ka'ila Farrell-Smiths scholarly and creative work. Currently writing about that series for an academic essay, Farrell-Smith applies actions of refusal and flight as a powerful form of decolonization.

Assimilating into the system is akin to assimilating into a culture that is burning down right now, Farrell-Smith said.

Farrell-Smith is a contemporary Klamath Modocvisual artist and Native activist, now based in Modoc Point. For Smith, allowing artistic conversations to exist is an integral measure to an equitable existence.

War and censorship and coming after intellectuals are a part of the '14 parts of fascism.' Free speech and freedom of religion are extremely important. They come after intellectuals first, Smith said.

Farrell-Smiths professional life intertwines being a creator and a crusader. Her journey from Klamath Mak'Lak country to growing up in Glenwood, attending college in Portland and practicing art in Europe prefaced her return to Oregon to become an environmental advocate.

After seven years in the "nonprofit industrial complex," Farrell-Smith returned to art and eventually found a way back to her native Klamath land. The artist now combines her creative work with campaigning for Native land rights.

Farrell-Smith will have two paintings up in A Critical Conversation, one titled M is for Mak'Lak, W is for White: Authentic Indian Design, an oil painting on linen;and one from her series of Monoprints, "Gee'la," in collaboration with Judith Baumann, master printer at Crows Shadow Institute for the Arts in Pendleton.

According to their homepage, The Klamath Tribes (Klamaths, Modocs and Yahooskin) originate in Oregons Klamath Basin, existing for thousands of years before being displaced by white settlement.

If stability defines success, our presence here has been, and always will be, essential to the economic well-being of our homeland and those who abide here, wrote.

For Farrell-Smith, moving back to thiscradlemeans bringing awareness through action and art. Her advocacy includes acting as co-director and guide for Signal FireArts, providing opportunities for artists and activists to engage in the natural world, serving as a board member for Rogue Climate, working for climate justice in Southern Oregon.

This is how Ive been able to live my life: applying for grants and fellowships, Farrell-Smith said. Its incredible to see how weve been able to survive, especially during the pandemic and the coming Great Depression.

Farrell-Smiths father, Alfred Smith, was a Klamath tribal elder and her mother, Jane Farrell,derived from French andIrish roots. Farrell-Smith follows their lead as social warriors and artist demonstrators, bringing awareness to a reluctant people.

Its the quintessential American amnesia and apathy. Get over it. How? Farrell-Smith said. I am researching American torture and sadism. Why are we torturers? Where is this coming from? What happened?

If art is an adversary to a prejudiced civil structure, another antagonization workstowardits audience. Poet and teacher Ana-Maurine Laras work declares the dissonant voice of injured populations, unabashed in holding a mirror up to the dominant group.

Theres a significant difference between pain and discomfort that creates bridges and pain that causes death, Lara said. The pain of white supremacy leads to the death of Black people, Natives, migrants and psychic trauma.

Lara followed a path to uplifting these oppressed populations. She found progressive politicism at Harvard, championing feminist and lesbian causes like HIV research and organizing with queer communities of color in Boston. After gathering data towardsocial policy development in the transitioning East Timor in Southeast Asia with the United Nations Volunteer Program, this butch lesbian of color found her radical brethren in the Bay Area and in Austin, Texas.

From 2002 to 2009, Lara rooted herself in artistic production to live a life that prioritized producing creative work, intellectual exercise and community engagement. This led from the Alma de Mujer Center for Social Change a project of the Indigenous Womens Network in Austin to Eugene in 2013.

As a postdoctoral Visiting Fellow with the Center for Latin American and Latina/o Studies at the University of Oregon, Lara joined the anthropology department and eventually moved into Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies as an assistant professor. As an artistic extension of her academic work, Lara contributed five original poems to A Critical Conversation, visual in tone and intent.

By creating line breaks, by playing with syntax, by playing with word choice, I am creating an experience for the person to encounter the poem in a way that enables them to feel emotions or to see things in a different way, Lara said.

Lara references Zong!, NourbeSe Philips book-length poem composed entirely from the primary document sourced fromthe Gregson v. Gilbert case. On Nov. 29, 1781, the captain of the British slave ship, Zong, ordered that some 150 Africans be murdered by drowning so that the ships owners could collect the insurance money.

The book provides the experience of being enslaved on a ship in Middle Passage through visual poetry, words appearing where they shouldnt, Lara said. She'll create a ship on the page with just the word ship, ship, ship, ship, ship, over and over. Where people's bodies would have been, shell put in words like Ibo, Nabo, Congo.

Laras work also focuses upon forced migration and the doing/undoing that comes with suffering the sudden disappearance of loved ones. Laras course, Anthropology of the African Diaspora, is the first UO course to explore the Dark Continents displaced disbursement throughout the United States.

Laras scholarly point of view entwines with her expression, evolving her poetry over the past two decades. Defining those machinations that turn inside a global society andtranslating the language that defines power, facilitated her artistic evolution.

25 years ago, I thought about things in terms of race and privilege and oppression, Lara said. Now, I don't think that you have to be white to be racist, I don't think that you have to be male to be a misogynist.

The intellectualin Lara recognizes this as an illness of the entire system, a "top level of consciousness,"that herrestorative creation attempts to cure.

I'm looking at behaviors, the level of disease, approaching it from the perspective of a healer and an artist," Lara said. "How have they internalized white supremacy and colonialism to be true to their place on this earth? How can we create a space for that consciousness to be shifted?

Within A Critical Conversation, there is an artist who acknowledges the entitlement that his skin grants him. This recognition characterizes what fruits may grow from pollinating an attendant mindfulness.

Josh Sands is a Eugenemultimedia artist specializing in street art concerning itself with themes of memory and time. Sands Breathe, Step, Arrive, part of a 2019 Eugene BRIDGE exhibition during the Mayors Art Show, was a series of imagined transit maps mounted along downtown walkways that offered symbols of ourcurrent condition in relation to water resources, personal moods and psychological states. In A Critical Conversation, Sands turned from outer connection to introspection as inspiration.

I researched my own whiteness quite a bit, looking inward at where I fit into this, Sands said. I realized that the issue I was looking at was white privilege.

Sands began to craft a physical representation of this birthright by revisiting Peggy McIntoshs White Privilege Checklist, first encountered by Sands as an art student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

I touched on this idea that white people have this invisible passport to say whatever they want or be however they want, Sands said. As I boiled down her checklist, I looked at things that I could use to make objects with this idea of passports.

McIntosh and, subsequently, Sandsprovoked people,white especially, to perceive how they are represented in public through documenting theday-to-day. Sands saw himself in advertising, at the grocery store, at thrift stores and other places in and around the community. Eugenes overwhelming whiteness reveals itself in photographs and photo albums of Sands private exploration.

Everywhere you look, you see white people's faces and skin color, Sands said. Its a personal journey to really look at that checklist and see if it still holds true today.

Included in the shelved collection at the ANTI-AESTHETIC art spaceare more than 300 6-inch-by-8-inchphotographs, white privilege trading cards, advertisements, Band-Aids, postcards and other ephemera. Dig into the display to excavateretrieved documentsSands read through this process, including early 1920s literature from W.E.B. Du Bois.

It's a common misconception that white privilege is a new concept or a far-left, liberal concept invented in the 80s and 90s to instill white guilt, Sands said. That's not true at all. People like W.E.B. Du Bois have been writing about it since the turn of the (20th)century.

Du Bois, in The Souls of Black Folk, declares that unbalancing that privilege, tipping it toward all people, will embolden all of humanity. Letting it sag further and further into our psyche, though, will destroy this Union.

Believe in life! Always human beings will progress to greater, broader and fuller life, Du Bois wrote.Either America will destroy ignorance or ignorance will destroy the United States.

The composite artists in A Critical Conversation coalesce to form a single unit that, in one way or another, attempts to mend fractured connections. For co-organizer Caprario, creative output provides the key.

Art is that window that lets fresh air in, Caprario said. In that comes new opinions and behavior that will hopefully then influence the system, policies and what really needs change.

Applying the Schnitzers Black Lives Matter and Lane Arts Councils grants, then, the exhibition aspires to shake egocentric viewpoints and prompt discussion through commonality and sympathy by an awareness of someone elses experience.

We can use art to articulate that for us. If we are in verbal dialogue, we hold tighter to our own positions, Caprario said. It takes a very skilled mediator to hold a truly open conversation. I dont have that, but I can do it with my art.

Caprario's display, metaphor-laden and abstracted panel paintings atopartist-designed wallpaper, isa specific response to herexperience atthe Sweet Briar Slave Cemetery inAmherstwhile in residence at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in 2018. The Sweet Briar Rose is a romantic symbol of the Confederacy. In Caprario's paintings, its petals bloom from the names of Black persons killed by the police.And in the midst of this symbology, amirror suddenly offersa reflection of the observer's face.

A Critical Conversation offera resonance and depth that inspires questions of the self inside and a search for what is authentic and what is true.Through these pieces, Caprario hopes to span the rivers that run between understanding.

That bridge is beauty, Caprario said. Aesthetics allow for content and messages to cross to the viewer. As an artist, my superpower is empathy. Throughuse of material, wecreate that aesthetic bridge. It may feel imperfect, but it is honest.

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Coats of many colors and one-of-a-kind designs Current Publishing – Current in Carmel01.24.21

Within the fashion industry, few people have a more discerning eye for wearable art than Joan Lilly Carney, a Carmel resident who has traveled extensively in search of the worlds top art-as-clothing artisans.

Her latest discovery, a Florida-based felt and silk artisan from Kyrgyzstan, happens to be one she is especially excited about.

I have connected with what I think is the No. 1 felting artist in the world, said Carney, who operates her own art-as-clothing boutique from her Carmel home. (Felting) is a really hard process. Ive never seen anything as beautiful as what this (artist) has.

Indianapolis resident Tameran Carpenter models a felt coat created by artisan Galina Kostanda-Lambert. (Submitted photo).

The artist is Galina Kostanda-Lambert. Her creations are handmade womens clothing and accessories made of felt or silk. Her most recent pieces are a line of one-of-a-kind felt coats that can be worn four different ways.

Carney is selling the coats from her Carmel store, Lillys Wearable Art Studio, in a trunk show for Kostanda-Lambert, whose line also contains vests. Carney conducts similar events for other clothing artisans who cant sell at shows because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Carney agreed to conduct the trunk show for Kostanda-Lambert after traveling to Florida and watching her create a vest, a delicate, meticulous process that took about a week.

Coats take considerably longer. There are 40 in the trunk show collection, and no two are alike.

Its incredible the amount of work that goes into one coat, Carney said. She now has given me those pieces to sell, the four-way coats, which means every coat is a work of art on both sides, so its totally different. Its all felt, and its all done with fibers of wool. All kind of work goes into it.

Its unbelievable work.

Kostanda-Lambert draws inspiration from the natural world.

Mother Nature inspires me to generate such exquisite, colorful and original pieces, Kostanda-Lambert said. I use a hand-friction technique, a process that includes only superb quality fibers and natural material adhered together with soap and water.I envision my clientele adorned in my soft and luxurious creations that accentuate their uniqueness, no matter their age, size, shape, or skin tone.

Carney, who operated Lillys BoutiqueGallery in Zionsville from 1992 until 2013. She opened a store last year in her home, where she sees customers by appointment only. She follows social distancing and face-covering guidelines when showing collections in her studio. Pricing is discussed during appointments.

So far, demand for Kostanda-Lamberts coats has been high.

Theyre all different. Theyre all one-of-a-kind, said Carney, who has traveled the world in search of the most skilled artisans. People come back, and they buy them again.

Besides the Kostanda-Lambert coat collection, Carney sells other wearable art in her home studio, such as sweaters, scarves, vests, jackets, leggings and coats made by other artisans. She plans to present a wearable art fashion show Feb. 27 at the Columbia Club in downtown Indianapolis.

My passion is to help artisans, Carney said. Every lady that buys something here wears something unique.

To schedule an appointment or learn more about the fashion show, call 317-733-9061 or email

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In Deborah Robertss Art, an Interrogation of What Society Imposes on Black Children – Vogue01.24.21

Deborah Roberts, Jamal, 2020. Mixed media collage on canvas. 65 x 45 inches.

Yet in this new body of work, Roberts also gestures toward reclamation and valorization, returning some measure of agency to her figures by letting them take up more space. Where in her earlier compositions, the white surrounding her girls and boys could feel quietly oppressive, the subject in Jamal (2020), for example, feels heroic, as Roberts puts it. (Black boyhood takes on similarly epic proportions in the 2020 composition Little Man, little man, a wall mural commissioned from Roberts by The Contemporary Austin that pictures a boy in various states of joyful animation.)

Something is also reclaimed in the text-based work that appears in Im, such as LaCondrea is a noun. (2020). With that piece, Roberts seeks to validate traditionally Black names, rooted as they are in the legacy of emancipation. The purpose of my work is to create different pathways in order for people to talk about issues of race, gender, sexuality, and colorism, she says. When I say a name like Shemika, automatically youre going to have a visual of who you think Shemika is, and [the idea of] the text-based work is to illuminate that these names are all driven from the first opportunity that the slaves had when they were freed to name their children. By asserting that LaCondrea is a noun, even when word processors mark it as an error, Roberts forces a reckoningand makes a humble request. [The work] is trying to engage the audience to see things differently, she says, and to see the human part of being Black.

Deborah Roberts, LaCondrea is a noun., 2020. Silkscreen on paper. 30 x 22 inches.

Deborah Roberts: Im is on view at The Contemporary Austin from January 23 through August 15. Advanced tickets are required for entry to the museum; reserve them here.

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Herron’s first 2021 exhibitions highlight power of art to unify – IU Newsroom01.24.21

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Galleries at the Herron School of Art and Design at IUPUI will present two new exhibitions illuminating the various ways in which artists creatively and boldly use different media to amplify social justice movements.

"The Sum of Unity" and "Repercussions II: Recent Work by Alicia Henry" open Feb. 3 and support the university's long-standing efforts to create a diverse and inclusive campus and encourage all to engage meaningfully in critical discourse.

A virtual reception will take place on Zoom from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 3. To participate, register in advance online or watch the livestream at

"The Sum of Unity" represents the joint efforts of more than 50 Indiana- and Chicago-based artists and weaves together protest signs -- an art form that is often overlooked -- with two large-scale murals alongside a video by Kota Ezawa. The exhibition responds to the current divisive climate that prevails both nationally and globally and comes in the wake of the Jan. 6 mob violence at the U.S. Capitol.

"In looking back on the year 2020 with the struggle of the global pandemic along with the social battle for human equality far and wide, division between people has been high," said Samuel Levi Jones, Herron alumnus, artist and curator of the exhibition. "It was my desire to create a platform for an array of artists to come together and express their sentiments as one."

Indianapolis artists Clayton Hamilton and alumna Shamira Wilson, both known for their socially charged public art projects, were each invited to create a mural in the gallery. Hamilton's mural poses complex questions, and Wilson's speaks to spiritual practices of Black and Indigenous communities.

Ezawa's "National Anthem," a single-channel high-definition video shown at the Whitney Biennial in 2019, is at the center of the exhibition. Continuously looping, the animation shows NFL players kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality and the oppression of people of color.

Supported in part by Stuart's Moving and Storage, Indianapolis, "The Sum of Unity" will remain on display in the Berkshire, Reese and Paul Galleries until April 17.

"Repercussions II" is a solo exhibition of mixed-media and textile works by Tennessee-based artist Alicia Henry exploring how gender, race, culture and socioeconomic disparities influence us and drive our perception of the human figure.

Henry's layered, figurative wall hangings, made of stitched and embroidered materials, and small, discrete painted objects in a large installation found in the exhibition, can be comical and dark at the same time. Addressing the politics of skin color, many of the pieces are rooted in traditions ranging from clowning to blackface, a deeply racist and painful practice that was prevalent between the end of the Civil War and the turn of the 20th century. Another work in the exhibition evokes the brutality of lynching and the long shadow it continues to cast.

"Henry's remarkable command of a personal visual language across media carries the weight of an artist at the peak of her career," said Joseph Mella, director and curator of the Herron Galleries. "Her art becomes a vehicle for her witness -- to see and to be seen, to reveal and to embody the invisible."

Henry holds an MFA from Yale University and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is an associate professor of art at Fisk University, a historically black institution of higher learning in Nashville, Tennessee. "Repercussions II" will remain on view in the Marsh Gallery until March 13.

Herron's exhibitions in Eskenazi Hall, 735 W. New York St., are free of charge and will reopen to the public on Monday, Feb. 8. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays and noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Virtual 360-degree tours will be made available in addition to in-person experiences.

Visit or call 317-278-9410 for more up-to-date information on health and safety protocols, exhibitions, virtual tours, gallery hours, and parking.

Since 2005, the Galleries at the Herron School of Art and Design have served as a vibrant site of exploration, participation and learning. Herron's galleries continue to be an innovative educational forum for diverse audiences by providing direct and meaningful encounters with art and artists through a wide range of curatorial projects and public programming.

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Herman Miller C.E.O. Grapples With Politics and Pandemic – The New York Times01.24.21

When Andi Owen took over the furniture company Herman Miller, in 2018, she didnt expect to get caught up in politics. But these days, it seems no chief executive is safe from the culture wars.

Over the last year, Ms. Owen, a former executive at the Gap, has had to mollify a work force shaken by the same polarizing forces straining the nation. On her factory floor in the battleground state of Michigan, wardrobe choices from Make America Great Again hats to Black Lives Matter T-shirts have provoked arguments among employees. In response, Ms. Owen has tried to hold together a company already tested by the pandemic and slumping sales.

Weve tried to create opportunities for people to have frank conversations, for them to get together and discuss the hard topics of the day, she said. I dont think these are new problems. But whether its about race, or inclusiveness, or whether its about whats happening in the world today, these are all things you have to talk about.

At the same time, Ms. Owen has been steering Herman Miller through a pandemic that closed offices worldwide an existential threat to a company that makes office furniture and owns Design Within Reach, an upscale retailer.

Ms. Owen went to Interlochen Arts Academy, a Michigan boarding school focused on the arts. It was there that she first learned about Herman Miller, which produces iconic pieces by famous midcentury designers such as Isamu Noguchi and Charles and Ray Eames, and modern office staples like the Aeron chair.

Ms. Owen then studied art history at the College of William and Mary, and started working in retail. A job at The Gap led to a series of senior roles at the retailer, culminating in her leadership of the Banana Republic brand, before she moved to Herman Miller.

This interview was condensed and edited for clarity.

Did getting a liberal arts degree have an impact on your career?

Its helped me in a lot of ways. I learned a lot about people. I learned a lot about history. I learned a lot about observation. Ive always approached any job Ive ever had as a generalist and an observer of human nature.

Some people would say Im not good at any one thing. Im sort of OK at a lot of things. And thats OK. Ive surrounded myself with people that are a lot smarter than me. But I have a little bit of a broader point of view, and an experience that doesnt necessarily pigeonhole me into thinking one thing or another.

I had a mom who was an educator and a dad who is this free spirit musician. And all my mom ever said to me was, When you go to school, learn what you love. Youll have plenty of time for a career and it wont matter anyway. So I really did spend time doing what I loved, and I think its been an advantage.

Unlike a lot of C.E.O.s, you never got an M.B.A.

I actually applied and got accepted. I was in my late 30s, and as I was talking to a woman in admissions and she said, Its great. We dont have that many middle-aged women that are interested in these programs because theyre all having families. And I was like, Not me. Im good. And then of course I got pregnant and didnt go.

You get to a certain point in your career where getting a standard M.B.A. is a little bit of a waste of time, because youve learned too much along the way. But I went back and got an executive M.B.A. at Harvard, which kind of filled in the gaps.

The Gap has obviously had its ups and downs. What did the company get right, and what did it get wrong over the years?

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I was fortunate enough to be there for the really, really good years, when the stock was splitting every year. And I was there to watch the decline.

The Gap was at its best back in the day when the trusted editor was important, when you played a role helping people understand what they needed. We had a lot of success early on. But when youre super successful and you dont change, you get afraid. That ability to take risks to think about how the company could be different, to reinvent yourself from the inside it became impossible. And a lot of great people got fed into the wood chipper trying to bring The Gap back.

When the digital revolution hit I went into the online part of our business. And I remember one of my bosses telling me, No one will ever buy clothes online. This is going to be the biggest mistake of your career. What are you doing? That really was the way people were thinking back then.

We just didnt change fast enough. And we were really out of touch with the customer. When you rely on a playbook that was successful in the past, and you dont understand where your customer is going, its a prescription for disaster.

How did your time at The Gap shape your thinking about what you do at Herman Miller?

I interviewed a guy who became my head of digital. He had worked in retail, and he said, Do you know what excites me most about coming to this industry? I feel like Im going from making landfill to making heirlooms.

I feel similarly. These are products that you hope youre going to hand down. With some of the Banana Republic cashmere sweaters I made, I hope somebody hands those down. But I know the millions and millions of T-shirts we made probably arent getting handed down.

What happened when the pandemic hit, and how did you find your way out of it?

Wed never closed down our plants before, and there we were all of a sudden. We shut down all of our plants in 12 hours, and every day was a new lesson in crisis management.

There have been nights when I have sat down at the end of the day and shed a few tears because of it. The human toll from this pandemic has been not just the death toll, but peoples lives and jobs, whole industries wiped out. We capped out at 400 layoffs and people who opted out [about 5 percent of the work force], and weve done our best to keep that number where it is. But weve also designed a new product in times that we never thought we could. So its been a real balance of, Hey, right now is really crappy, and, Were going to get through it.

Your core business has held up surprisingly well during the pandemic. Who is buying so much office furniture right now?

Our international business is strong. The parts of the world that have gotten out of the pandemic certain parts of Asia, New Zealand theyve moved on.

Now the biggest questions that C.E.O.s and people that are planning space have are: Hey, what does the distributed work force look like? What does my new office need to look like? It certainly cant be what it was. People dont want employees to come back to what it was.

At first it was, How do I make it safe? How do I put barriers everywhere? Now the conversation has evolved to, How do I make it a compelling environment?

What are some of the answers to that question?

It is a fascinating variety. Financial companies are like, Were coming back to exactly what it was. Were not going to change much of anything. And then some of the tech companies in Silicon Valley are like, Who needs an office ever again?

Im not sure either one of those are necessarily the answer. Along that continuum, most people are landing in a place of, Gosh, what do people miss? So whether thats innovation, creativity or collaboration, how do you create environments where people can have those kinds of things? Depending on the industry, I think were going to see a whole lot of different solutions in this first year or two.

At Herman Miller, were taking all of our office environments and using this time while we have people working remotely to completely renovate them. Theyre our own little test labs.

Herman Miller isnt an inherently political company, so how do you deal with a moment like this, when there is so much rancor, including among your own employees?

We have got to unify, weve got to talk. We have to have respect and kindness and we have to listen. What happened at the Capitol was not OK. On the other hand, I have to make sure that were listening to one another, and are trying to find commonality.

Sometimes I yearn for the days when I was back in Berkeley, Calif., and I could walk down the street and everybody thought the same way. But you know, everybody is in Michigan. So you have to make the folks on the right feel comfortable, and you have to make the folks on the left feel comfortable. Thats a challenge as we get more and more divisive as a society. Sometimes you have to agree to disagree because youre so far apart. But for us, its been about encouraging respect and encouraging kindness.

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Bazinga! 10 Amazing Pieces Of Big Bang Theory Fan Art – Screen Rant01.24.21

The Big Bang Theory brought science to life with the help of everyone's favorite brainiacs and it inspired these 10 pieces of fan art.

The Big Bang Theory brought science to life with the help of everyone's favorite brainiacs, Sheldon, Leonard, Raj, Howard, Amy, Bernadette, and yes, even Penny. This group of friends became a family over 12 seasons and were involved with every aspect of each other's lives. From hard-to-solve equations to relationship woes, this group was there for each other.

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To show how much fans adoreThe Big Bang Theory,many have created fan art inspired by the show and its characters. The effort that was put into these pieces radiates off the screen and brings fans right back to apartment 4A without favorite group of friends.

Who doesn't love a good promotional photoshoot?Reddit user Steventheactorcreated this digital piece of art replicating a promotional shoot for the show. It's practically identical. The small details like Penny's cell phone, the eyeglasses, and Raj's layers are iconic. Even Howard's 3D glasses and Leonard's comic book are shown!

When Sheldon and Amy stop seeing each other (before they even knew what their relationship title was), Sheldon spiraled. He realized Amy was the only woman he could ever see himself actually being with based on compatibility alone. To fill the void of Amy's absence, he adopted cats (and a lot of them too).

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Leonard ended up calling Sheldon's mother to come to Pasadena and save the day because his actions weren't healthy. @x_lvarezii perfected this image of Sheldon and his cats. It's an adorable reminder to a heartfelt episode.

When looking at the famous men ofThe Big Bang Theory, it's hard to choose who the best character is. Sheldon, Leonard, Howard, and Raj have all transformed throughout the series and had their highs and lows together. Howard went to space, Raj found his independence, Leonard got the girls of his dreams, and Sheldon won a Nobel! Each man is more impressive than the last. @RosemarysDrawings is an artist from the Netherlands who totally nailed the features in all of their looks.

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Trump made lying about the environment an art form, so we drew 10 of his biggest whoppers – Grist01.24.21

Trumps stint in the White House is at an end, but his self-proclaimed legacy as Americas great environmentalist lives on. In tweets, stump speeches, tweets, TV interviews, tweets, and more, weve learned a great deal over the last four years about Trumps sweeping vision for environmental policy including opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling and weakening fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks.

In addition to his many environmental rollbacks, Trump also assembled an impressive set of alternative environmental facts: Remember when he called the Green New Deal a socialist plot to completely destroy Americas economy, claiming that it would permanently eliminate all Planes, Cars, Cows, Oil, Gas & the Military? What about the time he said eco-friendly light bulbs would cast an orange tinge over everything? Or that fuel-efficient vehicles would be made of papier-mch?

The president has never been shy about communicating his sweeping vision for clean air, crystal clean water, and conservation, wrote the chair of the Trump administrations Council on Environmental Quality near the end of 2020.

Well, you cant argue with the never been shy part.

Trumps less-than-accurate interpretations of environmental proposals sure do paint a vivid picture. So vivid, in fact, that we asked Grist fellow Alexandria Herr to illustrate Trumps take on what environmental policies mean for your daily life, based on his actual words.

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THE CLAIM: Not only are Green New Dealer supporters coming for the oil and gas industry, they also want to take away your windows if not all of them, then at least the big ones. Youre not going to have windows anymore, Trump warned his supporters during a rally in September 2020.

He repeated that claim during a later interview with Sean Hannity: They literally want to take buildings down and rebuild them with tiny little windows, OK, little windows, so you cant see out, you cant see the light, he said.

THE TRUTH: The Green New Deal is a 14-page resolution aimed at creating green jobs while bringing U.S. carbon emissions to net-zero by 2050. It does not call for smaller windows in fact, the document makes no mention of them at all.

Grist / Alexandria Herr

THE CLAIM: Remember those old dishwashers that would explode when you turned them on? Neither do we, but the machines that the president described during a campaign rally in Battle Creek, Michigan, last December sound pretty intense. Remember the dishwasher, youd press it. Boom thered be like an explosion, the president told a crowd of supporters. Five minutes later, you open it up, the steam pours out.

Unfortunately, according to Trump, environmental regulations have banned those explosive dishwashers, and the new ones apparently have to be pressed many in order to function. Now you press it 12 times, Trump said. The women tell me, again. They give you like four drops of water.

THE TRUTH: Newer water-saving may take slightly longer to run, but they use less water and energy than their older counterparts.

Grist / Alexandria Herr

THE CLAIM: Eco-friendly cars tend to be smaller and lighter than their gas-guzzling patriotic counterparts, but Trump said California legislators emissions-cutting efforts went too far because they required automakers to develop cars made out of papier-mch.

In a phone call to Fox and Friends, Trump additionally claimed Americans would only be allowed one car per household, and that that vehicle would have to be electric presumably because the technology for papier-mch electric vehicles is still in its infancy?

THE TRUTH: Fuel efficiency regulations in California and elsewhere do not require cars to be made of papier-mch, and the Green New Deal does not mandate limits on the number of cars a single household can own. In general, environmental policies for autos aim to slash emissions by gradually phasing out the sale of gas-powered cars and replacing them with sales of all-electric vehicles.

Grist / Alexandria Herr

THE CLAIM: At a December 2019 rally, the president railed against water-conserving, low-flow toilets, claiming that they had to be flushed 10 times right, 10 times. Bah bah. At other times, hes bumped the estimate up to 15 flushes though he wants to make it clear hes not speaking from personal experience. Not me, of course, Trump told his supporters, pointing at a random member of the crowd. Not me. But you. Him.

Trump has made similar claims with regards to efficient shower heads and faucets saying water simply doesnt come out of either low-flow appliance. You turn on the shower if youre like me, you cant wash your beautiful hair properly, Trump said during a 2020 visit to an Ohio Whirlpool manufacturing plant.

THE TRUTH: Newer low-flow showerheads, water faucets, and toilets tend to use less water than their less-efficient forebears. But other than Trumps anecdotal accounts, theres little evidence that they function poorly. Peter Gleick, a co-founder of the nonprofit Pacific Institute, told NPR that the presidents complaints were outdated: Some people got bad toilets, but that was 10 or 15 years ago, he said, adding that newer toilets flush better.

Grist / Alexandria Herr

THE CLAIM: Why do I always look so orange? Trump asked his supporters at a 2019 rally. He says to blame the new light from energy-saving light bulbs. Theyre terrible, he said, and cost you many, many times more. Like four or five times more.

THE TRUTH: Energy-efficient light bulbs are competitively priced compared to incandescents, especially considering that they can last up to 25 times longer while using up to 80 percent less electricity. Plus, experts say they are unlikely to make peoples skin look orange. In an interview with the Washington Post, one professional photographer noted that Trumps skin looks orange even against a white background.

Grist / Alexandria Herr

THE CLAIM: According to Trump, its a quick jump from water conservation policies like Californias efforts to protect its endemic and critically endangered Delta smelt to water rationing. In a September 2020 interview with Fox News Mark Levin, the president warned that regulations to protect the tiny little fish were wasting beautiful, nice, clean water by ejecting it into the Pacific Ocean.

They have no water, Trump said. Theyre gonna ration for everybody.

THE TRUTH: Californias measures to protect Delta smelt include limits on when water can be drawn from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, a freshwater source for citizens and farmers throughout the state. Scientists say the fish is an indicator species, meaning their health is tied to the health of the broader ecosystem.

Grist / Alexandria Herr

THE CLAIM: Cows are out, Trump told his supporters during a rally in Mosinee, Wisconsin, in September last year. Its a claim hes harped on often in relation to the Green New Deal, ever since the resolution was unveiled in 2018. And he says thats only the beginning of Green New Dealers nefarious plans.

They want to kill our cows, Trump said at an Iowa campaign rally last January. That means youre next.

THE TRUTH: In order to cut emissions to net-zero by 2050, Americans will need to reduce their consumption of emissions-intensive foods like red meat. However, the Green New Deal never mentions cows at all, let alone killing or eliminating them.

Grist / Alexandria Herr

THE CLAIM: Good luck trying to use clean energy to watch anything on TV. Trump has argued that in a wind-powered future, television channels will only be available when the wind is blowing.

Just imagine, he said to a Wisconsin crowd in September and referring to himself in the third person: You go home and want to watch television because President Trump is on and you want to watch one of his very brilliant State of the Union addresses. If the wind isnt blowing, the husband looks at the wife, says, Darling, Im sorry, you cant watch tonight.

THE TRUTH: Although variable weather can present challenges, Trump claims exaggerate the limitations of wind power. According to, energy generated from wind turbines feeds into an electrical grid, which can almost always handle intermittency.

Grist / Alexandria Herr

THE CLAIM: As if cow-hating Green New Dealers werent bad enough, Trump has said their wind turbines will also lay waste to the countrys avian population. If you love birds, youd never want to walk under a windmill, Trump said during a GOP fundraiser in April 2019, calling it a graveyard for birds. Its a very sad, sad sight. Its like a cemetery. We put a little statue for the poor birds.

Oh and, according to Trump, wind turbines are also bad for humans. They say the noise causes cancer, he said to his fellow Republicans.

THE TRUTH: Estimates from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service say that up to 327,586 birds are killed by wind turbines every year. However, thats relatively few compared to other threats. Cats, for example, kill a billion birds per year, and millions more are killed by electric lines, buildings, and cars. And *sigh* there is absolutely no evidence that wind turbines cause cancer in humans.

Grist / Alexandria Herr

THE CLAIM: Naturally, Trumps interpretation of the Green New Deal is that it will ban air travel and planes. Which would, naturally, put a damper on some peoples vacation plans. How are we getting to Hawaii on a train? Trump said at a February 2019 campaign rally in El Paso. (That comment was an attempted gotcha from Trump, directed at Hawaiis crazy senator Mazie Hirono for having supported efforts to switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy. )

Trump has also said the Green New Deal would require (underwater?) train connections between the United States, Europe, and Australia at the cost of a hundred trillion dollars.

THE TRUTH: An FAQ sheet distributed by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortezs office said the bill could encourage enough investments in high-speed rail to make air travel unnecessary, but that does not mean the Green New Deal would ban planes. The original document says that high-speed rail is one of a suite of options to reduce CO2 emissions by overhauling transportation systems. Proponents of the plan have never called for intercontinental rail infrastructure.

Additionally, most economists say its too early and there are too few details to put together a cost estimate for the Green New Deal. Others have said that reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 one of the resolutions overarching goals could be accomplished with about 2 percent of GDP per year, roughly $18 trillion.

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Amazon could face a new union push and antitrust scrutiny under the Biden administration – CNBC01.24.21

US President Joe Biden speaks about the Covid-19 response as US Vice President Kamala Harris (L) looks on before signing executive orders in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on January 21, 2021.

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Like many in the tech industry, Amazon has cozied up to the Democratic Party. Its political action committee and company executives are among those who threw their money behind President Joe Biden on the campaign trail, while Amazon's top spokesperson, Jay Carney, has longstanding ties to Biden.

But that doesn't guarantee the next four years of the Biden administration will be smooth sailing for the online retail giant. Antitrust reform, stronger privacy standards and a renewed push for workers' rights are just a few of the issues that could be on the new administration's agenda.

Here's what's at stake for Amazon in the Biden administration:

After a rocky relationship with Trump's administration, organized labor is hopeful that Biden will make good on his promises to be "the most pro-union president." Amazon is likely to keep a close eye on the new administration's moves on the labor front, as it faces a renewed push from unions to organize its warehouse workers.

Biden has made empowering workers a key tenet of his labor agenda, which also proposes various reforms to labor laws and expanding worker protections. His plan includes policies that would consider a company's labor record when awarding federal contracts and codify into law an Obama-era change to National Labor Relations Board rules aimed at speeding up union election campaigns.

Biden has also voiced support for the Protecting the Right to Organize Act, which passed the House last February and would levy fines against companies that interfere with workers' organizing efforts. While the bill is unlikely to pass in the Senate, it could generate new scrutiny of Amazon's efforts to track workplace unrest, as well as its labor practices.

Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a rally organized by UFCW Union members to support Stop and Shop employees on strike throughout the region at the Stop and Shop in Dorchester, Massachusetts on April 18, 2019.

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"I would say [the PRO Act] has very little chance of passing," said Gordon Lafer, a labor studies professor at the University of Oregon and a research associate at the Economic Policy Institute. "So other than that, the question is what could the Biden-appointed Labor Board do unilaterally without needing legislation? There is a lot they could do that would be significant."

From a high level, Biden's support of the labor movement has the potential to reignite union membership after years of steady declines. This could pose a threat to Amazon, which has staunchly opposed unions in its workforce. Amazon's appetite for unions is currently being tested in Alabama, where workers at its Bessemer warehouse are set to vote next month on whether to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union.

While Biden and Amazon may not see eye to eye on unions, the company is in agreement with Biden on one issue: raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. In a tweet replying to Biden last week, Amazon touted its $15 minimum wage and said it hopes to work with the administration on making it the national standard.

An Amazon spokesperson didn't respond to questions seeking clarity on how it would work with the Biden administration on minimum wage issues.

Biden has also telegraphed plans to expand workplace protections by restoring some Obama-era reforms to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which were rolled back by the Trump administration. Biden plans to increase the number of OSHA investigators and require companies to electronically report their workplace injuries, among other changes.

This could mean that Amazon and other companies face stricter enforcement of OSHA standards. With more investigators on staff, the agency may be more likely to take up OSHA complaints filed by employees and inspect facilities, as well as levy fines against companies that are found to be in violation of OSHA rules, said Debbie Berkowitz, a former OSHA official who now works for the National Employment Law Project.

"The enforcement switch at OSHA has been turned off, but it'll get turned back on," Berkowitz said. "OSHA will again respond to complaints with inspections and there will be a willingness to enforce the law to protect workers."

Amazon's workplace safety record continues to be a topic of controversy, including during the coronavirus pandemic. California's attorney general is investigating working conditions at Amazon's California warehouses during the pandemic, while some lawmakers have scrutinized the company's response to the coronavirus crisis.

Amazon workers at Amazon's Staten Island warehouse strike in demand that the facility be shut down and cleaned after one staffer tested positive for the coronavirus on March 30, 2020 in New York.

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The company has previously said it continues to invest in creating a safer work environment at its facilities.

Amazon has bolstered its workplace safety team with a number of people who have ties to OSHA and employment litigation as scrutiny of its warehouse working conditions continues to grow. The company added another staffer from the agency to the workplace safety team this month when it brought on Madeleine T. Le, a former OSHA lawyer, as senior governance and compliance manager.

"Amazon has lawyered up for this," Berkowitz said. "They are lawyering up to start fighting OSHA inspections."

Amazon spokeswoman Rachael Lighty said the company has expanded its workplace health and safety team as part of its efforts to ensure its workplaces are "leading in state-of-the-art safety investments, training and education, and safety programs."

"Today, our global workplace health and safety team is comprised of more than 5,000 employees who use Amazon's innovation, technology and data insights, combined with exceptional experience and leadership in the safety industry, to ensure the highest standards to keep our employees safe," Lighty said.

Biden has offered few hints on how he would approach antitrust issues, beyond expressing concern over the power Silicon Valley giants wield in tech and other industries. But there are signs he will take a tougher stance on reining in Big Tech than the Obama administration, which has been criticized for its close ties to tech companies.

While Google and Facebook are currently the focus of investigations on the federal level, Amazon is unlikely to escape antitrust scrutiny with Biden in the Oval Office.

Amazon is already being probed by Federal Trade Commission officials over its business practices in retail and cloud computing,according to reports fromseveraloutlets. Last year, the House Judiciary subcommittee on antitrust found that Amazon has monopoly power over third-party sellers. Amazon and its rivals, including Facebook, Google and Apple, also face a separate probe from the Justice Department.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos testifies before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law hearing on "Online Platforms and Market Power" in the Rayburn House office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on July 29, 2020.

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Groups that are critical of Amazon's power are closely watching who Biden appoints to key posts handling tech policy matters, fearing that any influence from Silicon Valley could derail antitrust investigations or diminish scrutiny. Alex Harman, competition policy advocate at advocacy group Public Citizen, said he expressed those concerns in meetings with Biden's agency review teams last November.

"This was a problem in the Obama administration that I was part of," Harman said. "There was a flavor of 'Google is great and a Google revolving door is a positive thing.' That is no longer OK."

Another tech policy that's likely to be in focus in the new administration is Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which shields tech companies from being liable for what users post on their platforms.

Talks of Section 230 reform are often targeted toward social media companies like Facebook, Twitter and Google's YouTube. But the law affords Amazon and other e-commerce companies some protections as well.

Similar to social media companies, the law protects e-commerce sites from being held liable for any user-generated content on their platforms, like product descriptions or customer reviews.

Amazon has invoked Section 230 as a defense in some product liability lawsuits concerning faulty products sold on its website, arguing that it merely provides the platform for third-party merchants to hawk their wares, so it's not actually the seller.

The company also pointed to Section 230 in defending its decision to drop Parler, a social media site popular with Trump supporters, from its cloud-computing platform in the wake of the U.S. Capitol riot on Jan. 6.

Biden has called for Section 230 to be revoked, arguing that companies should be held accountable for hosting content they know to be false.

It's unclear how the Biden administration may seek to reform Section 230. Democrats and Republicans agree there are issues with the law, but they're divided on why it merits a review.Generally, Democrats hope to hold platforms more responsible for policing false speech and calls to violence, while Republicans worry about inconsistent moderation practices that censor politically conservative viewpoints.

With Democrats in control of Congress, lawmakers could revive attempts to regulate facial recognition technology and establish a federal privacy law.

Amazon has previously come under fire from advocacy groups, politicians and employees who have pressured the company to stop selling its facial recognition software to government agencies. Last June, Amazon imposed a one-year moratorium on facial recognition software contracts with police, but it didn't say if the ban applied to federal agencies.

Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris recognized the need for changes to privacy and facial recognition laws before they entered the White House. Biden said in an interview with The New York Times last year that the U.S. "should be setting standards not unlike the Europeans are doing relative to privacy."

Last year, two partisan privacy bills were introduced by Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and Ranking Member Maria Cantwell, D-Wash. While lawmakers agree on the need for a federal privacy law, they continue to disagree on whether the national law should preempt state bills and if individuals should be allowed to sue companies over privacy violations.

Lawmakers are already examining the data Amazon collects from consumers. Last month, the Federal Trade Commission sent letters to Amazon, Facebook, Twitter and several other tech companies requiring them to hand over information about how they collect and use data.

In 2019, Amazon and other members of the Business Roundtable wrote to congressional leaders saying the support the creation of a consumer data privacy law.

When it comes to facial recognition, as a U.S. Senator for California, Harris expressed skepticism around facial recognition technology. Harris in 2018 wrote to three federal agencies to highlight research showing how facial recognition can produce or reinforce racial and gender bias.

Amazon would be impacted by any federal limits on facial recognition technology, such as those proposed in the Facial Recognition and Biometric Technology Moratorium Act, a bill that seeks to ban federal law enforcement use of the technology.

Groups that advocate for racial justice and privacy rights are hoping the Biden administration will take up the call to keep the technology out of the hands of law enforcement permanently.

"Amazon, along with other Silicon Valley companies, are raking in billions of dollars by selling this really dangerous tool to law enforcement," said Myaisha Hayes, campaign strategies director at advocacy group Media Justice. "We're hoping that with this administration we can convince more members of Congress to take police tech surveillance really seriously."

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League of Legends patch 11.3 notes ARURF, Lunar Beast, Crystal Rose, Withered Rose skins – PCGamesN01.22.21

Its that time again, League of Legends fans. The multiplayer games latest patch has taken a flying leap onto live servers and its follow-up has now begun rolling onto the League PBE for a fortnight of testing. League of Legends patch 11.2 has brought new champion Viego,Ruined and Shan Hai Scrolls skins, and a batch of balance changes but now its time to see what patch 11.3 brings. On with the show.

Leagues next patch brings three new sets of skins for a bunch of the best League of Legends champions.Those Lunar Beast skins recently previewed by Riot Games have come to the testing grounds, with new looks forAnnie, Alistar, Aphelios, Darius, Fiora, and Jarvan IV. Fiora also gets a prestige version. Elsewhere, Talon and Syndra get some gothic purple Withered Rose skins (with shared splash art), while Swain and Zyra get the more opulent Crystal Rose style with new skins.

As is often the case when a brand-new patch hits the PBE, there arent many balance changes to check out just yet.

However, there are already a bunch of item tweaks and Rell changes being tried out and keep checking back, as well update these notes with all the changes that hit the PBE over the patchs testing cycle. Without further ado, here are thetentative League of Legends patch 11.3 notes (thanks, Surrenderat20!):

According to the League of Legends 2021 patch schedule, League of Legends patch 11.3 is due to go live on Wednesday, February3, 2021. Maintenance times havent yet been confirmed,but usually begin at 03:00 PT for NA servers, 05:00 GMT for EUW servers, and 03:00 CET for EUNE servers, and last for approximately three hours.

Well post the exact times here when theyre confirmed by Riot.


The leader of Ox Clan, Alistar keeps his stubborn squad in line with his reliability and gruff approval. A bit quick to anger with some squad members bull-headedness, hes determined that nothing and no one will derail this Lunar New Year festival, or Ox Clans plan to make it a flawless celebration.

Heres theLUNAR BEAST ALISTAR splash art:


Everyone was shocked when Annie was chosen as Ox Clans tech operative. A precocious prodigy, Annie serves as the teams recon strategist, making sure the parade route is clear of civilians.

Heres theLUNAR BEAST ANNIE splash art:


Aphelios stays quiet, preferring to worship the Bull God according to obscure old ways that are unfamiliar to the rest of his squad. His teammates are welcoming, if curious, but have yet to realize that Aphelios and his sister Alune are actually the Bull Gods progeny, placed among the squad to face this years Lunar Beast.

Heres theLUNAR BEST APHELIOS splash art:


Darius imposing presence and determination to lead by example cause occasional tension between him and Alistar, the actual leader of the squad. Despite how overbearing he can be, Darius is a strong and steadfast friend to his teammates and a rock for the whole Clan.

Heres theLUNAR BEAST DARIUS splash art:


Jarvan IVs stubborn refusal to join Ox Clan only relented to his fathers stubborn insistence. Though he tries his best to shirk the celebrity status that comes with the role, Jarvan comes from a long line of philanthropists, and has found himself caught up in the thrill of bringing business-like efficiency to the biggest community event of the year.

Heres theLUNAR BEAST JARVAN IV splash art:


Fiora keeps mostly to herself, determined to reclaim her familys honor from her fathers failure as a member of the last Ox Squad. She thinks the rest of the squad doesnt take their duties seriously enough, and her determination to avoid another disastrous New Year makes her seem standoffish and cold to her teammates.

Heres theLUNAR BEAST FIORAsplash art:



Here are Riot Games PBE previews of the Lunar Beast skins:


Swain knows how important the alliances formed at the Festival of the Crystal Rose are and how fragile. His determination to see the event go perfectly has gained him a connection with Zyra, the Roses protector. With her help, he intends this to be the most successful festival ever and that he will be celebrated as its architect.

Heres theCRYSTAL ROSE SWAINand CRYSTAL ROSE ZYRA sharedsplash art:


Born from a cutting of the Crystal Rose, Zyra wields her piercing thorns against any who seek to harm it. For this years festival, she has agreed to attend in a social capacity, accompanying Swain as the Crystal Rose Festivals dual hosts. But her respect for his vision will not distract her from springing into action at the slightest hint of danger.


Syndra has been shunned from the festival for years over her support of the disgraced Zed. Unable to bear this slight any longer, she is determined to infiltrate the event and poison the very heart of the Crystal Rose itself with her sweetly dripping ichor.



After the alliance his adopted sister Katarina formed at the last festival was broken, Talon swore revenge. He intends to restore their familys honor by exposing and shattering the entire concept of this celebration of glittering finery and sacred vows. Nothing and no one at this years festival will escape his wrath.

Here are Riot Games PBE previews of the Withered Rose and Crystal Rose skins:

Riot has announced on Twitter that the ARURF game mode is back on the PBE:

Thats it for the tentative League of Legends patch 11.3 notes based on whats on the PBE right now, but keep an eye onthis page over next couple weeks as well keep it updated it with all the changes getting tested for the games next live update. Assuming you want to keep up with all the latest changes headed to League, that is? Of course you do.

While you wait, we have a handyLoL tier listand rundown of thebest League of Legends Championsto play in each role if youre on the lookout for some pointers.

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